Jawdropper of the Week: A Barn-Burner in Flourtown for $1.3M

6280 Henry Ln., Flourtown, Pa. 19031 | TREND images via The Sivel Group

You know those great lodges they have in our national parks?

Consider this beauty of a home your own private lodge in a park that’s next to a park.

Your own patch of green totals 1.75 acres, and it’s located right up against the Wissahickon Creek in Fort Washington State Park, which you can take in from your back yard.

Your lodge is a former barn that’s been converted into a striking home with plenty of room for you, your family and your guests. Its flexible open layout makes it great for both everyday life and entertaining. Read more »

A Home With Character(s) in Wyndmoor for $4.25M

“Ropsley,” 8745-65 Montgomery Ave., Wyndmoor, Pa. 19038 | Photos: Herb Engelsberg and Michael Brock via The Sivel Group

The homes that Philadelphia’s “new money” built in Cheltenham Township were generally built to impress, none more so than the over-the-top and still-on-the-market Lynnewood Hall. And there were some very famous names associated with these mansions: Elkins. Widener. Wanamaker. Curtis. Stetson. Stotesbury. Cooke. (Yes, railroad tycoon Jay Cooke built a home in the township.)

This picturesque estate in the Wyndmoor section is far less opulent than Lynnewood Hall, but it has an informal elegance that makes it no less impressive. It also has a couple of illustrious names associated with it: McIlhenny and Poe. Read more »

Gracious Living (Updated) in Penn Valley for $2.695M

50 Righters Mill Rd., Penn Valley, Pa. 19072 | Photos: Herb Engelsberg and Michael Brock via The Sivel Group

Main Line elegance has historically come in two principal flavors: opulent and understated.

This handsome home in Penn Valley falls into the latter category.

Designed in the early 1930s by noted local architect Erling H. Pedersen, this English country-style manor makes the most of its hillside location along the Mill Creek valley. Inside, it’s been beautifully updated to incorporate the best elements of 21st-century design; outside, it retains every bit of its original casual, informal beauty. Read more »

A Future Parkside Loft in Callowhill for $540K

429 N. 13th St. #4G, Philadelphia, Pa. 19123 | Images via The Sivel Group

429 N. 13th St. #4G, Philadelphia, Pa. 19123 | Images via The Sivel Group

There are all sorts of nice neighborhood amenities around this fourth-floor corner loft apartment in a former garment factory in Callowhill: Great pubs and eateries a short walk away (Prohibition Taproom, Bufad Pizza…). Chinatown and the Reading Terminal Market almost at your doorstep. Broad Street and the Spring Garden subway station just around the corner. And a great view out your south-facing windows that will soon include what may be the neighborhood’s nicest amenity: the Rail Park, which will run right past this building.

And you can enjoy all this in an open, airy, flexible and sun-drenched live/work space thanks to those huge eight-foot-high south-facing windows. The 12-foot-high-ceilings add to its sense of spaciousness, and the original wood beams, cherry floors, and painted brick and pipes give it loads of funky charm. Read more »

Live Large On Top of The Hill for $1.275M

1 W. Hartwell Ln., #4G, Philadelphia, Pa. 19118 | Images from The Sivel Group

1 W. Hartwell Ln., #4G, Philadelphia, Pa. 19118 | Images from The Sivel Group

Chestnut Hill’s One West condo is a double first for the elevated Philadelphia neighborhood: The first new residential construction on Germantown Avenue and its first new mixed-use project in 30 years.

“Living over the store” has never looked as elegant as this, though. This two-bedroom, three-bath condo combines the latest features and a modern layout with neotraditional design in a single package that’s sure to delight you, your friends and your family.

In addition to an open-plan living/dining room and kitchen, this unit features a nicely outfitted master suite, a huge 346-square-foot terrace accessed via French doors from the living room, and a guest bedroom with its own en suite bath and terrace access. Read more »

Jawdropper of the Week: A More Stately Manor in Lafayette Hill

741 Thomas Rd., Lafayette Hill, Pa. 19118 | Photos by Herb Engelsberg via The Sivel Group

731 Thomas Rd., Lafayette Hill, Pa. 19118 | Photos by Herb Engelsberg via The Sivel Group

Does the home whose rear portico you see above call to mind images of country clubs or mansions from the movies?

If it doesn’t, maybe you haven’t been watching the right movies, for this beautifully restored 1920 center-hall Colonial is so photogenic it hurts.

Designed by Robert McGoodwin and built for Andorra Nursery owner William Harper, “Andorra House” is the beneficiary of a top-to-bottom renovation that has both restored and renewed its original historic details and updated it for today’s way of life, with plenty of gracious spaces for everyday living and entertaining. Read more »

“Orthodox Cottage”: A Blue Bell Property With An Amazing History

525 Penllyn Pike, Blue Bell, Pa. 19422

525 Penllyn Pike, Blue Bell, Pa. 19422 | Photography by Drew Callaghan via The Sivel Group

It’s not often that we feature houses outside of our usual weekly rotation (Main Line Monday, Trinity Tuesday, Jawdropper of the Week, Farmhouse Friday), but when we heard about the history of this house, we decided that it belonged in a post all its own.

This Blue Bell house, known as the “Orthodox Cottage,” reflects two defining eras in American history. Read more »