Trinity Tuesday: History With a Twist in Queen Village for $425K

720 S. Front St, Philadelphia, Pa. 19147 | TREND images via BHHS Fox & Roach

When it comes to charming 18th-century trinities, Queen Village gives Society Hill a run for its money thanks to homes like this historically certified one on Front Street,

This home, however, is also an entry in the “looks can be deceiving” file.

That’s because behind that classic 1700s facade lies an eclectic expanded trinity that mixes traditional colonial style with a funky sensibility and some totally modern elements. Read more »

Residences At The Ritz Unveils Its New “Base Model” for $1.2M

Residences at the Ritz-Carlton, Unit 45A, 1414 South Penn Sq., Philadelphia, Pa. 19102 | Photos: Residences at the Ritz-Carlton

Everyone has to start somewhere.

That’s true even if you’re starting at the top.

With that in mind, the folks over at the Residences at the Ritz-Carlton have turned once again to Barbara Spencer of BJS Designs to outfit an “entry level” two-bedroom, two-bath condo for those who are looking for their first luxury home.

Or maybe not their first. After all, the condo shown in these pictures would also appeal to empty-nester couples looking to downsize their lives, or owners of sprawling suburban estates with a yen to recapture the excitement of city living they remember from when they were younger. Read more »

Main Line Monday: A New Masterpiece in Bryn Mawr for $1.998M

1016 Great Springs Rd., Bryn Mawr, Pa. 19010 | TREND images via Simple Choice Realty

Many new custom-built homes have a formulaic look about them. They may have rich wood floors and trim, top-of-the-line appliances, marble master baths, and plenty of extra rooms, but you get the feeling you’ve seen it all before when you enter them.

We’re confident you haven’t seen a home like this one before. It boasts a slew of distinctive spaces and features that make it stand out from the crowd.

For starters, there’s the two-story-high foyer, which offers a glimpse into both the various main floor rooms and the upper floor hallway. It sets the tone for this home, echoed in its many high-ceilinged rooms. Read more »

What $500K Will Buy You in Dresher

1470 Mundock Rd., Dresher, Pa. 19025 | TREND image via Vanguard Realty Associates

We’re not sure if this is fallout from the current superheated real estate market, but we’ve noticed that there are slim pickings at our middle-of-the-market price point almost anywhere we look outside the city of late.

Communities where we’d expect to find several houses priced in the vicinity of $500,000 have none, and none seem to have them in abundance.

Dresher, near Fort Washington in Montgomery County’s Upper Dublin Township, is a case in point. You can find nearly three dozen homes in the $500,000 to $1 million range, including a passel of new homes near the community’s northern tip, but the homes selling around $500K number exactly five.

The three we chose to feature vary in style and floor plans, but they all share four things in common. All of them are spacious. All of them are in great shape. All of them have fireplaces as a central design feature. And all of them have spacious rear decks where you can relax or entertain outdoors.
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Jawdropper of the Week: A Modern Marvel on Washington Square for $2.85M

220 W. Washington Sq. #300, Philadelphia, Pa. 19106 | TREND images via BHHS Fox & Roach

Washington Square sits at the southwest corner of the Most Historic Square Mile in America and is itself filled with history: originally used as a potter’s field, it’s filled with the bones of scores of soldiers who fought in Revolutionary War skirmishes, a fact that led the city to erect a Tomb of the Unkown Soldier of the American Revolution in it in the mid-1950s.

This spectacular full-floor condo overlooks that tomb from a building where a little history took place in 1948 as well. Aside from all this, however, it leaves the past far behind. Read more »

These Are the 10 Most Affordable Homes in Queen Village

Like the trinity that is the only lower-priced listing in the neighborhood, this one-bedroom condo on Bainbridge Street is perfect for an individual or young couple. But chances are you’re looking in Queen Village because you want to get your kids into Meredith. That will cost you. | TREND image via RE/MAX Access

Moderately-priced homes in Queen Village seem as hard to find as on-street parking spaces in the neighborhood. Parking’s a bear because it’s wedged in between South Street, the Delaware waterfront and the Italian Market area. Cheaper homes are scarce because the neighborhood’s public grade school, Edwin T. Meredith, is by just about all accounts the single best elementary school in the city.

Which means that buyers will likely pay a premium for a Queen Village home. And the ten least expensive homes the NeighborhoodX people found on the market in Queen Village right now bear out that prediction. Read more »

First-Time Find: A Solid Start in Mt. Airy for $270K

225 W. Gorgas Ln., Philadelphia, Pa. 19119 | TREND images via Elfant Wissahickon Realtors

You’ll find many row homes like this handsome 1930s stone-front in “middle neighborhoods” all over Philadelphia, though in most cases, they’re faced in brick. Like the Wissahickon schist that used to be quarried in the area and graces many of them, stone homes tend to be more of a Northwest Philly thing.

What you won’t find as often is a row home in a great neighborhood like Mt. Airy that has been thoughtfully kept abreast of the times by an owner with a great feel for mixing contemporary minimalism with traditional design.

The owner of this home is one such, and if you buy it, you will have a strong foundation on which to build for the future. Read more »

A Colorful Original in Germantown for $275K

414 Stafford St., Philadelphia, Pa. 19144 | TREND images via Elfant Wissahickon Realtors

Generally speaking, when a large home such as this one gets listed with a price tag under $300,000, it needs a good bit of work to bring it up to snuff.

Not this time.

This spacious twin on a tree-lined, brick-paved Germantown street is ready for you to live in right now. That is, it’s ready if your personality and the current owner’s are in sync, for this home has definitely been outfitted to suit that owner’s distinctive tastes over the years. In a neighborhood known for attracting nonconformists, this home definitely marches to the beat of its own drummer.

Part of an intact row of turn-of-the-20th-century Dutch Colonial twins on one of Germantown’s loveliest blocks, this home says “Pay attention!” the moment you lay eyes on its polychromatic exterior of peach, salmon, yellow, blue and brown. Read more »

Trinity Tuesday: A Society Hill Hideaway for $339.9K

609 Lombard St., Unit R, Philadelphia, Pa. 19147 | Images via Redfin

People will pay good money for townhouses that offer:

  • some privacy in the middle of the big city
  • kitchens with top-drawer appliances
  • attractive outdoor space for relaxation
  • cozy living rooms with wood-burning fireplaces

If you’re one of those people, have we got a deal for you.

This attractive, sunny, well-maintained trinity in an interior courtyard in Society Hill offers all of these things, and it won’t cost you a bundle. Read more »

Main Line Monday: Convenience in South Ardmore for $315K

818 Biddle St., Ardmore, Pa. 19003 | TREND images via Keller Williams Realty

This handsome home in the Haverford Township portion of South Ardmore is sooooo close to our First-Time Find price ceiling it hurts. Maybe if the owner had taken just another $15,000 off its asking price when it got cut at the start of August, we would have held off on featuring this home until Wednesday.

But it happens to be on the Main Line as well, so we can feature it here. Which we’re doing today because it has a lot to offer a young, growing family.

One of them is a good school district: that of Haverford Township.

Another is a convenient and historic location: you’re close to the heart of both the Main Line’s biggest and liveliest Main Street and the oldest and largest historically African-American community on the Main Line, not to mention both SEPTA Regional Rail and the Norristown High-Speed Line.

Then there’s the house itself. Read more »

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