Hard Hat Tour: Vue32, the Building

Vue32 offers many amenities, but this is the one management's counting on to wow the tenants. | Photos: Sandy Smith

Vue32 offers many amenities, but this is the one management’s counting on to wow the tenants. | Photos: Sandy Smith

When we checked out the Vue32 project ten months ago, it was only barely rising from a hole in the ground.

It’s progressed quite nicely since then, and its developer, Radnor Property Group (RPG), expects to open the first element of the mixed-use tower — a day care facility and preschool on its first two floors — sometime around the end of next month.

And so it was that construction crews from general contractor TN Ward Company were all over the site when we visited yesterday, sprinting to finish the various pieces of this complex.

Actually, several of the apartment floors were closer to completion than the day care center was, probably so Vue32 property manager Bozzuto Management Group could show prospective tenants the actual spaces they could call home starting Real Soon Now. Read more »

Jawdropper of the Week: “Dual Waters” in New Hope for $3.395M

235 N. Main St., New Hope, Pa. 18938 | Images via Addison Wolfe Real Estate

This house is so awesomely ridiculous that not even we could keep up with it at first. 

Let’s get one thing out of the way first – the property is called “Dual Waters,” because, well, it sits between the Delaware Canal and the Delaware River on the north end of New Hope Borough. Heck, the property even has its own 50-foot terrace with a dock sitting on the river.

The home was built back in 2006 and features an additional cottage that was restored in 2007 and now operates as a two-bedroom guest house. Also on the property is a saltwater pool and a pool pavilion with an outdoor shower and a private powder room. Read more »

Trinity Tuesday: Double Feature in Fitler Square for $817K

2420 Panama St., Philadelphia, Pa. 19103 | Images via Zillow

If one spiral staircase isn’t enough for you, what about two?

This home is the largest and oldest on the block – and rightfully so. It has been completely remodeled and is the result of two trinity houses from 1816 combined into one.

Original 300-year-old white pine hardwood floors have been preserved throughout the entire house. On the first level, this double trinity features a foyer, a kitchen, and a sunlit dining and living area that boasts a gas fireplace and a floor-to-ceiling window overlooking a private garden: at 300 square feet, it’s the largest on the block, and a Southern magnolia tree provides shade.  Read more »

Main Line Monday: A Sweet Storybook Home in Narberth for $719K

402 Haverford Ave., Narbeth, Pa. 19072 | TREND images via Long & Foster Real Estate

402 Haverford Ave., Narberth, Pa. 19072 | TREND images via Long & Foster Real Estate

This home’s got it all – a great location, gorgeous stone construction, a spacious backyard, and new interior updates.

Our favorite part is the charming front porch, which looks like it belongs on a movie set and would be a great spot to sit and read with a glass of wine in hand (are we getting ahead of ourselves?). From the front porch, enter into the center hall where you will be surrounded by both the living and dining rooms on either side. Beyond these rooms is a renovated kitchen and breakfast area. Read more »

That ’80s Home (2017 Revision) in NoLibs for $414K

410 Poplar St., Philadelphia, Pa. 19123 | TREND images via Zillow

410 Poplar St., Philadelphia, Pa. 19123 | TREND images via Zillow

“Let’s see, the listing says Northern Liberties. This place looks like Springfield circa 1980.”

It really doesn’t matter which one: Delaware County, Montgomery County or “The Simpsons,” the cognitive dissonance is the same. This home’s builder must have come to the sudden realization mid-project that he wasn’t building a rancher, but he’d gone too far down that path, so decided to stack its bedrooms on top of one another rather than spread them out like they should be in a well-behaved ranch home.

Thus this place looks, well, strange sitting as it does in the middle of one of Philadelphia’s first suburbs instead of one of its present-day ones. But once you get past that and the front door, you will be pleasantly surprised and richly rewarded with the features, comfort and space of this home. Read more »

What $500K Will Buy You in Chestnut Hill

112 E. Moreland Ave., Philadelphia, Pa. 19118 | TREND image via Coldwell Banker Preferred

112 E. Moreland Ave., Philadelphia, Pa. 19118 | TREND image via Coldwell Banker Preferred

Chestnut Hill is notable for being Philadelphia’s Garden District, so it’s safe to assume that no matter where you are in the neighborhood, the landscape is going to be beautiful. From its down-home dining and vintage boutiques to its great outdoor spaces, the community fulfills your needs for a city escape without forcing you to actually leave the city – and who doesn’t love the sound of that?

