Trinity Tuesday: Move-In Ready in Queen Village

136 Carpenter St., Unit A, Philadelphia, Pa. 19147 | TREND Images via BHHS Fox & Roach

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 »

Main Line Monday: A Piece of France in Wayne

300 Valley Pl., Wayne, Pa. 19087 | TREND Images via BHHS Fox & Roach

300 Valley Pl., Wayne, Pa. 19087 | TREND Images via BHHS Fox & Roach

This French-inspired beauty is giving us an “Ooh la la” moment. With a substantial amount of outdoor and garden space and an informal layout, this home is a gem and a departure from the usual Main Line fare.

The enchantment begins at curbside, where the home is fronted by a landscaped garden laced with pea gravel paths and surrounded by a charming picket fence with arbor gate; a flagstone walkway leads up to the entrance to this showcase front yard.

Step inside the front door and what makes this home distinctive should be obvious. Recent renovations and extensions have created a traditional home with a decidedly contemporary layout whose open feel begins in the foyer, where you can take in almost the entire main living area in a single glance.

Large windows in the living room and the sliding glass doors that connect the family and breakfast rooms to the rear terrace add to the sense of spaciousness and flood the main living area with light.

The kitchen makeover gave it brand-new stainless steel appliances, redone cabinets, and gorgeous granite countertops that allow enough working space in the kitchen for everyone, plus a light-filled breakfast room with sliding glass doors that open onto the rear terrace. In the adjacent cozy family room, you have extensive views of your outdoor gardens through its floor-to-ceiling sliding glass doors and a handsome stone fireplace that makes the room great for the colder months. (You’ll also find working fireplaces in the living and dining rooms.)

Another of the changes made to this home gives it what the French call the pièce de résistance, or the most important feature of this house: a first-floor master suite whose bedroom boasts a soaring vaulted ceiling.

The master suite addition turned what was a two-story home into a one-and-a-half-story one. The other three bedrooms and two full bathrooms are on that half second floor, and they too are nicely finished and adaptable for other uses.

Out back, the brick-paved terrace is a great space for outdoor enjoyment and entertaining.

And on top of all this, this belle maison is conveniently situated: the Blue Route, the Schuylkill Expressway, and the Paoli/Thorndale Regional Rail line are all a short drive away, as are the distinctive shops and restaurants of Wayne and the King of Prussia mall.

With all that it has to offer, this home will have you saying, “C’est incroyable!”

THE FINE PRINT

BEDS: 4

BATHS: 3 full, 2 half

SQUARE FEET: 3,618

SALE PRICE: $1,195,000

OTHER STUFF: This home’s sale price was reduced by $154,000 on Sept. 22. The home is in a subdivision with a homeowners association; the monthly HOA fee is $500.



300 Valley Pl, Wayne, PA 19087 [William Rosato | BHHS Fox & Roach]

 

 

Habitat: River Views in New Hope

The deck disguises the elevated foundation while providing a woodsy perch for taking in views of the river.

The deck disguises the elevated foundation while providing a woodsy perch for taking in views of the river.

When a retired local couple was looking for a weekend getaway, they found a home nestled between the Delaware River and the Delaware Canal at New Hope’s southern edge. They had filled their place in Philadelphia with their collection of Asian and African art and looked forward to putting their globetrotting touch on their country house, too. Read more »

Farmhouse Friday: Roadside Rest in Riegelsville

6014 Route 412, Riegelsville, Pa., 18077 | TREND Images via Addison Wolfe Real Estate

6014 Route 412, Riegelsville, Pa., 18077 | TREND Images via Addison Wolfe Real Estate

You’ve seen classic Pennsylvania farmhouses like this one before: they’re almost kissing the road they’re situated on, either because they were plunked alongside it back when they were built or the road’s been widened since then.

This early 1840s Bucks County farmhouse known as Springfield Cottage looks like one of the former, for it appears that Route 412 retains its original dimensions. One sometimes wonders how a family might live in such a place. A look inside and behind this one reveals the answer. Read more »

Jawdropper of the Week: A More Stately Manor in Lafayette Hill

741 Thomas Rd., Lafayette Hill, Pa. 19118 | Photos by Herb Engelsberg via The Sivel Group

731 Thomas Rd., Lafayette Hill, Pa. 19118 | Photos by Herb Engelsberg via The Sivel Group

Does the home whose rear portico you see above call to mind images of country clubs or mansions from the movies?

If it doesn’t, maybe you haven’t been watching the right movies, for this beautifully restored 1920 center-hall Colonial is so photogenic it hurts.

Designed by Robert McGoodwin and built for Andorra Nursery owner William Harper, “Andorra House” is the beneficiary of a top-to-bottom renovation that has both restored and renewed its original historic details and updated it for today’s way of life, with plenty of gracious spaces for everyday living and entertaining. Read more »

450 New Apartments Planned at 4th & Callowhill

4th & Callowhill | Cecil Baker + Partners

4th & Callowhill | Cecil Baker + Partners

It appears that a developer is hoping to build something big at 4th and Callowhill streets, in the space between Old City and Northern Liberties.

