Farmhouse Friday: Country Charm In Mt. Airy

6825 Wissahickon Ave., Philadelphia, Pa. 19118| TREND Images from BHHS Fox & Roach

6825 Wissahickon Ave., Philadelphia, Pa. 19118 | TREND Images from BHHS Fox & Roach

Back in 1844, when this lovely and beautifully maintained farmhouse was built, the German Township had just split itself in two. The more urban portion became the reconstituted Germantown Borough in August of that year, while the rest of what is now known as Mount Airy and Chestnut Hill remained in Germantown Township.

Mount Airy today is a very urbane (yet bosky) place, but this home has managed to retain all of its country charm, just on a much smaller lot.

The side of the home that faces Wissahickon Avenue is actually the side, not the front: the home’s gracious front porch is on its fenced-in north side, and a driveway on its south side leads to two parking spaces.

Once inside, you’ll find a quietly elegant living room and dining room, each with its own fireplace, to the right of the main staircase. Past the dining room is the kitchen, which is flooded with natural light from the adjoining breakfast room and features the latest Jenn-Air appliances.

On the second floor are three bedrooms and two beautifully updated bathrooms, one of which boasts full marble tile walls and shower enclosure. The third floor is divided into a large room that can serve as a home office or fourth bedroom, a laundry room and a third bathroom.

In addition to the utility room, you’ll find a charming wine cellar in the basement.

Out back, there’s an attractive stone terrace and a storage shed in the completely fenced, spacious back yard.

Despite its rural appearance, you’re very close to all sorts of urban amenities, including the Mount Airy business district along Germantown Avenue and a SEPTA Regional Rail station where you can catch trains that will whisk you into Center City. And if you’re a nature lover, the Wissahickon Valley is also a short distance away.





SALE PRICE: $549,900

OTHER STUFF: This home’s price was raised by $400 on June 6.

6825 Wissahickon Ave., Philadelphia, Pa. 19118 [Ellen Goodwin | BHHS Fox & Roach]

Jawdropper of the Week: A Contemporary Oasis in Solebury

6029 Atkinson Rd., New Hope, PA. 18938 | TREND images via Addison Wolfe Real Estate

6029 Atkinson Rd., New Hope, Pa. 18938 | TREND images by Natalie Fleischacker via Addison Wolfe Real Estate

When your home is a minimalist’s dream and a Zen paradise, it’ll be hard to remember you’re in Bucks County and not a faraway exotic oasis.

But perhaps it’s just that – an oasis. This custom built stone-and-cedar home set privately off Atkinson Road isn’t your typical Tudor or Colonial mansion. It incorporates Japanese design principles by bringing in tons of open space and natural lighting while also evoking the clean architecture of Scandinavian design. As you drive up the 1,600-foot driveway that leads to the home, the first thing you’ll notice is the front courtyard, which features Koi pond fountains with multi-color changing lighting.

The impressive entry inside opens to a sunken, two-story living room with an entire wall of heat mirror windows. The floor-to-ceiling Norwegian rose marble fireplace serves as the shining centerpiece, aptly fitted to match an equally grand room. A stainless-steel staircase and railing adds an industrial feel while also creating an interesting contrast to the rose marble columns and the white birch hardwood floors. Read more »

First-Time Find: A Home with Personality in Levittown

15 Dewberry Ln, Levittown, PA. 19055 | TREND images via Keller Williams Realty

15 Dewberry Lane, Levittown, PA. 19055 | TREND images via Keller Williams Realty

Choosing your first home can be exhilarating, but also frustrating at the same time. You may be searching for Pinterest-worthy homes and come across the perfect space, only to realize that in no reality will you pay that much for a house.

Look no further, because we found a perfect first home to match all your needs. There’s no shortage of statement rooms in this beautiful and affordable Levittown home, a 1950s ranch house that underwent a total makeover not too long ago.

Once you step through the tiled foyer, you’ll notice immediately that this is no ordinary 1950s rancher thanks to all the upgrades showcased by the open floor plan of the main room, from the new laminate wood floor to the recessed lighting to the energy-saving ceiling fans. At the center of the space, a quirky, exposed brick fireplace serves as the centerpiece of the space, separating and uniting the kitchen/dining area and living room. Read more »

Main Line Monday: A Home Full of Fun in Villlanova

1318 Valley Rd., Villanova, Pa. 19085 | TREND images via BHHS Fox & Roach

For those full-house families out there, this scenic property in Villanova is a dream home.

A whopping 7,618 square feet, expansive rooms, luxurious living quarters, a large entertainment space and elegant details like arched ceilings and columns are some of the features in this home that make it worth the price. From the charming cobblestone-lined walkway to the gorgeously landscaped grounds to its glass conservatory with vaulted ceiling, life in this modern French-inspired home looks like a perfect picture.

