City Finally Dismantles Boarded Up Frankford Home

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4712 Worth Street (center)
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It’s not even city-owned blight, which begs the question…if it had it been, how much longer would it have taken? After almost a year of neighborhood meeting complaints and 311 calls to the city, the boarded up charred remains of this Frankford home are finally being removed. And at a heavier penny than usual, too.

John Loftus of the Northeast Times reports that after 4712 Worth Street burned down last July, the city stamped it with the ever ubiquitous “imminently dangerous” label and barred its entry. (Although a neighbor says possums and raccoons still managed to settle in.)

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For Sale: Home in Lizzy Haddon Neighborhood Has Dodge Ball Court

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The Lizzy Haddon neighborhood in Haddonfield is named after Elizabeth Haddon, the town’s co-foundress (her father bought the land in the late 1600s, but sent her to claim it when she was just twenty years old) known for her commitment to the flourishing community.

Haddon is said to have served as a clerk during women’s meetings for close to fifty years, while also being a pillar of charity for the poor and sick. Her public persona today is tied up with that generous image along with a notable frankness that is interlaced just right in Henry Wadsworth Longfellow’s “Elizabeth,” a poem depicting Haddon’s good deeds and her proposal to John Eustaugh.

Neighborhood history aside, here’s the house info:

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Morning Headlines: Main Line Takes Steps Toward Revitalization

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A 207-unit apartment has been proposed for 150 Monument Road in Bala Cynwyd, a project to be presented before the Lower Merion Township Planning Commission this Monday.

The Main Line Times’ Cheryl Allison says the planned six-story building would be situated on a seven-acre plot in Bala Cynwyd that currently hosts another six-story building used for office space. Allison also reports the project includes a central courtyard with pool deck, commercial/restaurant space (3,700 square feet), and a four-story parking garage, which is to have 673 parking spaces, 207 of which would be for apartment tenants.

The proposed development is one of many (some of which are already in progress), and the result of revitalization goals for the City Avenue commercial district:
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Local Real Estate Agents Give to Delco SPCA After Selling Homes

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Who knew house-buying could help guys like Tamale and Olive Oil?

Well, here’s a healthy dose of heart-warming information: Two real estate agents and one buyer’s agency have a partnership with the Delaware County SPCA wherein they donate a portion of property sales to the animal society.

According to the Delco SPCA’s Community Partners page, Sharon Goodspeed of Long and Foster gives to the organization each time she completes a sale with a “referral client from a volunteer, employee or someone who has adopted from the Adoption Center,” while Keller Williams’ David Slaughter gives a portion of his commission for every property he sells.

The home we chose to showcase is one represented by Linda Walters, owner of Sage Realty in the Main Line, who is committed to giving the non-profit $200 for each person who uses Sage to buy a home priced at $300,000 or more. It’s a Bryn Mawr property with tons of new features, among them a cedar shake roof, baths, and first floor addition with mudroom, laundry, and extra pantry.

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Is Wynnestay The Oldest Philadelphia House On the Market?

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We all know Philly is chock-full of historic homes, but which of these golden oldies is the oldest currently on the market? A quick Zillow search limiting construction years between 0 and 1700 led to this Wynnefield heirloom built in 1689.

According to the estate’s website, Wynnestay is considered “Philadelphia’s oldest existing private residence,” and was owned by Welsh Quaker Thomas Wynne (a.k.a. the guy who gave his name to the seventh most popular suburb among renters). The self-taught physician acquired the property from patient and good friend William Penn who had been selling seven 5,000-acre land grants.

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On the Market: Painter’s Folly, Former Home of Howard Pyle

1421 Baltimore Pike, Chadds Ford, PA.

1421 Baltimore Pike, Chadds Ford, PA.

Vincent van Gogh once wrote to his brother that he was struck “dumb with admiration” by Howard Pyle’s illustrations in Harper’s Monthly. Unsurprisingly, Pyle rose to celebrity-status for his work, and illustrated numerous magazines and books, most notably the The Merry Adventures of Robin Hood.

