Main Line Monday: A Home Full of Fun in Villlanova

1318 Valley Rd., Villanova, Pa. 19085 | TREND images via BHHS Fox & Roach

For those full-house families out there, this scenic property in Villanova is a dream home.

A whopping 7,618 square feet, expansive rooms, luxurious living quarters, a large entertainment space and elegant details like arched ceilings and columns are some of the features in this home that make it worth the price. From the charming cobblestone-lined walkway to the gorgeously landscaped grounds to its glass conservatory with vaulted ceiling, life in this modern French-inspired home looks like a perfect picture.

The front doors open to a grand foyer with limestone flooring, which leads to a comfortable, expanded family room with an exposed beam vaulted ceiling, custom built-ins for an entertainment center, wet bar, and a Palladian window that makes a cozy nook for quiet reads. The wood-burning brick hearth fireplace serves as a great centerpiece. Open columns divide the living room with a second wood-burning fireplace and a dining room that provides access to the conservatory through glass sliding doors, a perfect place to relax with the entire family. A cherry-paneled study with custom built-ins by Rossi Brothers provides a respite for reading. Read more »

Jay Wright to Assistant Coach USA Men’s Select Team

Villanova Wildcats head coach Jay Wright celebrates after winning 2016 national championship title.

Villanova Wildcats head coach Jay Wright to be assistant coach of USA Men’s Select Team under Gregg Popovich.

The release of the roster for the 2016 USA Men’s Select Team Tuesday gave a big nod to the National Champion Villanova Wildcats — the team’s head coach Jay Wright has been selected to serve as an assistant coach to San Antonio Spurs head coach Gregg Popovich.

Jerami Grant and Jahlil Okafor of the 76ers were listed among the 25 players who will practice with the USA National team — which will compete at the Rio Olympics — next month in Las Vegas. Spurs assistant coach Ime Udoka will also assist Popovich. Read more »

A Look at Villanova’s New Lancaster Avenue Building

Villanova's new mixed-use development will enliven the corner of Lancaster Avenue (foreground) and Ithan Avenue. | Rendering © Robert A.M. Stern Architects, courtesy Brian Communications

Villanova’s new mixed-use development will enliven the corner of Lancaster Avenue (foreground) and Ithan Avenue. | Rendering © Robert A.M. Stern Architects, courtesy Brian Communications

With its announcement that it will build a new, 1,100-bed student residence hall with street-floor retail across Lancaster Avenue from the main entrance to its campus, Villanova University has taken a small but significant step towards making its campus look and feel more like a community.

That’s because the mixed-use building, designed by Robert A.M. Stern Architects in partnership with Voith & McTavish Architects and to be built by Torcon, will replace what is now a large surface parking lot at the corner of Lancaster and South Ithan avenues.

It will also make Villanova students themselves more a part of a community, according to Chris Kovolski, assistant vice president for government relations and external affairs at Villanova. Read more »

Farmhouse Friday: What’s Past Is Present in Villanova

526 Sproul Rd., Villanova, Pa. 19085 | TREND Images via BHHS Fox & Roach

526 Sproul Rd., Villanova, Pa. 19085 | TREND Images via BHHS Fox & Roach

If you’re one of those people who’s looking to live “the country life” but don’t want the remoteness that comes with it, we’ve got the perfect place for you.

This lovely stone home in Villanova dates to 1890, when it really was part of a working farm. Development now surrounds it. and it’s been completely updated with modern fixtures and features, but it’s still loaded with classic farmhouse charm.

The built-in shelves, wainscotting, crown moldings, hardwood floors, fireplaces and hidden cabinets you’ll find throughout this house are all original and lovingly maintained. Joining these details are newer details like French doors, skylights, recessed lighting, and modern bathroom and kitchen fixtures. Read more »

President Obama Will Host Villanova Wildcats at White House

It’s back-to-back good news for the Villanova Wildcats.

The Villanova basketball team is scheduled to visit President Obama at the White House next Tuesday for an honorary ceremony celebrating their NCAA championship win in April.

The announcement came just as Josh Hart declared he’s returning to the defending national champion team for his senior season. Read more »

The Philly Area Schools That Rejected Barack Obama’s and Tom Hanks’ College Applications

Barack Obama in his official Senate portrait. Tom Hanks, Photo | Alan Light, CC BY 2.0.

