This Flashy Bi-Level Condo in Fairmount Has All of the Lights

Image via Postlets

Image via Postlets

From its hardwood floors to its pedestal sink, you’d think this bi-level condo in Fairmount was one of the more conventional properties we’d feature here. Instead, though, we’re given the tiniest of surprises in the form of tinted cove lighting, which – and maybe we’re wrong here; it’s a judgment call – gives the home an unexpected club vibe.

This quirky detail aside, the home includes a granite-topped kitchen with stainless steel appliances, new cabinets and patio access; bedrooms with walk-in closets; and a basement common area with a coin-operated washer & dryer. Specs and photos below.

Also, here’s a completely gratuitous music video we thought would complement the home.

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Main Line Monday: Historic $1.6 Million Residence by William Lightfoot Price

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TREND images via Zillow.com

First, there was the beautiful Schoenhaus Estate, a property originally owned by William Penn before passing down to an Arts and Crafts Movement community headed by architect William Lightfoot Price who rehabilitated its historic buildings. Then, we told you about the restored, castle-like Lower Merion manse Price designed in the late 1800s.

And now? Well, now we’re going to introduce you to another one of his fine works.

Price, a would-be “giant” in the world of architecture were it not for his untimely death at age 55, teamed up his brother to start own firm early in his career. One of their first commissions was with real estate developers Wendell & Smith who tapped them for several projects, among them Overbrook Farms and various residential developments in St. Davids and Wayne. This home in South Wayne came about from such a partnership.

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City House of the Week: The One-Time Gardener’s Cottage at Krisheim Estate

All TREND photos via Elfant Wissahickon-Chestnut Hill

All TREND photos via Elfant Wissahickon-Chestnut Hill

This newly listed property in Chestnut Hill offers plenty of intrigue. On its own, it would be a beautiful property nestled on over two acres of land adjacent to Fairmount Park. But it’s the history behind this place that makes it truly standout.

Chestnut Hill is chockfull of historic homes, thanks in large part to Henry Howard Houston, the one-time director of the Pennsylvania Railroad, and his son-in-law, Dr. George Woodward (you may be familiar with Woodward Homes). The home on Gatehouse Lane was at one time part of a much larger picture, as it was originally built as the gardener’s cottage of the Krisheim Estate (the original gatehouse sold in June). Woodward built it in 1910 as his private family estate, and it famously became a place for him to raise horses, particularly Woodward Arabians. Read more »

Farmhouse Friday: Incredible Pond-Front Retreat in Birchrunville

Photo credit: Nina Lea Photography

Photo credit: Nina Lea Photography | Listing with Eve Marberger, BHHS Fox & Roach-Exton

Exquisite in the truest sense of the word, it was a no-brainer when it came to choosing Stoney Ridge Farm for today. A beautiful property parked atop 6.9 acres in Birchrunville, Chester County, the scenic estate features a tree-lined driveway leading to an early 1800s stone colonial home with historically correct additions. Moreover, it’s got a generous offering of manicured gardens and pastures, plus a pond, stone barn and spring house.

Let’s take a closer look, shall we?

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Jaw Dropper of the Week: Divine Lancaster Residence Inside Former Church

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All images via Zillow.com

Rejoice and be glad, our real estate prayers have been answered! Months after spotting that unimaginably cool Bucks County home inside a gothic church building, our search for a similar residence has ended. (For now, anyway.) Formerly a Gothic Revival church erected in 1893, the space has been converted into two very unique loft homes*. This one, our appointed Jaw-Dropper, is the larger of the two.

In keeping with its ecclesiastic roots, the unit vaunts a two-story living area with a cathedral ceiling and overhead church lighting. This along with a hard to miss stained glass window is original to the property and has been restored. Meanwhile, in the midst of all this is a bevy of custom woodwork in the form of mahogany doors, beams, columns and more. The listing notes there’s also a neat two-way mirror, framed and quietly concealing the home’s entertainment system.

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Back On the Market: Sylvan Edge Listed for $1.225M

Sylvan Edge | Image from a former listing.

Sylvan Edge | Image from a former listing.

