Hard Hat Tour: The Amperium

The future home of Riverwards Produce. Work on the apartments upstairs is further along. | Photos: Sandy Smith unless otherwise noted

The future home of Riverwards Produce. Work on the apartments upstairs is further along. | Photos: Sandy Smith unless otherwise noted

Over on Be Well Philly, Aduja Fisher was positively jubilant about the news that Riverwards Produce, which operated a pop-up produce market in Fishtown this past summer, will become a permanent tenant of the first floor of a converted firehouse at 2200 E. Norris St. starting sometime in March.

Over here on Property, I’m positively jubilant about the firehouse it’s going into.

So is its owner, Rory Scerri-Marion. In fact, he fell in love with it so much, he renamed both his real estate investment company and the building for the business that had occupied that first-floor space for 63 years.

But before we get to that part of the story, let’s rewind to this building’s beginning, which is why it’s on the city and national historic registers. Read more »

Main Line Monday: A Renovated Farmhouse in Haverford for $775K

130 Avon Rd., Haverford, Pa. 19041 | TREND images via Zillow

130 Avon Rd., Haverford, Pa. 19041 | TREND images via Keller Williams Main Line Realty

Everybody knows that the Main Line is a hub for beautiful mansions and expansive estates, so when we stumbled upon a recently re-listed property as different from the norm as this, we knew we had to talk about it.

This chic farmhouse was built back in the 1940s and is situated among estates on a private road in Haverford. The beautiful, exposed wood ceilings blend flawlessly with new modern finishes to make it an artistic delight for anyone.

The main level features an eat-in kitchen with granite countertops and Shaker kitchen cabinetry. The great room works as both a living and dining room, and comes to life in the daytime thanks to the nine-foot French doors leading out to the private courtyard. Read more »

What $500K Will Buy You in New Hope

350 S. River Rd., Unit A11, New Hope, Pa. 18938 | TREND image via Addison Wolfe Real Estate

350 S. River Rd., Unit A11, New Hope, Pa. 18938 | TREND image via Addison Wolfe Real Estate

Follow the Delaware up beyond Trenton and Morrisville and you soon find yourself in a land of forests, rolling farms and picturesque landscapes. This is Central Bucks County, a land chock-full of both beautiful, secluded homes and popular visitor magnets.

New Hope offers both. The compact borough itself is a charming, historic year-round celebration of laid-back, anything-goes diversity, and its surrounding countryside features picturesque old mills, Revolutionary War sites (Washington Crossing is just downstream) and thick woodlands.

At least one of our three featured homes is nestled in those woodlands. Another is right at the borough’s southern tip and offers a serene view of the Delaware Canal. All deftly mix contemporary design and traditional style.

350 S. River Rd., Unit A11 (above) | 2 beds, 2 full, 1 half baths, 1,385 square feet, $500,000

We’ll start with this attractive condo in The Waterworks, a converted mill located between the Delaware Canal and the river itself, offering great views in either direction. This canal-facing unit is full of light thanks to its large canal-facing windows and plenty of skylights, and its main living spaces boast high vaulted ceilings that add drama and style to them. There’s a wood-burning fireplace in the living room, a balcony overlooking an attractive courtyard in the dining room, and all of New Hope right outside your front door. The unit comes with two deeded garage parking spaces, but you’ll probably find yourself leaving your car(s) parked there, for it’s just a short walk from here into the center of New Hope, where shopping, dining and entertainment options abound. Not to mention that you might prefer biking along the 60-mile-long canal towpath.

350 S. River Rd., Unit A11, New Hope, Pa. 18938 [Donna Tyson | Addison Wolfe Real Estate]

6858 Upper York Rd., New Hope, Pa. 18938 | TREND image via Coldwell Banker Hearthside

6858 Upper York Rd., New Hope, Pa. 18938 | TREND image via Coldwell Banker Hearthside

6858 Upper York Rd. | 3 beds, 2 full, 1 half baths, 1,918 square feet, $499,000

Now we head upriver and into the woods, where we find this attractive contemporary Cape Codder. It presents an attractive face to your guests and visitors who arrive via the meandering driveway that terminates in a circle, but the really good stuff’s in back: a large terraced deck with built-in seating and a two-tiered area featuring a hot tub. The solarium dining area next to the kitchen looks directly out onto this terrace, and the living room also boasts a large window overlooking the back yard along with a gas fireplace. The powder room is decorated with custom-made blue tile, and the kitchen is a vision in white straight out of the 1980s. The master suite upstairs features high vaulted ceilings, a fireplace in the bedroom, an enormous walk-in closet/dressing room and skylights in both bedroom and bathroom. You’re far enough away from the New Hope party to enjoy total tranquility, but if you’re the entertaining type yourself, you’ll find this a great place to host your own parties as well.

