First-Time Find: Traditionally Modern in Brewerytown for $300K

1422 N. 30th St., Philadelphia, Pa. 19121 | TREND images via RE/MAX  Platinum

1422 N. 30th St., Philadelphia, Pa. 19121 | TREND images via RE/MAX Platinum

Modern, modern, modern – there’s no better word we could use to describe this week’s first-time find. Don’t let its traditional exterior and detailing fool you: This Brewerytown townhome has been completely revamped, and it’s obvious from the moment you step inside.

Like most townhomes, the main level layout flows from front to back: enter into the living and dining space, followed by the kitchen, followed by a mudroom that gives access to the backyard. Unlike some townhomes, though, this one comes decorated with all the bells and whistles. The main level alone boasts an exposed brick wall, gray brushed oak plank hardwood floors, stainless steel appliances, and dark stained cabinetry. Read more »

Main Line Monday: Massively Cozy in Villanova for $1.55M

1433 Lanes End, Villanova, Pa. 19085 | TREND images via BHHS Fox & Roach

1433 Lanes End, Villanova, Pa. 19085 | TREND images via BHHS Fox & Roach

This home has it all – but would we expect anything less from Villanova?

Sat in Harriton Farm, a development featuring 30 residences, this property has visual appeal both inside and out. Enter inside into what the listing agent refers to as the ‘Reception Hall’ (but we’d probably just call a foyer) and enjoy views of the formal living room to your right and dining room to your left. French doors in the living room lead into a library with built-in bookcases and a gas fireplace, and the dining room boasts a butler’s pantry with white cabinetry and a granite countertop.

The kitchen, breakfast room and family room area is our favorite. The trio blend elegance with coziness, and who doesn’t want that in the place they call home? Highlights of the kitchen include a center island, marble backsplash, a walk-in pantry, and stainless steel appliances. The breakfast room opens to the multi-tiered deck, which features a hot tub (woo!). The family room is a step down from the kitchen and features coffered ceilings and a floor-to-ceiling stone gas fireplace. A mudroom rounds out the main level and leads to a powder room, closet, and the three-car garage.

The second level is home to all five bedrooms, each of which is a decent size. The master suite has a double-door entrance, a praiseworthy dressing area with two walk-in closets, and a gorgeous bathroom with his and her vanities, heated floors, a Jacuzzi tub and a rain shower. Two of the other bedrooms also have bathrooms, and the remaining two bedrooms share a bathroom.

The basement is the perfect entertaining space for guests and boasts an exercise room, a game room, a wet bar, a billiards area, a home theater, a bonus room, and a powder room. Whew, we almost ran out of breath for a second.

If the description we just gave you isn’t clear enough as to how awesome this home is, check out the images below. This place is a vision and should not be taken for granted.



BATHS: 4 full, 3 half


SALE PRICE: $1,550,000

1433 Lanes End, Villanova, Pa. 19085 [Robin Gordon | BHHS Fox & Roach – Haverford Station]

Report: Educational and Medical Jobs Help Stabilize Rents and Retail Market

It’s no secret that Philadelphia is a powerhouse in educational and health services – just a quick glance around our thriving metropolis will make this more than obvious. What might not be so obvious, however, is that this position reaps benefits far beyond what’s to be expected.

In fact, according to a new report by CBRE Group, Inc., our solid base of educational and medical jobs has helped to smooth out the fluctuations in our rental and retail real estate markets as well. 

In the Philadelphia metro, 21.4 percent of workers, or 618,000 of our total of 2.9 million employed, hold educational- or health-related jobs, the highest share of any of the nation’s 50 largest metropolitan areas. It even exceeds the national average, which currently sits at 15.4 percent.

According to Ian Anderson, director of research and analysis at CBRE in Philadelphia, the influence of both these industries is huge on our commercial real estate market. “It is most pronounced and measurable in the multifamily market, where we have seen its effect in buoying rents during the last downturn,” he says. Read more »

What $500K Will Buy You in East Kensington

2103 E. Arizona St., Philadelphia, Pa. 19125 | TREND image via Zillow

2103 E. Arizona St., Philadelphia, Pa. 19125 | TREND image via Zillow

East Kensington has undergone some serious development over the past few years. So, it’s no surprise that when we chose it for this week’s $500K post, we found that every single listing was brand new. If you’re currently searching for a home and have always dreamed about starting from scratch, this could be your easy way out. In fact, the work is (almost) all done for you.

Right now, the median home value in East Kensington is $151,700, which is obviously well under a budget of $500,000. And now’s the time to plant your roots here, too – home values have gone up a whopping 18 percent over the past year, and are expected to rise another 5.2 percent within the next year alone. This place is transforming, and if you want to join in on the fun, read below. We’ve listed three current properties on the market. Read more »

Jawdropper of the Week: A Polished Gem in East Falls for $2.195M

3033 Cherry Ln., Philadelphia, Pa. 19144 | TREND images via BHHS Fox & Roach

3033 Cherry Ln., Philadelphia, Pa. 19144 | TREND images via BHHS Fox & Roach

Boy, is this thing spectacular. We mean, those walls of glass speak for themselves.

