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December 17, 2015

On The Market: Six homes that look like they belong on a Hallmark card

Cozy homes contribute to the holiday spirit

On The Market Holidays
Hallmark worthy home Fox & Roach/for PhillyVoice

A multimillion-dollar Main Line home that has the looks to match the price.

With Christmas approaching, I’ve developed a habit of stopping at every red-brick rowhome or smart little cottage I pass and thinking, “Oooh, now won’t that look nice with a wreath on the door?” Homes are now evaluated solely by how charming they’d look when decked out with twinkling lights and giant inflatable candy canes (okay, perhaps something more tasteful than that).

Fittingly, the holiday season is the inspiration for this week’s On The Market roundup. Cozy and joyful, all of the homes below look like they could grace the cover of a Hallmark card. They also all have fireplaces – should anyone need to enter the house via chimney.

1. Five-bedroom Tudor in Bryn Mawr, $798,000

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(Photo courtesy of Kurfiss Sotheby’s International Realty.)

This handsome Tudor-style home has a charming, Old-World design. Enjoy sitting by the bay window and feeling the heat of the fireplace in the living room, or go outside to the private yard with a shaded trellis and koi pond.

See the full listing here

2. Fantasy manor in Penn Valley, $1,550,000

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(Photo courtesy of BHHS Fox & Roach, Realtors)

Described as a “storybook stone manor,” this home is just dreamy. The grounds are beautifully landscaped, and tree in the front yard is begging for someone to build a treehouse in it.

See the full listing here.

3. Winsome home in Wyndmoor, $3,500/month

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(Photo courtesy of Fox & Roach)

Make a bold entrance in this Colonial-style home. It’s four bedrooms on a 1.3-acre lot, and architectural details include an arched entrance way, carved fireplace mantels and an art glass window over the grand staircase.

See the full listing here

4. Beer and good cheer in New Hope, $395,000

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(Photo courtesy of Fox & Roach)

Children have long fretted over the problem of how Santa can get down a narrow chimney. This fireplace is so enormous that there will be no problem. The realtor mentioned that this two-bedroom home used to be a tavern – and it’s easy to imagine a crowd of friends gathered together with eggnog and other drinks on Christmas Eve.

See the full listing here.

5. Cozy home in Merion Station, $1,585,000

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(Photo courtesy of Fox & Roach)

Another multimillion-dollar Main Line home, this one has the looks to match the price. The dominant color scheme inside is silver and slate-gray, leading to a very modern, chic feel – but the kids rooms burst with effusive color. (And butterflies. There are a lot of butterflies.)

See the full listing here.

6. Delicious gingerbread house in Bristol, $570,000

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(Photo courtesy of Kurfiss)

What could be more festive than a home that literally has gingerbread trim? This two-story brick home, built in 1850, is on the National Register of Historic Places and belonged to Lemuel Jarvis, a steamboat captain. No doubt it was helpful for him to live in a house right across the Delaware River. There’s even a veranda on the first story and a porch on the second so that he could sit and watch the ships from any floor.

See the listing here.

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