Updated Victorian In Art Museum Area Includes Room-to-Room Intercom

TREND photos via Redfin

TREND photos via Redfin

We don’t know about you, but “meticulously maintained and improved upon over the years,” is exactly how we’d like to hear our potential Victorian home was treated like in the time leading up to new ownership. Fortunately, that’s how this listing illustrates the home at 2030 Wallace Street, a property that’s had the same two owners for the past thirty-eight years.

Some features that stuck out to us? How about a marble vestibule, ornate moldings, built-in bookshelves, and an abundance of paneled storage. Plus, marble counter tops are included in the rustic exposed brick kitchen, while one of the house mantles can be found in the dining room. An intercom system allows for room-to-room communication, and is even connected to the doorbell.

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Spotted in Graduate Hospital: Guys, This Contemporary Home Has a Car Lift!

TREND photos via Redfin

TREND photos via Redfin

Typically, when a listing claims anything above two bathrooms, we assume at least one of them is a half bath. In this case, this pristine townhouse on S Chadwick Street has four, none of which are powder rooms. Not only that, but the 3,700-square space includes a garage with a car lift, which basically means, as developer/owner Steve Shklovsky points out, you can “drive onto the ramp, press a button,” and voilà.

He also tells us this part of the home can have “up to two SUVs,” just FYI to all your drivers out there.

Interior-wise, the property is one regaled in wide-plank walnut flooring and a steel floating staircase. It has 10-foot ceilings (with the exception of the living room, which has an over 20-foot ceiling) complemented by floor-to-ceiling Anderson windows. Miele and Thermador appliances–including the range and double convection ovens–have been integrated into the high-end Porcelanosa kitchen (did you just get shivers too?), while German fixtures and a double-floating vanity with integrated sinks can be found in the master bath, a room boasting both a Jacuzzi and floating toilet with bidet.

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Main Line Monday: Pat Croce’s Former Villanova Estate Now Without Jolly Roger Chairs

All images via the Sivel Group.

All images via the Sivel Group.

If you were expecting some of its more elaborately marked furnishings, we’re sorry to say that those are pretty much all gone. (Should have made time to go to that auction, huh?) But even if his pirate memorabilia has been anchored in somebody else’s living room, that doesn’t mean Pat Croce’s former estate is without any other distinctive–and more appealing?–features.

Case in point, the grounds, which contain a a number of stone and slate terraces, a large in-ground pool, stone pool house, and lighted tennis court. Inside, the main house’s two-story center hall comes with a butterfly staircase and inlaid marble floors. Nearby, the living room opens out to a covered patio. A “handsomely-paneled study” offers handcrafted bookcases and a fireplace.

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City House of the Week: St. Peter’s Way Stunner With Treehouse-Like Backyard

Images by TREND via BHHS Fox & Roach–Center City, Rittenhouse Hotel

Images by TREND via BHHS Fox & Roach–Center City, Rittenhouse Hotel

Ranging from the historically significant to starchitect-designed, Society Hill is jam packed with glorious homes at the upper reaches of the city’s price range. One of the best ways to take in these beautiful dwellings is to simply walk the variety of streets in the neighborhood. Some, like Delancey or Panama Street are quiet and captivating. Larger arteries like Pine Street or 3rd Street, for example, offer a blend of old and new with bike lanes, horse-drawn carriage tours and historic homes.

Others, like St. Peter’s Way, are part of a series of meandering walking paths through the almost-hidden heart of the city. This beautiful home at 319 Pine Street is at its gateway, and while it’s sat upon a walk named after holy men with historic churches at its beginning and end – Saint Peter’s Episcopal at Pine and Old Saint Joseph’s on Willings Alley – rest assured that this is one hell of a property. Read more »

Farmhouse Friday: You Have to See This Fully Renovated Gentleman’s Farm in Malvern

It’s Friday, meaning we can rejoice for the coming weekend and today’s magnificent farmhouse pick! Today’s country-living estate? A Malvern gentleman’s farm that’s just a stone’s throw from magnificent Radnor Hunt. “Truly a lifestyle property,” the listing calls it.

Inside, the fully renovated home has had almost everything newly installed: hardwood floors, carpeting, light fixtures, appliances, windows, HVAC, and septic. The detail that’s sure to benefit from oncoming hot weather is the eat-in kitchen with a breakfast room opening onto a deck. Meanwhile, the raised stone hearth and gas fireplace in the family room might sound like the spot to be in colder months. Great room-wise, the room lives up to its name with an expansive vaulted ceiling , as well as a fireplace and mudroom.

