What $500K Will Buy You in Jenkintown

900 West Ave., Jenkintown, Pa. 19046 | TREND image via BHHS Fox & Roach

In case you haven’t heard, we’re in the throes of a huge seller’s market. Inventory is at historic lows, and bidding wars have broken out for available properties in some places. This has put a squeeze on the middle of the market, and moderately priced homes are getting scarcer, as we found when we went hunting for homes selling somewhere around $500,000.

We went through several popular suburbs before finding one where three homes in that price range were on the market. The one we found is Jenkintown. This very walkable northern suburb offers an attractive downtown, quick access to Center City via SEPTA Regional Rail, and many handsome older homes for sale, like these three. Read more »

What $500K Will Buy You in Wyncote

415 Crescent Rd., Wyncote, Pa. 19095 | Photo: Kate Devlin via The Lamb Squad, BHHS Fox & Roach

Some pretty grand mansions went up in Cheltenham Township’s western reaches in the late 19th and early 20th centuries, when Philadelphia’s new grandees, their wallets made fat off streetcars, sugar and the like but shunned by old-money Proper Philadelphia, sought a place where they could build status symbols.

Some of those survive with other uses, such as Grey Towers, the heart of Arcadia University. Others continue to fade gently (or sadly) as buyers prove unwilling to shell out for them. (Got $17.5 million lying around? Have we got a deal for you. The seller actually upped the asking price since it was previously put on the market.)

And there are still some pretty fantastic homes coming on the market every so often up this way. But not everyone’s a millionaire. Those of you not in that category can also find some very attractive homes in Wyncote and environs. These three homes are mature specimens situated on lushly landscaped lots with plenty of attractive features, and all have been very well maintained. Read on, non-fat cats, and rejoice. Read more »

What $500K Will Buy You in Rydal

1017 Lindsay Lane, Rydal, Pa. 19046 | TREND image via Kurfiss Sotheby's International Realty

1017 Lindsay Lane, Rydal, Pa. 19046 | TREND image via Kurfiss Sotheby’s International Realty

Back before Willow Grove Park Mall, Jenkintown was the shopping center of the northern suburbs. The department stores have all departed now, but the town retains its walkable charm, and it’s the hub of the north-side SEPTA Regional Rail system: its train station is the busiest outside of Center City.

Just up the road and two stops up the SEPTA West Trenton Line is Rydal, which shares its zip code but is a little more suburban — maybe it’s all those car dealers lining the Fairway along its northern edge that make the difference. Away from the autos, though, you’ll find a leafy community developed largely after World War II, filled with homes that reflect the styles of their era, some with a little updating in places. Take a look at these three homes to see what we mean: Read more »

First-Time Find: Room for Your Brood in Wyncote

33 Waverly Rd., Wyncote, Pa. 19095 | TREND images via Weichert Jenkintown

33 Waverly Rd., Wyncote, Pa. 19095 | TREND images via Weichert Realtors Jenkintown

Most first-time home buyers are usually just starting a family or taking their first steps on their career paths. But not all of them.

We know that there are families with children out there who for various reasons never got around to establishing themselves as homeowners. Maybe career demands made it unwise to commit to a home, or finances weren’t yet in proper shape. Or maybe the place they had was enough to accommodate that first child until it was time to think about school.

If you see yourself in any of those descriptions, or if you don’t but are looking to buy a place with room to raise a large family in anticipation of what’s to come, read on, for this week, we’ve found just the place for you. Read more »

Guild Hall Brewing to Close After Just Under Five Months

guild-hall-closing-400Jenkintown’s Guild Hall Brewing Company will close after its Halloween event on Saturday, October 31st. The brewpub opened in mid-June and was open under 5 months. The building, which was a onetime Rolls Royce showroom was completely refurbished in a construction project that saw the brewpub open a good sixteen months beyond what was originally projected.

