Ryan Howard Puts His House On The Market

The House of Howard resides in Blue Bell.

The House of Howard resides in Blue Bell. | Images via Bristol Real Estate

After a rough couple of seasons, the Phillies are turning things around so far this year, sitting at 16-11 after a 1-0 victory over the Cardinals in St. Louis Tuesday night. The one run came on a home run off the bat of Ryan Howard, who already has six on the season.

It looks like Ryan is trying to take the positive vibes from the plate into the real estate market, as Philly.com reports that he has recently put his home in Blue Bell back on the market. Howard, who also has property in Rittenhouse, tried to sell the home in 2014. Like the Phils were in 2014, however, he was uncuccessful.

Now, after a significant price cut, it’s back on the market. The home has six bedrooms, seven full and one half bathrooms and 8,921 square feet of interior space, and was refurbished last year for $500,000. The first floor has hardwood flooring and a gourmet kitchen with handcrafted cabinets, granite counters and a butler’s pantry with copper sink and wine cooler between the kitchen and dining room. The home also comes with a walkout basement, a gym, a movie theater and a sauna. Outside, a manicured lawn frames the house’s stone exterior. In the back, there’s a large slate and brick patio, a pool, pool house and fire pit.

THE FINE PRINT

BEDS: 6

BATHS: 7 full, 1 half

SQUARE FEET: 8,921

PRICE: $2,690,000

ADDITIONAL INFO: It’s got a three-car attached garage and a three-car detached garage that has a finished area with a full bath above it.



Trinity Tuesday: A Gated Community in Queen Village

525 Fitzwater St. #15, Philadelphia, Pa. 19147

525 Fitzwater St. #15, Philadelphia, Pa. 19147 | TREND Images via Coldwell Banker Preferred

This week’s trinity is located in Abbott’s Court, which is a gated community of 15 trinities in Queen Village. It’s close to South Street, Penn’s Landing and all of the nightlife and community that the area has to offer—a perfect combination of seclusion and city life. There are tables and chairs out front, and the house has red brick and black shutters on the exteriors.

The kitchen is on the street level and features white Shaker-style cabinets, granite counters and stainless steel appliances. There’s also a well-designed, relatively spacious living room. Both feature hardwood floors, beige walls and white ceilings with spotlight lighting. The second floor features the “flexroom” that so many trinities have that can be used as either a den, an office or a second bedroom. The master bedroom is on the third floor and has a vaulted ceiling and exposed brick.

In addition to the common front courtyard all of the units in this development share, this unit also has a small private patio to one side, accessed from the kitchen, that’s just the right size for a grill.

THE FINE PRINT

BEDS: 2

BATHS: 1 full, 1 half

SQUARE FEET: 825

PRICE: $299,000

ADDITIONAL INFO: There are four years left on the tax abatement, low association fees and you’re allowed to have pets.



City To Get $30 Million in New Real Estate Tax Revenue

Real estate taxes in Society Hill should rise under revised land assessments announced today by City Controller Alan Butkovitz. Photo: Sikeri | Flickr

Real estate taxes in Society Hill, as well as 35 of the city’s 50 ZIP codes, will likely rise under revised land value assessments announced today by City Controller Alan Butkovitz. Photo: Sikeri | Flickr

The City of Philadelphia is coming into some cash next year. City Controller Alan Butkovitz released his monthly economic report today, in which he reveals that the City’s new property assessments could bring in around $30 million in new real estate tax revenues.

The increase in value is due to the increased assessment of the land portion of 36,778 properties. Real estate taxes will rise on average in 35 of Philadelphia’s 50 ZIP codes. (To name a couple: Center City—$1,013 increase. Northern Liberties—$489.) Taxes will fall on average in 14 and one will see no change. The sum of all these tax adjustments will come out to a net increase in real estate tax revenue of approximately $14 million for the city’s general fund and $17 million for the School District of Philadelphia. Read more »

