It’s not every day one gets the opportunity to invoke The Sound of Music in the world of home sales. But Phoenixville’s Old Pickering Schoolhouse, built in 1840, has just been put on the market, and its combination of residential and schoolhouse elements is a perfect fit for a governess arriving to wrangle a posse of unruly children–with the aid of a bell in a belfry and rows of books in amazing built-in bookshelves that go up to the ceiling.
Should potential buyers want more dour literary inspiration, think Jane Eyre. The stone wall around the property should provide enough seclusion for a sad governess who paces around gardens, past brooks and ponds, and sits beneath trees. It can’t get too sad, though, because the 2.5 acres here look defiantly lovely.
You may not have a beach house, but that doesn’t mean that you can’t set a beachy mood in your home this summer. Themed rooms are fun to put together, and a sea-inspired decorating scheme is the perfect thing to get you in the mood for summer. When picking colors, blues and whites work well [...]
Adjectives used in real estate listings are not used as they are in the dictionary or even in common parlance. They are shadow words–reflective of their real selves, but distorted. These words are brilliantly deconstructed by Curbed New York’s Brokerbabble Glossary, but if that’s too much lit crit for you, here are some overarching rules of thumb:
- The more adjectives, the better, especially those synonymous with “spectacular.”
- Proper nouns are very important, particularly in the kitchen. Namedrop with abandon.
- Concerns about capitalization are for losers.
- It’s best not to use periods or punctuation because WHO HAS TIME FOR PERIODS THIS HOUSE IS GOING TO SELL ANY MINUTE OH MY GOD
- Hyphens are acceptable because they are adjectives joined together, and the more adjectives the better
- When life gives you an eat-in kitchen, make it a “chef’s eat-in kitchen.”
Just 20 minutes from Philadelphia, you’ll find this architectural gem—a Gulph Mills manor home for sale, perfect for fans of the idiosyncratic charm of centuries old homes. The home features 18th-century millwork, built-ins, Mercer tiles and a 300-year-old stone retaining wall. Sitting on two-plus acres with views of the Gulph Creek from every windows and [...]
Photo: Llenrock Group blog
A blog entry from the Llenrock Group, a local real estate advisory/investment banking firm, dubs the Post Bros. company “Schlemiel of the Week.” For those who aren’t up on their Yiddish, here’s the definition from the Yiddish Slang Dictionary:
a clumsy, inept person
This is similar to the word “klutz”, but rather than coming from German, comes from the Hebrew word שלא מועיל (shlemil) meaning “ineffective”.
Malvern Estate for Sale They have lacked radiant heating, surround-sound entertainment systems or his and her sinks in their day, but homes built in the 18th and 19th century can boast an unmatched craftsmanship. Take Bryn Ddeu-Faen (Welsh for Hill with “Two Stones”), a former field-master’s home and farm from the early 19th century that’s [...]
This is a unbelievable. This young gent, who studies architecture, lives in Manhattan in 78 square feet. Not only that, but he likes it, is good-natured about it, and with some sweat equity and a few trips to Home Depot, has made it pretty darn livable–even a bit enviable. There’s not really any reason that human beings take up so much space, if you think about it.
On the other hand, it’s shocking to hear how much he pays for the place. Only in New York.
225 Abrahams Ln., Villanova
Summer is almost here, and those hot days are bound to leave us all dreaming of spending time by the poolside. There are many options when it comes to pool shapes, sizes and landscaping. The right type of landscaping can transform your backyard into your personal oasis. You may want to go with a naturalistic [...]
Call it whatever you like–a fixer-upper, a diamond in the rough, a house needing TLC–this one could be a rather good deal. The intersection of 49th and Osage is prime property in University City, right between pretty Pine Street and lovely Larchwood and within walking distance of Clark Park, Baltimore Avenue, Cedar Park and trolley access to Center City. It’s an area well known to Eds & Meds students and professionals, whose presence brings increasing new businesses.
A smaller home–also an investor’s special–at 49th and Larchwood sold a couple months ago for $340,000, and that wasn’t the only fixer-upper in the area that had a higher asking price than this one. This is an especially low price, even for a complete mess.
The contested Woodcrest Country Club was won at auction this morning by Cherry Hill Land Associates, which prevented Philadelphia’s Union League–as well as Camden County–from acquiring the land. The Union League had pledged to keep Woodcrest as a golf course, while the mayor and county officials were interested in preserving the land as green space.
This is a terrible blow for Cherry Hill’s mayor, who launched a fierce campaign to raise enough money for the bid. It’s unknown what the developer, a subsidiary of First Montgomery Group AMO, plans to do with the land, though they have said it won’t be golf-related.