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Massive Compound in Queen Village Gets Major Price Chop

Photo via TREND courtesy Plumer & Inc.

Photo via TREND courtesy Plumer & Association/Redfin.

Queen Village is a classic Philadelphia neighborhood with a wide range of houses found on streets of many sizes. On one hand, you have the cramped and quirky Trinity, a style near and dear to our hearts. On the other, you have million-dollar rowhomes that offer a unique blend of old world flare and modern sophistication. 113-21 Bainbridge Street is on a whole different level.

Comprised of five parcels, the home is more of a private compound and actually $200,000 cheaper than when we featured in back in May. We’d forgive if you thought it was an apartment or condo building–it’s just that big.  The listing remarks that the home is “imposing” from the street and anyone who has ever walked by certainly knows the address carries a sense of intrigue.  Read more »

For Sale: The Largest Single-Bedroom at 220 W. Rittenhouse Square

View from the living room. | TREND photos via Redfin

View from the living room. | TREND photos via Redfin

Might it be a case of dazzling real estate speak? Maybe not, as the listing just comes right out and states it: “…this is the largest 1BR, 1 BA unit in the building.”

Well, damn.

No, but really. It does sound pretty sweet to have a 975-square-foot place all to yourself. Not to mention it’s at 220 W. Rittenhouse Square, that ritzy condo high-rise with a Free Library branch on the first and ground levels. Condo feels cover all utilities and insurance, and the apartment comes with both basic cable and an in-unit washer & dryer. Unit offered as is.

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Legendary Status: The Wall Street Journal Spotlights 500 Walnut’s Penthouse

This is the terrace on the penthouse. | Rendering via 500 Walnut

This is the terrace on the penthouse. | Rendering via 500 Walnut

Forget the fact that it’s not even close to being built yet, we just can’t get enough of the legend that is becoming the penthouse at 500 Walnut.  The Wall Street Journal just did a feature on the space, unveiling some interesting tidbits of information out of developer Tom Scannapieco and his team. (They also name-checked Jay Z, Beyoncé and Philadelphia magazine–just sayin’.) It’s part of a larger piece that will run in the paper edition on Friday, a feature that will apparently show previously unreleased renderings of the penthouse.

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Spotted in Rittenhouse: Remodeled House Made of Three Old Trinity Homes

TREND images via BHHS Fox & Roach-Center City Walnut.

Photo credit: Drew Callaghan Photography

“It’s a home with distinctive charm,” the current owner starts saying after we ask him what his favorite part about it is. Indeed, distinctive seems like the right word for it considering the property started out as three separate trinity homes (which are pretty neat in and of themselves) and appears to have remained as such for several years.

Built in the 1850s, the homes were remodeled into the single large residence we see today sometime during the mid 20th-century. It’s included on the city’s Register of Historic Places and has been fortunate enough to have had preservation-friendly individuals for its last two owners (present one included).  “We purchased this home from the man who was the director of the Pennsylvania Historical Society,” its current owner tells us.

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Jaw Dropper of the Week: Huge Loft in Midtown Village Will Be Next to East Market

TREND photos via BHHS Fox & Roach-Rittenhouse Hotel.

TREND photos via BHHS Fox & Roach-Rittenhouse Hotel.

We gave you a background snippet on the White Building last we reported on one of its available units: how the built circa 1867 structure basically helped along the whole Midtown Village/Gayborhood revival after undergoing a condo conversion in 2008 thanks to one Tony Goldman of Goldman Properties.

Now, we’re going to leave you with a hint as to where it’s going, as we’ve just noticed how unbelievably close it is to that East Market mega project that’s currently in the works. As most of you know, East Market is slated to be a game changer in the neighborhood, set to offer things like a MOM’s Organic Market, new restaurants and coffee shops, a promenade called Chestnut Walk, new retail, and additional residential units. Once completed, we have a feeling it’s going to be one of the city’s newest go-to spots. *Fingers crossed*

All of that, of course, is good news for anyone living in this loft condo. Because in addition to being situated right behind Philly’s latest upcoming mini village, the unit is a spacious double-bedroom offering over 1,600 square feet of space, 23-foot vaulted brick ceilings, hardwood floors, exposed brick walls, and six huge double-hung arched windows that usher in an abundance of light. According to the listing, the windows also have “superb sound attenuation.”

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