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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Morning Headlines: Historic William Penn Inn Turns 300 Years Old

Photo credit: Google Street View

Photo credit: Google Street View

A slew of celebrations (including a $10,000 wedding reception giveaway) have marked this week’s special birthday: the William Penn Inn in Montgomery County celebrates its 300th anniversary.

According to its website, William Penn would often go to Gwynedd to see Quaker friends who lived in the area. In honor of those visits, a public house offering food and lodging was established at the site in 1714. In 1827, the property, then called the William Penn Hotel, was granted a tavern license. More from the Times Herald’s Eric Devlin:

“It’s a big deal,” [Peter R.] Friedrich said about the anniversary. “We are the oldest continuously operating inn in the country and Pennsylvania. I bought this place about 33 years ago in 1981 and I had all the intentions of becoming a successful restaurateur. What I did not realize was that in the process, I became the caretaker of a piece of Americana. There are not too many buildings around here that date back 300 years.”

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Philadelphia Named One of the Best Cities for Trick-or-Treating

Photo credit: Chad M. via Flickr

Photo credit: Chad M. via Flickr

Being that it’s two weeks away, we thought you’d be happy to know that Zillow has named Philadelphia the 4th best town for collecting candy on Halloween. And while you might have guessed more upscale areas surrounding the city as obvious choices, think again! From the mouth of the real estate site:

While wealthier neighborhoods are often known for their frightfully sweet harvest on Halloween night, we calculate the Trick-or-Treat Index using a holistic approach with four equally weighted data variables: Zillow Home Value Index, population density, Walk Score® and local crime data from Relocation Essentials. Based on these variables, the index represents cities that will provide the most candy, in the least amount of time, with the fewest safety risks.

Below are the top 5 cities for trick-or-treating and their best neighborhoods.

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Shorenstein to Buy 1818 Market Street For $203 Million

Photo credit: Wikimedia Commons.

Photo credit: Wikimedia Commons.

Three years after buying Two Liberty Place (Philadelphia’s third tallest skyscraper), San Francisco-based Shorenstein Properties sold it and vanished from Philadelphia’s real estate scene. Now, the Business Journal’s Natalie Kostelni says the company is gearing up for its return to the city:

Shorenstein is trying to strike a deal to buy 1818 Market, a 37-story, 940,000-square-foot building, for an estimated $203 million, according to people with knowledge in the matter. The company is expected to put the building under contract this week, according to sources. If all goes as planned, Shorenstein could close on the transaction in the next 60 days.

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Bright Home on Brandywine For Sale

2121 Brandywine St Philadelphia PA

Not your typical eye-catcher, yet somehow this four-bedroom Fairmount residence manages to be quite the delight! It might just be that its a renovated property, so each room has a bit of a fresh feeling. (Light streaming into its stainless and fire slate kitchen also doesn’t hurt its case.)

The house boasts a sizable master bedroom on the top floor, while three other bedrooms are located on the second level. Random-width pine floors and original moldings and wood trim are throughout and a Samsung refrigerator and Bosch dishwasher can be found in the kitchen and breakfast area. The slate patio can be used as parking space.

Gallery below.

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Property’s DesignPhiladelphia Picks: Early American Architecture and a Pop-Up House Inspired by Street Art

Front & Palmer via Google Street View.

Front & Palmer via Google Street View.

Not sure which DesignPhilly events to go to tonight? Here are two we chose just for you!

1. It’s A Classic: A Traditional Home of the Early 21st Century
Get a crash course in early American architecture by going to this talk by architect Peter C. Archer. The Magerman Residence outside of Philadelphia will be used to explain the process behind designing homes from that era as the its design is based on architecture of the time. 
WHAT:It’s A Classic: A Traditional Home of the Early 21st Century
WHEN: Wednesday October 15th: 6:30PM – 7:30PM
WHERE: Philadelphia Center for Architecture1218 Arch St, Philadelphia PA 19107
REGISTER: Free, no registration required

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Dilworth Park’s Rothman Ice Rink Opens November 14th!

Renderings are beginning to meet reality.

Renderings are beginning to meet reality.

Didn’t we tell you it would open before Thanksgiving?

The Center City District announced today that the Rothman Institute Ice Rink at Dilworth Park will be open to the public between November 14 and February 21. In keeping with the winter amenity’s spirit, the CCD had staffers go to today’s press conference wearing winter coats. (Side note: It’s 74 degrees out right now.)

According to the District’s website, the rink will be operated by Rink Management Services Corporation, a Virginia rink company that operates 33 ice rinks in 17 states and Washington D.C. The CCD and RMSC will add to Dilworth Park’s roster of events by planning further programming at the rink.

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House of the Week: Is This the Coolest Mansion in Moorestown?

628 Windsock Way,  Moorestown, NJ, 08057

628 Windsock Way, Moorestown, NJ, 08057

In Latin, tabula rasa means “scraped tablet.” In the current vernacular we say “clean slate.” It just so happens that this Jersey home has the term for its name. And actually, Tabula Rasa’s title fits it: the property, built circa 1819 by Josiah Lippincott, a Moorestown founder, faced possible demolition at one point.

Luckily, it was saved and went on to be renovated and expanded. The clean slate it was afforded has resulted in what is possibly the coolest house we’ve seen in awhile. Here’s a list of fun features the home offers:

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Morning Headlines: Could the Land Bank Plan Be Better?

Photo credit: Julia Rowe via Flickr

Photo credit: Julia Rowe via Flickr

We’ve been waiting for it since the beginning of the year, but now that the city’s new Land Bank is expected to launch in 2015, some worry the blueprints for the plan need improvement.

The Daily News’ Valerie Russ reports that advocates of affordable housing are less than impressed with the Philadelphia Land Bank’s draft strategic plan and see it as being “too general.” Said Nora Lichtash of the Philadelphia Coalition for Affordable Communities:

“We want to make sure that when they transfer land to get rid of blight, that they’re doing it in a way to ensure that not only market-rate development takes place, but there’s also affordable development that comes back out of the land bank.”

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Chester County Charmer Looking For Budding Farmers

605 Buck Run Rd, E Fallowfield, PA 19320

605 Buck Run Rd, E Fallowfield, PA 19320

Admit it. There’s something appealing–even to a few consummate city folk like myself–about working the land. In the event that would-be farmers looking to try their hand at such an endeavor are reading this, this gentleman’s farm might be the home for you.

The East Fallowfield Township property affords its owners 50 acres of tillable land, a little over half of the entire 92 acres, which makes the estate viable as a working farm or horse facility. (Although, if the idea really doesn’t appeal to you, it’s perfectly fine remaining non-operative.)

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