Hard Hat Tour: Jack & Jill

The stairwell of 1903 E. Arizona St. at the second-floor level. | Photos: Sandy Smith

“When are you going to clean up the outside?”

That’s what some East Kensington residents asked Red Oak Development principal Anthony Giacobbe about 2401 Emerald St., the crystal-like townhouse covered in Cor-Ten steel that was featured on Property right after Memorial Day.

Well, Red Oak is at it again, and East Kensingtonians are simply going to have to get used to rust-colored homes on their blocks.

This pair of trim townhouses at 1903-05 E. Arizona St. has been dubbed “Jack & Jill” because of their joined-at-the-hip character. And even though they’re still a little ways from completion, they’re already being marketed by Solo Real Estate, which is also marketing the Emerald Street property. Read more »

What $500K Will Buy You in Washington Square West

908-910 Spruce St. #B2, Philadelphia, Pa. 19107 | TREND images via Zillow

Washington Square West is one of the hottest spots in Philadelphia. Including both Midtown Village and the Gayborhood, hip restaurants and storefronts line the streets. The area seamlessly combines both urban charm and coveted greenery. With a diverse community, Wash West is great for all ages. Plus, with the median home value falling at $350,500, finding a pad for $500K isn’t a problem. In fact, a half-a-million-dollar budget will score you plenty of space, allure and amenities in this lively locale.

908-910 Spruce St. #B2 (above) | 2 beds, 2 baths, 1,374 square feet, $498,950

Make them move! The owners of this Portico Row home listed the space on Zillow, but there’s a catch. The offer must be at their ideal price. Thus, it’s listed in the “Make Me Move” category. So, if you’re willing to give them exactly what they’re asking, this may be the home for you. The home features a gourmet kitchen with custom cabinets, granite countertops and stainless steel appliances. The master bathroom has been recently renovated. It showcases an updated, granite vanity and glass tub enclosure. The spacious living room boasts a tasteful fireplace. The pad also has low taxes and low condo fees. If you’re interested, contact the owners to start the process and see if you can make them move!

908-910 Spruce St. #B2, Philadelphia, Pa. 19107 [Zillow]

902 Pine St. #3F, Philadelphia, Pa. 19107 | TREND images via BHHS Fox & Roach Realtors

902 Pine St. #3F | 2 beds, 2 baths, 1,448 square feet, $475,000

This bi-level space showcases gorgeous hardwood floors, large windows and a pantry closet. The kitchen is top-notch with granite countertops, an island, pendant lighting over the bar and stainless steel appliances. There is also a full-tile bathroom and stacked washer and dryer. The second floor houses the master suite. The bedroom features hardwood floors, a vaulted ceiling, a fireplace mantle, windows and a large walk-in closet. Condo fees cover building insurance and maintenance, snow and trash removal, common electric, hallway cleaning and water. The current tenant’s lease expires at the end of August.

902 Pine St. #3F, Philadelphia, Pa. 19107 [Mike McCann | BHHS Fox & Roach Realtors]

250 S. 13th St. #12D, Philadelphia, Pa. 19107 | TREND images via BHHS Fox & Roach Realtors

250 S. 13th St. #12D | 1 bed, 1 bath, 1,352 square feet, $489,000

This home is in the pre-war Lenox building. The space has loads of old charm, but the kitchen adds modern flair and convenience. The cooking space is outfitted with stainless steel appliances, custom cabinets and granite countertops. Guests will love the large windows, hardwood floors and natural light in the dining room. The bedroom truly makes this home unique. The master suite was expanded. Now it offers a spacious sitting area complete with custom-built wood bookcases on either side of a fireplace. The large room additionally has a walk-in closet, small office alcove and en suite bathroom. The building provides 24-hour concierge service. The pad is in the bustling restaurant scene of Midtown Village, the heart of the Gayborhood and close to the Avenue of the Arts.

250 S. 13th St. #12D, Philadelphia, Pa. 19107 [Arlene Cicoski | BHHS Fox & Roach Realtors]

Jawdropper of the Week: A New Gem in Old City for $1.425M

151 N. 2nd St. #1, Philadelphia, Pa. 19106 | TREND images via BHHS Fox & Roach Realtors

The increasing popularity of the new Old City is making it increasingly difficult to score square footage in the hot neighborhood. But this chic townhouse, just steps away from Elfreth’s Alley, restaurants and shops, seamlessly inserts space and storage into the city landscape.

The main living area is expertly lit with large windows, recessed lighting, 20-foot ceilings and designer fixtures. The openness makes the space ideal for entertaining guests. The kitchen steals the show with Bosch appliances, a spacious island with seating, a gas range outfitted with a professional-graade ventilation hood, custom cabinetry and a unique tile backsplash. The oak floors complete the contemporary finishes.

A spiral staircase just off of the living area leads to a bonus room. The loft seating area is a fabulous addition and an intimate space open to the living area below.

The master suite is nothing short of superior; it even has its own deck! The spacious bedroom has an adjoining bathroom that features a gorgeous walk-in shower with glass doors, a rain shower head with handheld body spray system, a double vanity, stone countertops and designer fixtures for a customized touch.

The corner unit offers great views from the expansive roof deck which is 55 feet long, 17 feet wide and complete with a dry bar.

Old City’s lively art, shopping and dining scene is just outside your door, and Center City is easily accessible too.



