Property’s Weekend Agenda: The Philadelphia Home Show

Photo of The Painted Home show room at the Philadelphia Home Show, courtesy of Denise Sabia.

Photo of The Painted Home show room at the Philadelphia Home Show, courtesy of Denise Sabia.

Whether you’re  in the midst of giving your home a makeover (or simply considering it), this weekend’s Philadelphia Home Show remains a must-attend event.

This year, the show’s title is “Renew, Refresh and Restore Your Home,” which speaks to the exhibit’s emphasis on splendiferous home design, architecture, and landscaping. Feel free to check out all the design show rooms and ask questions only experts can answer!

The full roster of exhibtors can be found here, but notable designers set to make appearances include Denise Sabia from “The Painted Home” and Jeff Devlin from DIY’s I Hate My Bath and HGTV’s Spice Up My Kitchen.

You can check out more info about the Home Show and work by Bobbie Tilkens-Fisher  (At Home Modern) and Sabia–a resident of the Philadelphia suburbs with three brick and mortar locations in Doylestown, Erdenheim and Ambler–in the gallery below.

(Psst. Here’s how you can park for free for the Home Show.)

Plus, bonus free parking info!

Unbelievably Glammed Out Jersey Estate Asks $1.35 Million

TREND photos via Lenny, Vermaat, & Leonard, Inc. Realtors

TREND photos via Lenny, Vermaat, & Leonard, Inc. Realtors

Wow, wow, wow, wow. (Just…wow.)

Haddonfield’s Lane of Acres street is kind of a big properties smorgasbord (scour around a bit and you’ll see what I mean), but this one really stood out to us, not least for its massive Tudor-style facade. What struck us especially about the home, though, was its unique interior, which in addition to boasting a 2-story foyer, office, library, and spacious family room with several skylights, has the following:

  • living room with wet bar section (wonder if the carousel horse here is included in the sale too…)
  • eat-in kitchen with breakfast bar and breakfast area
  • master suite with fireplace, exercise room, sitting area, his & her closets, walk-in closet, his & her master baths, Jacuzzi tub area, and –takes a breath– roof deck access
  • Au pair suite with living area, bedroom, full bathroom, sauna and storage room

Click here for the deets and full gallery of the interior.

Mouthwatering Keewaydin Just Got Its Price Knocked Down!

615 W Mermaid Ln,  Philadelphia, PA, 19118

All TREND photos via BHHS Fox & Roach – Chestnut Hill.

As if it weren’t enough that it’s Friday (and no icy flakes in sight!), one of our most popular Jaw Dropper of the Week picks just got a price cut: the stone-walled, Gothic-arched, Keewaydin ballroom home is now going for $795,000!

If you missed our original post, we highly recommend you check it for a run-through of the homes’s background. (Then again, the gallery might just speak for itself!)

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This Is What Philadelphia Will Look Like in 15 Years

Screenshot via the Urban Land Institute

Screenshot via the Urban Land Institute

No, this isn’t a look at how Philly might advance technologically, (do you really think flying cars will be zooming down the Schuylkill Expressway in 2030?) rather, it’s a glimpse at how our germinating population (which has surely proved itself as one of the main driving forces behind all the retail projects and new constructions sprouting up), will continue to shape over the course of fifteen years.

Using ever-useful “historical trends and census data”, The Urban Land Institute has developed a nifty interactive tool (you can zoom into various cities and alter data trends like birth and death rates for different outcomes) that shows us how continuing population shifts will affect us.

The results? It’s estimated that the Greater Philadelphia Area could see a 6.50 percent population increase.

Below, a screenshot of the Urban Land Institute’s guess for what the demographic changes this growth entails.

H/T: See What Your City Will Be Like in 15 Years [City Lab]

Magnificent Centuries-Old Farmhouse with Renovated Apartment Addition For Sale

TREND photos via

TREND photos via

It’s better known as the Maplewood Farm Bed & Breakfast these days, but this lush 5-plus-acre Pipersville property has been around for over a century. The main floor, for instance, was constructed in 1792; while the second level was added in 1826. And if the photos are any indication of what the home is actually like in person now, it seems to have taken on that charming air historical buildings tend to acquire over time.

Character-defining features include wood-burning stove, built-in cupboards and bookcases in the main house, two-story bank barn with workshop and storage room, and a second barn with chicken coup and fenced-in pastures leading down to the Neshaminy Creek.

