Designer Style Without the Designer Price in Fishtown: $479K

2323 E. Susquehanna Ave., Philadelphia, Pa. 19125 | Photos: Plush Image for Lux Living and Custom Philly Homes

2323 E. Susquehanna Ave., Philadelphia, Pa. 19125 | Photos: Plush Image for Lux-Living and Custom Philly Homes

You may recall that showstopper of a home in Fishtown that we showcased back in June?

Well, Lux-Living, the design firm that produced it, is back with another one.

This larger home, an expanded trinity on a corner lot in Fishtown, is no less sophisticated than its sister, but this time, the home combines elements of traditional elegance with rustic touches that complement its modern feel. Read more »

Jawdropper of the Week: The Wright Stuff in Princeton, $5.995M

64 Cleveland Lane, Princeton, N.J. 08540 | TREND images via Gloria Nilson & Co. - Christie's International Real Estate

64 Cleveland Lane, Princeton, N.J. 08540 | TREND images via Gloria Nilson & Co. – Christie’s International Real Estate

They call this magnificent home on a quiet street just a few blocks from the heart of terminally charming Princeton “La Maison de Verre,” and it does have lots of glass.

But Frank Lloyd Wright wasn’t known for building glass houses; that was Philip Johnson’s stock in trade. He loved to work with many different materials, including wood, stucco, and brick. You’ll find plenty of the first and last of these in this awe-inspiring home that takes a lot of its inspiration from Wright’s Robie House. Read more »

First-Time Find: Put Down Roots in King of Prussia for $299K

472 S. Gulph Rd., King of Prussia, Pa., 19406 | TREND images via RE/MAX Achievers

472 S. Gulph Rd., King of Prussia, Pa., 19406 | TREND images via RE/MAX Achievers

Back before King of Prussia became King of Prussia, there were the Hansens, whose nursery was almost as well known locally as the inn that gave the community its name. Their Valley Forge Nurseries was an extensive operation; the property extended all the way from Gulph Road to Henderson Road, a distance of more than a mile.

Like any good farmers, the Hansens lived on their property. They were also good stewards of a legacy: they bought the nursery from its founder, Henry Frorer, who established it on the eve of the Great Depression. The cottage he built in 1929 at its entrance served as the nursery office and became a local landmark. Over the years, the Hansens expanded it and turned it into their home. The nursery has long since been subdivided, but the home remains intact, and now it can be yours for just a little bit of green. Read more »

A Pool With A View Proposed for Fishtown Mixed-Use Project

Rendering of the projecting pool proposed for 1220 Frankford Ave. by Morris Adjmi Architects

Rendering of the projecting pool proposed for 1220 Frankford Ave. by Morris Adjmi Architects

Developer Roland Kassis has tweaked and refined the design for his proposed boutique hotel at 1224 Frankford Ave., a project Fishtown residents enthusiastically supported when he brought the first set of renderings before the Fishtown Neighbors Association in February of last year.

The basic structure and elements of the project remain: a new industrial-loft-style building to the north of the existing building at 1220, whose Shepard Fairey mural will become part of the hotel’s interior. A co-working facility with a lounge in its partially sunken cellar in the 1220 building and a jazz club/cafe on the street floor of the new building. A new boutique hotel on the upper floors of the new building, and a members-only pool club on the roof of 1220. Read more »

Trinity Tuesday: Too Cute for Queen Village? You Decide. $285K

921 E. Moyamensing Ave., Philadelphia, Pa. 19147 | TREND images via United Real Estate Philadelphia

921 E. Moyamensing Ave., Philadelphia, Pa. 19147 | TREND images via United Real Estate Philadelphia

Philadelphia trinity homes don’t get much more charming or better situated than this one. Located on a quiet, tree-lined block just around the corner from the historic Sparks Shot Tower and its playground, this home boasts all the classic details and style while offering totally up-to-date features. Read more »

A True Survivor: A Historic Palladian Home in Radnor for $1.999M

200 Pine Tree Rd., Radnor, Pa. 19087 | Photos: Herb Engelsberg

200 Pine Tree Rd., Radnor, Pa. 19087 | Photos: Herb Engelsberg

If you hear faint echoes of the late, lamented “La Ronda” emanating from the house above, we wouldn’t be a bit surprised. “Rock Rose” has a similar but slightly older pedigree, and both wear their Mediterranean influences well. But this home is still with us thanks to owners who have lovingly maintained it over the years, and as a result, it’s now ready for the next chapter in its history.

