New Life for the Philadelphia Blueprint Company on Chestnut Street

Rendering of 725 Chestnut Street | via Urban Space Development Inc.

Rendering of 725 Chestnut Street | via Urban Space Development Inc.

The 700 block of Chestnut Street is about to see some major changes. Sure, you could point to the 32-story tower proposal at the surface parking lot at 709 Chestnut Street as proof positive, but there are smaller plans in the works that will also have a significant impact.

For starters, the movement to have four architecturally important buildings designated as historic means that the character of the block will remain. (A welcome sight an ever-changing city, as well as for a block that features a garish parking garage at the corner of 8th and Chestnut.) That includes the former Quaker City National Bank Building, as well as a lesser known project that will see four condos (with asking prices over the $1 million mark each) added to the block at 725 Chestnut Street, the former home of the Philadelphia Blueprint Company. Read more »

Jaw Dropper of the Week: This High-End Haddonfield Home Was Tailor-Made for Spring

Images via Sotheby’s International Realty

Photo credit: Drew Callaghan

Seriously? As if this custom-designed residence nestled right off historic Kings Highway weren’t pleasant enough with its foliage surround and, quote, “artistically landscaped secret garden” to lure us, its designers went ahead and incorporated its wonderfully verdant location into the home’s interior: there’s a garden atrium facing one of the property’s private outdoor spaces.

Allergies keeping you from delighting in this news? No problem! There’s an entire wall with over-sized windows in the nineteen-foot high entertainment living room area (pictured above) that faces the aforementioned secret garden. In other words, a deluge of natural light and clear view of the grounds, which contain “stunning rock formations,” two small ponds and waterfalls, can go appreciated without all that pesky pollen ruining the scene for you.

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Trinity Tuesday: What’s Behind This Green Door in Queen Village?

TREND photos via BHHS Fox & Roach-CC Walnut

TREND photos via BHHS Fox & Roach-CC Walnut

Walk a block and half south from South and S American Streets and you’ll find a gate breaking a tight line of row homes. What lies beyond it? Take a look at the gallery and you’ll see that although the homes do have back yard enclosures, the path beyond the gate does not lead to them, but to a private courtyard facing a mini collection of houses instead.

One of these, an end trinity home with a green (chartreuse?) door, is on the market. Here’s what lies behind that door:

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Spotted: Unit 2901 Available at the Dorchester at Rittenhouse Square

TREND images via BHHS Fox & Roach-CC Rittenhouse Hotel

TREND images via BHHS Fox & Roach-CC Rittenhouse Hotel

A glorious Memorial Day weekend is upon us, but here’s a mini house porn fix of the Philly variety for when you’re en route to the Shore or wandering from event to event right here in the city. (Full disclosure: We think dilettante chefs might appreciate this one best.)

Set atop one of the higher floors of the Dorchester at Rittenhouse Square, this two-bedroom, two-bathroom unit boasts a complete renovation: custom window treatments, designer lighting, floors made of Mirage red oak, and custom Lualdi Italy doors. The kitchen, especially, is a feature of pride, vaunting Italian cabintry by Poliform, Zodiac tops, and both a Gaggenau warming drawer and under-counter wine fridge. Joining these are a Miele dishwasher, Sub-Zero fridge, and a cook top, microwave, and wall oven all by Wolf.

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Farmhouse Friday: Kimberton Country Spread With Views of French Creek

Now that's a fireplace. | Images by TREND via

Now that’s a fireplace. | Images by TREND via BHHS Fox & Roach-Collegeville

Let’s head out to Chester County just west of Phoenixville for a moment to check in on a property that looks to be the quintessential farmhouse. The home dates back 269 years (!) and was later expanded to give it more space and a covered patio. We can imagine catching many a firefly on its 2.70-acres of land.

