Jawdropper of the Week: Una Bella Vista in Bella Vista

1101 Washington Ave. #V2, Philadelphia, Pa. 19147 | TREND Images via BHHS Fox & Roach

1101 Washington Ave. #V2, Philadelphia, Pa. 19147 | TREND Images via BHHS Fox & Roach

Looking to rise above it all?

You can go higher than this, but you won’t have a view as all-encompassing as the one from the roof deck of this ultra-modern, ultra-stylish bi-level penthouse at 11th Street and Washington Avenue.

That roof deck, by the way, is one of three levels of outdoor space this unit contains. With a total of 1,100 square feet of terraces and decks, including a wraparound terrace on the main floor with beautiful views to the east and south, this apartment has more outdoor space than some luxury units have indoors.

And what this condo on the Lofts at Bella Vista’s “Villa level” has indoors is also very nice indeed. Read more »

First-Time Find: Get In on the Ground Floor in Port Richmond

3011 Livingston St., Philadelphia, Pa. 19134 | TREND Images via The Somers Team

3011 Livingston St., Philadelphia, Pa. 19134 | TREND Images via The Somers Team

As Fishtown continues to rise in popularity, the first waves of change are lapping up against the next neighborhood upriver, Port Richmond.

Port Richmond has many of the things that make Fishtown great: residents who care about the community, interesting shopping and dining, easy access to the rest of the city and great housing stock.

Like this two-story rowhome on a prime corner lot.

The years have been very kind to this home, whose owner has taken excellent care of its details, from its original wood-and-wrought-iron cornice to its hardwood flooring (most of it also original) throughout. Its corner location means it gets lots of natural light, and its open main floor gives it a feeling of spaciousness. Read more »

Trinity Tuesday: Holding Court in Queen Village

525 Fitzwater St. #4, Philadelphia, Pa. 19147 | TREND Images via OCF Realty

525 Fitzwater St. #4, Philadelphia, Pa. 19147 | TREND Images via OCF Realty

While Charles Dickens despaired at the straightness of our streets, many other observers have called Philadelphia perhaps the most European of American cities in its ambience.

Chances are that when they said those things, they had pictured in their mind’s eye charming little alleyways like this gated one off Fitzwater Street in Queen Village.

This private lane is known as Abbott’s Court, and lining it are 15 equally charming trinity homes. This is one of those homes. Read more »

Main Line Monday: A Touch of Class in Haverford

830 Buck Lane, Haverford, Pa. 19041 |TREND Images via Coldwell Banker Preferred - Wayne

830 Buck Lane, Haverford, Pa. 19041 |TREND Images via Coldwell Banker Preferred – Wayne

Somewhere out there is a website that explains to the layman why McMansions are so hideous. The reasons why have to do with classic principles of traditional architectural design, such as balance, symmetry and proportionality.

Today’s builders would do well to study this week’s featured home as an example of how to build for the ages as well as the right now, for this 116-year-old Colonial Revival home near Haverford College both shows what a truly picturesque traditional home looks like and shows how you can keep a classic up to date with changing times and tastes.

In contrast to many Main Line Colonials, this home has an informal layout that made it easy to expand and adapt its interior space. The evolution of the home is more evident in the rear elevation, where one can see the additions that enlarged the size of one third-floor bedroom and added the sunny family room that’s attached to the updated kitchen. Read more »

Farmhouse Friday: A Great Retreat in Ottsville

629 Headquarters Rd., Ottsville, Pa. 18942 | Photos: Addison Wolfe Real Estate

629 Headquarters Rd., Ottsville, Pa. 18942 | Photos: Addison Wolfe Real Estate

We wonder whether we should feature this breathtakingly impressive Upper Bucks farm residence at all lest its buyer decide to ask the Philadelphia Folk Festival to move to the site.

After all, the festival’s current home near Schwenksville is a mere 80-acre farm. This one’s got 10 more acres than that, plus space for VIP lodging for a few lucky festival-goers in the guest house on the property.

