Main Line Monday: “Dallas” in Bryn Mawr for $650K

684 S. Bryn Mawr Ave., Bryn Mawr, Pa. 19010 | TREND images via BHHS Fox & Roach

What do 1950s ranch homes want to be when they grow up?

We strongly suspect something like this one.

Somewhere between its birth and now, it ran across owners who, it appears, had visions of Southfork dancing in their heads. The result of this cross-pollination is a home with a Main Line address but a Texas feel.

The transport begins when you drive through the gate of this handsomely updated home and scope out the meticulously manicured front lawn. Then, as you drive up the driveway, park your car in front and walk through the front door, you may hear the theme from “Dallas” playing faintly in the back of your head.  Read more »

43 New Townhouses Coming to Northern Liberties

Rendering of Liberty Square townhouse project by Atrium Design Studio via PRDC Properties

This landed in the Property inbox a few days ago: an announcement from PRDC Properties that it would soon begin work on a 43-unit townhouse development at the southern edge of Northern Liberties.

Designed by Atrium Design Studio, the project hits all the usual high notes: sleek modern design with brick, steel and glass outside, and roomy (3,100- to 3,800-square-foot) three- and four-bedroom units with such features as 10-foot-high ceilings, quartz countertops in the kitchens, Porcelanosa bathrooms, enchanting roof decks and community green space. And, of course, garage parking for one or two cars per unit: even though PRDC CEO David Perlman said in a news release that “the project was designed with walkability in mind,” this is Northern Liberties, after all, and no residential project that would put more resident cars on the street would pass muster with the Northern Liberties Neighbors Association.

The name of the project: Liberty Square.

Which is also the name of a much larger development now under construction a little bit to the north, on the South Kensington side of Girard Avenue. Read more »

Modern Tradition in Graduate Hospital for $739K

2409 Christian St., Philadelphia, Pa. 19146 | Photo: Jackie “JD” Dembrowski. All photos via Space & Company; staging for all photos: Kendall Quigley, QA Designs

Its mansard roof may be missing, but on the outside, this newly rebuilt Graduate Hospital townhome harmonizes nicely with its Second Empire neighbors both with its height and its first-floor bay window.

On the inside, though, this home’s a totally contemporary looker that at the same time gives a few nods to its past.

One of those nods is in the living room, which has been opened up to the rest of the main floor. A gas fireplace with a gray stone surround provides a dramatic focal point. Read more »

What $500K Will Buy You in Germantown

6110 Ardleigh Street, Philadelphia, Pa. 19138 | TREND images via BHHS Fox & Roach

Germantown, as its friends and admirers know, is surprisingly diverse from a socioeconomic standpoint. Pockets of poverty and areas of affluence can be found cheek-by-jowl in numerous places in the area.

But homes in those pockets of affluence tend not to turn over all that often, as their owners tend to hang on to them. Homes that list for $500,000 or more are very rare — our search this week found another home listing for $670,000 near the Tulpehocken Historic District — and when one does come on the market in this neighborhood, it’s very special.

This one’s even more so, for it sits in the middle of one of the city’s most unusual historic districts.

That would be the Awbury Historic District, which is coterminous with the Awbury Arboretum, located next to Washington Lane Regional Rail station on Germantown’s east side. Created by an extended Quaker family in 1916 to protect its landholdings, Philadelphia’s other great Northwest tree preserve is unusual in being both free to explore and home to several private residences within its confines.

Most of them are still in the hands of that Quaker family’s descendants. This one, however, could be yours. Read more »

Jawdropper of the Week: Palatial Digs in Society Hill for $6.888M

328-330 Delancey St., Philadelphia, Pa. 19106 | TREND images via Zillow

328-330 Delancey St., Philadelphia, Pa. 19106 | TREND images via Zillow

We can’t think of any word more appropriate for this property than unreal.

With five bedrooms, five bathrooms, three powder rooms, underground parking, an elevator, a rooftop swimming pool, an at-home theater, and more, this imaginative Society Hill mansion is a vision. Even the home’s more traditional features, like the kitchen and breakfast room, are stellar.

The master suite has to be one of the best rooms in the house, though, boasting a sky-lit atrium, indoor and outdoor fireplaces, a gorgeous private deck, his and her walk-in closets, and a huge master bath with a steam shower, sauna, jetted tub and four sinks. Read more »

Resort-Style Living for the Active Senior Set Comes to King of Prussia

Canvas Valley Forge’s front door. | Exterior renderings: KTGY via Bozzuto Development Company

Club Med it ain’t, but Canvas Valley Forge comes awfully damn close — the only thing missing is the beach.

