First-Time Find: Updated Contemporary Comfort in Bryn Mawr

Decent homes within reach of first-time buyers on the Main Line are usually condos or fixer-uppers. Here's a freestanding home that's up to date, move-in ready, and priced right. (And no, its walls don't bulge out like that.)

117 Montrose Ave., Bryn Mawr, Pa. 19010 | TREND images from Long & Foster Real Estate

117 Montrose Ave., Bryn Mawr, Pa. 19010 | TREND images from Long & Foster Real Estate

Sellers who photograph homes for sale, and some brokers as well, often resort to tricks to make spaces look larger than they are. It’s a shame, for usually, photos that show the spaces as they are will reveal that they have enough room for a typical buyer.

Most often, this takes the form of using a wide-angle lens to take in more of the space. This week’s featured home employs a most unusual tactic: the use of fish-eye lenses.

As we’re pretty sure you wouldn’t want to hang your pictures and mirrors from bulging walls, please be assured that the walls of this comfortable, recently updated home close to the heart of Bryn Mawr are perfectly straight, as some of the photos make clear.

All of them, however, make clear that this home is in great shape. It’s been recently updated, is freshly carpeted throughout and has plenty of room for you to grow as you start down the path of homeownership.

This home is situated at the end of a row of modest Midcentury Modern homes and is entered from the side, next to the driveway that leads to a carport where you may park one car. To the right as you enter are the living and dining rooms. The living room gets lots of natural light from a large window, and a sliding glass door off the dining room leads to a paved patio where you can enjoy outdoor living.

Connected to the dining room is an all-new kitchen featuring granite countertops, tile backsplashes, stainless steel appliances and handsome traditional-styled white cabinetry, with a glass-fronted china closet over the sink for an added decorative touch.

Upstairs you’ll find two bedrooms and a hall bathroom. The main bedroom also has a dressing area with vanity and a walk-in closet. Downstairs, you’ll find a finished basement that includes a laundry room, a powder room and separate storage area.

If you have children, they’ll attend school in the highly regarded Haverford Township school district. If you like to go out, Bryn Mawr offers a village center filled with good restaurants, shops with personality and the Bryn Mawr Film Institute, a cinema lover’s paradise. Commuting to Center City is convenient from nearby Rosemont station on the Paoli/Thorndale Regional Rail line.

If you thought you couldn’t afford to start out living on the Main Line, think again. Your own eyes might bulge at the price.



BATHS: 1 full, 1 half


SALE PRICE: $250,000

117 Montrose Ave., Bryn Mawr, Pa. 19010 [Christopher Saxon | Long & Foster Real Estate – Haverford]