First-Time Find: A Cute Country House in Schwenksville

93 Woodland Ave., Schwenksville, Pa. 19473 | TREND Images from Coldwell Banker Preferred

93 Woodland Ave., Schwenksville, Pa. 19473 | TREND Images from Coldwell Banker Preferred

We’re sure that some of you out there look at our Farmhouse Friday featured homes and sigh because they’re all above your price range.

If that describes you, read on, because we think we’ve found the “farmhouse” for you.

This attractive, well-maintained bungalow sits on a one-third-acre lot in Schwenksville, a world away from the hustle and bustle of the Main Line and King of Prussia. From its landscaped hillside lot, you can enjoy great views of Spring Mount and the Perkiomen Valley — the home even has a newly built deck out back where you can relax in the morning (or evening) and take in the view over morning coffee or an evening glass of wine. Read more »

Farmhouse Friday: Rustic Colonial Comfort in Yardley

1466 Oxford Valley Rd., Yardley, Pa. 19067 | TREND Images via Coldwell Banker Preferred

1466 Oxford Valley Rd., Yardley, Pa. 19067 | TREND Images via Coldwell Banker Preferred

If this home were a person, she’d be that quiet, charming friend with the thousand-year-old soul.

Built in 1720, but with all the carefully-executed upgrades of a modern home, Willow Bend is a home with all the charm you’d hope for in an old farmhouse with none of its antiquated maintenance problems. (The six-zone heating and central air are all up to date and energy efficient.)

Nestled on four acres in Bucks County, this spacious five-bedroom home casts natural light as the star of the show with its 9-foot-high ceilings and large windows boasting of beautiful views all around. The foyer is sandwiched between spacious and separate living and dining rooms in classic center-hall Colonial style. Both the living room and the dining room feature large stone fireplaces with wood-beam mantles as focal points. Read more »

Main Line Monday: A Woodsy Midcentury Modern Retreat in Penn Valley

326 Sprague Rd., Penn Valley, Pa. 19072 | TREND images via Coldwell Banker Preferred

326 Sprague Rd., Penn Valley, Pa. 19072 | TREND images via Coldwell Banker Preferred

Midcentury Modern homes come in two basic varieties: homes that stand in defiance of their environment and homes that embrace their environment. This home is firmly in the latter camp — so much so, in fact, that it looks like it grew out of its hillside lot in Penn Valley instead of being built on it.

Designed by architect Robert McElroy in 1965, this home features several trademarks of his signature style: gently peaked roofs that form vaulted ceilings inside, exposed beams, a wraparound deck, and walls of glass that let in abundant natural light.

What’s so mesmerizing about this particular home is its easy flow from room to room. The main living spaces extend naturally from the skylit living room just behind the main entrance. The open floor plan contributes to this sense of an airy home and makes effective use of every square foot of space. Read more »

Farmhouse Friday: A Gladwyne Mansion With Room for 100 (No Joke)

1243 Country Club Rd., Gladwyne, Pa. 19035 | TREND images via BHHS Fox and Roach

1243 Country Club Rd., Gladwyne, Pa. 19035 | TREND images via Coldwell Banker Preferred

This classic stone home in Gladwyne has all of the architectural features and design elements of a classic farmhouse. It even has a name — “Valley View.” And it’s on sale for only the second time in 60 years. But truth to tell, what you’re looking at here is a farmhouse on steroids: this is really a sumptuous mansion with plenty of farmhouse charm.

So if an 8,000-square-foot home with custom fireplaces and a 1,200-plus-bottle wine cellar is your cup of tea, snag it while you can. Last sold in 1992 for $817,500, and built after the area had been largely converted into estate suburbia, this home retains that classic feel of the farmhouse with a modern twist.

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Trinity Tuesday: A Gated Community in Queen Village

525 Fitzwater St. #15, Philadelphia, Pa. 19147

525 Fitzwater St. #15, Philadelphia, Pa. 19147 | TREND Images via Coldwell Banker Preferred

This week’s trinity is located in Abbott’s Court, which is a gated community of 15 trinities in Queen Village. It’s close to South Street, Penn’s Landing and all of the nightlife and community that the area has to offer—a perfect combination of seclusion and city life. There are tables and chairs out front, and the house has red brick and black shutters on the exteriors.

The kitchen is on the street level and features white Shaker-style cabinets, granite counters and stainless steel appliances. There’s also a well-designed, relatively spacious living room. Both feature hardwood floors, beige walls and white ceilings with spotlight lighting. The second floor features the “flexroom” that so many trinities have that can be used as either a den, an office or a second bedroom. The master bedroom is on the third floor and has a vaulted ceiling and exposed brick.

In addition to the common front courtyard all of the units in this development share, this unit also has a small private patio to one side, accessed from the kitchen, that’s just the right size for a grill.

THE FINE PRINT

BEDS: 2

BATHS: 1 full, 1 half

SQUARE FEET: 825

PRICE: $299,000

ADDITIONAL INFO: There are four years left on the tax abatement, low association fees and you’re allowed to have pets.



Trinity Tuesday: A Smart Space on South Street

The front courtyard of 617 S 7th St.

The front courtyard of 617 S 7th St. | TREND Images via Coldwell Banker Preferred Old City

This week’s trinity is nestled in a small brick alley and courtyard on South Street. While it only has 711 square feet, which is about what you would expect for most trinities, this one makes use of its space effectively to ensure that it is a very livable home. Read more »

Modern Condo In A Historic Midtown Village Building

The kitchen of the condominium on sale at 1213-15 Locust St Unit #C, Philadelphia, PA 19107.

The kitchen of the condominium on sale at 1213-15 Locust St. Unit #C, Philadelphia, PA 19107 | Photos by Matthew Satullo via Bruno Pouget unless otherwise noted

It’s not every day that a space like this hits the market. Legendary Philadelphia architect Frank Miles Day built this building in 1892, and its second-floor condominium is now on sale 124 years later.

The building was constructed in the Italianate style that was popular throughout the United States in the latter half of the 19th century. This look was inspired by Italian homes and is characterized by flat roofs and ornately designed exteriors. Read more »

Picking the Perfect Home for Entertaining

If you want to host annual family gatherings and invite friends over for a game night, it is important to think about how you entertain guests when selecting your new home. We’ve highlighted these properties listed by Coldwell Banker Preferred that are designed to draw a crowd.

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