1718 Rodman St., Philadelphia, Pa. 19146 | TREND images via BHHS Fox & Roach
Modern kitchens with stainless steel appliances? Yeah, we’ve seen plenty of those in trinities all across the city.
Modern kitchens with stainless steel appliances and an island?
We’d never seen one of those in a trinity until the agent who has this listing called it to our attention.
The owner of this well-maintained trinity near Rittenhouse Square decided to give it a bit of the Rittenhouse treatment when giving it an upgrade recently. As a result, it’s become a little gem that’s perfect for a single owner or young couple starting out on their life’s journey together. Read more »
15 Highfield Lane, Wayne, Pa. 19087 | TREND images via RE/MAX Main Line
There are two ways for you to avoid having to mow your grass and shovel the snow from your walkways and driveways in winter if you own a single-family suburban home with a yard:
- Pay someone to do these things for you, or
- Move to a community where the homeowners association takes care of this stuff for you.
This classically contemporary French-inspired home in Wayne’s Highfield subdivision is in one of those communities. Yard maintenance, snow shoveling, and more are all included in the $350 monthly homeowners association fee.
This is all very nice, but it means nothing if the home isn’t nice too. That’s also been taken care of.
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667 Lower State Rd., North Wales, Pa. 19454 | TREND images via Coldwell Banker Preferred
Around Bucks County, William Penn ranks up there with George Washington as the man who has a connection to everyone’s homes. But in Penn’s case, it’s not because he slept in them. Instead, it’s because he deeded the land they sit on.
This handsome home’s in the Montgomery County borough of North Wales rather than in Bucks, but it too claims a William Penn lineage via deed.
Built in 1738, this farmhouse situated on 11.38 lush acres is proof of true American craftsmanship. While it retains all its historic charm and many of its original features, it has been updated to fit modern lifestyles such as yours. Read more »
33 Waverly Rd., Wyncote, Pa. 19095 | TREND images via Weichert Realtors Jenkintown
Most first-time home buyers are usually just starting a family or taking their first steps on their career paths. But not all of them.
We know that there are families with children out there who for various reasons never got around to establishing themselves as homeowners. Maybe career demands made it unwise to commit to a home, or finances weren’t yet in proper shape. Or maybe the place they had was enough to accommodate that first child until it was time to think about school.
If you see yourself in any of those descriptions, or if you don’t but are looking to buy a place with room to raise a large family in anticipation of what’s to come, read on, for this week, we’ve found just the place for you. Read more »
Is this a space for living, or for working? These days, all sorts of spaces try to conjure up the feeling of home. This year’s DesignPhiladelphia festival will examine all the permutations of that culturally loaded term. | Photo: Chris Kendig for DesignPhiladelphia
This is the first year that founder Hilary Jay is not in charge of the DesignPhiladelphia festival, the annual celebration of design that is the oldest of its kind in the country. This change, along with some other winds of change abroad in the land, has led the festival organizers to return “Home” this year.
After all, it’s a place of comfort where one can seek shelter from the storms. It’s also been something that’s been on the minds of designers in this city for a while, said Rebecca Johnson, executive director of the festival’s producer, the Center for Architecture and Design.
“It’s been a recurring potential theme over the past few years, and the reason for that is it’s an easily understandable and digestible concept, and designers have been very involved with it. It’s something people want to talk about, it’s something designers can come up with programming about. It’s about comfort and security in uncertain times, and it’s about going back to basics, about what this festival can be in the future.” Read more »
310 Fairhill Rd., Wynnewood, Pa. 19096 | TREND images from prior listing via Zillow
The home search engine Zillow has a category of homes it calls “Make Me Move.”
These homes are not currently listed for sale, but their owners have set a price that would get them to sell in a second if a buyer offers it.
In our search for an outstanding Main Line home to feature this week, we ran across one of them. It’s very spacious, has great bones, and is loaded with nice amenities. And it’s not only priced to make the owner move — given what it offers, we think it may even be priced to move, assuming you’re looking for a home in its price range.
This grand-looking home was built in 1935 by noted local builder Pasquale Beccia in the English Gothic picturesque style using his signature building materials of hand-cut stone and slate. He incorporated a number of distinctive features into it, including a large porte-cochere with balcony graced by statuary, two-story window bays and floor-to-ceiling arched fan windows and doors. Read more »
Opportunity abounds in Philly for job-seekers interested in community and social service work, according to a new study examining BLS data.
Philadelphia’s recent good fortune still has some local boosters worried. In particular, they fret, job growth has not kept pace with population growth, and the city’s persistently high rate of poverty could act as a drag on the local rebound.
There’s good news on both fronts. According to Bureau of Labor Statistics data, job growth in the city is outpacing population growth for the third year in a row. And a new survey that examines opportunities for job-seekers in the nation’s 25 largest cities finds that dark cloud of poverty has a silver lining: loads of opportunity for those interested in social and community services. Read more »
149 S. Hancock St., Philadelphia, Pa. 19106 | Images via Redfin
“Everything old is new again” is probably the best phrase one can use to describe this stunning renovation of a historic 19th-century commercial building on Hancock Street in Old City.
This building is the sole survivor of a row of similar buildings, and it has a pedigree: Cabinetmaker Michael Bouvier, the great-great-grandfather of Jacqueline Bouvier Kennedy Onassis, bought the vintage-1816 structure in 1834 for use as his workshop. It came awfully close to meeting the fate of its neighbors before a couple bought the structure in 2010 and turned it into a super-spacious single-family residence.
While traditional in its details — crown moldings, classic baseboards, period doors — the home is at the same time thoroughly modern in its design sensibility and amenities. Read more »
The living room of one of the model apartments at the Fairmount @ Brewerytown. | Photos: Sandy Smith unless otherwise indicated
When Westrum Development Corporation built the Brewerytown Square townhouse development on 31st Street between Master and Thompson streets in the early 1990s, getting people to consider Brewerytown as a place to live was a tough sell. The location of the homes across from an Acme Markets warehouse probably didn’t help things either.
But sell they did, and now, some 15 years later, Brewerytown has come back into its own, this time not as an industrial hub but as an increasingly lively residential neighborhood anchored by a revitalizing commercial district. The latest project to join the steady parade of new construction and adaptive reuse is reclaiming the last untouched portion of that former Acme warehouse and turning it into luxury loft-style apartments. Read more »
136 Carpenter St., Unit A, Philadelphia, Pa. 19147 | TREND Images via BHHS Fox & Roach
So you’ve saved up enough money to strike out on your own and get out from under your parents (or roommates). Philly’s trinities make great starter homes, as they’re big enough for one (or a young couple) and attractively priced.
This classy trinity on a quiet street in Queen Village is typical in that regard. Situated next to a gated side courtyard, it offers space for relaxation both indoors and out and presents a cheerful face to the street with its bright yellow front door.
Inside, it’s a little homier than many houses in its class thanks to such touches as beamed ceilings and decorative fireplaces. The living room has an attractive one as a centerpiece, and the decorative hearth in the kitchen adds a bit of coziness to its dining area. Read more »