First-Time Find: Picturesque Pad in Phoenixville for $195K

352 Hall St., Phoenixville, Pa. 19460 | TREND images via Coldwell Banker Preferred

The white picket fence says it all. This home is the perfect place for new family with kids to settle down. The home was renovated in 2011 and has ample outdoor and indoor space for children to play.

Pass the quaint front porch and enter the townhouse. The first floor showcases a nicely appointed family room, dining room and kitchen. A decorative fireplace adds a classic touch to the dining room. The updated kitchen is outfitted with maple cabinetry and an island area. Read more »

What $500K Will Buy You in Fishtown

434 Belgrade St., Philadelphia, Pa. 19125 | TREND image via Coldwell Banker Preferred

We’re sure that there are some longtime Fishtowners who look on in astonishment at the prices homes in the southernmost of the River Wards are fetching these days.

But for a hot neighborhood, Fishtown remains relatively affordable: the current median listing price for homes in Fishtown’s 19125 zip code is $330,000, according to Zillow. This means that $500,000 gets you a decent amount of space in a newly or recently renovated home like the three featured here — all of which are priced under $500K. These homes are ideally sized for a young couple starting a family, and they’re convenient to all of the great eateries and shops that draw throngs to Fishtown most every night. Read more »

First-Time Find: Industrial Loft in Old Kensington for $300K

1524 N. Hancock St. #304, Philadelphia, Pa. 19122 | TREND images via Coldwell Banker Preferred

This loft has bricks, beams and beauty. With its industrial interior, beamed ceilings, hardwood floor and steel accents, this space in a former steel factory in Old Kensington is at once warm and cool, effortlessly exuding unique personality. If you’re single or simply looking to settle down with your significant other, this apartment is a bargain buy for those looking to get a foothold on city life. There are few better places to do it than this lively, up-and-coming neighborhood that’s rapidly filling with young people, new restaurants and shops. Read more »

Trinity Tuesday: A Two-Pack in Northern Liberties for $260K

1521 N. Palethorp St., Philadelphia, Pa. 19122 | TREND images via Coldwell Banker Preferred

Calling all bargain hunters: here’s a two-for-one deal! Right in the heart of Northern Liberties, these two historic trinities built in the 1900s offer a variety of opportunities. With separate but equally charming units, the possibilities are endless. A duplex, such as this featured listing, is an appreciable investment for anyone looking to rent out a piece of property and make a little profit off their purchase. Who knows? Maybe being a landlord is in your future.

It must be noted that the real selling point for this two-for-one special is its location. Positioned on a quiet street, the property is surrounded by new construction condominiums. Coupled with its Northern Liberties address, the two-unit home finds itself steps away from grade-A restaurants, shopping, bars and galleries. Read more »

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 »

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