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 »
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 »
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 »
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 »
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 »
465 Alvine Rd., Elmer, N.J. 08318 | TREND images via Penzone Realty
For those of you looking for a place to get away from it all, we present this week’s Jawdropper, a palatial Tudor estate on the outskirts of Vineland in the Elmer section of Pittsgrove Township.
And for those of you looking for a place where you can get away to it all, we also present this week’s Jawdropper, a magnificently appointed home with multiple spaces for indoor and outdoor relaxation and entertaining on several fronts. Read more »
778 N. Bucknell St., Philadelphia, Pa. 19130 | TREND images via Coldwell Banker Welker Real Estate
Even though Philadelphia is known for its unique historical architecture, it isn’t every day that you find what looks like a tiny cottage nestled in between townhouses on a tree-lined street. Between its outside, with its captivating exterior of colorful doors and shutters and distinctive faux-mansard roof, and its rustic-yet-contemporary inside, this tricked-out classic Philly row home will have you feeling like you’ve finally found an exceptional needle among a row of haystacks.
Tradition and modernity blend together perfectly in this home, from the newly refinished hardwood floors throughout to the exposed brick walls and wood-beamed ceilings. Not only is this home a charmer from the street, but inside, you’ll find it’s truly worthy of its $285,000 price tag. Read more »
The Lanesborough Penthouse, 1601 Locust St., Philadelphia, Pa. 19103 | Images from Laurie Phillips
The building we now know as the Lanesborough was built in 1929 as the home of the Haverford Club and the Yale Club. Today, it’s home to choice luxury condos, and there’s none that’s choice-er than its stunning tri-level penthouse unit.
This totally up-to-the-minute Art Deco gem offers the best of everything in large quantities: 3,991 square feet of space on the inside and another 1,804 on the outside in the form of four spacious terraces that together offer a 360-degree view of your surroundings, especially from the upper-level one. Luxurious trim and finishes, including fumed white oak floors and custom LePage doors and windows. A kitchen that’s a chef’s dream, equipped with Gaggenau appliances. Elegantly outfitted bathrooms. And so on. Read more »
1639 Addison St., Philadelphia, Pa. 19146 | TREND images via Coldwell Banker Preferred
As someone who considers herself a fan of the neutral palette, I have to say that most of the time, I’m adverse to any sort of bright colors, particularly in my home. However, this little trinity wears those random splashes of color perfectly. Not only does the color liven up the home from the otherwise muted color palette of monochromatic accents, hardwood floors and white walls, but it sets it apart from any other trinity we’ve seen before. Besides, there’s nothing like a bright blue wall that makes you feel anything but.
Walking into this home is like entering the beginning of a rainbow. You’ll not only take notice of the bright blue accent wall, but also of the beautiful hardwood floors and recessed lighting throughout the living room of your home. Nice floor-to-ceiling bookshelves also compliment the room, and a front-facing window allows you to people-watch from your couch. Read more »
2050 Grantham Ave., Berwyn, Pa. 19312 | TREND images via BHHS Fox & Roach
Located on a quiet, isolated lane with only one entrance in Berwyn’s Buttonwood Farms community is this typical – and typically modest – 1970s center-hall Colonial.
At least that’s what it looks like viewed head-on from the street.
Go around this house on the right, though, and you’ll soon see this is anything but your typical modest, unassuming Colonial, for jutting out at a 45-degree angle to its right end is a spectacular two-story addition, designed by Ron Trull, that turns this traditional Main Line staple into a showplace that’s perfect for your life, whether your preference is relaxed domesticity or entertaining a few dozen of your closest friends. Read more »