Property’s Weekend Agenda: Relive the Glory Days of Hohendel House

Have a cold brew at a house party that celebrates the newly renovated Hohenadel House in East Falls! This Saturday, the party will include recreated Hohenadel brews by local homebrewer Tom Coughlin, live music, and a pop-up museum with “period-appropriate furniture” and other artifacts. Further event details below.

Back in the mid-nineties, Hohenadel Brewery in East Falls was an endangered landmark that went on to be demolished in 1997. The home of the defunct brewery’s owner seemed to be heading in the same direction.

According to, the historic mansion that once housed the Hohenadel family was in such a state of disrepair that graffiti artists, squatters, and a whole other slew of blight connoisseurs had taken over. One day, someone stepped in: Read more »

Rydal Home Near Bradley Cooper

Alright, let me preface this by saying I’m not trying to get Mr. Cooper stalked or anyone in trouble. BUT, it seems pointless to profile this house without mentioning that a 10-minute walk (at least, according to directions from Google Maps) will get you to his former doorstep.

So no, you wouldn’t be his neighbor-neighbor, per se. Rather, you’d be neighbors in the general neighborhood-y kind of way. Think of it as a fun fact you can tell your grandkids one day (like those stories you hear about your cousin’s best friend’s aunt’s stepfather running into -insert celebrity name here- in an elevator): “We ran into Bradley Cooper while walking Buddy!”

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Property’s DesignPhiladelphia Pick: Szenasy, Design Advocate

For today, we suggest closing your DesignPhilly experience by going to Szenasy, Design Advocate. The event will be held at the Center for Architecture and will consist of a discussion with sustainable-design advocate Susan S. Szenasy, Center for Architecture director Hilary Jay, and architect and writer Joseph G. Brin. If you have Szenasy’s latest book, Szenasy, Design Advocate, be sure to have it on hand: a book signing will follow.

If unfamiliar with Szenasy’s work, just know this: She’s a long-standing voice in the cause for “ethical, sustainable, human-centered design.” Her most well-known role may be that of editor-in-chief  (now publisher) of Metropolis Magazine. Metropolis covers architecture, planning, interior design, and so much more and is known the world over.

The talk should prove quite interesting.

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On the Market: 2-Bedroom On the Oldest Residential Street in America

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Every now and again a home on Elfreth’s Alley–the country’s oldest, continually inhabited street– becomes available. Without looking too far, a record number of three of these historic residences were put on the market earlier this year–all right before Independence Day, go figure. (Yeah ‘murca!)

Lately, another one of these American heirlooms was listed for sale. (Another one could be hitting the market soon, too. But more on that as Halloween moves closer…)

In this case, 130 Elfreth’s Alley, a red-shuttered dwelling built in 1741, is furnished with fireplaces showing off decorative mantles, wide-planked flooring made of pine wood, and a brick exterior with lintels, cornices and dormers. In the summer, the rear brick patio would be swell for meals since it’s connected to the eat-in kitchen.

Gallery below.

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Morning Headlines: Saffron Says Not Enough Affordable Subsidized Housing

Photo credit: 205 Race website.

Photo credit: 205 Race website.

As home values start to pick up and Philadelphia enjoys its first significant growth spurt in a long time, a different story unfolds for those on the lower end of the income spectrum.

In her latest “Changing Skyline” column, critic Inga Saffron writes that while the city’s gentrifying neighborhoods push up prices, inclusionary housing tends to fall by the wayside, even when developers promise to include subsidized units in their buildings.

Inclusionary housing, which is basically an “if you scratch my back, I’ll scratch yours ” deal, involves developers pricing some of their apartments for below-market rates in favor of receiving zoning bonuses. Some do it, most don’t. As Saffron points out, the number of market-rate residences outweighs affordable housing in the area:

You could probably fit every unit of affordable housing being built in Philadelphia today inside one of the fancy glass skyscrapers going up in University City, and still have a couple of floors left over. That’s not because the new towers are so immense, but because the city produces so little subsidized housing for the poor and working class.

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Gallery: This Is What A Shuttered Philadelphia School Looks Like

Photo credit: Conrad Benner

Photo credit: Conrad Benner

If you’ve been following coverage of the school closings that swept the city, news of how the former Edward H. Bok Technical High School would be living its second life may not come as a surprise.

Last month, we reported how developer Lindsey Scannapieco plans to transform the building into what Next City calls “the city’s largest creative community space.” Indeed, Scannapieco envisions a mixed-use building with rental units, terraces, co-working spaces (a feature which, while growing in the city, is sorely lacking in East Passyunk), and a rooftop cinema. Until then, however, Bok is being used as a storage center.

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South Philly Pad Going For $1.5 Million

231-33 Gerritt St, Philadelphia PA, 19147

1231-33 Gerritt St, Philadelphia PA, 19147

This house seems suited to large gatherings. Judging from the pictures (see gallery below), the 5,000-plus-square foot home enjoys an expanse, the likes of which the open floor plan takes full advantage.

Home particulars include hardwood floors, recessed lighting, and a sleek, SS-bedecked kitchen with granite counters and tiled backsplash. There are also three balconies (one of which is accessed via the master bedroom) and a private 2-car garage.

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Property’s DesignPhiladelphia Picks: Inside an Architecture Firm and What Being an Interior Designer Really Means

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Here’s what’s on the DesignPhiladelphia agenda tonight, but below you’ll find two events that might appeal to the architecture and interior design crowd.

1.Erdy McHenry Open Studio Tour
Known for being the masterminds behind projects like the Piazza at Schmidts and, more recently, the EVO tower in University City, Erdy McHenry Architecture now invites design enthusiasts to tour their studio. Refreshments will be offered while you view in-progress projects and speak to like-minded staff and visitors.
WHAT: Erdy McHenry Open Studio Tour
WHEN: Thursday October 16th, 5:00PM – 9:00PM
WHERE: Erdy McHenry Architecture, 915 N. Orianna Street, Philadelphia, PA, 19123
REGISTER: Free, no registration required

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Reduced: $1.45 Million Off Villanova’s Eagleview Estate

701 Eagle Farm Rd, Villanova, PA, 19085

701 Eagle Farm Rd, Villanova, PA, 19085

William Wonderly Fitler, son of former Philadelphia mayor Edwin H. Fitler for whom Fitler Square is named, lived in this five-acre property once upon a time. The home, completed in 1927, went on to be a convent for many years before being purchased as a private residence in the 1990s. More recently, it was listed on the market for $7.95 million, then $6.95 million, and now $5.49 million. Maybe another price cut will bring in potential buyers?

Interested parties shouldn’t wait too long, however. The home offers attractive amenities aplenty, which might have it off the market before you know it: art studio, gym, stained-paneled library, staff (or guest) apartment with separate entrance, and a 4,000-bottle wine cellar. Additions include a breakfast room (from which one can see the fire pit and pool) and master suite dressing room with marble fireplace. The bedroom was also expanded to make way for individual his and her bathrooms.

Gallery below.

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