What $500K Will Buy You in Bella Vista

920 South St. #3, Philadelphia, Pa. 19147 | TREND image via BHHS Fox & Roach Realtors

You probably know that Bella Vista is home to the Italian Market. But were you aware that you have the opportunity to call the community home as well — and at a reasonable price? With a median home value of $399,300, $500K will secure you some spacious digs in the city. See below for three nice, and very unique, picks. Read more »

Jawdropper of the Week: Work Meets Home in Rittenhouse for $2.975M

19xx Spruce St., Philadelphia, Pa. 19103 | TREND images via BHHS Fox & Roach Realtors

This gorgeous home takes the age old adage “work hard, play hard” very seriously. The estate is essentially split into two separate spaces. One is outfitted for a fully functioning office and top-notch work environment. The other is a luxurious pad with all the amenities. This space is perfect for someone searching for an office close to home (it’s very close), an entrepreneur or business owner.

And it’s now available for less than the $3.2 million asking price when it was last on the market a little over a year ago.

Let’s start by breaking down the work space. Read more »

At Last, More Accurate Rent Data

This chart shows the difference in median rents in several cities using the various methodologies of the apartment search engines. Apartment List’s new values are in light blue; the old ones are in yellow. The figures here are for May 2017 data.

You may have noticed that this section has not posted monthly data on rent trends in Philadelphia since April.

We explained the reason why in our April 11 post reporting on rental trends as reported by the three major apartment search sites: Zumper, Apartment List and Abodo. Put bluntly, there was no way of knowing whether the data sources were any good, as all three based their reports on data available only to them.

This state of affairs apparently caused some concern over at Apartment List, because in late May, the San Francisco-based apartment search site announced a complete revision of its methodology. Read more »

First-Time Find: Picturesque Pad in Phoenixville for $195K

352 Hall St., Phoenixville, Pa. 19460 | TREND images via Coldwell Banker Preferred

The white picket fence says it all. This home is the perfect place for new family with kids to settle down. The home was renovated in 2011 and has ample outdoor and indoor space for children to play.

Pass the quaint front porch and enter the townhouse. The first floor showcases a nicely appointed family room, dining room and kitchen. A decorative fireplace adds a classic touch to the dining room. The updated kitchen is outfitted with maple cabinetry and an island area. Read more »

Trinity Tuesday: Something Extra in Washington Square West for $340K

308 S. Iseminger St., Philadelphia, Pa. 19107 | TREND images via Keller Williams Real Estate – Media

Today’s trinity is, in short, is extremely adaptable. The home offers the ideal lifestyle for those who seek out the city but also love privacy. It’s situated on a quiet, tree-lined street between 12th and 13th streets and Spruce and Pine streets. Yet restaurants, shops and businesses are just steps away.

The typical spiral staircase connects all three floors. But this trinity is a little different than most — the kitchen is on the main level instead of in the basement. The kitchen has been recently updated and features double doors that lead to the back patio.

Hardwood floors run throughout the living room. This space also features an exposed brick, wood-burning fireplace.

The bathroom on the second floor is the star of the home. The spa-like escape is gorgeous; it is equipped with a Jacuzzi tub, stall shower, marble floors and walls, a washer, a dryer and a walk-in closet. There’s also a fireplace in the bedroom on this floor.

The master bedroom one floor up offers access to the roof deck via double doors.

An unfinished basement on the lower level offers storage space or can be outfitted as a play space, additional living area or spare bedroom.

Plus, speakers were recently installed throughout the home, which will make entertaining guests a breeze.

THE FINE PRINT

BEDS: 2

BATHS: 1

SQUARE FEET: 819

SALE PRICE$340,000



308 S. Iseminger St., Philadelphia, Pa. 19107 [Amy Eves Walder | Keller Williams Real Estate – Media]

On the Online Auction Block: Modern Gothic in Malvern

2137 Union Hill Road, Malvern, Pa. 19355 | Photos via Concierge Auctions

The owner of this magnificent 15-year-old English Gothic Revival estate home in Malvern has spent the last four years trying to find a buyer for it.

Now that owner has decided it’s time to get the whole thing over with.

That means that sometime after 4 p.m. on July 31st, you could walk away with a beautiful traditional home filled with all the modern conveniences if you play your cards right. And if you play them right before the bidding starts, you could even get a break on the price. Read more »

Main Line Monday: Family Friendly in Bryn Mawr for $549K

205 Drakes Drum Dr., Bryn Mawr, Pa. 19010 | TREND images via BHHS Fox & Roach Realtors

This Main Line home checks off all the boxes for suburban living.

Its location is ideal for anyone searching for a family-friendly neighborhood. As it’s in the Ithan Mills section of Radnor Township, with its great school system, your children will attend Ithan Elementary, Radnor Middle School and Radnor High School. The manicured backyard is spacious and ideal for playing or a swing set. The large deck is great for relaxing, entertaining and barbecuing. A retractable awning and access via sliding glass doors complete the outdoor porch. Read more »

Hard Hat Tour: Jack & Jill

The stairwell of 1903 E. Arizona St. at the second-floor level. | Photos: Sandy Smith

“When are you going to clean up the outside?”

That’s what some East Kensington residents asked Red Oak Development principal Anthony Giacobbe about 2401 Emerald St., the crystal-like townhouse covered in Cor-Ten steel that was featured on Property right after Memorial Day.

