That House Out There: Into The Woods Outside Pottstown

1315 Warwick Furnace Rd., Pottstown, Pa. 19465 | Photos: Mike Irby for James A. Cochrane, Inc.

We’d have loved to feature this home in our “Farmhouse Friday” department, but there were a few problems with that.

First, there’s no farm. That’s not an insurmountable problem, as we’ve featured many farmhouses in decidedly urban settings.

But more important is this: It’s not a farmhouse. Instead, it’s a strikingly urbane contemporary home with just a touch of the rustic about it, enhanced by being set in the middle of a 10-acre wooded plot overlooking French Creek. Read more »

Farmhouse Friday: Double the Pleasure in Perkasie

Guest house, 2500 Three Mile Run Rd., Perkasie, Pa. 18944 | Photos via BHHS Fox & Roach

Guest house, 2500 Three Mile Run Rd., Perkasie, Pa. 18944 | Photos via BHHS Fox & Roach

It’s been quite some time since anyone grew crops or raised animals at Merestone Farm, judging from the photos you see here. Instead, this 7.8-acre lakeside property has become a place for sophisticated country living — a spacious private retreat in a county that’s chock-full of such rustic pleasures.

This one, however, takes the Bucks County country manor to a whole ‘nother level. Its elegant decor and formal gardens have landed this farmhouse and barn in the pages of Architectural Digest — twice. Make it yours and you and your friends will also marvel at its highly photogenic quality while enjoying its many amenities. Read more »

Jawdropper of the Week: Lofty Goals in Midtown Village

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105 S. 12th St., Apt. 202, Philadelphia, Pa. 19107 | TREND images via BHHS Fox & Roach

Not trying to make an overstatement here, but we just might have found the loft of your dreams.

This Midtown Village condo is the ultimate home to match your city personality. Statement walls? Talk about statement ceilings: the completely open main floor features brick ceilings rising 23 feet and is flooded with light pouring through sizable double-hung arched windows. Warm hardwood floors, solid core doors and exposed industrial beams add charm and modernize the space. In such an illuminated room, it’s impossible not to look forward to mornings before work. Read more »

The Puck Drops on the Sale of Ed Snider’s California Estate

The late Ed Snider's palatial retreat in Montecito, Calif. | Photos: Jim Bartsch via Susan Burns

The late Ed Snider’s palatial retreat in Montecito, Calif. | Photos: Jim Bartsch via Susan Burns

The estate of Ed Snider has put his 9.4-acre Southern California estate on the market.

Snider, who parlayed his ownership of the Philadelphia Flyers into the sports and entertainment behemoth known as Spectacor, died in April at age 83, leaving behind an elegant Montecito estate that includes an eight-bedroom mansion, a two-story tennis pavilion with a wet bar and rooftop deck view, a two-bedroom guest house, and a swimming pool with cabana. Read more »

First-Time Find: A Cute Country House in Schwenksville

93 Woodland Ave., Schwenksville, Pa. 19473 | TREND Images from Coldwell Banker Preferred

93 Woodland Ave., Schwenksville, Pa. 19473 | TREND Images from Coldwell Banker Preferred

We’re sure that some of you out there look at our Farmhouse Friday featured homes and sigh because they’re all above your price range.

If that describes you, read on, because we think we’ve found the “farmhouse” for you.

This attractive, well-maintained bungalow sits on a one-third-acre lot in Schwenksville, a world away from the hustle and bustle of the Main Line and King of Prussia. From its landscaped hillside lot, you can enjoy great views of Spring Mount and the Perkiomen Valley — the home even has a newly built deck out back where you can relax in the morning (or evening) and take in the view over morning coffee or an evening glass of wine. Read more »

Trinity Tuesday: A Big Little Beauty in Bella Vista

724 S 7th St, Philadelphia, Pa. 19147 | TREND images via Keller Williams Realty

724 S. 7th St., Philadelphia, Pa. 19147 | TREND images via Keller Williams Realty

The little home with the blue door. You’ll see it right away, but you won’t forget it as easily.

