First-Time Find: Picturesque Pad in Phoenixville for $195K

352 Hall St., Phoenixville, Pa. 19460 | TREND images via Coldwell Banker Preferred

The white picket fence says it all. This home is the perfect place for new family with kids to settle down. The home was renovated in 2011 and has ample outdoor and indoor space for children to play.

Pass the quaint front porch and enter the townhouse. The first floor showcases a nicely appointed family room, dining room and kitchen. A decorative fireplace adds a classic touch to the dining room. The updated kitchen is outfitted with maple cabinetry and an island area. Read more »

Westside Story: New Apartments on the (Cutting) Edge of Phoenixville

The retail portion of the Westside development, under construction on Phoenixville's west edge. | Photos and renderings courtesy Scully Company

The retail portion of the Westside development, under construction on Phoenixville’s west edge. | Photos and renderings courtesy Scully Company

Another old industrial community with strong bones hereabouts is Phoenixville. This former steel mill town has lately seen a surge of interest in its charming, walkable downtown, anchored by the Colonial Theater, the movie house featured in the cult-fave horror B-movie “The Blob.” New apartment buildings offer residents young and old alike the chance to live in the heart of it all.

But maybe you want to have convenient access to the heart of it all yet get away from it when you want. Berwyn-based Longview Property Group is working on your answer right now. Read more »

High-End Rental Boom Moves to the Suburbs

New luxury developments such as Carl Dranoff's upcoming One Ardmore Place are reshaping suburban downtowns. They're giving older Main Streets a shot in the arm, but bringing with them some of the same worries about displacing poorer residents. | Image: Dranoff Properties

New luxury developments such as Carl Dranoff’s upcoming One Ardmore Place are reshaping suburban downtowns. They’re giving older Main Streets a shot in the arm, but bringing with them some of the same worries about displacing poorer residents. | Image: Dranoff Properties

Apartments in downtown Phoenixville for $1,300 to $3,000 a month? Who knew?

Just as they have in the city, the Millennials are touching off a construction boom that’s now busily reshaping suburban communities around the region.

The Philadephia Inquirer reported Sunday (Jan. 8) on a surge in construction of upscale apartments in suburban communities such as Phoenixville, West Chester, King of Prussia, Ardmore and Bala Cynwyd.

According to the article, nearly 7,000 new apartments are either under construction or in the pipeline in Lower and Upper Merion Townships, Phoenixville and West Chester alone. The construction boom is reviving old downtowns like Phoenixville and transforming auto-oriented environments like King of Prussia. Read more »

Remember That Bar Tour of Phoenixville We Mentioned?

Bridge Street in Phoenixville.

Bridge Street in Phoenixville.

If you don’t, here is a little recap: Ricky Wolf, CEO of Stable 12, told us that he was planning a tour through all the bars, breweries and distilleries in the Pheonixville area, once the madness of the grand opening of their Taproom died down a bit.

Now, consider it died down, because now we have all the details, and, as always, we’re here to fill you in.

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Stable 12 Opening Their Official Taproom in Phoenixville

Stable 12 Brewing Co.

Stable 12 Brewing Co. Taproom

Are you the kind of person that’s looking for 15 hours of beer-related fun? Do you live in the ‘burbs and secretly despise all the city dwellers with their easy access to brew pubs and restaurant openings? Then man, do we have some good news for you.

In celebration of their new taproom, Stable 12 Brewing Co will be hosting their grand opening on Saturday, July 18th in Phoenixville.

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Defunct Phoenixville Water Park To Be Auctioned

Photo by Max Spann

Photo via Max Spann

In the heat of summer, most families grab tickets and line up at the gates of their local water park. In a few short weeks, individuals will sit in chairs and hold up placards for a chance to purchase an entire water park.

Max Spann, the same firm that is holding land auctions for several closed Philadelphia schools, is holding public bidding on the property formerly known as Water World Park— 655 Schuylkill Road (Rt. 724) — on July 29th at 11 am, the Reporter Online reported Friday. The firm held property previews on Monday, July 6th and Monday, July 13th for any prospective buyers interested in the land.

The lot covers around 22 acres with frontage on Schuylkill Road. Its location is not far from Valley Forge, US Route 422 and King of Prussia and the site has gas and electricity. It is also coded for mixed-use zoning, meaning that a potential developer could add offices, restaurants, banks and stores, among other possible spaces.

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Bluebird Distilling Coming to Phoenixville


This May, Bluebird Distilling is coming to Phoenixville. Bluebird will produce small-batch whiskey, bourbon, vodka and gin from grain-to-glass in the 5,000 square-foot space at 100 Bridge Street. Beginning in April, owner Jared Adkins hopes to start making the spirits and by opening day will have his un-aged liquors ready to serve, including white rye whiskey, gin and vodka.

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The Fatland Estate Is Going For $9 Milllion

The Vaux Hill mansion at 1248 Pawlings Rd.

The Vaux Hill mansion at 1248 Pawlings Rd.

The historic footnote that is Vaux Hill mansion may have had its splendiferous interior stripped of the gilded antiques that once furnished its rooms, but the property, which sits on the 15-acre Fatland estate in Phoenixville, appears as stately as ever.

The sale, which is quite literally a dollar under $9 million, includes the renovated and restored Greek Revival-style home, tennis court, horse pastures, and pool with pool house. There’s also a separately deeded stone barn on a 3-acre parcel. A fence surrounds the entire residence and a tree-lined drive leads to the courtyard with carved marble fountain.

Below is the breathtaking gallery.

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100 Percent of High Schoolers Attend Football Game Sober

Ah, high school football. The tradition, the camaraderie, the breathalyzer tests you have to pass to get in. At a Phoenixville Area High School football game over the weekend, students attending the game without their parents had to pass a breath test in order to be admitted.

This is not a new policy for school events: Routinely in many districts, students are tested for alcohol in order to attend dances or other extracurricular activities. This is the first time tests were done at a Phoenixville football game, but in a statement officials say the district has done it for other events. Fox got details on the reasoning for the tests: “Administrators declined to talk on camera, but tell FOX 29 they heard some students were going to the game drunk, so they took action.”

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On the Market: Chester County’s Austen-Like Strawberry Hollow Farm

Strawberry Hollow Farm was once just a modest, 1,000-square-foot farmhouse according to architect Robert DeHaven‘s online profile of the project. That was about 300 years ago. Today, thanks largely to DeHaven’s work, the property has sprawled into a mix of historic details and modern updates covering four bedrooms including a soaring master suite.

The home’s floorplan reflects additions throughout the years of its existence. The kitchen and great room were added, along with a wall of windows and several decks. The original fireside living room, den and library remain. The master suite features post and beam construction and soaring cathedral ceilings. The en-suite bath includes a soaking tub and leads to its own private deck.

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