Perfect Starter Home for Taney Dragon Starters

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There are a number of homes for sale in the vicinity of Markward Playground, aka, THE PLACE WHERE THE TANEY LITTLE LEAGUE TEAM WAS BORN, but for families with children (or soon to have children), the inventory right now is somewhat limited. Enter this recently renovated three-bedroom, which is basically perfect for an adult/child combo. Here’s why:

1. Garage parking
2. Neighborhood public school: Greenfield. Neighborhood private school: The Philadelphia School.
3. Right near Fitler Square and Schuylkill River Park
4. Close to Children’s Hospital, in case someone puts a penny up his nose
5. SEPTA bus runs nearby
6. Two bathrooms
7. Street is small so there’s not much traffic

Other perks that have nothing to do with children include a wood burning fireplace, large private deck, hardwood floors, back patio, and central air. And: IT’S RIGHT NEAR THE HOME OF THE SOON-TO-BE LITTLE LEAGUE CHAMPIONS OF THE WORLD!!!!

Check out the gallery below.

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Converted Bakery in Fairmount’s Pig’s Alley

2310 Aspen St, Philadelphia, PA ,19130

2310 Aspen St, Philadelphia, PA ,19130

Despite being in the old Pig’s Alley section of Fairmount (which some say got its name from the butcher shops that used to line the blocks), this circa 1860 rowhouse served a different kind of culinary purpose prior to becoming a residence: It was a bakery. We imagine the bulkhead door that faces the street was suited to the business.

Today, however, any aroma of fresh baked bread is likely come from a wholly residential kitchen, which features a skylight and stainless steel appliances, and opens into a dining area with a bench. Custom woodwork and flooring is featured throughout, but restored wood floors cover the expanse of the living room, which has a coffered ceiling and decorative mantle.

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On the Market: A Charming Live/Work Home in Germantown

70 E Coulter St, Philadelphia, PA 19144.

70 E Coulter St, Philadelphia, PA 19144.

Last October we put the spotlight on five houses ideal for those who work from home. Even better, they were vintage homes with a charm all their own, and came in styles ranging from studio to carriage house. This Germantown property, which has since gotten a $50k price cut,  is one of them.

A carriage house built in 1869, the home is a mix of history and convenience (and isn’t too shabby looking). Inside, the first floor features 9-foot ceilings and cement floors, and is a 1,500-square-foot work space with office, guest room, laundry, and storage. There’s also a wood stove and bathroom.

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Reduced: Society Hill Beauty Gets Price Cut of $100K

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This high-ceilinged Society Hill townhouse has a traditional facade that hides a mix of modern and historic elements. The kitchen has Viking stainless steel appliances, quartz countertops and backsplash, Shaker-style wood cabinets, and limestone flooring. The formal dining and living rooms have crown molding and wood floors. There’s a breakfast room that leads out to the red brick garden.

The second floor has the master suite, a rear library with built-ins, and a small deck. Another deck is possible right off the stairs leading to the third floor, where two bedrooms share a marble bathroom. A fourth bedroom with a bathroom and bonus open area can be found on the fourth floor. The lower level has a media room.

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Weekend Open House Pick: Passyunk Square

Photo via Zillow.com.

Photo via Zillow.com.

This former industrial building on Reed Street is not the only one of its kind — down the block there are at least two other buildings once used for industrial purposes, but the street has moved far from its workaday manufacturing roots. Need proof? It’s already cycled through the installation and destruction of a Shepard Fairy wheatpaste mural on its corner.

This building has been adapted into condos, and this “penthouse” unit is one of six. The neighborhood is one of row homes and one-way streets, and it can feel a little tightly drawn. But this apartment seems uncharacteristically spacious, perhaps due to its big windows, two levels and large deck. The listing copy recommends sitting on the deck with “a glass of wine or a favorite Keurig.” Further suggestions for Passyunk Square living: “Take the dog for a walk in a nearby dog park and chat with your neighbors about the local civic meeting and all the new developments.”

See for yourself, though, at this weekend’s open house. One thing’s for sure (or as sure as real estate gets): this zip code is good investment. Gallery below.

