Trinity Tuesday: An XXL Trinity in Rittenhouse for $600K

403 S 21st St., Philadelphia, Pa. | TREND image via BHHS Fox & Roach, Realtors

403 S 21st St., Philadelphia, Pa. 19146 | TREND images via BHHS Fox & Roach

Do you love a little bit of history with a modern twist?

If so, say hello to this expanded trinity built in 1917 and located in the heart of Rittenhouse Square.

With two Juliet balconies, a brick paver yard in need of a little bit of love, and that troublesome trinity staircase separating the second and third levels, it may appear that this property is the definition of a traditional trinity. However, its expansive size – for a trinity, of course – separates it from the rest of its kind.

New updates on the main level like the beautiful parquet floors, a marble mantel fireplace, and an adorable breakfast area fit with a floor-to-ceiling window and sliding glass doors add some modern touches that make this property even more special.

Oh, and let’s take a moment to appreciate the modified staircase between the first and second levels.

Speaking of the second level, potential buyers will be pleased to find not just one room, as a typical trinity offers, but three: a den, an office, and an expansive bedroom.

There’s also a full bathroom on the second level that could use a little work – but if you need some inspiration, just head up to the third level, which boasts another full bathroom that’s newly designed with sleek gray tiling, a modern stall shower, and a stylish vanity.

Two additional bedrooms finish off the third level. The laundry room is located in the basement, though, so don’t worry about hitting the gym on laundry day.

This expansive trinity has all the makings of a great home, from curb appeal to interior comfort.

THE FINE PRINT

BEDS: 3

BATHS: 2

SQUARE FEET: 1,512

SALE PRICE: $600,000

OTHER STUFF: This home’s price was reduced by $25,000 on Dec. 15.



403 S. 21st St., Philadelphia, Pa. 19146 [Mike McCann | BHHS Fox & Roach]

Main Line Monday: A Contemporary Country Home in Berwyn for $675K

160 Hunt Valley Circle, Berwyn, Pa. 19312 | TREND images via BHHS Fox & Roach

160 Hunt Valley Circle, Berwyn, Pa. 19312 | TREND images via BHHS Fox & Roach

Looking for a backwoods retreat, filled with country charm and nestled deep in the forest?

How about one from which you could commute to your city job every day?

Except for the depth of the forest, we’ve found your place. But it seems to us that a three-acre lot should be plenty deep enough for your purposes.

And it comes with a bonus: a huge serving of modern sophistication to go along with the country charm. Read more »

First-Time Find: A Cook’s Dream in East Falls for $249K

3310 Tilden St., Philadelphia, Pa. 19129 | TREND images via BHHS Fox & Roach

3310 Tilden St., Philadelphia, Pa. 19129 | TREND images via BHHS Fox & Roach

Do you live for the Food Network?

Do you love performing acts of culinary derring-do for your family and friends on your own domestic stage?

Do you have $500,000 or more to spend on a house?

Lucky for you, the owner of this handsome home in East Falls has made it possible to waive that last requirement in order to acquire a cooking-show-quality kitchen.

The house got a $50,000 makeover when its owner purchased it in 2005, and it’s had an additional $10,000 invested in added touches over the years. As a result, this home now shines brightly among its neighbors, but nowhere more so than in the kitchen… Read more »

Trinity Tuesday: Back on the Block in Bella Vista for $369.9K

1132 Webster St., Philadelphia, Pa. 19147 | TREND images via BHHS Fox & Roach

1132 Webster St., Philadelphia, Pa. 19147 | TREND images via BHHS Fox & Roach

If this home looks familiar to you, that’s because it is.

The owner of this extra-large expanded trinity in Bella Vista had it up for sale this summer.

Apparently, there were no takers.

And that was after several price reductions.

Might the lack of success have had something to do with the way it showed?

Apparently, the owner thought so. Read more »

Main Line Monday: Hold Court in Haverford for $2.295M

151 Cheswold Valley Rd., Haverford, Pa. 19041 | TREND images via BHHS Fox & Roach

151 Cheswold Valley Rd., Haverford, Pa. 19041 | TREND images via BHHS Fox & Roach

The converted carriage house is a staple of many an affluent neighborhood. In most cases, you can still find traces of the home’s original function in telltale clues on the outside and the inside.

