Joseph Forkin: The River Warden

Illustration by Charlie Layton

Joseph Forkin started his march toward reuniting Philadelphia with its working river long before he made the leap this summer from COO to president of the Delaware River Waterfront Corporation. His journey includes victories large and small, culminating in work on the grandest prize yet: a cap — and a park! — at Penn’s Landing over I-95. “The success of the smaller projects,” says Forkin, “led to the ability to capture the larger project.” Here, the little triumphs that lead to the big one. Read more »

What $500K Will Buy You in Doylestown

314 Hedgerow Dr., Doylestown, Pa. 18901 | TREND images via Keller Williams Real Estate – Doylestown unless otherwise noted

Bucks County living comes in several flavors: rustic, bucolic, contemporary, Levittown, New Hope and Doylestown, to name a few.

Those three communities above stand as lifestyle signatures in their own right: Levittown, the original postwar Paradise for Everyman; New Hope, the LGBTQ-friendly nonstop party; Doylestown, the Classic Small Town filled with colonial charm (and the legacy of this guy who made amazing tile and had a thing for reinforced concrete).

We decided to swing through Doylestown this week to see what was on offer around the middle of the market, and we weren’t disappointed. $500,000 or thereabouts gets you a very nicely maintained home, or a brand-new one, whose style and design cues are traditional through and through. If that’s your own style, you’ll be very happy with any of these three choices.

(A buyer looking for a place to transform into their own might want to check out the bonus listing at the end of this post.) Read more »

These Are The 10 Most Affordable Homes in Society Hill

All but two of these 10 lowest-priced Society Hill condos are of contemporary design. The two that aren’t are both located at 302 Lombard St. This one’s the larger of the two.| TREND image via BHHS Fox & Roach

Low-rise Society Hill passed high-rise Rittenhouse Square and bosky Chestnut Hill to beome the neighborhood with the highest median household income in the city sometime in the 1990s.

Luckily for would-be Society Hill residents, it didn’t pass Rittenhouse Square to become the neighborhood with the highest average house sale prices per square foot.

This week’s numbers from NeighborhoodX reveal that the most affordable condos in Society Hill — all 10 of this neighborhood’s most affordable homes are condos — are priced similarly to those in Rittenhouse Square, though the range of prices is a little wider. Read more »

Jawdropper of the Week: Riverside Reverie in Andalusia for $3.7M

325 Chestnutwood Lane, Andalusia, Pa. 19020 | TREND images via RE/MAX Hometown

If you’re one of those people whose vision of the good life involves relaxing on your porch and looking out over water, your boat has pulled up to the dock.

Once you get out of your boat, feast your eyes on this splendid historic mansion located right on the Delaware just outside Philadelphia.

Built in 1857 by physician George Fox, “Chestnutwood” has been impeccably maintained over the 160 years that have passed since its completion. It’s the finest example of Victorian elegance we’ve seen in quite some time, and it’s built to impress your family, friends and visiting guests. We’re sure you won’t lack for the last of these if you turn it into the bed-and-breakfast inn it cries out to be. Read more »

First-Time Find: A Foothold in Fishtown* for $235K

2412 E. Firth St., Philadelphia, Pa. 19125 | TREND images via Space & Company

Need more than two bedrooms?

Have less than $300,000 that you can afford to spend on a house?

Want to live in Fishtown?

Usually, if the answer to the first two questions is “Yes,” then the answer to the third is, “You can’t.”

But every so often, a house that flips that last answer comes on the market. This* is one of those houses. Read more »

Scannapieco Officially Finishes 500 Walnut

In addition to taking the wraps off his building, developer Tom Scannapieco (right) presented a check for $10,000 to Museum of the American Revolution CEO Michael Quinn. | Photos: Sandy Smith

Perhaps the person most surprised at pulling off the feat that is 500 Walnut is Tom Scannapieco himself.

His goal, he told the assembled audience at today’s formal unveiling of the finished product, was to give Philadelphia “a world-class building the likes of which the city has never seen before.”

Thanks to a clever act of architectural legerdemain from Cecil Baker + Partners and top-quality work from builder Intech Construction, he delivered just that. And when he sold the building’s bi-level top-floors penthouse for a record-shattering $17.6 million while the concrete was still being poured, he also demonstrated that there were Philadelphians out there who wanted to live in just such a building.

But he hadn’t expected that more than two-thirds of the high-rise condo’s units would be sold by the time the doors opened. “So I think we got it right,” he said. Read more »

J-Roll Puts His South Jersey Palace Up for Sale for $799K

120 Fox Chase Court, Swedesboro, N.J. 08085 | TREND images via Nancy Kowalik Real Estate Group

Talk about a home run.

You can own the mini-mansion Phillies ace shortstop, World Series champ and National League MVP Jimmy Rollins called home from 2005 to 2015 for exactly what he paid for it.

And for a mere $799,000, you’ll have a very nice catch on your hands.

This totally tricked-out home on a 2.58-acre lot in Swedesboro is made for entertaining on a grand scale and dressed to impress. Read more »

Trinity Tuesday: Eurostyle in Bella Vista for $260K

756 S. Darien St. #8 (8 Lincoln Ave.), Philadelphia, Pa. 19147 | Images via Very Real Estate

You might be forgiven if, when you turn into the brick-paved pedestrian lane called Lincoln Avenue on which this trinity sits, you think you’ve managed to transport yourself to some picturesque village on the Amalfi coast. The sunshine, intimate scale and stucco walls of the homes lining this alley may have that effect on you.

But you’re not in Italy, though you are close to the Italian Market. You’re at the eastern edge of Bella Vista, close to dining, shopping, and lots of other good things — all of which you can forget exist in this spiffed-up trinity on a very quiet path. Read more »

Main Line Monday: Vintage Charm in Narberth for $349K

205 Elm Ter., Narberth, Pa. 19072 | TREND images via BHHS Fox & Roach

The owners of this classic home in the Main Line’s most neighborly community are evidently as proud of it and its history as its builder was when he built this twin and its neighbors in 1910 — they’ve held onto a photo builder Alex Chambley took of the Elm Terrace homes shortly after their completion.

This home today looks much as it did when new. The wood trim on the front porch and windows is more colorful, and, of course, the kitchen and bathroom have been updated. But you will find all of the original architectural details that make this home distinctive still in place. Read more »

Gray Areas: The Color Dominating Home Design

Illustration by Melissa McFeeters

When did the insides of Philly homes start resembling the skies over Seattle?

I can’t say for sure, but for some years now, gray has been the color of choice for a lot of builders and owners. Like open-plan main floors, grayness has become ubiquitous in new homes, especially in the city. And it’s not just any gray; a specific spectrum of bluish-grays has taken over design — shades builders like to use and layer because they tend to work with just about anything. Read more »

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