That chapter could be written by you, if you have the relatively modest scratch needed to buy it.

“Relatively modest” because the asking price gets you a 14,000-square-foot original of the kind no one builds any more. Designed by Zantziger, Borie & Medary, who did much of the preliminary work on the Philadelphia Museum of Art in partnership with Horace Trumbauer, Rock Rose was built in 1912 as the summer home for Edward K. Rowland and his family. Four years later, Rowland leased the home to George and Lucile Brooke, the latter a survivor of the Titanic disaster. Read more »

Main Line Monday: An All-New Old House in Villanova, $1.5M

120 Ashwood Rd., Villanova, Pa. 19085 | TREND images via BHHS Fox & Roach

120 Ashwood Rd., Villanova, Pa. 19085 | TREND images via BHHS Fox & Roach

Today’s Main Line builders produce modern homes that look like they’ve been around for decades — but you can usually tell they haven’t by examining the details.

This home, on the other hand, has been around for decades, and you can tell by its outside appearance.

But on the inside, this classic 1925 Tudor home is completely up to date, with oversized rooms, contemporary classic design and the amenities modern buyers want. Read more »

Study Shows Philly’s Having a Hard Time Keeping New Arrivals Here

Although Philadelphia's population loss due to net domestic migration is small, it raises concerns about whether the city is providing enough affordable rental housing to keep the new arrivals here once they've arrived. | Chart: Abodo

Although Philadelphia’s population loss due to net domestic migration is small, it raises concerns about whether the city is providing enough affordable rental housing to keep the new arrivals here once they’ve arrived. | Chart: Abodo

Depending on the time frame you choose, Philadelphia either just barely misses or just barely makes another top 10 list. And while this list puts it in the company of the nation’s largest metropolises, it’s not one you’re going to find anyone bragging about.

This list is of the American cities that have lost the greatest percentage of residents due to net domestic migration — the number of Americans who move to a city vs. the number who move from it. As the apartment-search site Abodo notes in its report on domestic migration released this week, “So Long to the City,” Americans are a highly mobile people: the average American moves 11 times over the course of a lifetime, according to data compiled at FiveThirtyEight. And as Millennials account for 43 percent of those moving from place to place at present, where they’re moving can have an effect on planning, policy and housing markets. Read more »

Farmhouse Friday: 300 Years of Charm in Wrightstown, $1.35M

105 Whisper Wood Ct., Wrightstown, Pa. 18940 | TREND images via BHHS Fox & Roach

105 Whisper Wood Ct., Wrightstown, Pa. 18940 | TREND images via BHHS Fox & Roach

Back when the British still ran the show here, most of the area beyond Philadephia (and by “Philadelphia” we mean what we now call “Center City”) consisted of working farms. As the city grew and expanded, just about all of these farms disappeared. A good number of them left their houses behind as a physical tribute to their past. In the city and the closer-in suburbs, just about all of these now exist on much smaller lots, but in places like Bucks County, you can still find many that retain a great deal of their farm character while functioning more like country estates.

Fire Creek Farm in Wrightstown is one of those latter places. Dating to the 1700s, this originally modest farmhouse has been expanded and updated over the years to turn it into the stellar collection of buildings you find there today.

The main home itself retains all of its Colonial-era charm while boasting modern conveniences where they count. Its five working fireplaces include the home’s original hearth fireplace in the living room, a direct link to the way farmers lived in Colonial times; all of the original kitchen features have been preserved. Beamed ceilings and rich wood paneling reinforce the rustic Colonial character of the original home’s rooms. Read more »

Main Line High Schools Dominate 2017 Niche State Rankings

Conestoga High School in the Tredyffrin-Easttown School District | Google Street View

Conestoga High School in the Tredyffrin-Easttown School District. According to the latest Niche.com rankings, it’s the state’s best public high school in the state’s best school district. | Google Street View image

It’s getting crowded out on the Main Line as the area’s traditional powerhouse high schools get lapped by a more recent arrival to the ranks of top performers.

In its 2017 rankings of the “Best Public High Schools in Pennsylvania,” Niche.com bestowed the No. 1 position upon Conestoga High School in Berwyn, the one high school in the Tredyffrin-Easttown School District (T-E).

Right behind it is Radnor Senior High School, the Radnor Township School District’s flagship. In between it and the two high schools in the Lower Merion School District is North Allegheny High School in suburban Pittsburgh; Harriton and Lower Merion high schools rank fourth and fifth, respectively. Read more »

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