Let’s swing by a home we haven’t heard from in awhile, but know you’re dying to see once more: Sylvan Edge, that stately manse off Ashbourne Road and Park Avenue in Elkins Park. Goodness knows its (in)famous neighbor sort of took up the spotlight last time, but this time around, Sylvan will definitely be the star.

First point of interest? It’s got ties to a historically certified Center City edifice by way of its builder. According to Dennis Cook, current owner of Sylvan Edge, a fellow by the name of Joseph Greenberg developed both 1616 Walnut, these days known as the ICON building, and Sylvan Edge. The latter, which was constructed in 1928 for the sole reason of serving as Greenberg’s home, was “recognized by Architectural Digest and the University of Pennsylvania for its commanding design and craftsmanship,” Cook tells us.

What’s most remarkable about the property, however, is that you’re looking at a successful comeback that wouldn’t have happened if it weren’t for a neighbor who grew up fascinated with the home and feared seeing it meet the same fate as Lynnewood Hall.

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Homes with Names: Uniquities

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TREND images via Zillow.com

Certain rooms feel more like a museum or something out of a distant time and place than anything else, don’t they? Then again, what more could we expect from a property with a name like Uniquities? Lucky for us, the Bucks County stunner, currently owned by an internationally-known lighting designer, lives up to its title. Unlucky for (some) of us, it’s listed for $1.25 million.

Situated on a sylvan plot in Doylestown, the approximately 6,000-square-foot* home contains notable doorways, original wood floors, wrought-iron railings, and a slew of picture windows overlooking the gardens. Dining and entertainment is made easy at Uniquities, what with a roomy gourmet kitchen with center island and a large eat-in area “for large family gatherings,” as the listing puts it.  Specs and photos below.

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Trinity Tuesday: Bright-Eyed Abode in Bella Vista Includes Bedroom Deck

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TREND images via Zillow.com

You know how some people say when you marry a person, you marry their family? Well, the same could be say about buying a home, but instead of a family, you’re committing to a neighborhood. And this tidy trinity on narrow Mildred Street? Well, it’s in one of Philly’s best.

See, the Bella Vista Neighborhood Association goes the extra mile to provide several events ranging from “environmental walks to garden tours to happy hours,” according to the listing. Plus, the home is within walking distance to South Street and the Italian Market, and right around the corner from the soon-to-open restaurant, Coeur, a Montreal-inspired bistro from the owners of Memphis Taproom.

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Main Line Monday: $4.7 Million Newtown Square Estate with Historic Roots

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Images via Zillow.com

It’s a property with just a touch of the historic, but you wouldn’t notice what with all the work its had.  The main house, for example, is a newer construction with hardwood flooring, a slew of formal rooms, gourmet kitchen, and a great room with access to stone patio dining spaces. Outside, the residence has a tennis court and more than twelve acres of Delaware County land.

Before all this, however, the Harrison Estates was the site of several 18th-century structures. One that continues to stand is the historic Iddings House, which, according to an Inquirer article from April 1999, once belonged to Richard and Margaret Iddings, grandparents of Revolutionary War hero Gen. Anthony Wayne. Today, the Iddings House has been renovated with new kitchens and bathrooms and is the guest home of this property.

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House of the Week: The Gregory Residence in Lambertville

All images via Kurfiss Sotheby's International Realty/Zillow

All images via Kurfiss Sotheby’s International Realty/Zillow

Late architect Jules Gregory left a wonderful duo in our area and for that we’ll be forever grateful. One of these is “the Butterfly House,” which, according to Zillow, was sold earlier this year after being re-listed in the summer of 2014. But fear not, mid-century modern admirers. The second, praised as one of his grand masterpieces, is still on the market: his NJ home.

Formerly listed for $999,000 in 2013, the Gregory Residence disappeared from the market sometime afterward, only to emerge on Zillow earlier this week for $729,000. It’s not the home’s first price cut, which makes us wonder…is it possible no one has yet given into one of the best houses in America, as the Architectural Record deemed it back in 1961? Impossible, we say. Go see it this weekend if you have time; an open house is being held the 16th at 1 p.m. Read more »

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