A Home With Character(s) in Wyndmoor for $4.25M

“Ropsley,” 8745-65 Montgomery Ave., Wyndmoor, Pa. 19038 | Photos: Herb Engelsberg and Michael Brock via The Sivel Group

The homes that Philadelphia’s “new money” built in Cheltenham Township were generally built to impress, none more so than the over-the-top and still-on-the-market Lynnewood Hall. And there were some very famous names associated with these mansions: Elkins. Widener. Wanamaker. Curtis. Stetson. Stotesbury. Cooke. (Yes, railroad tycoon Jay Cooke built a home in the township.)

This picturesque estate in the Wyndmoor section is far less opulent than Lynnewood Hall, but it has an informal elegance that makes it no less impressive. It also has a couple of illustrious names associated with it: McIlhenny and Poe. Read more »

What $500K Will Buy You in Downingtown

1207 Indian Trail Dr., Downingtown, Pa. 19335 | TREND image via Long & Foster Real Estate

Downingtown is perfect suburban living. City life is not for everyone, and this suburban destination is nicely situated away from the chaos. New construction homes abound in our target price range in this community just beyond the fringes of the Main Line, and while these three homes aren’t brand new, they’re all of recent vintage and reflect the community’s dominant Colonial house style. With the average home value at $332,900, a $500K budget will get you a pad with plenty of space and an abundance of room for the kids to play. (And when they’re not playing, they will attend the highly regarded Downingtown schools; the Downingtown STEM Academy magnet school was rated one of the 10 best in the state this year by Niche.com.) Read more »

Jawdropper of the Week: Whimsical Charm in Society Hill for $1.95M

273 S. 7th St., Philadelphia, Pa 19106 | TREND images via BHHS Fox & Roach Realtors

We’re getting some seriously good vibes from this newly refurbished stunner. Its light and airy aura and grounding touches hit all the right décor notes.

First off, how amazing is the exposed brick? It’s everywhere. From the kitchen wall to the kitchen floors and the bedrooms to the basement, the home displays naturalistic undertones. Paired with natural oak and pine floors, high ceilings and natural light, every room exudes peaceful serenity. But don’t mistake that understated and earthy design for a lack of luxury. Read more »

Who’s Building Philly: Sean Schellenger

Schellenger on the roof deck of one of his recently completed homes in Point Breeze. | Photos: Sandy Smith

Developing property in Philadelphia resembles running an obstacle course. There are numerous permits a builder must receive in order to start even a project that can be built by right. And if a zoning variance is required, the builder needs to jump through several more hoops involving community groups and a zoning review board.

When Sean Schellenger decided to go into the development business, he knew that the key to his success would be to create a system where he could build a large number of homes in a short period of time. So he sought to streamline the whole process from initial land purchase to turning over the keys. The business he formed to do all this is called — what else? — Streamline Solutions. Read more »

First-Time Find: A Funky Find in Fishtown for $299.9K

2527 Memphis St., Philadelphia, Pa. 19125 | TREND images via Keller Williams Realty

We love a good twist on the traditional. And, that’s exactly what this property provides; something that’s just a little bit out of the ordinary. What’s this mystery touch, you ask? Hardwood planks spanning the width of the main wall on the open lower level. The wall adds unique dimension and personality to the otherwise modern, neutral and clean space.

Hardwood floors (not the ones on the wall!), recessed lighting and ceiling fans are found throughout the home. Read more »

Philly-Area High Schools Dominate Niche’s 2018 State Rankings

Conestoga High School in the Tredyffrin-Easttown School District | Google Street View image

Niche.com has just released its 2018 rankings of the top public high schools in Pennsylvania and the nation, and once again, Conestoga High School in Berwyn took top honors.

