George Howe Designed Home in Chestnut Hill

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.

George Howe designed home42 Bells Mill Road, Philadelphia 19118
Price: $1,200,000
Bed: 7
Bath: 4 full, 1 half
MLS: 6065204

Home on the Bay: Sea Isle Bayfront Property

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.

Sea Isle Bayfront Property4420 Venicean Road, Sea Isle City 08243
Price; $1,125,000
Bed: 5
Bath: 4 full
MLS: 149824

 

Uber-Luxurious & Spacious Symphony House Condo for Sale

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.

Symphony House Condo for Sale

400-440 S. Broad Street, #2008 Philadelphia 19146
Price: $3,295,000
Bed: 3
Bath: 3 full, 1 half
MLS: 6179607

 

Radnor Country Home Offers Convenience and Tranquility

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.

Radnor Country Home

416 Boxwood Road, Rosemont 19010
Price: $2,200,000
Bed: 6
Bath: 6 full, 2 bath
MLS: 6179156

Center City Carriage House for Sale in Philadelphia

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
Center City Carriage house for salePrice: $1,350,000
Bed: 2
Bath: 2 full, 1 half
MLS: 6129975

 

Want to be Bradley Cooper’s Neighbor? Homes for Sale in Jenkintown

NEIGHBORHOOD WATCH
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
Homes for sale in JenkintownPrice: $1,125,000
Bedrooms: 7
Baths: 4 full, 3 half
MLS: 6157774

 

 

416 Vernon Road Jenkintown 19046
Homes for Sale in JenkintownPrice: $725,000
Bedrooms: 5
Bath: 3 full, 2 half
MLS: 6177936

Castles, They’re Not Just for Princesses Anymore

SPOTLIGHT LISTING
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
Price: $3,550,000
Bedrooms: 4
Bathrooms: 6 full, 3 half
MLS: 6157649

 

An In-home Bar Where Everybody Knows Your Name

INSIDE EDITION
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.

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.

 

Do you prefer the single life down the shore?

SPOTLIGHT LISTING
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
Price: $3,995,000
Bedrooms: 5
Baths: 4 full, 1 half
MLS: 407307

Discover More Reasons to Love Ocean City, NJ

NEIGHBORHOOD WATCH
Ocean City is known as a family-friendly oceanside resort, with its motto as “America’s greatest family resort!” It continues to attract many partial residents during the summer months, with its  miles of guarded beaches, boardwalk and downtown shopping and dining district. Full-time residents, of course, often prefer the sleepy calm that comes over the town between tourist seasons.

Ocean City was first known as Peck’s Beach, likely named for whaler John Peck who used the island as a staging spot for his whaling operation. In 1879, four Methodist ministers sought it out as a good place for a Christian retreat and camp, and chose the name “Ocean City.” The group established the Ocean City Association and began planning the resort town we know today. By 1883 the first bridge was built to the island, and a railroad soon followed as the town began to flourish and grow into the city it is today.

The boardwalk in Ocean City is perhaps one of the most well-known on the East Coast. It runs for two and half miles and includes two family amusement parks with rides and carnival games. Bike and surrey rentals are available for families who want to cruise the boardwalk on wheels and check attractions like the water park, mini-golf, arcades or Music Pier. There are also plenty of favorite spots to grab a bite to eat, including Mack & Manco’s Pizza, Johnson’s Popcorn and Kohr Bros. Frozen Custard.

Ocean City is great for families as well as couples looking to live right on the beautiful New Jersey coast and enjoy its beaches all year round. It’s also a popular place for a second residence, as its summer activities attract many.

117 Anchor Rd., Ocean City, NJ
This home on the bay has 80 feet of bulkhead and an in-ground swimming pool.
Price: $3,499,999
Bedrooms: 5
Bathrooms: 4 full, 2 half
MLS: 405582

 

 

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