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 »

Jawdropper of the Week: A Summer Palace in Longport for $6.999M

“Fortress Point,” 117 S. 17th Ave., Longport, N.J. 08403 | Images via Dorothy & Company – BHHS Fox & Roach Realtors

And here we’d thought we’d seen everything when we came across the tale of the “Little Marble House” in Avalon.

Now comes this absolutely spectacular sprawling home in Longport to show us that we haven’t seen anything yet.

Like that Avalon home, this one uses a most un-Jersey-Shore architectural vocabulary, clad as it is in brick and brownstone and festooned with pediments and carvings, a bit of the Gilded Age transported to our time.

And yet…its layout and massing bespeak a certain Jerseyness. (Don’t see it? Close your eyes and imagine this home with wood railings and trim and way more shingles.) Read more »

Main Line Monday: Private Palace in Gladwyne for $4.45M

1862 Aloha Ln., Gladwyne, Pa. 19035 | TREND images via BHHS Fox & Roach Realtors

Eight acres. Three horse stalls. Infinity pool. Consider us sold!

Contemporary design and a traditional frame combine to make this spectacular transitional mansion unbelievably unique. The outdoors and indoors are seamlessly intertwined to produce a zen oasis on an extraordinarily private piece of property. This recently built custom home was constructed by Hallowell Builders and designed by Voith & Mactavish aAchitects.

The gorgeous, gated mansion overlooks the Schuylkill valley and is surrounded on three sides by the Riverbend Environmental Center. The surrounding area is flourishing with lush trees and shrubs. You can easily enjoy the breathtaking view from the covered terrace year round courtesy of an outdoor fireplace. It’ll keep you warm in the winter months.

Floor-to-ceiling windows are found in the great room. The extravagance certainly doesn’t halt there. The space also features 30-foot ceilings (wow!), exposed fir beams, a linear gas fireplace with floor-to-ceiling stone and a rear bow window.

Porcelanosa flooring spans the kitchen. The cooking area is complete with an island with stainless steel doors and professional appliances.

Other amenities include a greenhouse, home gym, geothermal climate control, radiant heat in the kitchen, mud room and master bath, central vacuum, smart home security and indoor and outdoor music systems.

THE FINE PRINT

BEDS: 5

BATHS: 4 full, 2 half

SQUARE FEET: 6,884

SALE PRICE: $4,450,000

OTHER STUFF: There’s also a carriage house with kitchen on the property as well as a first-floor guest suite for your visiting friends.



1862 Aloha Ln., Gladwyne, Pa. 19035 [Robin Gordon | BHHS Fox & Roach Realtors]

A Home With Character(s) in Wyndmoor for $4.25M

“Ropsley,” 8745-65 Montgomery Ave., Wyndmoor, Pa. 19038 | Photos: Herb Engelsberg and Michael Brock via The Sivel Group

The homes that Philadelphia’s “new money” built in Cheltenham Township were generally built to impress, none more so than the over-the-top and still-on-the-market Lynnewood Hall. And there were some very famous names associated with these mansions: Elkins. Widener. Wanamaker. Curtis. Stetson. Stotesbury. Cooke. (Yes, railroad tycoon Jay Cooke built a home in the township.)

This picturesque estate in the Wyndmoor section is far less opulent than Lynnewood Hall, but it has an informal elegance that makes it no less impressive. It also has a couple of illustrious names associated with it: McIlhenny and Poe. Read more »

Jawdropper of the Week: Whimsical Charm in Society Hill for $1.95M

273 S. 7th St., Philadelphia, Pa 19106 | TREND images via BHHS Fox & Roach Realtors

We’re getting some seriously good vibes from this newly refurbished stunner. Its light and airy aura and grounding touches hit all the right décor notes.

First off, how amazing is the exposed brick? It’s everywhere. From the kitchen wall to the kitchen floors and the bedrooms to the basement, the home displays naturalistic undertones. Paired with natural oak and pine floors, high ceilings and natural light, every room exudes peaceful serenity. But don’t mistake that understated and earthy design for a lack of luxury. Read more »

Main Line Monday: A Lush Retreat in Villanova for $975K

1235 Page Ter., Villanova, Pa. 19085 | TREND images via BHHS Fox & Roach Realtors

Don’t want summer to end? Guess what…it doesn’t have to. Well, at least it doesn’t have to if you call this pad in the 19085 home sweet home.

Weekend beaching wraps up for most once school is back in session. But if this space is yours, you can still enjoy a dip in the pool and get a nice reprieve from the heat.

The property is outfitted with a luxurious swimming pool, tiered rear decks, manicured grounds and lush gardens. Inside, the home still feels fresh and airy courtesy of the expansive windows in nearly every room. Read more »

Jawdropper of the Week: A Cut Above in Logan Square for $1.295M

2200-28 Arch St. #1210, Philadelphia, Pa. 19103 | TREND images via BHHS Fox & Roach Realtors

Want to enjoy the city skyline all the time? Well, we think we found the way for you to do just that, and it involves a 40-foot wall of windows. If you want to find out a little more about this pad that epitomizes rest and relaxation, please read on.

First off: this penthouse condo boasts an amazing 800-square-foot rooftop terrace. Up here you will find an outdoor television, a hot tub and fantastic views of Center City and the Schuylkill Banks park that render the TV redundant. Your guests will go crazy for this nice addition to the home. They’ll never want to leave. Read more »

Gracious Living (Updated) in Penn Valley for $2.695M

50 Righters Mill Rd., Penn Valley, Pa. 19072 | Photos: Herb Engelsberg and Michael Brock via The Sivel Group

Main Line elegance has historically come in two principal flavors: opulent and understated.

This handsome home in Penn Valley falls into the latter category.

Designed in the early 1930s by noted local architect Erling H. Pedersen, this English country-style manor makes the most of its hillside location along the Mill Creek valley. Inside, it’s been beautifully updated to incorporate the best elements of 21st-century design; outside, it retains every bit of its original casual, informal beauty. Read more »

What $500K Will Buy You in King of Prussia

123 Hunters Run, King of Prussia, Pa. 19406 | TREND image via BHHS Fox & Roach Realtors

Do you love to shop? Do you love to eat? Do you love being in the center of everything?

Settling down in King of Prussia may be perfect for you. With endless amenities, amazing stores (seriously, the King of Prussia mall is the largest in the country!) and hot restaurants, the 19406 is a perfect place to raise a family and lead a life of convenience and comfort. With the median home value at $291,700, you’ll have no problem scoring some spacious digs for $500K. Our top three can be found below. Read more »

Jawdropper of the Week: Unique Design in Society Hill for $2.45M

130 Delancey St., Philadelphia, Pa. 19106 | Photos: Drew Callaghan Photography via BHHS Fox & Roach Realtors

Wow. Truly, that’s all we have to say. Seriously, this home gets an A+ for mixing and matching materials. Take a look at the gallery to see how the space utilizes everything from marble to brick to wood and stone; the architecture alone gives the space unparalleled personality.

Let’s start with the star of the home, the master suite.  From the gorgeous shower stall complete with Kohler fixtures to the heated floors and dual vanity to the heated towel rack and dramatic toilet area, no design element was neglected. Read more »

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