What $500K Will Buy You in Radnor

320 Harbison Rd., Wayne, Pa. 19087 | TREND images via BHHS Fox & Roach Realtors

Are you looking to avoid breaking the bank but only want to look at listings with a Main Line mailing address? We found three options at around $500K in Radnor Township’s Wayne section that might be the best thing for your budget and for your brood. After all, great schools, safe streets, charming neighborhoods and tell-tale Main Line history make for compelling pros when house hunting. But when you throw in a median home value of $690,800, you may get skeptical about settling down in Radnor. Luckily, we’ve made the search simple and placed some reasonable, historic and superbly suburban homes below. They’re all uniquely distinct without losing the charm and historic flair native to the Main Line. Read more »

What $500K Will Buy You in Roxborough

309 Dupont St., Philadelphia, Pa. 19128 | TREND images via BHHS Fox & Roach Realtors

Searching for suburbia in the city limits? Roxborough has you covered.

Known for its safe streets and low poverty rates, the neighborhood in Northwest Philadelphia is a thriving and close-knit community. Although conveniently situated just up the hill from Manayunk and close to the Wissahickon Valley, Roxborough has a unique residential charm. But with easy accessibility to the SEPTA Manayunk/Norristown Regional Rail line and several bus routes, you can easily venture into Center City, eat at top restaurants and locate great shopping. (Shops that cater to your everyday needs abound on “the Ridge” — Ridge Avenue, the neighborhood’s main drag.)  Since the median home value in Roxborough stands at $216,200, $500K gets you the latest and greatest in new and recently built homes with plenty of space (especially the third option!).If you’re a city lover seeking to settle down, read on— your future home may be below. Read more »

What $500K Will Buy You in Point Breeze

1423 S. Colorado St., Philadelphia, Pa. 19146 | TREND image via Keller Williams Realty

If “love is a battlefield,” as Pat Benatar once sang, then there’s a lot of love flowing through Point Breeze, the South Philly neighborhood that has served for a decade plus as the poster child for gentrification and its discontents. On the one hand, the neighborhood boasts a growing number of great places to dine, shop and socialize, and the neighbors are friendly — well, the overwhelming majority of them, anyway. On the other, there are people out there who, it appears, are very upset about all this change. Actually, it seems the bulk of their ire is directed at one particular change agent, for all of the other new homes in Point Breeze, like this week’s three featured homes, have been built and occupied without incident.

But if the recent news leaves you feeling jittery, the following facts may soothe your worries about purchasing in Point Breeze. According to Zillow, Point Breeze has seen a 20.2 percent rise in home values over the past year and there is a projected 6.1 percent hike in prices for 2017. Redfin also predicts Point Breeze will be one of the hottest Philly neighborhoods for 2017. If you ask us, now seems like the right time to buy. As the meidan listing price for homes in Point Breeze is $255,000, a $500K budget will secure more than a comfortable space — and we’ve listed three great options below. So, ask yourself: are you ready to pounce on a new pad? Read more »

What $500K Will Buy You in Haverford

237 Montgomery Ave. #3E, Haverford, Pa. 19041 | TREND image via RE/MAX Executive Realty

Haverford may not be quite as fancy as its neighboring Main Line townships on either side, Radnor and Lower Merion, but it shares their reputation for a high quality of life and good schools.

Home prices in ZIP code 19041 reflect that: $500,000 is a bit below the current median sale price, which hovers in the $600s. That means that homes selling in the $500,000 range are a step up from “starter homes.” These three homes, however, are worth considering for starters: Read more »

What $500K Will Buy You in Wyncote

415 Crescent Rd., Wyncote, Pa. 19095 | Photo: Kate Devlin via The Lamb Squad, BHHS Fox & Roach

Some pretty grand mansions went up in Cheltenham Township’s western reaches in the late 19th and early 20th centuries, when Philadelphia’s new grandees, their wallets made fat off streetcars, sugar and the like but shunned by old-money Proper Philadelphia, sought a place where they could build status symbols.

Some of those survive with other uses, such as Grey Towers, the heart of Arcadia University. Others continue to fade gently (or sadly) as buyers prove unwilling to shell out for them. (Got $17.5 million lying around? Have we got a deal for you. The seller actually upped the asking price since it was previously put on the market.)

And there are still some pretty fantastic homes coming on the market every so often up this way. But not everyone’s a millionaire. Those of you not in that category can also find some very attractive homes in Wyncote and environs. These three homes are mature specimens situated on lushly landscaped lots with plenty of attractive features, and all have been very well maintained. Read on, non-fat cats, and rejoice. Read more »

What $500K Will Buy You in Old City

122-30 New St., Unit 4A, Philadelphia, Pa. 19106 | TREND image via Coldwell Banker Preferred

Torn between the cutting-edge and colonial? Can’t decide if trendy or traditional is right for you? We found the solution: new Old City.

