Main Line Monday: A Piece of France in Wayne

300 Valley Pl., Wayne, Pa. 19087 | TREND Images via BHHS Fox & Roach

300 Valley Pl., Wayne, Pa. 19087 | TREND Images via BHHS Fox & Roach

This French-inspired beauty is giving us an “Ooh la la” moment. With a substantial amount of outdoor and garden space and an informal layout, this home is a gem and a departure from the usual Main Line fare.

The enchantment begins at curbside, where the home is fronted by a landscaped garden laced with pea gravel paths and surrounded by a charming picket fence with arbor gate; a flagstone walkway leads up to the entrance to this showcase front yard.

Step inside the front door and what makes this home distinctive should be obvious. Recent renovations and extensions have created a traditional home with a decidedly contemporary layout whose open feel begins in the foyer, where you can take in almost the entire main living area in a single glance. Read more »

Main Line Monday: An Extra Helping of Charm in Strafford

429 Old Eagle School Rd., Wayne, Pa. 19087 | TREND Images via RE/MAX Main Line

429 Old Eagle School Rd., Wayne, Pa. 19087 | TREND Images via RE/MAX Main Line

There are loads of Colonial-style homes on the Main Line, as we have so often remarked. Dutch Colonial homes, however, are rare — and it’s even rarer to find one with plenty of Victorian detailing and style.

Which is what makes this vintage 1886 home near Strafford Regional Rail station such a find. The first-rate restoration and updating of this huge home make it even more of one.

The attention to detail is evident the moment you lay eyes on the filigreed wraparound porch and porte-cochère, and it continues on the inside, where the original hand-carved woodwork has been restored on the wainscotting in the foyer and the fireplaces in the foyer, living room, dining room, great room, master bedroom and second-floor study. Read more »

Main Line Monday: Back to Merrie Olde England in Wayne

531 Hilaire Rd., Saint Davids, Pa. 19087 | TREND images via BHHS Fox & Roach

531 Hilaire Rd., Saint Davids, Pa. 19087 | TREND images via BHHS Fox & Roach

Trying to find a place on the Main Line? Perhaps you’d rather pick a style that dates further back than the familiar Colonial era we know so well. Try 16th-century England and there’s a chance you’ll fall deeply in love with this quirky, charming Tudor-style home in Radnor.

A steeply pitched roof, embellished front porch, decorative splashes of brick and the faintest impression of half-timber framing are what make the curb appeal hard to forget. The entryway leads to an illuminated main living room that features a charming fireplace you’ll love curling up in front of during cold winters.

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Thrillist Names Wayne The Epitome of Cool in Philly’s ‘Burbs

The editors of Thrillist managed to get their White Dogs confused when they ran their ranking of Wayne with a photo of the West Philly original. Here's a picture of the White Dog Cafe in Wayne.

The editors of Thrillist managed to get their White Dogs confused when they ran their ranking of Wayne with a photo of the West Philly original. Here’s a picture of the White Dog Cafe in Wayne.

The Philadelphia region happens to be unusually well endowed with cool suburbs that boast walkable Main Streets, interesting shops and great places to eat—great Millennial bait, in short. We could rattle off a litany of them—and will now: Ardmore. Bryn Mawr. Collingswood. Conshohocken. Doylestown. Glenside. Jenkintown. Haddonfield (though it skews older). Media. Merchantville. Others, such as Burlington, Lansdowne and Upper Darby, are loaded with potential, some of it even being realized.

But what’s the coolest of them all? According to the folks at Thrillist, the bible for Millennials seeking advice on what’s hot, what’s fun and how to drop what money they have on stuff, that distinction belongs to Wayne. Read more »

Main Line Monday: A Former Art Gallery In Wayne

120 Bloomingdale Ave., Wayne, Pa. 19087

120 Bloomingdale Ave., Wayne, Pa. 19087

This house in Wayne has a history as unique as its distinct Victorian style. It was built between 1871 and 1873 by J. Henry Askin as part of “Louella,” the planned community in Radnor Township that was later renamed for the local Revolutionary War hero, Gen. Anthony Wayne. In 1981 it was converted into an art gallery for both national and local artists. Now it is on sale for the first time in 35 years. Read more »

“Black Lives Matter” Banner Vandalized at Main Line Church?

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The torn “Black Lives Matter” sign outside Wayne’s Central Baptist Church. Photo | Daniel Shimberg

No sooner had this month’s issue of Philadelphia hit newsstands with its cover story “Racial Profiling on the Main Line” than one of the institutions featured in the story was hit with what they say is an act of vandalism.

Central Baptist Church in Wayne, which had planted a “Black Lives Matter” banner on its front lawn and received a flood of hostile calls and vague threats in return, kept the banner in place despite the criticism. But last week, the banner was torn nearly in two.

“It was the weekend after the story appeared,” said Tom Beers, pastoral partner at Central Baptist along with Laurie Sweigard. “We’ve taped it back together and will replace it soon.” Read more »

Opening Today: Cornerstone Cheese & Charcuterie

CornerstoneThe brainchild of Christine and Nick Kondra, Cornerstone Cheese & Chatcuterie opens today (Friday, October 9) in Wayne, offering an array of expertly crafted meats and cheeses, prepared foods, a daily menu and cooking demos from visiting chefs being brought in from all over the country.

After traveling the world and exploring the restaurants of top-tier culinary artisans, the Kondras created the concept of Cornerstone Cheese & Charcuterie as an accumulation of their experiences seeking out exceptionally sourced products from small-batch farms and purveyors.

Their mission? To bring all the things they loved from around the country to the Main Line and to use them as a way to share share their extensive culinary adventures.

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Main Line Monday: This Radnor Township Home Comes with a Second-Story Pool

TREND images via Zillow.com

TREND images via Zillow.com

These increasingly cool mornings are really making us miss summer and this Radnor Township home isn’t helping matters: nestled on a little more than 2.5 acres, the Georgian brick manse has an outdoor lap pool on the second floor. According to the listing, the pool’s location allows for an easy view of the property’s formal gardens and koi pond.

Rest assured, though, a second-story swimming pool isn’t its only remarkable feature. Arriving at the home you’re met with a pebbled and brick walled courtyard that reminds us of another area home with distinct elegance; while inside, formal rooms include a library with fireplace and built-in glass paned bookcases and living room with French doors opening directly to the flagstone patio. Speaking of which, the patio runs along the back and extends the entire length of the house.

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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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