Trinity Tuesday: Back on the Block in Bella Vista for $369.9K

1132 Webster St., Philadelphia, Pa. 19147 | TREND images via BHHS Fox & Roach

1132 Webster St., Philadelphia, Pa. 19147 | TREND images via BHHS Fox & Roach

If this home looks familiar to you, that’s because it is.

The owner of this extra-large expanded trinity in Bella Vista had it up for sale this summer.

Apparently, there were no takers.

And that was after several price reductions.

Might the lack of success have had something to do with the way it showed?

Apparently, the owner thought so. Read more »

Main Line Monday: A Year-Round Vacation in Gladwyne for $1.499M

1620 Monk Rd., Gladwyne, Pa. 19035 | Images by owner via Zillow

1620 Monk Rd., Gladwyne, Pa. 19035 | Images by owner via Zillow

Do you love vacationing in the mountains, in a home that overlooks the treetops or a refreshing mountain lake?

You might be forgiven for thinking you’ve gone on a permanent mountain vacation once you step inside this spacious contemporary home in Gladwyne.

This home takes advantage of its sloping lot with a huge wraparound deck that offers you splendid views of the woods that separate it from the Schuylkill riverbank. (And the steeper slope of the lot beyond the pool means that your view is not spoiled by the freeway that hugs said slope.) Below the deck is a walkout terrace that offers direct access to the back yard and stairs leading to the home’s swimming pool. Read more »

What $500K Will Buy You in Media

154 Longview Circle, Media, Pa. 19063 | Image via Zillow

154 Longview Circle, Media, Pa. 19063 | Image via Zillow

Media is one of those community-revitalization success stories: over a span of about three decades, the once-dowdy Delaware County seat transformed itself into an attractive and lively small community whose Main Street, State Street, has become a regional draw for dining, theater and neighborhood shopping (even as the regional mall outside it was heading in the opposite direction).

“Everybody’s Hometown,” it turns out, remains a very affordable place even with the change. We went looking for a house for sale for $500,000 within the borough’s borders and couldn’t find one. The most expensive home of the handful currently on the market within the borough cost only $395,000.

But if you expand your search to include the surrounding area within Media’s ZIP code (19063), you can find some pretty nice homes priced around $500,000. Most of them are in Upper Providence Township, which all but surrounds the wedge-shaped borough, and that’s where our three picks are also located: Read more »

Hard Hat Tour: One Riverside

The living room in Unit 412, one of two finished model units at One Riverside. | Photos: Sandy Smith unless otherwise indicated

The living-dining room in Unit 412, one of two finished model units at One Riverside. | Photos: Sandy Smith unless otherwise indicated

The last time we caught up with Carl Dranoff, he was celebrating the topping-off of his One Riverside, the east-bank exclamation point that, along with the all-but-finished FMC Tower at Cira South on the opposite bank, redefine the southern Schuylkill riverfront in Center City.

Last Tuesday (January 3rd), as architects ran down a checklist on a nearly-finished apartment, the proud father showed off his baby with a behind-the-scenes tour that offered glimpses of what the residents can expect when they start moving in in March along with some condos whose fitting out was very much in the early stages.

The tour began in the most-of-the-way-there lobby and proceeded to the fourth floor, where two finished model apartments take full advantage of the building’s clean modern lines and plentiful views. From there, it proceeded to the top floor, where two spectacular penthouses — one a bi-level and the other a nearly full-floor unit — were just beginning to take shape. Read more »

Jawdropper of the Week: Stately Wayne Manor for $7.65M

100 Pembroke Ave., Wayne, Pa. 19087 | TREND images via Zillow

100 Pembroke Ave., Wayne, Pa. 19087 | TREND images via Zillow

Those of us of a certain age – say, born after 1939 – or of a certain persuasion – say, fans of complex, brooding superheroes with colorful adversaries – know who Bruce Wayne is.

We didn’t know until now that his home was actually in the community that shares his surname.

Of course, when he designed this place in 1895, architect William Price had no idea that he was creating a magnificent home that could easily pass for Wayne Manor, the residence of Batman’s alter ego. But even if your reaction to this observation is “Who’s Bruce Wayne?”, you’ll find this marvelously updated English Gothic Revival manor a wonderfully stately home that combines old-school elegance with a distinctly modern sensibility. Read more »

First-Time Find: Downtown Living in Bucks County for $230K

46 E. State St., Apt. M, Doylestown, Pa. 18901 | TREND images via Century 21 Veterans

46 E. State St., Apt. M, Doylestown, Pa. 18901 | TREND images via Century 21 Veterans

We’ve heard it from the experts: Millennials love walkable urbanism, but like their parents before them, they too find the suburbs mighty appealing.

