Historic School in Havertown Could Bite the Dust

516 S. Eagle Rd. in Havertown, built in 1883 as “Public School No. 2.” | Google Street View image

One of the oldest schoolhouses in Delaware County could cease to exist, depending on who buys it at an auction scheduled for tomorrow evening in Haverford Township.

The building at 516 S. Eagle Rd. in Havertown looks like just another small single-family cottage home. But it was built in 1883 as “Public School No. 2.”

The Delaware County Daily Times reports that the one-acre lot containing the school and two accessory buildings will be auctioned off to the highest bidder tomorrow (June 27th) at 7 p.m. at the township building, located at 2325 Darby Rd. in Havertown. Read more »

How A Piece of the Mediterranean Landed in South Kensington

French doors and balconies with iron railings abound in Jeannie DeCarlo’s home on North Hancock Street in Old Kensington, which sold for just about what she asked for it last week. | Photos: Sandy Smith unless otherwise noted

Painter Jeannie DeCarlo, says broker Stephanie Somers, is “a tough lady. It’s hard to get her to laugh. But when she does, you know you’ve gained her favor.”

Somers, co-owner of RE/MAX Access with her husband Christopher, had many a laugh with DeCarlo as she set about achieving what seemed impossible: selling a one-of-a-kind house on a not-yet-gentrified South Kensington block for a price no other home in the area has fetched.

I also shared a few laughs with DeCarlo when I visited her home to tell its story. And in its story you find diCarlo’s determined personality and ultimately sunny spirit shining through. Read more »

Old-Time Comfort in Pipersville for $725K

6830 Tohickon Hill Rd., Pipersville, Pa. 18947 | Photos and TREND images via Addison Wolfe Real Estate

If your tastes run towards the Victorian but you still enjoy all the comforts of modern living, we’ve got just the place for you.

This 1825 farmhouse in Pipersville, Bucks County, underwent a complete renovation not too long ago. The redo added a bunch of modern features throughout the home in a way that kept its 19th-century charm intact.

Take the eat-in kitchen, for instance. What you see next to the huge cooking-hearth fireplace looks like it’s been there as long as this home has, but it’s all up-to-date, including the nicely camouflaged Sub-Zero refrigerator, hidden microwave and discreet beverage fridge. Read more »

Jawdropper of the Week: The Ultimate Sanctuary in Malvern for $2.75M

25 Mountain Laurel Rd., Malvern, Pa. 19355 | Photos © SASbecker Photography via Dana Zdancewicz, BHHS Fox & Roach Realtors

“What we call the beginning is often the end
And to make an end is to make a beginning.
The end is where we start from.

“We shall not cease from exploration
And the end of all our exploring
Will be to arrive where we started
And know the place for the first time.
Through the unknown, unremembered gate
When the last of earth left to discover
Is that which was the beginning.”

—T.S. Eliot, “Little Gidding”

It may be the end of the beginning for the owners of “The End of the Beginning,” but fortunately for you, they are giving you the once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to write the beginning of Chapter Two.

If you choose to take them up on the offer, you will assume stewardship — “ownership” isn’t quite the right term — of a truly unique ensemble of buildings that will make you feel better for living in them and sharing their bounty with your family, friends and guests.

For this estate, whose name is taken from the T.S. Eliot passage above, represents the marriage of an architect with a unique design philosophy and owners with an appreciation for both nature and art. Read more »

Vincent Kling House Restoration Wins Conservation Award

K Yoder Design’s restoration of a midcentury modern home in Gladwyne designed by Vincent Kling received a 2017 Citation of Merit from Docomomo US. | Photo: Jeffrey Totaro

Docomomo US, the American branch of the worldwide organization devoted to the “documentation and conservation of the buildings, sites and neighborhoods of the modern movement,” has bestowed one of its highest honors on a sensitive restoration of one of the few residential projects of Philadelphia School giant Vincent Kling.

K Yoder Design’s restoration of Kling’s Smith Residence in Gladwyne received a Citation of Merit in this year’s Docomomo Modernism in America Awards, one of four such projects so honored nationwide.

