So Tell Us, Philadelphia: What’s It Like to Live in a Trinity House?

A trinity home at 1635 Rodman Street in Philadelphia |

A trinity home at 1635 Rodman Street in Philadelphia |

“What’s it like to live in a trinity house? Looking at a trinity, but it seems a little weird to me. Is it something you just get used to?”

– Redditor garlicaioli.

Garlic, we saw that you’ve received a some responses on your Reddit trinity thread already, but we thought we might help you reach a larger crowd of trinity denizens, both current and former, who could give you some insight into the experience of living in a trinity home.

So – any Philly Mag readers care to elaborate? Is living in a quirky rowhome with deep roots in Philadelphia as cool as it soundsOr is it a short-lived novelty we should just get over?

The thing is, we here at Property are in love the idea of a trinity.  I for one would love to live in one, as mentioned last December in a round-up post of our favorite Philly trinities of 2014. Now, for those of you passively nodding your head in the hopes of not getting called on to define what a trinity is, no need to worry, we’ve got you covered. Here’s the low-down:

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Bi-Level Loft in Old City Boasts Bricks, Beams and Beautiful Windows

All TREND images by Matt Robnett, Plush Images

All TREND images by Matt Robnett, Plush Images

With housing and rental numbers steadily trending upwards, you may think you’re priced out of the best ‘hoods in the city. At the very least, you might feel that you’re forced to compromise on something with a little less cool and in need of some real elbow grease to make it shine. Well, we’re here to say, not so, friend–not so.

Take, for example, this lovely condo near Front and Arch in Old City. Read more »

Main Line Monday: Prize Tudor Estate Near Suburban Square

TREND images via

TREND images via

That’s the beauty of (most) Main Line homes isn’t it? If properly situated, they can seem worlds away from the hum of civilization on quiet afternoons, all the while being minutes from a main street or train station by car. This two-plus acre estate in Ardmore is one such home, although it does one better: it’s within walking distance to SEPTA regional rail and Suburban Square, the boutique shopping center with expansion plans in the works.

As we said though, you wouldn’t know it on lazy days what with the tree-surrounded property encompassing a “larger than a tennis court” yard and lower garden with a brook and fountain. The pool is hidden too, notes the listing, by greenery that’s part of the circular driveway. Other of its outdoor features we think you might like: wrap-around screened porch, pea stone courtyard, pool house, and three-car garage currently used as an office with three-bedroom apartment above.

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Penn Set to Open Six New University Buildings in 2016/2017

Rendering via Penn/HWKN

Part of the Pennovation Center is expected to open in 2016. Rendering via Penn/HWKN

These days, it can’t be said that the University of Pennsylvania rests on its collective laurels when it comes to real estate development. The market is too hot, competition is too fierce and there are just too many new frontiers to explore. The Daily Pennsylvanian reminds us that there are plenty of new construction projects scheduled to wrap up by the time the 2016-2017 school year comes to a close.

In fact, as the DP‘s Luis Ferre Sadurni reports, there are at least six university-related developments in the pipeline for that time period, as part of the university’s larger 35-year plan called Penn Connects:

The centerpiece of the University’s ongoing construction is the New College House — located on Chestnut Street between 33rd and 34th streets — which is expected to be completed by August 2016. The $127 million project will house 350 students and include a dining facility, common spaces and a courtyard, according to Penn’s Facilities and Real Estate Services.

We imagine the overall experience will be decidedly different than at Penn’s Hill College House. Anyway, other projects include:

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City House of the Week: Arts & Crafts Stunner in East Mount Airy

TREND images via

TREND images via

Prior to stopping its presses in the mid-1950s, The American Magazine published a piece by builder Ashton S. Tourison in its May 1920 issue. His essay? “What People Want When They Come to Buy a Home.” The deck reads: “Some points about human nature picked up by a builder with fifty years’ experience.” You can read the first section of the article here, but we can tell you now, Tourison was perfectly confident when it came to knowing what people, especially “Philadelphia people,” wanted out of their homes.