The front doors open to a grand foyer with limestone flooring, which leads to a comfortable, expanded family room with an exposed beam vaulted ceiling, custom built-ins for an entertainment center, wet bar, and a Palladian window that makes a cozy nook for quiet reads. The wood-burning brick hearth fireplace serves as a great centerpiece. Open columns divide the living room with a second wood-burning fireplace and a dining room that provides access to the conservatory through glass sliding doors, a perfect place to relax with the entire family. A cherry-paneled study with custom built-ins by Rossi Brothers provides a respite for reading. Read more »

Farmhouse Friday: A Landmark Restoration in Thornbury

148 Freedom Rider Trail, West Chester, Pa. 19382 (Thornbury Township) | Images from Keller Williams Luxury Homes International

148 Freedom Rider Trail, West Chester, Pa. 19382 (Thornbury Township) | Images from Keller Williams Luxury Homes International

What you see above is a common, if unusually large, Pennsylvania farmhouse whose oldest portion dates to circa 1797. What makes it special, besides the care and attention that went into its restoration, is the person who built it.

That person was Squire Thomas Cheyney, a relatively unsung hero of the Battle of the Brandywine on Sept. 11, 1777. (You may recognize the name because of the historically black university a few miles up the road, but that was named for a different member of the family who lived later.) Cheyney delivered crucial intelligence to Gen. George Washington about the direction from which British forces were advancing. That intelligence allowed Washington to shift his troops, saving his army from total annihilation in this early Revolutionary War defeat for the Americans.

“Had it not been for the Squire’s actions on Sept. 11, Washington would have lost the war and we would be sending our tax dollars to Great Britain,” said the house’s owner and restorer, John Murphy. Read more »

Jawdropper of the Week: A Mediterranean Retreat in Penn Valley

44 Fairview Rd., Penn Valley, Pa. 19072 | TREND images via BHHS Fox & Roach

44 Fairview Rd., Penn Valley, Pa. 19072 | TREND images via BHHS Fox & Roach

For all you homebodies out there, this luxurious home in Penn Valley will ensure that the flak you get from your socialite friends is not for naught.

Think about it. Why drive into the city, battle with muggy summer heat and down drinks at Happy Hour in some overpriced restaurant when you have your own private retreat to enjoy at home instead? Especially when that retreat is a Mediterranean vacation in itself. Inside and out, architectural details ranging from large arched doorways to tile floors to stucco-clad fireplaces to Greek columns whisk you away to the lands of ancient charm and modern wonder. Read more »

First-Time Find: A New Urbanite’s Dream Near the Art Museum

2022 Green St. Apt. 5, Philadelphia, Pa. 19130 | TREND images via BHHS Fox & Roach

2022 Green St. Apt. 5, Philadelphia, Pa. 19130 | TREND images via BHHS Fox & Roach

There’s no better place for first-time Philly homeowners to settle down than near the Art Museum. Nothing screams “I live in the city now” more than the spectacular urban panorama to be seen from this condo’s rooftop deck.

This building sits on the incredible tree-lined block just down the street from the Philadelphia Museum of Art. This third-floor unit features a spaciously open living and dining room area with parquet floor that’s wide enough to accommodate your new friends and guests. The wood-burning fireplace is a nice touch and the three windows allow for plenty of natural light to flood through. The spiral steps in the living room not only add a stylish, industrial touch but lead up to a private deck with stunning views of the Center City skyline.

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Main Line Monday: Back to Merrie Olde England in Wayne

531 Hilaire Rd., Saint Davids, Pa. 19087 | TREND images via BHHS Fox & Roach

531 Hilaire Rd., Saint Davids, Pa. 19087 | TREND images via BHHS Fox & Roach

Trying to find a place on the Main Line? Perhaps you’d rather pick a style that dates further back than the familiar Colonial era we know so well. Try 16th-century England and there’s a chance you’ll fall deeply in love with this quirky, charming Tudor-style home in Radnor.

A steeply pitched roof, embellished front porch, decorative splashes of brick and the faintest impression of half-timber framing are what make the curb appeal hard to forget. The entryway leads to an illuminated main living room that features a charming fireplace you’ll love curling up in front of during cold winters.

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That House Out There: Into The Woods Outside Pottstown

1315 Warwick Furnace Rd., Pottstown, Pa. 19465 | Photos: Mike Irby for James A. Cochrane, Inc.

We’d have loved to feature this home in our “Farmhouse Friday” department, but there were a few problems with that.

First, there’s no farm. That’s not an insurmountable problem, as we’ve featured many farmhouses in decidedly urban settings.

But more important is this: It’s not a farmhouse. Instead, it’s a strikingly urbane contemporary home with just a touch of the rustic about it, enhanced by being set in the middle of a 10-acre wooded plot overlooking French Creek. Read more »

Farmhouse Friday: Double the Pleasure in Perkasie

Guest house, 2500 Three Mile Run Rd., Perkasie, Pa. 18944 | Photos via BHHS Fox & Roach

Guest house, 2500 Three Mile Run Rd., Perkasie, Pa. 18944 | Photos via BHHS Fox & Roach

It’s been quite some time since anyone grew crops or raised animals at Merestone Farm, judging from the photos you see here. Instead, this 7.8-acre lakeside property has become a place for sophisticated country living — a spacious private retreat in a county that’s chock-full of such rustic pleasures.

This one, however, takes the Bucks County country manor to a whole ‘nother level. Its elegant decor and formal gardens have landed this farmhouse and barn in the pages of Architectural Digest — twice. Make it yours and you and your friends will also marvel at its highly photogenic quality while enjoying its many amenities. Read more »

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