House of the Week: Green Street Brownstone Beauty

2139-green-street-openerOne of the prettiest streets in Philly, the 2100 block of Green Street in Fairmount, has a condo unit up for sale in one of its prettiest buildings. This apartment in this four-unit condo brownstone is the corner unit, with windows facing north, south and west. There are multiple skylights for yet more light, including one that looks down on a built-in water-fed planter. The living room’s glass doors lead to a deck, but on cold days, the same room also has a word-burning fireplace.

Between the light coming in and the current decor, the home has a distinctly Central American feel, augmented by the plethora of Mexican tile throughout. The unfinished basement was previously used as a craft studio, so creative types will find it hospitable for that purpose.

Parking includes one indoor garage space and one driveway space. Check out the gallery. It’s a beautiful space—and that pretty flower garden in front doesn’t hurt either.

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Hot Yoga Coming to Whole Foods Squared

Priya Hot Yoga, currently undergoing construction.

I’ve decided to call the area around Callowhill between 18th and 22nd Whole Foods Squared, since there will be two Whole Foods within mere blocks of each other, one of which will be on Rodin Square. It’s one of those invented sub-neighborhood names that will surely take off. At least on this blog.

At any rate, the newest addition to the WFS ’hood will be a hot yoga studio at 1828 Callowhill, around the corner from WF#1, where yoga mats and refillable bottles are on sale.

And with 293 luxury apartments opening just blocks away, I’d say Priya Hot Yoga‘s owners have the right idea.

“There’s a lot of great energy in that neighborhood,” co-owner Katie Sandy told Be Well Philly. “I think it’s just a very positive neighborhood, and we thought it could use something like this.”

Sandy and has two business partners in the venture, whose 2,200-square-foot space will also include a sit-down cafe. Smart, smart, smart.

For more, check out our sister site’s coverage over here.

Design Out Loud Happens Wednesday

Caesarstone Calacatta Nuvo

Caesarstone Calacatta Nuvo

What can you do with a piece of Caesarstone? You can certainly made kitchen countertops with it, or bathroom vanities, or floors or walls or paneling. But what can you do that’s unexpected? That’s…art? This was the question asked of 13 design teams tasked with creating functional floor pieces and wall art, all of it made from Caesarstone quartz. The teams included the following heavy-hitter participants:

Renewal
HDR
Ewing Cole
Meyer Design
Kling Stubbins
R Squared Design
Stimmel Consulting
Petersen Kitchen and Design
Cranbury Design Center
Kitchen Technology
Holods Kitchen and Bath
LPST Interior Design
Sycamore Kitchens
Devon Tile
Abruzzi
TilMar Desgins
BFC
Bristol Millwork

The results — which include a dress fashioned with pieces of Caesarstone — will be on display on Wednesday, Sept. 17th at a private evening event. Property readers can attend by sending an RSVP to shh@caesarstoneus.com and mentioning this post.

Main Line Monday: $4M Manse With “Chocolate Room”

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As befits its name and august address, Maxwellton — actually asking a hair under $4 million — has many hallmarks of luxury, perhaps first and foremost a La Cornue Château 165 range, the newest La Cornue model, which according the company was “born of a deep love of succulent roasted meats and poultries.” The kitchen has other top-of-the-line appliances, such as a built-in Sub Zero model 632, a Wolf built-in convection and microwave oven and a professional Miele built-in coffee making system.

There’s a “dish room” with 80 running feet of cabinetry and a smaller kitchen off of the main kitchen.

Perhaps most enticingly, however, is the presence of a “chocolate room” that has been “designed for optimal humidity and temperature control for the production of chocolate dishes” and “includes a walk-in refrigerator and Wolf cook-top stove.”

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Jaw-Droppingly Beautiful Renderings

A detail of one of OLIN's renderings for the New Presidio Parklands Project.

A detail from a screenshot of one of OLIN’s renderings for the New Presidio Parklands Project.

Philadelphia/L.A.-based landscape design firm OLIN not only opened Dilworth Park last week but also unveiled its proposed plans for San Francisco’s New Presidio Parklands project. OLIN is on the shortlist for that project, but here’s hoping these renderings — featured in an A/N blog pictorial — seal the deal.

They’re luminous and beautiful and, well, we simply want to live inside of them. And look at the maps — don’t they have a native Pacific design echo? Brilliant. We had to grab a few screen shots to show you (gallery below), but to see all the renderings for the project, from OLIN as well as the other shortlisted firms, go to the A/N blog for the full pictorial.

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The Lovely Bones: East Kensington Fixer-Upper

A 2009 Google Street View image shows skater hooligans perpetrating their monkeyshines at the corner of Trenton Avenue and Cumberland. These days they're probably building kinetic sculptures.

A 2009 Google Street View image shows skater hooligans perpetrating their monkeyshines at the corner of Trenton Avenue and Cumberland. These days they’re probably building kinetic sculptures.

