That House Out There: Party Like It’s 1969 in Bucks

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203 Log Pond Lane, Newtown, Pa. 18940 | Images from Jay Spaziano, Addison Wolfe Real Estate

Longed for your own mountainside retreat? Well, this sprawling, low-slung two-story midcentury contemporary home in Newtown’s Timber Ridge development is built into the side of only a modest hill, but the lush forested landscape surrounding it might make you feel like you’ve headed for the mountains.

That feeling is enhanced by its architecture; while this home was built in 1980, it would look right at home in Aspen circa 1970. Vaulted ceilings with dark wood beams abound on this home’s main floor, where earth tones dominate the decor and contemporary trim is spiced with Spanish-inspired accents such as doors and lighting. Read more »

Trinity Tuesday: A Pennsport Home in a Prime Spot

1114 S Bodine St., Philadelphia, Pa. 19147

1114 S. Bodine St., Philadelphia, Pa. 19147 | TREND Images via BHHS Fox & Roach

With the Phillies having had their home opener against the Padres yesterday at a sun-washed Citizens Bank Park, one of the cardinal rules of baseball as well as real estate came to mind when looking at this week’s trinity—location is key. Just like an Aaron Nola 2-2 fastball, the defining feature of this house is where it is located…and it’s a strikeout on the black. Situated in Pennsport, it’s right near Jefferson Square Park, Washington Avenue and Delaware Avenue. It is close to Penn’s Landing and has public transportation nearby as well. Read more »

Main Line Monday: Stylish Stucco in Villanova

29 Aldwyn Ln, Villanova, Pa. 19085

29 Aldwyn Lane, Villanova, Pa. 19085 | TREND Images via BHHS Fox & Roach

This week we head out to the home of the 2016 NCAA Men’s Basketball Champions for Main Line Monday to highlight an utterly charming house in Villanova. It’s got four bedrooms, three bathrooms and 2,400 square feet, and it is currently on sale for $674,900.

Any conversation regarding this Tudor home has to begin with the exterior. It has cream stucco with blue wood-beam accents, a color combination that you don’t see very often. There are also green shutters and a green arched doorway that lends a fairy tale cottage vibe. The tall, singular stone chimney only adds to that. We also love the patio that it has out back. About the only downside of the exterior is that it sits on a relatively small lot: only 0.27 acres.

Inside, it is a pleasantly updated home. It’s headlined by an especially spacious kitchen, part of a new kitchen/family room addition at the back, that has butcher block counters, stainless steel appliances and built-in pantry cabinetry that runs from the floor to the ceiling. There’s also a living room with hardwood floors and a gas fireplace. On the second level there are two family bedrooms, the master bedroom and a bathroom with a frameless glass tub/shower enclosure. There’s a third-floor suite with its own bathroom that can be converted to a master suite as well.

THE FINE PRINT 

BEDS: 4

BATHS: 3

SQUARE FEET: 2,400

PRICE: $674,900

ADDITIONAL INFO: The home also comes with new two-zone air conditioning, a new security system and a new hot water heater.



Work Begins on 45-Unit Development in South Kensington

This 45-unit development will rise at 5th and Thompson streets in South Kensington. | Rendering: Harman Deutsch Architecture via Frankel Management and Streamline Solutions

This 45-unit development will rise at 5th and Thompson streets in South Kensington. | Rendering: Harman Deutsch Architecture via Frankel Management and Streamline Solutions

While the Techadelphia project is working its way through the permitting pipeline, the partnership of Sean Frankel’s Frankel Management Company and Sean Schellinger’s Streamline Solutions will have another South Kensington project with a community component to keep them occupied.

Ground was broken Friday (April 8) on a new 45-unit residential development at 5th and Thompson streets that will also contain retail space and a neighborhood amenity when complete. Read more »

The Griffin, Ready For Its Closeup

A model unit at The Griffin. | Photo: Sandy Smith

A model corner unit at The Griffin. | Photos: Sandy Smith unless otherwise indicated

Back in August of last year, we gave you a first look at a work in progress on the Avenue of the Arts: The Griffin, the first Philadelphia project for MRP Realty, a Washington-based real estate development and management firm whose local office is headed by Delco native Charley McGrath.

MRP bought the upper 14 floors of the vintage-1898 Avenue of the Arts Building, most recently a dorm for Art Institute of Philadelphia students, for $33 million in early 2014 and quickly went about converting those floors into 217 luxury apartments.

Those apartments are now well on their way to completion, with several models now open for inspection and tenants already moving in, so we decided we’d take leasing manager Benjamin Cutler up on his offer of letting us poke around the building again. Read more »

Jawdropper of the Week: A Renovated Beauty in Roxborough

8520 Hagys Mill Rd, Philadelphia, PA 19128

8520 Hagys Mill Rd, Philadelphia, PA 19128 | TREND Images by Drew Callaghan Photography via Long & Foster

This week’s Jawdropper is defined by the views it offers, both inside and out. Everywhere you turn you can find a breathtaking sight, be it of the backyard, the kitchen, the master bedroom or the patio. This Italianate stone home, built in 1865, has been through massive renovations and additions but still has the historic stone exterior.

One thing that is pretty cool about the layout of this house is that it’s essentially two separate wings. You can tell from the driveway, as there are two very distinct two-level portions of the home that are separated by a one-story front entryway. Since there are these two wings, there needs to be some way to connect them. This house does that with a heated cobblestone breezeway that perfectly encapsulates what you would want out of an old home with modern renovations. Read more »

Trinity Tuesday: A Colonial Classic in Queen Village

Living room, 143 Fitzwater St., Philadelphia, Pa. 19147 | TREND Images via Space & Company

Living room, 143 Fitzwater St., Philadelphia, Pa. 19147 | TREND Images via Space & Company

Want to live the life of an 18th-century suburbanite but don’t want to give up 21st-century comfort and convenience? Then check out this beautifully renovated trinity on a tree-lined block in Queen Village.

Back in 1782, when this home was built, this neighborhood was called Southwark, and it was Philadelphia’s first suburb. Actually, the neighborhood may be as old as Philadelphia itself, given the Swedish presence in the area prior to William Penn’s arrival in 1682.

This home, however, doesn’t totally show its age, because it was extensively renovated 25 years ago to bring its amenities up to modern standards while preserving its historic charm. Read more »

A House With a Lot of Stuff In It in South Philly

1010 Tasker St., Philadelphia, Pa. 19148 | Images from Leonardo Real Estate

1010 Tasker St., Philadelphia, Pa. 19148 | Images from Leonardo Real Estate

Behind this typical modest South Philly rowhouse facade is something that is truly unique. That is to say, there’s nothing else like it, at least not in Philadelphia.

This is one of those rare homes where the broker’s description utterly fails to do the place justice: Read more »

Jawdropper of the Week: 19th-Century Coating, Modern Filling

The first floor interior at 1214 Pine St., Philadelphia, Pa. 19107

The first floor interior at 1214 Pine St., Philadelphia, Pa. 19107

Many of our Jawdroppers of the Week are houses that are out somewhere on the Main Line or in Bucks County—places where you’ve got space to build a stunning property. This week’s Jawdropper isn’t one of those. It’s located at 1214 Pine Street, right in Washington Square West. At 1,750 square feet, it’s not an exceptionally large property, either. What makes this home jaw-dropping is its design.

The exterior is a standard 19th century façade of red brick and black windows and shutters. As we’ve remarked before, the juxtaposition between the bright red and the deep black makes for a sharp front to your home. Read more »

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