Main Line Monday: An Owner Dares You in Wynnewood

310 Fairhill Rd., Wynnewood, Pa. 19096 | TREND images from prior listing via Zillow

310 Fairhill Rd., Wynnewood, Pa. 19096 | TREND images from prior listing via Zillow

The home search engine Zillow has a category of homes it calls “Make Me Move.”

These homes are not currently listed for sale, but their owners have set a price that would get them to sell in a second if a buyer offers it.

In our search for an outstanding Main Line home to feature this week, we ran across one of them. It’s very spacious, has great bones, and is loaded with nice amenities. And it’s not only priced to make the owner move — given what it offers, we think it may even be priced to move, assuming you’re looking for a home in its price range.

This grand-looking home was built in 1935 by noted local builder Pasquale Beccia in the English Gothic picturesque style using his signature building materials of hand-cut stone and slate. He incorporated a number of distinctive features into it, including a large porte-cochere with balcony graced by statuary, two-story window bays and floor-to-ceiling arched fan windows and doors. Read more »

Main Line Monday: Great Heights in Wynnewood

Great Room

175 Old Gulph Rd., Wynnewood, Pa. 19096 | TREND images via RE/MAX Realty

This 1978 custom-built home can be described in three words: open space galore.

Set against a secluded, wooded dream, this unique home in Wynnewood mimics the blocky, adobe structure of the Pueblo people. The elevated entranceway is a great spot to view the spacious great room with its high vaulted ceiling. The charming dining room and the family room with a fireplace both feature doors that lead outdoors to the deck. Whether it’s the study with built-in cabinetry and the sunroom with new Pella windows and custom built-ins, the rooms in this home brim with character. Read more »

Main Line Monday: A Totally Cute Tudor in Wynnewood

611 Sussex Rd., Wynnewood, Pa. 19096 | TREND Images via Keller Williams Main Line Realty

611 Sussex Rd., Wynnewood, Pa. 19096 | TREND Images via Keller Williams Main Line Realty

A cottage in the woods?

This Tudor home looks like one at first glance, but looks are deceiving, for this home provides plenty of room—and rooms—for relaxation, entertaining and even work at home.

It’s rich in architectural craftsmanship of a kind not commonly found in contemporary homes: leaded glass windows, hand-wrought iron stair railings, terra cotta tile. And that’s just in the foyer. Read more »

William Penn Inn to be Restored as Three-Unit Luxury Condo Building

Rendering of the Residences at the William Penn Inn | via Main Line Adapt

Rendering of the Residences at the William Penn Inn | via Main Line Adapt

The new lease on life for the historic William Penn Inn in Wynnewood officially begins today, assuming the weather holds out, of course. A ribbon cutting is planned for the commencement of a new project that looks to transform what had been a six-unit apartment building into three luxury condos, each with their own two-car garages.

Main Line Adapt, an offshoot of Main Line ReBUILD, a development company that specializes in restoring and converting churches into luxury residences, is heading up the condo project at the inn. The scope of Main Line Adapt will move beyond the realm of churches and into a wider range of historic adaptive reuse projects.

A rep from Main Line Adapt said that the three condo units are expected to be delivered in early 2016 and will be priced $695,000, $795,000 and $895,000, respectively. Much like Main Line ReBUILD’s church conversions, the Residences at the William Penn Inn will combine modern design and carefully restored architectural features, such as the flooring, trims and moldings. They will also be within walking distance to all of the neighborhood amenities including Whole Foods, the Wynnewood Shopping Center and the Wynnewood regional rail station.

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Main Line Monday: Loves Lane Tudor Nestled in a Storybook Neighborhood

TREND images via BHHS Fox & Roach-Haverford Stn.

TREND images via BHHS Fox & Roach-Haverford Stn.

Stay in the area long enough and you’ll begin to discover Philadelphia has more than its fair share of hidden treasures for its residents to call home. In this instance, we’re looking just beyond city limits and referring to Wynnewood’s historically certified English Village, a 29 house neighborhood sure to appeal to Anglophiles as it was purposely designed to look like an English village in the Middle Ages.

