That ’80s Home (2017 Revision) in NoLibs for $414K

410 Poplar St., Philadelphia, Pa. 19123 | TREND images via Zillow

410 Poplar St., Philadelphia, Pa. 19123 | TREND images via Zillow

“Let’s see, the listing says Northern Liberties. This place looks like Springfield circa 1980.”

It really doesn’t matter which one: Delaware County, Montgomery County or “The Simpsons,” the cognitive dissonance is the same. This home’s builder must have come to the sudden realization mid-project that he wasn’t building a rancher, but he’d gone too far down that path, so decided to stack its bedrooms on top of one another rather than spread them out like they should be in a well-behaved ranch home.

Thus this place looks, well, strange sitting as it does in the middle of one of Philadelphia’s first suburbs instead of one of its present-day ones. But once you get past that and the front door, you will be pleasantly surprised and richly rewarded with the features, comfort and space of this home. Read more »

Room of the Week: An Eclectic 1840s Living Room in Northern Liberties

Northern Liberties rowhouse | Photo courtesy PS & Daughters

Northern Liberties rowhome | Photo courtesy PS & Daughters

I’ll admit it: I’m a sucker for wood beams. They can be a gamble, though. If you’re not careful in how you use them, exposed wood beams can feel too heavy — or make a tall ceiling feel unfortunately low — so they only work in the right spaces. This, my friend, is one of those spaces.

In our first installment of Room of the Week, we’re taking a voyeuristic peek inside a fabulous open-concept living room/dining room in Northern Liberties that seamlessly blends old with new, original with modern, in a totally livable, family-friendly way. Check out all the inside design details below.  Read more »

Trinity Tuesday: New Order in NoLibs for $225K

9 Bristow Pl., Philadelphia, Pa. 19123 | TREND images via Space & Company

9 Bristow Pl., Philadelphia, Pa. 19123 | TREND images via Space & Company

Usually, the order of rooms in a four-story (three floors plus basement) trinity run, from bottom to top:

Kitchen in the basement. Living room on the street floor. Bedroom and bathroom on the second floor. Larger bedroom up on top.

In this vintage yet up-to-date Northern Liberties trinity, the deck has been reshuffled. Read more »

What $500K Will Buy You in Northern Liberties

901 N. Penn St., Unit R2203, Philadelphia, Pa., 19123 | TREND image via Zillow

901 N. Penn St., Unit R2203, Philadelphia, Pa. 19123 | TREND image via Zillow

The once proclaimed “up-and-coming neighborhood” of Northern Liberties has proved over the past two decades that it’s here to stay. Once pockmarked with abandoned factories and dated rowhomes, the area has transformed itself into a hip town of trendy bars, restaurants, and cafes and has easily become a millennial’s dream spot to someday call home.

And for potential homeowners with a budget of $500,000, desiring to live in Northern Liberties is actually quite possible. The median price for homes in the area falls somewhere around $400,000, so your budget doesn’t just work for this neighborhood, it exceeds expectations. Take a look below at three properties in the $500,000 price range that are currently on the market. Read more »

Luxe Loft in NoLibs for $639.9K

1147 N. 4th St., Philadelphia, Pa. 19123 | Photos: Daniel Sandoval, The Somers Team

1147 N. 4th St., Philadelphia, Pa. 19123 | Photos: Daniel Sandoval, The Somers Team

Are you the type who drools over the high-tech industrial aesthetic?

Have we got a home for you.

One of the finest examples of that style in the city, a spacious, bi-level corner penthouse condo in Northern Liberties’ Cigar Factory, is now on the market.

Its chic factor is through the wood-beamed, steel-supported roof, enhanced by exposed ductwork and brick walls, a spiral staircase and a super-sleek Eurostyle kitchen in the open main living space. Read more »

Trinity Tuesday: Just Add Deck in Northern Liberties for $275K

1009 N. Orkney St., Philadelphia, Pa. 19123 | TREND image via Solo Real Estate, Inc.

1009 N. Orkney St., Philadelphia, Pa. 19123 | TREND images via Solo Real Estate, Inc.

It’s the little things in life that matter most, right?

Judging from this cozy yet contemporary trinity, the answer is a definite yes.

Falling just short of 1,000 square feet, it’s safe to say that this fairly priced home is relatively small. But it does boast a few qualities beyond the typical trinity, like the expanded kitchen that’s been added off the main level living room and wood flooring throughout the house. The kitchen features granite countertops, stainless steel appliances and a door leading out to the back patio. Read more »

Trinity Tuesday: Secrets of NoLibs Trinity Exposed!

1023-A N. Lawrence St., Philadelphia, Pa., 19123 | TREND Images via RE/MAX Access

1023-A N. Lawrence St., Philadelphia, Pa., 19123 | TREND Images via RE/MAX Access

This airy, light-filled trinity is a stunning example of what a pinch of charm, a dash of character, a generous sprinkling of hardwood floors and rustic exposed brick, and a modern spiral staircase can truly do for a home.

Located on a sunny street in Northern Liberties, this home looks like many of its neighbors on the outisde. But inside, it offers a most distinct and special look that comes from a respect for history and a little bit of love.

The first thing you see upon entry is the main living area. One of the things that makes this home truly special are the exposed brick accent walls in every room. Not only that, but here, you also have a working wood-burning brick fireplace that further adds to the ambiance of this room. Refinished hardwood floors complete the room, while a large, street-facing window allows for plenty of natural light. Read more »

Trinity Tuesday: Close to Everything, Far From the Crowd in Fishtown

1103 N. Lee St., Philadelphia, Pa. 19123 | TREND images via Zillow

1103 N. Lee St., Philadelphia, Pa. 19123 | TREND images via Zillow

This beautifully updated trinity in the southwest corner of Fishtown is a stone’s throw from the Frankford El, which you can see from your front door. Frankford Avenue’s happening restaurant and shopping scene is just a short walk away, as is a convenient shopping center in adjacent Northern Liberties. Yet you’ll feel like you stumbled into a small-town enclave when you walk down Lee Street and into the front door of this classic brick home.

Just inside that front door is the main-floor living room, which provides a cozy space to curl into. The contrast between the dark hardwood floors and the light that streams through your windows gives the impression that this space is bigger than it seems. The back door leads to a brand-new patio with plenty of space to relax and recline or entertain and dine while shutting out the world around you. Read more »

Chris Kearse To Collaborate with Jaxon BYOB

Jaxon BYOB hosts Chris Kearse

Jaxon BYOB hosts Chris Kearse

You know what used to happen in Philadelphia restaurants all the time? Collaboration dinners. But for some reason, not so much anymore more. So we were very excited to see this event cross our desk.

On Monday, November 14, Jaxon BYOB will be hosting a dinner with chef Christopher Kearse from Will BYOB and Jaxon’s new chef, Matthew Gansert. Kearse and Gansert worked together at Will. Gansert has also been the chef of Jerry’s Bar and Resurrection Ale House. The pair are reuniting for this special prix-fix dinner event. The dinner is BYOB and will cost $55 per person.

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Yards Is Hosting Brawlerfest this Weekend

brawler fest 940This Saturday, November 5th, Yards Brewing is hosting Brawlerfest at the its upcoming brewery location at 5th and Spring Garden. Brawlerfest is a “beer ball” that is part beer festival, part old-school carnival, part block party and music fest.

In addition to standard and special edition Yards beers, there will also be food trucks and music by local bands Marah, Blayer Point-du-Jour & Rockers Galore and more. And since it is Brawlerfest, current UFC Lightweight Champion Eddie Alvarez will be on hand.

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