He also did images for works by Mark Twain, Robert Louis Stevenson, William Dean Howells, and Woodrow Wilson, and was a mentor to notable painter and illustrator N.C. Wyeth. Upon his death, the New York Times bestowed Pyle the title of “”father of American magazine illustration as it is known to-day.” More on Pyle’s legacy can be found here.

As it stands, this Chadds Ford house –called Painter’s Folly–once belonged to the artist, and even served as inspiration for works by celebrated realist painter Andrew Wyeth, son of N.C.

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Morning Headlines: Wynnewood Is One of the Most Popular Suburbs for Renters

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Photo credit: Google Maps.

Last week we heard homeownership in the area had been slowing down, only to learn the next day that the apartment market in Center City was cooling as well. So where exactly are renters going? ApartmentGuide points to the the suburbs.

Despite Lower Merion Township having some of the most affluent neighborhoods in the area, Philly.com’s Lauren Mennen reports the apartment-hunting website found Wynnewood to be the seventh “hottest suburb” for renters in the country after analyzing 100 of the most-searched cities between April and July. The numbers below may explain why:

According to statistics on the website, the average monthly rent for a two-bedroom home in Wynnewood is $1,443, which is still cheaper than two-bedroom homes Old City ($2,137), Society Hill ($2,137), Northern Liberties ($1,582), Graduate Hospital ($1,512), and Fairmount/Art Museum ($1,495).

Lower cost and taxes aside, Wynnewood has a the advantage of having a “larger concentration of apartments” compared to other areas, all while offering better schools, more shopping, easy access to Center City, and being walker-friendly for commuters.

Wynnewood named one of the ‘hottest suburbs’ for renters [Philly.com]

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For Sale: Three Furness-Designed Properties

301 Washington Street, Birdsboro, PA.

301 Washington Street, Birdsboro, PA.

The “eccentricity of his architectural designs” may have appalled some of his contemporaries who clung to more traditional forms, but Philadelphia’s Victorian starchitect Frank Furness has had the last laugh. Furness-designed buildings with their signature high ceilings, beautiful staircases, and period details abound in the area, and his legacy and influence are alive as ever.

It just so happens that some of these are on the market.

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Morning Headlines: Will Old City Finally Get Its Skyscraper?

Rendering of 205 Race Street Photo credit: 205Race.com

Rendering of 205 Race Street
Photo credit: 205Race.com

First, the Old City Civic Association was less than happy about its height. Then, complicated zoning matters stalled progress, topped off with Keystone Outdoor Advertising getting miffed because the building would block one of their billboards from view. So will this third attempt finally see a conclusion to the planned 205 Race development?

According to PlanPhilly’s Jared Brey, the Historical Commission’s architecture committee will review the latest plans for Brown Hill Development’s mixed-use project this Tuesday.

Plans include “148 rental units, 28 parking spaces, 51 bike parking spaces, and more than 14,000 square feet of commercial space on the ground floor.” Additionally, architect Peter Gluck had addressed KOA’s cries by adjusting the building’s design to keep the billboard in view (it’s even featured in the newest renderings).

And that’s not all:

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West Chester Home Has Family Room Loft and Exposed Stonework

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An iron fence surrounds this sizable home pre-dating the 1800s where inside the main floor is comprised of a stone-tiled foyer, a kitchen and breakfast room, living room with hardwood flooring and 19th-century fireplace, and a two-story family room with brick wood-burning stove and exposed beams and stonework.

Other rooms on this floor include the crown-molded formal dining room, office, and a full bathroom with brick floor. The master suite and other bedrooms are all upstairs, and can be reached via the family room loft. One of the bedrooms seems to be a kind of second master bedroom as it has access to an outdoor balcony, sitting room, and two full baths.

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