First-Time Find: Refreshed in Phoenixville for $235K

159 1st Ave., Phoenixville, Pa. 19460 | TREND images via BHHS Fox & Roach

Want to walk to Blobfest next year?

Want urban vitality with a small-town feel?

You can get both by living in the middle of Phoenixville. There are plenty of new apartments with great amenities available.

What’s that? You want to build equity for your future too?

Then you want this lovely house on First Avenue in the middle of town instead. Read more »

First-Time Find: Cozy Cottage in Wallingford for $125K

758 Pennsylvania Ave., Wallingford, Pa. 19086 | TREND images via Long & Foster Real Estate

Generally speaking, if you want to send your kids to school in one of our region’s top-ranked suburban school districts, you’re going to have to pay for the privilege.

But there are exceptions to every rule, and this cozy little rancher in Wallingford is one of them.

Did we say little? It is small — at 694 square feet, it’s smaller than many of those famously tiny Philadelphia trinities. Yet this small package is loaded with good things. Read more »

First-Time Find: New Tradition in Whitman for $287.5K

2224 S. 5th St., Philadelphia, Pa. 19148 | TREND images via Coldwell Banker Hearthside

Crown moldings and a contemporary stone fireplace.

An honest-to-God vestibule with coat hooks that opens onto an open plan main floor.

Traditional wooden stair rails set against a modern stone backdrop, and ceiling fans everywhere.

You might say this nicely renovated rowhome in the Whitman section of South Philly has an identity crisis. Or you would if the past and the present didn’t harmonize so well. Read more »

First-Time Find: Living History in Oxford for $290K

45 Western Ter., Oxford, Pa. 19363 | TREND images via Beiler-Campbell Realtors & Appraisers

Impeccably maintained, certified historic homes usually come with a price tag.

We did a double take when we saw this one’s.

You may too, especially if it’s been your dream to live in a true classic home in the heart of Chester County mushroom country.

This home in the center of Oxford dates to 1895 and is part of the National Register-listed Oxford Historic District. Inside and out, it retains every ounce of its original elegance and charm, yet it’s been brought up to date with features that modern buyers want. Read more »

First-Time Find: Something Extra in Levittown for $295K

64 Elderberry Dr., Levittown, Pa. 19054 | TREND images via Century 21 Veterans

Levittown may have been mass-produced in the 1950s, but the people who bought those mass-produced homes have exhibited a knack for customizing them over the decades since.

This expanded and updated home is an outstanding example of what those customizers did. You may be able to pick out the original ranch house model that morphed into this sprawling two-story beauty, but any resemblance between this home and the original is purely coincidental. Read more »

First-time Find: A Sleek Space in East Kensington for $289K

2512 Frankford Ave., Unit A, Philadelphia, Pa. 19125 | TREND images via RE/MAX Access

Here’s the deal: we’re not always neat and tidy. Kids are messy. Dishes pile up in the sink. Something spills all over the floor.

Thankfully, this space is ready to help you tackle all of life’s craziness. The clean lines, floors and countertops are no-fuss. If you’re looking for a space that can handle your growing brood or just a pad to call your own, check out this ultra-modern townhouse. Read more »

First-Time Find: Industrial Chic in Old City for $279.9K

309-13 Arch St. #505, Philadelphia, Pa. 19106 | TREND images via Coldwell Banker Preferred

We change our minds all the time; it’s human nature. Sadly, homes don’t come with a 30-day return policy free of charge. Finding a space that’s the perfect fit for you is not always an easy feat. Luckily, this unique lofted condo is full of personality and in an ideal location. We hope putting down a deposit on this charmer will leave you with no regrets and in no need of a return receipt.

The space is open, which allows you to easily adapt the floor plan to your needs. The white walls, exposed beams, 11-foot ceilings and hardwood floors add a rustic and industrial aura reminiscent of the space’s past. This unit has fabulous natural lighting and an even better view. Read more »

First-Time Find: A Brand-New Pad in Francisville for $299K

1731 Ridge Ave. #1, Philadelphia, Pa. 19130 | TREND images via Zillow

Situated mere blocks from Center City in the thriving Francisville neighborhood, this condo is substantially below the median neighborhood home value of $379,600, making it a great investment. With easy access to the restaurants and shops that line Fairmount Avenue and Broad Street, this pad is great for a couple or roommates searching for a lively and hip scene. The space was designed with attention to detail and is largely customized courtesy of Carmel Developments.

The first floor, with its floor-to-ceiling windows, is bright, open and airy. The kitchen is nothing short of luxurious and soothing. Six-inch-wide oak flooring nicely complements the white cabinetry, under-cabinet lighting, stainless steel appliances, soft close doors and drawers, Moroccan tile backsplash and peninsula with seating. The space is sleek and fresh. Read more »

First-Time Find: Country Charm in Fallsington for $319.9K

44 E. Trenton Ave., Fallsington, Pa. 19054 | Photos via Jay Spaziano, Addison Wolfe Real Estate

If you’d like to give your family room to breathe and play in a small-country-town setting, we’ve found just the home for you this week.

This recently updated and renovated 1830 home in historic Fallsington, Bucks County, is so nice and has so much to offer that we think it richly deserves mention in this feature, despite a sale price just a hair over our usual $300,000 upper limit.

That extra $19,900 gets you all this: Read more »

First-Time Find: Live/Work in Bryn Mawr for $269.9K

881 Glenbrook Ave., Bryn Mawr, Pa. 19010 | TREND images via Long & Foster / Christie’s International Real Estate

Starting a small business and a small family at the same time? Looking for live/work space that won’t bust your budget as well as a good place to raise your children? Want to do all this and have a Main Line address?

Your search is over.

This home in Bryn Mawr is zoned for commercial use, which means you can run your small business from the first-floor space that’s set up for it. It consists of a reception area separated by French doors from the office space, behind which is a kitchenette with laundry and a bathroom. Read more »

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