Hard Hat Tour: Cinnaminson Hill

The first six homes in the Cinnaminson Hill development. Eighteen more are slated to follow. The open house took place in the second home from the right; the Hard Hat Tour, in the homes on either side of it. | Photos: Sandy Smith

Some of you may have seen me refer to Northeast Philadephia at one time or another as “our vast in-city suburb.”

With all due respect to the denizens of the Northeast, I must now state here that I got this wrong. If what you’re looking for is the look and feel of outer suburbia and an address with a ZIP code that begins with 191, the place you should be looking is Upper Roxborough.

I came to this realization as I hiked down Cinnaminson Street past the point where its sidewalks disappeared to reach an open house PRDC Properties was holding last week for its latest work in progress, Cinnaminson Hill.

The first six homes in this 24-unit development are in various stages of completion, and one of the six was complete enough for PRDC CEO David Perlman and his crew to invite everyone in. Read more »

First-Time Find: Refreshed in Germany Hill for $239.9K

332 Fountain St., Philadelphia, Pa. 19128 | TREND images via Coldwell Banker Preferred

332 Fountain St., Philadelphia, Pa. 19128 | TREND images via Coldwell Banker Preferred

We know, we know, we keep featuring homes for sale in Northwest Philly. But in our defense, all the stellar listings that are fresh to the market lately make it so easy – like this Germany Hill townhome that was just re-listed, is incredibly affordable and would make a great first-time home.

Right away, we have to mention the adorable front porch (although it might not be so adorable if you don’t like your neighbors). From there, enter inside to the main floor, which is highlighted by wood flooring that balance greatly with the brick fireplace in the corner of the living room and the light colored walls throughout. From the living room, reach the dining room and then the updated kitchen. Read more »

Trinity Tuesday: Young at Heart in Manayunk for $275K

4302 Boone St., Philadelphia, Pa. 19128 | TREND images via BHHS Fox & Roach

4302 Boone St., Philadelphia, Pa. 19128 | TREND images via BHHS Fox & Roach

It’s not often that a trinity is this new. Rebuilt only ten years ago, it is quite certainly a baby compared to its counterparts. But don’t let its age (or lack thereof) fool you; the residence definitely gives its predecessors a run for their money.

Step through the front door and enter into the home’s modern kitchen, fit with tile countertops, designer backsplash, and stainless steel appliances. In typical Manayunk fashion, the home is situated on a hill. So, it makes sense that the sizable deck off the kitchen soars above the ground.

Back inside, descend down the spiral staircase into the lower level living room – a modern twist on the traditional trinity layout. This living area features a stone fireplace, a powder room, and yet another deck. Quite bigger than the first, though, this deck is perfect for entertaining guests during those warm summer months.

Located upstairs on the second floor are a decently sized bedroom and the home’s only full bathroom. Continue up the steps to a loft, which features a skylight and nice view, and depending on your needs, is probably the best choice for the master bedroom.

Any regular to Manayunk knows that parking after rush hour or on the weekends can be a nightmare, but you can breathe a sign of relief because this home is located on a street that has recently initiated permit parking. Add to that its prime location just minutes from the Manayunk train station and all the fun that Main Street has to offer, and you have yourself a winner.

THE FINE PRINT

BEDS: 2

BATHS: 1 full, 1 half

SQUARE FEET: 955

SALE PRICE: $275,000



4302 Boone St., Philadelphia, Pa. 19128 [Reda Akbil | BHHS Fox & Roach – Center City Walnut]

What $500K Will Buy You in Germany Hill

356 Cinnaminson St., Philadelphia, Pa. 19128 | TREND image via Zillow

356 Cinnaminson St., Philadelphia, Pa. 19128 | TREND image via Zillow

Nestled on a hillside in Philadelphia, Germany Hill is a neighborhood in Roxborough that really does have it all – it’s quiet, it’s close to public transportation, it’s walkable, it’s close to many bars and restaurants, and it still maintains some natural beauty. What more could a potential homeowner need?

Homes in Germany Hill range anywhere from $160,000 to $520,000, with the median price falling at about $222,000. So, if you’re looking to spend close to $500,000 on a home, you’ll definitely be on the more expensive side. But, the properties just might be worth it. Take a look at the three we’ve listed below and decide for yourself. Read more »

First Time Find: Suburban Comfort, City Address in Roxborough for $275K

7371 Valley Ave., Philadelphia, Pa. 19128 | TREND images via Long & Foster Real Estate

7371 Valley Ave., Philadelphia, Pa. 19128 | TREND images via Long & Foster Real Estate

Are you one of those people who don’t want to leave the city but want a home with all the comfort of a suburban pad?

We’ve found a place for you in upper Roxborough, close to both the Ridge and the Wissahickon Valley.

This is one of those homes you can’t judge by its cover, for its unassuming exterior covers a beautifully renovated, bright and airy traditionally-styled modern home. Read more »

When Your Boss Is Also a Registered Sex Offender

A screenshot of Pennsylvania's Megan's Law website, where Michaela Naughton found her boss Frank Laurenzi on the sex offenders list.

A quick search on Pennsylvania’s Megan’s Law website revealed the hard truth about Frank Laurenzi.

Once a promising young cadet in the police academy, Conshohocken’s Francis “Frank” Laurenzi is now a convicted sex offender. In 2014, at the age of 29, Laurenzi pleaded guilty to statutory sexual assault and sexual abuse of a child. The victim took private ballroom dancing lessons from Laurenzi, and investigators said that he videotaped some of their more than 20 sexual encounters, which occurred when the girl was 14 and 15 and Laurenzi was 27.

