Best of Philly: 7 Shops to Help You Create the Home of Your Dreams

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Photo by Courtney Apple for Philadelphia Magazine.

Best of Philly 2016 is now online as well as at newsstands. Check out the best in Philadelphia-based home decor shops, as well as the rest of the best in food, drink, shopping, beauty, health, fitness, fun and games.

Curating a home that feels entirely you is one of the more fun challenges that come with adulthood, but is still a challenge in and of itself. Luckily, we’ve rounded up the crème de la crème of all home decor shops in Philadelphia to help you outfit the pad of your dreams. From top-secret Instagram steals on home furniture to boozy barn sales, here are the Best of Philly winners for all things home decor, from fancy to refurbished:  Read more »

First-Time Find: A Place to Grow in Swarthmore

2 Yale Ave., Swarthmore, PA 19081 | TREND Images via BHHS Fox & Roach

2 Yale Ave., Swarthmore, PA 19081 | TREND Images via BHHS Fox & Roach

Often, young families face a dilemma once they have children: Do we stay in the neighborhood we love, or must we move somewhere where they’ll have play space, or good schools, or some combination of those and other factors?

With this home close to the center of Swarthmore, you can avoid having to make that decision, for you will have taken care of all that the moment you buy it. Read more »

Trinity Tuesday: Compact Elegance in Wash West

1225 Panama St., Philadelphia, Pa. 19107 | TREND images via BHHS Fox & Roach

1225 Panama St., Philadelphia, Pa. 19107 | TREND images via BHHS Fox & Roach

So big suburban homes aren’t your thing. But neither are tiny fixer-uppers. This expanded updated trinity located on a historic Wash West block might just be the perfect medium.

Details like a wood fireplace with a gorgeous marble mantle, random width pine floors throughout and built-ins in the living room make this home golden. The built-in bookshelf along the wall is the perfect place for bibliophiles to store their treasures, and the spacious living room is ideal for entertaining friends. Read more »

Point Breeze Among Best “Bad” Neighborhoods for Home Buyers

Image via Google Maps

Today’s run-down block, tomorrow’s golden opportunity. | Image via Google Maps

The good news: Ori Feibush is right. The bad news: Ori Feibush is right.

If a newly-released RealtyTrac analysis of property sales data in marginal neighborhoods across the country is any guide, we can expect continued fireworks in Point Breeze for years to come.

That’s because according to RealtyTrac, zip code 19146 is one of the “35 Best Down-and-Out Neighborhoods to Buy a Home.”

Irvine, Calif.-based RealtyTrac analyzed data on 3,561 urban ZIP codes in the United States to come up with its list of 35 “Rough-and-Tumble Neighborhoods on the Rebound.” Read more »

Main Line Monday: Great Heights in Wynnewood

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175 Old Gulph Rd., Wynnewood, Pa. 19096 | TREND images via RE/MAX Realty

This 1978 custom-built home can be described in three words: open space galore.

Set against a secluded, wooded dream, this unique home in Wynnewood mimics the blocky, adobe structure of the Pueblo people. The elevated entranceway is a great spot to view the spacious great room with its high vaulted ceiling. The charming dining room and the family room with a fireplace both feature doors that lead outdoors to the deck. Whether it’s the study with built-in cabinetry and the sunroom with new Pella windows and custom built-ins, the rooms in this home brim with character. Read more »

A Hidden Home with a Long Pedigree in Glenside

Wetherill Cottage, 1681 E. Willow Grove Ave., Laverock, Pa. 19038 | Images via Scott Laughlin, BHHS Fox & Roach

Wetherill Cottage, 1681 E. Willow Grove Ave., Laverock, Pa. 19038 | Images via Scott Laughlin, BHHS Fox & Roach

For a relatively brief period stretching from the Gilded Age to World War II, Cheltenham Township in Montgomery County was chock full of enormous, elegant mansions on spacious estates that put the grandest homes on the Main Line to shame. Many of these homes were demolished and their estates turned into subdivisions, but a handful of them survived, often as institutions like Arcadia University, housed in the landmark Grey Towers mansion.

Right now, one fortunate buyer is on the verge of owning a living link to that sumptuous past in the form of a surviving fragment of one such estate: that of William Chattin Wetherill. Read more »

PHOTOS: Bernie-or-Bust Protest March

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Supporters of Sen. Bernie Sanders this afternoon staged a protest march that stretched for six blocks along Broad Street to voice their dissatisfaction with the Democratic primary process on the eve of the Democratic National Convention. Read more »

Farmhouse Friday: Country Charm In Mt. Airy

6825 Wissahickon Ave., Philadelphia, Pa. 19118| TREND Images from BHHS Fox & Roach

6825 Wissahickon Ave., Philadelphia, Pa. 19118 | TREND Images from BHHS Fox & Roach

Back in 1844, when this lovely and beautifully maintained farmhouse was built, the German Township had just split itself in two. The more urban portion became the reconstituted Germantown Borough in August of that year, while the rest of what is now known as Mount Airy and Chestnut Hill remained in Germantown Township.

