What $500K Will Buy You in Malvern

271 Iroquois Dr., Malvern, Pa. 19355 | TREND image by Scott Speese via Keller Williams Real Estate – Exton

The Main Line has traditionally ended at Paoli, but with the extension of the SEPTA Regional Rail line to Thorndale, that most legendary string of suburbs gained a few new member communities.

The first of these is Malvern, the next stop on the line after Paoli. The compact borough is the site of the 1777 Paoli Massacre during the Revolutionary  War and home to several of the region’s most admired companies, including Vanguard, Liberty Property Trust and the American operations of Saint-Gobain.

New mixed-use developments with apartments above and shops and restaurants below have added more vitality to Malvern’s very walkable town center. These three homes in the surrounding townships put you within an easy drive of everything Malvern has to offer. Read more »

Jawdropper of the Week: East Meets West in Northern Liberties for $1.35M

930-32 N. 4th St., Philadelphia, Pa. 19123 | TREND images via Coldwell Banker Preferred

Passers-by have no idea what’s behind that large garage door at 930-32 N. 4th St. in Northern Liberties. They probably think it’s some sort of industrial space. Shoot, we thought it was some sort of industrial space when we walked past it. After all, Northern Liberties was dotted with factories, breweries and workshops once upon a time.

Boy, were we ever wrong.

That garage door and wall hide one of the most stunning contemporary residences we’ve run across in quite a while. Read more »

First-Time Find: Refreshed in Phoenixville for $235K

159 1st Ave., Phoenixville, Pa. 19460 | TREND images via BHHS Fox & Roach

Want to walk to Blobfest next year?

Want urban vitality with a small-town feel?

You can get both by living in the middle of Phoenixville. There are plenty of new apartments with great amenities available.

What’s that? You want to build equity for your future too?

Then you want this lovely house on First Avenue in the middle of town instead. Read more »

Trinity Tuesday: Little Big Home in Queen Village for $285K

745 S. 5th St., Apt. 2, Philadelphia, Pa. 19147 | TREND images via BHHS Fox & Roach Realtors

We’re sure you’ve heard the old cliché “Good things come in small packages.”

This very small trinity on a private courtyard in Queen Village is vivid proof of the truth of that statement.

In its 486 square feet of interior space you will find the latest and best of everything, and outside, you will find plenty of room for relaxing and entertaining. Read more »

On the Auction Block: A Gilded Age Manse in Queen Village

The Steen family home at 113-21 Bainbridge St. will be sold at auction on Oct. 10th at 6 p.m. | Photo: Max Spann Real Estate and Auction Company

Billboard magnate Terry Steen built the huge Colonial home you see above in the late 1990s.

Inside, he fitted it out in the manner of the 1890s.

This home at 113-21 Bainbridge Street is a fish out of water in many respects. It’s a sprawling Main Line mansion with nearly 7,000 square feet of interior space shoehorned into a compact Queen Village lot. It’s a celebration of Gilded Age excess plunked down among homes that are more modestly decorated. It’s a single home with a later addition on a lot that could hold five.

And it should have a new owner by 7 p.m. on Oct. 10th. Read more »

Main Line Monday: A Nostalgia Trip in Wynnewood for $570K

1371 Indian Creek Dr., Wynnewood, Pa. 19096 | TREND images via RE/MAX Executive Realty

Are you old enough to remember knotty pine-paneled rec rooms?

If you are, you’ll love this splendid little Colonial on a quiet lane in Wynnewood’s Penn Wynne section.

Built by its first owner in 1935, it’s full of spaces that should bring back memories of those halcyon years of the Fifties and early Sixties.

Take the basement, for instance, a large, accommodating space for relaxation and play, paneled in knotty pine with oak flooring, built-in toy storage and a family room with full bar (its sink is currently disconnected from the water lines but can be reconnected). Read more »

What $500K Will Buy You in Overbrook

 

6320 Overbrook Ave., Philadelphia, Pa. 19151 | TREND images via Keller Williams Realty

There are only a relative handful of Philadelphia neighborhoods where one can find houses selling for $500,000 or more. Most of them are in “Greater Center City,” the upper reaches of Northwest Philadelphia, or parts of the Far Northeast.

One of them, however, lies in West Philadelphia: Overbrook Farms. This National Register historic district is famous for its huge, substantial homes dating to the dawn of the 20th century.

These homes showcase classic Colonial, Dutch Colonial and traditional American style and design. This one does too — on the outside.

On the inside, it’s a whole ‘nother story. Walk through the front door of 6320 Overbrook Ave. and prepare to have your mind blown by a striking contemporary home in turn-of-the-century drag. Read more »

Jawdropper of the Week: A Château in Villanova for $4.965M

264 Abrahams Ln., Villanova, Pa. 19085 | TREND images via BHHS Fox & Roach Realtors

“They don’t build ’em like they used to.”

Where have we heard this phrase before?

Probably as we were scoping some McMansion in the exurbs.

This spectacular, brand-new, French-inspired country manor in Villanova puts the lie to that statement.

Custom built by George P. Semerjian, this huge new mansion offers the best of everything, and lots of it too. Read more »

First-Time Find: Cozy Cottage in Wallingford for $125K

758 Pennsylvania Ave., Wallingford, Pa. 19086 | TREND images via Long & Foster Real Estate

Generally speaking, if you want to send your kids to school in one of our region’s top-ranked suburban school districts, you’re going to have to pay for the privilege.

But there are exceptions to every rule, and this cozy little rancher in Wallingford is one of them.

Did we say little? It is small — at 694 square feet, it’s smaller than many of those famously tiny Philadelphia trinities. Yet this small package is loaded with good things. Read more »

Trinity Tuesday: History With a Twist in Queen Village for $425K

720 S. Front St, Philadelphia, Pa. 19147 | TREND images via BHHS Fox & Roach

When it comes to charming 18th-century trinities, Queen Village gives Society Hill a run for its money thanks to homes like this historically certified one on Front Street,

This home, however, is also an entry in the “looks can be deceiving” file.

That’s because behind that classic 1700s facade lies an eclectic expanded trinity that mixes traditional colonial style with a funky sensibility and some totally modern elements. Read more »

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