So, what does a residence by such an authoritative figure look like? Surprise, surprise, Northwest Philadelphia – his birthplace and early building grounds– claims some of his works still around. This one, an East Mt. Airy beauty designed with the Arts & Crafts philosophy in mind, happens to be one of them. Read more »

Property’s Photo of the Week: A Forgotten Piece of Philly Off Roosevelt Boulevard

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Actually, there’s really nobody around at all, except a church a few blocks away and another lonely house standing in the middle of the acreage.

That snippet is from a 2012 Inquirer article on a family residing at Logan Triangle, a dejected piece of North Philadelphia land off Roosevelt Boulevard and a hot topic among Logan locals anxious to see it put to productive neighborhood use. Lamentably, to read the article’s description of the property then would be like reading a description of it today.

The thing is, it doesn’t have to be that way forever.

In case you missed it, neighbors met with city representatives over two weeks ago to discuss the future of the neglected 40-acre plot, which has been owned by the Philadelphia Redevelopment Authority since 2012. (Long-demolished homes that once stood there were sold off by former residents because “they were sinking into a forgotten creekbed“.)

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Farmhouse Friday: Posh Dwelling Features Passive Solar Designs, Rain-Fed Stream

TREND images via Brandywine Fine Properties Sotheby's International Realty

TREND images via Brandywine Fine Properties Sotheby’s International Realty

Trailing on the green heels of that beautiful – not to mention freshly price-chopped –  LEED Plantinum-certified Slusher Residence in Fairmount is this wonderfully unanticipated home: a $1.65 million stunner also with LEED approval. Unlike the Slusher Residence, however, it’s a farmhouse lounging on a freaking wildflower meadow in Kennett Square. Ahem, excuse us while we go Pin-crazy…

No, but seriously. This place is definitely worth a look, especially if you’re interested in living in a pastoral setting for the long-term without giving up superbly modern amenities. (If you don’t believe us, the gallery will likely convince you.)

For starters…

Pennsylvania’s First (and Stunning) LEED Platinum Rehab Gets a Price Chop

The breakfast room |Photos by Laura Kicey via Marion Dinofa, BHHS Fox & Roach

The breakfast room |Photos by Laura Kicey via Marion Dinofa, BHHS Fox & Roach-Bryn Mawr

A few blocks from Fairmount Park is a home that’s of some historical significance. The Slusher Residence is not necessarily important because of its age, but more so for what its design and shear existence represents: a truly green home that maximizes efficiency, comfort and downright sexiness. In fact, it was officially dubbed the first rehabbed home in Pennsylvania to achieve LEED Platinum certification in 2011 (and we had it as one of our favorites in 2014) .

After being listed for nearly $1.3 million in November 2014, it’s (somehow) still on the market, only now the home is now available for $1.099 million. Take one look at the photo gallery by Laura Kicey and you’ll immediately understand that this green home ain’t the Earth Ship we’re talking about here.

So here’s the deal. We understand you want to jump right to it and flip through the updated gallery, but allow us a few minutes to tell you what this place has to offer.

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Rent Watch: Philly’s 3 Most Expensive ‘Hoods for a 1-Bedroom Apartment

It’s the middle of the summer and chances are good that you might be looking for a new place to live. We have a map that is going to be quite handy for you when it comes to figuring out that delicate balance of where you want to live, and then what you can actually afford.

Rental site Zumper recently compiled a list of the median 1-bedroom monthly rental rates for each pocket of the city. It’s all boiled down into this handy color-coded map that will give you an idea of where the action is and how much it’s going to cost you.

Here is the map

Logan Orchard and Market: The Showdown at Wingohocking Creek

The Logan Triangle | Google Maps

The Logan Triangle | Google Maps

From Marshall Street on the east to 11th on the west, from Louden Street on the north to Roosevelt Boulevard on the south, the Logan Triangle is a 40-acre wasteland. But it could be 40 acres of parkland, and gardens, and tiny homes that could sit lightly on the land.

That’s the 40-acre opportunity Paul Glover and a collection of like-minded souls see in the Triangle, which became said wasteland in 1986 after yet another gas-main explosion took out several houses and revealed just how far most of the others around them had sunk (more on that later). This vision sounded appealing to the 50 or so people who came out to the Friends Center on July 13th for a meeting to discuss how to get it off the ground.

But there’s a hitch: realizing the vision would require the cooperation of the owner of those 40 acres. Since 2012, that’s been the Philadelphia Redevelopment Authority.

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