The new 55-plus residential community Bozzuto Development Company is now building at the Village at Valley Forge is, if not the first, one of the first in the country to adapt the all-inclusive resort ethos to what we really can’t call “senior living” any more.

That’s because the “seniors” at whom this residential community is aimed have no intention of “retiring.” They’re the Baby Boomers who raised their kids in the ‘burbs but are now ready to downsize their lives. What Bozzuto is banking on is that while they may want a smaller living-space footprint, they’d rather keep the amenities they enjoyed, and then some. Read more »

First-Time Find: Flexibility in East Kensington for $325K

2215 Coral St., Philadelphia, Pa. 19125 | TREND images via Coldwell Banker Preferred

2215 Coral St., Philadelphia, Pa. 19125 | TREND images via Coldwell Banker Preferred

This trendy little space in East Kensington has all the makings of a nice first home, all at a reasonable price.

Enter inside to the open living room and kitchen. The space features hardwood floors, oversized windows, distressed wood panels, and butcher block counters. Continue on into the separate dining room, and then head out back to a private patio.

The second floor is home to two bedrooms, one of which is currently set up as a study. The only bathroom in the residence is located on this floor as well and is super trendy. Our favorite part of the house is the third-floor loft, which is completely occupied by the master bedroom. Depending on your own needs, though, this level is large enough to be converted into two more bedrooms or used as an additional living room.

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Trinity Tuesday: Huge and Historic in Old City for $750K

123 Elfreth's Alley, Philadelphia, Pa. 19106 | TREND images via Keller Williams Realty

123 Elfreth’s Alley, Philadelphia, Pa. 19106 | TREND images via Keller Williams Realty

A trinity house in Elfreth’s Alley? It doesn’t get much more Philadelphian than that.

This expanded trinity maintains plenty of its traditional elements, most notably the trinity staircase, but these elements are balanced out by many new upgrades. First and foremost, each floor has multiple rooms, giving homeowners much more space than they would have in the average trinity. Enter into the living room, which is followed by a dining room and then an eat-in kitchen. From the kitchen, head outside and enjoy the nice yard space. The second floor is home to the master suite and a den. The third floor has two additional bedrooms, a sitting room, and a bathroom. Read more »

Main Line Monday: A Classy Colonial in Penn Valley for $1.075M

1320 Bobarn Dr., Penn Valley, Pa. 19072 | TREND images via BHHS Fox & Roach

1320 Bobarn Dr., Penn Valley, Pa. 19072 | TREND images via BHHS Fox & Roach

This Main Line colonial is picture-perfect – and we have the pictures to prove it. Located in Penn Valley, the four-bedroom, six-bathroom residence has everything you could ever need (and then some).

Through the double door entrance, step inside the foyer, which is home to the main staircase and opens up to a formal living room on the right and a formal dining room on the left. The living room flows into the family room and then the kitchen. Highlights of this floor include a chandelier in the dining room, floor-to-ceiling windows in the family room, a breakfast area, and a six burner built-in gas range, double ovens, and a built-in desk in the kitchen. Also on this floor is a laundry room, a bathroom, and access to the two-car garage.

Head upstairs to the second floor and delight in the master suite. The suite boasts hardwood floors, built-in speakers, a desirable walk-in closet, and a master bathroom with his and her sinks, a Jacuzzi tub, and a sit-down shower. Three other bedrooms, one of which has a bathroom of its own, a hall bathroom, and a linen closet round out this floor.

The finished basement adds even more punch to this property. The spacious lower level features two carpeted rooms that can be turned into whatever your family needs (or desires), plus a recreation room. In the fenced-in backyard, enjoy warm summer months thanks to a nice in-ground pool.

This Penn Valley home provides future homeowners with an elegant space that isn’t overwhelming. If it fits your family’s needs and tastes, we recommend checking it out.



BATHS: 5 full, 1 half


SALE PRICE: $1,075,000

1320 Bobarn Dr., Penn Valley, Pa. 19072 [Lavinia Smerconish | BHHS Fox & Roach – Bryn Mawr]

What $500K Will Buy You in Wynnewood

1356 Garden Rd., Wynnewood, Pa. 19096 | TREND image courtesy of BHHS Fox & Roach

1356 Garden Rd., Wynnewood, Pa. 19096 | TREND image courtesy of BHHS Fox & Roach

Located west of Philadelphia in Montgomery County sits the suburban community of Wynnewood. The median home value in this Main Line neighborhood falls at $484,300, so if you are a potential homeowner with a budget somewhere around the $500,000 mark, you’re right on target here.

But what can a budget of $500,000 get you in Wynnewood right now? Well, we did the research and found out for you. The three options are suitable for the average family, but we’ll let you make the final call on if they’re worth the money or not. Read more »

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