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Tabas’ Historic “Dove Lake” Asks $7.5M

TREND photo via Zillow.com

TREND photo via Zillow.com

The Bryn Mawr estate Dove Lake owned by Robert Tabas — of the Royal Bank Tabas family — sits on 20 acres that reach far back in the area’s history. Tabas installed a historic marker on the property that reads:

David Davis built a fulling mill here to process woolens before 1747. German papermaker Conrad Scheetz converted it to the Upper Scheetz Paper Mill in 1748. His family produced quality paper until 1798. Thomas Amies of Switzerland changed the name to Dove Mill and made paper with a dove watermark until 1839. Samuel Croft dammed Mill Creek to create Dove Lake in 1873 and all industrial buildings were lost.

Despite that rather elegiac note, Tabas’ property is fairly amazing, in particular because Mill Creek runs its entire length and there is, of course, Dove Lake, which was the setting for Thomas Eakins’ famous 1885 painting Swimming. The gallery (below) really shows the natural beauty of the spot.

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Inside Cole Hamels’ $1.55M Newtown Square Home

TREND photo

TREND photo

Is Cole Hamels following in Ryan Howard’s footsteps? Seems he and wife Heidi — who are not building a palatial Florida estate with doorknobs that cost thousands of dollars — are planning a move.

The Phillies pitcher moved to Newtown Square (a significant hike from his former Two Liberty Place residence) in 2009, as philly.com’s Lauren Mennen noted, into a home they bought for $1.53 million. Now they’re selling it for $1.55 million. Amenities include a three-car attached garage; finished basement with second kitchen, bar, game room and play room; and (not surprisingly) a security system with motion detectors and cameras.

Other general highlights are visible in the gallery of TREND real estate photos below, but the generic quality of the rooms make me think the photos must be of the model home in the development and not of the family home itself. Also, the address is slightly different on the deed. So: grain of salt.

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Rare Find! Center City Home With Charming Porch

2324 Lombard St, Philadelphia, PA

2324 Lombard St, Philadelphia, PA, 19146

Does anyone remember The Little House by Virginia Lee Burton? If not, it’s a children’s book that follows the life of a cute little house out in the country who over time finds itself surrounded by towering city buildings. It sticks out like a sore thumb and, if I remember correctly (probably not), it starts to deteriorate and almost…well, I won’t spoil the ending.

Anyway, while some think the story might be commentary on urban sprawl (Burton denies this), this home does not seem to be headed toward the same fate (nor is it noticeable in a bad way). Still, it reminded me of it just a teensy bit because it’s not something you see every day: a porched home mingling among the the more conventional townhouses near Fitler Square.

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Secluded Garden Just Off Main Street in Manayunk

TREND photo courtesy Keller Williams.

TREND photo courtesy Keller Williams.

From the garden, it would be tough to guess that this house was just a stone’s throw from Main Street in Manayunk. The interior of the home also makes it seem a bit more … grown up than some of the typical neighbors. All of which is likely owed to the architect and professional designer who put the whole thing together.

The home features four bedrooms and two full baths as well as a powder room. Luxe paint, built-in shelving and original plank hardwoods give things a warm feel. The kitchen has been recently redone and includes subway tiles on the backsplash as well as a custom bench at the eat-in table. A basement boasts additional room for storage.

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Two Dream Properties in Bucks County

2450 Steinsburg Rd, Quakertown, PA.

2450 Steinsburg Rd, Quakertown, PA.

Both were built around the same time (mid-1700s), offer rural proximity without going full-on Amish, and both are in Bucks County. Let’s take a look.

First, there’s Still Point Farm, a 45-acre property with an emphasis on enjoyable seclusion: the listing alludes to it being a Walden Pond-esque location (“great space & inspiring setting for an artist/writer/musician”), though in this case the pond is the Tinicum Creek, which runs alongside it. There are pastures with run-in sheds but also a swimming pool and pool house that are, perhaps, less indicative of a life lived “sturdily and Spartan-like,” as Thoreau once put it.

Original wood floors, interior stone walls and fireplaces, Mercer tiles, and wood beams are all present in the 1740 stone farmhouse, which comes with a 1740s bank barn and a stable with six horse stalls. (The barn has two guest quarters.)

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