429 N. 13th St. #4A, Philadelphia, Pa. 19123 | TREND images via BHHS Fox & Roach
You know those glamorous lofts you see in the movies? The ones with huge windows and amazing views of the city, exposed brick walls everywhere giving it that industrial-chic look, and occupants who live on a writer’s salary yet can afford a super-stylish apartment that has us asking, “Does this really exist in real life? ”
The answer is yes, and you’ll find it on the 4th floor of a 110-year-old converted garment factory in the heart of the Callowhill Loft District. Located right across the street from the Reading Railroad viaduct and park-to-be, this condo has all the elements needed to make that movie dream a reality.
Designed by an artist and once used as a photography studio, this spacious unit formed out of what were once two separate apartments is an ideal flexible live/work space. One of the best features of this loft condo unit is its totally open plan. The moment you step into the entry hall, you can take in the entire unit in one glance. Read more »
3468 W. Penn St., Philadelphia, Pa. 19129 | TREND images via Elfant Wissahickon Realtors
The classic Philadelphia row home experienced a brief period of architectural experimentation in the 1930s and 1940s. The traditional neo-Classical style gave way to a wave of Tudor and English Revival homes with picturesque fronts and layouts that incorporated the new “Airlite” construction method.
A large collection of Tudor rowhomes occupies the heart of East Falls’ residential district, and this week, we were fortunate enough to stumble across one of them that’s been updated for modern living and priced for the first-time buyer.
While recently rehabbed, this home still maintains many of the uniquely Tudor characteristics that not only add to the great value of this property but also make it a standout in a world of blander row homes. Among the features that were meticulously preserved are the oak-strip floors, high baseboards, classic spindles and handrail on the staircase, and arched doorways. The original casement windows have been replaced with new, energy-efficient ones that are historically certified to match the home’s architecture. Read more »
124 Catherine St. Unit B, Philadelphia, Pa. 19147 | TREND images via the Mike McCann Team – BHHS Fox & Roach
Some people say the best things come in the smallest packages. That’s about right when it comes to this trinity nestled in the heart of Queen Village. Located on an idyllic tree-lined street, within walking distance of the fabulous shops and restaurants Headhouse Square and Penn’s Landing have to offer, you get the perfect mix of city and suburb, all for the price of one perfect home.
Your home is even quieter than many others in Queen Village because it faces a large interior courtyard that it shares with the other trinities in this small development. That means you’ll not only have a great space for outdoor relaxation, cookouts and entertaining guests, but you’ll also get to know your neighbors as well. Read more »
Would-be tenants had no way of scoping out landlords before WhoseYourLandlord came along. | iStock photo
Looking to rent an apartment? Wonder what tenants think of the landlord?
Looking to fill an apartment? Want to see whether a prospective tenant checks out?
One site answers both of these questions: WhoseYourLandlord.com.
The site with the deliberately ungrammatical name – the possessive “whose” is there to indicate that the site gives you ownership of the landlord search – is the brainchild of Ofo Ezeugwu, an entrepreneurial Temple graduate who got the idea for the service as he was campaigning for student body vice president in his junior year.
“Students were talking about problems with their landlords,” he said. “What gave me the idea behind WhoseYourLandlord was to have people review their landlords so that those who followed them could avoid problems” — a sort of RateYourProfessor for student tenants. But it quickly grew beyond that simple idea: “It’s expanded to bringing quality to the rental experience.” Read more »
523 S. Woodbine Ave., Penn Valley, Pa. 19072 | TREND images via Benjamin Hardy Real Estate Group
For many buyers, Lower Merion is one of the most desirable places to live. With its top-notch schools, easy access to the city, and charming shops and restaurants scattered throughout this township at the Main Line’s heart, it offers just about everything a sophisticated suburbanite might want.
Usually, it costs a pretty penny to gain access to all this. But not this time. Just off Montgomery Avenue on the Lower Merion side of the Lower Merion-Narberth border lies a charmingly renovated Colonial at a price so attractive that even some first-time buyers could consider it. Read more »
The interior of the Presidential City leasing gallery, showing several of its major elements. | Photos: Sandy Smith
Usually, leasing an apartment consists of meeting with an agent or landlord in an office that may or may not have photos of what the apartments are (supposed to) look like. There will be flyers or leaflets showing floor plans, and maybe the photos that aren’t on the leasing office walls. You can get a tour of a unit if you’re interested. And that’s about it.
Post Brothers being Post Brothers, it decided to do something different with its Presidential City complex. The midcentury modern icon overlooking the junction of the Schuylkill Expressway, City Avenue and Roosevelt Boulevard is a little more than halfway through a 21st-century makeover that’s polishing the apartments, buildings and community amenities to a high gloss. Read more »
640 Swamp Rd., Furlong, Pa. 18925 | TREND images via Lisa James Otto Country Properties
While you’ll find plenty of homes in Philadelphia’s hinterlands that tend to have an early American past, many of them have been reworked to remove the once-charming details that made them unique. Bucks County farmhouses, by and large, have been spared this fate even as they’ve been updated to reflect changing times and tastes. This week’s featured farmhouse is one of those Bucks County gems.
Situated on 1.9 acres in Doylestown Township’s Furlong section, this home has kept its Colonial log cabin heart beating even as additions and renovations have turned it into a much larger, more comfortable home with all the modern accoutrements. Read more »
35 Raven Rock Rd., Stockton, N.J. 08559 | Photos courtesy Addison Wolfe Real Estate
Sometimes you have to pack your bags and get away. While spas are the obvious choice of most people in search of a relaxing weekend away from the chaos of normal life, Scotsfield offers you the opportunity to live in your own private spa all year long. This lush and lovely mini-estate is just outside the country crossroads of Rosemont, a few miles north of Stockton on the New Jersey side of the Delaware River, just upstream from Lambertville and New Hope.
Although it was built in the 1980’s, midcentury modern energy radiates throughout every inch of Scotsfield, from the “coffee bean” oak flooring to the clerestory-roofed great room. Yet it’s kept up with the times as well, with a massive modern kitchen with all the latest amenities and a gorgeous lap pool that completes the backyard portion of this property. It’s everything you need and everything you want. Read more »
117 Montrose Ave., Bryn Mawr, Pa. 19010 | TREND images from Long & Foster Real Estate
Sellers who photograph homes for sale, and some brokers as well, often resort to tricks to make spaces look larger than they are. It’s a shame, for usually, photos that show the spaces as they are will reveal that they have enough room for a typical buyer.
Most often, this takes the form of using a wide-angle lens to take in more of the space. This week’s featured home employs a most unusual tactic: the use of fish-eye lenses.
As we’re pretty sure you wouldn’t want to hang your pictures and mirrors from bulging walls, please be assured that the walls of this comfortable, recently updated home close to the heart of Bryn Mawr are perfectly straight, as some of the photos make clear. Read more »
723 N. 5th St., Philadelphia, Pa. 19123 | Images courtesy Solo Real Estate
Do you long for the elegance of the Victorian era yet still want to enjoy modern comfort and convenience?
We’ve got just the home for you in Northern Liberties.
This large townhouse boasts the high ceilings, plaster moldings, and classic design of the late 19th century, all meticulously restored. At the same time, it boasts the sorts of amenities modern buyers want: a high-end kitchen, modern bathrooms with radiant heat floors, and dual-zone central air conditioning. Read more »