Mount Airy today is a very urbane (yet bosky) place, but this home has managed to retain all of its country charm, just on a much smaller lot.

The side of the home that faces Wissahickon Avenue is actually the side, not the front: the home’s gracious front porch is on its fenced-in north side, and a driveway on its south side leads to two parking spaces.

Once inside, you’ll find a quietly elegant living room and dining room, each with its own fireplace, to the right of the main staircase. Past the dining room is the kitchen, which is flooded with natural light from the adjoining breakfast room and features the latest Jenn-Air appliances.

On the second floor are three bedrooms and two beautifully updated bathrooms, one of which boasts full marble tile walls and shower enclosure. The third floor is divided into a large room that can serve as a home office or fourth bedroom, a laundry room and a third bathroom.

In addition to the utility room, you’ll find a charming wine cellar in the basement.

Out back, there’s an attractive stone terrace and a storage shed in the completely fenced, spacious back yard.

Despite its rural appearance, you’re very close to all sorts of urban amenities, including the Mount Airy business district along Germantown Avenue and a SEPTA Regional Rail station where you can catch trains that will whisk you into Center City. And if you’re a nature lover, the Wissahickon Valley is also a short distance away.

THE FINE PRINT

BEDS: 4

BATHS: 3

SQUARE FEET: 2,146

SALE PRICE: $549,900

OTHER STUFF: This home’s price was raised by $400 on June 6.



6825 Wissahickon Ave., Philadelphia, Pa. 19118 [Ellen Goodwin | BHHS Fox & Roach]

Jawdropper of the Week: A Contemporary Oasis in Solebury

6029 Atkinson Rd., New Hope, PA. 18938 | TREND images via Addison Wolfe Real Estate

6029 Atkinson Rd., New Hope, Pa. 18938 | TREND images by Natalie Fleischacker via Addison Wolfe Real Estate

When your home is a minimalist’s dream and a Zen paradise, it’ll be hard to remember you’re in Bucks County and not a faraway exotic oasis.

But perhaps it’s just that – an oasis. This custom built stone-and-cedar home set privately off Atkinson Road isn’t your typical Tudor or Colonial mansion. It incorporates Japanese design principles by bringing in tons of open space and natural lighting while also evoking the clean architecture of Scandinavian design. As you drive up the 1,600-foot driveway that leads to the home, the first thing you’ll notice is the front courtyard, which features Koi pond fountains with multi-color changing lighting.

The impressive entry inside opens to a sunken, two-story living room with an entire wall of heat mirror windows. The floor-to-ceiling Norwegian rose marble fireplace serves as the shining centerpiece, aptly fitted to match an equally grand room. A stainless-steel staircase and railing adds an industrial feel while also creating an interesting contrast to the rose marble columns and the white birch hardwood floors. Read more »

Red Homeowners, Blue Renters: The Big Sort Comes Home to Philly

Red home, blue home: The homeownership gap between Democrats and Republicans is a little smaller in Philadelphia than in Cleveland because some affluent communities with high homeownership rates, like Wayne (left), lean Democratic (if only barely in Wayne's case), while some overwhelmingly Democratic city neighborhoods like Stenton (right) have high rates of homeownership. | Photos: Home in Wayne by Tim Engleman, Stenton Station by Adam Moss, licensed under CC-BY-SA-2.0

Red home, blue home: The homeownership gap between Democrats and Republicans is a little smaller in Philadelphia than in Cleveland because some affluent communities with high homeownership rates, like Wayne (left), lean Democratic (if only barely in Wayne’s case), while some overwhelmingly Democratic city neighborhoods like Stenton (right) have high rates of homeownership. | Photos: Home in Wayne by Tim Engleman, Stenton Station by Adam Moss, licensed under CC-BY-SA-2.0

So you own a lovely restored farmhouse in bucolic Buckingham, a rancher in Richboro or a cabin in Concordville? You’re probably a Republican, though if you live in Eddystone or Crum Lynne, you may be a Republican renter.

And if you’re a Democrat, chances are you’re paying rent to some landlord in Rittenhouse, Washington Square West or even Chestnut Hill. Unless, that is, you live in Stenton, where you’re much more likely to own your home.

The folks at Redfin decided to take the occasion of our national political conventions to see if they could find a red-blue homeownership divide in the host cities, and they did. While both Ohio and Pennsylvania are considered swing states that will be battlegrounds in the upcoming Presidential election, the homeownership patterns in both Cleveland and Philadelphia have a more decidedly partisan cast to them. Read more »

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