6858 Upper York Rd., New Hope, Pa. 18938 [Heidi Mailer | Coldwell Banker Hearthside – Lahaska]

6468 Deerfield Rd., New Hope, Pa. 18938 | TREND image via Keller Williams Realty Bucks County Central

6468 Deerfield Rd., New Hope, Pa. 18938 | TREND image via Keller Williams Realty Bucks County Central

6468 Deerfield Dr. | 4 beds, 2 full, 1 half baths, 2,350 square feet, $495,000

Further into those woods, there’s a clearing in the distance, and in the middle of that clearing is this modern Colonial that’s filled with rustic charm and surrounded by 12 acres of woodland. The formal living and dining rooms are attractive and comfortable, but you’ll probably find yourself spending lots of time in the cozy yet bright family room with its wall-filling brick fireplace. There’s also a sunny breakfast room off the kitchen, which boasts cherry wood cabinets, black granite countertops and bar seating at its central island. The master bedroom features hardwood floors and a bathroom with a two-person shower and large vanity, and your back yard blends right into those lovely woods. Both New Hope and Peddler’s Village, another popular visitor magnet, are a short drive away.

This home’s sale price was reduced by $30,000 on Nov. 9.

6468 Deerfield Dr., New Hope, Pa. 18938 [Janet Sutton | Keller Williams Realty Bucks County Central]

Jawdropper of the Week: Buzzworthy Society Hill Mansion for $16.795M

232-36 Walnut St., Philadelphia, Pa. 19106 | TREND image via BHHS Fox & Roach Realty

232-36 Walnut St., Philadelphia, Pa. 19106 | Photos: Drew Callaghan Photography via BHHS Fox & Roach

Just blocks from Penn’s Landing, Carpenters’ Hall, and Independence Hall, this Society Hill mansion is a true Philadelphia masterpiece – and rightfully so. The one-of-a-kind property is currently the most expensive home for sale across the city.

As soon as you step inside the foyer of this 16-year-old property, you will encounter the massive, free-floating steel staircase. It’s definitely unlike anything you’ve ever seen before.

It might seem crazy that a two-bedroom home could cost so much money. But, when you account for all it has to offer, things start making sense. Read more »

First-Time Find: A Charming Split-Level in Elkins Park for $250K

122 Church Road, Elkins Park, Pa. 19027 | TREND images via Keller Williams Real Estate

Some people live for the hustle and bustle of the city. Other people love all that city life has to offer, but seek the quiet and comforts of the suburbs when they go to bed at night.

If you fall into the latter category, this property was made for you.

Situated in between Cheltenham and Abington townships is Elkins Park, the small suburban community just outside of Philadelphia where this cozy split-level ranch-style home is located.

The perfect starter home for any couple looking to settle down and start a family, this affordable home has four bedrooms and two and a half bathrooms. Read more »

Trinity Tuesday: An XXL Trinity in Rittenhouse for $600K

403 S 21st St., Philadelphia, Pa. | TREND image via BHHS Fox & Roach, Realtors

403 S 21st St., Philadelphia, Pa. 19146 | TREND images via BHHS Fox & Roach

Do you love a little bit of history with a modern twist?

If so, say hello to this expanded trinity built in 1917 and located in the heart of Rittenhouse Square.

With two Juliet balconies, a brick paver yard in need of a little bit of love, and that troublesome trinity staircase separating the second and third levels, it may appear that this property is the definition of a traditional trinity. However, its expansive size – for a trinity, of course – separates it from the rest of its kind.

New updates on the main level like the beautiful parquet floors, a marble mantel fireplace, and an adorable breakfast area fit with a floor-to-ceiling window and sliding glass doors add some modern touches that make this property even more special.

Oh, and let’s take a moment to appreciate the modified staircase between the first and second levels.

Speaking of the second level, potential buyers will be pleased to find not just one room, as a typical trinity offers, but three: a den, an office, and an expansive bedroom.

