Trinity Tuesday: Suburban Quiet in Fitler Square for $380K

2136 Tryon St., Philadelphia, Pa. 19146 | TREND images via Keller Williams Realty Center City

Not all of the little streets in Center City are equal. Some are just more charming than others.

Tryon Street, a one-block lane sandwiched between the 2100 blocks of Lombard and Naudain streets near Fitler Square, falls into this category with its lush greenery and red-brick warmth.

Both of these elements spill over into this recently listed trinity near the block’s west end. Built in 1925, it’s one of the last examples of this house type prior to today’s trinities-on-steroids revival, and a recent top-to-bottom renovation has kept it apace with the times without sacrificing an ounce of its charm. Read more »

Trinity Tuesday: A Two-Pack in Northern Liberties for $260K

1521 N. Palethorp St., Philadelphia, Pa. 19122 | TREND images via Coldwell Banker Preferred

Calling all bargain hunters: here’s a two-for-one deal! Right in the heart of Northern Liberties, these two historic trinities built in the 1900s offer a variety of opportunities. With separate but equally charming units, the possibilities are endless. A duplex, such as this featured listing, is an appreciable investment for anyone looking to rent out a piece of property and make a little profit off their purchase. Who knows? Maybe being a landlord is in your future.

It must be noted that the real selling point for this two-for-one special is its location. Positioned on a quiet street, the property is surrounded by new construction condominiums. Coupled with its Northern Liberties address, the two-unit home finds itself steps away from grade-A restaurants, shopping, bars and galleries. Read more »

Trinity Tuesday: A Private Oasis in Society Hill for $369.9K

609 Lombard St., Rear, Philadelphia, Pa. 19106 | TREND images from previous listing via BHHS Fox & Roach

If you’re the type who loves the excitement of city living but feels the need to get away from it all every so often, this is the home you’ve been looking for.

This nicely maintained and up-to-date trinity is one of those hidden gems one runs across on rare occasions in Philadelphia. You get to it by going through a narrow gated passageway from Lombard Street across from Starr Garden. The passageway leads to a garden of your very own, paved with brick and attractively landscaped.

Inside the house, there’s a modern kitchen on the first floor equipped with Jenn-Air appliances and bar seating. Above it, the original pine floors and wood-burning fireplace in the living room have been restored to mint condition. Read more »

Trinity Tuesday: Old-World Charm in Fitler Square for $845K

2420 Panama St., Philadelphia, Pa. 19103 | TREND images via Agent PHL

Four bedrooms, three bathrooms, including a large master bedroom and bath.

1,992 square feet of interior space.

Pretty decent for an attractive, beautifully updated home on one of those charming little cobblestone streets you find scattered throughout Center City (this one’s on the western fringe of Fitler Square).

This home caught our eye the moment the listing agent called it to our attention. Then we noticed a signal element in the photos. So we asked the agent: “Isn’t this an expanded trinity?”

The answer came back in the affirmative, which is why you’re reading about it here now. Read more »

Trinity Tuesday: A Quiet Retreat in Northern Liberties for $315K

1011 N. Orkney St., Philadelphia, Pa. 19123 | Images via Luminous Realty

We’re suckers for bargains. “That looks fabulous on you!” “You paid how much for that?”

You’ll probably get comments like these from your friends after moving into this super-stylish modern trinity on a super-quiet lane in Northern Liberties.

Yes, we said “modern trinity.” On the outside, it presents the classic 19th-century trinity face, but on the inside, it’s totally up to date with a bunch of nice style touches and extras. Read more »

Trinity Tuesday: Huge and Historic in Old City for $750K

123 Elfreth's Alley, Philadelphia, Pa. 19106 | TREND images via Keller Williams Realty

123 Elfreth’s Alley, Philadelphia, Pa. 19106 | TREND images via Keller Williams Realty

A trinity house in Elfreth’s Alley? It doesn’t get much more Philadelphian than that.

This expanded trinity maintains plenty of its traditional elements, most notably the trinity staircase, but these elements are balanced out by many new upgrades. First and foremost, each floor has multiple rooms, giving homeowners much more space than they would have in the average trinity. Enter into the living room, which is followed by a dining room and then an eat-in kitchen. From the kitchen, head outside and enjoy the nice yard space. The second floor is home to the master suite and a den. The third floor has two additional bedrooms, a sitting room, and a bathroom. Read more »

Trinity Tuesday: Something Extra in Wash West for $425K

209 S. Sartain St., Philadelphia, Pa. 19107 | TREND images via BHHS Fox & Roach

209 S. Sartain St., Philadelphia, Pa. 19107 | TREND images via BHHS Fox & Roach

The “little streets” of Washington Square West are some of the most attractive in the city. Tree-lined and intimate, they offer seclusion, traquility and even a little romance in the heart of the city.

A friend of ours delivered a paean to one of them, the block of South Quince Street between Locust and Spruce, five years ago. This elegant and spacious historically certified expanded trinity is located on the next street over, the equally intimate Sartain Street.

Did we just say “spacious trinity”? That wasn’t an accident: this home is an unusually roomy example of this uniquely Philadelphian house type. Read more »

Trinity Tuesday: Work from Home in Hawthorne for $360K

1225 Montrose St., Philadelphia, Pa. 19147 | TREND images via Zillow

1225 Montrose St., Philadelphia, Pa. 19147 | TREND images via Zillow

When we first laid eyes on the exterior of this trinity, one question ran through our minds, “Is that a garage next to the front door?” Yes, it is, in fact, and how cool is that? A trinity home is rare in and of itself – throw a garage into the mix, and you’ve definitely got something to talk about.

Let’s jump right into it: This trinity does maintain the traditional three-floor layout. However, as made evident by the garage, the first floor of this trinity strays a bit from the norm: it’s actually a workshop. The workshop features a bathroom, a nine-foot ceiling, a separate heater, insulated double doors, and a back door exit. Read more »

Trinity Tuesday: A Paradox in Germantown for $196.5K

444 W. Woodlawn St., Philadelphia, Pa. 19144 | TREND images via BHHS Fox & Roach

444 W. Woodlawn St., Philadelphia, Pa. 19144 | TREND images via BHHS Fox & Roach

It’s no secret that a trinity house is a special commodity in Philadelphia. So, we’d be lying if we told you we didn’t geek out every time a new listing came across our computer screen. But this week, our Trinity Tuesday listing has us scratching our heads – quite frankly because we aren’t even sure that it is one.

Is what we have here a trinity house with a major facelift? Or is this residence claiming to be something it’s not?

In several ways, this home looks like a trinity. Its curb appeal is very trinity-esque. It does have three floors. Heck, it was even built in 1880. However, it’s the interior of this self-proclaimed “double trinity” that really trips us up. Read more »

Trinity Tuesday: A Regal Retreat in Queen Village for $229.9K

228 Catharine St. #3, Philadelphia, Pa. 19147 | TREND images via Zillow

228 Catharine St. #3, Philadelphia, Pa. 19147 | TREND images via Zillow

This week’s featured trinity is one of those rarities: An affordable home in a gated community.

Now, don’t get ahead of yourself: your friends who come to visit you in this Queen Village charmer won’t be given the eagle eye and asked to present ID by a guy sitting in a guard house. But this home does sit on a private courtyard tucked behind two rowhomes on Catharine Street, sealed off by a gate from the outside world.

Which makes it a perfect choice for an individual or couple who want to have their urban vitality and eat their suburban tranquility too. Read more »

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