Jawdropper of the Week: New Digs in Old City for $2.3M

240 Arch St., Philadelphia, Pa. 19106 | TREND images via BHHS Fox & Roach

240 Arch St., Philadelphia, Pa. 19106 | TREND images via BHHS Fox & Roach

Do you dream of upscale living in Philadelphia?

If so, feast your eyes on this townhome located at 240 Arch St., one of three properties making up The Ross Luxury Townhomes.

The amenities of this home are equally outrageous and amazing. It comes with a 2-car garage, your own 6-story elevator, a wine cellar, a floating staircase, and more. We couldn’t make this up even if we tried.

The refined kitchen boasts Gaggenau appliances, under cabinet lighting, and waterfall quartz countertops. Even the bathrooms are spectacular, thanks to their heated floors, floating toilets, and stunning tile work. Read more »

Trinity Tuesday: A Rare Gem in Rittenhouse for $330K

403 S. 17th St., Philadelphia, Pa. 19146 | TREND images via BHHS Fox & Roach

403 S. 17th St., Philadelphia, Pa. 19146 | TREND images via BHHS Fox & Roach

If you have champagne taste on a beer-bottle budget, say hello to this completely modernized trinity in the ever-so-desirable neighborhood of Rittenhouse Square.

In traditional trinity fashion, this property rings in at a mere 700 square feet. However, what you get for that square footage is well worth it (if you can bear living modestly, that is).

The first level sports white marble floors, built-in shelving, and recessed lighting. Just off the main room is a tiny kitchen with white appliances, a stainless steel backsplash, and countertops. The second level can act as one of two things: an additional living space (office, den, entertainment area, etc.), or a second bedroom. This level is also home to the trinity’s only full bathroom. With stone-embellished walls and flooring, it’s definitely one of a kind. Read more »

What $500K Will Buy You in Rydal

1017 Lindsay Lane, Rydal, Pa. 19046 | TREND image via Kurfiss Sotheby's International Realty

1017 Lindsay Lane, Rydal, Pa. 19046 | TREND image via Kurfiss Sotheby’s International Realty

Back before Willow Grove Park Mall, Jenkintown was the shopping center of the northern suburbs. The department stores have all departed now, but the town retains its walkable charm, and it’s the hub of the north-side SEPTA Regional Rail system: its train station is the busiest outside of Center City.

Just up the road and two stops up the SEPTA West Trenton Line is Rydal, which shares its zip code but is a little more suburban — maybe it’s all those car dealers lining the Fairway along its northern edge that make the difference. Away from the autos, though, you’ll find a leafy community developed largely after World War II, filled with homes that reflect the styles of their era, some with a little updating in places. Take a look at these three homes to see what we mean: Read more »

Jawdropper of the Week: Opulence in Rittenhouse Square for $7.3M

1706 Rittenhouse Sq., Unit 2201, Philadelphia, Pa. 19103 | TREND images via BHHS Fox & Roach

1706 Rittenhouse Sq., Unit 2201, Philadelphia, Pa. 19103 | TREND images via BHHS Fox & Roach

We’ve talked about properties in the luxurious 1706 Rittenhouse building several times over the past few years (like here, or here, or… here), and the time has come to add another one to that list – because let’s face it, these units do not disappoint.

Head up to the 22nd floor (via your private elevator, of course), and enter right into the residence’s grand marble foyer with an aquarium wall. Just beyond the wall is a chic living room with spectacular views of the city. Oh, and the living room isn’t alone either – basically every other room in the unit has an outstanding floor-to-ceiling window view too, and if those views aren’t enough for you, just step out onto one of the two private balconies. Read more »

Main Line Monday: Blissful Seclusion in Penn Valley for $1.55M

952 Summit Rd., Penn Valley, Pa. 19072 | TREND images via BHHS Fox & Roach

952 Summit Rd., Penn Valley, Pa. 19072 | TREND images via BHHS Fox & Roach

Who doesn’t like a little extra privacy these days?

Walk through the private gate of this 1880 farmhouse and enter into your own secluded oasis.

Even before stepping foot inside the property, you will be taken aback by its awesome exterior features. The front porch was designed to resemble a classic farm-style porch, and looks like something straight out of a movie – we can only imagine how peaceful it would be to sip our morning coffee on it (sigh). The landscaped property itself is fully fenced and features a vegetable garden and a saltwater pool. Read more »

Jawdropper of the Week: Nirvana in Devon for $8M

500 S. Waterloo Rd., Devon, Pa. 19333 |Photos: Herb Engelsberg via Jack Aezen

500 S. Waterloo Rd., Devon, Pa. 19333 |Photos: Herb Engelsberg via Jack Aezen

Some mansions have more than elegance to recommend them. This home in Devon is one of those, because it has a story behind it.

That story begins in 1903, when Philadelphia attorney and philanthropist William C. Bullitt built this home as a summer residence on 12 acres of land near Waterloo and Exeter roads. He called it “Oxmoor,” after his family’s ancestral home in Louisville. His will provided for the home to pass to his two sons, William C. Jr. — the first U.S. ambassador to the Soviet Union in the FDR administration — and Orville H., one of the founders of Blue Cross of Greater Philadelphia (now Independence Blue Cross) and a board chairman of the Philadelphia Orchestra Association, upon his death.

That took place in 1919, whereupon the sons sold it to Francis R. Welsh, who renamed it “Nirvana.” With its beautifully landscaped grounds and classically elegant detailing, the name certainly fit. Read more »

Trinity Tuesday: Elbow Room in Pennsport for $315K

113 Titan St., Philadelphia, Pa. | TREND image via BHHS Fox & Roach

113 Titan St., Philadelphia, Pa. | TREND image via BHHS Fox & Roach

Never judge a book by its cover. Never judge a trinity by its exterior, either.

