New Floors, New Kitchen, New Deck … All on One of Philly’s Prettiest Streets!

All TREND photos via Redfin.

All TREND photos via Redfin.

Remember when the Huffington Post called Addison Street “arguably the prettiest street in the entire Northeast”? Well, they did, which means this newly renovated residence on Addison’s 1800 block could really have something going for it even if it weren’t such a find in and of itself.

In addition to having its exterior reconditioned, the inside has both new and restored original pine floors, historic staircase with new pine treads/risers, revamped kitchen with SubZero and Wolf appliances (plus, farmhouse sink, shaker cabinets, and soapstone counters), and pendant and LED lighting. Exposed brick is also on the first level.

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The Spruce Street Home That Will Make You Want to Cuddle Puppies

All TREND photos via The Condo Shop.

All TREND photos via The Condo Shop.

This gleaming bi-level condo unit on the corner of Quince and Spruce is something of a keeper.

For starters, the unit’s main floor has an open layout encompassing the living, dining, and kitchen areas, the last of which includes granite counters, hardwood cabinetry, and a terraced island with seating. (A patio-accessible bedroom and ceramic tiled bathroom are also here.) Then, in the lower level, you’ll find an additional bedroom and living space, as well as a bathroom with contemporary finishes.

Now here’s where canine fans like myself might feel a particular affinity with the home: current owner Adam Novick is the co-owner of The Ruff Life, a dog daycare, lodge, and grooming spa in Old City. And guess what? They have two (yes, TWO) webcams that stream the pups that are staying there.

We’ve embedded the second level webcam stream below for your viewing pleasure. Also, click here to get more details about the home.

Jaw Dropper of the Week: The Magical Maison du Riviera in New Hope

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Back in November, we brought you the exclusive sneak peek listing of this stunning $3.99M-rated riverfront estate in New Hope. Believe it or not, that price was a steal. Officially dubbed Maison de Riviera, the mansion on the river is now listed at $4.195M. Let’s get into some of the details, shall we?

Enter the property through either mahogany security gate and you’re instantly impressed by the landscaping and hardscaping that surround the home. Head around back to the bluestone patio and you’ll be taken aback by the uninterrupted views of the Delaware River–they don’t get much better. Well, they do when you’re throwing a party on that very patio with an outdoor grill and kitchen while hanging by the stone fireplace. Or do it one better by dippin’ your toes into the waters–after all, the house has stairs that lead straight to the banks of the Delaware, and a retaining wall that’s above the floodplain to protect you from it.

While most of us could happily live on the luxurious confines of its outdoor space (we’d love that kitchen inside our home), it’s quite possible that the inside is even better. After all, beauty is on the inside.

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On the Market: Fabulous Queen Village Abode with Four-Level Elevator!

All TREND photos via BHHS Fox & Roach - Bryn Mawr.

All TREND photos via BHHS Fox & Roach – Bryn Mawr.

Let me just say it: it would be a huge surprise if this home lags on the market for an extended period of time. Its four bedrooms, finished basement, slew of amenities, and additional office/playroom area make it, in our opinion, an excellent option for anyone looking to set up base in a roomy townhouse situated in a neighborhood WalkScore dubs a walker and biker’s paradise.

And what amenities it has! In addition to offering garage parking, intercom system, and three separate outdoor spaces (the master suite has a private patio), the six-year-old home has a working elevator that stops on all four floors. In the kitchen, a breakfast bar has its place alongside stainless steel Viking appliances and granite countertops. Nearby, are the family room with eastern-facing windows (i.e. sunrise views) and formal dining room with French doors opening to a deck.

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Living On a Neverending Cruise: Condo for Sale at the Dockside

All TREND photos via Redfin.

All TREND photos via Redfin.

It’s more than just the cruise ship shadows the Residences at the Dockside casts from certain angles. Inside of this two-bedroom unit for example, the apartment has something of a luxury passenger liner air to it. (We’re sure this lady knows what we mean.)

Perhaps this can be credited to its designers, the unit’s current owners, who have festooned the condo with several upgrades and designer touches. Features worthy of mention include custom window treatments, hardwood floors, chef’s kitchen with granite counters and stainless steel appliances, and carpeting in both bedrooms of which one (the master suite, obviously) boasts a double vanity, spa tub, and separate shower.

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Trinity Tuesday: Toasty 18th-Century Home in Rittenhouse Square

All TREND photos via BHHS Fox & Roach - Rittenhouse Hotel.

