310 Fairhill Rd., Wynnewood, Pa. 19096 | TREND images from prior listing via Zillow
The home search engine Zillow has a category of homes it calls “Make Me Move.”
These homes are not currently listed for sale, but their owners have set a price that would get them to sell in a second if a buyer offers it.
In our search for an outstanding Main Line home to feature this week, we ran across one of them. It’s very spacious, has great bones, and is loaded with nice amenities. And it’s not only priced to make the owner move — given what it offers, we think it may even be priced to move, assuming you’re looking for a home in its price range.
This grand-looking home was built in 1935 by noted local builder Pasquale Beccia in the English Gothic picturesque style using his signature building materials of hand-cut stone and slate. He incorporated a number of distinctive features into it, including a large porte-cochere with balcony graced by statuary, two-story window bays and floor-to-ceiling arched fan windows and doors. Read more »
6684 Phillips Mill Rd., Solebury, Pa. 18963 | Images via Addison Wolfe Real Estate
Entering the historic Johnsgate farmstead itself feels a little like you’ve walked onto a stage set. Walk through the picket fence and immediately you’re greeted with just a taste of the expansive and gorgeous grounds this property has to offer. But that stage-struck feeling you get is no accident: Bucks County resident and Broadway set designer John Root redesigned the historic Johnsgate home, which began life as a barn around 1830, and added a striking modern extension in 1968, making Johnsgate into the masterpiece it is today. Read more »
149 S. Hancock St., Philadelphia, Pa. 19106 | Images via Redfin
“Everything old is new again” is probably the best phrase one can use to describe this stunning renovation of a historic 19th-century commercial building on Hancock Street in Old City.
This building is the sole survivor of a row of similar buildings, and it has a pedigree: Cabinetmaker Michael Bouvier, the great-great-grandfather of Jacqueline Bouvier Kennedy Onassis, bought the vintage-1816 structure in 1834 for use as his workshop. It came awfully close to meeting the fate of its neighbors before a couple bought the structure in 2010 and turned it into a super-spacious single-family residence.
While traditional in its details — crown moldings, classic baseboards, period doors — the home is at the same time thoroughly modern in its design sensibility and amenities. Read more »
The living room of one of the model apartments at the Fairmount @ Brewerytown. | Photos: Sandy Smith unless otherwise indicated
When Westrum Development Corporation built the Brewerytown Square townhouse development on 31st Street between Master and Thompson streets in the early 1990s, getting people to consider Brewerytown as a place to live was a tough sell. The location of the homes across from an Acme Markets warehouse probably didn’t help things either.
But sell they did, and now, some 15 years later, Brewerytown has come back into its own, this time not as an industrial hub but as an increasingly lively residential neighborhood anchored by a revitalizing commercial district. The latest project to join the steady parade of new construction and adaptive reuse is reclaiming the last untouched portion of that former Acme warehouse and turning it into luxury loft-style apartments. Read more »
334 E. Meehan Ave., Philadelphia, Pa. 19119 | TREND Images via the Zach Behr Group
At first glance, one would think this English-style home on a quiet street in East Mt. Airy is an old historic charmer. On the outside, a beautiful stone facade and a tiny, green garden greet you as you enter the front door of this townhome. But inside, this home is something much more. With modern updates completed in 2006, this home is sure to be an incredible first place for the right buyer. Read more »
This Huntingdon Valley estate was featured as a mansion for Apollo Creed’s widow in Creed. | Photo courtesy of Max Spann
Are you a fabulously wealthy Philadelphian who loves the Rocky movies? Here’s something you might like to know: You will soon have the chance to buy a mansion that was occupied by the widow of Apollo Creed, frenemy to Rocky Balboa, in the last Rocky movie, Creed. Auction house Max Spann is putting the estate up for bid on November 2nd at 6 p.m., according to a press release. Read more »
136 Carpenter St., Unit A, Philadelphia, Pa. 19147 | TREND Images via BHHS Fox & Roach
So you’ve saved up enough money to strike out on your own and get out from under your parents (or roommates). Philly’s trinities make great starter homes, as they’re big enough for one (or a young couple) and attractively priced.
This classy trinity on a quiet street in Queen Village is typical in that regard. Situated next to a gated side courtyard, it offers space for relaxation both indoors and out and presents a cheerful face to the street with its bright yellow front door.
Inside, it’s a little homier than many houses in its class thanks to such touches as beamed ceilings and decorative fireplaces. The living room has an attractive one as a centerpiece, and the decorative hearth in the kitchen adds a bit of coziness to its dining area. Read more »
300 Valley Pl., Wayne, Pa. 19087 | TREND Images via BHHS Fox & Roach
This French-inspired beauty is giving us an “Ooh la la” moment. With a substantial amount of outdoor and garden space and an informal layout, this home is a gem and a departure from the usual Main Line fare.
The enchantment begins at curbside, where the home is fronted by a landscaped garden laced with pea gravel paths and surrounded by a charming picket fence with arbor gate; a flagstone walkway leads up to the entrance to this showcase front yard.
Step inside the front door and what makes this home distinctive should be obvious. Recent renovations and extensions have created a traditional home with a decidedly contemporary layout whose open feel begins in the foyer, where you can take in almost the entire main living area in a single glance. Read more »
The deck disguises the elevated foundation while providing a woodsy perch for taking in views of the river.
When a retired local couple was looking for a weekend getaway, they found a home nestled between the Delaware River and the Delaware Canal at New Hope’s southern edge. They had filled their place in Philadelphia with their collection of Asian and African art and looked forward to putting their globetrotting touch on their country house, too. Read more »
6014 Route 412, Riegelsville, Pa., 18077 | TREND Images via Addison Wolfe Real Estate
You’ve seen classic Pennsylvania farmhouses like this one before: they’re almost kissing the road they’re situated on, either because they were plunked alongside it back when they were built or the road’s been widened since then.
This early 1840s Bucks County farmhouse known as Springfield Cottage looks like one of the former, for it appears that Route 412 retains its original dimensions. One sometimes wonders how a family might live in such a place. A look inside and behind this one reveals the answer. Read more »