Inside Cole Hamels’ $1.55M Newtown Square Home

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Is Cole Hamels following in Ryan Howard’s footsteps? Seems he and wife Heidi — who are not building a palatial Florida estate with doorknobs that cost thousands of dollars — are planning a move.

The Phillies pitcher moved to Newtown Square (a significant hike from his former Two Liberty Place residence) in 2009, as philly.com’s Lauren Mennen noted, into a home they bought for $1.53 million. Now they’re selling it for $1.55 million. Amenities include a three-car attached garage; finished basement with second kitchen, bar, game room and play room; and (not surprisingly) a security system with motion detectors and cameras.

Other general highlights are visible in the gallery of TREND real estate photos below, but the generic quality of the rooms make me think the photos must be of the model home in the development and not of the family home itself. Also, the address is slightly different on the deed. So: grain of salt.

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Rare Find! Center City Home With Charming Porch

2324 Lombard St, Philadelphia, PA

2324 Lombard St, Philadelphia, PA, 19146

Does anyone remember The Little House by Virginia Lee Burton? If not, it’s a children’s book that follows the life of a cute little house out in the country who over time finds itself surrounded by towering city buildings. It sticks out like a sore thumb and, if I remember correctly (probably not), it starts to deteriorate and almost…well, I won’t spoil the ending.

Anyway, while some think the story might be commentary on urban sprawl (Burton denies this), this home does not seem to be headed toward the same fate (nor is it noticeable in a bad way). Still, it reminded me of it just a teensy bit because it’s not something you see every day: a porched home mingling among the the more conventional townhouses near Fitler Square.

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Secluded Garden Just Off Main Street in Manayunk

TREND photo courtesy Keller Williams.

TREND photo courtesy Keller Williams.

From the garden, it would be tough to guess that this house was just a stone’s throw from Main Street in Manayunk. The interior of the home also makes it seem a bit more … grown up than some of the typical neighbors. All of which is likely owed to the architect and professional designer who put the whole thing together.

The home features four bedrooms and two full baths as well as a powder room. Luxe paint, built-in shelving and original plank hardwoods give things a warm feel. The kitchen has been recently redone and includes subway tiles on the backsplash as well as a custom bench at the eat-in table. A basement boasts additional room for storage.

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Two Dream Properties in Bucks County

2450 Steinsburg Rd, Quakertown, PA.

2450 Steinsburg Rd, Quakertown, PA.

Both were built around the same time (mid-1700s), offer rural proximity without going full-on Amish, and both are in Bucks County. Let’s take a look.

First, there’s Still Point Farm, a 45-acre property with an emphasis on enjoyable seclusion: the listing alludes to it being a Walden Pond-esque location (“great space & inspiring setting for an artist/writer/musician”), though in this case the pond is the Tinicum Creek, which runs alongside it. There are pastures with run-in sheds but also a swimming pool and pool house that are, perhaps, less indicative of a life lived “sturdily and Spartan-like,” as Thoreau once put it.

Original wood floors, interior stone walls and fireplaces, Mercer tiles, and wood beams are all present in the 1740 stone farmhouse, which comes with a 1740s bank barn and a stable with six horse stalls. (The barn has two guest quarters.)

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SOLD for $1.8M: Gaskill Street Townhouse

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This four bedroom house built in 2006 has all the advantages of new construction, especially considering it was renovated last year, but it looks homey and comfortable. Aside from its choice neighborhood, it had many other things to recommend it; when we first wrote about it, we noted there was still some mileage on its tax abatement. And then there was the luxury light fixtures, built-in sound system, private elevator, wrap-around patio, two-car garage…you’ll see more of its charm in the below gallery.

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Eclectic Loft in Historic Rebman Building

TREND photo courtesy Plumer & Associates.

TREND photo courtesy Plumer & Associates.

The common thread among units in the Rebman building appears to be the usual soaring loft ceilings, enormous windows … and the ability to completely customize your space. The two other lofts we have featured could themselves not be more different from each other. This third unit goes in a completely different direction, combining a cosy home with decidedly industrial fixtures.

Unit 4G features the same open layout with walls of windows facing south and east. Customization is immediately apparent, and not just from the distinctive red piping. Current owners have completely soundproofed the unit. The listing promises not a peep of noise from busy streets below. The unit’s single bedroom has a wall of custom-fit wardrobes. The bathroom has been built for two and includes a full laundry setup. A workspace could easily be upgraded to a studio for two.

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Newly Listed: Enormous $3M Gladwyne Mansion

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From one vantage point, this sprawling Main Line mansion’s white railings and multiple windows make it seem like it could have been plucked from the South Jersey shore. From another vantage point, it’s all Main Line, with an entrance through double iron gates that lead to a circular driveway.

The foyer has a soaring ceiling above floors made of Carrara marble (that ain’t just Carrara countertop, folks; we’re talking floors) and a Venetian glass chandelier. Other highlights include a bar in the living room, a library with library ladder, a caterers kitchen, an entertainment room with pool table, and all kinds of balconies and windows that make the home rather Esheresque in parts when it doesn’t look entirely traditional, which many of the rooms do.

There’s a pool that’s sort of integrated into the deck and tennis courts on the property’s leafy 3 acres. Gallery below.

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Queen Village’s $1.375M Dragon House

TREND photo courtesy Keller Williams.

TREND photo courtesy Keller Williams.

What better name for a Queen Village home than “The Dragon?” The wrought iron door leading to the four-bedroom row makes the name obvious. And the off-beat exterior sets the stage for an interior that’s different from many of the neighboring homes. In fact, the most conventional thing about this home might be that it’s within the Meredith catchment.

Inside, marble flooring meets maple flooring and exposed brick in a series of living spaces that look almost like they abut an interior courtyard. Exposed brick completes the effect. The nearby solarium features a pyramid-shaped skylight in the middle of a spiral staircase.

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Gentleman’s Estate Perfect for “Geep” Cultivation

3719 Indian Springs Rd, Doylestown, PA.

3719 Indian Springs Rd, Doylestown, PA.

Have you met Butterfly yet? The adorable goat-sheep hybrid (otherwise known as a “geep”) was born in an Arizona petting zoo on Sunday, and, suffice it to say, has stolen our hearts. When we saw a photo of this Fieldstone farmhouse with sheep grazing in a pasture, we immediately thought about it would be the perfect place to raise more geeps. Or pygmy goats. Or lambs. (Or any baby animal, really.)

The gentleman’s estate, which has appeared in Bucks County Magazine, Traditional Home, and on the Bucks County Home and Garden tour, sits on 10 acres that include gardens, creek, ponds, stone spring house, and a three-story restored stone-and-frame bank barn with an apartment. There are also flagstone patios and a tennis court.

Built in 1790, the home boasts new heating and A/C systems, remodeled kitchen, and family room with 25-foot ceilings. Windows with stone sills and floors made of limestone and hardwood can be found throughout, and bedrooms are outfitted with walk-in closets and built-ins. Parking features include a new driveway with lighting and garage with storage.

Gallery (and a kind of ridiculous news report about Butterfly) below:

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Ryan Howard Spent $80K on Doorknobs

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Days after reporting his Blue Bell home was pending sale and speculating to where the Big Piece was headed, we now find out his beachfront estate, which reportedly rang up to $5.8 million in construction costs, is closer to completion than we imagined.

Situated just 10 miles from the Phillies’ spring training complex in Clearwater, the home will include two kitchens, two elevators, three laundry rooms, bowling alley, wine room, two-story library, and (you can take moment to catch your breath now) a trophy room, according to the Tampa Bay Times.

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