525 Penllyn Pike, Blue Bell, Pa. 19422 | Photography by Drew Callaghan via The Sivel Group
It’s not often that we feature houses outside of our usual weekly rotation (Main Line Monday, Trinity Tuesday, Jawdropper of the Week, Farmhouse Friday), but when we heard about the history of this house, we decided that it belonged in a post all its own.
This Blue Bell house, known as the “Orthodox Cottage,” reflects two defining eras in American history. Read more »
SPOTLIGHT LISTING: George Howe Designed Home
Early 20th-century architect George Howe created the model for Philadelphia homes with his own residence High Hollow in Chestnut Hill. Similar features can be seen in this George Howe designed home, a 1919 stone manor house located nearby. This 7-bedroom home also incorporates the architecture philosophy “human necessity,” meaning the floorplan is designed with functionality in mind. It includes a chef’s kitchen with high-end appliances and abundant storage space, a library brimming with bookshelves and a fabulous master bath. The 2.5-acre property also features a carriage house with apartment, two-story green house and detached garage/barn.
42 Bells Mill Road, Philadelphia 19118
Bath: 4 full, 1 half
SPOTLIGHT LISTING: Sea Isle Bayfront Property
Anyone who’s ever stayed in a Sea Isle bayfront property knows there are definite advantages to the location. For one, the sunsets are simply incomparable. And then, there are the spectacular homes, such as this five bedroom, four-and-a-half bath new construction. There’s more than enough room for family and friends in this 2,500-square-foot space, which features an elevator, custom kitchen and cathedral ceilings. There’s also a dock for a 40-foot boat. And the home is certified Energy Star, which means you’ll save money and the beautiful environment around you.
4420 Venicean Road, Sea Isle City 08243
Bath: 4 full
SPOTLIGHT LISTING: Symphony House condo for sale
Any urban dweller will tell you that space is a rare find in the city—which makes this 5,100-square-foot Center City stunner a hot commodity. This to-die-for spacious Symphony House condo for sale offers grand living in the heart of the city, with a custom granite bar, stone ledge walls and floor-to-ceiling window walls. The kitchen has a custom granite island, custom Viking appliances, six-burner cook top, subzero fridge and more. It’s all business in the executive suite, which features Venetian-plastered walls, built-in cherry cabinets and desk and a 42-inch plasma TV. There’s also a separate au pair suite, with full living and dining rooms. And from the four balconies you can admire the city views.
400-440 S. Broad Street, #2008 Philadelphia 19146
Bath: 3 full, 1 half
SPOTLIGHT LISTING: Radnor Country Home
Sometimes it’s possible to have it all. Take this 1942 stone Radnor country home in a lovely, serene setting. It offers the tranquility of suburban living plus the added convenience of easy access to the city and area dining and shopping. The Okie-style main house boasts a chef’s kitchen, fireside family room and rich architectural details from the past. There’s additional living space in the studio space above the detached garage. The professionally landscaped grounds feature a stream with waterfall, in-ground pool and flagstone terraces.
416 Boxwood Road, Rosemont 19010
Bath: 6 full, 2 bath
SPOTLIGHT LISTING: Center City Carriage House for Sale
John Wannamaker became a local (and very wealthy) icon thanks to his eponymous department store. He left behind an expansive real estate legacy, including this lovely Center City carriage house for sale that once sat on his former estate in the city. The property had a renovation in 2010, which was done with an artist’s touch. The result is an exquisite home with cathedral beamed ceilings, exposed brick walls and fantastic woodwork. There’s also an art studio, which could easily become an extra bedroom.
1733-41 Brandywine St., Philadelphia 19130
Bath: 2 full, 1 half
Ok, maybe not Bradley Cooper, but how about his mom? Cooper comes from the tiny borough of Jenkintown, just outside Philadelphia in Montgomery County, and from time to time, the Oscar nominee can be seen at local haunts like the West Avenue Grill. So why not consider looking at homes for sale in Jenkintown?
While Cooper is a nice draw, Jenkintown has plenty of other neighborhood appeals. For starters, it’s a hub for Septa regional rail (three lines stop there on their way into Center City), or if you need to drive, it’s a quick shot downtown. It offers a mix of single-family dwellings, rowhomes and condos, and many of the older homes ooze charm with their original finishings. It’s definitely a walkable community with a quaint commercial district that’s home to the historic movie theater, The Hiway, known for showing artsy, independent films. And the school district is excellent.
Jenkintown is also appealing to residents who like a tightknit community, with the requisite farmer’s market, as well as seasonal festivities and events. And, of course, Bradley Cooper.
Homes for Sale in Jenkintown
1456 Hampton Road, Jenkintown 19046
Baths: 4 full, 3 half
416 Vernon Road Jenkintown 19046
Bath: 3 full, 2 half
Let’s face it, we all secretly fantasized about living in a castle as a kid (thank you Walt Disney). Well, you can finally realize that dream as lord or lady of this stunning French-style chateau in Bryn Mawr. The 10,000-plus-square-foot home has four bedrooms and six full baths, along with hand-finished gold leaf moldings and other elegant accents that evoke Old World grandeur. A walk-out lower level has a wet bar, game room, home gym and wine cellar. Oh, and there’s even space for mom and dad (or the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge or an au pair), in a suite with its own entrance, kitchen and washer and dryer. The home sits on two acres, with park-like grounds and European-style gardens.
1056 Mount Pleasant Road, Bryn Mawr 19010
Bathrooms: 6 full, 3 half
If you’re starting to pick up more items at the grocery store to go into your drinks than to go into your meals, it may be time to start thinking about how to stock a home wet bar. With the craft cocktail movement in full swing, who doesn’t love concocting unique drinks and serving quality wines and beers in their own home?
There are so many barware trinkets for sale that it may become a bit overwhelming. However, you can grab a few, relatively inexpensive essentials that will make your drink-making easier and impress your guests.
Cocktail Shaker: An essential for any aspiring mixologist, shakers make for better mixing and cooling of cocktail ingredients.
Zester: Adding citrus zest as garnish can take any drink from plain to upscale restaurant quality.
Muddler: Use it to muddle herbs and fresh fruit to add the flavor and color to all of your creations.
Assorted Ice Cube Trays: Not all drinks are best with regular ice cubes from the freezer dispenser. Look for trays that make large ice cubes and ice balls for spirits on the rocks.
You’ll find a full bar at 2300 Old Sentinel Trl in Mavern.
Recipe Books and Apps: Now that you have some of the basic equipment, you’ll want to know how to use it! Many bookstores are rife with cocktail books that are bound to give you plenty of inspiration.If you have a smartphone, try the Mixology app for IOS or the Bartender app for Android.
Wet Bar: Having your own wet bar in the space where you entertain will allow you to showcase your Tom Cruise-in-Cocktail acrobatic bartending skills.
Looking for a home with a built-in wet bar? Check out 141 Center Mill Road in Chadds Ford or 2300 Old Sentinel Trl. in Malvern.
Whether you’re looking for your next vacation home or a full-time residence at the beach, this custom-built single-family home in Ocean City is hard to pass up with its five large bedrooms, four-and-a-half baths and a large kitchen with Corian counters and a tile backsplash. It includes an elevator, three large decks and hot tub (perfect for chillier end-of-season nights). Plus, it sits on one of the highest elevations on the island.
2411 Wesley Ave, Ocean City 08226
Baths: 4 full, 1 half