What $500K Will Buy You in Phoenixville

606 Cherry Lane, Phoenixville, Pa. 19460 | Image via Century 21 Norris – Valley Forge

If you haven’t heard yet, Phoenixville is yet another of those old Schuylkill mill towns that’s enjoying a renaissance. New apartment buildings are popping up all over, luring younger residents into the borough. We expect the crowd at next year’s Blobfest to be even bigger than this year’s as a result.

But homes in the borough remain modest and modestly priced. Just outside it, however, are a bunch of very attractive houses, several of them, including two of our picks, in a subdivision just across the river from downtown. But before we get to those, we have a one-of-a-kind “fixer-upper” for you to consider. Read more »

What $500K Will Buy You in Downingtown

1207 Indian Trail Dr., Downingtown, Pa. 19335 | TREND image via Long & Foster Real Estate

Downingtown is perfect suburban living. City life is not for everyone, and this suburban destination is nicely situated away from the chaos. New construction homes abound in our target price range in this community just beyond the fringes of the Main Line, and while these three homes aren’t brand new, they’re all of recent vintage and reflect the community’s dominant Colonial house style. With the average home value at $332,900, a $500K budget will get you a pad with plenty of space and an abundance of room for the kids to play. (And when they’re not playing, they will attend the highly regarded Downingtown schools; the Downingtown STEM Academy magnet school was rated one of the 10 best in the state this year by Niche.com.) Read more »

What $500K Will Buy You in Collegeville

1001 Brynwood Ct., Collegeville, Pa. 19426 | TREND image via Coldwell Banker Preferred

It’s a small town after all…

Collegeville may be known for its quaint vibe and family-friendly environment, but the ultra-suburban town is anything but boring! Located within a comfortable distance of Center City Philadelphia, D.C. and New York, endless entertainment is a mere car ride away. The 19426 is a top-notch locale to raise a family. The median home value is $351.9K, but that number is climbing. So, if you’re searching to settle down in a suburban neighborhood and are willing to shell out roughly $500K to do so, we have listed our top three picks below. You might note that they’re all variations on the classic center-hall Colonial or Pennsylvania farmhouse. Read more »

What $500K Will Buy You in Bella Vista

920 South St. #3, Philadelphia, Pa. 19147 | TREND image via BHHS Fox & Roach Realtors

You probably know that Bella Vista is home to the Italian Market. But were you aware that you have the opportunity to call the community home as well — and at a reasonable price? With a median home value of $399,300, $500K will secure you some spacious digs in the city. See below for three nice, and very unique, picks. Read more »

What $500K Will Buy You in Washington Square West

908-910 Spruce St. #B2, Philadelphia, Pa. 19107 | TREND images via Zillow

Washington Square West is one of the hottest spots in Philadelphia. Including both Midtown Village and the Gayborhood, hip restaurants and storefronts line the streets. The area seamlessly combines both urban charm and coveted greenery. With a diverse community, Wash West is great for all ages. Plus, with the median home value falling at $350,500, finding a pad for $500K isn’t a problem. In fact, a half-a-million-dollar budget will score you plenty of space, allure and amenities in this lively locale.

908-910 Spruce St. #B2 (above) | 2 beds, 2 baths, 1,374 square feet, $498,950

Make them move! The owners of this Portico Row home listed the space on Zillow, but there’s a catch. The offer must be at their ideal price. Thus, it’s listed in the “Make Me Move” category. So, if you’re willing to give them exactly what they’re asking, this may be the home for you. The home features a gourmet kitchen with custom cabinets, granite countertops and stainless steel appliances. The master bathroom has been recently renovated. It showcases an updated, granite vanity and glass tub enclosure. The spacious living room boasts a tasteful fireplace. The pad also has low taxes and low condo fees. If you’re interested, contact the owners to start the process and see if you can make them move!

908-910 Spruce St. #B2, Philadelphia, Pa. 19107 [Zillow]

902 Pine St. #3F, Philadelphia, Pa. 19107 | TREND images via BHHS Fox & Roach Realtors

902 Pine St. #3F | 2 beds, 2 baths, 1,448 square feet, $475,000

This bi-level space showcases gorgeous hardwood floors, large windows and a pantry closet. The kitchen is top-notch with granite countertops, an island, pendant lighting over the bar and stainless steel appliances. There is also a full-tile bathroom and stacked washer and dryer. The second floor houses the master suite. The bedroom features hardwood floors, a vaulted ceiling, a fireplace mantle, windows and a large walk-in closet. Condo fees cover building insurance and maintenance, snow and trash removal, common electric, hallway cleaning and water. The current tenant’s lease expires at the end of August.

902 Pine St. #3F, Philadelphia, Pa. 19107 [Mike McCann | BHHS Fox & Roach Realtors]

250 S. 13th St. #12D, Philadelphia, Pa. 19107 | TREND images via BHHS Fox & Roach Realtors

250 S. 13th St. #12D | 1 bed, 1 bath, 1,352 square feet, $489,000

This home is in the pre-war Lenox building. The space has loads of old charm, but the kitchen adds modern flair and convenience. The cooking space is outfitted with stainless steel appliances, custom cabinets and granite countertops. Guests will love the large windows, hardwood floors and natural light in the dining room. The bedroom truly makes this home unique. The master suite was expanded. Now it offers a spacious sitting area complete with custom-built wood bookcases on either side of a fireplace. The large room additionally has a walk-in closet, small office alcove and en suite bathroom. The building provides 24-hour concierge service. The pad is in the bustling restaurant scene of Midtown Village, the heart of the Gayborhood and close to the Avenue of the Arts.

250 S. 13th St. #12D, Philadelphia, Pa. 19107 [Arlene Cicoski | BHHS Fox & Roach Realtors]

What $500K Will Buy You in West Chester

10 Reservoir Rd., West Chester, Pa. 19380 | TREND image via Keller Williams Realty

Home to West Chester University and QVC, the Chester County seat of West Chester has a thriving local economy. College students and year-round residents alike flood the overwhelmingly walkable streets in town, lined with uniquely local shops and small businesses. You can relax at restaurants, browse through antique shops or stop by the West Chester Growers’ Market; there is something for just about everyone. The charming character, stellar school system and easy accessibility to the center of town makes this suburb a great destination for people of all ages — especially those looking to settle down and start a family.

With a median home value of $380,900 and the median listing price falling at $449,000, a $500K budget will get you everything you need. Take a peek at our three picks for a taste of Chester County charm. Read more »

What $500K Will Buy You in Fishtown

434 Belgrade St., Philadelphia, Pa. 19125 | TREND image via Coldwell Banker Preferred

We’re sure that there are some longtime Fishtowners who look on in astonishment at the prices homes in the southernmost of the River Wards are fetching these days.

But for a hot neighborhood, Fishtown remains relatively affordable: the current median listing price for homes in Fishtown’s 19125 zip code is $330,000, according to Zillow. This means that $500,000 gets you a decent amount of space in a newly or recently renovated home like the three featured here — all of which are priced under $500K. These homes are ideally sized for a young couple starting a family, and they’re convenient to all of the great eateries and shops that draw throngs to Fishtown most every night. Read more »

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 »

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