Farmhouse Friday: Pottstown’s Vintage Thoroughbred Farm Has it All

This Pottstown farmhouse has an observatory, pool and stables.

This Pottstown farmhouse has an observatory, pool and stables. | TREND images via Kurfiss Sotheby’s

Some of our featured homes on Farmhouse Friday have a great yard and pool. Some of them have seriously impressive interiors. Today’s has both. Vintage Thoroughbred Farm in Pottstown, currently listed at a whopping $3,495,000, has just about anything you would need in a farmhouse.

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Jaw Dropper of the Week: Sexy Tri-Level Rittenhouse Condo With Massive Deck

TREND images via Keller Williams

TREND images via Keller Williams

If you’re looking for a place near Rittenhouse Square, then it’s clear you’re seeking a place with luxury and (hopefully) class. This renovated pad near 18th and Spruce Street wraps a romantic Rittenhouse facade around a sexy interior–just in time for Valentine’s Day!

Seriously, the features are dreamy: 14-foot ceilings, lovely wood floors, a spacious kitchen with Viking range (and pot-filler faucet) and a wet bar, and a gorgeous floating staircase.

The living room boasts a marble fireplace and a built-in bookcase, so you’ll be super comfy in this spot.

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Trinity Tuesday: No Hassle Home on North Orkney Street in NoLibs

TREND images via RE/MAX ACCESS – ZIllow

This one is pretty straightforward. Are you looking for a rehabbed and expanded trinity home near Girard Avenue in Northern Liberties? Of course you do. So let’s take a little tour of the property, yeah?

This one, located at 1019 North Orkney Street, comes with a bunch of upgrades, including a spiffed up kitchen with granite countertops, washer/dryer on the first floor and access to a large rear yard.

Probably the best part about this home is that it’s pretty much move-in ready. The windows are new, the HVAC has been updated and it’s located on a quiet dead end street a few steps from Las Cazuelas and The Fire, two favorite Philly spots that were on Girard Avenue before it was cool.

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Farmhouse Friday: Sit Through the Snowstorm In This Revived Quakertown Home

TREND images by Kurfiss Sotheby’s International Realty

With Winter Storm Jonas descending upon the Philadelphia area this weekend, this week’s Farmhouse Friday entry looks like a perfect place to wait out a blizzard. Built in 1790, the revived 3,670 square foot home in Quakertown has definitely seen its fair share of nor’easters before.

This house really embraces the farmhouse aesthetic, with hardwood floors, doors, staircases and cabinets throughout. Currently on sale for $1,695,000, it has four bedrooms and 2.5 bathrooms.

What stands out to us, though, and anybody else braving that Bucks County winter, are the fireplaces. There’s the original stone walk-in fireplace in the great room that serves as the center of the home, and there’s also a fireplace in the master bedroom.

Seriously, is there anything better than a fireplace in your bedroom? The answer is no.

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Open House: Tour Fishtown’s Trenton Stables and Drink Some Beer, Too

TREND Images via Zillow/MGC Real Estate

We’ve seen a couple of really fun, outside-the-box open house events over the past year or so, and there’s another one happening tonight in Fishtown that looks to beat the impending doom caused by Friday’s snowpocalypse, and give you a chance to taste some delicious local beer. That’s right! We said beer.

MCG Real Estate Group is hosting a tour of at Trenton Stables, a 6-home project at 2331 Trenton Avenue (map) built by AGA Developers, this evening from 4:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. There’s only one home left, and it’s uniquely situated on the point where Trenton Avenue meets Frankford Avenue (so you’re steps from Pizza Brain).

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Live in a Landmark: The Fully Restored Barn at Devon Prep Wows Once Again

The entry gate is made of original exterior stone from the barn and Images via Coppock Properties

The entry gate is made of original exterior stone from the barn and restored wrought iron from the horse stables |  Images via Coppock Properties & Restorations

The thing about undertaking a major restoration project at an area landmark is that you’re always going to have eyes on you. Bob Coppock, of Coppock Properties & Restorations, knows about that all too well, as he’s just wrapped up the granddaddy of them all for those who live in and around Tredyffrin Township: the former barn property at Devon Prep (map).

