Property’s Photo of the Week: Philadelphia Drone Edition

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Shout out to Chris DeAntonio (a.k.a. marinersax on Instagram) for posting this super dope drone clip a few weeks ago. It’s got us antsy for the start of Memorial Day weekend!

Anyone else plan on staying in the city? Don’t forget to take a bunch of #phillyscape pics! Now go, be safe, and have fun!!!

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Spotted: Unit 2901 Available at the Dorchester at Rittenhouse Square

TREND images via BHHS Fox & Roach-CC Rittenhouse Hotel

TREND images via BHHS Fox & Roach-CC Rittenhouse Hotel

A glorious Memorial Day weekend is upon us, but here’s a mini house porn fix of the Philly variety for when you’re en route to the Shore or wandering from event to event right here in the city. (Full disclosure: We think dilettante chefs might appreciate this one best.)

Set atop one of the higher floors of the Dorchester at Rittenhouse Square, this two-bedroom, two-bathroom unit boasts a complete renovation: custom window treatments, designer lighting, floors made of Mirage red oak, and custom Lualdi Italy doors. The kitchen, especially, is a feature of pride, vaunting Italian cabintry by Poliform, Zodiac tops, and both a Gaggenau warming drawer and under-counter wine fridge. Joining these are a Miele dishwasher, Sub-Zero fridge, and a cook top, microwave, and wall oven all by Wolf.

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Navy Yard-Like Makeover Envisioned for Former Steel Mill Site in Claymont

Once a noisy, 425-acre industrial site in Claymont, Delaware (it’s less than an hour from Philly), the former Evraz Steel Mill property said goodbye to its last tenant right before the start of 2014. “It marked the end of nearly 100 years of steel manufacturing in Claymont,” wrote Delaware Online’s Xerces Wilson back in April. Now, the property has the potential for a new lease on life, one akin to Philadelphia’s relatively successful Navy Yard if things go accordingly.

The group with the plan? St. Louis-based Commercial Development Co., who bought the tract earlier this year. CDC has made a name for itself thanks to their work transforming “large, shuttered heavy manufacturing sites” into new usable spaces, reports Wilson.

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Headlines: Philly Among the Top 10 Most Job-Accessible Cities By Walking

Photo credit: Paul Sableman via Flickr

Photo credit: Paul Sableman via Flickr

Did you walk to work today? If you live in Philadelphia proper and answered “no,” all we can say is buddy, you best start taking advantage of living in what researchers at the University of Minnesota’s Accessibility Observatory are citing as the eighth most job-accessible city for pedestrians. Check out the full report here.

Determining a particular city’s ranking were its average accessibility (because although WalkScore has dubbed Philadelphia the fourth most walkable city overall, it’s not all about walking trails and sidewalks) and the amount of jobs reachable within a ten-minute timespan. Cities went down in their ranking weight with increased work travel times.

You’ll note, as Sustainable Cities Collective points out, that the top 10 cities on the list (New York, San Fran, L.A., Chicago, Washington D.C., Seattle, Boston, Philly, San Jose, and Denver, in case you were wondering) have a blend of two major elements that pave the way for their easy home-to-work walking commute:

The cities that make up the top 10 all have a combination of employment density and fast, frequent transit service. “Employment density is a primary factor in whether an area is economically walkable or not, and employment densities are typically high in cities that employ heavy rail systems leading into a central core,” [Accessibility Observatory director Andrew] Owen says. “In this way, transit systems promote walkability and walking accessibility, without requiring a user to board a transit vehicle to experience the positive effects.

Emphasis ours. Now here’s a visual for yah:

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Spotted in Spring Garden: Mixed-Use Building with Brewpub Nearing Completion

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Rendering of 1720 Fairmount, future location of Bar Hygge

Exciting stuff,  you guys! Along with the expected onslaught of summer heat, we’ll be seeing the final touches on the upcoming 1720 Fairmount mixed-use project in Spring Garden / Fairmount begin to take place. According to developer Dan Greenberg of North Broad Living, the expected completion date is July 1st. (That’ll be here in the blink of an eye, you just watch.) Pretty swell news regarding a spot that used to be a drab vacant lot!

