Open House: Super Cool (and Super Tiny) WashWest Carriage House Packs a Punch

Images by TREND via Keller Williams Center City

Images by TREND via Keller Williams Center City

Here’s a home you’re definitely going to want to scope out at the open house on Sunday. Why? For starters, it’s packed with a bunch of great features, including two sets of original balcony carriage doors, built-in shelving, lovely wood floors and beautiful exposed beams.

But don’t be fooled by its paltry 649-square-feet listing, you’re going to want to see how the owners fit so much into a relatively tiny space. It’s all down to the layout, baby.

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Farmhouse Friday: Trunnel Hyll, New Hope’s Coolest Barn Reconstruction

TREND images via Zillow.com

TREND images via Zillow.com

Ah, Trunnel Hyll. How exactly did this stand-out residence in the middle of New Hope come to be, you ask? Well, according to the listing, Worthington Construction is responsible for this neat fusion of period barn structures. (And you know we love country-style renovations!)

The property’s unique architecture is one thing, but the fact of the matter is it was also constructed, wherever possible, with natural and energy-efficient products and systems. The home features, for example, a state of the art geothermal heating and cooling system, which essentially lowers the cost of winter heating and summer cooling for you. Pretty sweet, right?

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On the Market: The Prettiest Renovation in East Kensington?

Images via Zillow.com

Images via Zillow.com

Its renovation may be two years old, but the gorgeous results of the work done to 2028 Dreer Street – on the border of East Kensington and Fishtown – are ongoing.  To begin, there’s its façade, a lovely muted teal, which caught our attention from the get-go. Stroll into the inside and you’ll see the home only gets better:

  • Hand-scraped Birch floors throughout
  • Hand-crafted center staircase with skylight and metal railing
  • Two bedrooms on second level, master suite on third
  • Three levels total to 1,443 square feet (and that’s not including basement)

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Jaw Dropper of the Week: Valley Run Farm Estate in Bucks County

TREND images via Zillow

TREND images via Zillow

Um, is it just us or do you see a life-size Yeti mannequin in one of the listing photos too? (Scroll down to the gallery to see what we mean.) Unexpected animal/creature models aside, Valley Run Farm is a jaw-dropper in its own right. And with good reason: it underwent two years of renovation before emerging as the lush 24-acre estate you see today.

Irrigated lawns, waterfalls, and ponds comprise the property, which comes with a main house and several outbuildings. Noted features in the main residence include a sizable skylight kitchen with “Small Bone” English cabinetry; stone Great room with walls of glass and a fireplace; and breakfast and dining areas with Old French oak floors. Select stone, tile, and fixtures make up the bathrooms and all mechanicals are new.

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Trinity Tuesday: Want to Live in Fishtown? This Porched Two-Bedroom Is For Sale

TREND images via Coldwell Banker Preferred

TREND images via Coldwell Banker Preferred

The neighborhood it’s in is probably one of its bigger draws, but it’s also worth noting this home has several other things going for it. Chief among them? A covered porch and two bedrooms, the first of which comes with built-in bookshelves and a glass door leading to a deck; the second, a small staircase up to a private loft space.

According to the listing, the 756-square-foot home is also well maintained, noting a bathroom with “vintage charm” offering a farmhouse sink and a Victorian-style soaking tub. Hardwood floors are throughout and the basement is finished and comes with closet space. More built-in shelves can be found on the first floor living room, where there’s exposed brick; while the kitchen, which has porch access, includes granite tops, gray cabinets, and stainless steel appliances.

The home is nestled right off the Frankford Ave. and  East Girard. Specs and photos below.

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Main Line Monday: Contemporary Chalet-Style Home in Gladwyne

TREND images via BHHS Fox & Roach-Gladwyne

TREND images via BHHS Fox & Roach-Gladwyne

Set on two tree-filled acres and facing Gladwyne’s Rolling Hill Park, this contemporary lodge residence on Rose Glen Road is just as scenic as you might imagine. Taking full advantage of this is the home’s living room, which has a two-story glass wall taking in the woodsy scene.

It’s not totally Walden Pond though. Aside from not having a natural body of water within the vicinity, the property, within walking distance to Gladwyne Village, is one of several amenities: wet bar; family room with swimming pool access; and a wood-wrapped, cathedral-ceilinged master suite with twelve (!!) custom closet doors on the second level.

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City House of the Week: “Urban Warehouse” Residence in Society Hill

Photos courtesy of Laurie Phillips

Photos courtesy of Laurie Phillips

Designed by Philadelphia architect Reed Axelrod, Society Hill’s “Urban Warehouse,” as the listing christens it, is one of those rare homes whose construction piques the curiosity of observant passersby unable to settle on its function. In this case, the single residence, built from the ground up on a formerly vacant lot circa 1995, was made to appear as though it were three separate buildings combined into one. Read more »

Farmhouse Friday: 165-Year-Old Eye Candy in Montgomery County For Sale

TREND images via Realtor.com

TREND images via Realtor.com

Should my dream of living in a trinity house with five canines come to naught, here’s my alternative: living in a farmhouse-style home by the sea. More specifically, a seaside house inspired by the interior of this landlocked charmer near Pottstown.

Among its features luring me out of my self-imagined city slicker mold are original old blank hardwood floors (they’re throughout, save for the kitchen and dining area where there’s slate flooring), dining room tin ceiling, and a superbly adorable black wood-burning stove. It also has fireplaces, all of which are in working condition.

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Allan Domb to Debut Boutique Rental Units at the Alison Building in July

The Alison Building | Photo: Allan Domb Real Estate

The Alison Building | Photo: Allan Domb Real Estate

Hot off his successful bid for City Council At-Large, Allan Domb is set to unveil the first round of super high-end rental units inside the Alison Building at 1805 Walnut Street, with some overlooking Rittenhouse Square. Set betwixt 10 Rittenhouse and 1801 Walnut Street (the corner building the that houses Anthropologie), the Alison Building is anchored by a three-story Barnes and Noble. The residences above will feature a 24-hour doorman and command rents between $2,650 and $7,950 per month.

Work began on the upper floors of the building in the fall, and a rep from Allan Domb Real Estate says the first round of what will be 19 luxury units will be delivered July 1. Floor plans range from 515-square-feet all the way up to 5,900-square-feet for the penthouse (more on that in a bit).

Here is the breakout, minus the penthouse (more on that in a bit, we promise):

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Jaw Dropper of the Week: Historical Double-Lot Residence in Society Hill

Photo credit: Kate Devlin

UPDATE: Listing agent Jared Carrell cleared up the two address misunderstanding. The lot holding the house with the blue shutters is the home listed, while the second lot mentioned is not the home with the green shutters on the right. Rather, it’s the lush garden that was formerly the site of an apartment building, which was demolished in the 50s or 60s during Society Hill’s revival. “The house was then fully rehabbed and added on to,” he adds.


Either of these two houses strike your fancy? If you said both, have we got news for you: they’re counted as a single property and are on the market as such for under $1.1 million. Doesn’t hurt that the Society Hill home was built circa 1792, boasts historical certification, and counts a number of Philadelphia’s most well-known structural heirlooms as its neighbors.

Here’s what the double-lot residence offers:

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