Live Large On Top of The Hill for $1.275M

1 W. Hartwell Ln., #4G, Philadelphia, Pa. 19118 | Images from The Sivel Group

1 W. Hartwell Ln., #4G, Philadelphia, Pa. 19118 | Images from The Sivel Group

Chestnut Hill’s One West condo is a double first for the elevated Philadelphia neighborhood: The first new residential construction on Germantown Avenue and its first new mixed-use project in 30 years.

“Living over the store” has never looked as elegant as this, though. This two-bedroom, three-bath condo combines the latest features and a modern layout with neotraditional design in a single package that’s sure to delight you, your friends and your family.

In addition to an open-plan living/dining room and kitchen, this unit features a nicely outfitted master suite, a huge 346-square-foot terrace accessed via French doors from the living room, and a guest bedroom with its own en suite bath and terrace access. Read more »

First Time Find: Suburban Comfort, City Address in Roxborough for $275K

7371 Valley Ave., Philadelphia, Pa. 19128 | TREND images via Long & Foster Real Estate

7371 Valley Ave., Philadelphia, Pa. 19128 | TREND images via Long & Foster Real Estate

Are you one of those people who don’t want to leave the city but want a home with all the comfort of a suburban pad?

We’ve found a place for you in upper Roxborough, close to both the Ridge and the Wissahickon Valley.

This is one of those homes you can’t judge by its cover, for its unassuming exterior covers a beautifully renovated, bright and airy traditionally-styled modern home. Read more »

Trinity Tuesday: Secrets of NoLibs Trinity Exposed!

1023-A N. Lawrence St., Philadelphia, Pa., 19123 | TREND Images via RE/MAX Access

1023-A N. Lawrence St., Philadelphia, Pa., 19123 | TREND Images via RE/MAX Access

This airy, light-filled trinity is a stunning example of what a pinch of charm, a dash of character, a generous sprinkling of hardwood floors and rustic exposed brick, and a modern spiral staircase can truly do for a home.

Located on a sunny street in Northern Liberties, this home looks like many of its neighbors on the outisde. But inside, it offers a most distinct and special look that comes from a respect for history and a little bit of love.

The first thing you see upon entry is the main living area. One of the things that makes this home truly special are the exposed brick accent walls in every room. Not only that, but here, you also have a working wood-burning brick fireplace that further adds to the ambiance of this room. Refinished hardwood floors complete the room, while a large, street-facing window allows for plenty of natural light. Read more »

Main Line Monday: Over-the-Top Opulence in Haverford

327 Grays Ln., Haverford, Pa. 19041 | TREND images via BHHS Fox & Roach

327 Grays Ln., Haverford, Pa. 19041 | TREND images via BHHS Fox & Roach

There are lots of fabulous mansions on the Main Line. We’ve featured several of them in this space. But we’ve run across very few of them that combine elegant details, loads of space for you and your stuff, and extraordinary features in the way this relatively modest (for its category) 1921 brick Colonial does.

But we shouldn’t have been so surprised to find all of this in this home. After all, it has a name: “Maxwellton.”

Sitting on an impeccably manicured 1.57-acre hillside lot in Haverford’s bosky northern reaches, this sumptuous mansion will astound you with its many fine features and details, the work of numerous architects and landscape designers who have upgraded this home over the last several years. Read more »

Farmhouse Friday: A Farm That Looks Like Two Million in Bucks

359 Pineville Rd., Newtown, Pa. 18940 | TREND images via Long & Foster Real Estate

359 Pineville Rd., Newtown, Pa. 18940 | TREND images via Long & Foster Real Estate

You know the old saying, “a penny for your thoughts,” that’s used to ask someone what exactly they’re thinking about? Well, we don’t need to ask you what you’re thinking as you look at these pictures because we think we already know: You’re in love. With Penny Pot Farm, that is.

Located in Upper Makefield Township, this 25.7-acre farm and abode is settled in the dreamy countryside of Bucks County, with lush green views surrounding you. But perhaps what makes this property so characteristically lovable is the history it holds. Built in two parts in 1807 and 1833, the historic Wiggins double bank barn provides full stable facilities for seven as well as a workshop, allowing those with a horse-loving spirit to cultivate their passion on this large property. Read more »

Jawdropper of the Week: A Hilltop Retreat in Copesville

895 Copes Ln., West Chester, Pa. 19380 | TREND images via RE/MAX Town & Country

895 Copes Ln., West Chester, Pa. 19380 | TREND images via RE/MAX Town & Country

Have you ever imagined driving through the Adirondack Mountains on a gorgeous fall day? The crisp autumn air that blows your hair back while the smell of leaves and late fall fires envelop your senses. Yellow, orange and red leaves are cast up in the air as you drive on, and the fall scenery has you thinking you’ve landed on a movie set. Finally, you arrive at your destination: an astoundingly stunning Adirondack Shingle Style home perched on a hilltop just outside the country crossroads of Copesville, a few miles west of West Chester.

