Jawdropper of the Week: A Real Trophy Home in New Hope for $2.795M

6888 Paxson Rd., New Hope, Pa. 18938 | Images courtesy of Addison Wolfe Real Estate

6888 Paxson Rd., New Hope, Pa. 18938 | Images courtesy of Addison Wolfe Real Estate

It’s rare that a property fully encompasses what it means to be “the total package.” Normally, even the most beautiful home falls short somewhere – whether it be its price, square footage, condition, or some other attribute that’s lacking.

But this New Hope mansion known as “Paxson Ridge” just might be the needle in the haystack. At nearly 8,000 square feet and sitting on more than 7 acres of land, it is truly the definition of one-of-a-kind. Read more »

Jawdropper of the Week: Buzzworthy Society Hill Mansion for $16.795M

232-36 Walnut St., Philadelphia, Pa. 19106 | TREND image via BHHS Fox & Roach Realty

232-36 Walnut St., Philadelphia, Pa. 19106 | Photos: Drew Callaghan Photography via BHHS Fox & Roach

Just blocks from Penn’s Landing, Carpenters’ Hall, and Independence Hall, this Society Hill mansion is a true Philadelphia masterpiece – and rightfully so. The one-of-a-kind property is currently the most expensive home for sale across the city.

As soon as you step inside the foyer of this 16-year-old property, you will encounter the massive, free-floating steel staircase. It’s definitely unlike anything you’ve ever seen before.

It might seem crazy that a two-bedroom home could cost so much money. But, when you account for all it has to offer, things start making sense. Read more »

Just What the Doctor Ordered: A Stunning Makeover in Wynnewood for $1.879M

334 Fairhill Rd., Wynnewood, Pa. 19096 | Photos: David Arena, Alcove Media, via Juliet Cordeiro Group

334 Fairhill Rd., Wynnewood, Pa. 19096 | Photos: David Arena, Alcove Media, via Juliet Cordeiro Group

At least two legends of medicine have called Wynnewood home. One of them, Aaron Beck, the father of cognitive behavioral therapy, still lives there, and the institute he founded to promote and practice it is located nearby in Bala-Cynwyd.

The other legend is the man who developed the Sabin oral vaccine, which supplanted Jonas Salk’s injected vaccine as the most effective defense against polio and ultimately wiped out the disease.

No, not Albert Sabin. His vaccine was developed on the shoulders of (and with polio virus strains supplied by) Hilary Koprowski, who developed the first polio vaccine in 1950. As it was based on weakened live polio virus rather than killed virus, it could be administered orally — Koprowski used himself as a guinea pig — and needed no booster doses to maintain its effectiveness.

His groundbreaking work didn’t spread as quickly as it ought to have in the medical community, but it did get him named head of the Wistar Institute in 1957. As its director, he transformed it into a world-renowned center of vaccine research.

From 1957 until his death in 2013, Koprowski lived in a handsome 1920s Tudor Revival home on Fairhill Road in Wynnewood, to which he added two wings sometime in the 1980s to house his library and art collection.

Now, fresh off a total transformation, this one-of-a-kind residence can become the place where you pursue your own passions. Read more »

How 10 Townhomes Sold Quickly in Fairmount

The living room of 2345 Pennsylvania Ave., one of 10 large luxury townhomes HOW Properties sold within eight months of their construction. | Photos: HOW Properties

The living room of 2345 Pennsylvania Ave., one of 10 large luxury townhomes HOW Properties sold within eight months of their construction. | Photos: HOW Properties

Want some concrete evidence of the strength of the high-end housing market in Philadelphia? Then read on for a tale of a new townhouse project in Fairmount that sold out in just eight months.

The project, Green Street Estates, is a development of HOW Properties, a Conshohocken-based builder with years of experience building homes in up-and-coming Philadelphia neighborhoods. Located on the west end of the 2300 blocks of Green Street and Pennsylvania Avenue, just about around the corner from the Philadelphia Museum of Art, the development consists of 10 three-story townhomes with basements and roof decks. The units range in size from 4,921 to 5,282 square feet, and they listed for anywhere from $1.7 to $2 million each.

On the outside, these units were designed to blend in with the architecture of their respective blocks. While contemporary in form, the three homes facing Pennsylvania Avenue have exteriors that match the Moderne style of most of the buildings along that street, while the Green Street homes have darker brick facades and crenellated cornices that more closely match the style of their late 19th-century neighbors. Read more »

Main Line Monday: Classically Modern Opulence in Wayne, $3.15M

330 Edgehill Rd., Wayne, Pa. 19087 | TREND images via BHHS Fox & Roach

330 Edgehill Rd., Wayne, Pa. 19087 | TREND images via BHHS Fox & Roach

This 1910 center-hall Colonial in Wayne has all the basic elements of this staple Main Line house type: a central entrance foyer with grand staircase flanked by a formal living room on one side and a formal dining room on the other. Fireplaces galore. Great rooms with coffered ceilings. You get the idea.

