Trinity Tuesday: A Rare Gem in Rittenhouse for $330K

403 S. 17th St., Philadelphia, Pa. 19146 | TREND images via BHHS Fox & Roach

403 S. 17th St., Philadelphia, Pa. 19146 | TREND images via BHHS Fox & Roach

If you have champagne taste on a beer-bottle budget, say hello to this completely modernized trinity in the ever-so-desirable neighborhood of Rittenhouse Square.

In traditional trinity fashion, this property rings in at a mere 700 square feet. However, what you get for that square footage is well worth it (if you can bear living modestly, that is).

The first level sports white marble floors, built-in shelving, and recessed lighting. Just off the main room is a tiny kitchen with white appliances, a stainless steel backsplash, and countertops. The second level can act as one of two things: an additional living space (office, den, entertainment area, etc.), or a second bedroom. This level is also home to the trinity’s only full bathroom. With stone-embellished walls and flooring, it’s definitely one of a kind. Read more »

Main Line Monday: Worldly Comfort in Wayne for $925K

516 W. Beechtree Ln., Wayne, Pa. 19087 | Images via Houwzer Real Estate

516 W. Beechtree Ln., Wayne, Pa. 19087 | Images via Houwzer Real Estate

From the outside, you’d hardly be able to distinguish this colonial from the many others speckled throughout the Main Line. However, step inside and that will absolutely change – this sunlit open-concept home is a masterpiece.

Built in 1928 and completely renovated since then, this four-bedroom property adequately maintains some of its historical charm while containing all the amenities of a modern home. Read more »

What $500K Will Buy You in Rydal

1017 Lindsay Lane, Rydal, Pa. 19046 | TREND image via Kurfiss Sotheby's International Realty

1017 Lindsay Lane, Rydal, Pa. 19046 | TREND image via Kurfiss Sotheby’s International Realty

Back before Willow Grove Park Mall, Jenkintown was the shopping center of the northern suburbs. The department stores have all departed now, but the town retains its walkable charm, and it’s the hub of the north-side SEPTA Regional Rail system: its train station is the busiest outside of Center City.

Just up the road and two stops up the SEPTA West Trenton Line is Rydal, which shares its zip code but is a little more suburban — maybe it’s all those car dealers lining the Fairway along its northern edge that make the difference. Away from the autos, though, you’ll find a leafy community developed largely after World War II, filled with homes that reflect the styles of their era, some with a little updating in places. Take a look at these three homes to see what we mean: Read more »

Jawdropper of the Week: Opulence in Rittenhouse Square for $7.3M

1706 Rittenhouse Sq., Unit 2201, Philadelphia, Pa. 19103 | TREND images via BHHS Fox & Roach

1706 Rittenhouse Sq., Unit 2201, Philadelphia, Pa. 19103 | TREND images via BHHS Fox & Roach

We’ve talked about properties in the luxurious 1706 Rittenhouse building several times over the past few years (like here, or here, or… here), and the time has come to add another one to that list – because let’s face it, these units do not disappoint.

Head up to the 22nd floor (via your private elevator, of course), and enter right into the residence’s grand marble foyer with an aquarium wall. Just beyond the wall is a chic living room with spectacular views of the city. Oh, and the living room isn’t alone either – basically every other room in the unit has an outstanding floor-to-ceiling window view too, and if those views aren’t enough for you, just step out onto one of the two private balconies. Read more »

Philly Home Buyers Break Even Faster Now, Report Says

It soesn't take all that long for buying to be cheaper than renting - just two years, six months, according to Zillow's latest "Breakeven Horizon" report.

It doesn’t take all that long for buying to be cheaper than renting – just two years, six months, according to Zillow’s latest “Breakeven Horizon” report.

Generally speaking, buying beats renting in the long run for most people seeking a place to live. And the recent runup in local house values means that home buyers here reach the break-even point for buying a little sooner than they did last year, according to figures recently released by Zillow.

