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 »

Jawdropper of the Week: Modern Luxury on Rittenhouse Square for $2.795M

130 S. 18th St., Unit 2702, Philadelphia, Pa. 19103 | TREND images via BHHS Fox & Roach

Once upon a time I died and went to heaven … real estate heaven, that is.

Regardless, I imagine the two to be fairly similar—fun, fluffy and absolutely fabulous. And, while I’m still alive and well, I promise you my heart skipped a beat (or two!) when an uber-chic and indescribably elegant apartment in Rittenhouse Square caught my eye.

Situated in the heart of the City of Brotherly Love, the 2,209-square-foot unit responsible for my momentary loss of consciousness is a three-bedroom, three-and-a-half-bathroom condominium apartment in the Robert A.M. Stern-designed 10 Rittenhouse Square tower overlooking Center City. Sounds great, but there’s more. Once past the foyer, you enter a living space accented by floor-to-ceiling windows, making the view worth the big bucks—2,795,000 big bucks to be exact. Read more »

Main Line Monday: “Dallas” in Bryn Mawr for $650K

684 S. Bryn Mawr Ave., Bryn Mawr, Pa. 19010 | TREND images via BHHS Fox & Roach

What do 1950s ranch homes want to be when they grow up?

We strongly suspect something like this one.

Somewhere between its birth and now, it ran across owners who, it appears, had visions of Southfork dancing in their heads. The result of this cross-pollination is a home with a Main Line address but a Texas feel.

The transport begins when you drive through the gate of this handsomely updated home and scope out the meticulously manicured front lawn. Then, as you drive up the driveway, park your car in front and walk through the front door, you may hear the theme from “Dallas” playing faintly in the back of your head.  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 »

Main Line Monday: A Classy Colonial in Penn Valley for $1.075M

1320 Bobarn Dr., Penn Valley, Pa. 19072 | TREND images via BHHS Fox & Roach

1320 Bobarn Dr., Penn Valley, Pa. 19072 | TREND images via BHHS Fox & Roach

This Main Line colonial is picture-perfect – and we have the pictures to prove it. Located in Penn Valley, the four-bedroom, six-bathroom residence has everything you could ever need (and then some).

Through the double door entrance, step inside the foyer, which is home to the main staircase and opens up to a formal living room on the right and a formal dining room on the left. The living room flows into the family room and then the kitchen. Highlights of this floor include a chandelier in the dining room, floor-to-ceiling windows in the family room, a breakfast area, and a six burner built-in gas range, double ovens, and a built-in desk in the kitchen. Also on this floor is a laundry room, a bathroom, and access to the two-car garage.

Head upstairs to the second floor and delight in the master suite. The suite boasts hardwood floors, built-in speakers, a desirable walk-in closet, and a master bathroom with his and her sinks, a Jacuzzi tub, and a sit-down shower. Three other bedrooms, one of which has a bathroom of its own, a hall bathroom, and a linen closet round out this floor.

The finished basement adds even more punch to this property. The spacious lower level features two carpeted rooms that can be turned into whatever your family needs (or desires), plus a recreation room. In the fenced-in backyard, enjoy warm summer months thanks to a nice in-ground pool.

This Penn Valley home provides future homeowners with an elegant space that isn’t overwhelming. If it fits your family’s needs and tastes, we recommend checking it out.



BATHS: 5 full, 1 half


SALE PRICE: $1,075,000

1320 Bobarn Dr., Penn Valley, Pa. 19072 [Lavinia Smerconish | BHHS Fox & Roach – Bryn Mawr]

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 »

An Artist’s Gallery Home Goes Up for Sale with an Exhibition

626 Creighton Rd., Villanova, Pa. 19085 | Photo: Herb Engelsberg

626 Creighton Rd., Villanova, Pa. 19085 | Photos: Herb Engelsberg, including TREND images via BHHS Fox & Roach, unless otherwise indicated

Artist Lynda Howitt draws solace from the sea. She spent her formative years living in an oceanside home in Australia, to which her parents fled to escape the murderous regime of Idi Amin, and her works frequently play on the interaction between sea and sky.

But it was a thoroughly landlocked home in Villanova that captured her fancy when she was looking for a place to live in this country.

She recognized the moment she saw it that she was about to buy an art gallery as well as a home.

“The original owners that we bought it from purposely built it to showcase their amazing art collection,” Howitt said. “Being an artist, I couldn’t help but imagine my own art on the walls when I first viewed the house.” Read more »

Trinity Tuesday: Something Extra in Wash West for $425K

209 S. Sartain St., Philadelphia, Pa. 19107 | TREND images via BHHS Fox & Roach

209 S. Sartain St., Philadelphia, Pa. 19107 | TREND images via BHHS Fox & Roach

The “little streets” of Washington Square West are some of the most attractive in the city. Tree-lined and intimate, they offer seclusion, traquility and even a little romance in the heart of the city.

A friend of ours delivered a paean to one of them, the block of South Quince Street between Locust and Spruce, five years ago. This elegant and spacious historically certified expanded trinity is located on the next street over, the equally intimate Sartain Street.

Did we just say “spacious trinity”? That wasn’t an accident: this home is an unusually roomy example of this uniquely Philadelphian house type. 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 »

Trinity Tuesday: Revised and Extended in Bella Vista for $385K

602 Coulter St., Philadelphia, Pa. 19147 | TREND images via BHHS Fox & Roach

602 Clymer St., Philadelphia, Pa. 19147 | TREND images via BHHS Fox & Roach

C-SPAN fans — both of you — are familiar with the phrase “revise and extend my remarks,” which means that a U.S. Representative’s three-minute speech will run 100 pages in the Congressional Record.

This house on Bella Vista’s eastern edge isn’t that much more roomy than it was before it got a total renovation in 2011, but it is significantly revised. The makeover restored the original trinity steps between the first and second floors but otherwise turned this into a totally modern home.

The first floor features a tile-floored living room, an up-to-date eat-in kitchen, and a powder room. There’s a great wood-decked rear patio out back. Read more »

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