Main Line Monday: Historic $1.6 Million Residence by William Lightfoot Price

TREND images via Zillow.com

TREND images via Zillow.com

First, there was the beautiful Schoenhaus Estate, a property originally owned by William Penn before passing down to an Arts and Crafts Movement community headed by architect William Lightfoot Price who rehabilitated its historic buildings. Then, we told you about the restored, castle-like Lower Merion manse Price designed in the late 1800s.

And now? Well, now we’re going to introduce you to another one of his fine works.

Price, a would-be “giant” in the world of architecture were it not for his untimely death at age 55, teamed up his brother to start own firm early in his career. One of their first commissions was with real estate developers Wendell & Smith who tapped them for several projects, among them Overbrook Farms and various residential developments in St. Davids and Wayne. This home in South Wayne came about from such a partnership.

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Main Line Monday: Flyers Fans, Your Dream Home Is in Wayne

TREND images via Zillow.com

TREND images via Zillow.com

Let’s be honest here. It’s going to be a really, really long time before any one of our Main Line Monday picks dethrones Fernside Cottage in Gladwyne. That being said, it’s not like there won’t be any that come close (or at least make some kind of impression). So what exactly is oh-so special about today’s pick? Guys, we can sum it up in three words: Indoor. Ice. Rink.

Yep, you read that correctly. This 6,188-square-foot residence in Wayne comes with its own synthetic ice rink (grab your ice skates, kids!). Per the listing, it’s located on the lower level, where there’s also a second kitchen, ice machine, home gym, and bonus recreation room.

(And while hockey fans are having a ball downstairs, the more summer activity-oriented will be happy to know there’s also an in-ground saltwater pool on the property.)

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Main Line Monday: The Jewel of South Wayne Is Listed for $2,395,000

Images via Sotheby's International Realty

Images via Sotheby’s International Realty

Following stints with two others firms, Northeast High School graduate Henry E. Baton founded his own group in the mid-1920s: the Baton Construction Company. According to the Philadelphia Architects and Buildings Project website, his work has ties with buildings like the Ninth National Bank and the Corn Exchange National Bank. It just so happens this eight-bedroom Normandy estate-style abode was also crafted by Mr. Baton.

Commissioned by one Frederick P. Ristine, Baton crafted the home on a two-and-a-half acre site, now 2.89 acres, where it’s nestled among carefully designed gardens and terraces. The home’s exterior vaunts a Belgian-tiled roof and Foxcroft native stone construction, while its interior offers original random-width oak and pine exposed floors, carved paneling and millwork, and stained and leaded glass windows with Indiana limestone sills.

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Main Line Monday: Custom-Crafted Radnor Manse with Tiered Movie Room

TREND images via BHHS Fox & Roach-Wayne

TREND images via BHHS Fox & Roach-Wayne

Set on a single acre property near Radnor Township, this Semerjian Builders-crafted home is marked with several notable features, the first of which we must mention is the two-story center hall. It’s a gorgeous room, boasting a wood barrel coffer ceiling, Herringbone floors made of Brazilian Cherry wood and an inlayed floor medallion.

And that’s only the beginning. As the listing notes, the impressive European manor-inspired residence offers over 10,000 square feet of space and has a whole-house sound system. “Intricate” crown moldings and ceiling medallions are throughout, while high-end light fixtures are at every turn. Entertainment amenities can be found both indoors and outdoors, the latter consisting of the nearby Radnor Township Walking Trail and downtown Wayne.

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Infinity Pool Alert in Wayne!

TREND photos via BHHS Fox & Roach - Rosemont

TREND photos via BHHS Fox & Roach – Rosemont

Yes, it has a stunning 2007 Arnold Infinity lap pool on a parcel landscaped by Gale Nurseries, but now that we’ve got your attention, let us direct you inside the home…

First up, the grand reception hall, a foyer that for once is described without exaggeration as it extends from the home’s entry to a rear terrace overlooking the pool and yard. Refinished wood floors are throughout this first level, including the kitchen, which comes with an eleven-foot granite island. Fireplaces are located in the dining, living, family, and formal parlor rooms, as well as the cherry library, which comes with the added bonus of a sliding ladder (don’t get any ideas…). One of our favorite parts of the home though is the mudroom, which, true to its name should come in handy on days with exceptional precipitation thanks to its individual lockers, boot bench, and pet/boot bath.

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For Sale: Fully Revamped 18th Century Home with New Addition

TREND photos via Weichert

TREND photos via Weichert

Standing across from Wayne Elementary School is this historical property, which in addition to being on the market for the very first time, has been fully renovated into a pristine residence vying for occupancy.

Originally a Welsh stone farmhouse built in 1765, the property now claims a sprawling new addition consisting of a wood-beamed chef’s kitchen with Viking appliances and built-in wine and ice bar. There also appears to be central booth seating with lower level cabinets (of course that could be decor–what do you think?). Furthermore, general updates to the home (including those relating to coloring and windows) have been crafted to be historically accurate.

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Another Link in the Chain

not-your-average-joe-ardmore-940Not Your Average Joe’s is coming to Ardmore’s Suburban Square on February 23rd. The Massachusetts-based, casual bar-restaurant chain is taking over the old movie theater at Suburban Square. The Ardmore location is the second are location for the chain, NYAJ opened in Glen Mills last year.

Also in Ardmore’s Suburban Square, Michael Klein has the details on Besito, an upscale Mexican chain from Long Island, New York that promises “a fiesta every night.”

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Margaret Kuo Celebrates 40th Anniversary of Chinese New Year Menu

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Margaret Kuo is celebrating the Year of the Ram by offering a Chinese New Year dinner menu now through March 8th. This year marks the 40 year anniversary of Margaret Kuo’s annual New Year menu, an eternity in restaurant years. The Wayne location includes a seven course menu for $65 per person or $95 per person with wine pairings. The Media location is offering an eight course meal for $55, with an additional option of wine pairing specials.

The Chinese New Year lands on Thursday, February 19 this year.

Margaret Kuo Year of the Ram Menu – Wayne (PDF)
Margaret Kuo Year of the Ram Menu – Media (PDF)

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On the Market: Secluded Tuscan-Style Treasure in Radnor Township

TREND photo via Moore & Ryan Real Estate.

TREND photo via Moore & Ryan Real Estate.

Whether you’ve enjoyed a stay or simply daydreamed of walking on the hills of Tuscany, this Radnor Township home helps that memory stay alive–almost as if it never ended!

Situated on a secluded 3-acre parcel, the property sits atop a 70-foot long geologic natural stone walled driveway and has several flowering trees and specimen plantings surrounding it. It’s super private, to be sure, but is convenient in that it’s within walking distance to public amenities like the Radnor Dog Park, Radnor Trail, and Radnor train station.

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