Philly Slips A Notch on the Affordabilit

Philly Slips A Notch on the Affordability Scale – The good news: you can still afford to buy a home in Philadelphia if you’re a middle-income earner. The bad news: It got just a little bit harder to do so in the second quarter of 2016. According to the latest quarterly survey of housing affordability conducted by mortgage search site HSH.com, a local household needs to make $53,421.87 a year before taxes in order to afford the mortgage on a median-priced home in the 11-… http://ow.ly/gLj4503MzDB

Main Line Monday: An Extra Helping of Ch

Main Line Monday: An Extra Helping of Charm in Strafford – 429 Old Eagle School Rd., Wayne, Pa. 19087 | TREND Images via RE/MAX Main Line There are loads of Colonial-style homes on the Main Line, as we have so often remarked. Dutch Colonial homes, however, are rare — and it’s even rarer to find one with plenty of Victorian detailing and style. Which is what makes this vintage 1886 home near Strafford Regional Rail station such a find. The first-rate restoration and upda… http://ow.ly/zZ4o503K9Pc

That House Out There: Creative Class in

That House Out There: Creative Class in Old City – 20 N. 3rd St. #701, Philadelphia, Pa., 19106 | Photos by Theresa Stigale via MGC Real Estate Group What sort of creative-class type are you? An artist looking for a blank canvas to paint on? A craftsperson who’d like to turn raw space into a one-of-a-kind atelier? Or maybe just a middle manager looking for a place with a fantastic view? If you’re any one of these, or anyone else with the scratch who has a hankering for … http://ow.ly/kZpP503EJ1W

Jawdropper of the Week: XXL Luxury Next

Jawdropper of the Week: XXL Luxury Next Door to Billy Penn – 1414 South Penn Square, Suite 28CDE, Philadelphia Pa. 19102 | Photos courtesy of The Residences at the Ritz-Carlton Have you ever seen eye-to-eye with William Penn? We’re talking about the man who stands right on top of City Hall. In this luxury condo, you can gaze upon him quite easily. This week’s Jawdropper hones in on a stunning suite in one of America’s finest luxury residential buildings: The Residences … http://ow.ly/rANt503CvB4

First-Time Find: No Hassles in NoLibs –

First-Time Find: No Hassles in NoLibs – 800 N Lawrence St. #E, Philadelphia, Pa. 19123 | TREND images via Space & Company “I’m a new soul, I came to this strange world…” French-Indie singer Yael Naim drones in her biggest 2008 hit single. Feeling like you can relate? New Philadelphians looking for a place to call home for the first time can rest easy, as this condo-rowhome hybrid in Northern Liberties will make the transition to city living that much smoother. You can e… http://ow.ly/ao7q503A6YZ

Hard Hat Tour: The Rebirth of Alden Park

Hard Hat Tour: The Rebirth of Alden Park – Work on replacing the leaded casement windows in the Manor building lobby is under way. All of the windows in the complex will be replaced by its end. |Photos: Sandy Smith The three buildings that together comprise the Alden Park apartment complex are without a doubt the most photogenic apartment buildings in the city. Begun in 1926 on the former estate of department store founder Justus C. Strawbridge, they began life as the c… http://ow.ly/94Au503xGot

Main Line Monday: Eccentric Elegance in

Main Line Monday: Eccentric Elegance in Penn Valley – 612 Manor Rd., Penn Valley, Pa. 19072 | TREND images via Keller Williams Realty Many Main Line homes are certainly grand but sorely lack in the creative department. A wonderful deviation comes in the form of this Penn Valley home. With its soaring interior spaces, modern features and open-plan elements,  this just-slightly-off-center-hall Colonial displays a lot of imagination with its updated take on traditional lux… http://ow.ly/onn8503vh26

Jawdropper of the Week: A Log Home Grows

Jawdropper of the Week: A Log Home Grows Up in Piperville – 381 Hollow Horn, Tinicum, Pa. 18947 | TREND images via Addison Wolfe Real Estate It’s hard to believe that a simple country log home could ever make its way to become an astounding property of more than eighteen acres. But take a look for yourself, because it’s true. Turtle Hill, a luxurious estate in Pipersville, is not your typical French manor or colonial home. A circular entrance to the home is surrounded b… http://ow.ly/8LpM503nNxA

Trinity Tuesday: Old Soul, Modern Featur

Trinity Tuesday: Old Soul, Modern Features in Wash West – 318 S. Iseminger St., Philadelphia, Pa. 19107 | TREND images via BHHS Fox & Roach We know, it’s sometimes hard to know what to expect with these centuries-old homes in the city. But for those with both a penchant for period details and a preference for updated homes, this early-19th-century trinity on charming Iseminger Street in Washington Square West is perhaps the best of both worlds. What’s so special about t… http://ow.ly/Dzqk503j7cx

