Trinity Tuesday: A Surprisingly Spacious Three-Bedroom in Northern Liberties

122 W Laurel St., Philadelphia, PA 19104 | TREND images via RE/MAX Home Experts

122 W Laurel St., Philadelphia, PA 19104 | TREND Images via RE/MAX Home Experts

This Northern Liberties home retains the familiar elements of intimate trinity living, like the three-story structure, the spiral staircase, and the cozy one-room top floor. Should you invite your out-of-state friends to this home, they’ll still marvel at this classically Philadelphian build. But this expanded trinity home also features spacious living, dining, and kitchen areas on the first floor that will make entertaining them easier than finding a touristy-enough cheesesteak shop to take them to for dinner.

When you walk through the doors, you’ll be welcomed by the natural light-filled living room that features an exposed brick wall. The open floor plan enhances the airy and spacious feel, seamlessly connecting the living room to the dining room to the kitchen. The thoroughly up-t0-date kitchen features a built-in wine cabinet and a breakfast bar where you can enjoy your morning eats with a healthy dose of natural light. Nestled into a comfortable corner on the first floor, the laundry area adjoins the hallway leading to the backyard.

It’s hard not to fall in love with the serene, private patio behind this home. An impressive waterfall installation, bamboo walls and beautiful stone patterns add charm and more entertaining space to this unusually spacious (for a trinity) home. It’s also a great place to take a breather from your energetic friends.

The finished basement is perfect for an additional bedroom, storage or office space. Whether you want to host folks or catch your breath in the middle of entertaining them, this spacious trinity home can handle it.

THE FINE PRINT

BEDS: 3

BATHS: 2 full, 1 half

SQUARE FEET: 1,850

PRICE: $375,000

OTHER STUFF: If you find yourself wanting to get out of the home, the Schmidt’s Commons, Liberty Lands Park, and plenty of shopping and dining options are within walking distance.





 

122 W Laurel St., Philadelphia, PA 19123 [Liz Lutz | RE/MAX Home Experts]

Study: Walkable Development Can Make Philly Smarter – And Richer

 

Projects like the FMC Tower at Cira South (left) and One Riverside (right) are transforming the Schuylkill riverfront into the core of the region's knowledge economy. An updated study of walkable urban development says more walkable regional centers in Philly's suburbs would further strenghten the economy. | Composite photo by Sandy Smith

Projects like the FMC Tower at Cira South (left) and One Riverside (right) are transforming the Schuylkill riverfront into the core of the region’s knowledge economy. An updated study of walkable urban development says more walkable regional centers in Philly’s suburbs would further strenghten the economy. | Composite photo by Sandy Smith

Those construction cranes hovering over Center City and University City are making Philadelphia’s future a little more accessible and a lot smarter.

They’re adding office space, retail space and residents to the region’s principal “WalkUPs” — “walkable urban places,” or districts of regional significance that contain large amounts of office and retail space that can be easily traversed on foot, with residents interspersed or nearby.

LOCUS, the developers’ advocacy group affiliated with Smart Growth America, just updated its “Foot Traffic Ahead” study of walkable urban development in the nation’s 30 largest metropolitan areas. The study, conducted by Christopher B. Leinberger and Michael Rodriguez at the Center for Real Estate and Urban Analysis at the George Washington University School of Business, ranks the metros based on the percentage of total office, retail and multifamily residential space in walkable urban places.

In the first study in 2014, which did not include data on multifamily residential, Philadelphia ranked 13th out of the 30 metros, with 19 percent of its office and retail space in “WalkUPs.” The edition being released today ranks the region 10th, with 17 percent of its office and retail space and multifamily housing units in WalkUPs. Read more »

Main Line Monday: A Woodsy Midcentury Modern Retreat in Penn Valley

326 Sprague Rd., Penn Valley, Pa. 19072 | TREND images via Coldwell Banker Preferred

326 Sprague Rd., Penn Valley, Pa. 19072 | TREND images via Coldwell Banker Preferred

Midcentury Modern homes come in two basic varieties: homes that stand in defiance of their environment and homes that embrace their environment. This home is firmly in the latter camp — so much so, in fact, that it looks like it grew out of its hillside lot in Penn Valley instead of being built on it.

