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House of the Week: Mid-Century Meets English Countryside

 A very rare find - this week's House of the Week is an amazing combo of old-English stone and mid-century modern. On the Main Line. In an affordable price range. With a separate lot behind.... backing up to trails and open space....  If you aren't already hooked, just take a look for yourself...  136 Farwood in Wynnewood boasts 4 full bedrooms, 3 full baths, a half bath, a little over 2000 sq ft and a combined lot size of just under an acre.  A generous, but not wasteful, foyer makes for a bright, show-stopper entry that opens to the well-sized dining and living rooms.  An incredible flag-stone, screened-in porch makes for a great place to enjoy your additional acreage The master bedroom is perfectly sized with a beautiful symmetry, arched entry way, and master bath. Two other well-sized bedrooms are on the second floor with a semi-updated Jack-and-Jill bath.  If you've been thinking about making a move to the near-Main Line, this is a fantastic opportunity to own somethin
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Inexpensive Ways to Add Fall to your Home

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House of the Week: Fairytale Home on the Main Line

 If I feature a fixer-upper here, I don't like it to be over $500,000 but this is an exception. An incredible Tudor home with 3 beds, 1.5 baths and 2000 sq ft right in the heart of Lower Merion, 647 Sussex is a gem of a home. Its surprisingly secluded in a Wynnewood neighborhood, off a long drive and on 1/2 an acre. But its walkable to Ardmore And while almost every room needs some cosmetic work, the home already sports things like central air and newer utilities!  The first floor sports a series of additions, such as an enclosed porch (maybe a future dining room?!), a carriage-style garage and a den off the back of the kitchen (maybe a future inside-access laundry room?!). The first floor offers endless possibilities to keep the charm but allow for modern flow. The upstairs has 3 good sized bedrooms and a large bathroom.   For full details, please visit the property website  Listing courtesy of the Damon Michel's Team  The property won't last long, though, with an open ho

Philly Designers to Follow

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