Inspired by memories of their Adirondack vacations, the owners of this home commissioned Archer and Buchanan Architects to recreate the experience where they lived, thus producing a truly exceptional home with elements you can’t find anywhere else. Read more »

First-Time Find: Room to Grow (Up) in Manayunk for Under $250K

4618 Smick St., Philadelphia, Pa. 19127 | TREND images via RE/MAX Premier

4618 Smick St., Philadelphia, Pa. 19127 | TREND images via RE/MAX Premier

You’ve probably heard that if you’re a kid fresh out of college looking for the perfect house that’s within close proximity to multiple bars and hangover-curing restaurants, then Manayunk is your hub. But the ‘Yunk is also one of the hippest places for young families. With a variety of vintage and fashion-forward stores, numerous top-rated restaurants and, of course, a killer bar scene, Manayunk is totally on trend. This week’s First-Time Find is ideally situated for both those who want to relive their college days and those looking for a home (and a location) that’s a little more grown up. Read more »

Trinity Tuesday: Close to Everything, Far From the Crowd in Fishtown

1103 N. Lee St., Philadelphia, Pa. 19123 | TREND images via Zillow

1103 N. Lee St., Philadelphia, Pa. 19123 | TREND images via Zillow

This beautifully updated trinity in the southwest corner of Fishtown is a stone’s throw from the Frankford El, which you can see from your front door. Frankford Avenue’s happening restaurant and shopping scene is just a short walk away, as is a convenient shopping center in adjacent Northern Liberties. Yet you’ll feel like you stumbled into a small-town enclave when you walk down Lee Street and into the front door of this classic brick home.

Just inside that front door is the main-floor living room, which provides a cozy space to curl into. The contrast between the dark hardwood floors and the light that streams through your windows gives the impression that this space is bigger than it seems. The back door leads to a brand-new patio with plenty of space to relax and recline or entertain and dine while shutting out the world around you. Read more »

Main Line Monday: A Midcentury Modern Masterpiece in Strafford

356 Pugh Rd., Strafford, Pa. 19087 | Photos: Jon Biddle for HomeJab via Keller Williams Luxury Homes International

356 Pugh Rd., Strafford, Pa. 19087 | Photos: Jon Biddle for HomeJab via Keller Williams Luxury Homes International

You’ve seen photos of homes like these in places like Southern California and the Oakland hills.

If you’re the sort of person who hyperventilates at these photos, there’s good news: you now have a chance to live in one without having to move across the country.

Several noted Philadelphia architects also designed homes in the contemporary style we now label as “midcentury modern.” One of the best was Robert McElroy, who produced this beautiful, low-slung home on a one-acre wooded sloping lot on Strafford’s northern fringe. We can also give credit to the architect who owns this home now, for he gave it a top-to-bottom rebuild that updated all of its features and systems while respecting its heritage and style. Read more »

Farmhouse Friday: History Inside and Out in Chester County

1573 Camp Linden Rd., West Chester, Pa. 19382 | TREND images via BHHS Fox & Roach

1573 Camp Linden Rd., West Chester, Pa. 19382 | TREND images via BHHS Fox & Roach

Living at Brandybend Farm makes you a link in the great chain of history. Brandybend is located next to Trimble’s Ford, the famous crossing used by General Cornwallis during the Battle of Brandywine in 1777. In that fight, Cornwallis’ British troops defeated the Americans, who were forced to retreat to Philadelphia. However, as we know, America ultimately won the war for its independence, and this house is proof of how our country still stands tall after all these years.

Settled on top of a hill, overlooking the rolling green fields of quintessential Chester County, this 1780 farmhouse sits on 12 stunning acres, with frontage along the Brandywine Creek. This property, which has hosted visitors several times on Chester County Day, is special in that it offers not one but two different living spaces; the main house and the historic Bank Barn. Located just 10 minutes from West Chester, as well as a short drive to SEPTA Regional Rail stations and the Route 1 and Route 202 corridors, Brandybend Farm is one of the finest examples of exquisite country living in Radnor Hunt country. Read more »

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