Farmhouse Friday: Villanova House Has 21st Century Style and 19th Century History

This renovated farmhouse offers luxury on an antique foundation.

This renovated farmhouse offers luxury on an antique foundation.

This week’s featured home for Farmhouse Friday is a testament to restoration, renovation and expansion. Technically, it’s Harriton Farm Springhouse, a farmhouse built in the 1840’s. However, it only takes a glance to see that today it is so, so much more than that.

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Just-Listed Home on East Passyunk Avenue Betwixt the Pope and Brigantessa

TREND images via Coldwell Banker Preferred

TREND images via Coldwell Banker Preferred

Looking for a place that is quite literally in the middle of all the action on East Passyunk Avenue? Of course you are!

We’re not delving into broker babble, either. Head out the front door of this newly listed home at 1516 East Passyunk Avenue and you’ll hit all kinds of fun shops, great gastropubs and killer restaurants. Hang a louie, and you’re steps from Brigantessa. A quick right takes you to the Pub on Passyunk East (“the POPE”), and either direction takes you to great coffee options at either B2 or Black N Brew.

Our point is that you have a ton of options, including childcare two doors down at Alphabet Academy and a damn ACME down the block.

So what about the digs?
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Penthouse Condo at Old City’s Other National Building Boasts Bridge Views

Old City views abound in this penthouse at The National | TREND images via BHHS Fox and Roach-Walnut

Old City views abound in this penthouse at The National | TREND images via BHHS Fox and Roach-Walnut

So there’s sort of a unique situation happening over on North 2nd Street in Old City.

As you may have seen, the gloriously orange National Products Company building –or simply “The National”– adjacent to Elfreth’s Alley has been demolished. It will soon to be reborn (and re-tiled) as a 6-story apartment building dubbed The National at Old City East. Read this excellent piece from Bradley Maule at Hidden City for more information.

However, as Maule notes, there’s a 10-story condo building across the street that now bears the “National” moniker. So yeah, we’ll soon have a dueling-National situation on North 2nd, one chockfull of apartments and the other with high-end condos.

This super cool penthouse unit at the current National just hit the market for $879,900, and offers plenty of city views from its many oversized windows. The listing from BHHS Fox & Roach says you can see the Ben Franklin Bridge (see above), Old City, the Delaware River and even the “Jersey Skyline,” which we’ll assume they simply forgot to add future onto that last one before the skyline bit.

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Jaw Dropper of the Week: A Rittenhouse Square Home With Heavenly Sunroom

Open floor plans define this Rittenhouse Square home.

Open floor plans define this Rittenhouse Square home.

Our latest edition of Jawdropper of the Week is a two-story contemporary home in Rittenhouse Square that’s just…cool. Currently listed at $1,900,000, it’s designed with a worldly flair fitting for one of Philadelphia’s most sought-after neighborhoods. Almost every space in the three bedroom, four and a half bathroom home has a wide open floor plan that allows the owner to choose from limitless layout possibilities.

Stick around for the gallery after the jump. You’re not going to want to miss this sunroom.

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Trinity Tuesday: Historically Certified Beauty in Wash West Near Amis, Dirty Frank’s

TREND images via Zillow/Keller Williams Realty

TREND images via Zillow/Keller Williams Realty

We just love to take a stroll down the many compact and quaint streets of Wash West–no matter the season!

This trinity home on South Iseminger Street offers a calming change of pace from those highly-trafficked thoroughfares of nearby Lombard Street and 13th Street–especially if you’re looking for a more scenic shortcut to Amis, Last Drop Coffee or even Dirty Frank’s.

The historically certified home dates back to 1875 and features a great blend of old and new, including original pine floors throughout. The sunny living area boasts a fireplace with a splendid mantel and the home even has an eat-in kitchen–a rare find for a traditionally cramped trinity. There’s even a back patio. So yeah, you’ll be dining (or drinking) al fresco at this place.

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Main Line Monday: Check Out This Tucked Away Gladwyne Carriage House

This secluded Gladwyne home offers peace and quiet on the Main Line.

This secluded Gladwyne home offers peace and quiet on the Main Line. | TREND images via BHHS Fox & Roach

This week’s featured home for Main Line Monday is perfect for anybody who prefers a little peace and quiet. Tucked amongst the woods on a hilltop, this stone and stucco carriage house in Gladwyne is surrounded by trees, and has winding stone pathways that lead you between the garage, the home, the pool, and the house’s two koi ponds.

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Farmhouse Friday: Pottstown’s Vintage Thoroughbred Farm Has it All

This Pottstown farmhouse has an observatory, pool and stables.

This Pottstown farmhouse has an observatory, pool and stables. | TREND images via Kurfiss Sotheby’s

Some of our featured homes on Farmhouse Friday have a great yard and pool. Some of them have seriously impressive interiors. Today’s has both. Vintage Thoroughbred Farm in Pottstown, currently listed at a whopping $3,495,000, has just about anything you would need in a farmhouse.

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Jaw Dropper of the Week: Sexy Tri-Level Rittenhouse Condo With Massive Deck

TREND images via Keller Williams

TREND images via Keller Williams

If you’re looking for a place near Rittenhouse Square, then it’s clear you’re seeking a place with luxury and (hopefully) class. This renovated pad near 18th and Spruce Street wraps a romantic Rittenhouse facade around a sexy interior–just in time for Valentine’s Day!

Seriously, the features are dreamy: 14-foot ceilings, lovely wood floors, a spacious kitchen with Viking range (and pot-filler faucet) and a wet bar, and a gorgeous floating staircase.

The living room boasts a marble fireplace and a built-in bookcase, so you’ll be super comfy in this spot.

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Trinity Tuesday: No Hassle Home on North Orkney Street in NoLibs

TREND images via RE/MAX ACCESS – ZIllow

This one is pretty straightforward. Are you looking for a rehabbed and expanded trinity home near Girard Avenue in Northern Liberties? Of course you do. So let’s take a little tour of the property, yeah?

This one, located at 1019 North Orkney Street, comes with a bunch of upgrades, including a spiffed up kitchen with granite countertops, washer/dryer on the first floor and access to a large rear yard.

Probably the best part about this home is that it’s pretty much move-in ready. The windows are new, the HVAC has been updated and it’s located on a quiet dead end street a few steps from Las Cazuelas and The Fire, two favorite Philly spots that were on Girard Avenue before it was cool.

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Farmhouse Friday: Sit Through the Snowstorm In This Revived Quakertown Home

TREND images by Kurfiss Sotheby’s International Realty

With Winter Storm Jonas descending upon the Philadelphia area this weekend, this week’s Farmhouse Friday entry looks like a perfect place to wait out a blizzard. Built in 1790, the revived 3,670 square foot home in Quakertown has definitely seen its fair share of nor’easters before.

This house really embraces the farmhouse aesthetic, with hardwood floors, doors, staircases and cabinets throughout. Currently on sale for $1,695,000, it has four bedrooms and 2.5 bathrooms.

What stands out to us, though, and anybody else braving that Bucks County winter, are the fireplaces. There’s the original stone walk-in fireplace in the great room that serves as the center of the home, and there’s also a fireplace in the master bedroom.

Seriously, is there anything better than a fireplace in your bedroom? The answer is no.

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