Designed by architect Robert McElroy in 1965, this home features several trademarks of his signature style: gently peaked roofs that form vaulted ceilings inside, exposed beams, a wraparound deck, and walls of glass that let in abundant natural light.

What’s so mesmerizing about this particular home is its easy flow from room to room. The main living spaces extend naturally from the skylit living room just behind the main entrance. The open floor plan contributes to this sense of an airy home and makes effective use of every square foot of space. Read more »

A Celebration of the Woodwards, The Family That Made Chestnut Hill

The Chestnut Hill Community Centre in 1918, | Photo courtesy PhillyHistory.org, a project of the Philadelphia Department of Records

The Chestnut Hill Community Centre in 1918. | Photo courtesy PhillyHistory.org, a project of the Philadelphia Department of Records

This year marks the 100th anniversary of Chestnut Hill’s “town hall,” the Chestnut Hill Community Centre. To mark the occasion, ensure the building lasts another century, and honor the family that gave it to the community, Chestnut Hillers gathered at Chestnut Hill College the evening of June 9 to honor the role the Woodward family has played in the shaping of Chestnut Hill.

And Charleston.

Elizabeth Woodward, who married George Woodward’s son Charles, hailed from the South Carolina port city and got the family involved in the preservation of its history and improvement of its public realm. The attendees at last night’s gala dinner for the Woodward Celebration heard ten-term Charleston Mayor Joe Riley describe the “scheme” by which the family enabled the city to build a prize-winning waterfront park two years ago.

But that’s a tangent to this story. The legacy being celebrated in Chestnut Hill is one of stewardship and social conscience, construction and charity, and above all concern for the qualities that made Chestnut Hill a standout neighborhood. Read more »

Farmhouse Friday: A Gladwyne Mansion With Room for 100 (No Joke)

1243 Country Club Rd., Gladwyne, Pa. 19035 | TREND images via BHHS Fox and Roach

1243 Country Club Rd., Gladwyne, Pa. 19035 | TREND images via Coldwell Banker Preferred

This classic stone home in Gladwyne has all of the architectural features and design elements of a classic farmhouse. It even has a name — “Valley View.” And it’s on sale for only the second time in 60 years. But truth to tell, what you’re looking at here is a farmhouse on steroids: this is really a sumptuous mansion with plenty of farmhouse charm.

So if an 8,000-square-foot home with custom fireplaces and a 1,200-plus-bottle wine cellar is your cup of tea, snag it while you can. Last sold in 1992 for $817,500, and built after the area had been largely converted into estate suburbia, this home retains that classic feel of the farmhouse with a modern twist.

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Park Towne Place: A Look Inside Philadelphia’s Newest Art Gallery

This lounge near the Towne Center concierge desk is the closest in appearance to the way the entire community center looked before the renovation; the staircase at right was the original and only access to the lower-level shops, parking garage and pool. Even this space now serves as an art showcase after the renovation project, which sprinkles works by Philadelphia artists throughout the development's public areas. | Photos: Sandy Smith

This lounge near the Towne Center concierge desk is the closest in appearance to the way the entire community center looked before the renovation; the staircase at right was the original and only access to the lower-level shops, parking garage and pool. Even this space now serves as an art showcase after the renovation project, which sprinkles works by Philadelphia artists throughout the development’s public areas. | Photos: Sandy Smith

Park Towne Place, the 959-unit apartment complex on the Ben Franklin Parkway, sits right across the street from the Rodin Museum and just down the block from the Philadelphia Museum of Art. A few years ago, it got the Barnes Foundation for a new neighbor.

So when its owner, Aimco, decided it was time to push the reset button on the Midcentury Modern development, it decided to play up its location in the heart of the city’s museum district.

But “when we rebranded this as ‘Museum District Residences,’ we had a problem: We didn’t have any art,” said Patti Schwader, Aimco’s senior vice president, at the June 9th ribbon-cutting for the rebuilt South Tower and Towne Center community center.

Now it does. With more than 100 original works from Philadelphia artists on display throughout its common spaces, Park Towne Place has become an art museum itself. Read more »

A Midcentury Modern Apartment Complex Gets a 21st-Century Redo

The rejuvenated South Tower and amenities complex at Park Towne Place. | Photos: Sandy Smith

The rejuvenated South Tower and amenities complex at Park Towne Place. | Photos: Sandy Smith

I will confess it’s a little unsettling to report on a ribbon-cutting that includes the unveiling of a historic plaque on an apartment complex that was built the year after I was born. But Midcentury Modern architecture is now reaching the point where it’s the subject of historic preservation efforts, and in that sense, the revamped Park Towne Place, which city officials and Aimco executives rechristened June 9, is one helluva preservation project.