Laurenzi will be listed on the Pennsylvania Megan’s Law website for the rest of his life. So does that mean he shouldn’t be able to work at the local pizza parlor? Read more »

Getting to the Roxborough Night Market

night market roxborough 940The first Night Market of the 2016 season is upon us and it is happening this evening in Roxborough. Ridge Avenue will be closed off from Fountain Street to Monastery Avenue as dozens of food trucks, beer vendors and musicians descend on the area.

And with this Nigh Market, the Food Trust is going all out to make it as easy as possible to get there. There will be valet parking at Roxborough Hospital, shuttle buses from Wissahickon and Ivy Ridge train stations and five bus lines getting people close to the action.

The fun kicks off at 6 p.m. with new vendors like Bombay Local PizzaMy Four Suns Korean Fusion and
Viva Empanada. The next two Night Markets have also been announced. On Thursday, June 23 the roving market will be in the Callowhill neighborhood and on September 1st will head to West Philadelphia.

Roxborough Night Market Program (PDF)
Night Market [Food Trust]

Jawdropper of the Week: A Renovated Beauty in Roxborough

8520 Hagys Mill Rd, Philadelphia, PA 19128

8520 Hagys Mill Rd, Philadelphia, PA 19128 | TREND Images by Drew Callaghan Photography via Long & Foster

This week’s Jawdropper is defined by the views it offers, both inside and out. Everywhere you turn you can find a breathtaking sight, be it of the backyard, the kitchen, the master bedroom or the patio. This Italianate stone home, built in 1865, has been through massive renovations and additions but still has the historic stone exterior.

One thing that is pretty cool about the layout of this house is that it’s essentially two separate wings. You can tell from the driveway, as there are two very distinct two-level portions of the home that are separated by a one-story front entryway. Since there are these two wings, there needs to be some way to connect them. This house does that with a heated cobblestone breezeway that perfectly encapsulates what you would want out of an old home with modern renovations. Read more »

Farmhouse Friday: From the Valley to the Ridge in Roxborough

730 Spring Lane, Philadelphia, Pa. 19128 | Images from BHHS Fox & Roach

730 Spring Lane, Philadelphia, Pa. 19128 | Images from BHHS Fox & Roach

This handsome Colonial farmhouse sits on a not-quite-3/4-acre lot on a quiet street just off Ridge Avenue in the Andorra section of upper Roxborough, not far from the Montgomery County line. It’s been lovingly maintained over the years since it took its current form in the mid-1930s, but its owner says there’s some interesting history behind it.

According to the owner, Milena Davidova, this home started out as a much smaller frame farmhouse along the banks of the Schuylkill in the 1850s. An outbreak of malaria in the early 1900s led those homeowners who could afford it, including the owners of this house, to pack up and move to higher ground, house and all. The house was moved to a new foundation just off “the Ridge” on a flatbed wagon drawn by horses.

That house was radically transformed in the mid-1930s to what you see today. According to a blueprint in Milena’s possession, the work was performed by architect Robert Rhodes Goodwin for the house’s owner, Mrs. Samuel F. Houston, the wife of the son of Henry Howard Houston, who developed Chestnut Hill and much of upper Roxborough. Photos documenting the move and the blueprint of the enlargement came with the home when she bought it. (As Samuel and his wife lived in Chestnut Hill all their lives, we might guess that the home was rebuilt as an investment.)

We assume they will be passed on to whoever acquires this well-maintained farmhouse. On the outside, many of the original architectural details and the German clapboard siding have been preserved intact; inside, the original millwork and deep windows add character to a home that has been upgraded over the years to meet the needs of modern life, most recently with the upgrading of the master bathroom and two other bathrooms in 2015.

This home’s climate control and electrical systems are completely up to date, and it also features extras such as a butler’s pantry, mud room and full unfinished basement for storage. The grounds include a vegetable garden, a slate terrace and a storage shed.

THE FINE PRINT

BEDS: 6

BATHS: 4 full, 1 partial

SQUARE FEET: 4,930

PRICE: $599,999

ADDITIONAL INFO: This home originally listed for $624,000 and has had one price reduction. It has two fireplaces and a separate two-car garage.



730 Spring Lane, Philadelphia, Pa. 19128 [Mark Malfara | BHHS Fox & Roach]

The Big Reveal: First Designs of the Ridge Avenue Pocket Park

Groundeswell Design Group | Courtesy of Roxborough Developer Corporation

Groundswell Design Group | Courtesy of Roxborough Development Corporation

The landscape design gods at Groundswell Design Group are working their magic in Roxborough and the proof is in the first designs of the proposed Ridge Avenue Pocket Park, unveiled last week during a community meeting with local residents. Check ’em out in the gallery below and be sure let us know what you think in the comments!

According to a press release from the Roxborough Development Corporation, the neighborhood group working in tandem with Groundswell on the project, the park is set to have stadium style seating, a wall mural, movie area, and an “artistic entrance.” A rain garden boardwalk is also in the works, with the aim of allowing pedestrians “to experience unique moments” as they make their way through the park. Gardens and circulation paths “that create feelings of smaller spaces at the site” will also be incorporated.

What’s more, integral to the design of the pocket park are elements of sustainability. Aside from the rain garden boardwalk, Groundswell has proposed including native trees, perennials, shrubs, and grasses as soil-water-plant systems. These would be used purify potential storm water runoff from the Schuylkill.

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