Must-See Gallery: Moorestown Home With An Interior You Won’t Believe

328 W Main Street, Moorestown, NJ, 08057

328 W Main Street, Moorestown, NJ, 08057

In 2004, John Kunkler spontaneously signed the first papers to an 1843 former tenant house, which he had previously rebuffed while house-hunting with partner Carol Williamson. What happened next turned into one of the more creative redesigns Property has seen in a while.

According to a 2008 2008 Inquirer article, the couple hired architect Thomas Wagner and design firm Goldthorpe & Edwards (whose portfolio makes us go Ohh, I see when juxtaposing it with this home) and set off on a whirlwind remodeling that included the property being expanded from 1,200 square feet to a sizable 4,000 square feet.

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Chester County’s Belgrave Farm: 36 Acres and Magnificent Private Waterfall

TREND photo courtesy BHHS Fox & Roach.

TREND photo courtesy BHHS Fox & Roach.

Somehow, the dramatic, tree-lined driveway is not the most theatrical element at Belgrave Farm. Nor is it the stunning kitchen nor the vast, 36-acre plot of land. The most breathtaking detail at the 200-year-old Chester County farm is the enormous waterfall out back, which flows into a pristine private pond.

The interior is impressive all on its own. The home has a meticulous design, which architect Peter Zimmerman has added to via a series of additions. The kitchen features high-end appliances throughout, and seven bedrooms fill the upper floors. Views span the Ridley Creek stream.
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For Rent: Chase Utley’s Phenomenal Ayer Penthouse

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BHHS Fox & Roach’s Frank L. DeFazio sent us a link to his blog today, which features an item about Chase Utley’s condo at the Ayer. As we’ve written, Chase and Jen had a new house built for them and their kids (and pets) last year, and they put this fantabulous unit on the market in October 2013. In March of this year, feeling wary about the fact that the unit had no furniture in it anymore, they had it re-staged, hoping that would give the $4.3 million home the kick it needed.

Now DeFazio notes that the listing has changed from a sale to a rental for $17,500 per month. (The monthly condo fees are around $4,000 per month, DeFazio writes.) It’s a beautiful unit. Gallery below, in case you’ve forgotten.



Rent Chase Utley’s Penthouse at The Ayer for $17,500 per month! [Center City Team]

Pending Sale for $5.2M: Villanova Estate “Conamara”

TREND photo via Realtor.com

TREND photo via Realtor.com

Conamara (the traditional spelling for Connemara) is the name of a picturesque area in West Ireland. It’s also the name of this Villanova estate that sits on more than 10 acres of the vaunted Ardrossan land, where Hope Montgomery Scott–the inspiration for Katherine Hepburn’s character in The Philadelphia Story–once lived it up.

After being listed on the market for $7,695,000, it was slated for auction in April 2013. According to public record, it sold in July 2013 for $4 million and was placed on the market just weeks later for $5.25. Now, little more than a month later, it’s pending sale at that same price.

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Woodward French Village House Is Back on the Market

419 Gate Ln, Philadelphia, PA, 19119

419 Gate Ln, Philadelphia, PA, 19119

In spite of its two-day period back on the market, the home has been attracting attention for much longer. A few years ago, Alan Jaffe included the property on a piece about the French Village in Mt. Airy in PlanPhilly’s “Look Up!” Here’s a snippet talking about the architectural history of the neighborhood:

“The French Village, whose homes are found on Elbow Lane, Gate Lane and Allens Lane, was built in easy walking distance from the Mt. Airy train station, as the area became a railroad suburb for the affluent businessmen and professionals of Philadelphia. The homes were built in the Wissahickon Style, incorporating the local mica schist, generous green landscape and flowing streams.

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House of the Week: Stunningly Creative 7BR

This property in Point Breeze aka Newbold is actually two: 1410 and 1412 Tasker, just off Broad Street. The entry is through 1410, leading to an open floor plan of 1410 and 1412. Let’s take this floor by floor. I’m relying heavily on the listings copy here to reduce any confusion.

