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

TREND images via Zillow.com

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

TREND images via Zillow.com

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

TREND images via Zillow.com

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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Trinity Tuesday: Yep, This Double-Bedroom in NoLibs Has a Bathroom Deck

TREND photos via RE/MAXX Access

TREND photos via RE/MAXX Access

Remember the Italian Market trinity house with a French balcony in the bathroom? Well, we’ve found a Philadelphia home that takes it a step further: this North Bodine Street home in Northern Liberties has a deck overlooking the street and is solely accessed via the second-floor bathroom. What the what? Has this always been a thing with certain homes?

Bathroom deck or no, the expanded property caught our attention for several reasons, not least for the callback to nature vibe of its current interior design. For one thing, it’s within walking distance to the upcoming SoNo project, which promises to be a creative office “campus of cool” once complete. Notable home features include original hardwood floors, two fireplaces, and a finished basement with a recently renovated laundry area.

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Trinity Tuesday: Rental on Addison Street Listed for $1,700/Month

TREND images via Zillow.com

TREND images via Zillow.com

Mark your calendars, guys. July 1st, this 796-square-foot Rittenhouse home is ready for move-in. Its amenities include central air, in-unit washer & dryer, and street parking. Plus, if you’ve got a furry pal who’s just under 25 lbs., the owner will consider approving him/her.

In addition to the aforementioned features, there are hardwood floors, built-in shelving, lower-level storage space, and a functional gas fireplace. The bedroom, located on the third floor, comes with a half bathroom (full one is on the second floor with the bonus living space) and deck. Tenant is in charge of paying electric, gas, and water. Specs and photos below!

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Trinity Tuesday: Rental Edition – Quirky, Cozy, & In the Gayborhood

TREND images via BHHS Fox & Roach - 1818 Rittenhouse

TREND images via BHHS Fox & Roach – 1818 Rittenhouse

It was the pleasant façade – what with the white shutters, pretty pink tree out front (a vaunted cherry blossom??), and that killer location at Pine and South Camac – that first caught our attention, no doubt about it.

But what charmed and us and ultimately made us decide it was today’s “Trinity Tuesday” pick? The colorful rooms may have had something to do with that.

Entering the home, you’ll note the open layout living / dining space has been appointed built-in bookcase and shelves, access to the back courtyard, and two wall colors. And we won’t say they’re two tone walls exactly, but they do seem to complement each other.

From here, a pair of stained glass French doors lead down to the lower-level kitchen, which has modern appliances, fireplace, and a separate entrance to the front. (The washer & dryer are here too.) At this point we should mention there are a total of three working fireplaces in the home.

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Trinity Tuesday: What’s Behind This Green Door in Queen Village?

TREND photos via BHHS Fox & Roach-CC Walnut

TREND photos via BHHS Fox & Roach-CC Walnut

Walk a block and half south from South and S American Streets and you’ll find a gate breaking a tight line of row homes. What lies beyond it? Take a look at the gallery and you’ll see that although the homes do have back yard enclosures, the path beyond the gate does not lead to them, but to a private courtyard facing a mini collection of houses instead.

One of these, an end trinity home with a green (chartreuse?) door, is on the market. Here’s what lies behind that door:

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