Rich in history, teeming with notable landmarks and outfitted with cobblestone streets to boot, the remarkable charm of Old City, located between Front and 6th streets from Callowhill to Walnut, is unmatched. Then, when the sun goes down, first-rate nightlife abounds. With delicious eats, lively bars and the monthly First Friday celebration for art lovers across the city, the area seamlessly blends the ancient and the contemporary; it’s the new Old City, providing its residents the best of both worlds. Warning: tourists are plentiful, to say the least, and parking is minimal, but public transportation is easily accessible.

If this traditional yet hip atmosphere feels like the perfect combination for you, then look no further. Old City has a median home value of $325,200. But if you can bump that number up by 150K, give or take, then we have three great options below. Homes in the area, like the location itself, skillfully combine historic appeal with present-day glamour. Read more »

What $500K Will Buy You in Germantown

6110 Ardleigh Street, Philadelphia, Pa. 19138 | TREND images via BHHS Fox & Roach

Germantown, as its friends and admirers know, is surprisingly diverse from a socioeconomic standpoint. Pockets of poverty and areas of affluence can be found cheek-by-jowl in numerous places in the area.

But homes in those pockets of affluence tend not to turn over all that often, as their owners tend to hang on to them. Homes that list for $500,000 or more are very rare — our search this week found another home listing for $670,000 near the Tulpehocken Historic District — and when one does come on the market in this neighborhood, it’s very special.

This one’s even more so, for it sits in the middle of one of the city’s most unusual historic districts.

That would be the Awbury Historic District, which is coterminous with the Awbury Arboretum, located next to Washington Lane Regional Rail station on Germantown’s east side. Created by an extended Quaker family in 1916 to protect its landholdings, Philadelphia’s other great Northwest tree preserve is unusual in being both free to explore and home to several private residences within its confines.

Most of them are still in the hands of that Quaker family’s descendants. This one, however, could be yours. Read more »

What $500K Will Buy You in Wynnewood

1356 Garden Rd., Wynnewood, Pa. 19096 | TREND image courtesy of BHHS Fox & Roach

1356 Garden Rd., Wynnewood, Pa. 19096 | TREND image courtesy of BHHS Fox & Roach

Located west of Philadelphia in Montgomery County sits the suburban community of Wynnewood. The median home value in this Main Line neighborhood falls at $484,300, so if you are a potential homeowner with a budget somewhere around the $500,000 mark, you’re right on target here.

But what can a budget of $500,000 get you in Wynnewood right now? Well, we did the research and found out for you. The three options are suitable for the average family, but we’ll let you make the final call on if they’re worth the money or not. Read more »

What $500K Will Buy You in Glen Mills

Lot 3 Elton Farm Cir., Glen Mills, Pa. 19342 | TREND image via Keller Williams Realty

Lot 3 Elton Farm Cir., Glen Mills, Pa. 19342 | TREND image via Keller Williams Realty

Glen Mills is one of the many suburban communities to surround Philadelphia. Located in Delaware County’s Concord Township, it sits about 17 miles west of the city. As far as the suburbs are concerned, Glen Mills is pretty much as typical as it gets. Regardless, it’s still a great place to settle down in.

So, just how expensive is it to call Glen Mills your home? With a median listing price of $509,000 and a median home value of $426,100, Glen Mills lines up nicely for any potential homeowner looking to spend somewhere around $500,000. The properties available are a good size too, all of which offer over 3,000 square feet of space. If you’re interested in seeing these places for yourself, read on. We’ve selected our top three, and if you’re looking for a home with room for the whole family, we don’t think you’ll be disappointed. Read more »

What $500K Will Buy You in East Kensington

2103 E. Arizona St., Philadelphia, Pa. 19125 | TREND image via Zillow

2103 E. Arizona St., Philadelphia, Pa. 19125 | TREND image via Zillow

East Kensington has undergone some serious development over the past few years. So, it’s no surprise that when we chose it for this week’s $500K post, we found that every single listing was brand new. If you’re currently searching for a home and have always dreamed about starting from scratch, this could be your easy way out. In fact, the work is (almost) all done for you.

Right now, the median home value in East Kensington is $151,700, which is obviously well under a budget of $500,000. And now’s the time to plant your roots here, too – home values have gone up a whopping 18 percent over the past year, and are expected to rise another 5.2 percent within the next year alone. This place is transforming, and if you want to join in on the fun, read below. We’ve listed three current properties on the market. Read more »

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