But look closer and you’ll notice that this vision in white is also a departure from the standard in just about every way possible: Where many center-hall Colonials are dark, staid and somber, this one is bright, airy and colorful, with plenty of sun-drenched rooms. A succession of master builders and designers have left their mark on this home, bringing it into the 21st century with tastefully opulent upgrades and additions that mix traditional and modern elements. Read more »

Make Your Own Jawdropper: Lots of Room With a Breathtaking View, $14M

Residences at the Ritz, 1414 South Penn Square, 47th Floor, Philadelphia, Pa. 19102 |Renderings: Residences at the Ritz; photos: Sandy Smith

Residences at the Ritz, 1414 South Penn Square, 47th Floor, Philadelphia, Pa. 19102 |Renderings: Residences at the Ritz; photos: Sandy Smith

The top three floors of the Residences at the Ritz offer custom living of a kind rarely seen in this city.

And while there are some other stunning spaces available that can be turned into one-of-a-kind residences, none of them come in the large economy size that this 47th-floor penthouse does.

Occupying the entire floor, this unit boasts more than 9,000 square feet of interior space, plus another 1,600 square feet of outdoor terraces with breathtaking views. Read more »

Jawdropper of the Week: The Wright Stuff in Princeton, $5.995M

64 Cleveland Lane, Princeton, N.J. 08540 | TREND images via Gloria Nilson & Co. - Christie's International Real Estate

64 Cleveland Lane, Princeton, N.J. 08540 | TREND images via Gloria Nilson & Co. – Christie’s International Real Estate

They call this magnificent home on a quiet street just a few blocks from the heart of terminally charming Princeton “La Maison de Verre,” and it does have lots of glass.

But Frank Lloyd Wright wasn’t known for building glass houses; that was Philip Johnson’s stock in trade. He loved to work with many different materials, including wood, stucco, and brick. You’ll find plenty of the first and last of these in this awe-inspiring home that takes a lot of its inspiration from Wright’s Robie House. Read more »

A True Survivor: A Historic Palladian Home in Radnor for $1.999M

200 Pine Tree Rd., Radnor, Pa. 19087 | Photos: Herb Engelsberg

200 Pine Tree Rd., Radnor, Pa. 19087 | Photos: Herb Engelsberg

If you hear faint echoes of the late, lamented “La Ronda” emanating from the house above, we wouldn’t be a bit surprised. “Rock Rose” has a similar but slightly older pedigree, and both wear their Mediterranean influences well. But this home is still with us thanks to owners who have lovingly maintained it over the years, and as a result, it’s now ready for the next chapter in its history.

That chapter could be written by you, if you have the relatively modest scratch needed to buy it.

“Relatively modest” because the asking price gets you a 14,000-square-foot original of the kind no one builds any more. Designed by Zantziger, Borie & Medary, who did much of the preliminary work on the Philadelphia Museum of Art in partnership with Horace Trumbauer, Rock Rose was built in 1912 as the summer home for Edward K. Rowland and his family. Four years later, Rowland leased the home to George and Lucile Brooke, the latter a survivor of the Titanic disaster. Read more »

You Can’t Top This: 3 Levels of Luxury, 360-Degree Views, $7M

The Lanesborough Penthouse, 1601 Locust St., Philadelphia, Pa. 19103 | Images from Laurie Phillips

The Lanesborough Penthouse, 1601 Locust St., Philadelphia, Pa. 19103 | Images from Laurie Phillips

The building we now know as the Lanesborough was built in 1929 as the home of the Haverford Club and the Yale Club. Today, it’s home to choice luxury condos, and there’s none that’s choice-er than its stunning tri-level penthouse unit.

This totally up-to-the-minute Art Deco gem offers the best of everything in large quantities: 3,991 square feet of space on the inside and another 1,804 on the outside in the form of four spacious terraces that together offer a 360-degree view of your surroundings, especially from the upper-level one. Luxurious trim and finishes, including fumed white oak floors and custom LePage doors and windows. A kitchen that’s a chef’s dream, equipped with Gaggenau appliances. Elegantly outfitted bathrooms. And so on. Read more »

Main Line Monday: Over-the-Top Opulence in Haverford

327 Grays Ln., Haverford, Pa. 19041 | TREND images via BHHS Fox & Roach

327 Grays Ln., Haverford, Pa. 19041 | TREND images via BHHS Fox & Roach

There are lots of fabulous mansions on the Main Line. We’ve featured several of them in this space. But we’ve run across very few of them that combine elegant details, loads of space for you and your stuff, and extraordinary features in the way this relatively modest (for its category) 1921 brick Colonial does.

But we shouldn’t have been so surprised to find all of this in this home. After all, it has a name: “Maxwellton.”

Sitting on an impeccably manicured 1.57-acre hillside lot in Haverford’s bosky northern reaches, this sumptuous mansion will astound you with its many fine features and details, the work of numerous architects and landscape designers who have upgraded this home over the last several years. Read more »

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