House of the Week: Pristine Carriage Home with Studio Space in East Kensington

east kensington e firth street trenton avenue

We brought a fixer-upper near the creativity-brimming Trenton Avenue to your attention a few weeks ago, so it’s only fitting that we showcase a gleaming, restored home this time around. (Note: The property is listed as being on E Firth Street, but an approval to change the address to 2520 Trenton Ave. is pending from the Office of Property Assessment.)

Among the homes larger appointments are a landscaped deck with retractable awning and two separately attached garages, one of which can either hold three cars or be used as a workspace. The other garage has 1-car parking.

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Decorating Your Home? Here Are Trends To Avoid

Dining room interior designed by Louis Navarette.  Photo courtesy of Andrew Joseph PR.

Dining room interior designed by Louis Navarette.
Photo courtesy of Andrew Joseph PR.

Earlier this week Shoppist rounded up a market report, which included a piece on the ten home decor trends that are, quote, “completely, hopelessly over.” Check it out here!

Or if you’re looking on what to do, take a second look at the gallery of this beautiful Center City house that was designed by Louis Navarette for some home interior inspiration.

Reduced: Gladwyne Gem Gets a Nearly $3M Price Cut

1333 Youngsford Rd, Gladwyne, PA

We wrote about this stone manor home, which once belonged to an underwater photography pioneer, when it was originally listed for a little over $8.4 million. The property has since undergone some price cuts, all of which add up to a significant reduction of $2,999,001.

The main house consists of formal living and dining rooms, wood-paneled library, solarium with French doors, which lead out to a stone terrace, and family room with fireplace and coffered ceiling. All five bedrooms have en-suite baths.

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Morning Headlines: Observation Deck Proposed For One Liberty Place

Photo credit: ryanoshea via Flickr.

Photo credit: ryanoshea via Flickr.

An observation deck with its own private elevator and a “small cafe” has been proposed for the 57th floor of One Liberty Place, the taller of the two Liberty Place towers. The Philadelphia Business Journal’s Natalie Kostelni writes that the planned deck would be open to hosting events and would be managed by Paris-based company Montparnasse 56 Group.

Given that the proposal calls for an interior deck (observation points are usually situated outdoors), city planners need not grant permission:

The proposal wouldn’t need any approvals from Philadelphia planners since it would operate as a typical commercial tenant, such as a restaurant or a company’s offices, said Gary Jastrzab, executive director of the Philadelphia Planning Commission.

An opening date has yet to be announced.

Observation deck for One Liberty Place? [Philadelphia Business Journal]

Moving onto other news…

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Tuesday Trinity: A Wood-Beamed Beauty Near South Street

417 Gaskill St, Philadelphia, PA, 19147

417 Gaskill St, Philadelphia, PA, 19147

Sitting on narrow Gaskill Street (a quieter alternative to neighboring South Street), this three-story row house in Society Hill enjoys a modern/vintage design with its hardwood floors, exposed red brick, and new ceiling fans. A new air conditioner was also added in 2012.

In the kitchen you’ll find SS appliances, marble countertops, and exposed wood beams; second floor contains the only bathroom, while the third includes a second bedroom with custom-shelved closet. There’s also a sunken landing on the first floor and private back patio.

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The Schuylkill Banks Boardwalk Extension Opens Next Month

Photo via Schuylkill Banks on Facebook.

Photo via Schuylkill Banks on Facebook.

The Schuylkill River Trail is finally getting its long-awaited extension in the form a 2,000-foot-long boardwalk addition set to link the trail, which normally ends on Locust Street, to University City via a ramp connecting to the South Street Bridge. The boardwalk will open October 2nd, according to Uwishinu’s Jillian Wilson.

Walkers, runners, and bicyclists planning to use the 15-foot-wide concrete structure should know it strays 50 feet from the river’s shoreline.

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Philadelphia Is #2 On Counties with Most Man-Made Environmental Hazards List

Photo credit: Vit Brunner via Flickr.

Photo credit: Vit Brunner via Flickr.

Since adding environmental hazard data to its already deep pool of information, RealtyTrac has gone ahead and sorted through its figures to publish a report ranking counties with the highest and lowest in man-made environmental hazards. As can be seen in the chart below, we’ve made it onto one of these lists, fairing at number two on “Top 50 Counties: Highest Prevalence of Man-Made Environmental Hazards.” Yikes.

Real estate-wise, hazardous counties appear to have lower median home values compared to the less hazardous markets. Yet interestingly, short-term home appreciation has been “stronger in the 50 housing markets with the highest prevalence” of hazards. Long-term price appreciation, though, has been weaker. More from RealtyTrac’s VP, Daren Blomquist:  Read more »

Morning Headlines: Delinquent Properties Rake In Over $2.1 Million In Montco

Norristown view from Upper Merion. Photo credit:  Montgomery County Planning Commission via Flickr

Norristown view from Upper Merion.
Photo credit: Montgomery County Planning Commission via Flickr

Property owners who had been delinquent for two years had their homes auctioned off in a Thursday sale, earning Montgomery County $2,121,021.20 (including transfer tax). The Main Line Times’ Dan Clark says the money will go to the school district each properties owes money to, while any leftover sums will be divided “between the municipality or borough of the property and county.”

Clark reports 1,294 properties were originally listed in the sale, but that 1,100 of those homes were taken off after property owners paid their taxes back. From those 1,100, $7.4 million was raised. However, not all properties found a bidder (particularly those from the Norristown and Pottstown areas), which means they will be included in a different sale:  Read more »

NY Firm Buys LEED Gold Building in Bucks County

Photo courtesy of Elysha Chang at Meelo and Chloe.

Photo courtesy of Elysha Chang at Meelo and Chloe.

Ten minutes north of the Oxford Valley Mall is an unobtrusive building recently acquired the Advalurem Group, a New York-based real estate investment firm. The property, located at 1000 Floral Vale went for $19 million.

Built in November of 2009, the 89,000-square-foot office building in Bucks County holds a LEED Gold certification for “meeting energy efficient and environmentally safe design standards”. The construction, which has 80 percent of its space leased, caught the firm’s attention upon realizing its location would prove advantageous.

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The Fatland Estate Is Going For $9 Milllion

The Vaux Hill mansion at 1248 Pawlings Rd.

The Vaux Hill mansion at 1248 Pawlings Rd.

The historic footnote that is Vaux Hill mansion may have had its splendiferous interior stripped of the gilded antiques that once furnished its rooms, but the property, which sits on the 15-acre Fatland estate in Phoenixville, appears as stately as ever.

The sale, which is quite literally a dollar under $9 million, includes the renovated and restored Greek Revival-style home, tennis court, horse pastures, and pool with pool house. There’s also a separately deeded stone barn on a 3-acre parcel. A fence surrounds the entire residence and a tree-lined drive leads to the courtyard with carved marble fountain.

Below is the breathtaking gallery.

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