Well, Red Oak is at it again, and East Kensingtonians are simply going to have to get used to rust-colored homes on their blocks.

This pair of trim townhouses at 1903-05 E. Arizona St. has been dubbed “Jack & Jill” because of their joined-at-the-hip character. And even though they’re still a little ways from completion, they’re already being marketed by Solo Real Estate, which is also marketing the Emerald Street property. Read more »

What $500K Will Buy You in Washington Square West

908-910 Spruce St. #B2, Philadelphia, Pa. 19107 | TREND images via Zillow

Washington Square West is one of the hottest spots in Philadelphia. Including both Midtown Village and the Gayborhood, hip restaurants and storefronts line the streets. The area seamlessly combines both urban charm and coveted greenery. With a diverse community, Wash West is great for all ages. Plus, with the median home value falling at $350,500, finding a pad for $500K isn’t a problem. In fact, a half-a-million-dollar budget will score you plenty of space, allure and amenities in this lively locale.

908-910 Spruce St. #B2 (above) | 2 beds, 2 baths, 1,374 square feet, $498,950

Make them move! The owners of this Portico Row home listed the space on Zillow, but there’s a catch. The offer must be at their ideal price. Thus, it’s listed in the “Make Me Move” category. So, if you’re willing to give them exactly what they’re asking, this may be the home for you. The home features a gourmet kitchen with custom cabinets, granite countertops and stainless steel appliances. The master bathroom has been recently renovated. It showcases an updated, granite vanity and glass tub enclosure. The spacious living room boasts a tasteful fireplace. The pad also has low taxes and low condo fees. If you’re interested, contact the owners to start the process and see if you can make them move!

908-910 Spruce St. #B2, Philadelphia, Pa. 19107 [Zillow]

902 Pine St. #3F, Philadelphia, Pa. 19107 | TREND images via BHHS Fox & Roach Realtors

902 Pine St. #3F | 2 beds, 2 baths, 1,448 square feet, $475,000

This bi-level space showcases gorgeous hardwood floors, large windows and a pantry closet. The kitchen is top-notch with granite countertops, an island, pendant lighting over the bar and stainless steel appliances. There is also a full-tile bathroom and stacked washer and dryer. The second floor houses the master suite. The bedroom features hardwood floors, a vaulted ceiling, a fireplace mantle, windows and a large walk-in closet. Condo fees cover building insurance and maintenance, snow and trash removal, common electric, hallway cleaning and water. The current tenant’s lease expires at the end of August.

902 Pine St. #3F, Philadelphia, Pa. 19107 [Mike McCann | BHHS Fox & Roach Realtors]

250 S. 13th St. #12D, Philadelphia, Pa. 19107 | TREND images via BHHS Fox & Roach Realtors

250 S. 13th St. #12D | 1 bed, 1 bath, 1,352 square feet, $489,000

This home is in the pre-war Lenox building. The space has loads of old charm, but the kitchen adds modern flair and convenience. The cooking space is outfitted with stainless steel appliances, custom cabinets and granite countertops. Guests will love the large windows, hardwood floors and natural light in the dining room. The bedroom truly makes this home unique. The master suite was expanded. Now it offers a spacious sitting area complete with custom-built wood bookcases on either side of a fireplace. The large room additionally has a walk-in closet, small office alcove and en suite bathroom. The building provides 24-hour concierge service. The pad is in the bustling restaurant scene of Midtown Village, the heart of the Gayborhood and close to the Avenue of the Arts.

250 S. 13th St. #12D, Philadelphia, Pa. 19107 [Arlene Cicoski | BHHS Fox & Roach Realtors]

Jawdropper of the Week: A New Gem in Old City for $1.425M

151 N. 2nd St. #1, Philadelphia, Pa. 19106 | TREND images via BHHS Fox & Roach Realtors

The increasing popularity of the new Old City is making it increasingly difficult to score square footage in the hot neighborhood. But this chic townhouse, just steps away from Elfreth’s Alley, restaurants and shops, seamlessly inserts space and storage into the city landscape.

The main living area is expertly lit with large windows, recessed lighting, 20-foot ceilings and designer fixtures. The openness makes the space ideal for entertaining guests. The kitchen steals the show with Bosch appliances, a spacious island with seating, a gas range outfitted with a professional-graade ventilation hood, custom cabinetry and a unique tile backsplash. The oak floors complete the contemporary finishes.

A spiral staircase just off of the living area leads to a bonus room. The loft seating area is a fabulous addition and an intimate space open to the living area below.

The master suite is nothing short of superior; it even has its own deck! The spacious bedroom has an adjoining bathroom that features a gorgeous walk-in shower with glass doors, a rain shower head with handheld body spray system, a double vanity, stone countertops and designer fixtures for a customized touch.

The corner unit offers great views from the expansive roof deck which is 55 feet long, 17 feet wide and complete with a dry bar.

Old City’s lively art, shopping and dining scene is just outside your door, and Center City is easily accessible too.

THE FINE PRINT

BEDS: 3

BATHS: 3 full, 2 half

SQUARE FEET: 3,750

SALE PRICE: $1,425,000



151 N. 2nd St. #1, Philadelphia, Pa. 19106 [Mike McCann | BHHS Fox & Roach Realtors]

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