Richard Neutra‘s iconic Hassrick residence was designed back in 1958. Since then, the residence, situated on a 2.16-acre lot, has been magnificently restored by its current owners. The property itself can be found down a long road in East Falls, making it a secluded oasis for homeowners.

As we mentioned already, the signature Richard Neutra walls of glass in the home are easily its best features. Even when you’re inside the home, you feel connected to the exterior landscape around you – that’s not something you can simply say about just any property, much less one that’s within city limits. Read more »

Report: Down Payments Are Holding Renters Back from Purchasing Homes

We’ve previously reported that a growing number of renters plan on staying renters, even if rental prices increase (for the time being, at least). And now, a new report is giving us some insight as to why.

According to the first-ever Zillow Housing Aspirations Report (ZHAR), nearly 70 percent of renters across 20 United States metropolitan areas say they can’t buy a home due to the cost of a down payment. In fact, most renters see a down payment as the biggest barrier to homeownership, ahead of debt, qualifying for a mortgage, job security, or not being in a position to settle down.

In our own metropolitan area, 67.5 percent of renters see down payments as their greatest roadblock, followed by debt at 54.6 percent, qualifying for a mortgage at 49.3 percent, job security at 35.2 percent, and not being in a position to settle down at 19.3 percent. Read more »

First-Time Find: Refreshed in Germany Hill for $239.9K

332 Fountain St., Philadelphia, Pa. 19128 | TREND images via Coldwell Banker Preferred

332 Fountain St., Philadelphia, Pa. 19128 | TREND images via Coldwell Banker Preferred

We know, we know, we keep featuring homes for sale in Northwest Philly. But in our defense, all the stellar listings that are fresh to the market lately make it so easy – like this Germany Hill townhome that was just re-listed, is incredibly affordable and would make a great first-time home.

Right away, we have to mention the adorable front porch (although it might not be so adorable if you don’t like your neighbors). From there, enter inside to the main floor, which is highlighted by wood flooring that balance greatly with the brick fireplace in the corner of the living room and the light colored walls throughout. From the living room, reach the dining room and then the updated kitchen. Read more »

Trinity Tuesday: Work from Home in Hawthorne for $360K

1225 Montrose St., Philadelphia, Pa. 19147 | TREND images via Zillow

1225 Montrose St., Philadelphia, Pa. 19147 | TREND images via Zillow

When we first laid eyes on the exterior of this trinity, one question ran through our minds, “Is that a garage next to the front door?” Yes, it is, in fact, and how cool is that? A trinity home is rare in and of itself – throw a garage into the mix, and you’ve definitely got something to talk about.

Let’s jump right into it: This trinity does maintain the traditional three-floor layout. However, as made evident by the garage, the first floor of this trinity strays a bit from the norm: it’s actually a workshop. The workshop features a bathroom, a nine-foot ceiling, a separate heater, insulated double doors, and a back door exit. Read more »

What $500K Will Buy You in Huntingdon Valley

279 Betsy Rd., Huntingdon Valley, Pa. 19006 | TREND image via Long & Foster Real Estate

Let’s get one thing straight right away: Huntingdon Valley, a small village in Montgomery County’s Lower Moreland Township, is probably not somewhere you’re going to move for no reason at all. In fact, you will probably only move here if you are looking to settle down in the Philadelphia suburbs with your family and your search led you here, or you have some other tie to the community. It’s pretty much as suburban as it gets, but we still think it’s pretty great.

If you happen to be one of those individuals who just might purchase a property in Huntingdon Valley, good news: there are several options available right now. If your budget falls somewhere around $500,000, even better news: the median listing price in the area is $439,000. To see for yourself just what this neighborhood has to offer for home listings in the $500,000 range, read below. We picked out our top three. Read more »

Jawdropper of the Week: A Moderne Marvel in West Mt. Airy for $2.195M

641 St. Georges Rd., Philadelphia, Pa. 19119 | Images via Kurfiss Sotheby's International Realty

641 St. Georges Rd., Philadelphia, Pa. 19119 | Images via Kurfiss Sotheby’s International Realty

Oh, West Mt. Airy, you’ve done it again. This handsome residence is cool and calming – and a design enthusiast’s dream come true. It’s a rare example of the Moderne style rendered in the native stone of the Wissahickon, near which it sits on 3.95 acres.

The main floor features a formal living room and a formal dining room, both of which have French doors leading outside, a kitchen and butler’s pantry, an office, and two powder rooms. Two relatively new additions to this floor are a work room, and our personal favorite, a sunroom featuring a dining area, fireside seating, skylights, and even more French doors to the home’s exterior. Read more »

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