Main Line Monday: Pat Croce’s Former Villanova Estate Now Without Jolly Roger Chairs

All images via the Sivel Group.

All images via the Sivel Group.

If you were expecting some of its more elaborately marked furnishings, we’re sorry to say that those are pretty much all gone. (Should have made time to go to that auction, huh?) But even if his pirate memorabilia has been anchored in somebody else’s living room, that doesn’t mean Pat Croce’s former estate is without any other distinctive–and more appealing?–features.

Case in point, the grounds, which contain a a number of stone and slate terraces, a large in-ground pool, stone pool house, and lighted tennis court. Inside, the main house’s two-story center hall comes with a butterfly staircase and inlaid marble floors. Nearby, the living room opens out to a covered patio. A “handsomely-paneled study” offers handcrafted bookcases and a fireplace.

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Main Line Monday: This Gawk-Worthy Villanova Estate Has it All

All photos by TREND by BHHS Fox & Roach

All photos by TREND by BHHS Fox & Roach–Bryn Mawr

Confession: Main Line Monday is probably the toughest theme house of the week for us to choose. Why? Well, so many of these houses could easily, easily, be the Jaw Dropper of the Week as well. Since the two names don’t really fair well in the mash up department (Jaw Mainer? Main Line Dropper?), you still get two glorious houses to gawk at each week.

Its presence from the road is quite lovely. A stone fence with lanterns on each pillar welcomes you into the well-landscaped property–you know you’re in for a real treat.

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On Fallon, Villanova Piccolo Girl Plays with The Roots

Things are looking up for the Villanova piccolo girl, aka band member Roxanne Chalifoux. After the Wilcats were upset by N.C. State in the second round of the NCAA tournament, TV cameras showed Chalifoux crying while playing the piccolo. Everyone had a good laugh, and made a bunch of memes, because that’s what college sports are all about: Watching students cry after their dreams are crushed!

Fortunately, Chalifoux took it pretty well. And last night, she was able to sit in with The Roots and chat with Jimmy Fallon, as shown in the video above. She also got a gift basket! Read more »

The Villanova Rout of Lafayette in 8 GIFs

Mar 19, 2015; Pittsburgh, PA, USA; Villanova Wildcats guard Josh Hart (3) dunks the ball against the Lafayette Leopards during the second half in the second round of the 2015 NCAA Tournament at Consol Energy Center.

Mar 19, 2015; Pittsburgh, PA, USA; Villanova Wildcats guard Josh Hart (3) dunks the ball against the Lafayette Leopards during the second half in the second round of the 2015 NCAA Tournament at Consol Energy Center.

By some oddsmakers, the Villanova Wildcats were 22-point favorites coming into their Round of 64 game against the Lafayette Leopards. They covered by halftime.

Villanova opened up a 49-26 halftime lead and rolled to a 93-52 victory over an overmatched Lafayette squad. The Wildcats put six players into double figures and shot 63 percent from the field. They made 11 three pointers and held the Leopards, the second-best three-point shooting team in the country, to 4-of-18 on threes.

“We were afraid of them,” coach Jay Wright said on TV after the game. “And when these guys are afraid, they play hard and they play together.” Yeah. Villanova led 11-2, 34-13, 63-30, 75-34 and so on. Read more »

5 Reasons You Should Root for Villanova in the NCAA Tournament

Villanova Wildcats guard Darrun Hilliard II (4) and guard Josh Hart (3) celebrate after defeating the Marquette Golden Eagles 70-52 during the second half at Wells Fargo Center.

Villanova Wildcats guard Darrun Hilliard II (4) and guard Josh Hart (3) celebrate after defeating the Marquette Golden Eagles 70-52 during the second half at Wells Fargo Center.

I like Villanova’s basketball team.

I realize this is not a popular opinion for all basketball fans in Philly. Villanova is the Duke of the local basketball scene: It’s an obnoxious private school with smart kids, plus it seems to win all the time. It’s in the suburbs. Its two big local rivals (Temple and St. Joe’s) hated Villanova a ton even before the Wildcats’ recent dominance of the Big 5.