All TREND photos via BHHS Fox & Roach – Rittenhouse Hotel.

For this week’s trinity pick, we’ve opted to leave Society Hill and hit up the neighborhoods west of Broad Street. Our findings? This charming Rittenhouse residence built circa 1750.

The home, which has had a kitchen renovation within the last few years, has been expanded. Fortunately, endearing traces of its origins remain, most noticeably in the random-width hardwood floors, living room fireplace, and wood-burning stove in the top-floor bedroom (oh man, that sounds super cozy right about now).  Built-in bookshelves and a brand new deck are also included.

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Spotted: Uber Eco-Friendly Family Townhome in Northern Liberties

Wait 'til you see the inside. Images by TREND via

Wait ’til you see the inside. Images by TREND via

Well all know how new constructions, especially contemporary-designed, can sometimes conjure up images of a bare, cold building. But have you ever heard of a “passive house”? Essentially, it’s an energy efficient home that Passipedia says is actually more comfortable than the average house: “There is absolutely no cutting back on comfort; instead the level of comfort is considerably increased.”

Wow. In that case, consider yourselves lucky as this passive house abode at the newly constructed Stables townhouse development in NoLibs is on the market. The passive house features in this single-family include a solar array (i.e. net zero in energy usage/bills), triple-paned windows, and a 90% reduction in heating, cooling, and energy when required thanks to R34 and R52 value insulation and an airtight building envelope.  (Should someone take this home before you can, here’s another Stable townhouse on the market!)

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New Listing(s) in Rittenhouse: High-Rise Condo at 220 Asking for $1,399,000

TREND photo via BHHS Fox & Roach - Rittenhouse Hotel.

TREND photo via BHHS Fox & Roach – Rittenhouse Hotel.

If you’ve followed Property long enough, you’ll have noticed the condos at 220 W. Rittenhouse are something of a go-to for us. And how could they not be? They’re located in one of Philadelphia’s choice neighborhoods for shopping and dining, and are in building with a Free Library branch on the first level.

This particular two-bedroom unit happens to have been listed just the other day (for an equally sweet one-bedroom at 220 W. Rittenhouse, check this one out). It is one of two condos on this floor and claims two balconies. According to the listing, it overlooks Rittenhouse Square from the living room.

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Main Line Monday: HGTV-Primed Gem Nestled in Villanova

TREND photo via BHHS Fox & Roach-Wayne.

Given that this former barn (a structure dating back to the 1800s) is now the site of a stunning residence with an art studio, den, office, and recreation space (and that’s including an indoor basketball court!), it’s no surprise that a national television show has taken interest.

According to listing agent Tom Lowry, the home has been approved for HGTV’s You Live in What? show, and has already had all of its structural work done to make way for the architects, designers, and decorators who will be given a chance to renovate a portion of the property. Its selection on the show is still pending.

In any case, the home, which is soon expected to get a price cut, is already a hit without being in the television spotlight. Gardener/Fox Associates spent over half a million in overhauling the home’s interior, leaving it with the lovely notes like original timber, exposed stone walls, and vaulted ceilings, you see in the gallery below.

Letters From the (Real Estate) Trenches

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Illustration by Tim Durning

This past fall, after five years of renting in Fairmount, my husband and I finally decided to buy a home of our own in the neighborhood. Now, call me naive — maybe too many hours logged on HGTV? — but I honestly thought that our prequalified mortgage and 20 percent in our pockets meant we’d follow the classic script: We’d find a place, put in an offer, have our agent negotiate with the seller’s agent, and then — voilà! — be happy homeowners.

That isn’t how it went.

In fact, says realtor Karrie Gavin, that’s rarely how it goes these days in Philly. Gavin, a four-year agent with Elfant Wissahickon, prides herself on almost never losing a bidding war — and she’s been in a lot of bidding wars lately. A lot. “The inventory is very low right now, and there’s a high buyer demand,” she says. “I’m seeing a lot of things selling for above the asking price.” Penn’s Fels Institute of Government reports that home prices in fall of 2014 shot up all over the city; average days on market fell from 88 last winter to 67. The takeaway? Gird your loins, buyers: Competition is fierce, especially in hot spots like Fairmount, Grad Ho, Bella Vista, Queen Village, Passyunk Square, even Chestnut Hill and Narberth.
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