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 »

Thrillist Names Wayne The Epitome of Cool in Philly’s ‘Burbs

The editors of Thrillist managed to get their White Dogs confused when they ran their ranking of Wayne with a photo of the West Philly original. Here's a picture of the White Dog Cafe in Wayne.

The editors of Thrillist managed to get their White Dogs confused when they ran their ranking of Wayne with a photo of the West Philly original. Here’s a picture of the White Dog Cafe in Wayne.

The Philadelphia region happens to be unusually well endowed with cool suburbs that boast walkable Main Streets, interesting shops and great places to eat—great Millennial bait, in short. We could rattle off a litany of them—and will now: Ardmore. Bryn Mawr. Collingswood. Conshohocken. Doylestown. Glenside. Jenkintown. Haddonfield (though it skews older). Media. Merchantville. Others, such as Burlington, Lansdowne and Upper Darby, are loaded with potential, some of it even being realized.

But what’s the coolest of them all? According to the folks at Thrillist, the bible for Millennials seeking advice on what’s hot, what’s fun and how to drop what money they have on stuff, that distinction belongs to Wayne. Read more »

Main Line Monday: A Sprawling Fairway Estate in Haverford

20 Dartmouth Ln., Haverford, Pa. 19041

20 Dartmouth Ln., Haverford, Pa. 19041 | Images from Kurfiss Sotheby’s International Realty

Main Line Monday takes us to the famed Merion Golf Club this week, home of the 2013 U.S. Open. This Haverford house looks out on the first fairway of the club’s West Course and features a unique layout.

Many extravagant Main Line mansions choose to build up, having three or four stories and levels. This one chooses to build out, and around. The layout of the house sprawls around a backyard pool and patio, and although it has 8,000 square feet, it’s almost all on one level. The house is highlighted by the large windows that span much of that first level and that offer views of the pool and of the golf course from pretty much anywhere in the house. Read more »

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