First-Time Find: Contemporary Glam in Fairmount for $282.5K

2601 Pennsylvania Ave. #626, Philadelphia, Pa. 19130 | TREND images via Keller Williams Realty

You want it all — and we totally understand. You want to entertain and live a life of luxury, but as a first-time buyer, breaking the bank isn’t in the cards. A budget can make for boring prospects. But fear not. Check out this sensible, stylish and smart space situated in the Art Museum area.

A contemporary unit in the newly renovated 2601 Parkway Condominiums, this pet-friendly pad is loaded with amenities. The building provides 24-hour concierge service, on-site management, a fully stocked gym, complimentary garage parking, secure entry, bike storage, a spacious community room with a large screen TV (and free Wi-Fi!) and a shuttle service to Center City. If you’re searching for easy upkeep and suburban convenience with a city address, this building seems like a suitable solution. Read more »

How 10 Townhomes Sold Quickly in Fairmount

The living room of 2345 Pennsylvania Ave., one of 10 large luxury townhomes HOW Properties sold within eight months of their construction. | Photos: HOW Properties

The living room of 2345 Pennsylvania Ave., one of 10 large luxury townhomes HOW Properties sold within eight months of their construction. | Photos: HOW Properties

Want some concrete evidence of the strength of the high-end housing market in Philadelphia? Then read on for a tale of a new townhouse project in Fairmount that sold out in just eight months.

The project, Green Street Estates, is a development of HOW Properties, a Conshohocken-based builder with years of experience building homes in up-and-coming Philadelphia neighborhoods. Located on the west end of the 2300 blocks of Green Street and Pennsylvania Avenue, just about around the corner from the Philadelphia Museum of Art, the development consists of 10 three-story townhomes with basements and roof decks. The units range in size from 4,921 to 5,282 square feet, and they listed for anywhere from $1.7 to $2 million each.

On the outside, these units were designed to blend in with the architecture of their respective blocks. While contemporary in form, the three homes facing Pennsylvania Avenue have exteriors that match the Moderne style of most of the buildings along that street, while the Green Street homes have darker brick facades and crenellated cornices that more closely match the style of their late 19th-century neighbors. Read more »

First-Time Find: A New Urbanite’s Dream Near the Art Museum

2022 Green St. Apt. 5, Philadelphia, Pa. 19130 | TREND images via BHHS Fox & Roach

2022 Green St. Apt. 5, Philadelphia, Pa. 19130 | TREND images via BHHS Fox & Roach

There’s no better place for first-time Philly homeowners to settle down than near the Art Museum. Nothing screams “I live in the city now” more than the spectacular urban panorama to be seen from this condo’s rooftop deck.

This building sits on the incredible tree-lined block just down the street from the Philadelphia Museum of Art. This third-floor unit features a spaciously open living and dining room area with parquet floor that’s wide enough to accommodate your new friends and guests. The wood-burning fireplace is a nice touch and the three windows allow for plenty of natural light to flood through. The spiral steps in the living room not only add a stylish, industrial touch but lead up to a private deck with stunning views of the Center City skyline.

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Trinity Tuesday: You’ll Have Some Elbow Room in This Fairmount Abode

TREND Images via BHHS Fox & Roach

TREND Images via BHHS Fox & Roach

Head a few blocks north and west from the former trinity home of David Lynch near 24th and Aspen, and you’ll find this lovely expanded Father, Son and Holy Ghost home set near the intersection of Taney and Poplar streets.

This particular residence on the edge of Fairmount and Brewerytown has the added benefit of having been redone over the summer, and is priced at $249,000.

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Updated Victorian In Art Museum Area Includes Room-to-Room Intercom

TREND photos via Redfin

TREND photos via Redfin

We don’t know about you, but “meticulously maintained and improved upon over the years,” is exactly how we’d like to hear our potential Victorian home was treated like in the time leading up to new ownership. Fortunately, that’s how this listing illustrates the home at 2030 Wallace Street, a property that’s had the same two owners for the past thirty-eight years.

Some features that stuck out to us? How about a marble vestibule, ornate moldings, built-in bookshelves, and an abundance of paneled storage. Plus, marble counter tops are included in the rustic exposed brick kitchen, while one of the house mantles can be found in the dining room. An intercom system allows for room-to-room communication, and is even connected to the doorbell.

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Art Museum Area Home with Bedrooms Inspired by Pottery Barn

TREND images via BHHS Fox & Roach-Haverford

TREND images via BHHS Fox & Roach-Haverford

They may not be an exact replica of a staged Pottery Barn bedroom (whoever lives here steered clear from that sneaky Rachel Green-mode of furnishing a place with PB goods), but two of the three bedrooms in this Brandywine Street home were certainly inspired by such examples.

Other appealing notes offered are a vestibule with original stained-glass transom, original living room moldings, an area the listing describes as a cozy reading nook, and a French-doored formal dining room. The eat-in kitchen, which has been updated and contains the washer/dryer unit, extends the first level to a back deck that looks out to the Parkway.

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Spotted in Fairmount: Four Loft Units Available In Remodeled Church

All photos by Kate Devlin.

All photos by Kate Devlin.

All units at the Church (the aptly named development by MFD Developers) are for sale! The single-bedrooms come with a loft for office space or additional sleeping quarters, as well as two bathrooms.

We’ve linked to the fourth unit, which is the largest, but you should know each is similar in layout despite the varying square footage. This unit also includes a kitchen with stainless steel appliances, white cabinets, and granite counters. Hardwood floors are also throughout.

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Art Museum Area Home on Cherry Blossomed Block of North 21st Now Pending Sale

TREND photos via BHHS Fox & Roach  - Bryn Mawr.

TREND photos via BHHS Fox & Roach – Bryn Mawr.

Shortly after being listed a few weeks ago, this wholly modern townhouse was plucked off the market. Can’t say we’re surprised given the gorgeous scene that envelopes the block once spring rolls around!

But cherry trees aside, the home itself is a splendid construction in its own right: carefully renovated interior, skylights, pocket doors, wood-burning stove, and even a roof deck with a view of the skyline. There’s also a living room with built-in bookshelves crafted from repurposed parts of the original building and an eat-in kitchen with hand-poured concrete countertops and French doors leading to a patio.

The master suite, meanwhile…

That Art Museum Area Victorian We Loved Might Soon Be Under Contract

833 N Woodstock St, Philadelphia, PA, 19130

833 N Woodstock St, Philadelphia, PA, 19130

Ooof, don’t kick yourself too hard! This three-story period beauty has just been listed as “contingent” on Redfin, which may soon mean that it’s no longer on the market.

Lest you forgot, exposed wood beams, stained glass windows, and original moldings and built-in armoire are just a few of the things the home offered potential buyers. More info here.

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