Main Line Monday: A Modern Marvel in Wynnewood for $1.575M

1121 Remington Rd., Wynnewood, Pa. 19096 | TREND images via Coldwell Banker Preferred

Want a home with modern style, but one that is warm and welcoming?

You’ll find it within the white stucco walls of this one-of-a-kind vintage 1952 estate in Wynnewood.

Situated on 2.25 lushly landscaped acres, this home’s very informal layout makes it a place where the indoors and the outdoors mesh beautifully.

Large windows, sliding doors and skylights fill this home’s many living spaces and its four bedrooms with light and offer striking views of its park-like setting. Elements like the stone fireplace that separates the living and sun rooms add warmth to the home. Read more »

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 »

First-Time Find: Flexibility in East Kensington for $325K

2215 Coral St., Philadelphia, Pa. 19125 | TREND images via Coldwell Banker Preferred

2215 Coral St., Philadelphia, Pa. 19125 | TREND images via Coldwell Banker Preferred

This trendy little space in East Kensington has all the makings of a nice first home, all at a reasonable price.

Enter inside to the open living room and kitchen. The space features hardwood floors, oversized windows, distressed wood panels, and butcher block counters. Continue on into the separate dining room, and then head out back to a private patio.

The second floor is home to two bedrooms, one of which is currently set up as a study. The only bathroom in the residence is located on this floor as well and is super trendy. Our favorite part of the house is the third-floor loft, which is completely occupied by the master bedroom. Depending on your own needs, though, this level is large enough to be converted into two more bedrooms or used as an additional living room.

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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 »

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 »

Let’s Talk About That First Home You Want Over Dinner

For Tod Keating's clients, the journey to that first home begins with a dinner date they'll definitely remember. | Photos: Sandy Smith

For Tod Keating’s clients, the journey to that first home begins with a dinner date they’ll definitely remember. | Photos: Sandy Smith

Buying that first home is a serious commitment.

Sort of like marriage, only the getting-to-know-you stage is much shorter.

But a real estate agent in the northern suburbs drew the parallel. So Tod Keating begins every search for a buyer’s first home with a dinner date.

And since he began this practice, almost every buyer he’s worked with has ended the courtship by saying Yes.

Keating, 67, worked for some 36 years in the pharmaceutical industry, then got into real estate as a second career when he retired from Merck in 2004. “That was around the time when all my kids and all their buddies started getting married and buying houses,” said the father of three and grandfather of six more. Read more »

First-Time Find: Refreshed in Germany Hill for $239.9K

332 Fountain St., Philadelphia, Pa. 19128 | TREND images via Coldwell Banker Preferred

332 Fountain St., Philadelphia, Pa. 19128 | TREND images via Coldwell Banker Preferred

We know, we know, we keep featuring homes for sale in Northwest Philly. But in our defense, all the stellar listings that are fresh to the market lately make it so easy – like this Germany Hill townhome that was just re-listed, is incredibly affordable and would make a great first-time home.

Right away, we have to mention the adorable front porch (although it might not be so adorable if you don’t like your neighbors). From there, enter inside to the main floor, which is highlighted by wood flooring that balance greatly with the brick fireplace in the corner of the living room and the light colored walls throughout. From the living room, reach the dining room and then the updated kitchen. Read more »

What $500K Will Buy You in Chestnut Hill

112 E. Moreland Ave., Philadelphia, Pa. 19118 | TREND image via Coldwell Banker Preferred

112 E. Moreland Ave., Philadelphia, Pa. 19118 | TREND image via Coldwell Banker Preferred

Chestnut Hill is notable for being Philadelphia’s Garden District, so it’s safe to assume that no matter where you are in the neighborhood, the landscape is going to be beautiful. From its down-home dining and vintage boutiques to its great outdoor spaces, the community fulfills your needs for a city escape without forcing you to actually leave the city – and who doesn’t love the sound of that?

If you’re looking for a more long-term escape, though, you may be considering planting your roots in the neighborhood. But is that possible with a budget of $500,000? The good news is, yes, it is possible. The bad news, depending on how you look at things, is that there isn’t much diversity for listings in this budget. However, all three listings are quite nice and can realistically suit the needs of the modern family. We’ll let you make the call, though. Check them out below. Read more »

What $500K Will Buy You in Rittenhouse

130 S. 18th St. Unit 606, Philadelphia, Pa. 19103 | TREND image via Coldwell Banker Preferred

130 S. 18th St. Unit 606, Philadelphia, Pa. 19103 | TREND image via Coldwell Banker Preferred

It’s no secret that Rittenhouse is one of Philadelphia’s most prestigious neighborhoods. So when we went searching for Rittenhouse properties currently on the market that fall somewhere near the $500,000 range, we weren’t exactly sure what we’d find. Would this budget be enough to live comfortably?

Here’s what we found: while there are several nice options in the neighborhood that are on budget, most of these options are small (and not necessarily suitable for growing families). However, if you don’t need much space to live happily and only plan to live with one or two other people, these options could work and do come with some nice amenities – not to mention their close proximity to just about anywhere in Center City.  We’ll let you be the judge, though. Take a look at what we found below. Read more »

What $500K Will Buy You in Northern Liberties

901 N. Penn St., Unit R2203, Philadelphia, Pa., 19123 | TREND image via Zillow

901 N. Penn St., Unit R2203, Philadelphia, Pa. 19123 | TREND image via Zillow

The once proclaimed “up-and-coming neighborhood” of Northern Liberties has proved over the past two decades that it’s here to stay. Once pockmarked with abandoned factories and dated rowhomes, the area has transformed itself into a hip town of trendy bars, restaurants, and cafes and has easily become a millennial’s dream spot to someday call home.

And for potential homeowners with a budget of $500,000, desiring to live in Northern Liberties is actually quite possible. The median price for homes in the area falls somewhere around $400,000, so your budget doesn’t just work for this neighborhood, it exceeds expectations. Take a look below at three properties in the $500,000 price range that are currently on the market. Read more »

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