Reduced and Pending: Chestnut Hill House Where a Jodie Foster Movie was Filmed

All TREND photos via BHHS Fox & Roach - Blue Bell.

All TREND photos via BHHS Fox & Roach – Blue Bell.

Lynnewood, a three-story house resting atop 3.5 acres and vaunting the respect of the Chestnut Hill Historical Society, is now under contract. As one would imagine, the home has architectural pedigree and is the site of a scene in Stealing Home, a romantic comedy starring Jodie Foster (more on that here).

Movie trivia aside, the home boasts high casement windows, French doors, and a master suite with a porch and view of the grounds. There’s also a 5-car garage and guest apartment.

See the gallery below…(sorry, no Jodie cameo)

Developer Presents Plans for 24-Unit Apartment in West Philly

The propposed apartment is set to take the place of the former building at 4536 Spruce, which burned down in February 2011. Photo via Google Street View

The former building at 4536 Spruce, which burned down in February 2011.
Photo via Google Street View

During a meeting with the Spruce Hill Community Association zoning committee yesterday, developers behind a proposed 24-unit apartment building presented their plan, which is set to accommodate low-income residents, “particularly veterans” and replace the burned down building at 4536 Spruce, according to Mike Lyons at West Philly Local:

The Mission First Housing Group‘s building would include 24 one- and two-bedroom rental apartments aimed at people with a household income of $36,000 a year or less and is contingent on state funding. Mission First hopes to improve its chances for funding by going through the zoning process, which will require variances for building height, erecting a multi-family structure and not providing parking.

Lyons adds that the project would also offer both an indoor compactor and bike storage. Parking was not proposed.

Affordable housing plan at 46th and Spruce back in front of Spruce Hill zoning committee [West Philly Local]

Tinicum Township Home That’s So Picturesque It Could Have Been Inspired by a Children’s Storybook

All TREND photos via Addison Wolfe Real Estate.

All TREND photos via Addison Wolfe Real Estate.

Not to be confused with the Tinicum Township south of Philadelphia, this Tinicum home, called “the Old Weaver Homestead,” is a Bucks County property through and through, and, much like the neighboring country cottage of our dreams, it’s a charming two-bedroom with a delightful interior.

Raising its appeal even further is a nearby running stream, little milk house (used as a gym), and two barns, one of which has been converted into a storage and guest apartment (first and second levels, respectively), while the other contains stalls and a greenhouse area for growing vegetables in the winter.

Continue on to see the beautiful gallery…

That Game of Thrones-ish Mansion in Villanova is Pending Sale

All TREND photos via BHHS Fox & Roach - Haverford.

All TREND photos via BHHS Fox & Roach – Haverford.

Things seem to be looking up for this formidable Delaware County estate, which at the beginning of the year was listed for $2,349,000 followed by a series of price cuts, delistings, re-listings, price raises, and more cuts. The medieval-style mansion has, as Shannon Rooney noted in January, a distinct Game of Thrones air to it and no one was biting.

That is until now.

Redfin says the home is contingent, which means someone might finally be in the process of sealing the deal on the grand property. And what a home they’ll have! In addition to the lovely particulars inside (hand carved millwork, limestone accents, leaded glass windows, and a 20-foot beamed ceiling), the 2-plus-acre grounds seem to call out from a different time: gardens, stone walls, reflecting pond, and several terraces.

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Morning Headlines: Velodrome Developers Meet Opponents During Wednesday Presentation

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Developers behind the proposed $100 million velodrome project at FDR Park had their first presentation before the Parks and Recreation Commission yesterday, reports Inga Saffron. According to her, the meeting was packed with over 150 attendees, some of who were not there to voice their support:

Although the velodrome developers have promised to make significant park improvements to mitigate the arena’s impact, several neighborhood residents expressed skepticism about the benefits of another large facility in South Philadelphia. The velodrome would be located across from the sports complex and a few blocks from the site of a newly approved casino on Packer Avenue.

“This is the elephant in the room. We are already impacted so severely,” argued Anna Maria Vona, who uses the park for morning walks. “I’m tired of outsiders coming into our community.”

One project backer responded by saying…

The Country Cottage of Your Dreams Is In Bucks County

TREND photos via Coldwell Banker Hearthside.

TREND photos via Coldwell Banker Hearthside.

Readers, prepare to fall in love.

The jewel that is this Erwinna residence has a covered bridge leading to the picket-fenced property, which–as if the cute bridge weren’t enough–includes the most picturesque stone pathway lined with trees on either side extending to the home’s entrance. There’s also a treehouse folly that makes for a wonderfully unconventional guest quarter.

Unsurprisingly, the listing states the home is the work of award-winning garden designer Jon Carloftis and as such has “been featured in dozens of design, lifestyle and garden magazines.” Interior charms include a wood-burning fireplace, painted wood floors, built-ins, and French doors with access to a covered sleeping porch that overlooks the gardens and stream.

Continue reading about the kitchen and beautiful garage…

Northeast Philly’s Center for Autism Awarded $1 Million Grant For Expansion

The Center for Autism in Philadelphia has two facilities, one of which has just received a $1 million grant courtesy of the state’s Economic Initiative Grant Program. John George at the Business Journal reports the money will go to expanding the center’s satellite facility in Northeast Philadelphia:

Awarded through the state’s Economic Initiative Grant Program, the money will be used to renovate space at center’s Grant Avenue location, which will allow the facility to provide 350 more evaluations each year and serve 270 more individuals and families through its various treatment programs.

But wait, there’s more…

New Owner of 1635 Market to Invest $5 Million in Renovations

Photo via Loopnet.

Photo via Loopnet.

According to the Inquirer’s Erin Arvedlund, New York-based firm Nightingale Properties has bought Seven Penn Center, the 19-story building at 1635 Market Street.

The Tuesday purchase was made at an undisclosed price, but plans for a $5 million dollar renovation are already in the works as real estate agents with CBRE, the company marketing the property, say its new owner is “committed to transforming 1635 Market into a modern, high tech facility.” Changes are set to include the structure’s “facade, main lobby, concourse elevators, common corridors and bathrooms.”

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$1 Million Haddonfield Residence with the Greatest Neighbors

Photos by owner via Zillow.

Photos by owner via Zillow.

This is one of those “for sale by owner” houses we rarely feature on Property, but we opted to include this one for its family-friendly appeal. According to the owner, the 1900 Victorian is in a spot-on location with top schools and PATCO’s Haddonfield Station all within walking distance. They also call their immediate neighbors “the best in town” and note the decades-old tradition of having a neighborhood Fourth of July block party with a float.

Other elements that make it an inviting home are its modern-day amenities, which include newly refinished basement and master and guest bathrooms, an in-home office with its own entryway and bathroom, and a kitchen that was remodeled in 2004 and has reclaimed barn hemlock floors with Mark Wilkinson cabinets, SubZero fridge, honed limestone countertops and Viking 6-burner stove and double oven.

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