Jawdropper of the Week: A Reborn Classic in Rittenhouse for $3.69M

2012 Spruce St., Philadelphia, Pa. 19103 | Photos: Drew Callaghan Photography via Kurfiss Sotheby’s International Realty

Wonder what opulence looked like in the mid-19th century?

Wonder no more, for the architect who restored this gorgeous 1860 brownstone on Spruce Street in Rittenhouse was (almost) totally faithful to the style of the era.

This home was lovingly restored a few years back, with all of the lavish original detailing brought back to a high polish and some 21st-century touches thrown in. Read more »

First-Time Find: Design for Living in Old Richmond for $325K

2301 E. Cabot St., Philadelphia, Pa. 19125 | Photos: Dan Robnett, PLUSH, via Custom Philly Homes

The buzz these days is that Fishtown may be over — that is, it’s no longer a neighborhood where you can snap up a housing bargain or find a decent starter home.

We have in this designer home where Fishtown and Old Richmond meet evidence to the contrary.

“Wait, what?” we hear you ask. “A designer home for $325,000?”

Miracles do happen, and this is one of them. Read more »

Trinity Tuesday: Old-World Charm in Fitler Square for $845K

2420 Panama St., Philadelphia, Pa. 19103 | TREND images via Agent PHL

Four bedrooms, three bathrooms, including a large master bedroom and bath.

1,992 square feet of interior space.

Pretty decent for an attractive, beautifully updated home on one of those charming little cobblestone streets you find scattered throughout Center City (this one’s on the western fringe of Fitler Square).

This home caught our eye the moment the listing agent called it to our attention. Then we noticed a signal element in the photos. So we asked the agent: “Isn’t this an expanded trinity?”

The answer came back in the affirmative, which is why you’re reading about it here now. Read more »

Old House, Young Soul in Northern Liberties for $489K

841 N. Lawrence St., Philadelphia, Pa. 19123 | Photos via Janet Ames, RE/MAX Executive Realty

The little homes of Northern Liberties present modest faces to the outside world, and many of them still possess equally modest hearts.

Not this one, however. For its 100th birthday in 2010, its owner gave it a stunningly modern heart and soul, one that bespeaks both style and sophistication.

Actually, to characterize this 2,000-square-foot home as “little” is a misstatement. That modest facade conceals plenty of room for socializing, entertaining, relaxing and enjoying personal time. Read more »

Main Line Monday: A Modern Marvel in Wynnewood for $1.575M

1121 Remington Rd., Wynnewood, Pa. 19096 | TREND images via Coldwell Banker Preferred

Want a home with modern style, but one that is warm and welcoming?

You’ll find it within the white stucco walls of this one-of-a-kind vintage 1952 estate in Wynnewood.

Situated on 2.25 lushly landscaped acres, this home’s very informal layout makes it a place where the indoors and the outdoors mesh beautifully.

Large windows, sliding doors and skylights fill this home’s many living spaces and its four bedrooms with light and offer striking views of its park-like setting. Elements like the stone fireplace that separates the living and sun rooms add warmth to the home. Read more »

What $500K Will Buy You in Old City

122-30 New St., Unit 4A, Philadelphia, Pa. 19106 | TREND image via Coldwell Banker Preferred

Torn between the cutting-edge and colonial? Can’t decide if trendy or traditional is right for you? We found the solution: new Old City.

Rich in history, teeming with notable landmarks and outfitted with cobblestone streets to boot, the remarkable charm of Old City, located between Front and 6th streets from Callowhill to Walnut, is unmatched. Then, when the sun goes down, first-rate nightlife abounds. With delicious eats, lively bars and the monthly First Friday celebration for art lovers across the city, the area seamlessly blends the ancient and the contemporary; it’s the new Old City, providing its residents the best of both worlds. Warning: tourists are plentiful, to say the least, and parking is minimal, but public transportation is easily accessible.

If this traditional yet hip atmosphere feels like the perfect combination for you, then look no further. Old City has a median home value of $325,200. But if you can bump that number up by 150K, give or take, then we have three great options below. Homes in the area, like the location itself, skillfully combine historic appeal with present-day glamour. Read more »

Jawdropper of the Week: Modern Luxury on Rittenhouse Square for $2.795M

130 S. 18th St., Unit 2702, Philadelphia, Pa. 19103 | TREND images via BHHS Fox & Roach

Once upon a time I died and went to heaven … real estate heaven, that is.

Regardless, I imagine the two to be fairly similar—fun, fluffy and absolutely fabulous. And, while I’m still alive and well, I promise you my heart skipped a beat (or two!) when an uber-chic and indescribably elegant apartment in Rittenhouse Square caught my eye.

Situated in the heart of the City of Brotherly Love, the 2,209-square-foot unit responsible for my momentary loss of consciousness is a three-bedroom, three-and-a-half-bathroom condominium apartment in the Robert A.M. Stern-designed 10 Rittenhouse Square tower overlooking Center City. Sounds great, but there’s more. Once past the foyer, you enter a living space accented by floor-to-ceiling windows, making the view worth the big bucks—2,795,000 big bucks to be exact. Read more »

First-Time Find: Upgraded in East Mt. Airy for $255K

931 E. Durard St., Philadelphia, Pa. 19150 | TREND images via RE/MAX Keystone

The sunny streets of upper East Mt. Airy are filled with beautifully maintained homes that make great first rungs on the homeownership ladder. This is one of those homes.

Built in 1950, this roomy twin is the beneficiary of a recent top-to-bottom rehab that turned its interior into a comfortable space for modern living.

Its attractive front patio lets you join in the common neighborhood practice of relaxing in the front yard while you greet your neighbors and passers-by. It also has a rear deck for those occasions when you’d prefer a little more privacy as you entertain or soak up the sun outdoors. Read more »

Trinity Tuesday: A Quiet Retreat in Northern Liberties for $315K

1011 N. Orkney St., Philadelphia, Pa. 19123 | Images via Luminous Realty

We’re suckers for bargains. “That looks fabulous on you!” “You paid how much for that?”

You’ll probably get comments like these from your friends after moving into this super-stylish modern trinity on a super-quiet lane in Northern Liberties.

Yes, we said “modern trinity.” On the outside, it presents the classic 19th-century trinity face, but on the inside, it’s totally up to date with a bunch of nice style touches and extras. Read more »

Main Line Monday: “Dallas” in Bryn Mawr for $650K

684 S. Bryn Mawr Ave., Bryn Mawr, Pa. 19010 | TREND images via BHHS Fox & Roach

What do 1950s ranch homes want to be when they grow up?

We strongly suspect something like this one.

Somewhere between its birth and now, it ran across owners who, it appears, had visions of Southfork dancing in their heads. The result of this cross-pollination is a home with a Main Line address but a Texas feel.

The transport begins when you drive through the gate of this handsomely updated home and scope out the meticulously manicured front lawn. Then, as you drive up the driveway, park your car in front and walk through the front door, you may hear the theme from “Dallas” playing faintly in the back of your head.  Read more »

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