Main Line Monday: A Piece of France in W

Main Line Monday: A Piece of France in Wayne – 300 Valley Pl., Wayne, Pa. 19087 | TREND Images via BHHS Fox & Roach This French-inspired beauty is giving us an “Ooh la la” moment. With a substantial amount of outdoor and garden space and an informal layout, this home is a gem and a departure from the usual Main Line fare. The enchantment begins at curbside, where the home is fronted by a landscaped garden laced with pea gravel paths and surrounded by a charming picket f… http://ow.ly/rEch504S0uH

Habitat: River Views in New Hope – The d

Habitat: River Views in New Hope – The deck disguises the elevated foundation while providing a woodsy perch for taking in views of the river. When a retired local couple was looking for a weekend getaway, they found a home nestled between the Delaware River and the Delaware Canal at New Hope’s southern edge. They had filled their place in Philadelphia with their collection of Asian and African art and looked forward to putting their globetrotting touch on their country… http://ow.ly/q0cc504PMWv

Farmhouse Friday: Roadside Rest in Riege

Farmhouse Friday: Roadside Rest in Riegelsville – 6014 Route 412, Riegelsville, Pa., 18077 | TREND Images via Addison Wolfe Real Estate You’ve seen classic Pennsylvania farmhouses like this one before: they’re almost kissing the road they’re situated on, either because they were plunked alongside it back when they were built or the road’s been widened since then. This early 1840s Bucks County farmhouse known as Springfield Cottage looks like one of the former, for it ap… http://ow.ly/yc2A504NbVo

450 New Apartments Planned at 4th & Call

450 New Apartments Planned at 4th & Callowhill – 4th & Callowhill | Cecil Baker + Partners It appears that a developer is hoping to build something big at 4th and Callowhill streets, in the space between Old City and Northern Liberties. On Wednesday, renderings of the project were made public ahead of a meeting of the Civic Design Review Committee next month. The project includes 454 apartments in two towers, one 26 stories tall and the other 23, with extensive landscap… http://ow.ly/g6Vk504ITkL

Trinity Tuesday: A Renovated Rare Find o

Trinity Tuesday: A Renovated Rare Find on Rodman Street – 1721 Rodman St., Philadelphia, Pa. 19146 | TREND Images via BHHS Fox & Roach The streets that usually come to mind when we think of “Old Philadelphia” are the “little streets” — the Quince Streets and Elfreth’s Alleys that grace a million picture postcards. And the house type that so many think of when they say that phrase is the trinity, the uniquely Philadelphian form that generations of working people called h… http://ow.ly/vz0I504GGrf

Alden Park Tenant Group Launches Rent St

Alden Park Tenant Group Launches Rent Strike – Alden Park’s renovations are proceeding apace, but tenants dissatisfied with that pace are pressing their case collectively. | Photo from At Media The historic Alden Park apartment complex on the border of East Falls and Germantown may be in the midst of a total makeover, but tenants still living in about 80 apartments there aren’t happy with how things are going. Complaining about a management they say is unresponsive to c… http://ow.ly/Wgl4504CaPw

Jawdropper of the Week: Una Bella Vista

Jawdropper of the Week: Una Bella Vista in Bella Vista – 1101 Washington Ave. #V2, Philadelphia, Pa. 19147 | TREND Images via BHHS Fox & Roach Looking to rise above it all? You can go higher than this, but you won’t have a view as all-encompassing as the one from the roof deck of this ultra-modern, ultra-stylish bi-level penthouse at 11th Street and Washington Avenue. That roof deck, by the way, is one of three levels of outdoor space this unit contains. With a total of… http://ow.ly/NkEb504xt8z

Trinity Tuesday: Holding Court in Queen

Trinity Tuesday: Holding Court in Queen Village – 525 Fitzwater St. #4, Philadelphia, Pa. 19147 | TREND Images via OCF Realty While Charles Dickens despaired at the straightness of our streets, many other observers have called Philadelphia perhaps the most European of American cities in its ambience. Chances are that when they said those things, they had pictured in their mind’s eye charming little alleyways like this gated one off Fitzwater Street in Queen Village. Thi… http://ow.ly/aRej504taiu

Main Line Monday: A Touch of Class in Ha

Main Line Monday: A Touch of Class in Haverford – 830 Buck Lane, Haverford, Pa. 19041 |TREND Images via Coldwell Banker Preferred – Wayne Somewhere out there is a website that explains to the layman why McMansions are so hideous. The reasons why have to do with classic principles of traditional architectural design, such as balance, symmetry and proportionality. Today’s builders would do well to study this week’s featured home as an example of how to build for the ages … http://ow.ly/epMJ504qXJA