That guest house, by the way, is the original 1840s stone farmhouse. Your living space is the much larger barn, which has been converted into a showstopper of a home. Read more »

Jawdropper of the Week: All Wet by the Waterfront

808 S. Swanson St., Philadelphia, Pa. 19147 | TREND Images via BHHS Fox & Roach

808 S. Swanson St., Philadelphia, Pa. 19147 | TREND Images via BHHS Fox & Roach

In the suburbs, many homeowners enjoy taking a dip in the pool and inviting friends over for parties at poolside. City dwellers who live in apartments or condominium complexes often have access to pools as an amenity as well. But it’s the rare urban private residence that offers its owner the opportunity to make a splash.

This home in Queen Village is one of those rarities.

Built in 2009, the home is endowed with a back yard that’s large for the neighborhood. The owner hired a top-notch landscape architect to transform that yard into an outdoor oasis that features a pool, a built-in hot tub, a deck (that also covers the hot tub when not in use) and a poolside bar and seating area. We’re sure you and your friends will enjoy this rare amenity… Read more »

First-Time Find: Splendor by the Lake in Downingtown

701 Driftwood Ln., Downingtown, Pa. 19335 | TREND Images via Coldwell Banker Preferred

701 Driftwood Ln., Downingtown, Pa. 19335 | TREND Images via Coldwell Banker Preferred

Not every young family wants the city life. Those who prefer something a little more tranquil and a lot more green should read on, as they will be richly rewarded for doing so.

The reward comes in the form of this spacious townhome in a lush subdivision outside Downingtown called Marsh Harbor, about a half mile from Marsh Creek State Park and its beautiful reservoir. This home offers plenty of space in an attractive package — a former model home designed by Ann Capron that combines the best elements of modern and traditional design. Read more »

Trinity Tuesday: A Little Something Extra in Pennsport

1105 S. Bodine St., Philadelphia, Pa., 19147 | TREND Images via RE/MAX Access

1105 S. Bodine St., Philadelphia, Pa., 19147 | TREND Images via RE/MAX Access

What a difference 200 or so square feet can make.

That extra floor space turns a standard trinity into a potential show piece with room for more than eating and sleeping.

Take this up-to-date, handsome trinity on a quiet Pennsport street, for instance. Extra space tacked on at the back gives this classic of the genre features you often don’t find in trinities. Read more »

Farmhouse Friday: Not Just Horsing Around in Frederick

2411 Hoffmansville Rd., Frederick, Pa. 19435 | TREND Images via Glocker & Co., Inc.

2411 Hoffmansville Rd., Frederick, Pa. 19435 | TREND Images via Glocker & Co., Inc.

When Smarty Jones almost took the Triple Crown in 2004, were you saying to yourself as you watched his electrifying performances, “I’d like to raise a horse like that someday”?

That day has come. Now on the market on Montgomery County’s rural far fringes is a fully equipped horse farm designed to be a first-class equestrian facility.

The current owners purchased the 30-acre property in New Hanover Township with the express aim of creating a superior farm for breeding horses. The modern barn and stables, built in 2001, and the indoor riding facility, added in 2007, attest to that. The barn has 12 horse stalls, two heated wash stalls, two tractor bays,a sawdust bay, a tack room, an office, a kitchen with laundry, a feed room, an equipment room and a 2,000-bale hay loft. The 200-foot-by-90-foot indoor riding arena has a rubber waxed sand carpet fiber surface, slanted solid rub walls and ample lighting. An outdoor riding ring and exercise ring complete the equestrian picture.

Once the owners got all that into place, they turned their attention to the 1851 Pennsylvania fieldstone farmhouse, redoing it with the express aim of turning it into a superior human living facility. Read more »

Jawdropper of the Week: Pop Art in Merion Station

351 N. Highland Ave., Merion Station, Pa. 19066 | TREND Images from BHHS Fox & Roach

351 N. Highland Ave., Merion Station, Pa. 19066 | TREND Images from BHHS Fox & Roach

There are two kinds of fans of Modernism: the purists and the postmodernists.

The purists would no doubt recoil in horror once they set foot inside this classic Midcentury Modern home in Merion Station, designed in 1953 by Philadelphia architect Harry Sternfeld and possessing a rear facade that looks deceptively like one of Lower Merion’s highly-rated public schools.

The current owner has tastes that are clearly eclectic: vintage and modern furniture sit cheerfully side by side throughout the house, which itself is something of a riot of color and drenched in abundant light by that wall of windows on one side. Those same windows offer beautiful views of the home’s herringbone stone terrace and landscaped grounds. Read more »

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