Main Line Monday: Outdoor Oasis in Villanova for $849K

1214 Valley Rd., Villanova, Pa. 19085 | TREND images via BHHS Fox & Roach Realtors

This home may look like one of those traditional, gracious Main Line Colonials that are a dime a dozen in Villanova. But looks can be deceiving, and few Main Line Colonials pull off the magic tricks this one does so beautifully.

Perhaps the first sign that you’re in for a completely different experience is upon entering the forecourt through the estate fence that surrounds the 1.69-acre grounds. Sure, there’s a beautifully manicured courtyard with a fountain, but if you look to your left and right, you’ll notice that the usual back yard amenities are right up front: a brick patio with pergola that makes a great outdoor living room on the left and a swimming pool on the right. Read more »

Main Line Monday: An All-New Château in Villanova for $1.57M

505 Thistlegreen Ct., Villanova, Pa. 19085 | TREND images via BHHS Fox & Roach Realtors

Traveling is overrated. Well, not really. But when you live in a brand-new home that looks like it was imported from the south of France, you might sate a lot of your wanderlust.

Architect Frederick L. Bissinger has successfully laid the framework for a mini-European village near the heart of Villanova, tucked behind the university campus. The six units in this development all combine up-to-the-minute glamor on the inside with Old World charm on the outside. Read more »

An Artist’s Gallery Home Goes Up for Sale with an Exhibition

626 Creighton Rd., Villanova, Pa. 19085 | Photo: Herb Engelsberg

626 Creighton Rd., Villanova, Pa. 19085 | Photos: Herb Engelsberg, including TREND images via BHHS Fox & Roach, unless otherwise indicated

Artist Lynda Howitt draws solace from the sea. She spent her formative years living in an oceanside home in Australia, to which her parents fled to escape the murderous regime of Idi Amin, and her works frequently play on the interaction between sea and sky.

But it was a thoroughly landlocked home in Villanova that captured her fancy when she was looking for a place to live in this country.

She recognized the moment she saw it that she was about to buy an art gallery as well as a home.

“The original owners that we bought it from purposely built it to showcase their amazing art collection,” Howitt said. “Being an artist, I couldn’t help but imagine my own art on the walls when I first viewed the house.” Read more »

Main Line Monday: A Timeless Classic in Villanova for $1.5M

531 N. Spring Mill Rd., Villanova, Pa. 19085 | TREND images via Zillow

531 N. Spring Mill Rd., Villanova, Pa. 19085 | TREND images via Zillow

A home with a 65-foot mahogany porch is definitely one worth talking about. This mansard-roofed classic in Villanova has over 5,000 square feet of space, a whopping seven bedrooms, and four full bathrooms.

The home perfectly blends formality with comfort, as made evident by the inclusion of not one but two living rooms on the main level – one that is really fancy and another that is cozy. The formal dining room features a gas fireplace, built-in cabinetry, bay windows, and doors leading out onto a brick patio. The kitchen comes with an eat-in area, stainless steel appliances, an oversized island and a built-in desk, and provides access to yet another brick patio outside. Read more »

Main Line Monday: Massively Cozy in Villanova for $1.55M

1433 Lanes End, Villanova, Pa. 19085 | TREND images via BHHS Fox & Roach

1433 Lanes End, Villanova, Pa. 19085 | TREND images via BHHS Fox & Roach

This home has it all – but would we expect anything less from Villanova?

Sat in Harriton Farm, a development featuring 30 residences, this property has visual appeal both inside and out. Enter inside into what the listing agent refers to as the ‘Reception Hall’ (but we’d probably just call a foyer) and enjoy views of the formal living room to your right and dining room to your left. French doors in the living room lead into a library with built-in bookcases and a gas fireplace, and the dining room boasts a butler’s pantry with white cabinetry and a granite countertop.

The kitchen, breakfast room and family room area is our favorite. The trio blend elegance with coziness, and who doesn’t want that in the place they call home? Highlights of the kitchen include a center island, marble backsplash, a walk-in pantry, and stainless steel appliances. The breakfast room opens to the multi-tiered deck, which features a hot tub (woo!). The family room is a step down from the kitchen and features coffered ceilings and a floor-to-ceiling stone gas fireplace. A mudroom rounds out the main level and leads to a powder room, closet, and the three-car garage.

The second level is home to all five bedrooms, each of which is a decent size. The master suite has a double-door entrance, a praiseworthy dressing area with two walk-in closets, and a gorgeous bathroom with his and her vanities, heated floors, a Jacuzzi tub and a rain shower. Two of the other bedrooms also have bathrooms, and the remaining two bedrooms share a bathroom.

The basement is the perfect entertaining space for guests and boasts an exercise room, a game room, a wet bar, a billiards area, a home theater, a bonus room, and a powder room. Whew, we almost ran out of breath for a second.

If the description we just gave you isn’t clear enough as to how awesome this home is, check out the images below. This place is a vision and should not be taken for granted.

