It feels like each week for Trinity Tuesday we talk about the downsides of trinities, and how that week’s featured house manages to deny those downsides. Truth be told, though, it’s warranted. When you look at tons of houses every week, you find that many of the city’s trinities really don’t need to be put up on our site. There are some that do, however, and this is one of them. Read more »
A large part of the appeal of trinity houses is the character of the house. They’re often on tiny side streets, and the fact that they’re so small and so old adds an inherent vibe to them that you’re just not going to find elsewhere. This week’s Trinity Tuesday house has just that vibe.
First off, look where it’s located. It’s in a private courtyard in Queen Village. You walk up to the house on a brick walkway that looks like it was around during the days of Ben Franklin. Well, it almost was—the house was built in 1800. Read more »
Have you heard of the Tiny House movement? It’s kind of cool, and it’s pretty much exactly what it sounds like: People build houses — baths, beds, kitchens, the whole works — that are so small that, in many cases, they fit on a trailer and can be carried from site to site.
Sort of like this:
It’s a popular movement, though not, it seems, so much in big cities. Why not? Well, the Atlas Obscura website makes the case that Philly’s Trinity Houses are the original tiny house — just “older and cuter,” so compact that living in one amounts to living in “a very large stairwell.” Read more »
From the minute you see the bright red door outside this Center City trinity townhouse, it’s clear that this could be quite the place to live. Upon walking in, it’s apparent that despite the quirks of trinity living, this place might be one of the best city dwellings you’re going to find.
With its hardwood floors, exposed brick walls and that quintessential trinity fireplace, the first floor is definitely stylish. Read more »
It looks like a classic trinity on the outside, and it has the trademark spiral staircase on the inside. But this expanded trinity across from Starr Garden in Washington Square West feels bigger on the inside thanks to its open floor plans on the first and third floors.
Those plans led the home’s current owner to put the living room on the top floor, which is a single open space, and to use what would otherwise have been the living room on the first floor as a dining and sitting room.
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Trinity houses are inherently a bit outside the box. This house, however, is unique even for a trinity.
The Queen Village home on S 2nd Street has the familiar three-level set up, but it also has a wraparound porch (as you know, a favorite of ours), a shared patio, and a roof deck with planters and an irrigation system that has views of Center City. The brick exterior looks sharp with all of the foliage you could get growing, too.
The inside is a little more familiar. It’s got the cozy quarters that you expect for a trinity, but it’s multi-story fireplace is a real showstopper. The kitchen is pretty roomy, though, and has ample cabinet space and an interesting wood-tile combination on the floor.
It also has a spiral staircase leading from the hardwood-floored master bedroom up onto the roof.
We just love to take a stroll down the many compact and quaint streets of Wash West–no matter the season!
This trinity home on South Iseminger Street offers a calming change of pace from those highly-trafficked thoroughfares of nearby Lombard Street and 13th Street–especially if you’re looking for a more scenic shortcut to Amis, Last Drop Coffee or even Dirty Frank’s.
The historically certified home dates back to 1875 and features a great blend of old and new, including original pine floors throughout. The sunny living area boasts a fireplace with a splendid mantel and the home even has an eat-in kitchen–a rare find for a traditionally cramped trinity. There’s even a back patio. So yeah, you’ll be dining (or drinking) al fresco at this place.
This one is pretty straightforward. Are you looking for a rehabbed and expanded trinity home near Girard Avenue in Northern Liberties? Of course you do. So let’s take a little tour of the property, yeah?
This one, located at 1019 North Orkney Street, comes with a bunch of upgrades, including a spiffed up kitchen with granite countertops, washer/dryer on the first floor and access to a large rear yard.
Probably the best part about this home is that it’s pretty much move-in ready. The windows are new, the HVAC has been updated and it’s located on a quiet dead end street a few steps from Las Cazuelas and The Fire, two favorite Philly spots that were on Girard Avenue before it was cool.
Admit it, the first snow is always the prettiest.
While we understand that the Philadelphia region is poised to experience our first real slice of winter this weekend, there’s one particular feature that stands out in this expanded trinity in Washington Square West–the deck. It seems counter intuitive, given the season, but let us explain.
This artsy rental on South Camac Street comes complete with two sizable bedrooms and at least one fireplace–an amenity that will certainly come in handy on those cold winter days. However, how will people actually know there’s snow on the ground? That’s right, they won’t find out by looking out a window, but by your copious (and constant) amounts of Facebook, Instagram and, yes, even Snapchat updates showing them the physical evidence that frozen droplets of water have fallen from the heavens to form unique little flakes that accumulate on your deck space creating piles and piles of pristine snow.
The weather in Philly has been funny lately. One day, it’s 65 degrees and sunny, and the next one is blustery with a chance of actual snow! Yo-yoing temps mean that it’s critical to have a versatile place that keeps you warm in the winter and also cools you down during those hazy, hot and humid days.
This tucked away trinity home on a cul-de-sac-like stretch of Darien Street in Bella Vista does just that, thanks in large part to its wood burning fireplace (with lovely tile accents) and the central air conditioning.