Tree-lined, quiet and quaint, the Bella Vista street this Colonial trinity sits on is enough to win your heart over. It’s not just the street, however. The living room inside this home gracefully showcases an open floor plan, with a wide arched passageway that opens into a charming kitchen boasting a hand-painted tile floor, tons of cabinet space and cozy storage nooks. Read more »

Farmhouse Friday: Recycling History in Landenberg

760 Chambers Rock Rd., Landerberg, Pa. 19350 | Images from Brandywine Fine Properties Sotheby's International Realty, via TREND where indicated

760 Chambers Rock Rd., Landerberg, Pa. 19350 | Images from Brandywine Fine Properties Sotheby’s International Realty, via TREND where indicated

What you see above is the inside of a barn that dates to before the Civil War. It was part of a 10-acre Chester County farm with a farmhouse whose history stretched back even further, to the 1700s. Developer Reid Rowlands toured the farm in 2000 with an eye on buying it for his residence, but he loved the ramshackle barn so much, he decided to buy just it instead and spent the next three years indulging his passion for woodworking and rebuilding it into a one-of-a-kind residence. (You can see pictures of the transformation here.) For the past 13 years, he has called this 4.9-acre plot of land next to the White Clay State Park and Preserve home.

Lucky you. You now have a chance to make this luxurious yet rustic country home your own. And Rowlands even left you some opportunities to let your own inner craftsman run free. Read more »

Homes for Sale Coming to King of Prussia

So they're wood, stucco and brick rather than brown stone, but the Brownstones at the Village at Valley Forge will let homeowners stake a claim on the new, more walkable King of Prussia. | Rendering courtesy Toll Brothers

Even though they’re made of tan siding, brown brick and cream rather than brown stone, the Brownstones at the Village at Valley Forge will let homeowners in on the action in the new, more walkable King of Prussia. | Rendering courtesy Toll Brothers

It’s the dream of more than a few urbanites I know to live right next door to a Wegmans. Even better: owning their own place next door to one. Starting early next year, these people will be able to get their heart’s desire courtesy Toll Brothers City Living, which broke ground this month on the first buildings of a 132-unit condominium development.

All they’ll have to do is move to King of Prussia.

The Brownstones at the Village at Valley Forge, as Toll is calling it, is the first for-sale residential development in King of Prussia in many years and the only one that will be in the middle of what’s shaping up to be its first truly walkable mixed-use community. That’s right: living next door to a Wegmans here means you step out your door and walk over to the store, no driving involved.

And if you happen to be employed at the Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia’s new clinic in K of P, you’ll have it made in the shade, for it’s a very short walk in the opposite direction.

Plus, said Toll Brothers City Living Division President Brian Emmons, “all the cool shops are just a few minutes away.”

The Brownstones will be similar in plan to the 2400 South condominium Toll built in Graduate Hospital’s western reaches two years ago: each four-story building will contain two three-bedroom, two-and-a-half bath condominium units. The lower units will offer optional basements, while the upper ones introduce something new to King of Prussia: optional roof decks. All of the units will have outdoor living space in the form of rear balconies.

Work on the first six units, including the two sales models, is now under way; Emmons said Toll Brothers expects to complete these units by October, when the development will go on the market. Work on the next 18 units should begin by then and be complete by early 2017, with more units coming on line as the project progresses.

The Brownstones is one more piece in the larger plan spearheaded by the King of Prussia District to introduce more walkable urban environments into the mix of uses in the Philadelphia region’s largest edge city.

Jawdropper of the Week: A Fabulous Federal in Society Hill

309 S. 3rd St., Philadelphia, Pa. 19106 | TREND Images via BHHS Fox & Roach

309 S. 3rd St., Philadelphia, Pa. 19106 | TREND Images via BHHS Fox & Roach

You may not have foreign ambassadors on your guest list for dinner, but if you did, you’d be able to receive them with the dignity they deserve in this meticulously restored 1814 Federal mansion in the heart of Society Hill.

Your domestic friends might ask, “So what’s it like to live in a piece of history?” You’d be able to answer, “Great!” For even though this home’s details are authentic to the core, it has also been updated where it counts the most for the modern homeowner, namely, in the kitchen and the bathrooms.

We’ll get to those in a bit. But first, let’s start with the impressive entrance hallway just beyond the chandelier-lit foyer. Read more »

First-Time Find: A Fiesta for the Eyes in East Falls

3434 Bowman St., Philadelphia, Pa. 19129 | TREND Images via Max Nagel

3434 Bowman St., Philadelphia, Pa. 19129 | TREND Images via Max Nagel

Philly’s best row homes pack a lot of character and a surprising amount of space onto a compact lot. This recently restored, colorful charmer in East Falls may well be the best of the best.

This vintage-1939 classic row home’s major makeover added a lot of color and personality to an already spacious city dwelling, as you’ll notice at the very first glance. New steps, a stone front patio and woodwork painted in five different colors put a very cheerful face on this end-of-row property.

You’ll find nice splashes of color on the inside as well.   Read more »

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