If there can be said to be a ground zero for Kensington redevelopment and renaissance, it might be cobblestone Trenton Avenue, which anchors the East Kensington neighborhood and whose Trenton Ave Arts Festival gave rise to the Kensington Kinetic Sculpture Derby, that most beloved of creativity competitions.

This home is basically at Cumberland and Trenton, and as such, is in a pretty nice spot to appreciate. It also appears to have rather good bones, as well as a large backyard and a “clean” basement. Sold as-is, of course (hence the price), but if you’re looking for a blank canvas and a project, this might be a good place to start.

Gallery of poor-quality photos below.

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Road Trip: Cat-Oriented Estate Sale in Northern NJ

The man himself, in a painting by Roy Anderson. Also for sale.

The man himself, in a painting by Roy Anderson. Also for sale.

The internationally know former president of the Cat Fanciers Association Richard Gebhardt has, according to the listing on EstateSales.net, “decided to part with many of his lifelong treasures.” Seems a shame, but I suppose there comes a time in every life, feline-focused or no, when our possessions get the better of us. In Gebhardt’s case, given that he’s spent much of his years devoted to breeding, judging and advocating on behalf of cats and dogs (he is also a fan of the Japanese Chin, seems like), many of those treasures are animal themed: For instance:

- Hand-painted screen presented by the Japanese Cat Society
- Original photographs by world-renowned animal photographer Creszentia Allen
- Pair of Kutani Siamese cats
- Contents of Richard’s pet grooming parlor
- Chick Bragg “Cat Family” lithograph
- A CAT CHRISTMAS ORNAMENT GIVEN TO RICHARD BY BETTY WHITE

Gebhardt also has celebrity autographs from Paul Lynde and Muhammed Ali, a bronze medallion/medal/currency proof set made for Benito Mussolini, and perhaps the oldest working juicer I’ve ever seen. And that’s just for starters. I mean, do you not want to drive to Denville, NJ tomorrow to check this out? I know I do. Gallery below, and 135 more photos at the sale’s website.

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Must-See Open House: 1021 Meetinghouse Road

The property's original well is under glass now, behind the sofa. TREND photo via Realtor.com.

The property’s original well is under glass now, behind the sofa. TREND photo via Realtor.com.

This rather unique 4 bedroom has fireplaces in every room, hardwood floors and an addition with stone walls and exposed beams built around the property’s original well, which is featured like a great archeological remnant.

In the backyard, which is more than an acre and a half, there are black walnut and Kentucky coffee trees, which are apparently quite rare. The listing also notes that the kitchen has an Aga stove worth $10,000, which likely contributes to the stated $1,000,000 of upgrades. Plenty of other perks, too, in this highly livable home for a family looking for a place in the close-in Philly suburbs. Giant bulldog tapestry not included.

Gallery below.

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The DesignPhiladelphia 2014 Schedule Is Out!

header-logoThe schedule is now online for the city’s incredibly fun and diverse design festival, which is back for its 10th year. Starting October 9th, there’ll be more than 120 parties, exhibits, talks, happenings, what-have-yous at venues ranging from studios to street corners, storefronts to schoolrooms, museums to modern homes. If you’ve never been in town during DesignPhiladelphia, be warned: THE CREATIVE PEOPLE ARE COMING, AND THEY ARE TAKING OVER. We’ll have picks before the fest begins, and every day as it’s going on.

Events include our own Property Presents: Tales from the Design World, which as you can see from the event info, features ME. It is described thusly:

From client horror stories to the challenges of reinventing public spaces, those on the front line of Philly’s design community have the most entertaining tales to tell. Join us for this storytelling event, where designers, writers, architects, urban planners and photographers will tell their most personal, funny, and profound five-minute anecdotes.

Info: Thurs., Oct 9th, 6:30-8:30pm, AIA Center, tickets

DesignPhiladelphia Event Schedule

Number of Property Tax Deadbeats Is Down

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The city’s property tax collection program, the Actual Value Initiative (AVI), once terrified the populace as far away as Phoenixville.

The unthinkable is happening: The city is managing to collect more property taxes. I know this information is hard to absorb, but let Patrick Kerkstra persuade you:

The total debt owed the city and School District of Philadelphia in unpaid property taxes fell over the past year, edging down $10 million between April 2013 and April 2014, according to a Philadelphia magazine and PlanPhilly analysis of city tax data. The total number of property tax deadbeats declined as well, dipping about 1,400 over the same period.

To be sure, the gains are modest given the massive scale of property tax delinquency in Philadelphia; nearly 96,000 delinquent parcels and $512 million owed, figures that dwarf those in all other big cities except Detroit.

But it’s notable nonetheless that the city managed to stop — for a time at least — the spread of tax delinquency (the epidemic has grown quickly in most years of the Nutter administration), and more notable still that the city is now reducing the total amount owed.

For more of Kerkstra’s report:

City Picking up Pace on Tax Collection [Philly Mag]

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