In a letter posted to Facebook, owners Owen Hutchins and wife Jennifer McGuire hoped people would come out Friday and Saturday for “a proper sendoff.”

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The Hidden Borie Estate Is Now Going For $2.15 Million

TREND images via Zillow.com

TREND images via Zillow.com

It’s amazing how many Philadelphia-area homes have been inspired by historic French estates. This one in Jenkintown, for instance, was fashioned after the seaside Villa Ephrussi de Rothschild in the southeastern French village of Saint-Jean-Cap-Ferrat. In a tie that’s closer to home, the property was designed by Philadelphia-based architect Wilson Eyre Jr., who is noted for having designed some of the area’s most striking buildings.

Settled on three acres comprised of formal gardens and mature trees (not to mention secret outdoor “rooms”), the brick-and-stucco home is set far off the road so that it actually sits hidden from view. Inside, period details like leaded glass windows, marble and stone fireplaces, and exposed ceiling beams abound. The kitchen is new, however, and claims a catering area and professional-grade appliances. Downstairs, a recently completed media room has access to the outdoor tennis court, which sits opposite the home’s Olympic-sized pool.

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Guild Hall Brewing Co. Is Bringing Some Beer Hall Awesomeness to Jenkintown

Plan for Guild Hall, coming to Jenkintown June 19th.

Plan for Guild Hall, coming to Jenkintown June 19th.

Downtown Jenkintown (say that ten times fast) is set to have a brewery of its very own as of June 19th.

Guild Hall Brewing Co. will open their restaurant and brewery, Guild Hall, in the historic building that previously housed the Jenkintown Antiques Guild (and, for car buffs, the space that was originally a Rolls-Royce garage). Two years in the making, the restaurant is owned by Owen Hutchins of the General Lafayette Inn, and his wife, Jennifer McGuire. Alongside their own craft beers, made by Hutchins, they’ll be serving a locally-sourced (and pretty extensive) menu covering any and all of your beer hall dream snacks.

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Leila’s Bistro Welcomes New Chef

sam-jacobsonBack in December, we told you Sam Jacobson was coming to Leila’s Bistro in Jenkintown. Well, tonight is his first (official) night at the cafe and he’s bringing a whole new menu with him.

While owner Jose Vargas is focusing on his new restaurant, Robert’s Block, located in Glenside, Jacobson (who you might remember from his time at NoBL, Sycamore and Southwark) will be manning the stoves at Leila’s–which will now be open Wednesday through Sunday.

Wanna see his new menu? We thought you might. Check it out below.

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For Sale: Historic Jenkintown Property That Belonged to Founder’s Family

630 Washington Ln, Jenkintown, PA, 19046

630 Washington Ln, Jenkintown, PA, 19046

Jenkintown may have only been incorporated in the last two centuries, but the Montgomery County borough was actually settled in 1697 by Welshman William Jenkins. One of Jenkins’ descendants, Stephen Jenkins, built this three-story home (called “Vernon”) in the area over a hundred years later, and it is believed to have been a stop on the Underground Railroad.

Here’s what you should know about Vernon: It’s a colonial that sits far back from the road on 2.6 acres of land and has two separate driveways leading up to it. Hardwood floors and custom millwork are home highlights, but a vaulted-ceiling family room with exposed wood, wrought-iron beams, and stone accent walls merits a mention as well (a hidden wet bar is located here).

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New Chef, New Menu for Jenkintown’s Forcella


Jose and Jennifer Vargas of Leila’s Bistro in Jenkintown  created a sophisticated yet comfortable sequel when they opened Forcella, serving authentic Italian cuisine, in downtown Jenkintown earlier this year. Recently, the BYOB has made some changes with chef Anthony Pasceri taking over the kitchen and adding a new seasonal menu.

Pasceri, formerly of Modo Mio and Popolino, has been on the Philadelphia restaurant scene for over 10 years. At his new home in Jenkintown, he will be serving house-made classic Italian pastas, breads, desserts and more.

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