Not here. About the only clue this magnificent home contains to its original use comes in the form of the extra-large arched floor-to-ceiling windows that flood many of its first-floor rooms with light.

Those aside, this one-of-a-kind home looks like it had been designed for gracious living from the start, with the full complement of luxurious touches and amenities buyers expect in homes of this type. Read more »

Jawdropper of the Week: New Old Money in Chestnut Hill for $1.945M

3 Valley View Rd., Philadelphia, Pa. 19118 | TREND images via BHHS Fox & Roach

3 Valley View Rd., Philadelphia, Pa. 19118 | TREND images via BHHS Fox & Roach

Trompe l’oeil is a French term for an artistic practice that makes the viewer think she is looking at one thing when she’s actually seeing something else altogether. (The literal English translation is “fool the eye.”)

This week’s Jawdropper is a trompe l’oeil masterpiece that looks like an old Main Line chateau but is actually a very modern home in Chestnut Hill. Read more »

What $500K Will Buy You in Mt. Airy

7156 Crittenden St., Philadelphia, Pa. 19119 | TREND image via Keller Williams Horsham

7156 Crittenden St., Philadelphia, Pa. 19119 | TREND image via Keller Williams Horsham

Mt. Airy may be one neighborhood, but its two sides have distinct personalities that are knit together by its main drag, Germantown Avenue. East Mt. Airy is on the whole a little more modest than West Mt. Airy, as it’s home to the bulk of the neighborhood’s middle- and lower-tier housing stock.

But when we looked around to see what we could get for somewhere in the neighborhood of $500,000, we found one picture-perfect home in East Mt. Airy along with a few others on the opposite side of Germantown Avenue.

7156 Crittenden St. (above) | 6 beds, 4 full, 2 half baths, 3,120 square feet, $475,000

Use its other address — 530 E. Mt. Airy Ave. — and what you see is a classic, beautifully maintained center-hall Colonial. It’s only when you round the corner onto Crittenden that you find out it’s a twin. Once inside, though, you won’t care that this home shares a party wall with its next-door neighbor, for this recently updated home has all the classic style and details you expect in a home of this type: wainscotting, crown moldings, marble tile foyer, built-ins in the living room, a sunny family room/sun room just beyond the stone exterior wall. You’ll also find an updated kitchen with granite countertops, top-notch stainless steel appliances and tile backsplash and floor, renovated bathrooms with modern vanities (and a bidet in the master), roomy bedrooms and a nice entertaining space with kitchenette in the partly finished basement. There’s also a detached garage with a granny flat above. Ceiling fans in almost every room, including a Tiffanyesque fan in the living room, mean your air conditioning won’t have to work so hard in the summer.

7156 Crittenden St., Philadelphia, Pa. 19119 [Patricia Crane | Keller Williams Realty Horsham]

7003 Lincoln Drive, Philadelphia, Pa. 19119 | TREND image via BHHS Fox & Roach

7003 Lincoln Drive, Philadelphia, Pa. 19119 | TREND image via BHHS Fox & Roach

7003 Lincoln Drive | 4 beds, 3 full, 1 half baths, 3,063 square feet, $499,900

This French chateau-inspired, completely updated home has a bunch of distinctive features inside and out. There’s a spiral staircase with hand-forged iron railing in the turret nestled in the hinge of this L-shaped home, a wonderful fire pit in the rear patio the home embraces, a country-style kitchen with French tiled backsplashes, butcher-block countertops and stainless steel appliances, a spacious great room with built-ins, a dining room (currently used as a family room) with bar seating at the kitchen pass-through, updated bathrooms (including a master bath with marble vanity), and spacious bedrooms. The courtyard and garden make a great place for dining or entertaining al fresco, and there’s plenty of storage space in the roomy closets, attic and basement. You’re close to the Weavers Way Co-op and the High Point Café as well, and SEPTA’s Chestnut Hill West Regional Rail line offers quick access to Center City at Carpenter station.