On the first floor, there’s a brand new double height kitchen with stainless steel appliances, six-burner Thermador stove, granite countertops, and a double porcelain sink. The downstairs bathroom is sweet: claw foot bathtub and glass tile walls inside, with glass doors that lead to an outside private garden with a hot tub. The living room has wood burning fireplace, and, as in the kitchen and bathroom, painted concrete floors with radiant heat.

The second floor is where 1410 and 1412 kind of split. So in 1410 there’s a reading nook with a catwalk (!), a den with painted pine floors and then access to a decked area that links 1410 to 1412, which has another bedroom with pine floors but also with a Bay window. And this side of the second floor — 1412 — also has a renovated bathroom with a hex tile floor with radiant heat.

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SOLD: Pretty House On Camac Street

329 S. Camac Street, Philadelphia, PA, 19107

329 S. Camac Street, Philadelphia, PA, 19107

Originally listed for $525,000 in early May, this Camac Street beauty had its price brought down to $515,000 before selling earlier this month for just under $500K. And unlike its neighbor, the adorable trinity on Iseminger, this home had been recently renovated, with a roof and custom wood windows and doors installed in 2011.

Here are other features, presented in order of house level, that may have enticed its buyer:

First level (Living area and kitchen)
• Original pine floors, wood burning fireplace and antique mantle
• Stainless appliances and kitchen windows that overlook back garden

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Tuesday Trinity: Diamond in the Rough

317 S. Iseminger Street, Philadelphia, PA, 19107

317 S. Iseminger Street, Philadelphia, PA, 19107

The homes on Elfreth’s Alley may be the favorites, but we know streets like Iseminger have homes that are just as special. Take this three-story golden nugget with a “communal green area,” for example.

Situated on a private block between 13th and Camac, this diamond in the rough may at first glance appear like too much of a renovation hassle. A closer look, however, reveals the property still has a certain historical charm: hardwoods dominate each floor, wood beams are on the second, and built-in bookshelves and French doors on the third. Additionally, a spiral staircase leads all the way from the tiled basement kitchen to the top level.

Of all the advice I think its future owner would need to hear, I think one Linus van Pelt said it best (only he was referring to something else): “It’s not bad at all, really. Maybe it just needs a little love.” Take a look in the gallery below.

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Outstanding Graduate Hospital Contemporary

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It’s no secret that people have mixed feelings about development in Graduate Hospital. Pros: There’s development in Graduate Hospital. Property values are up. People are moving there. Home sales are solid. Sunshine floods the streets. Cons: Picturesque and/or historic buildings get torn down to make way for new homes, and many of the homes are, well, less picturesque. They’re fine, mind you — they’re sleek and well-built and offer new residents plenty of perks. But the lack of contour, of curve, of old stone blushingly pink or brown, of stoops with worn white stone steps…it feels less like our colonial city and more like a prefab Tokyo suburb on the rise. And I’m going to keep saying that no matter how much delicious food I consume at Sidecar.

1934 Catharine, however, is “one of the better ones,” according to a colleague — and I have to agree. The corner home, built in 2008, is absolutely the best argument one could make for new construction homes in the area. Consider the following, which is just the tiniest fragment of the sliver of the picture of all the amenities you’ll find:

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The Jewel of East Passyunk Is on the Market for $1.25 Million

1026 Cross Street, Philadelphia, PA, 19147

1026 Cross Street, Philadelphia, PA, 19147.
Photo credit: Elizabeth Flynn.

Any wine drinkers out there? The recently listed Jewel of Passyunk, a house so called in the listing, is owned by a celebrated wine aficionado who has a custom-built wine cellar inside the home.

A double-wrought iron gate bars the entrance to this five-story property, guarding an interior that consists of a vestibule entryway with closet and bathroom, custom kitchen with a 6-seat, granite-topped island, sunken living room with French door balcony, and a fitness center with sauna and hot tub.

The game room (located on the fourth floor) currently sports a pool table, video games, and custom-built wet bar with stained glass inlay. Wide-planked hardwoods are throughout the home, while an elevator hits up each floor. Other features to note: roof deck, two-car garage, stucco yard with garden and storage shade, and views of the Ben Franklin and Walt Whitman bridges.

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