Splendiferous Interior: Restored Carriage House in Bella Vista

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Among the charms of living in this greene country towne you can count streets nearly narrow enough to touch both sides simultaneously and the occasional carriage house remaining in a row of homes. This darling property on Kater boasts both and also includes a garage big enough for three-car piggyback parking in case you need a little more than colonial delights.

Above the cavernous garage is a loft-like living space with with exposed bricks, refinished pine floors and high wood-beam ceilings. The space has two large skylights and several windows that help break it up into separate areas. The single bathroom features a custom industrial sink and a very cool restored door. The kitchen is situated in the middle, open to the living and dining areas. And there is a wall of closets for the sleeping area in the back.

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Build a Custom Condo Overlooking Independence Hall

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The luxury will come at a cost – this property is listed at a cool $5 million – but it’s about time that city residents are offered the same perk so many hotel guests regularly receive: a direct view of Independence Hall. Adjacent (and connected) to the Omni Hotel, The Bank Building was built in 1857 to serve as the headquarters of the Philadelphia National Bank. What once stood as Banker’s Row is now a boutique condo building combining 19th century grandeur with the Omni’s concierge-level services.

This property is listed as raw space, which means the buyer will be on the hook for construction costs, but the buyer will also be free to customize the home to his or her exact specifications. A pretty rare deal for such new construction among history. As it stands now, the space includes high ceilings, exposed brick walls, wall-sized windows and a private wrap-around terrace with Chestnut Street and Center City skyline views.

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Modern Chestnut Hill Home With Spa-Like Master Bath

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Let’s count the ways we can tell this contemporary Chestnut Hill home was owned by a designer:

  1. There is a cut-out in the courtyard, allowing a tree to grow unimpeded
  2. Sleek, clean lines combined with midcentury modern furniture everywhere
  3. Dramatic light fixtures

The listing tells us this home underwent “significant cosmetic and mechanical improvements” while designers owned the home. We assume they include the magnificent kitchen, which features custom cabinetry, Durat countertops, cork flooring and luxury appliances. While everything in this home looks professionally decorated and designed, it may be most readily apparent in what we assume is the master bath. The spa-like atmosphere is emphasized with an oversized soaking tub that looks like something straight out of a Rescue Rittenouse dream.

Outside, the property has been designed just as thoughtfully. The central terrace boasts a built-in grill station, a fire pit and a dining area. A second flagstone patio also provides views of the grounds. The landscaped property also includes an attached two-car garage and a shed as well as a custom-made treehouse.

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New Northern Liberties Condo With Roofdeck and Parking

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Of the three units originally built for Callahan Ward’s Zabel’s Row, two remain. This unit, B, is move-in ready. Unit C is “available for customization.” Unit A, we suppose, has already been snapped up.

There are many lovely features to the condo — sleek, modern lines and luxury finishes among them — but one of the finest is that the home is 30 feet wide. This is not only a rarity in a neighborhood with occasionally crowded rowhomes. It allows for side-by-side two-car garage parking downstairs (another rarity in Northern Liberties).

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New Hope’s Exquisite Gateshead Farm Is an $8 Million BucksCo Fantasy

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Workaday life is full of other people: crowded elevators and lines at Wawa and traffic jams and SEPTA buses. So it’s perfectly normal to dream of strolling over a bridge on rolling green hills, passing by friendly horses, stopping at a springhouse, and turning rocks over in a sunlit stream. All of which is possible for the owner of New Hope’s Gateshead Farm.

First, the main residence. The 19th century stone farmhouse offers more than 8,000 square feet for six bedrooms and six full bathrooms. The updated interior manages to blend cozy details like stone walls, fireplaces and exposed beams with modern amenities and finishes. The home evokes the sense that you could take a nap on a window bench and wake up convinced you were at Pemberley.

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Art Deco Downashore: Margate 5BR on a Beach Block with Pool

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Rounded decks and deco, arched windows are not your standard Jersey Shore fare. But this contemporary home – just four properties back from the beach – is not your standard vacation house. Standard vacation houses generally don’t come with quite so many upgrades.

The five-bedroom home features more windows than we can count, coupled with vaulted ceilings and an open floorplan, resulting in a wash of sunshine throughout the first floor. There are four full baths and one powder room, meaning most of the guest rooms are en-suite. The kitchen has a granite island and dual ovens plus built-in cabinets. The bedroom at the very top of the house features nearly floor-to-ceiling arched windows on several walls as well as an en-suite bathroom with dual sinks.

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Look Into the Puppies’ Eyes: You Will Buy This Dentist’s House

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Listing photos usually focus on views and landscaping and professional staging. Not this Collegeville home. Here the owners go straight for the literal puppy-dog eyes. Please buy this house, they say. Look at that lush lawn out backThere is even a stream. We like to chase squirrels there.

The home hardly needs the hard sell. Built in 1962 by “Dentist Dr. Larson,” the home has been fully renovated. Since 2003! The kitchen especially boasts gourmet upgrades: cherry cabinets, Viking and Bosch appliances and a breakfast nook with built-in benches. So comfythey say. Very warm. The main level also features three bedrooms and two full baths.

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Adventures in Home Buying: Here Is the House That We Own

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We’d spent months traipsing through strangers’ houses. We’d navigated enough of East Falls to count off the cozy street names by memory (some day, someone will explain to me how a true Fallser is meant to pronounce “Vaux”). In aggregate we’d probably spent entire days with our mortgage advisor. But even with a settlement date in sight — even after the appraisal was worked out — it hardly felt real.

Our closing was scheduled for Friday at 10 a.m. The night before — mindful of having only two weeks between settlement and move to do things like clean, paint and furniture shop — we found ourselves at a suburban Home Depot, standing in front of a wall of interior paint samples. In a sea of technicolor options, we were united on French Silver and Caribe. Still, as the sales associate was having the colors mixed and we were choosing paint rollers, it did not feel real.

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Stunning Parc Rittenhouse 3BR With Massive Terrace

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Private terraces cantilevered from the high-rises surrounding Rittenhouse Square are basically de rigueur. They generally come attached to lavishly finished condos and afford you space enough for a few chairs and a side table on which to set your La Colombe and your Vanity Fair.

Then there is this terrace at Parc Rittenhouse. Its square footage — a staggering 1,500 — could easily be mistaken for an average home’s livable space. Indeed, it’s only a few hundred square feet smaller than the indoor space for this unit.

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A Lesson on Gemütlichkeit in Haddon Heights

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When words fail us, German usually comes in handy. In this case, it has a word for the rush of feelings that overcomes us when we browse through the listing photos for this very quaint four-bedroom home in Haddon Heights: Gemütlichkeit.

Absent an adequate English translation, the word roughly equates to a sense of coziness and calm. It usually refers to home design, but you may also be familiar with the excellent toasting anthem, Ein Prosit der Gemütlichkeit, which basically means “a toast to your well-being” and has been repeated at Oktoberfests near and far forever.

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