7003 Lincoln Drive, Philadelphia, Pa. 19119 [Mark Malfara | BHHS Fox & Roach]

645 W. Sedgwick St., Philadelphia, Pa. 19119 | Image via Zillow

645 W. Sedgwick St., Philadelphia, Pa. 19119 | Image via Zillow

645 W. Sedgwick St. | 6 beds, 2 full, 1 half baths, 2,900 square feet, $525,000

Actually, this home’s not yet on the market, but its owner will gladly sell it to you for that price (it’s that Zillow feature called “Make Me Move”). It’s situated on a great site overlooking Carpenter Woods, a great view of which you can get from this home’s above-grade first floor and enclosed side patio. This Dutch Colonial twin features an updated kitchen and a first-floor powder room with a stained glass interior window. Its third floor has gas and plumbing hookups that allow it to be converted into a mother-in-law or au pair suite with its own full bath. Located almost around the corner from the home above, it’s also a short walk from the West Mt. Airy Village business district, where you’ll find Weavers Way, the High Point and other neighborhood businesses. You might want to factor a budget for additional improvements into your offer for this home, however, as it looks like the bathrooms could use some updating.

645 W. Sedgwick St., Philadelphia, Pa. 19119 [Zillow]

Main Line Monday: Classically Modern Opulence in Wayne, $3.15M

330 Edgehill Rd., Wayne, Pa. 19087 | TREND images via BHHS Fox & Roach

330 Edgehill Rd., Wayne, Pa. 19087 | TREND images via BHHS Fox & Roach

This 1910 center-hall Colonial in Wayne has all the basic elements of this staple Main Line house type: a central entrance foyer with grand staircase flanked by a formal living room on one side and a formal dining room on the other. Fireplaces galore. Great rooms with coffered ceilings. You get the idea.

But look closer and you’ll notice that this vision in white is also a departure from the standard in just about every way possible: Where many center-hall Colonials are dark, staid and somber, this one is bright, airy and colorful, with plenty of sun-drenched rooms. A succession of master builders and designers have left their mark on this home, bringing it into the 21st century with tastefully opulent upgrades and additions that mix traditional and modern elements. Read more »

What $500K Will Buy You in Bryn Mawr

703 Polo Circle | TREND image via RE/MAX Executive Realty

703 Polo Circle | TREND image via BHHS Fox & Roach

703 Polo Circle | 4 bedrooms, 2 full baths, 1 half bath, 2,884 square feet, $499,000

This contemporary Colonial not only has a stellar location, with just a short walk to public transportation, Bryn Mawr Hospital and all of the shops and restaurants the neighborhood has to offer, but has some interior perks as well: hardwood and tiled floors, spacious and free-flowing living spaces, a nicely updated kitchen complete with granite countertops, and a fabulous backyard and tiled patio to entertain. This quiet cul-de-sac home provides the right amount of space and is move-in ready, though you might want to spruce up the bathrooms a bit.  This home’s price was reduced by $40,900 on Dec. 5.
703 Polo Circle, Bryn Mawr, Pa. 19010 [Jamie Rennis | BHHS Fox & Roach]

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Main Line Monday: That ’70s Home in Haverford, Updated, $959.9K

405 Richard Knolls, Haverford, Pa. 19041 | TREND images via BHHS Fox & Roach

405 Richard Knolls, Haverford, Pa. 19041 | TREND images via BHHS Fox & Roach

This spectacular 1970s* contemporary home sits on a quiet cul-de-sac on Haverford’s north side.  Viewing it from the outside, you might be forgiven for thinking you’ve passed through a time warp, but on the inside, it remains fresh, clean and light, with its modernist design leavened by elements of traditional decor.

With an open floor plan, stunning hardwood floors and more windows than you can imagine, natural light is a key element in this home. Some of the more distinct elements that bring this home to life are the vaulted wood-beamed ceilings and built-ins in the family room,  a master suite with a fabulous walk-in closet and an incredible in-home sauna, and a renovated gourmet kitchen. An expansive rear deck outside offers views of your scenic backyard as well as a space to entertain. Read more »

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