Running through this neat quarter is Loves Lane, a street we’re going to take a gander and say is named after Donald and S. Arthur Love, the two bothers who developed the district in the 1920s. In the spotlight today? 645 Loves Ln, a classic English Tudor home with a new kitchen and delightful garden yard complete with fountain. Restored interior features include original flooring, millwork, beamed ceilings, leaded glass, and a stone fireplace.

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Update: William Penn Inn in Wynnewood Plans Get Conditional Hearing

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William Penn Inn c. 1875 | Image courtesy of the Lower Merion Historical Society

So what ever happened to the William Penn Inn in Wynnewood? Last we heard, it had been saved from the clasps of demolition thanks to an agreement of sale between Rayer Builders and William Inn Partners LLC, a partnership that ensured the new development proposal for the parcel it sits on would, unlike the first one, preserve the historic structure.

Well, readers, we got an update. According to the Main Line Times’ Cheryl Alison, attorneys for the dual developers had a conditional use hearing earlier this week. They presented the developers’ project as having crucial “need for setback and impervious surface relief” if the building is to be preserved. Plans include converting it into three condos, as well as adding new homes on three new lots. Read more »

Homes with Names: “Sydbury House”, a Wynnewood Jewel by…Frank Furness?

TREND photos via Realtor.com

TREND photos via Realtor.com

If the interior details are less Furnessian than some of you scholars and dilettantes have come to expect from a home designed by the legendary architect, there may be a reason for that. According to an article on the Lower Merion Historical Society website, Sydbury House may not have actually been designed by Frank Furness:

The new house was designed by the venerable Philadelphia architectural firm of Furness, Evans & Company, whose principal partner, Frank Furness, had by then reached his mid sixties. Whether he was still directly active as its designer is uncertain; the house adopted the guise of the fashionable Colonial Revival that was sweeping the suburbs, casting commuters in the guise of 18th century country gentry. Such academicism was something of a rebuke to the bold, inventive and expressive spirit that marked Furness’ most celebrated works of the 1870s and 1880s.

And yet, there are traces of the architect’s style throughout the structure, namely a “distinctive breadth and massiveness” and a “lightness and academic correctness and an unconventionality in plan that seems to recall the old lion’s hand, even if it may have operated here through his influence over others in the office.”

Today the home, which had been commissioned by Latrobe Steel Company president Marriott Smyth, still commands a presence from the outside as it sits atop property just slightly over three acres.  Inside, several renovations have left it with modern day amenities, the likes of which include a gym area (formerly a sitting room / office) and his and her master baths. Eleven fireplaces and hardwood floors are throughout, as are a couple of wallpapered rooms (come on, makeovers are fun!).

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Developer of William Penn Inn in Wynnewood Strikes Deal with Preservationists

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William Penn Inn c. 1875 | Image courtesy of the Lower Merion Historical Society

Unlike its similarly named sister structure in Montgomery County, which celebrated its 300th birthday last October, the William Penn Inn in Lower Merion was facing demolition and landed on one of the Preservation Alliance of Greater Philadelphia’s “Places to Save” lists less than a week later.

The key word found in that last sentence: was.

According to the Main Line Times’ Cheryl Allison, an agreement of sale has been struck between a preservationist group and Rayer Builders, the developer that had initially planned to demolish the historic inn to make way for five new homes:

William Penn Inn Partners LLC will purchase the inn and a portion of a parcel at the corner of Lancaster Avenue and Cloverhill Road to restore and convert it into three residential units, said Mac Brand, a principal. Rayer Builders, the current equitable owner of 527-533 E. Lancaster Ave., has plans to build three new single-family houses to the east of the inn.

It’s still early in the process, notes JulieAnn Murphy, Historic Preservation Coordinator at the Lower Merion Conservancy. The developers still have to navigate the land development process, but Murphy said it’s really the “best case scenario” for both preservation and development. “It’s not often we get to celebrate these wins.”

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Almost Sold: $1.2M Hexagonal Home in Wynnewood

105 cherry lane wynnewood pa

Designed by late Philadelphia architect Henry Magaziner (son of the famous Louis Magaziner), this five-bedroom home was put on the market in April at $1,395,000, according to Realtor.com. Now it’s listed as pending sale at $1.2 million. Located on 1.6 acres, the unusual home features several unique details, most notably an eat-in kitchen with a skylight that looks like the portal to a midcentury modern spaceship. The home is rich with skylights and glass walls.

Below, a gallery of the home.

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