Trinity Tuesday: A Society Hill Hideaway for $339.9K

609 Lombard St., Unit R, Philadelphia, Pa. 19147 | Images via Redfin

People will pay good money for townhouses that offer:

  • some privacy in the middle of the big city
  • kitchens with top-drawer appliances
  • attractive outdoor space for relaxation
  • cozy living rooms with wood-burning fireplaces

If you’re one of those people, have we got a deal for you.

This attractive, sunny, well-maintained trinity in an interior courtyard in Society Hill offers all of these things, and it won’t cost you a bundle. Read more »

Main Line Monday: Convenience in South Ardmore for $315K

818 Biddle St., Ardmore, Pa. 19003 | TREND images via Keller Williams Realty

This handsome home in the Haverford Township portion of South Ardmore is sooooo close to our First-Time Find price ceiling it hurts. Maybe if the owner had taken just another $15,000 off its asking price when it got cut at the start of August, we would have held off on featuring this home until Wednesday.

But it happens to be on the Main Line as well, so we can feature it here. Which we’re doing today because it has a lot to offer a young, growing family.

One of them is a good school district: that of Haverford Township.

Another is a convenient and historic location: you’re close to the heart of both the Main Line’s biggest and liveliest Main Street and the oldest and largest historically African-American community on the Main Line, not to mention both SEPTA Regional Rail and the Norristown High-Speed Line.

Then there’s the house itself. Read more »

This Designer Lets You Buy Her Services in Bite-Sized Pieces

This Palm Springs-inspired living room features some of Gage’s trademark design elements: colorful wall prints, appropriate greenery and vintage objects. | Photo: Michelle Gage

Have a bedroom where you have the furniture you want, but you want to give it some extra oomph?

Many people in this situation would turn to an interior designer for help. And most interior designers would tell them how much it would cost to have the room done up right.

Not Michelle Gage. Instead, she would give you an estimate of how much time it would take to tackle your problem and charge you for that many hours.

The Havertown-based interior designer is on the cutting edge of a trend in the interior design field: pay-as-you-go design services where clients are billed by the hour. This, she says, saves clients money because it lets them tailor their work to their needs. Read more »

What $500K Will Buy You in Chadds Ford

14 Hunters Ln., Chadds Ford, Pa. 19317 | TREND image via BHHS Fox & Roach

Center-hall Colonials are a dime a dozen on the Main Line, but down by where the Brandywine flows into Delaware, they’re relatively rare birds. Chadds Ford, the wooded, semi-rural community surrounding the Brandywine on the Chester-Delaware county line, is noteworthy for its relatively high number of contemporary-style homes.

You can find several traditional homes, most of them new or recent construction, for sale in the neighborhood of $500,000 in Chadds Ford’s zip code as well, but for this feature, we decided to showcase three of those slightly older contemporary homes. They’re all very attractive, and all in great shape, with two of them boasting several recent updates. Read more »

Coming to an iPhone Near You: Virtual Furnished Rooms, Courtesy of Ikea

Insert furniture here. | Photo: Ikea

When you’ve gone furniture shopping, chances are you’ve strolled through dozens of sample rooms and oohed and ahhed over how great they look.

Then you went home empty-handed because you weren’t sure that your actual room would look like that in the end.

If this sounds familiar, you might be interested in this bit of news that came our way via Architectural Digest. Read more »

These Are The 10 Most Affordable Homes in East Passyunk

2028 S. Darien St. is one of the East Passyunk housing bargains that need no fixing up. | TREND image via Keller Williams Realty

Many would-be Center City residents who feel priced out of its precincts have headed south in search of more affordable housing.

A lot of those residents have settled in the neighborhoods that together make up “East Passyunk”: Passyunk Square (6th to Broad streets, Washington Avenue to Tasker Street) and East Passyunk Crossing (6th to Broad, Tasker Street to Snyder Avenue).

Based on the list of 10 most affordable homes produced by the folks at NeighborhoodX, it seems that those Center City “suburbanites” have the right idea. But some of them will probably end up putting some more equity into their homes once they’ve bought them. Read more »

Jawdropper of the Week: A Barn-Burner in Flourtown for $1.3M

6280 Henry Ln., Flourtown, Pa. 19031 | TREND images via The Sivel Group

You know those great lodges they have in our national parks?

Consider this beauty of a home your own private lodge in a park that’s next to a park.

Your own patch of green totals 1.75 acres, and it’s located right up against the Wissahickon Creek in Fort Washington State Park, which you can take in from your back yard.

Your lodge is a former barn that’s been converted into a striking home with plenty of room for you, your family and your guests. Its flexible open layout makes it great for both everyday life and entertaining. Read more »

Might There Be a Trader Joe’s in Queen Village’s Future?

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Cars and patrons both wait in long lines to shop at Center City’s one Trader Joe’s. Might relief be on its way in the form of a second store in Queen Village? | Photo: Dan Quade

Anyone who has shopped at the one Trader Joe’s store in Center City Philadelphia knows that it often gets crazy busy.

That would seem to argue for the German-owned specialty grocer (it’s owned by the other Aldi) to scout for more possible store locations in the city to serve what’s obviously very high demand.

Today, the OCF Realty blog reports that it has caught wind of reports that TJ’s is doing just that.

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First-Time Find: New Tradition in Whitman for $287.5K

2224 S. 5th St., Philadelphia, Pa. 19148 | TREND images via Coldwell Banker Hearthside

Crown moldings and a contemporary stone fireplace.

An honest-to-God vestibule with coat hooks that opens onto an open plan main floor.

Traditional wooden stair rails set against a modern stone backdrop, and ceiling fans everywhere.

You might say this nicely renovated rowhome in the Whitman section of South Philly has an identity crisis. Or you would if the past and the present didn’t harmonize so well. Read more »

A First Look at The New Aloft Philadelphia Downtown Hotel

The south side of the former Liberty Title & Trust banking hall houses the Aloft Hotel’s check-in desk (foreground) and re:mix, its lounge and “business center.” | Photos: Sandy Smith

Philadelphia’s first W Hotel isn’t set to open until early next year, but its second entry from W’s slimmer stablemate, Aloft, will open its doors to its first guests this Thursday afternoon (Aug. 31st).

The Aloft Philadelphia Downtown Hotel occupies the old Liberty Title & Trust Company building at the northeast corner of Broad and Arch streets — the one building that was spared the wrecking ball when the 100 block of North Broad Street was cleared to make way for an expanded Pennsylvania Convention Center.

The Italianate Art Deco tower, it turns out, made a great space for a hotel. The soaring banking floor has been converted into a lounge and bar, and the upper office floors have become rooms with lovely views and a touch of personality lent them by their non-standard layouts. Read more »

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