From the moment you enter into this Pennsport trinity, you’ll be taken aback by what you find. The surprisingly spacious main level acts as an open living and dining room, and has brand new wood flooring, shelving, and a front window that brings in just the right amount of natural light.

The contemporary kitchen features trendy blue cabinetry, quartz countertops, and stainless steel appliances. At the back of the kitchen is a door leading out to a yard with a partial deck and a pear tree.

Head up the unwound trinity staircase to the second level, where you will find the first of three bedrooms. Located at the front of the house, it’s the only bedroom on this level – and although it’s not technically dubbed the master bedroom, we assume most homeowners would use it as such. Also on this level is a brand new bathroom with tile flooring, a marble subway tile tub, and modern vanity.

The third level is home to the last two bedrooms. A sliding barn door leads into the front bedroom, which contains a vaulted beadboard panel ceiling, a storage loft, and exposed brick. The back bedroom has all the features of its counterpart, except this one’s storage loft is big enough to be converted into a sleeping area (um, cool!). A full bathroom is located in the hall between both bedrooms.

Located in one of Philadelphia’s quietest riverfront neighborhoods, this trinity is safe, convenient, and close to Queen Village. It has great potential for anyone looking for that perfect starter home, as long as you can tolerate the square footage (or lack thereof). We will say, though, that the modern updates sure do make the most of every inch of this home.

THE FINE PRINT

BEDS: 3

BATHS: 2

SQUARE FEET: 915

SALE PRICE: $315,000

OTHER STUFF: Laundry, new mechanicals, and extra storage space are all located in the basement. There’s an open house for this home on Sunday, February 12th, from noon to 1 p.m.



113 Titan St., Philadelphia, Pa. 19147 [Mike McCann | BHHS Fox & Roach]

Main Line Monday: Modern History in Merion Station for $825K

79 E Wynnewood Rd., Merion Station, Pa. 19066 | TREND images via BHHS Fox & Roach

Colonial here, colonial there, colonial everywhere! The Main Line is a hub for 20th-century colonials, so it’s not exactly surprising that we found this one for sale in Merion Station.

What is surprising about this colonial, however, is its beauty. From its exquisitely maintained exterior to its completely renovated interior, this 1916 home is fit for any family.

Step inside the open foyer and you will be immediately pleased by your surroundings. On either side, you will find a spacious living and dining room, each with a gas fireplace. Oak hardwood flooring, recessed lighting, wainscoting and crown molding all make the home feel even that much more posh. Double doors in the living room lead out into a 3-seasons room, a boast-worthy bonus that contains exposed stone walls, built-in shelving and a stunning herringbone brick floor.

The updated kitchen has white cabinetry, granite countertops, tiled backsplash, stainless steel appliances, and a wine fridge. An adjoining breakfast room is perfect for a comfortable snack or casual meal.

Different from its counterparts, the family room, located in a new addition, features a trendy tiled floor. The room illuminates in the daytime thanks to multiple windows and a sliding glass door to the backyard deck. (Oh, and it has a wet bar.)

Head upstairs to the second level and you will find the master suite, as well as two additional bedrooms. The master bathroom contains a double-sink granite vanity, a frameless glass tiled shower, a Kohler soaking tub, and glass tiled floors. This colonial also features a third level, where potential homeowners will find the last two bedrooms – one of which has access to the home’s rooftop deck.

With easy access to SEPTA train stations, major roads, and all that Merion Station has to offer, this massive home is definitely worth checking out. Situated on half an acre of land, it is a stellar family home – and there’s room to grow.

This home’s price was reduced by $24,901 on Jan. 4. 

THE FINE PRINT: 

BEDS: 5

BATHS: 4 full

SQUARE FEET: 4,396

SALE PRICE: $824,999

OTHER STUFF: This home has an unfinished basement and a detached 1-car garage.



79 E Wynnewood Rd., Merion Station, Pa. 19066 [Robin Gordon | BHHS Fox & Roach]

Main Line Monday: A Beautiful Colonial in Bala Cynwyd for $1.275M

22 Colwyn Ln., Bala Cynwyd, Pa. 19004 | TREND images via BHHS Fox & Roach

22 Colwyn Ln., Bala Cynwyd, Pa. 19004 | TREND images via BHHS Fox & Roach

In a neighborhood shot through with historic charm, it’s hard to stand out above the rest – but this Bala Cynwyd colonial built way back in 1905 makes it look so easy.

Step into the home through the two-story columned entrance and feel satisfied from the start. The large archways from the foyer give the main floor a spacious, open feel. Read more »

What $500K Will Buy You in Germany Hill

356 Cinnaminson St., Philadelphia, Pa. 19128 | TREND image via Zillow

356 Cinnaminson St., Philadelphia, Pa. 19128 | TREND image via Zillow

Nestled on a hillside in Philadelphia, Germany Hill is a neighborhood in Roxborough that really does have it all – it’s quiet, it’s close to public transportation, it’s walkable, it’s close to many bars and restaurants, and it still maintains some natural beauty. What more could a potential homeowner need?

Homes in Germany Hill range anywhere from $160,000 to $520,000, with the median price falling at about $222,000. So, if you’re looking to spend close to $500,000 on a home, you’ll definitely be on the more expensive side. But, the properties just might be worth it. Take a look at the three we’ve listed below and decide for yourself. Read more »

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