The barn, near the split of Conestoga and Upper Gulph roads, dates back to 1910, and Coppock estimates that three to five people per day would stop by the project to see what was going on at the property. More importantly, they wanted to be sure that he wasn’t gutting it and razing the handsome French Normandy-style barn.

“Our offer included promising to restore it and not tear it down,” says Coppock, who spent the past 30 years in the automotive consulting business before diving head first into major restoration projects about seven years ago. “Writing a letter to the owner help us secure it, as I understand we were not the highest bidder. So our plans for the barn went into the decision to sell it to us.”

Today, the barn houses two meticulously crafted luxury homes that offer a balance of old world style and modern amenities–but that wasn’t always the case.

In fact, as Dave Burton, mayor of Malvern, tells it, life was quite a bit different when his family bought the property on Upper Gulph Road in 1947 and lived in the residence on the left side of the barn: “Before they subdivided the land and put all the homes in, you could walk through the woods and look for a Christmas tree. There was a pond back there and, of course, Devon Prep was back there. This was the farmhouse where the farmhands used to live. As a kid, it was just a great place to grow up.”

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Trinity Tuesday: Artsy Rental in WashWest Could be Perfect Place for First Snow

Admit it, the first snow is always the prettiest.

While we understand that the Philadelphia region is poised to experience our first real slice of winter this weekend, there’s one particular feature that stands out in this expanded trinity in Washington Square West–the deck. It seems counter intuitive, given the season, but let us explain.

This artsy rental on South Camac Street comes complete with two sizable bedrooms and at least one fireplace–an amenity that will certainly come in handy on those cold winter days. However, how will people actually know there’s snow on the ground? That’s right, they won’t find out by looking out a window, but by your copious (and constant) amounts of Facebook, Instagram and, yes, even Snapchat updates showing them the physical evidence that frozen droplets of water have fallen from the heavens to form unique little flakes that accumulate on your deck space creating piles and piles of pristine snow.

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Main Line Monday: Merion Station Estate Built by Albert Barnes Features 8 Parisian Fireplaces

TREND images via Keller Williams Main Line Realty

It’s been over two years since we’ve checked in on a magnificent home in Merion Station with serious ties to Albert Barnes–also known as the man behind the Barnes Foundation.

Originally listed for $3,295,000 in May 2013, a bunch of price cuts have it all the way down to $1,800,000. Considering what you’d be getting if you happened to buy it, that seems like a pretty good deal.

In short, Barnes built this grand Tudor on North Latches Lane–a stone’s throw from a bunch of his properties, including the original Barnes Foundation building–in 1914, and according to the listing from the Beth Samberg Team, “it is the last of the Barnes homes that is still available to the public for ownership.”

Here’s what you need to know.

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French Riviera Castle Featured in Grace Kelly’s To Catch a Thief Hits the Market

Images via Kurfiss Sotheby's International Realty

Images via Sotheby’s International Realty

1955 was a busy year for Grace Kelly. Not only did Philly’s Princess co-star with Cary Grant in Alfred Hitchcock’s To Catch a Thief, she also accepted the marriage proposal of Prince Ranier III of Monaco, setting the wheels in motion for her fairy tale-like life has a the Princess of Monaco.

Rewind a moment to another piece of Kelly’s 1955 timeline that’s seemingly from the pages of a storybook: The Castle of la Croix des Gardes, the dreamy French Riviera estate where Hitchcock shot the masquerade scenes in To Catch a Thief.

The 24-acre castle property overlooks the Bay of Cannes, and is available on the open market for the first time in 56 years. You won’t believe the reported asking price.

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Jaw Dropper of the Week: Clinton Street Mansion is a Doozy of a Listing

TREND images via BHHS Fox & Roach

TREND images via BHHS Fox & Roach

Few streets in Center City rival the pomp and panache of Delancey Street, but I’d argue that, with its gorgeous homes and tree-lined brick sidewalks, the 900 and 1000 blocks of Clinton Street in Washington Square West come pret-ty damn close. I’m sure I wouldn’t be alone in the heated debate.

Anyway, case in point: this majestic mansion on the southwest corner of 10th and Clinton, which is newly listed and asking $2.3 million.

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