Trinity Tuesday: Newly Listed Historic Residence in Washington Square West

TREND images via Zillow.com

TREND images via Zillow.com

It’s too often we come across beautiful, 19th-century Philadelphia homes that have been renovated into oblivion by misguided individuals. Stripped of their original details and charm, these residential jewels go on to lose that intrinsic “it” factor that made them desirable in the first place. Fortunately, whoever is responsible for having updated this Washington Square West trinity house did the job right. Would-be historic property owners, take note.

Standing at the end of a cobblestoned street, the two-bedroom comes with cozy living areas that feature hardwood floors and muted wall colors, so that even though it has certainly been modernized, it’s not strewn with any flashy upgrades that elicit laughs (at best). Meanwhile, the open kitchen – a room decked out in stainless steel appliances, granite tops and a travertine tiled backsplash,  mind you – has French doors leading out to a patio with a private door to Irving Street.

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Trinity Tuesday: Bright-Eyed Abode in Bella Vista Includes Bedroom Deck

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TREND images via Zillow.com

You know how some people say when you marry a person, you marry their family? Well, the same could be say about buying a home, but instead of a family, you’re committing to a neighborhood. And this tidy trinity on narrow Mildred Street? Well, it’s in one of Philly’s best.

See, the Bella Vista Neighborhood Association goes the extra mile to provide several events ranging from “environmental walks to garden tours to happy hours,” according to the listing. Plus, the home is within walking distance to South Street and the Italian Market, and right around the corner from the soon-to-open restaurant, Coeur, a Montreal-inspired bistro from the owners of Memphis Taproom.

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Trinity Tuesday: We Would Totally Marry This Queen Village Home

TREND images via Redfin

TREND images via Redfin

We would totally marry this house on a tree-lined block in Queen Village. And by “we,” we should clarify that we really just mean Property editor James Jennings. See, upon reminding him of this trinity abode via Slack, he responded with: “Holy crap, I love that place … I would marry that place.” Indeed, Jim, indeed.

Aside from the fact that people can’t marry buildings (you just Googled that didn’t you?), we can certainly understand the sentiment. Take a peek at the gallery, embedded below, and you’ll get it too: it’s a lovely end-unit home with a “storybook exterior” charmed with iron planter boxes, plus two entrances and a patio for al fresco dining. Who wouldn’t want to make a commitment to this trinity house? (Well, perhaps some might beg to differ.)

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Trinity Tuesday: “Fantasy Landscape” Pied-à-Terre in Rittenhouse

TREND images via Zillow.com

TREND images via Zillow.com

Trinities, by their nature, make excellent second homes in the city for those with primary residences elsewhere. But as you can see by the responses we’ve gotten to our query about what it’s like to live in one, whole families have managed to make it work with a Father, Son & Holy Ghost as their home. Here’s a historically-registered one on the corner of 17th and Pine and it comes with a mural on its side façade to boot!

Commissioned by the city’s Mural Arts Program, Brian Senft’s “Fantasy Landscape” scene takes up the the entire left side of the home and stretches to an adjacent building. Inside, the move-in ready trinity offers newer HVAC, updated Donatucci kitchen with custom cherry wood, and a second-level room with built-in bookcases and recently renovated bathroom with skylight. Upstairs, the third floor master bedroom comes with a built-in double bed with custom storage, plus an attic/storage area. The home can be sold turn-key. Photos and specs below.

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Trinity Tuesday: Versatile Rowhome in Philly’s Walker’s Paradise

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TREND images via Zillow.com

Truth be told (and to dissuade denizens of nearby ‘hoods from lunging at my jugular), almost all the neighborhoods surrounding Center City will fall within WalkScore’s vaunted “Walker’s Paradise” grade. Today, though, we’re going to single out Washington Square West, where this week’s trinity home is located. Its score? Ninety-nine. Damn near perfect (especially if you’d rather do without a car, which might just be something to consider).

Situated directly across from Starr Garden Park, the two-bedroom has easy access to South Street (no lie, it’s literally right behind it) and is a few short blocks from Independence Mall. According to the listing, the house has been expanded and central heat and air conditioning keep it comfortable enough in the face of Philadelphia’s more severe weather.

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Trinity Tuesday: This 1,000-Square-Foot House Could Turn You Into a Minimalist

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TREND images via Zillow.com

Purging old paperwork from my drawers, donating long-untouched books to the library, clearing my perpetually mail-laden bureau, and re-organizing my closet…these are all things I try to be consistent with. Before I know it, though, it’s suddenly back to square one and I’m staring at a messy abyss on a Monday morning with the clock ticking in my ears, all because I slept in all weekend and never got around to decluttering.

