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November 2015

There are 13 blog entries for November 2015.

Tio Flores

We seriously doubt that anyone in Mexico, or for that matter anywhere in the Spanish-speaking world, has an Uncle Flowers in their family.

But Graduate Hospital residents and lovers of Mexican food have one now, at the southwest corner of 16th and South streets.

Tio Flores, which opened Nov. 18, is the latest brainchild of Chris Fetfatzes and Heather Annechiaricho, the duo who have made an art form of creating restaurants that pair distinctive cuisine and atmosphere with great beer (and wine and spirits, while they're at it).


Their other restaurants, the diner-deli-beer emporium Hawthorne's and the Anglo-American pub The Cambridge, have both attracted large and loyal followings, and this latest entry should be no different.


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You'll have to search long and hard to find a value like this!

Fabulous new construction with hardwood floors throughout & top-of-the-line finishes is priced to sell! Open main floor living/dining area for maximum flexibility.

Gourmet kitchen features energy-saving stainless steel appliances, gas range, granite countertops with bartop, and tile backsplashes.

Glass rear door connects kitchen to concrete rear patio w/wooden fence. Two spacious bedrooms w/tons of closet space & full bath on 2nd floor.

Huge 3rd floor master suite includes master bath w/double vanity and large full-tile shower w/frameless glass enclosure, walk-in closets & rear deck w/stairway to huge fiberglass roof deck.

Full finished basement w/ bathroom.

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1690 HouseWhile it's actually a few years older, the 1690 House in Gladwyne is the oldest survivng structure in Lower Merion Township.

You might not guess this from looking at many of the homes in Gladwyne today, but the community started out as a mill village in the 17th century. Gladwyne sits astride Mill Creek, the largest stream flowing through Lower Merion Township, as it passes over several falls on its way to the Schuylkill River. The community of Merion Square grew up around one of those mills, and while the mill itself has vanished, many of the historic structures remain, and they make up the core of the Mill Creek Historic District, which stretches along Old Gulph Road where it meets Mill Creek Road.

The oldest of the structures in this

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Stunning contemporary home you'll absolutely adore in Meredith School District! This fascinating residence wows with its distinctive floor plan, roof-top deck, and attached garage.

Enter through the custom, galvanized raw metal iron door crafted locally and discover the spacious tiled foyer. From here, access an office/playroom/Bedroom with attached chalkboard and large closet, a coat closet, an amazing laundry room with Carrera marble, built-in ironing board and 3 more closets with custom wood, an extra large powder room, and the 1-car attached finished garage with molding!

On the second level two lovely bedrooms await, served by a hall bath with built-in shelving, glazed Mexican tile, and cobalt tile floor, plus the master suite with large

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Gladwyne Elementary SchoolEvery village worth its salt should have its own school, right? Here's Gladwyne's.

Like Narberth and part of every Main Line community east of Villanova, Gladwyne lies in the Lower Merion School District, one of the top-performing school districts in Pennsylvania.

Gladwyne has its own elementary school. Gladwyne Elementary School is located on Righters Mill Road near the Guard House Inn in Gladwyne Village (see "Shopping and Dining"). While the current school dates to the 1950s, its history stretches back to 1880-81, when the Merion Square Elementary School opened nearby on Youngsford Road. The Merion Square School building still stands and now houses a Montessori school.

Gladwyne Elementary gets its students involved in volunteer service in

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The Old Guard House InnThe Old Guard House Inn is the oldest commercial building in Gladwyne, dating to the 1790s. It's also one of the oldest commercial buildings still in use on the Main Line. Now as then, patrons come for good food and drink.

Another of the ways Gladwyne stands out from the rest of the Main Line is in its business district.

Lacking a railroad or a major thoroughfare* through its center, Gladwyne has neither a Main Street-style downtown such as can be found in Ardmore or Wayne nor a shopping center like the one in Bala Cynwyd.

Instead, it has a good old-fashioned country crossroads consisting of a handful of shops and a restaurant at the intersection of Righters Mill and Youngsford roads.

Several of the structures that make up the crossroads

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An absolutely enchanting home on a peaceful block in the Meredith catchment!

Fall in love with exposed brick, recessed lighting, hardwood flooring, and closets everywhere, not to mention two working fireplaces plus an immense wooded back yard! Enter into the warm, inviting living and dining space and envision entertaining your guests around the roaring fire.

Just beyond, discover the modern galley kitchen with charming brick flooring, stainless steel appliances, and pantry.

The kitchen lends access to the stunning showpiece of a back yard, where you can lounge around the patio space, practice your green thumb in the garden beds, and enjoy the privacy fence and lush green views all around.

Back inside, a trip upstairs

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Gladwyne mansionThanks to 19th-century deed restrictions preventing subdivision, Gladwyne is home to more palatial estates like the one pictured here than any other community in the Greater Philadelphia region.

Gladwyne. The name sounds Welsh, doesn't it?

It should. After all, Gladwyne is part of the area settled by Welsh Quakers soon after William Penn established his "holy experiment" among the Lenape Indians who lived on the west bank of the Delaware.

But it's not. The word was created out of thin air in 1891 to give the community then known as Merion Square an identity that would set it apart from all the other Merions around it, including the township of which it is a part, Lower Merion.

Gladwyne stands out among Main Line communities for several

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Completely remodeled Fishtown home, sparkling top-to-bottom with brand new systems and fixtures! Situated minutes from I-95 at Girard, your new home has been refitted with all the latest aesthetics you'll adore.

As you enter into the bright, open living and dining space, you'll adore the hardwood flooring and fresh neutral colors, not to mention the convenient powder room!

Just beyond, discover the sleek, modern kitchen showcasing granite countertops, new stainless steel appliances, subway tile backsplash, and stylish recessed lighting. The kitchen also leads to the enviable rear patio with attractive privacy fencing, and a lush green view.

Back inside, a trip upstairs reveals the main bedroom, a full hall bath with tiled floor and

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Lower Merion AcademyThe Lower Merion School District is one of the most honored school districts in Pennsylvania. It traces its origins to the Lower Merion Academy in Cynwyd, opened in 1813 as the first free school for children in Montgomery County. 

Bala and Cynwyd got their current names when the Pennsylvania Railroad built its Schuylkill Valley Division through the area in the 1880s. Before then, the communities had several different names.

One of them was "Academyville." It was named for one of the buildings at its center: the Lower Merion Academy, the first free public school in Montgomery County. Built in 1812-13 as a free school for the poor and orphans of Lower Merion Township, the school became part of the Lower Merion School District in 1836 after the

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