Jawdropper of the Week: A Log Home Grows Up in Piperville

381 Hollow Horn, Tinicum, Pa. 18947 | TREND images via Addison Wolfe Real Estate

381 Hollow Horn, Tinicum, Pa. 18947 | TREND images via Addison Wolfe Real Estate

It’s hard to believe that a simple country log home could ever make its way to become an astounding property of more than eighteen acres. But take a look for yourself, because it’s true.

Turtle Hill, a luxurious estate in Pipersville, is not your typical French manor or colonial home. A circular entrance to the home is surrounded by lush landscaping, bluestone hardscaping and perfectly positioned lighting that make the property a dreamy, wooded escapade.

Each room is unique and yet threaded by the same, cabin-y feel with details like exposed wooden beams, and yet is always sunny from all the sunlight pouring through walls of windows. Inside, the vaulted foyer with a powder room serves as an interesting structural division between the new additions to the home and the updated original architecture.  Read more »

First-Time Find: A Pin-Worthy Home in Ardmore

729 Hathaway Ln, Ardmore, Pa. 19003 | TREND images via Moore & Ryan Real Estate

729 Hathaway Ln, Ardmore, Pa. 19003 | TREND images via Moore & Ryan Real Estate

When you’re looking for a place to call home for the first time, you’ll probably hear lots of warnings to lower your expectations and keep your wish list short.

It’s safe to say that we’ve found a home that will require you to do no such thing. With clean interiors, spacious and airy rooms, freshly painted walls and exceptional updates, the house is not only move-in ready but also Pinterest-worthy. And with a price this low, you’re really getting that bang for your buck.

This spacious and light-filled twin home in Ardmore features original hardwood floors and beautiful details like clean crown molding and gorgeous light fixtures that make rooms homey. The curb appeal is strong, with a welcoming front porch and well-maintained shrubbery. Read more »

Trinity Tuesday: Old Soul, Modern Features in Wash West

318 S. Iseminger St., Philadelphia, Pa. 19107 | TREND images via BHHS Fox & Roach

We know, it’s sometimes hard to know what to expect with these centuries-old homes in the city.

But for those with both a penchant for period details and a preference for updated homes, this early-19th-century trinity on charming Iseminger Street in Washington Square West is perhaps the best of both worlds. What’s so special about this home is the original detailing–the wood-beamed ceilings, original plank floors, paneled doors and vintage built-ins, details missing from many trinities its age, are truly what make this home a beauty. Read more »

Main Line Monday: It’s All in the Details in Bala Cynwyd

315 Clwyd Rd., Bala Cynwyd, Pa. 19004 | TREND images via Keller Williams Realty

315 Clwyd Rd., Bala Cynwyd, Pa. 19004 | TREND images via Keller Williams Realty

If you have an eye for decorating unexpected nooks and crannies, this sunny Colonial home awaits your artistry.

Set on sprawling picturesque grounds, this home in Bala Cynwyd is almost too easy on the eyes. The bright foyer with wainscotting, crown molding and hardwood floors is flanked by an elegant living room featuring a fireplace and the formal dining room. Both rooms feature French doors that lead to a covered patio.

The butler’s pantry – one of the many cozy nooks aforementioned – makes for a seamless transition between the dining room and kitchen with a sink, fridge and drink station. Read more »

You Really Don’t Want to Rent Here, Number-Crunchers Say

An imbalance in the production of new rental housing favoring the high end has put the squeeze on rents at the bottom, a new Zillow study says.

An imbalance in the production of new rental housing favoring the high end has put the squeeze on rents at the bottom, a new Zillow study says.

If the silver lining of the Philadelphia housing market is how affordable its homes for sale are, then the state of its rental housing market is the cloud.

Three recent surveys all ranked the Philadelphia area close to the bottom when it comes to the affordability of rental housing.