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You Have to Check Out This Neat, Solar-Paneled Home in Northern Liberties

TREND photos via Redfin

TREND photos via Redfin

Is it just us or is there something a tad maze-like about this home (at least by what we can tell from the photos, see gallery below)? It’s interesting because other than that quirk and its über neat details, it’s a fairly unassuming newer construction in Northern Liberties, tucked away on the cobblestoned corner of Reno and Orkney Streets.

Unique features include a glass wall segregating the dining room from the Joanne Hudson-designed kitchen, where there’s custom concrete countertops and dining island (seats four), appliances made by Miele, Liebherr, and Wolf, and Downsview cabinetry; and a split-level second floor with three bedrooms (one of which has a custom steel fireplace) and a walk-in laundry room. Birch hardwood floors are throughout and there’s a custom-crafted wood, steel, and glass central staircase.

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Jaw Dropper of the Week: Inviting Waterfall Pool Spotted Inside Bucks County Home

TREND images via Realtor.com

TREND images via Realtor.com

Would we recommend it as a summer house? Perhaps not (unless you got the cash…), but it would make for a pretty remarkable year-round home.

Gazebos, flower beds and specimen trees, small bridge, reflecting ponds, and even a loggia are all part of this five-acre property, which in addition to having a lush landscape (which comes with a night-lit tennis court by the way) claims a magnificent 11,000-square-foot home to its repertoire.

Some luxe features you’ll stumble upon at Ivy Manor? Let’s start with that full-blown theater space, which has a nearby massage room and billiards and exercise areas. The main house prize, however, is the swimming pool room, complete with waterfall, murals, and laundry. An au pair suite is attached to the home via a mud room, while the house itself welcomes guests through its large twin staircase foyer.  Upstairs, the master bathroom includes a shower with a domed ceiling.  

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Upcoming Neighborhood-Centric Reality Show Looking for Philly Talent

Not since local developer Shawn Bullard went on quest to find love on WeTV’s “Match Made in Heaven” have we here at Property covered any vaguely real estate-related television programming.

Granted, that’s Tickets turf anyway, but this gem was just too good to pass up!

Here it is: an upcoming reality show titled “Where We Live,” which is set to feature a diverse urban American neighborhood, is looking for some Philly talent.

Philly.com’s Layla A. Jones shared a snippet of the press release:

Do you live in a building where your neighbors have become your extended family? Are you the owner/manager of a brownstone where the tenants are larger-than-life characters who interact with each other?

We’re looking for urban families and diverse residents from the surrounding areas of Philadelphia, Memphis, and DC living in the same apartment complexes, condos, bungalows, co-ops, communities, brownstones, four-plexes, and walk-ups for an exciting new series about life in the city.

So, does your ‘hood / building / community fit the bill?

H/T: New reality show casting for families in Philly [Philly.com]

New Projects In Store for Seven Boys & Girls Club Branches in Philadelphia

Photo credit: Joseph Kaczmarek | Courtesy of the Boys & Girls Clubs of Philadelphia

Photo credit: Joseph Kaczmarek | Courtesy of the Boys & Girls Clubs of Philadelphia

Here’s some happy news for your mid-week slump: the Boys & Girls Clubs of Philadelphia and Comcast have teamed up to create “A Bold Change for Kids,” a capital campaign that’s aiming to raise $40 million, half of which would go to funding the construction of a new Germantown club! The rest, according to yesterday’s press release, would go to renovating the following club branches: Bridesburg, Northeast Frankford, Police Officer Lauretha Vaird, Shane Victorino Nicetown, Wayne Avenue, and Wissahickon.

Kicking off the new campaign is an $8 million donation from the Ed Snider Youth Hockey Foundation and the Roberts family. The new club will be named after Ralph J. Roberts, Comcast’s co-founder and a Penn graduate who spent his late adolescence in Germantown. Here’s an early rendering of the upcoming building by Friday Architects/Planners:

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On the Market: Logan Square Apartment for the Minimalist at Heart

BHHS Fox & Roach-CC Rittenhouse Hotel

BHHS Fox & Roach-CC Rittenhouse Hotel

Oooh, be sure to save this one for your ultra tidy friend with a penchant for bright, pristine expanses and bare furnishings. Located between 22nd and 23rd, unit 702 at 2200 Arch might just be what your minimalist buddy is looking for! (Though maybe try to encourage a little more life into their future home, regardless of how tempting it is to keep its fresh-faced look.)

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