Farmhouse Friday: A Great Retreat in Ott

Farmhouse Friday: A Great Retreat in Ottsville – 629 Headquarters Rd., Ottsville, Pa. 18942 | Photos: Addison Wolfe Real Estate We wonder whether we should feature this breathtakingly impressive Upper Bucks farm residence at all lest its buyer decide to ask the Philadelphia Folk Festival to move to the site. After all, the festival’s current home near Schwenksville is a mere 80-acre farm. This one’s got 10 more acres than that, plus space for VIP lodging for a few lucky… http://ow.ly/wnSo504lVZR

Jawdropper of the Week: All Wet by the W

Jawdropper of the Week: All Wet by the Waterfront – 808 S. Swanson St., Philadelphia, Pa. 19147 | TREND Images via BHHS Fox & Roach In the suburbs, many homeowners enjoy taking a dip in the pool and inviting friends over for parties at poolside. City dwellers who live in apartments or condominium complexes often have access to pools as an amenity as well. But it’s the rare urban private residence that offers its owner the opportunity to make a splash. This home in Queen… http://ow.ly/gjvN504jJYd

First-Time Find: Splendor by the Lake in

First-Time Find: Splendor by the Lake in Downingtown – 701 Driftwood Ln., Downingtown, Pa. 19335 | TREND Images via Coldwell Banker Preferred Not every young family wants the city life. Those who prefer something a little more tranquil and a lot more green should read on, as they will be richly rewarded for doing so. The reward comes in the form of this spacious townhome in a lush subdivision outside Downingtown called Marsh Harbor, about a half mile from Marsh Creek St… http://ow.ly/CUac504hpff

Trinity Tuesday: A Little Something Extr

Trinity Tuesday: A Little Something Extra in Pennsport – 1105 S. Bodine St., Philadelphia, Pa., 19147 | TREND Images via RE/MAX Access What a difference 200 or so square feet can make. That extra floor space turns a standard trinity into a potential show piece with room for more than eating and sleeping. Take this up-to-date, handsome trinity on a quiet Pennsport street, for instance. Extra space tacked on at the back gives this classic of the genre features you often d… http://ow.ly/lroZ504eWbO

Jawdropper of the Week: Pop Art in Merio

Jawdropper of the Week: Pop Art in Merion Station – 351 N. Highland Ave., Merion Station, Pa. 19066 | TREND Images from BHHS Fox & Roach There are two kinds of fans of Modernism: the purists and the postmodernists. The purists would no doubt recoil in horror once they set foot inside this classic Midcentury Modern home in Merion Station, designed in 1953 by Philadelphia architect Harry Sternfeld and possessing a rear facade that looks deceptively like one of Lower Merio… http://ow.ly/ppov5045F8s

Trinity Tuesday: Rested and Refreshed in

Trinity Tuesday: Rested and Refreshed in Queen Village – 1023-A E. Moyamensing Ave., Philadelphia, Pa. 19147 | TREND Images via Houwzer Team We could feature many of the trinities in this weekly feature in our First-Time Finds department as well, as they are usually very reasonably priced. But if we did, we’d soon run out of trinities to feature. So, as usual, we’re offering for your consideration this week a beautifully maintained, up-to-date and surprisingly roomy tri… http://ow.ly/E1ar5040XVM

Farmhouse Friday: The Genuine Article in

Farmhouse Friday: The Genuine Article in Quakertown – Pleasant Valley Farm, 1765 State Rd., Quakertown, Pa. 18951 | Photos courtesy Carol C. Dorey Real Estate, Inc. If you’re looking to move to the country, it doesn’t get more country than this, for this week’s featured farmhouse still has its rural farm character intact. And that includes a living link to its past. Pleasant Valley Farm in Quakertown features all the requisite structures a farm needs: two barns, two sil… http://ow.ly/HhRw503TpxQ

First-Time Find: So You Want To Live in

First-Time Find: So You Want To Live in Chestnut Hill? – 7814 Devon St., Philadelphia, Pa. 19119 | TREND Images via BHHS Fox & Roach Chestnut Hill’s fans and defenders take great pains to point out that the neighborhood doesn’t really deserve its reputation as Pennsylvania’s answer to Greenwich, Conn. They point to the social-reformist impulses of one of its primary developers, George Woodward, and note that there’s actually a wide range of fine homes at various price p… http://ow.ly/OEt8503OTQu