Completed in 1960, the Smith residence received a complete restoration to its original condition in 2016 when a Society Hill neighbor of K Yoder Design founder and principal Kevin Yoder approached him about buying and restoring the house. The restoration also replaced deteriorated building systems and updated its fixtures, fittings and appliances to 21st-century standards. Read more »

First-Time Find: Country Charm in Fallsington for $319.9K

44 E. Trenton Ave., Fallsington, Pa. 19054 | Photos via Jay Spaziano, Addison Wolfe Real Estate

If you’d like to give your family room to breathe and play in a small-country-town setting, we’ve found just the home for you this week.

This recently updated and renovated 1830 home in historic Fallsington, Bucks County, is so nice and has so much to offer that we think it richly deserves mention in this feature, despite a sale price just a hair over our usual $300,000 upper limit.

That extra $19,900 gets you all this: Read more »

Trinity Tuesday: Suburban Quiet in Fitler Square for $380K

2136 Tryon St., Philadelphia, Pa. 19146 | TREND images via Keller Williams Realty Center City

Not all of the little streets in Center City are equal. Some are just more charming than others.

Tryon Street, a one-block lane sandwiched between the 2100 blocks of Lombard and Naudain streets near Fitler Square, falls into this category with its lush greenery and red-brick warmth.

Both of these elements spill over into this recently listed trinity near the block’s west end. Built in 1925, it’s one of the last examples of this house type prior to today’s trinities-on-steroids revival, and a recent top-to-bottom renovation has kept it apace with the times without sacrificing an ounce of its charm. Read more »

New York Developer Buys Shovel-Ready Penn Treaty Park Project

The Views at Penn Treaty has been sold to a New York developer for $7 million. | Rendering: Abitare Design Studio via Shovel Ready Projects

Shovel Ready Projects LLC has sold its latest shovel-ready project, the 19-unit Views at Penn Treaty, to New York-based developer Gotham Bedrock LLC for $7 million.

The deal was announced in a press release this morning from Shovel Ready Projects spokesperson George Polgar.

The purchase price covers the 1.5-acre strip of land just south of Penn Treaty Park on the Delaware riverfront near Marlborough Street and Delaware Avenue along with the luxury townhouse plans from Abitare Design Studio and all necessary permits for construction.

The deal makes Gotham Bedrock the first New York developer to build on the Philadelphia waterfront. Read more »

Fattah Estate Goes on the Market in East Falls for $995K

3941-45 W. Netherfield Rd., Philadelphia, Pa. 19129 | TREND images via Elfant Wissahickon Realtors

The latest property being unloaded in the Disgraced Pol Hit Parade went on the market last Tuesday.

It’s the former home of Congressman Chaka Fattah and his wife Renee Chenault-Fattah, a 2.6-acre estate tucked away on a quiet lane in East Falls. The couple has already cleared out of the place for their new digs — Chaka at a minimum-security Federal prison camp in western Pennsylvania for the next 10 years, Renee at an undisclosed location — but they left it in mint condition and move-in ready.

Though the house dates only to 1930, there’s some history behind this plot: the estate was once part of a much larger 10-acre one dating to the 1700s that stretched from School House Lane all the way to Coulter Street. Two older structures with a link to that past also sit on these grounds: a carriage house thought to date to the 1800s and a one-room cottage with sleeping loft believed to be the oldest structure on the property. According to local lore, this cottage once served as a way station for hunters. Read more »

Tenants Continue to Press Case Against New Penn Wynn Manor Owner

Protesters at today’s rally in support of Penn Wynn residents’ demands. | Photo: Sandy Smith

About 40 Penn Wynn Manor residents and their supporters in the Philadelphia Tenants Union staged a protest in front of the Centre Square office complex today at noontime to protest the actions of the building’s new owner, Cross Properties. The remaining residents of the Wynnefield apartment tower, who the union is representing in their dispute with Cross, say the owners are both giving them too little time to find new living quarters and making it difficult for them to rent suitable new apartments.

Residents received notices slipped under their doors Jan. 17 notifying them that the new owner would not renew their leases. A sizable number of the building’s 239 apartments were occupied by disabled veterans, housing voucher recipients, and other tenants with special housing needs. Read more »

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