Don’t let the age fool you, it has all those much-needed modern amenities that you’ll need, including two-zone air conditioning, an in-ground pool in the yard and a workout room in the barn. Features like the two wood burning fireplaces, hardwood floors, exposed beams, farmhouse tub and dual-horse stalls in the barn call back to its workmanlike past. In other words: this place has kept it real after all these years. Read more »

You Have to Check Out This Neat, Solar-Paneled Home in Northern Liberties

TREND photos via Redfin

TREND photos via Redfin

Is it just us or is there something a tad maze-like about this home (at least by what we can tell from the photos, see gallery below)? It’s interesting because other than that quirk and its über neat details, it’s a fairly unassuming newer construction in Northern Liberties, tucked away on the cobblestoned corner of Reno and Orkney Streets.

Unique features include a glass wall segregating the dining room from the Joanne Hudson-designed kitchen, where there’s custom concrete countertops and dining island (seats four), appliances made by Miele, Liebherr, and Wolf, and Downsview cabinetry; and a split-level second floor with three bedrooms (one of which has a custom steel fireplace) and a walk-in laundry room. Birch hardwood floors are throughout and there’s a custom-crafted wood, steel, and glass central staircase.

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Jaw Dropper of the Week: Inviting Waterfall Pool Spotted Inside Bucks County Home

TREND images via Realtor.com

TREND images via Realtor.com

Would we recommend it as a summer house? Perhaps not (unless you got the cash…), but it would make for a pretty remarkable year-round home.

Gazebos, flower beds and specimen trees, small bridge, reflecting ponds, and even a loggia are all part of this five-acre property, which in addition to having a lush landscape (which comes with a night-lit tennis court by the way) claims a magnificent 11,000-square-foot home to its repertoire.

Some luxe features you’ll stumble upon at Ivy Manor? Let’s start with that full-blown theater space, which has a nearby massage room and billiards and exercise areas. The main house prize, however, is the swimming pool room, complete with waterfall, murals, and laundry. An au pair suite is attached to the home via a mud room, while the house itself welcomes guests through its large twin staircase foyer.  Upstairs, the master bathroom includes a shower with a domed ceiling.  

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On the Market: Logan Square Apartment for the Minimalist at Heart

BHHS Fox & Roach-CC Rittenhouse Hotel

BHHS Fox & Roach-CC Rittenhouse Hotel

Oooh, be sure to save this one for your ultra tidy friend with a penchant for bright, pristine expanses and bare furnishings. Located between 22nd and 23rd, unit 702 at 2200 Arch might just be what your minimalist buddy is looking for! (Though maybe try to encourage a little more life into their future home, regardless of how tempting it is to keep its fresh-faced look.)

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Trinity Tuesday: Superb Tudor-Style Home Facing Fitler Square For Sale

TREND images via BHHS Fox & Roach-CC Rittenhouse Hotel

TREND images via BHHS Fox & Roach-CC Rittenhouse Hotel

Honestly, it only offers one bedroom (easily becoming two should you decide to convert the top floor bonus room into another sleeping quarter), but considering its trinity status and the fact that is has sunny 763 square feet of living space at its disposal, we have no qualms taking that as part of its charm!

Features include exposed beams, two gas fireplaces, a new custom maple kitchen with stainless steel appliances, and wide-plank floors made of longleaf yellow pine. The bathroom boasts white and blue Bisazza tile and a mod porcelain sink, while the stacked laundry machines are nestled on the third floor, which as already mentioned, is an open bonus room viable as a second bedroom, office, or whatever you please. Boosting the cachet of this A+ trinity home? There’s access to a walkout tree-level deck that overlooks Fitler Square!

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You’ll Never Guess What the Seller is Throwing Into a Deal for Center City Penthouse

Symphony House Philadelphia

All images by TREND via Redfin/Realhome Services and Solutions

Buying a home can certainly come with its perks. Say for instance, you like some of the furniture or need a lawnmower. Oftentimes, you can work that into the deal. But have you ever had the audacity to ask the seller for their brand new 2015 Mercedes Benz? Well, now you don’t even have to go through the awkward power play!

The seller of this penthouse at Symphony House will straight up give you the keys to a luxury car, provided you pay the near-$4.3 million asking price for the condo that boasts panoramic views of the city. This is right from the listing: Read more »

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