There’s also a full bathroom on the second level that could use a little work – but if you need some inspiration, just head up to the third level, which boasts another full bathroom that’s newly designed with sleek gray tiling, a modern stall shower, and a stylish vanity.

Two additional bedrooms finish off the third level. The laundry room is located in the basement, though, so don’t worry about hitting the gym on laundry day.

This expansive trinity has all the makings of a great home, from curb appeal to interior comfort.

THE FINE PRINT

BEDS: 3

BATHS: 2

SQUARE FEET: 1,512

SALE PRICE: $600,000

OTHER STUFF: This home’s price was reduced by $25,000 on Dec. 15.



403 S. 21st St., Philadelphia, Pa. 19146 [Mike McCann | BHHS Fox & Roach]

Main Line Monday: A Contemporary Country Home in Berwyn for $675K

160 Hunt Valley Circle, Berwyn, Pa. 19312 | TREND images via BHHS Fox & Roach

160 Hunt Valley Circle, Berwyn, Pa. 19312 | TREND images via BHHS Fox & Roach

Looking for a backwoods retreat, filled with country charm and nestled deep in the forest?

How about one from which you could commute to your city job every day?

Except for the depth of the forest, we’ve found your place. But it seems to us that a three-acre lot should be plenty deep enough for your purposes.

And it comes with a bonus: a huge serving of modern sophistication to go along with the country charm. Read more »

That House Out There: Light(s) Fantastic in Upper Darby for $229K

11 S. Lynn Blvd., Upper Darby, Pa. 19082 | Images: Ann Marie Lander, Berks 360 Tour Designs via Wagner Real Estate

11 S. Lynn Blvd., Upper Darby, Pa. 19082 | Images: Ann Marie Lander, Berks 360 Tour Designs via Wagner Real Estate

The first question we asked when this listing crossed our radar screen was:

Are all those chandeliers included with the purchase?

The owner of this eclectically decorated Georgian Revival home in Upper Darby clearly has a thing about light fixtures in general and chandeliers in particular: it appears there’s not a single room in the house that lacks a chandelier, and several, including the huge master bedroom on the third floor, have more than one.

Then toss in the paper lanterns, ceiling fan lights, and distinctive pendant fixtures, and this home becomes a true festival of light — augmented by the natural light that pours through the home’s generously sized windows. Read more »

What $500K Will Buy You in Fishtown

1349 E. Oxford Street, Philadelphia, Pa. 19125 | TREND image via Space & Company Real Estate

1349 E. Oxford Street, Philadelphia, Pa. 19125 | TREND image via Space & Company Real Estate

It’s no secret that Fishtown is one of the coolest neighborhoods in Philadelphia, especially for Millennials or anyone looking for a hint of food and culture. Formerly known for its booming shad fish industry, this hip neighborhood has been recently dominated by a flood of new bars, restaurants and music venues that make it even more appealing to younger people looking to plant their roots in Philadelphia. But just how affordable is this colorful, urban neighborhood for aspiring homeowners?

With most properties falling between $200,000 to $400,000, but some stretching upwards to $800,000 or more, it seems there is truly something for everyone in this up-and-coming neighborhood. We searched for homes that fall right in the middle, around $500,000, and what we found was this: there is a pretty even distribution of properties between Frankford Avenue and Lehigh Avenue. Here are our top three picks: Read more »

Philly’s A Bargain* for the Short-Term Renter

You could spend top dollar for a fabulous short-term furnished residence

You could spend top dollar for a fabulous short-term furnished residence like those offered at AKA’s three Philadelphia locations when visiting Philadelphia. Fortunately, if you don’t have that kind of coin, you can find very affordable alternatives, according to the Priceonomics Data Studio. It just depends on where you look. | Photo: AKA

With the presence of luxury extended-stay pioneer AKA in this market, you might get the impression that renting a residence for a short visit is an expensive proposition here.

Fortunately for your wallet, you’d be wrong.

According to the research team at the Priceonomics Data Studio, Philadelphia actually has the fourth-least-expensive short-term rental rates of any city in the country.

The study, explained in detail on the Priceonomics blog, actually examines daily rates for short-term rentals – the kind a visitor to the city would pay as opposed to what someone needing to find a place to rest their head for a month or longer might pay. But the study is nonetheless interesting for what it also reveals about data analysis: namely, the results you get depend on the data you analyze.

It’s something journalists like me often neglect to point out in stories discussing statistics, but it’s an important fact to remember.

So here’s the breakdown: Read more »

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