THE FINE PRINT

BEDS: 5

BATHS: 4 full, 3 half

SQUARE FEET: 7,237

SALE PRICE: $1,550,000



1433 Lanes End, Villanova, Pa. 19085 [Robin Gordon | BHHS Fox & Roach – Haverford Station]

Why Villanova’s Win Was Never Really in Doubt

Mikal Bridges

Villanova guard Mikal Bridges handles the ball during the second half of a first-round NCAA Tournament game against Mount St. Mary’s. (AP Photo/Bill Wippert)

Villanova kicked off its defense of its national title on Thursday night in Buffalo as the top seed in the entire NCAA tournament. The Wildcats faced Mount St. Mary’s, the 16th-seeded champions of the Northeast Conference. And for a while the Mountaineers got the better of Villanova.

’Nova missed its first eight shots. The Wildcats turned the ball over several times. At one point they were down 10-2. Would this be the first time a number-one seed lost in the first round?!

Well, no. Though the Wildcats trailed throughout almost the entire first half and led by just a point at halftime, the rest of the game went pretty much according to script. Villanova opened the second half on a 21-6 run, and won 76-56. The Wildcats will face Wisconsin in the second round on Saturday.

But there was reason to believe you shouldn’t have been worried at all. When Villanova was shooting 20 percent in the first half, The Mount needed to build a bigger lead if it wanted any chance to win. Stats guru Ken Pomeroy’s website gave Villanova a 97.5 percent chance to win the game going in. The Wildcats’ win probability never dipped below 92 percent. Read more »

Anti-Religious Group Fighting Proposed Villanova Bridge

Church Walk bridge

A rendering of the proposed Church Walk bridge over Lancaster Avenue.

Last month Radnor Township approved a new pedestrian bridge over Lancaster Avenue that Villanova wants to build. The bridge design has proven controversial due to the presence of two four-foot-tall crosses on opposite ends.

“The size of it and the safety of it concern me first,” one woman said to the Delaware County Times last month. “The crosses disturb me second. I don’t think if we had Beth Hillel University down the street in the next block that we would like to see the Star of David on that.”

But the bridge was approved. Game over? Not necessarily. Read more »

Controversy Over Crosses on Proposed Villanova Bridge

Bridge with crosses at each end

A design of the Lancaster Avenue pedestrian bridge submitted to the Radnor Township Design Review Board.

Radnor Township last night approved a controversial pedestrian bridge planned for Villanova’s campus.

At first, it seems like there’s no reason for the bridge to be controversial. It’s part of a $285 million expansion project for the University, and will be built over Lancaster Avenue. It’s scheduled to finish in 2018.

But it’s what’s on the bridge that caused an uproar. Designs for the bridge submitted to the Radnor Township Design Review Board show two four-foot, seven-inch crosses on each side of the bridge.

The crosses would be on Villanova property, and so despite the project’s detractors Radnor officials said the township would have to approve the project. But some people are not happy. “I think they are overstepping their sense of ecumenism to shove these crosses in our faces,” Sara Piling told the Inquirer. “This bridge really disturbs me,” Susan Smith told the Delaware County Times. “The size of it and the safety of it concern me first. The crosses disturb me second. I don’t think if we had Beth Hillel University down the street in the next block that we would like to see the Star of David on that.”

There’s more! The Times also quoted Rick Leonardi, who called the crosses unconstitutional: “There is a reason drivers on I-476 are not subjected to Bible verses painted on the sound walls lining the roadway or that there is no crescent moon next to the griffin on the Blue Route, that the overpasses are not emblazoned with Stars of David.”

But it was the Inquirer who got the best quote, from League of Women Voters of Radnor Township president Roberta Winters: “While we recognize the importance of Villanova to our community and the notoriety it brings to Radnor, are there less ostentatious ways to reflect a Catholic institution?” (Um, not really. Have you seen Catholic churches?!)

Despite their complaints, the bridge has been approved and Lancaster Avenue will one day have two five-foot crosses towering over it.

Villanova Plans $60 Million Makeover of Pavilion

Villanova’s Board of Trustees on Wednesday approved a $60 million makeover of the Pavilion, the team’s basketball gym. After the renovation, it will be rechristened the Finneran Pavilion, after 1963 grad William Finneran. He donated $22.6 million to the renovation efforts last year.

“With the renovation and opening of the Finneran Pavilion, Villanova will have an on-campus home that embraces the incredible tradition of our University and its basketball programs,” Villanova men’s basketball coach Jay Wright said in a release. “The Finneran Pavilion will be a gathering place in which the Nova Nation can take great pride, and its impact will be felt on our program for years to come. I am grateful for the leadership of the Board of Trustees and President Donohue and the generosity of the donors, led by Bill Finneran. We can’t wait to get started!” Read more »

Philly’s Biggest Winners of 2016

Clockwise: Outgoing U.S. Attorney Zane David Memeger, Villanova Wildcats coach Jay Wright, Mayor Jim Kenney, state Rep. Martina White and actor Sylvester Stallone.

Clockwise: Mayor Jim Kenney, Villanova Wildcats coach Jay Wright, Olympian Nia Ali, actor Sylvester Stallone and outgoing U.S. Attorney Zane David Memeger.

Believe it or not, a few people actually succeeded in the otherwise godforsaken 2016. Here’s to all the do-gooders, overachievers, strivers, thrivers, and folks who won so much they got tired of the winning. Read more »

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