Main Line Monday: It’s All in the Detail

Main Line Monday: It’s All in the Details in Bala Cynwyd – 315 Clwyd Rd., Bala Cynwyd, Pa. 19004 | TREND images via Keller Williams Realty If you have an eye for decorating unexpected nooks and crannies, this sunny Colonial home awaits your artistry. Set on sprawling picturesque grounds, this home in Bala Cynwyd is almost too easy on the eyes. The bright foyer with wainscotting, crown molding and hardwood floors is flanked by an elegant living room featuring a fireplace… http://ow.ly/bZmO503gJUm

Post Brothers Remixes the Roosevelt Apar

Post Brothers Remixes the Roosevelt Apartments – What becomes a legend most? Post Brothers answered the question with stylish modern accents for the Roosevelt Apartments’ classically styled lobby. |Photos: Post Brothers For decades, the Roosevelt Apartments at 23rd and Walnut streets has had a reputation as a decent, low-rent (for Rittenhouse) place to live with a great pub on the street floor. Now that it’s in the hands of Post Brothers, it’s become a stylish place to … http://ow.ly/9xsf50393M0

Kanye West for IKEA? The Furniture Giant

Kanye West for IKEA? The Furniture Giant Politely Passes – How about a YEEZY bed to go with these? Don’t hold your breath. | Photo: thedesignslice.com via Pinterest Admit it: Somewhere in your home, there’s a POANG armchair. Would you like a YEEZY bed to go with it? Well, if that idea floats your boat, you’re going to have to wait a while longer. Rapper/producer/disser of Taylor Swift Kanye West recently told BBC Radio 1 that he would love to go into a collaboration to … http://ow.ly/86Qo5036ERS

Trinity Tuesday: Rustic Charm in Queen V

Trinity Tuesday: Rustic Charm in Queen Village – 438 Fulton St., Philadelphia, Pa. 19147 | TREND images via RE/MAX Realty On a photogenic cobblestone street in Queen Village, there lives a rare gem – an actual up-to-date trinity home that also boasts original brickwork and tons of rustic charisma inside. The living room is a conversation-starting stunner, with the exposed brick walls and wood-burning fireplace serving as the perfect centerpiece. The original hardwood fl… http://ow.ly/ygA45034fuq

Main Line Monday: Classic Modernity in V

Main Line Monday: Classic Modernity in Villanova – 825 Stoke Rd., Villanova, Pa. 19085 | TREND images via RE/MAX Executive Realty Maybe you’re tired of seeing the same old same old on the real estate market. Maybe you seek the unexpected. We think this contemporary home in Villanova is a real showstopper, with its airy spaces chiseled by sharp, angled walls, unanticipated charm and luxurious feel throughout. Nestled on beautifully landscaped grounds, the inside of this … http://ow.ly/Rqig5031LTy

Trinity Tuesday: Compact Elegance in Was

Trinity Tuesday: Compact Elegance in Wash West – 1225 Panama St., Philadelphia, Pa. 19107 | TREND images via BHHS Fox & Roach So big suburban homes aren’t your thing. But neither are tiny fixer-uppers. This expanded updated trinity located on a historic Wash West block might just be the perfect medium. Details like a wood fireplace with a gorgeous marble mantle, random width pine floors throughout and built-ins in the living room make this home golden. The built-in book… http://ow.ly/2hjW502PjV7

Main Line Monday: Great Heights in Wynne

Main Line Monday: Great Heights in Wynnewood – 175 Old Gulph Rd., Wynnewood, Pa. 19096 | TREND images via RE/MAX Realty This 1978 custom-built home can be described in three words: open space galore. Set against a secluded, wooded dream, this unique home in Wynnewood mimics the blocky, adobe structure of the Pueblo people. The elevated entranceway is a great spot to view the spacious great room with its high vaulted ceiling. The charming dining room and the family room … http://ow.ly/Sz5U502MOKN

Farmhouse Friday: Country Charm In Mt. A

Farmhouse Friday: Country Charm In Mt. Airy – 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 v… http://ow.ly/YmhQ502HnxE

Jawdropper of the Week: A Contemporary O

Jawdropper of the Week: A Contemporary Oasis in Solebury – 6029 Atkinson Rd., New Hope, Pa. 18938 | TREND images by Natalie Fleischacker via Addison Wolfe Real Estate When your home is a minimalist’s dream and a Zen paradise, it’ll be hard to remember you’re in Bucks County and not a faraway exotic oasis. But perhaps it’s just that – an oasis. This custom built stone-and-cedar home set privately off Atkinson Road isn’t your typical Tudor or Colonial mansion. It incorpor… http://ow.ly/OmY8502F8s1

First-Time Find: A Home with Personality

First-Time Find: A Home with Personality in Levittown – 15 Dewberry Lane, Levittown, PA. 19055 | TREND images via Keller Williams Realty Choosing your first home can be exhilarating, but also frustrating at the same time. You may be searching for Pinterest-worthy homes and come across the perfect space, only to realize that in no reality will you pay that much for a house. Look no further, because we found a perfect first home to match all your needs. There’s no shortag… http://ow.ly/aYP9502CM4i