Roundup: The Four Sexiest Homes in Philly

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There are only so many words to express what makes a particular home stand out (“Elegant!” “Unique!” “Luxurious!”). How about “sexy”? Below, the four properties currently on the market that have — according to their listings — undeniable sex appeal.

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Another Dilworth Park Amenity Opens Friday

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In addition to Rothman Ice Rink opening next month, Dilworth Park will be debuting another feature: the Albert M. Greenfield Lawn.

According to a press release from the Center City District, the 6,9000-square foot green space will be dedicated and opened tomorrow at 11:00am. The site is expected to function as a relaxing public area for visitors to go read and work, with occasional programmed events setting up camp there throughout the year.

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Pending Sale: Unionville Home Going For $1 Million Per Bedroom?

320 Upland Rd, Kennett Square, PA, 19348

320 Upland Rd, Kennett Square, PA, 19348

Well, not exactly. This custom barn house in Unionville, Chester County may have been on the market for more than $4 million (currently pending sale), but it’s not the four bedrooms alone that made the price tag.

Situated on 70 acres, the property boasts four pastures, 10-stall barn, 3-bay run-in shed, and a hay barn with open bays for storage (one closed bay is used as a shop). There are also turnout areas and a 21-acre parcel that be can be sold separately.

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Philly Hits Sweet Spot in Office Space Demand

In recent weeks, we’ve been covering news of Philly’s flourishing housing boom and rising home values. Now, we might soon add office properties to that increase: Finance & Commerce reports the city has hit a sweet spot in office demand with sales doubling to $1.4 billion:

Real estate values approaching or surpassing peak levels in New York, Boston and Washington have buyers turning to Philadelphia for its higher yields, rising rents and falling vacancies. That’s bolstering office deals in the fifth-largest U.S. city at a time when Manhattan-like towers have opened with luxury condominiums and cable operator Comcast Corp. is developing a skyscraper that will be the area’s tallest.

The website adds that this boom in demand could be part of larger “Philadelphia renaissance” attributed to local university graduates “sticking around instead of leaving for jobs in other cities,” as Bob Walters, CBRE Group’s executive managing director, put it.

A recent study by City Observatory backs this idea with findings that show young college grads spur on economic and neighborhood revitalization.

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House of the Week: $3.45M Residence Includes Stage and Dance Floor

3477 Wellsford Ln, Doylestown, PA, 18902

3477 Wellsford Ln, Doylestown, PA, 18902

There are plenty of beautiful Bucks County homes for sale, but this one may appeal most to those with a fondness for performance. Its lower level entertainment center has a stage and dance floor (with the requisite lighting) in addition to multiple seating areas, bar, and game room.

The home, which boasts Tuscan-style architectural details, also has a music room, theater, and kitchen with built-in booth seating. A sauna can be accessed via the home gym and an au pair suite with bathroom and kitchenette sits over the 4-car garage. Outside features include pool and cabana.

Gallery below.

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Morning Headlines: Renovation Project at 4601 Market Breaks Ground

Photo credit: Laura Kicey

Photo credit: Laura Kicey

The Provident Mutual Life Insurance Co. building at 46th and Market has seen a small number of tenants come and go, but for the most part it’s remained relatively vacant. Now, since making official requests earlier this year, the property is under city ownership and plans for its renovation have started.

West Philly Local reports the 87-year-old structure, which will be rehabbed so that it can house new occupants, had its groundbreaking ceremony yesterday. During this, Mayor Nutter announced the building would be referred to as “the Philadelphia Public Safety Services campus.” The site will house the new headquarters of the Philadelphia Police Department, the Medical Examiner’s Office, and the Department of Health public laboratories.

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Study Finds Young College Grads Spur On Economic and Neighborhood Revitalization

Yesterday, City Observatory published “The Young and Restless and the Nation’s Cities,” a report focusing on 51 metropolitan areas (with a population of 1 million or more) that saw a particular change in their close-in neighborhoods, or “places within 3 miles of the center of each metropolitan area’s primary central business district.” You can read the full report here.

The gist of it, though, is this: Using recently released data from the American Community Survey, the study found that “urban cores” lured in a higher number of college-educated young adults–even in population-declining areas like Buffalo and Cleveland.

These migrating millennials (the 2012 study, which looked at people between the ages of 25 and 34, labels them as such in one of their graphs) displayed higher four-year college attainment rates than those from 2000, which is a good thing, according to the report: Read more »

Trinity Tuesday: David Lynch’s Former Fairmount Home

2429 Aspen St, Philadelphia, PA, 19130

2429 Aspen St, Philadelphia, PA, 19130

A decade before Eraserhead made its debut in 1977, director David Lynch was living in Philadelphia. To be more precise, he was living in this Fairmount house.

Lynch recently had some words to say about his time here, including an admission that for all his city phobia, his creativity flourished in the dark landscape of mid-’60s Philadelphia. From the Courier Post:

“It wasn’t a normal city when I was here,” Lynch recalled. “The fear, insanity, corruption, filth, despair, violence in the air was so beautiful to me.”

“Philadelphia is percolating in me,” Lynch added.

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Morning Headlines: Saffron On the New Family Court Building

Photo credit: Google Street View

Photo credit: Google Street View

It’s been a long time coming, but last week, the Philadelphia Family Court finally moved its headquarters to a recently completed, nine-story, glass and metal building at 15th and Arch. And like all new additions to the city’s skyline, the building was the focus of Inga Saffron’s appraising eye.

According to the Inquirer, the new Court location offers 544,000 square feet and includes 29 courtrooms, administrative offices, judges’ chambers, and a staff training facility. But unlike its former site, which had all of the former features, the latest has extras like a playroom and computer room. Saffron says that its amenities like these that save the building from being straight-out bad:

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