Contemporary Treehouse Vibe in Wayne

TREND photo courtesy BHHS Fox & Roach.

TREND photo courtesy BHHS Fox & Roach.

We suspect a very specific kind of Star Wars fan might be into the exterior on this contemporary Wayne home. Something about the heavily wooded land and the monochrome facade evokes an all-terrain walker.

Inside, the home provides treetop views for days with a relatively open plan. The home features an upgraded kitchen and a wet-bar-adjacent dining room. There are five bedrooms and two full baths with a powder room. The master suite includes dual closets and an en-suite bath.

The most interesting feature? The deck out back which has been built around a mature tree. Definitely adds to the treehouse vibe.

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Frank Furness’ Lainshaw Is Now on the Market

TREND photo courtesy BHHS Fox & Roach

TREND photo courtesy BHHS Fox & Roach

Designed in 1878 by famed Victorian architect Frank Furness, Lainshaw has the advantage of period charm that has been entirely renovated for modern convenience. The historic home sits on a darling, tree-lined lane and combines historic elements like trim and wainscoting with updates like a dual-bath en-suite in the master and a private meditation area.

The kitchen is probably the most modern of all the rooms in the 6,000-square-foot-plus home, having been updated with the usual high-end appliances, cabinetry and countertops. The first floor also features a wood-paneled library as well as a butler’s pantry. Upstairs the master includes a dressing room and two en-suite bathrooms. The study on the second floor overlooks the original Lainshaw nursery in the yard. The meditation space is also upstairs, alongside a laundry room as well as a media room (let’s hope they’re on separate ends of the hall).

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End-of-Week Jaw-Dropper: Radnor’s Car-Alan Estate

Photo copyright TREND via BHHS Fox & Roach - Wayne.

Photo copyright TREND via BHHS Fox & Roach – Wayne.


This estate was built in 1898 for Alan Reed, of the successful Jacob Reed’s Sons clothing store chain in Philadelphia (about which you can read much more here). As he would do a few years later for his store at 1424 Chestnut, Reed hired William Lightfoot Price to design his home, which shows a range of influences, from Frank Furness (with whom Price briefly worked) to Arts and Crafts elements. The estate was named Car-Alan (Reed’s wife was named Carrie).

Some of the home’s standout features: a butterflied staircase with turned spindles; Arts & Crafts wallpaper; eight fireplaces; original leaded glass windows; and those ceilings! Dear lord, those ceilings.

But really, these photos speak for themselves.

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PENDING SALE: $1.4M Home of Anthony Wayne Cinema Founder

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The SOLD sign went up on the lawn of this 1911 Wayne home within days of its RE/MAX listing. The sale of the formerly named Howerton Hill is still pending, so we don’t know the final numbers, but given all the amenities — hardwood floors, fireplaces, updated kitchen, large brick patio, partially finished basement and new split-rail fencing around the property — it’s no surprise it was snapped up. It also has another standout feature: a new three-car garage that’s been converted into a “man town” with a movie screen and projector, recalling one of the home’s former owners, “Big Screen” Harry Fried, founder of the Anthony Wayne Cinema movie theater.

Slideshow below.

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Where We’re Eating: Black Powder Tavern in Wayne

black-powder-tavern-400If you’re a restaurant, one way to start things off on the wrong foot is to make customers wait — and wait — for their first round of cocktails to arrive, and beat them over the head with your specials and try to take their food order while they’re still waiting for said cocktails. (Basic rule: I don’t order food until I’ve toasted my dinner companions.) To further augment these bad feelings, you can deliver a glass to the table that’s not just dirty, but filthy. Such is the torturous approach to service at this new “upscale” chain restaurant in Wayne, which seems charming at first in that Olde English, bygone-era kind of way, but quickly becomes less so as you realize that it’s just another corporate restaurant you don’t want to be in, and that, considering the waits, you’re going to be in for a long and unpleasant night.

Black Powder Tavern [Foobooz]

Historic Arts & Crafts Residence With St. Francis on Stained Glass, Fini

301 Windsor Avenue, Wayne, PA.

301 Windsor Avenue, Wayne, PA.

We’ve profiled properties inspired by the Arts & Crafts architecture movement before (here and here), but here is a home that’s actually from the period. Built in 1925, this carefully preserved and updated residence was designed by Frank Stephens — founder of an Arts & Crafts group in Delaware and brother-in-law of Thomas Eakins — with the help of William Lightfoot Price. It’s composed of almost all the markers of the movement and includes a fondness for built-ins, exposed beams, natural materials, and fireplaces, among other features.

Updates to the home include a completely redone third floor and kitchen with new cabinets, marble counters, and a mosaic tile wall accent. It also has barstool seating and two sets of French doors leading to the yard. In the dining room you’ll find Tudor-style millwork with pocket doors that close it off from the panel-walled foyer (fireplace here) and the Great Room (fireplace here, too).

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Paramour’s Dirty Martini: The Muddy Pothole

Muddy-Pothole-MartiniHave you lost a tire in a pothole this winter? Then pour some out to your dead Firestone at Paramour. The Main Line bar is offering the Muddy Pothole cocktail to pay tribute to all of those dead homies popped tires. The martini might bare a little too much resemblance to the slush splashing out of a pothole but we’re somehow attracted to this very dirty martini. The Muddy Pothole is Absolut Vodka, Muddled Kalamata Olives, Dry Vermouth and Olive Juice then garnished with black olives (tires). And it’s half-price during Paramour’s Liquid Therapy happy hour, that’s just $5.50.

Meet the Muddy Pothole Martini [Parmour]

Wayne’s Honeystone: From Ballet Room to Basil Garden

Exterior view of Honeystone.

Exterior view of Honeystone.

It’s homes like this one that beg the question: Would the owners ever have to leave the house? Ever want to leave the house?

To begin, the formal dining room can hold 36 guests. The nearby music room is equally spacious, maybe for an after-dinner concert? That room also offers private seating areas should tête-à-têtes ensue. From here there’s access to a cherry-paneled library that has a view of the swimming pool.

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