First-Time Find: A Solid Start in Mt. Airy for $270K

225 W. Gorgas Ln., Philadelphia, Pa. 19119 | TREND images via Elfant Wissahickon Realtors

You’ll find many row homes like this handsome 1930s stone-front in “middle neighborhoods” all over Philadelphia, though in most cases, they’re faced in brick. Like the Wissahickon schist that used to be quarried in the area and graces many of them, stone homes tend to be more of a Northwest Philly thing.

What you won’t find as often is a row home in a great neighborhood like Mt. Airy that has been thoughtfully kept abreast of the times by an owner with a great feel for mixing contemporary minimalism with traditional design.

The owner of this home is one such, and if you buy it, you will have a strong foundation on which to build for the future. Read more »

Jawdropper of the Week: A Moderne Marvel in West Mt. Airy for $2.195M

641 St. Georges Rd., Philadelphia, Pa. 19119 | Images via Kurfiss Sotheby's International Realty

641 St. Georges Rd., Philadelphia, Pa. 19119 | Images via Kurfiss Sotheby’s International Realty

Oh, West Mt. Airy, you’ve done it again. This handsome residence is cool and calming – and a design enthusiast’s dream come true. It’s a rare example of the Moderne style rendered in the native stone of the Wissahickon, near which it sits on 3.95 acres.

The main floor features a formal living room and a formal dining room, both of which have French doors leading outside, a kitchen and butler’s pantry, an office, and two powder rooms. Two relatively new additions to this floor are a work room, and our personal favorite, a sunroom featuring a dining area, fireside seating, skylights, and even more French doors to the home’s exterior. Read more »

Farmhouse Friday: Country Charm In Mt. Airy

6825 Wissahickon Ave., Philadelphia, Pa. 19118| TREND Images from BHHS Fox & Roach

6825 Wissahickon Ave., Philadelphia, Pa. 19118 | TREND Images from BHHS Fox & Roach

Back in 1844, when this lovely and beautifully maintained farmhouse was built, the German Township had just split itself in two. The more urban portion became the reconstituted Germantown Borough in August of that year, while the rest of what is now known as Mount Airy and Chestnut Hill remained in Germantown Township.

Mount Airy today is a very urbane (yet bosky) place, but this home has managed to retain all of its country charm, just on a much smaller lot.

The side of the home that faces Wissahickon Avenue is actually the side, not the front: the home’s gracious front porch is on its fenced-in north side, and a driveway on its south side leads to two parking spaces.

Once inside, you’ll find a quietly elegant living room and dining room, each with its own fireplace, to the right of the main staircase. Past the dining room is the kitchen, which is flooded with natural light from the adjoining breakfast room and features the latest Jenn-Air appliances.

On the second floor are three bedrooms and two beautifully updated bathrooms, one of which boasts full marble tile walls and shower enclosure. The third floor is divided into a large room that can serve as a home office or fourth bedroom, a laundry room and a third bathroom.

In addition to the utility room, you’ll find a charming wine cellar in the basement.

Out back, there’s an attractive stone terrace and a storage shed in the completely fenced, spacious back yard.

Despite its rural appearance, you’re very close to all sorts of urban amenities, including the Mount Airy business district along Germantown Avenue and a SEPTA Regional Rail station where you can catch trains that will whisk you into Center City. And if you’re a nature lover, the Wissahickon Valley is also a short distance away.





SALE PRICE: $549,900

OTHER STUFF: This home’s price was raised by $400 on June 6.

6825 Wissahickon Ave., Philadelphia, Pa. 19118 [Ellen Goodwin | BHHS Fox & Roach]

Spotted: Gorgeous Tin Ceilings Inside This West Mount Airy Home

All images by TREND via Coldwell Banker Preferred–Avenue of the Arts

The seafoam-y green trim accents, classic cream-painted stone and the wraparound porch (partially enclosed) are just a few of the details that give this home in West Mount Airy marvelous curb appeal. Lookin’ to live in one of the best neighborhoods in the city? Right this way, sir/madam.  Read more »

Once Upon a Time: West Mt. Airy Fairytale Home

For anyone who has ever fantasized about a picturesque house among nature’s finest, this  five-bedroom English Cotswold may be the answer to your dreams.

Proudly displaying a stone hearth, wood-beam ceilings, and stained glass, this 1950s house has multiple fireplaces, including one with a carved mural.

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West Mt. Airy Bang for the Buck: Mansion With Nine Bedrooms for $650,000

Built in 1925, this home must have been quite grand in its day, with an interior to match its exterior. These days it still cuts a grand figure but has quite a surprise to offer: Inside, it’s completely renovated, with stainless steel appliances, bamboo floors, and distinctly contemporary notes like glass vessel sinks and recessed lighting. There’s even new stucco, new electrical and new plumbing. The house is positively bathed in newness, but still fits in with the Mt. Airy aesthetic.

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Hallelujah! Someone Is Buying the Morris Leeds Home

After more than a year on the market, a sale is pending on the almost 10,000-square-foot Anglo/Norman manor that was built for famed inventor and electric engineer Morris Leeds. It has ironwork by Samuel Yellin and was designed by architectural firm Mellor, Meigs and Howe, whose signature gestures can be seen in every room–from the mahogany beamed ceilings to the hand-carved stonework.

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Would-Be Mt. Airy Home Buyers Get Creative

If you follow real estate stories, you probably know that there’s a shortage of homes on for sale in many parts of the country. This doesn’t mean there aren’t unsold houses sitting on the market, but houses in the most popular areas may be virtually unavailable.

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Which Is the Least Violent Neighborhood in Philadelphia County?

That would be West Mt. Airy, according to the what Technically Philly’s Juliana Reyes calls the Inquirer’s “beautiful” crime app. “In the last 30 days, West Mt. Airy has been the most peaceful neighborhood in the city. That is to say, its violent crime rate clocks in at zero,” wrote Reyes today. So which neighborhood had the most violent crimes?

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