The survey where Philadelphia fared best was the one conducted by apartment search site Zumper.com. In its August survey of median rents for one- and two-bedroom apartments nationwide and in the 100 most populous metropolitan areas, Philadelphia ranked as the 16th-most-expensive rental market in the country, with a median monthly one-bedroom apartment rent of $1,330 in July. Read more »

Farmhouse Friday: American Gothic in Glenside

677 Brooke Rd., Glenside, Pa. 19038 | TREND Images via Dan Helwig, Inc.

677 Brooke Rd., Glenside, Pa. 19038 | TREND Images via Dan Helwig, Inc.

In our search for a farmhouse to feature this week, we stumbled across two nearly identical farmhouses located close to adjacent stations on the Lansdale/Doylestown line in Glenside. Both of them exude early American charm; both have elements of Gothic style about them; both are adjacent to township open space; both are on spacious lots; and they’re almost identically priced (the difference: a mere $100).

This is the one that’s priced $100 higher, and the difference is worth it. It’s also the older and better maintained of the two — and the more contemporary. Read more »

Post Brothers Remixes the Roosevelt Apartments

What becomes a legend most? Post Brothers answered the question with stylish modern accents for the Roosevelt Apartments' classically styled lobby. |Photos: Post Brothers

What becomes a legend most? Post Brothers answered the question with stylish modern accents for the Roosevelt Apartments’ classically styled lobby. |Photos: Post Brothers

For decades, the Roosevelt Apartments at 23rd and Walnut streets has had a reputation as a decent, low-rent (for Rittenhouse) place to live with a great pub on the street floor.

Now that it’s in the hands of Post Brothers, it’s become a stylish place to live at modest (for Rittenhouse) rents. (The pub, however, is long gone.) And for three tenants, it will be even more than that.

This week, the Pestronk brothers took the wraps off the Roosevelt Edition, three super-sleek, ultra-stylish apartments inserted among the merely stylish units that make up the rest of the building. These deluxe units are equipped with many high-end fixtures, fittings and appliances, including showers lined with Travertine tile and equipped with thermostatic shower columns with hand-held sprays and rain shower heads, Miele multifunction glass-front speed ovens, custom European acrylic cabinetry, floating Italian vanities with storage, and more. Read more »

Jawdropper of the Week: A Feat of Artistry in Gladwyne

100 Maple Hill Rd., Gladwyne, Pa. 19035 | TREND images via Redfin

100 Maple Hill Rd., Gladwyne, Pa. 19035 | TREND images via Redfin

When you live in a place like Philadelphia, there’s no shortage of opportunities to experience art. Whether they’re creations made by local artists or pieces in world-renowned collections, it’s hard not to fall in love with the scene.

In a true demonstration of artistry and architectural wizardry, The Estate at Maple Hill is a fitting match for those who’d like to bring the gallery-tour experience to their homes. Imagine: what if your own home was a work of art? Architect Peter Zimmerman’s unique creation, brought to vivid life by Cherokee Construction, combines  Gothic Revival on the outside with a blend of French-inspired classicism, the modern and the Moderne on the inside.

Completed in 2009 and sitting on 32 acres of stately, beautifully landscaped grounds, this estate boasts a full stone exterior with limestone accents, a graduated multi-colored slate roof and sweeping terraces on three of the home’s exposures. The views are enhanced by a perimeter of mature flowering and evergreen trees, a nature/ATV trail that’s perfect for those sweet morning walks and a rolling wildflower meadow. Read more »

First-Time Find: A Notch Above the Usual in Manayunk

3810 Lauriston St., Philadelphia, Pa. 19128 | TREND images via Coldwell Banker Preferred

3810 Lauriston St., Philadelphia, Pa. 19128 | TREND images via Coldwell Banker Preferred

It’s not every day that you’ll run into a home in the city so well-maintained and affordable–it’s totally updated and priced under $220,000.

The least a first time homeowner could ask for are somewhat spacious quarters and modern appliances. This charming home checks those boxes off and does more–with fresh updates like new hardwood flooring, replaced windows, roof and carpeting, it’s a new homeowner’s dream. Read more »

Trinity Tuesday: Rustic Charm in Queen Village

438 Fulton St., Philadelphia, PA 19147 | TREND images via RE/MAX Realty

438 Fulton St., Philadelphia, Pa. 19147 | TREND images via RE/MAX Realty

On a photogenic cobblestone street in Queen Village, there lives a rare gem – an actual up-to-date trinity home that also boasts original brickwork and tons of rustic charisma inside.

The living room is a conversation-starting stunner, with the exposed brick walls and wood-burning fireplace serving as the perfect centerpiece. The original hardwood floors are refinished and offer that classic old-world charm. Read more »

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