Main Line Monday: Check Out This Bala Cynwyd Colonial

32 W Lodges Ln, Bala Cynwyd, Pa. 19004

32 W. Lodges Lane, Bala Cynwyd, Pa. 19004 | TREND Images via BHHS Fox & Roach

We usually feature ostentatious, extravagant mansions on Main Line Monday. Today, we decided to highlight a more modest house, but a beautiful one nonetheless. This house in Bala Cynwyd is a little more down-to-earth than many we’ve featured here of late. It looks contented, like it knows what it is and isn’t going to try to do anything else. At four bedrooms and 2,279 square feet, it’s simply a nicely sized, charming Colonial. Read more »

Kenney Calls on Businesses to Give Ex-Cons a Second Chance

Jim Kenney | Photo by Jeff Fusco

Jim Kenney | Photo by Jeff Fusco

Today, Mayor Jim Kenney issued a call to Philadelphia-based businesses to take the “Fair Chance Business Pledge,” a White House initiative to “eliminate unnecessary hiring barriers for individuals with criminal records.”

The White House launched the pledge earlier this month as a means of creating job opportunities for ex-convicts. Companies that sign the pledge commit to abstain from hiring practices that purposely steer away those with criminal records. According to the statement, 30,000 people are released from prison in Philadelphia every year, and 1 in 3 Americans have some kind of criminal record, so this is an issue affecting large number of people. Read more »

The Phillie Phanatic Will be Landscaping at Central High Saturday

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This Saturday, thousands of Comcast employees across the country will, alongside their family and friends, take part in Comcast Cares Day, which is the a community service project that is the largest single-day volunteer event in the country. This year, 100,000 people are expected to take part across the country, with around 6,000 in the greater Philadelphia region alone. Read more »

Farmhouse Friday: A Mind-Blowing Estate in New Hope

3220 Windy Bush Rd., New Hope, Pa. 18938

3220 Windy Bush Rd., New Hope, Pa. 18938| Images via BHHS Fox & Roach

We’ve shown a lot of crazy homes on Property with our weekly posts—there have been huge mansions, tiny trinities and everything in between. This property might be the wildest one, though, and it’s not even because of the house.

If you look at the price and the square footage, you’ll notice a disconnect. The house has 3,823 square feet of interior space, which is certainly a really well-sized house, but it wouldn’t usually call for a $10,000,000 price tag. Well, the reason it’s so expensive is because this farmhouse in New Hope sits on 190 acres of land. Yes, you read that correctly.

One hundred and ninety acres. Read more »

Jawdropper of the Week: Elegance in Elkins Park

The entrance hall at 429 Ashbourne Rd., Elkins Park, Pa. 19027

The entrance hall at 429 Ashbourne Rd., Elkins Park, Pa. 19027 | Images courtesy The Sivel Group

Ornate. Elegant. Luxurious. These are the words that come to mind when looking at this week’s Jawdropper, “Sylvan Edge,” a Georgian Revival mansion in Elkins Park.

Some houses are large mansions that aim for a casual, lived-in look. This house is a large mansion that aims for a regal look. Everything about it, from the high-gated entrance to the marble floors to the French Empire style chandeliers, evokes a sense of old-fashioned opulence. Read more »

It’s Happening: Comcast Is Buying DreamWorks

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NBCUniversal, which is part of the mighty Comcast Corporation, announced the purchase of Dreamworks Animation today, in a major deal for the Philadelphia-based cable and entertainment conglomerate.

DreamWorks Animation is a production company that makes animated films, TV shows, live entertainment and related products. You know it from animated features like Shrek and Madagascar.

According to a statement from Comcast, DreamWorks has an equity value of about $3.8 billion, and DreamWorks stockholders will receive $41 per share. The boards of each company and the majority shareholder of DreamWorks have all approved the agreement, which is expected to be completed by the end of this year. Read more »

Trinity Tuesday: A Beauty in Bella Vista

706 S Mildred St, Philadelphia, Pa., 19147

706 S Mildred St, Philadelphia, Pa., 19147 | TREND Images via Keller Williams Realty

It feels like each week for Trinity Tuesday we talk about the downsides of trinities, and how that week’s featured house manages to deny those downsides. Truth be told, though, it’s warranted. When you look at tons of houses every week, you find that many of the city’s trinities really don’t need to be put up on our site. There are some that do, however, and this is one of them. Read more »

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