Barack Obama in his official Senate portrait. Tom Hanks, Photo | Alan Light, CC BY 2.0.

I was reading something the other day — I can’t remember what, because the Internet has made reading 80,000 things a day way too easy — in which the author commented snidely on adults who remember their SAT scores. I flushed with embarrassment, because, naturally, I remember my SAT scores. (They were pretty good.) In my experience, most people remember their SAT scores, just like they remember the colleges that rejected their applications (okay for you, Princeton; who’d want to go to Ted Cruz’s college, anyway?) for the rest of their lives.

That may be why I, um, clicked through recently to a slideshow that revealed what colleges rejected some Very Famous People, and thereby learned that I’m in great company. Tina Fey was also rejected by Princeton. (OMG, she and Lyin’ Ted would have been in the same class!John Kerry, Tom Brokow, Matt Groening and Meredith Vieira were rejected by Harvard. (Vieira reports she was “devastated.”) Katie Couric was turned down by Smith. (Who gets turned down by Smith?) Read more »

Stoneleigh To Become Public Garden

One of the pathways at Stoneleigh, the former John and Clara Haas estate in Villanova. Photos | Natural Lands Trust

One of the pathways at Stoneleigh, the former John and Clara Haas estate in Villanova. Photos | Natural Lands Trust

The former home of John and Clara Haas in Villanova became part of the region’s cultural and botanical patrimony today at a noontime ceremony on the grounds.

That was when the Haas children formally donated the 42-acre Stoneleigh estate to the Natural Lands Trust.

The trust will operate the estate as a garden and nature preserve that will be free and open to the public. The mansion itself will serve as both a space for lectures and other public events and the new home of the Organ Historical Society (OHS) along with its library and archives. Currently headquartered in Richmond, Va., OHS is a nonprofit organization that is dedicated to celebrating, preserving and studying pipe organ history. Read more »

Villanova Ranked Number One … in Business

Photo | Facebook

Photo | Facebook

Stop if you’ve heard this before: Villanova is number one. This week, though, it’s not about basketball. The Bloomberg Businessweek 2016 Best Undergraduate Business Schools rankings were released today, and Villanova University’s Villanova School of Business was ranked as the number one undergraduate business school in America.  Read more »

This 7-Year-Old Villanova Fan’s Letter to Jay Wright Is Impossibly Cute

Annie Seminick's letter; Jay Wright, (Aaron Doster, USA Today Sports)

Annie Seminick’s letter; Jay Wright, (Aaron Doster, USA Today Sports)

Kris Jenkins‘ dramatic, last-second buzzer beater to clinch the title last Monday ignited members of  ‘Nova Nation all over the country. But it wasn’t just students and alumni who went wild for the ‘Cats’ first title since 1985. A potential member of the Class of 2031 couldn’t contain her euphoria and pride, either.

Annie Seminack, a 7-year-old Nationer, wrote a letter to Naismith Coach of the Year Jay Wright with perhaps the best — or at least the cutest — words of congratulations he’s received since his team hoisted the championship trophy: Read more »

The Guy Who Won Coach of the Year Gave His Award to Jay Wright

The Big 5 held its annual awards dinner last night, honoring a pretty good year in Philadelphia college basketball. Sure, La Salle and Penn missed the NCAA tournament, but both those programs should be on the upswing. Temple qualified for the NCAA tournament, Saint Joseph’s won its first round game and Villanova — if you haven’t heard — won the national championship on a three-pointer at the buzzer.

Surprisingly, though, Villanova was not the big winner at the Palestra dinner. It was Saint Joseph’s that took home most of the awards, with DeAndre Bembry winning Big 5 Player of the Year and Phil Martelli getting coach of the year. It’s easy to see how this happened: Bembry is viewed as a legit NBA prospect who had a solid year, even if (in this reporter’s humble opinion) Josh Hart was the best player in the city this season.

And Villanova was expected to be a top team this season; the Wildcats were ranked 9th and 11th in the two major preseason polls. Saint Joseph’s was not expected to win 28 games this season. Coaches of teams that perform better than expected usually win Coach of the Year awards.

Plus, these awards were voted on before the NCAA tournament. Read more »

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