But I like the Wildcats. They’ve played good, entertaining basketball since Jay Wright became coach in 2001. He’s been rumored to be taking better jobs — sometimes, even with the Sixers – but has stayed with the Wildcats. They’ve been a tournament team all but one year since the 2004-05 season. For the last decade, Villanova has been the class of Philadelphia basketball — even if they are in the suburbs.

Even the program’s scandals are benign now. Twelve years ago, Villanova suspended 12 players for using a Villanova phone code to make unauthorized calls. Can you even imagine this type of scandal today, with cell phones and Skype?

With this in mind, here are five reasons to root for Villanova this tournament. Read more »

Main Line Monday: $22.5 Million Villanova Estate Includes Clock Tower Guest House

All TREND photos via Realtor.com

All TREND photos via Realtor.com

Did you balk at the price? We did it too until we heard this: Albermarle was once part of the historic Ardrossan Estate.

Once a 700-acre expanse boasting close to thirty buildings (not to mention the occupancy of Hope Montgomery Scott, the socialite who inspired the the character Tracy Lord in The Philadelphia Story) Ardrossan was a vaunted property more noted than other Main Line mansions. Today, only 311-acres remain of its original tract, 71 of which now belong to the township. From the Main Line Times:

The township bought 71 acres of the 311-acre Ardrossan Farm property for open space, closing on the $11.6 million deal late last year. The remainder of the property will become an upscale housing development, although developer Edgar “Eddie” Scott III promises to preserve much of the interior land as “investment lots” so the new homeowners can enjoy magnificent views of the rolling countryside.

So what of the other 400+ acres? Long story short, the land was divided and sold off into individual parcels, most of which–like Albermarle–are now probably mansion estates.

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Villanova Gets No. 1 Seed in NCAA Tournament; Temple Out

Villanova Wildcats guard Darrun Hilliard II (4) and guard Josh Hart (3) celebrate after defeating the Marquette Golden Eagles 70-52 during the second half at Wells Fargo Center.

Villanova Wildcats guard Darrun Hilliard II (4) and guard Josh Hart (3) celebrate after defeating the Marquette Golden Eagles 70-52 during the second half at Wells Fargo Center.

After a 32-2 season, Villanova received the No. 1 seed in the East Region of the NCAA tournament. The Wildcats will play Lafayette, winners of the Patriot League, on Thursday in Pittsburgh.

But the bubble burst for Temple, which was left out of the 68-team field by the selection committee. They’re a No. 1 seed in the NIT, and will host Bucknell at the Liacouras Center on North Broad on Wednesday at 7 p.m. Read more »

Rollie Massimino on Villanova’s 1985 Upset Over Georgetown

Photo by Jason Myers

Photo by Jason Myers

This is the 30th anniversary of Villanova’s historic upset over Georgetown in the NCAA Finals. How are you going to celebrate?
Our players have come down to visit me for the last eight or nine years, since we started the program here in Northwood. Everyone but a couple will be here. We celebrated at Villanova when we played them back in November, and we have our annual outing, because my wife is such a good cook that they’d never want to give that up.

That game helped launch the NCAA tournament to a higher level. When you see what March Madness has become, do you take any credit for it?
No, I don’t think I can take any credit for March Madness. I think it’s a great tournament, one of the most competitive situations in all of sport. Mike Eruzione, the Olympic hockey player, and I often argue what was the bigger game — him playing the Russians or us playing Georgetown. We’ve made some major arguments. In fact, we had to have Mike Fratello and Tommy Lasorda make the decision. Of course, they were my friends, so they voted for me. Read more »

Main Line Monday: Bright Villanova Home with Mansard Roof

TREND images via BHHS Fox & Roach - Wayne

TREND images via BHHS Fox & Roach – Wayne

This isn’t the first time we’ve featured a Walter Durham-designed home, and it’s likely that it won’t be the last given the extent of his Main Line work. But contrary to his past residential creations we’ve covered, this one boasts touches of Second Empire French architecture (including a Mansard roof) and a collection of brightly colored rooms, most of which shades of gold or amber.

What’s more, its sunny interior is purportedly highlighted by natural light that pervades each room. (Per the listing, “each room is filled with light and frames a glimpse of private gardens.”) Among its more sun-friendly compartments are a solarium and a formal living room with glass doors that are described as “capturing the early afternoon sun.” The entry foyer also claims glass doors, which are not pictured.

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