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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Spotted Green Space: Linear Park Planned for First Avenue in King of Prussia

Rendering courtesy of Red Balloon PR.

Well, check you out, KoP! We’ve caught word of the King of Prussia Business Improvement District joining forces with Upper Merion Township to spearhead a new Linear Park along First Avenue. According to a press release, the business park is part of their “Complete Streets” plan for First Avenue and is slated to replace a strip of under-utilized lawn areas between North Gulph and Allendale Roads in King of Prussia’s recently rezoned mixed-use district.

Public amenities to look forward to with the upcoming green space include multi-use bicycle and pedestrian paths, seating areas, benches, trash receptacles and site lighting. From a long-term view, the new space is expected to become “a venue for people to exercise, socialize, or reflect, and creates opportunities for ecological stewardship,” as LRSLAstudio principal Julie Bush put it (the firm was hired as the landscape architect). The First Avenue Linear Park is anticipated to increase access throughout the business park district, amp up pedestrian safety, and make way for potential green infrastructure opportunities, among other things.

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Trinity Tuesday: Superb Tudor-Style Home Facing Fitler Square For Sale

TREND images via BHHS Fox & Roach-CC Rittenhouse Hotel

TREND images via BHHS Fox & Roach-CC Rittenhouse Hotel

Honestly, it only offers one bedroom (easily becoming two should you decide to convert the top floor bonus room into another sleeping quarter), but considering its trinity status and the fact that is has sunny 763 square feet of living space at its disposal, we have no qualms taking that as part of its charm!

Features include exposed beams, two gas fireplaces, a new custom maple kitchen with stainless steel appliances, and wide-plank floors made of longleaf yellow pine. The bathroom boasts white and blue Bisazza tile and a mod porcelain sink, while the stacked laundry machines are nestled on the third floor, which as already mentioned, is an open bonus room viable as a second bedroom, office, or whatever you please. Boosting the cachet of this A+ trinity home? There’s access to a walkout tree-level deck that overlooks Fitler Square!

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Oscar Hammerstein Center Zoning Hearing Tonight, Petition Gets 1,000 Signatures

Left: Oscar Hammerstein II. Photo via Wikimedia Commons. Right: Highland Farm. Photo via Highland Farm B&B website

Left: Oscar Hammerstein II. Photo via Wikimedia Commons.
Right: Highland Farm. Photo via Highland Farm B&B website

It’s been a little while since we last heard any significant news regarding the proposed Oscar Hammerstein II Museum and Education Center in Doylestown, a.k.a. the former home of songwriter Oscar Hammerstein II. (The hills are alive with the sound of music… Yep. He penned that one among many others.) Now, though, things look to be ramping up as the June zoning board hearing that will conclude the project’s first major hurdle to realization inches closer. The latest on the Hammerstein Center plan is that there’s a zoning hearing about it tonight that could serve to show us what to expect from the June 15th decision.

Despite the hiccup from January and an inconclusive zoning board meeting in April, tonight’s hearing is expected to include final arguments from the attorneys representing those spearheading the project and those against it. WFMZ’s Randy Kraft reports the $20 million project can only go forward if it gets “a special exception and five variances from the zoning board.” Should the Doylestown Township Zoning Hearings Board conclude in favor of Will Hammerstein, Oscar’s grandson, and his supporters, Kraft says the next step would involve submitting land development plans for review and approval by township supervisors.

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Main Line Monday: This Villanova Residence Would Have Been Perfect for the Mad Men Finale

TREND images via BHHS Fox & Roach-Bryn Mawr

TREND images via BHHS Fox & Roach-Bryn Mawr

Don and the rest of the former Sterling-Cooper gang may have moved onto the next chapter in their lives with last night’s finale, but that doesn’t mean we’ve completely let them go. Case in point, this classic mid-century modern abode in Radnor Township, which although built in 1946, gives off a certain late sixties vibe that has us feeling like an alternate story arch with Don and Betty reuniting in Montco is about to take place. (Okay, so it’s not exactly possible, but Birdie is from the area, remember?)

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Property’s Photo of the Week: Exploring Gorgeous Addison Street

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It was a tough call trying to decide which #phillyscape photo we’d use for this week. There was that sweet Sister Cities Park capture, then a look down from Citizen’s Bank Park, and this cool shot of One and Two Liberty Place admiring themselves in the reflection of the Comcast Tower. All in all, a wonderfully warm week to get out there and snap some pictures!

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Farmhouse Friday: Watch Your Step, There’s a Dug Well In the Family Room!

TREND images via BHHS Fox & Roach-Rosemont

TREND images via BHHS Fox & Roach-Rosemont

Sugartree Farm is the name and offering 10-plus acres, three outbuildings, and a slew of cozy home charms is its game. The property also has a conservation easement, courtesy of the current owners, which it got following several renovations, including one by noted builder John Diament who’s responsible for these gems. The coolest part of this Delco house though? Probably the family room, which has an old cooking fireplace and glass-covered dug well.

A modern cherry wood kitchen, living and dining rooms with fireplaces, and a grand center hall are some of the features you’ll find on the first level, along with a master suite addition that has a private entrance off the the living room. The original master bedroom can be found on the second floor. Home details include paneled wood doors, hardwood floors, and decorated paneling. Outside, the fieldstone Colonial main house enjoys an in-ground pool surrounded by a brick patio and a two-car garage with a two-bedroom caretaker’s apartment above it (comes with a deck to boot!). Adding to the property is a 1929 barn with eight stalls, antique cast iron stall fronts and door latches, tack room, and an office.

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Interactive Map: Where to Get Free Philly Recycling Bins Near You!

In an effort to save you all the awkward forced chit-chat that inevitably ensues when asking your neighbor a simple question like “Where do we go to get free recycling bins,” we’re sharing this interactive map we found on the Green Philly Blog. GPB’s Julie Hancher says it was put together by the folks over at the Philadelphia Recycling Office, so, er, thank them.

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