Main Line Monday: A Home Ready For The Summer

416 Saint Davids Rd., Saint Davids, Pa. 19087

416 St. Davids Rd., St. Davids, Pa. 19087

This recent stretch of beautiful weather really feels like the dawn of summer here in the Philly area, so we decided to highlight a perfect summer home for Main Line Monday this week. This house in St. Davids, with its weathered panel siding and stone exterior, has some great summer vibes.

It starts with the huge driveway, yard and front porch. The porch is more than just a walkway—it’s large enough to be a legitimate “outdoor living space,” as the listing describes it. It stretches across the front of the house and is framed by white pillars and railings which then step down to a large circular driveway perfect for riding bikes, hopscotch, foursquare or any of the inexhaustible number of games kids come up with on summer afternoons. In the back a similarly spacious back patio looks out on a wide backyard that’s just asking to host wiffle ball games.

Inside, this house is no slouch either. This huge Dutch Colonial was originally two twin homes, but seven years ago the current owners purchased both and blended them together. You enter through a foyer that flows into a living room and then a big dining room. There’s also a wet bar area attached to the dining room—definitely a nice amenity on a hot day. The second floor has a gorgeous master suite with a shower that you need to see to believe, as well as his and hers walk-in closets.

THE FINE PRINT

BEDS: 7

BATHS: 6

SQUARE FEET: 5345

PRICE: $1,699,000

ADDITIONAL INFO: There’s a two-car detached garage and ample space for parking in the long driveway.



Movin’ On Up Just Got A Little Harder Hereabouts, According to Zillow

The number of high-end homes on the market in the Philadelphia area rose over the last year while inventory in the bottom and middle fell. If it's any comfort, the most expensive homes are also the most likely to experience price cuts, according to Zillow. Photo: David Baron | Flickr

The number of high-end homes on the market in the Philadelphia area rose over the last year while inventory in the bottom and middle fell. If it’s any comfort, the most expensive homes are also the most likely to experience price cuts, according to Zillow. Photo: David Baron | Flickr

Those Millennials flocking here from New York in search of affordable starter homes may find themselves waiting a little longer to get one now.

Figures for Philadelphia released by Zillow.com Thursday in conjunction with its Real Estate Market Report for the first quarter of 2016 show that house values rose across the board in Philadelphia, but they rose faster at the bottom than at the top of the market, and they rose even faster in the middle, while inventory of all but the most expensive houses shrank. Read more »

Farmhouse Friday: Check Out This Silo in Hatfield

2419 E Vine St., Hatfield, Pa. 19440

2419 E. Vine St., Hatfield, Pa. 19440 | TREND Images via BHHS Fox & Roach

“Don’t judge a farmhouse by its cover.” That’s the old saying, right? If not, it would definitely apply to this week’s featured home. On the outside, it’s pretty modest compared to some of the other houses that we highlight. Inside, however, it is a unique and modern space.

Of course, any conversation about this home starts with the silo. We talk about farmhouses every week, but most of them don’t have this most farmhouse-y of features. Like the rest of the house, though, what’s inside may surprise you.  Read more »

King of Prussia Moves to Put the “Urban” in “Suburban”

The King of Prussia District covers the areas shown on the map above. Image | ConnectKOP.com

The King of Prussia District covers the areas shown on the map above. Image | ConnectKOP.com

“King of Prussia is a suburban community and it will remain a suburban community.”

So said Eric Goldstein, executive director of the King of Prussia District, when we spoke about the currents of urbanity that flow through the business improvement district’s latest “Report to the Community.”

Those currents are there, however, because the district can see the writing on the wall. Or, more accurately, the footsteps on the sidewalk.

And what that means is that, much like its well-known counterpart outside Washington, Tysons Corner, the biggest edge city north of Tysons is giving itself injections of urbanity in hopes of attracting a new generation of businesses and workers. Read more »

I. Goldberg Hopes To Stay But Is Prepared to Go

Owner Nana Goldberg says the iconic military surplus/outdoor store will have a future, either at 13th and Chestnut or somewhere else. Photo | Sandy Smith

Owner Nana Goldberg says the iconic military surplus/outdoor store will have a future, either at 13th and Chestnut or somewhere else. Photo | Sandy Smith

The owner of 1300 Chestnut St., once a high-fashion department store for women, is interested in getting more for its money. Pursuant to that, owner PMC Property Group has been shopping the commercial space on its first two floors and its basement to prospective tenants.