On Wednesday, renderings of the project were made public ahead of a meeting of the Civic Design Review Committee next month. The project includes 454 apartments in two towers, one 26 stories tall and the other 23, with extensive landscaping. The building design was created by Cecil Baker + Partners, with landscape architecture by Studio Bryan Hanes. In recent years, Baker has become one of the best-liked architects working in the city.

The project is designed to take advantage of the East Callowhill zoning overlay, which was adopted in order to encourage dense, pedestrian-friendly development in the area in hopes of connecting Old City and Northern Liberties.

The project will also include two retail spaces and 233 parking spaces. The lot’s zoning allows developer Mark Rubin to proceed with this project by right, but its size requires that it go before Civic Design Review before permits can be issued.

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Residences at the Ritz-Carlton: The Movie

Oscar-worthy? Cobble Hill's professional-quality video promoting the Residences at the Ritz-Carlton was directed by a local pro with Hollywood experience and featured a professional cast of actors. The RATR's chief marketing honcho was duly impressed with the end result. | Still from Cobble Hill Real Estate YouTube video

Oscar-worthy? Copper Hill’s professional-quality video promoting the Residences at the Ritz-Carlton was directed by Neal Dhand, a local pro with Hollywood experience, and featured a professional cast of actors. The RATR’s chief marketing honcho was duly impressed with the end result. | Still from Copper Hill Real Estate YouTube video

One of the perennial challenges people who market residential buildings and communities face is giving prospective residents an idea of what it would be like to live in them.

Model units, tours of amenities and slick brochures help but only go so far.

A trio of real estate entrepreneurs came up with a different idea: Why not show prospective residents what a day in the life might look like for an actual resident?

Well, maybe not an actual resident, but someone who could play one on YouTube.

So Tim and Ryan Garrity and Andrew Janos, the trio behind the real estate startup firm Copper Hill Real Estate, decided to bet the farm, so to speak, on producing a “day in the life” video for a luxury residential development they figured could use a little marketing boost: The Residences at the Ritz-Carlton. Read more »

First-Time Find: A Budget-Friendly Banquet in Chinatown

1100 Vine St. #506, Philadelphia, Pa. 19107 | TREND Images via Coldwell Banker Preferred

1100 Vine St. #506, Philadelphia, Pa. 19107 | TREND Images via Coldwell Banker Preferred

Want to wake up to the rising sun?

Love good food but don’t want to cook all the time?

Are you the type that wants to be in the center of it all, but also enjoys getting out of town?

Have we got a condo for you.

This light-filled unit is part of a 194-unit high-rise condo on Chinatown’s western fringe. Both it and the building have a number of nice amenities that make it a great place to live, not the least of which is its location, which we will get to shortly. Read more »

Trinity Tuesday: A Renovated Rare Find on Rodman Street

1721 Rodman St., Philadelphia, Pa. 19146 | TREND Images via BHHS Fox & Roach

1721 Rodman St., Philadelphia, Pa. 19146 | TREND Images via BHHS Fox & Roach

The streets that usually come to mind when we think of “Old Philadelphia” are the “little streets” — the Quince Streets and Elfreth’s Alleys that grace a million picture postcards. And the house type that so many think of when they say that phrase is the trinity, the uniquely Philadelphian form that generations of working people called home. Many of these homes are highly coveted pieces of property, not just for their location and history, but for their rarity, and it’s a special find when one happens to pop up on the market.

Today, however, you happen to be in luck!  This week we found you a gem, located in the heart of Rittenhouse Square, and is your chance to own a little bit of history. Built in 1925, this trinity on Rodman Street is the perfect place to build your nest on a quiet street that allows you to be in the heart of it all within minutes. Read more »

Survey Finds Fewer Obstacles to Getting an Apartment Here – But It’ll Cost You, Another Study Says

With new rental properties coming on line at a steady clip in Philadelphia, you'd think finding an apartment would be easier, right? A Trulia study confirms that suspicion, but rent data from Adobo suggest it'll cost you more anyway.

With new rental properties coming on line at a steady clip in Philadelphia, you’d think finding an apartment would be easier, right? A Trulia study confirms that suspicion, but rent data from Adobo suggest it’ll cost you more anyway.

With builders seemingly falling over one another to bring new multi-unit residential properties on line in Philadelphia, it maybe should not come as much of a surprise that would-be renters face less competition in finding apartments than in all but two of the nation’s 25 largest metropolitan areas.

According to data in a report released last Wednesday by Trulia.com, this is because relatively few would-be tenants here fall into the category landlords desire the most: renters with excellent credit and high incomes, the group Trulia calls “Rich and Reliable.”

Trulia’s data, drawn from apartment-seekers who filled out the site’s online “Rental Resume” questionnaire, showed that only 15.7 percent of Philadelphia renters had excellent credit (FICO scores between 720 and 850) and only 7.8 percent had household incomes above $100,000 per year. (For comparison purposes, 16 percent of renters in 9th-ranked Los Angeles make more than that.) Philadelphia’s share of high-income renters was the third lowest among the 25 metros. Read more »

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