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New Floors, New Kitchen, New Deck … All on One of Philly’s Prettiest Streets!

All TREND photos via Redfin.

All TREND photos via Redfin.

Remember when the Huffington Post called Addison Street “arguably the prettiest street in the entire Northeast”? Well, they did, which means this newly renovated residence on Addison’s 1800 block could really have something going for it even if it weren’t such a find in and of itself.

In addition to having its exterior reconditioned, the inside has both new and restored original pine floors, historic staircase with new pine treads/risers, revamped kitchen with SubZero and Wolf appliances (plus, farmhouse sink, shaker cabinets, and soapstone counters), and pendant and LED lighting. Exposed brick is also on the first level.

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Morning Headlines: Comcast Announces It Will Keep Its New Tower For Itself


Have you seen the interior renderings of the Comcast Innovation and Technology Center? Pretty swanky stuff, right? Well, it seems some tenants that had been slated to move into the tower once it was done will only have the renderings to go on just like the rest of us.

The Philadelphia Business Journal‘s Natalie Kostelni reports Comcast has announced it will take up the entire office portion of the building, which means only the cable bigwig and the 222-room Four Seasons Hotel will be its sole occupants:

David L. Cohen, executive vice president of the Philadelphia cable company, said Comcast has expanded the amount of space it will occupy and will take all of the building’s 1.28 million square feet of office space.

It’s a move to accommodate Comcast’s rapidly growing pool of employees. Cohen said they don’t need a “third tower” (psh, why not?) but they do need the space:

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The Spruce Street Home That Will Make You Want to Cuddle Puppies

All TREND photos via The Condo Shop.

All TREND photos via The Condo Shop.

This gleaming bi-level condo unit on the corner of Quince and Spruce is something of a keeper.

For starters, the unit’s main floor has an open layout encompassing the living, dining, and kitchen areas, the last of which includes granite counters, hardwood cabinetry, and a terraced island with seating. (A patio-accessible bedroom and ceramic tiled bathroom are also here.) Then, in the lower level, you’ll find an additional bedroom and living space, as well as a bathroom with contemporary finishes.

Now here’s where canine fans like myself might feel a particular affinity with the home: current owner Adam Novick is the co-owner of The Ruff Life, a dog daycare, lodge, and grooming spa in Old City. And guess what? They have two (yes, TWO) webcams that stream the pups that are staying there.

We’ve embedded the second level webcam stream below for your viewing pleasure. Also, click here to get more details about the home.

3-D Billboards in Center City? Company Presents their Vision to the Planning Commission

Screenshot of Outdoor Catalyst's Philadelphia UEDs  video.

Screenshot of Outdoor Catalyst’s Philadelphia UEDs video.

Nothing is set in stone yet, but if things go according to one advertising company’s plans, Center City could get closer to taking on a “digital district” look not unlike a mini-Times Square (We have digital displays on the Lit. Brothers building now, after all).

PlanPhilly’s Jared Brey reports Catalyst Outdoor had an informational presentation before the Planning Commission on Tuesday regarding their proposal to build “three-dimensional digital billboards in a few corners of Center City.” In addition to featuring regular ads, these “Urban Experiential Displays” would “promote local nonprofit organizations, share news and ‘infotainment,’ and carry police and municipal alerts.” (You can see a video of their vision here.)

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On the Market: Fabulous Queen Village Abode with Four-Level Elevator!

All TREND photos via BHHS Fox & Roach - Bryn Mawr.

All TREND photos via BHHS Fox & Roach – Bryn Mawr.

Let me just say it: it would be a huge surprise if this home lags on the market for an extended period of time. Its four bedrooms, finished basement, slew of amenities, and additional office/playroom area make it, in our opinion, an excellent option for anyone looking to set up base in a roomy townhouse situated in a neighborhood WalkScore dubs a walker and biker’s paradise.

And what amenities it has! In addition to offering garage parking, intercom system, and three separate outdoor spaces (the master suite has a private patio), the six-year-old home has a working elevator that stops on all four floors. In the kitchen, a breakfast bar has its place alongside stainless steel Viking appliances and granite countertops. Nearby, are the family room with eastern-facing windows (i.e. sunrise views) and formal dining room with French doors opening to a deck.

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