The space already has a tenant, however: I. Goldberg, the iconic military surplus store and outdoor outfitter that’s been a Chestnut Street landmark for decades. It landed here when Thomas Jefferson University bought its former location at 902 Chestnut St. in the early 2000s to build a parking garage. Read more »

Jawdropper of the Week: From Barn to Barnburner in Washington Crossing

1645 Aquetong Rd., New Hope, Pa. 18938

1645 Aquetong Rd., New Hope, Pa. 18938 | Images via Kurfiss Sotheby’s International Realty

According to the listing, this house is actually a 200-year-old renovated barn. Besides the wooden exterior, you’d be hard-pressed to tell that nowadays. The interior of this house is one of the most elegant, dramatic interiors that we have featured this year.

It begins with the floor-to-ceiling fireplace that serves as the centerpiece of this home. The thing is massive and can be viewed from almost anywhere in the house since the house is set up with loft-like balconies around the second floor, similar to what you would see in a barn.   Read more »

Why Philly Has Become a Millennial Magnet

Trinities like this one at 1635 Rodman Street may well be Philadelphia's secret weapon in the affordability arms race for Millennials. Image | Zillow.com

Trinities like this one at 1635 Rodman Street may well be Philadelphia’s secret weapon in the affordability arms race for Millennials in search of starter homes. Image | Zillow.com

If you’ve been paying attention to the articles that have been popping up here of late, you may note a common theme running through several of them: Philadelphia as an attractive choice for Millennials looking to climb aboard the homeownership bandwagon.

Millennials have been moving to Philadelphia at a rapid clip: a study by commercial real estate brokerage JLL found that the city’s Millennial population jumped by 41 percent since 2006, and the percentage of Millennials in the city’s population rose faster than in any other of the nation’s 10 largest cities during that same time period. And at 26.5 percent, they represent a larger share of the population than in all but two of those cities (San Diego and Chicago).

One reason why: the city is lively and filled with interesting things to do, see and experience, most of them within easy walking, biking or transit distance of the places Millennials have chosen to live. But maybe an even bigger reason why is because they can actually afford to do, see and experience those interesting things because they’re not spending that much on a house. Read more »

Philly’s (Almost) Tops for Young First-Time Buyers, Says NAR

Bob and Barbara's may not be the birthplace of the Citywide Special, but it is a shrine to its beer. The $3 shot-and-beer special is one of those "livability" factors that contributed to Philly's high ranking as a city for first-time homebuyers.

Bob and Barbara’s, a perennial on the Foobooz 50 Best Bars list, is the birthplace of the Citywide Special, one of those “livability” factors that contributed to Philly’s high ranking as a city for first-time homebuyers. Photo | Trevor Dixon

The real estate rebound has left Millennial would-be homeowners in the dust in many cities, but not this one.

Nationally, the number of first-time homebuyers continues to fall, according to data from the National Association of Realtors. In 2015, the industry trade group says, 32 percent of all home buyers were making their first home purchase, down from 33 percent the year before and the lowest share in nearly 30 years.

But according to number-cruncher Yuqing Pan writing on the Realtor.com blog, there are still cities where first-time homebuyers stand a fighting chance of getting a good deal in a place where they will enjoy living. Of the “Top 10 Cities For First-Time Homebuyers—And Not Just Because They’re Affordable,” there’s only one city in the country that’s better for Millennial house-hunters than Philadelphia, and that’s Portland. Read more »

Temple Tosses Ceremonial Dirt to Formally Launch New Library Construction

Temple University's new main library as it will appear from a new campus green to be built across 13th Street from it. All renderings | Snøhetta

Temple University’s new main library as it will appear from a new campus green to be built across 13th Street from it. All renderings | Snøhetta

As the huge hole taking up almost an entire half city block in the center of the Temple University campus attested, ground had long since been broken for the construction of the university’s new main library. But even though this afternoon’s formal groundbreaking was strictly for the benefit of the assembled dignitaries, onlookers and media, it was nonetheless fraught with significance, for as all who spoke at the event noted, Temple’s new library is a groundbreaking project in just about every way. Read more »

Trinity Tuesday: An Expanded Trinity in Pennsport

The kitchen and living room at 1105 S Bodine St.

The kitchen and living room at 1105 S. Bodine St. | TREND Images via Keller Williams Realty Center City

Part of the allure of trinity houses is the location. Many of them were built in small alleyways and intimate neighborhoods where you can squeeze in a bunch of tiny houses. Most trinities are on secondary streets and can feel slightly removed from busy city thoroughfares. This week’s trinity, located on South Bodine Street in Pennsport, has that same allure. The tree-lined street has easy access to all of Pennsport, and even comes with permit-free street parking. Read more »

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