According to Zillow’s latest “Breakeven Horizon” report, the average buyer of a home in the Philadelphia market in the fourth quarter of 2016 began to break even on their investment five months sooner than they did in the same quarter of 2015 — two years, five months, down from two years, 10 months. Read more »

First-Time Find: Pleasance in Point Breeze for $230K

1742 S. 24th St., Philadelphia, Pa. 19145 | TREND images via Coldwell Banker Preferred

1742 S. 24th St., Philadelphia, Pa. 19145 | TREND images via Coldwell Banker Preferred

It’s been over thirty years since the last time this Point Breeze rowhome was on the market – but thanks to a complete remodel by the owner, the property looks anything but dated.

Located on a tree-lined block close to South Philadelphia, even the exterior of this home is unique. Different from its neighbors, it features Permastone siding that contrasts nicely with its other black detailing. Read more »

Luxe Loft in NoLibs for $639.9K

1147 N. 4th St., Philadelphia, Pa. 19123 | Photos: Daniel Sandoval, The Somers Team

1147 N. 4th St., Philadelphia, Pa. 19123 | Photos: Daniel Sandoval, The Somers Team

Are you the type who drools over the high-tech industrial aesthetic?

Have we got a home for you.

One of the finest examples of that style in the city, a spacious, bi-level corner penthouse condo in Northern Liberties’ Cigar Factory, is now on the market.

Its chic factor is through the wood-beamed, steel-supported roof, enhanced by exposed ductwork and brick walls, a spiral staircase and a super-sleek Eurostyle kitchen in the open main living space. Read more »

Trinity Tuesday: A Double Feature in Wash West for $599K

1245 Lombard St., Philadelphia, Pa. 19147 | Images courtesy of Space & Company

1245 Lombard St., Philadelphia, Pa. 19147 | Images courtesy of Space & Company

We’ve said it once and we’ll say it again – for this double trinity in Washington Square West, it’s all about the details.

It’s been just over two years since we featured this home the last time it was on the market. As indicated by the price increase since then, it has undergone some updates both extensively (shout out to the new kitchen) and minimally (the backyard has been cleaned up, amongst other things).

Celebrating its 100th birthday in 2017, the townhouse still maintains some of its finest original details like pine floors, moldings, two functioning fireplaces, and a (maybe not-so-fine) traditional trinity staircase. Alternatively, it also boasts fresh features like central air and a gourmet kitchen. Read more »

Main Line Monday: Blissful Seclusion in Penn Valley for $1.55M

952 Summit Rd., Penn Valley, Pa. 19072 | TREND images via BHHS Fox & Roach

952 Summit Rd., Penn Valley, Pa. 19072 | TREND images via BHHS Fox & Roach

Who doesn’t like a little extra privacy these days?

Walk through the private gate of this 1880 farmhouse and enter into your own secluded oasis.

Even before stepping foot inside the property, you will be taken aback by its awesome exterior features. The front porch was designed to resemble a classic farm-style porch, and looks like something straight out of a movie – we can only imagine how peaceful it would be to sip our morning coffee on it (sigh). The landscaped property itself is fully fenced and features a vegetable garden and a saltwater pool. Read more »

What $500K Will Buy You in Ardmore

215 Drexel Rd., Ardmore, Pa. 19003 | TREND images via Zillow

215 Drexel Rd., Ardmore, Pa. 19003 | TREND images via Zillow

Straddling two counties, Ardmore is one of the Main Line’s largest and liveliest suburban communities. It boasts some of the best shops, restaurants, bars, festivals, and nightlife in the area – just head down to Lancaster Avenue, Ardmore’s main street, and embrace all the town has to offer.

But what does it cost to live here? Apparently, it’s actually quite affordable for all potential homeowners looking to spend under a million dollars. Homes for sale in the area currently fall somewhere between $200,000 to $850,000 – and there are several options that fall right in the middle, at about $500,000. If this is your desired price range, scroll on and see what we’ve found. Read more »

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