In addition, four Philly-area high schools on last year’s top 10 list are on it again this year: Harriton and Lower Merion in the Lower Merion School District, Unionville in Unionville-Chadds Ford and Julia Reynolds Masterman in the School District of Philadelphia. But this year, the region’s schools were a little more dominant than they were last year: eight of the top 10 are in Southeastern Pennsylvania, an increase of one from last year, and the returning champions played a game of musical chairs. Read more »

Trinity Tuesday: Traditional Elegance in Wash West for $1,850/Month

1227 Panama St., Philadelphia, Pa. 19107 | TREND images via Copper Hill Real Estate

It’s truly the best of both worlds; a happy medium, if you will. This is one of those homes where historic bones meet modern design. It also offers the convenience of renting with its low commitment. You will have privacy on your block and the excitement of the city readily available.

Let’s break down this trinity floor by floor. Read more »

These Are The 10 Most Affordable Homes in Northern Liberties

This trinity on North 4th Street in Northern Liberties had its price recently reduced by $4,900 to $185,000, making it the least expensive home currently for sale in the neighborhood. | TREND image via RE/MAX Access

The wave of redevelopment and gentrification has pretty much run its course in Northern Liberties, even though there are still new construction and renovation projects moving through the city’s development pipeline.

Because of this, we thought we’d ask: Are there any affordable homes left in the neighborhood?

It turns out there are. Real estate research and analytics firm NeighborhoodX ran the numbers for us and found the 10 least expensive homes currently on the market in NoLibs. They’re listed on the interactive chart below. Mouse over the bars to see details about each of the homes.

The good news: None of them list for more than $300,000. They range in size from the 694-square-foot trinity condo pictured above, the least expensive property currently on the market, to a 1,164-square-foot, three-bedroom, one-bath home on Dunton Street that is the second least expensive home on the market.

“In order to compare these properties to each other, we also looked at the price per square foot,” said Constantine Valhouli, director of research for NeighborhoodX. The asking prices ranged from $154 per square foot for the Dunton Street home to $336 per square foot for a 775-square-foot, one-bedroom condo in Waterfront Square (901 N. Penn St. #R2205, the third-highest-priced of the 10 homes).

What this means is that there are still ownership opportunities in Northern Liberties priced within reach of first-time home buyers and younger professionals. There is one consideration to take into account for some of these units, however, and that’s the monthly condo fee on top of your mortgage. That won’t necessarily be a deal-breaker, though: Zillow estimates that the mortgage on the least expensive condo below will run $700 a month. Add the $168 monthly condo fee and you’re still paying less than you would to rent a one-bedroom apartment in the same neighborhood.

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Updated Aug. 8, 10:24 a.m., to correct information about the mix of units in the infographic above.

Thos. Moser Sets the Stage for Modern Living in a Model Home

This living room, currently installed at OCF Realty’s Brown Street Court model home, features items from Thos. Moser’s Hartford Collection along with a New Gloucester Rocker, partially visible at left. | Photos: OCF Realty

Design professionals universally recommend that sellers do some staging when they put their homes on the market. Wise developers do the same when they equip a model home for touring.

Realtor-developer Ori Feibush currently has a model home open at his Brown Street Court development, a new seven-unit luxury townhouse project in Fairmount. House-hunters who tour it are in for a bit of a surprise: the staging comes courtesy of Thos. Moser, Handmade American Furniture.

Moser’s partnership with OCF Realty is a new departure locally for the Maine furniture maker, whose ties to Philadelphia stretch back 33 years. It’s an effort to showcase the contemporary side of the Moser furniture line and reach out to a new generation of potential buyers. Read more »

Main Line Monday: A Lush Retreat in Villanova for $975K

1235 Page Ter., Villanova, Pa. 19085 | TREND images via BHHS Fox & Roach Realtors

Don’t want summer to end? Guess what…it doesn’t have to. Well, at least it doesn’t have to if you call this pad in the 19085 home sweet home.

Weekend beaching wraps up for most once school is back in session. But if this space is yours, you can still enjoy a dip in the pool and get a nice reprieve from the heat.

The property is outfitted with a luxurious swimming pool, tiered rear decks, manicured grounds and lush gardens. Inside, the home still feels fresh and airy courtesy of the expansive windows in nearly every room. Read more »

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