Actually, the project not only rehabilitates the 959-unit, four-tower development but upgrades it with new and improved apartments and amenities that bring the complex in line with 21st-century residents’ tastes and desires. Along with the redesign comes a new name: Park Towne Place / Museum District Residences. And in honor of that new moniker, the complex has also become the city’s newest art gallery. Read more »

Ground Broken for K&T Trail Along the Delaware River

Mayor Kenney along with dignitaries at Lardner's Point Park via Devine + Partners.

Mayor Kenney along with dignitaries at Lardner’s Point Park. | Photo courtesy Devine + Partners

Marking another passage from abandoned railway to new community pathway, city and state officials broke ground on the first phase of the K&T Trail this afternoon at Lardner’s Point Park.

Philadelphia Mayor Jim Kenney, Managing Director Michael DiBerardinis and Parks and Recreation Commissioner Kathryn Ott Lovell joined State Sen. John Sabatina, State Rep. John Taylor, State Rep. Michael Driscoll and members of the community in celebrating the newest addition to the city’s trail network.

The new pathway will extend from the Frankford Boat Launch to Magee Avenue, connecting residents in the Wissinoming and Tacony neighborhoods along the Delaware River. Read more »

Jawdropper of the Week: Live Like a Sun King in Rydal

930 Pine Valley Circle, Rydal, Pa. 19046 | Photos by Photography Arena via Global Living Team

930 Pine Valley Circle, Rydal, Pa. 19046 | Photos by Photography Arena via Global Living Team

“La maison, c’est moi.”

This week’s Jawdropper may have you proclaiming that after you move in, for it will definitely make you feel like the ruler of your own domain.

For starters, it’s in the gated community of Rydal Green in Abington Township, so you get to control who may pass into your kingdom.

Then there’s the house itself. On the outside, it’s an attractive contemporary home in the French country estate style. But on the inside, this custom Gigliotti-built home is all Louis XIV. Read more »

First-Time Find: “Location, Location, Location” in Queen Village

336 Pemberton: Living room

336 Pemberton St., Philadelphia, Pa. 19147 | TREND Images from Weichert Realtors

You love living in the city, but your first child’s on its way, and you need more room than you have in that stylish but small Old City condo.

You’re one of the people this new feature was designed for. And for its debut, we’ve found a home that should meet your needs, especially when that child is ready for school.

This contemporary in Queen Village just had its price cut to one that, while on the upper end of our First-Time Finds range, should fit within the budget of most working couples. It’s on a secluded one-lane street, so you’ll enjoy the tranquility of a gated community, only without the gate.

Inside, you’ll find a comfortable living room with working fireplace and an eat-in kitchen with tile floor and up-to-date appliances, including a gas range and dishwasher, on the main floor. On the other side of the back door from the kitchen is a private rear patio.

Up the spiral staircase on the second floor is a bedroom with decorative French doors, its own fireplace (a dresser blocks it in the photos below), a full bath and laundry facilities. One floor above that is a second bedroom, another full bath and access to the roof deck, a great place for you and yours to relax and soak up the sunshine.

Down the spiral staircase from the kitchen, there’s plenty of storage space in the basement.

What makes this home a great place to start a family is its location, though. Your child will attend the William M. Meredith School, generally considered to be the best public elementary school in Greater Center City, and you will find many of the things you love about city living, including South Street, Head House Square, the Delaware riverfront, Fabric Row and the Italian Market, within comfortable walking distance in this “Walker’s Paradise” location. If you have a car anyway, this place can accommodate you as well, as there’s off-street private parking in front.

THE FINE PRINT

BEDS: 2

BATHS: 2

SQUARE FEET: 680

SALE PRICE: $399,900

OTHER STUFF: This home’s price was reduced by $25,100 on May 31, bringing it just inside our First-Time Finds price range.



336 Pemberton St., Philadelphia, Pa. 19147 [Karen Dougherty | Weichert Realtors Media]

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