Main Line Monday: An All-New Old House in Villanova, $1.5M

120 Ashwood Rd., Villanova, Pa. 19085 | TREND images via BHHS Fox & Roach

120 Ashwood Rd., Villanova, Pa. 19085 | TREND images via BHHS Fox & Roach

Today’s Main Line builders produce modern homes that look like they’ve been around for decades — but you can usually tell they haven’t by examining the details.

This home, on the other hand, has been around for decades, and you can tell by its outside appearance.

But on the inside, this classic 1925 Tudor home is completely up to date, with oversized rooms, contemporary classic design and the amenities modern buyers want. Read more »

Main Line Monday: A View-tiful Find in Villanova

22 Villanova Rd., Villanova, Pa., 19085 | TREND images via Kurfiss Sotheby's International Realty

22 Villanova Rd., Villanova, Pa., 19085 | TREND images via Kurfiss Sotheby’s International Realty

What normally comes to mind when you hear the phrase “Main Line”? Your mind probably goes to the mega-mansions discreetly sitting on tree-lined streets in one of the most sought-after areas in the region. What about “Villanova”? Maybe a picture of basketball fans and Will D. Cat storming the court after the university won the 2016 NCAA title.  Now, what about “converted stable and carriage house”?

You may have some image of rustic stone and wood in your head, but may we suggest you replace it with images of this spectacular home at 22 Villanova Road. Tucked away at the end of a private lane, this sprawling, elegant yet charming stone home with its lush landscaped courtyard and fountain in front is one of the area’s best-kept secrets, and we’re excited to let you in on it. Read more »

Survey: Villanova Tops for Green Homes for Sale

Masonry homes dominate the Main Line the way brick rowhomes dominate Philadelphia. Both are excellent candidates for green retrofitting, which helps explain why this area has such a high number of homes with green features on the market.

Masonry homes dominate the Main Line the way brick rowhomes dominate Philadelphia. Both are excellent candidates for green retrofitting, which helps explain why this area has such a high number of homes with green features on the market.

Maybe homeowners hereabouts want to emulate the Eagles. Or maybe it’s because investments in green features pay off when it’s time to sell. Whatever the reason, Philadelphia-area homeowners love to trim their homes with green.

Especially on the Main Line. When Redfin, the Seattle-based online brokerage, surveyed listings of homes for sale in the markets where it operates across the country, it found that 57 percent of all the homes listed for sale in Villanova touted energy-saving or environmentally friendly features in their listings.

That was enough to earn the community the top spot on Redfin’s list of “The Top 10 Neighborhoods for Green Homes.”

Redfin looked for listings where homes were described using terms such as “LEED,” “Energy Star,” “solar,” “energy-efficient,” “green built,” and the like.

It turns out that these green homes are golden for their owners: the median sale price for homes with green features was $33,894 above the median for all homes in the cities Redfin surveyed.

But what makes Main Line homes greener than others elsewhere? Tom Lewis, Redfin’s Philadelphia market manager, says it’s the way they’re built. Read more »

Villanova Professor Sues CIA Over … Bay of Pigs?!

Villanova professor David Barrett on CNN.

Villanova professor David Barrett on CNN.

Villanova political science professor David Barrett knows more than most about the Central Intelligence Agency. The university boasts that Barrett is actually “one of the country’s leading experts on the critical relationship between the United States Congress and the … CIA,” and Barrett has authored two books about the agency. And now, he’s taking the CIA to court. Read more »

Villanova Moves Forward With Decision to Arm Public Safety Force

University entrance at the corner of Ithan and Lancaster Avenues.

University entrance at the corner of Ithan and Lancaster Avenues.                       Photo via villanova.edu

In an email sent Monday, Villanova University Public Safety Director and Chief of Police David Tedjeske updated students, faculty, and staff with the news that the university’s newly minted police department now has three sworn officers, and counting. According to a report by VUHoops, these officers have completed a 22-week police academy training, have access to law enforcement databases, can directly communicate with law enforcement by radio, and have the power to stop, question, and detain individuals. In addition to a firearm, officers will carry batons, handcuffs, bulletproof vests, pepper spray and body cameras. Officers will continue to be phased in, with a projected total of 19 to be hired over the course of the year.

In October of 2015, the decision to arm 20 percent of the campus public safety was publicized in an email sent by University President Rev. Peter M. Donohue, O.S.A., Ph.D., and was met almost immediately with protest. Students and faculty organized marches and open forums, videos were produced, and various organizations took to social media with the hashtag #OurPublicSafety to encourage a reversal of the decision. In November, Donohue publicly engaged with the community’s concerns at a town hall style meeting, but ultimately announced that the decision would not be overturned.  Read more »

Main Line Monday: Classic Modernity in Villanova

825 Stoke Rd., Villanova, Pa. 19085 | TREND images via RE/MAX Realty

825 Stoke Rd., Villanova, Pa. 19085 | TREND images via RE/MAX Executive Realty

Maybe you’re tired of seeing the same old same old on the real estate market. Maybe you seek the unexpected. We think this contemporary home in Villanova is a real showstopper, with its airy spaces chiseled by sharp, angled walls, unanticipated charm and luxurious feel throughout.

Nestled on beautifully landscaped grounds, the inside of this home matches the dramatic outside. A two-story skylit foyer showcases the open staircase, the star of the entrance hall. Near the foyer sits the grand living room, with a conversation-starting vaulted ceiling accentuated by skylights, and a large formal dining room that’s just as sunny. The step-down family room with custom built-ins is a great place to entertain the relatives, with a marble wood-burning fireplace and walls of windows. Read more »

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 »

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