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 »
1538 Rodman St., Philadelphia, Pa. 19146 | TREND images via BHHS Fox & Roach
The strict definition of a “trinity” is a home with three floors, each of those floors having just one room (the bathroom doesn’t count). Basements, being common features in 19th- and early 20th-century homes, don’t count against the total, and in many trinities, like today’s featured home, later owners put the kitchen down there.
Those who didn’t usually added an ell onto the back of the trinity for the kitchen. Some other later owners then built on top of the ell, creating the “expanded trinity” — one whose rooms were larger, or which had two rooms on each floor.
This week’s featured trinity has been “expanded” in a different way: Meet the four-story trinity, whose fourth floor has no roof. Read more »
1441 Waverly Rd., Gladwyne, Pa. 19035 | TREND images via BHHS Fox & Roach
While this elegant French mansion in Gladwyne might not be Versailles, we’re positive Marie Antoinette would have found this home well suited for royalty such as herself. Sitting on over two acres of well-manicured, landscaped grounds, and sparing no luxurious detail, this home is a palace at a (relative) bargain price.
At the end of the cobblestone-lined driveway of the secluded manor, a stone courtyard and a flowing brick fountain grandly pave the way to the main entrance of the estate.
Upon entering, you’re met with the grand, two-story foyer, with an inset marble floor and a sweeping wrought-iron staircase that set the tone for the rest of the home. Beyond the foyer, you’ll find the expertly designed living and dining rooms, with built-in bookshelves, floor-to-ceiling windows, and French doors that open out onto a brick terrace that showcases the views of this palace’s grounds. Read more »
Scaffolding surrounds the Walnut Street townhouse in Van Pelt Mews in September. | Photos: Sandy Smith
It seems that architect Cecil Baker has the golden touch these days. Not only is he the emergency surgeon of choice for ailing projects, having resuscitated at least two high-profile projects that were going south design-wise with their neighbors, he has produced equally high-profile designs of his own that have won him further acclaim for the way they interact with their sites, in particular a luxury condo tower behind Independence Hall that hides itself from the Liberty Bell.
His latest project may not fall into the high-profile category, but it once again shows why he has become our most praised residential architect.
Van Pelt Mews is a 12-unit luxury townhouse project on Rittenhouse Square’s western fringes that combines the historic restoration of a 19th-century townhouse and carriage house on Sansom Street with nine large new homes fronting on Van Pelt Street. Read more »
34 Rabbit Run Rd., Malvern, Pa. 19355 | TREND images via BHHS Fox & Roach
There are more than two stones now along the driveway leading to the “Hill with Two Stones” (the English translation of this unique farmstead’s Welsh name, “Bryn Ddeu-Faen”).
Not to mention the thousands of them that went into constructing the late 1700s farmhouse and mid-1800s field master’s house that have now been combined into a single residence.
All those stones speak to this home’s deep Pennsylvania roots. And in the two-year renovation and expansion project that created this home, the owner made sure to graft the rootstock properly.
What you see here is the result of a splendid collaboration involving, among others, architect Peter Zimmerman, landscape architect Jonathan Alderson, cabinetmaker Bruce Ritter and skilled Mennonite craftsmen, along with ironworkers from Maryland and Delaware. Their end product is as authentically rustic a home as we’ve seen in quite a while, yet one that contains the amenities modern buyers expect. Read more »