If you’re looking for a more long-term escape, though, you may be considering planting your roots in the neighborhood. But is that possible with a budget of $500,000? The good news is, yes, it is possible. The bad news, depending on how you look at things, is that there isn’t much diversity for listings in this budget. However, all three listings are quite nice and can realistically suit the needs of the modern family. We’ll let you make the call, though. Check them out below. Read more »

Jawdropper of the Week: Live Like Royalty in Rittenhouse for $4.99M

2004 Delancey St., Philadelphia, Pa. 19103 | Images via Century 21 Veterans

2004 Delancey St., Philadelphia, Pa. 19103 | Images via Century 21 Veterans

It seems that futuristically modern homes are all the buzz lately. So, when we stumbled across this historically exquisite townhome in Rittenhouse Square, we were both refreshed by its rich beauty and taken aback by its enormous size.

Situated on a tree-lined block of the most desirable street in the neighbhorhood, the property boasts six bedrooms, five full bathrooms, two powder rooms, nine fireplaces, a solarium, a gymnasium, a library, an au pair or in-law suite, and a two-car garage, amongst other things. The foyer’s 15-foot ceilings highlight the home’s original woodwork. To your left is a formal front parlor followed by a dining room, which is currently being used as a family room. Read more »

First-Time Find: A Craftsman With Character in Fox Chase for $234.9K

620-22 Solly Ave., Philadelphia, Pa, 19111 | TREND images via Keller Williams Realty

City living and personal space are not exactly synonymous phrases – but for this Fox Chase home, they just might be. Nestled on a quiet street in the Northeast, this craftsman style residence is filled with character, charm, and comfort that anyone can appreciate.

Right off the bat, the one-of-a-kind sun porch takes the home away from the ordinary and turns it into something special. From the porch, enter into the main level where you will find a cozy yet spacious floor plan that highlights a living room, a newly updated kitchen, and a light-filled dining room. Read more »

Trinity Tuesday: Young at Heart in Manayunk for $275K

4302 Boone St., Philadelphia, Pa. 19128 | TREND images via BHHS Fox & Roach

4302 Boone St., Philadelphia, Pa. 19128 | TREND images via BHHS Fox & Roach

It’s not often that a trinity is this new. Rebuilt only ten years ago, it is quite certainly a baby compared to its counterparts. But don’t let its age (or lack thereof) fool you; the residence definitely gives its predecessors a run for their money.

Step through the front door and enter into the home’s modern kitchen, fit with tile countertops, designer backsplash, and stainless steel appliances. In typical Manayunk fashion, the home is situated on a hill. So, it makes sense that the sizable deck off the kitchen soars above the ground.

Back inside, descend down the spiral staircase into the lower level living room – a modern twist on the traditional trinity layout. This living area features a stone fireplace, a powder room, and yet another deck. Quite bigger than the first, though, this deck is perfect for entertaining guests during those warm summer months.

Located upstairs on the second floor are a decently sized bedroom and the home’s only full bathroom. Continue up the steps to a loft, which features a skylight and nice view, and depending on your needs, is probably the best choice for the master bedroom.

Any regular to Manayunk knows that parking after rush hour or on the weekends can be a nightmare, but you can breathe a sign of relief because this home is located on a street that has recently initiated permit parking. Add to that its prime location just minutes from the Manayunk train station and all the fun that Main Street has to offer, and you have yourself a winner.

THE FINE PRINT

BEDS: 2

BATHS: 1 full, 1 half

SQUARE FEET: 955

SALE PRICE: $275,000



4302 Boone St., Philadelphia, Pa. 19128 [Reda Akbil | BHHS Fox & Roach – Center City Walnut]

Main Line Monday: A “Tree House” in Berwyn for $675K

3 Spoonwood Circle, Berywyn, Pa. 19312 | TREND images via Benjamin Hardy Real Estate

One of the best parts about the Philadelphia suburbs is their ability to make you feel isolated from the hustle and bustle of everyday life, without actually being isolated from the hustle and bustle of everyday life. Who doesn’t love to come home to a little peace and quiet at the end of the day?

Take this home in Berwyn, for example. Sat on a quiet cul-de-sac and surrounded by nature, it is the epitome of a secluded oasis.

A large, second-level deck envelops the front of the house, where homeowners can enjoy their morning coffee while listening to the sounds of the nearby creek. Read more »

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