So it is that postwar, auto-oriented edge cities like King of Prussia are now retooling their built environments to accommodate these seemingly conflicting sets of values.

But is it really necessary to do that when the Philadelphia suburbs are full of walkable urban places already?

One of the finest such places is Doylestown, the oh-s0-charming Bucks County seat. It’s full of classic small-town ambience along with plenty of things to do: interesting local shops, great local eateries and more cultural institutions than a town this size usually boasts.

And this week’s First-Time Find — which, we’ll admit, is not for everyone — puts you right in the middle of everything. Read more »

Just What the Doctor Ordered: A Stunning Makeover in Wynnewood for $1.879M

334 Fairhill Rd., Wynnewood, Pa. 19096 | Photos: David Arena, Alcove Media, via Juliet Cordeiro Group

334 Fairhill Rd., Wynnewood, Pa. 19096 | Photos: David Arena, Alcove Media, via Juliet Cordeiro Group

At least two legends of medicine have called Wynnewood home. One of them, Aaron Beck, the father of cognitive behavioral therapy, still lives there, and the institute he founded to promote and practice it is located nearby in Bala-Cynwyd.

The other legend is the man who developed the Sabin oral vaccine, which supplanted Jonas Salk’s injected vaccine as the most effective defense against polio and ultimately wiped out the disease.

No, not Albert Sabin. His vaccine was developed on the shoulders of (and with polio virus strains supplied by) Hilary Koprowski, who developed the first polio vaccine in 1950. As it was based on weakened live polio virus rather than killed virus, it could be administered orally — Koprowski used himself as a guinea pig — and needed no booster doses to maintain its effectiveness.

His groundbreaking work didn’t spread as quickly as it ought to have in the medical community, but it did get him named head of the Wistar Institute in 1957. As its director, he transformed it into a world-renowned center of vaccine research.

From 1957 until his death in 2013, Koprowski lived in a handsome 1920s Tudor Revival home on Fairhill Road in Wynnewood, to which he added two wings sometime in the 1980s to house his library and art collection.

Now, fresh off a total transformation, this one-of-a-kind residence can become the place where you pursue your own passions. Read more »

Trinity Tuesday: An All-New Trinity in Graduate Hospital for $595K

810 S. 21st St., Philadelphia, Pa. 19146 | TREND images via Zillow

810 S. 21st St., Philadelphia, Pa. 19146 | TREND images via Zillow

Thought the trinity was a house type of the past?

We sure did, until this 21st-century trinity on steroids came to our attention.

Check it out: this home on a corner lot in Graduate Hospital actually meets the ground rules for the classic Philly trinity: one room per floor (bathrooms excluded), stacked one on top of the other.

But it’s definitely a modern home, with the usual modern bells and whistles. In fact, it probably qualifies as what might seem like an oxymoron outside Society Hill: a luxury trinity. Read more »

Main Line Monday: Hold Court in Haverford for $2.295M

151 Cheswold Valley Rd., Haverford, Pa. 19041 | TREND images via BHHS Fox & Roach

151 Cheswold Valley Rd., Haverford, Pa. 19041 | TREND images via BHHS Fox & Roach

The converted carriage house is a staple of many an affluent neighborhood. In most cases, you can still find traces of the home’s original function in telltale clues on the outside and the inside.

Not here. About the only clue this magnificent home contains to its original use comes in the form of the extra-large arched floor-to-ceiling windows that flood many of its first-floor rooms with light.

Those aside, this one-of-a-kind home looks like it had been designed for gracious living from the start, with the full complement of luxurious touches and amenities buyers expect in homes of this type. Read more »

Jawdropper of the Week: New Old Money in Chestnut Hill for $1.945M

3 Valley View Rd., Philadelphia, Pa. 19118 | TREND images via BHHS Fox & Roach

3 Valley View Rd., Philadelphia, Pa. 19118 | TREND images via BHHS Fox & Roach

Trompe l’oeil is a French term for an artistic practice that makes the viewer think she is looking at one thing when she’s actually seeing something else altogether. (The literal English translation is “fool the eye.”)

This week’s Jawdropper is a trompe l’oeil masterpiece that looks like an old Main Line chateau but is actually a very modern home in Chestnut Hill. Read more »

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