BATHS: 3 full, 2 half


SALE PRICE: $1,425,000

151 N. 2nd St. #1, Philadelphia, Pa. 19106 [Mike McCann | BHHS Fox & Roach Realtors]

First-Time Find: A Brand-New Pad in Francisville for $299K

1731 Ridge Ave. #1, Philadelphia, Pa. 19130 | TREND images via Zillow

Situated mere blocks from Center City in the thriving Francisville neighborhood, this condo is substantially below the median neighborhood home value of $379,600, making it a great investment. With easy access to the restaurants and shops that line Fairmount Avenue and Broad Street, this pad is great for a couple or roommates searching for a lively and hip scene. The space was designed with attention to detail and is largely customized courtesy of Carmel Developments.

The first floor, with its floor-to-ceiling windows, is bright, open and airy. The kitchen is nothing short of luxurious and soothing. Six-inch-wide oak flooring nicely complements the white cabinetry, under-cabinet lighting, stainless steel appliances, soft close doors and drawers, Moroccan tile backsplash and peninsula with seating. The space is sleek and fresh. Read more »

Trinity Tuesday: An Updated Gem in Queen Village for $332.5K

803 S. Leithgow St., Philadelphia, Pa. 19147 | TREND images via Keller Williams Realty

The bones of this house may date back to the 1920s, but the newly renovated kitchen and bathroom certainly bring the space into the present day.

This splendid trinity is full of charm. The historic flair is noticeable on the first floor. Enter the home and take note of the brick fireplace, great for keeping warm in the winter months. Pass the common area and find yourself in the kitchen. The space features contemporary cabinetry, tiled floors, ample storage space and black and stainless steel appliances, plus there is room for an eating area. Make the space your own with a breakfast table of your choosing. A back door offers access to the patio, which is a prime location for entertaining and barbecuing during the summer. Read more »

Main Line Monday: A Comfortable Abode in Berwyn for $650K

1130 Sheffield Dr., Berwyn, Pa. 19312 | TREND images via RE/MAX Action Associates

If you are searching for a spacious home with an appealing backyard in the Main Line, check out this residence. Today’s featured home is priced 4.4 percent less per square foot than the average home in Berwyn. This space is warm, inviting and nicely appointed for entertaining.

Located on a cul-de-sac in a family-friendly neighborhood, the home is ideal for raising a family. Not only is this property minutes away from the restaurants and shops, but it is also within walking distance of Tredyffrin-Easttown Middle School and Conestoga High School. A nice playground is situated in the fenced-in backyard. The safe outdoor space is perfect for young kids to play with friends. Read more »

Rustic Corner Loft in Callowhill for $389.9K

428-440 N. 13th St. #3H, Philadelphia, Pa. 19123 | TREND images via Keller Williams Realty

After nearly a decade of fundraising and advocacy, The Rail Park project is forging ahead. Work is under way on the initial segment of a multi-phase project that will transform a former Reading Railroad right-of-way into a lush linear park through a neighborhood that needs one. Philadelphians are all over the blossoming hot spot, and real estate agents are definitely in on the game as well, touting apartments and condos in the Callowhill Loft District for their proximity to the coming amenity.

Located in the Hat Factory Condominiums, this unit on North 13th Street is one of those that’s being presented as a great investment. The entrance to Phase One of the Rail Park is situated next to the entrance of the building, which means that you will be on the ground floor of the buzz surrounding the greenway. Read more »

What $500K Will Buy You in West Chester

10 Reservoir Rd., West Chester, Pa. 19380 | TREND image via Keller Williams Realty

Home to West Chester University and QVC, the Chester County seat of West Chester has a thriving local economy. College students and year-round residents alike flood the overwhelmingly walkable streets in town, lined with uniquely local shops and small businesses. You can relax at restaurants, browse through antique shops or stop by the West Chester Growers’ Market; there is something for just about everyone. The charming character, stellar school system and easy accessibility to the center of town makes this suburb a great destination for people of all ages — especially those looking to settle down and start a family.

With a median home value of $380,900 and the median listing price falling at $449,000, a $500K budget will get you everything you need. Take a peek at our three picks for a taste of Chester County charm. Read more »

Jawdropper of the Week: A Palatial Retreat in Villanova for $15.9M

733 N. Spring Mill Rd., Villanova, Pa. 19085 | TREND images via Kurfiss Sotheby’s International Realty

Situated on 4.5 acres on the Main Line’s “Golden Mile”, this expansive home will make you feel like you’ve gone on a permanent vacation. In addition to its own considerable amenities, this recently built (2002) estate home is within easy striking distance of a golf course, horse stables and riding facilities, tennis courts, jogging and biking paths, lakes and streams for fishing and boating, and a casino. Assuming, that is, that you’d want to leave this sumptuous home to take advantage of them, for it’s outfitted with many snazzy amenities of its own. Read more »

First-Time Find: Luxury on a Budget in Rittenhouse for $295K

1500 Chestnut St. #19G, Philadelphia, Pa. 19102 | TREND images via BHHS Fox & Roach Realtors

Whether you’re single or simply searching for a spot to settle down with your beau, this contemporary high-rise in Rittenhouse could suit your needs.

Situated in the Ellington building, the apartment is located in the lively hub of the city. In the Rittenhouse and Avenue of the Arts area, the digs offer easy access to a thriving nightlife scene, shops and restaurants.  Read more »

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