I’m a wannabe minimalist in other words. Perhaps that’s why I love trinities so much: three stories, charmingly aged, and compact? Sign me up, man, because there’s no way living in snug quarters will allow me the luxury of “forgetting.” Even Joshua Becker from the Becoming Minimalist blog thinks so, going so far as to list twelve reasons why living in a smaller home will make you happier – see no. 1, 2, 9, and 10!

All that being said, were I or any other aspiring minimalist in the market for a trinity house in Philadelphia, this Rodman Street property might be a place to consider. Granted, it’s an expanded home and certainly a lot more sizable than other trinities, but it offers just 1,005 square feet of living space. Original wide-plank wood flooring is throughout and there’s a wood-burning fireplace on the first level. Exposed brick makes appearances, most notably in the main bedroom (third floor), where there are vaulted ceilings and access to a roof deck.

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Trinity Tuesday: Snug Rental Just Off the Schuylkill Banks Boardwalk

TREND images via BHHS Fox & Roach-1818 Rittenhouse

TREND images via BHHS Fox & Roach-1818 Rittenhouse

Watch out, you might just miss it! Slightly concealed on little Bonsall Street in Fitler Square, this quaint two-bedroom offers up a perfectly respectable piece of real estate: oak hardwood floors throughout, exposed brick, central air, and a wood-burning fireplace in the living room.

Like most compact trinities (this one comes at us with 583 square feet), the home makes use of all four of its floors, with the eat-in kitchen being situated in the lower level, where the Maytag washer and dryer and other mechanicals are also located. The top floor, meanwhile, is home to the main bedroom, which enjoys a vaulted ceiling and sizable closet space. Bonus? It’s got easy access to Rittenhouse amenities, as well as the Schuylkill Banks Boardwalk.

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Trinity Tuesday: Rittenhouse Charmer Can Have Its Cake and Eat It Too

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TREND images via Zillow.com

At the risk of starting a fuss about which neighborhood 1522 Naudain Street falls in, we’re just going to go ahead and say it really has the best of both Rittenhouse and Graduate Hospital, regardless: it’s a stone’s throw from South Street (still fun times), yet a few short blocks from the Square and its surrounding eateries and retail.

In addition to having its neighborhood cake and eating it too, the expanded trinity home had its kitchen renovated back in 2013. The work brought in recessed lighting, an exposed brick wall, oversized cabinetry and new stainless steel appliances. Dining al fresco is possible, as there’s a private back patio accessed via French doors in the living room.

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Trinity Tuesday: Classic Restoration in Queen Village Features Modern Upgrades

TREND images via BHHS Fox & Roach-Center City Walnut

TREND images via BHHS Fox & Roach-Center City Walnut

Clocking in at 633 square feet, this three-story residence is as adorable as you might expect. Unlike some of its aged brethren, however, this little trinity in Queen Village was renovated in 2010 and is “an amazing restoration,” according to agent Josh Allen.

Updates include all new windows, high-end lighting, and reclaimed wood floors. Even the front door is new. Also on the first level are custom bookshelves, period wainscoting, and cabinets for if you want to keep all those TV and video game accessories out of the way. The kitchen and bathroom are both located on the second level and boast Carrara marble, the former of which comes with custom cabinetry, Liebherr fridge, and Wolf range with a vented hood. Back downstairs, the unfinished basement is used for storage.

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Trinity Tuesday: Want to Live in Fishtown? This Porched Two-Bedroom Is For Sale

TREND images via Coldwell Banker Preferred

TREND images via Coldwell Banker Preferred

The neighborhood it’s in is probably one of its bigger draws, but it’s also worth noting this home has several other things going for it. Chief among them? A covered porch and two bedrooms, the first of which comes with built-in bookshelves and a glass door leading to a deck; the second, a small staircase up to a private loft space.

According to the listing, the 756-square-foot home is also well maintained, noting a bathroom with “vintage charm” offering a farmhouse sink and a Victorian-style soaking tub. Hardwood floors are throughout and the basement is finished and comes with closet space. More built-in shelves can be found on the first floor living room, where there’s exposed brick; while the kitchen, which has porch access, includes granite tops, gray cabinets, and stainless steel appliances.

The home is nestled right off the Frankford Ave. and  East Girard. Specs and photos below.

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