Hidden 8BR Glenside Estate With Cupola

TREND photo courtesy Long & Foster.

TREND photo courtesy Long & Foster.

The thing we love most about this beautiful Glenside estate is that it has been restored to its 1830s heyday but there are still opportunities for new owners to personalize the property. With only four previous owners, the estate has retained original elements like pocket doors and pocket shutters as well as original pinewood flooring. While the property has been renovated meticulously, new owners will still have the chance to devise any use they like for two very cool spaces: a cupola and a restored barn.

The main living areas of the home include a library with the double whammy of built-in bookshleves and window seats. A formal living room features a fireplace with Mercer tile (you’ll also find that in the bathrooms and in one of the other three fireplaces). The kitchen has been fully renovated and includes radiant heat flooring, an eight-burner, two-oven Wolf stove, a Sub Zero refrigerator and a separate wine cooler. The first-floor dining room could accommodate more than 150 guests at a cocktail party.

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Passive House Building Principles at Kamp Kaolin in Landenberg

Photo by Laura Kicey.

Photo by Laura Kicey.

Currently under construction in southern Chester County (Landenberg, to be precise), Kamp Kaolin is a 2,700 square-foot home designed with a whole slew of industry buzzwords in mind. Sustainability. Passive house principles. Aging-in-place.

We talked to Hugh Lofting, of Hugh Lofting Timber Framing Inc., who is in charge of the project. The company is one of only seven certified passive house builders in Pennsylvania, so he’s the man to talk to when you want to confirm that the building principles involve more than a bunch of architects standing around saying things like “wherever you think the truss should go is fine with me” or “I’m sure that foundation is level enough.”

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Morning Headlines: Plans to Revitalize Metropolitan Opera on N. Broad

Curbed Philly has the scoop on some eyebrow-raising developments at the old Metropolitan Opera House at North Broad and Poplar.

Eric Blumenfeld’s company (yes, that Eric Blumenfeld), EB Realty Management, co-owns the property along with the Holy Ghost Headquarters Church. EB’s Commercial Development Manager Chris Cordaro tells Curbed they are currently negotiating to turn the lower level of the mouldering opera house into a giant catering space.

“We’re in discussions now about the size,” said Cordaro when contacted by phone. Although nothing is solid quite yet, he noted that it could be up to 20,000 square feet in size.

Curbed says there are also plans for a bakery, restaurant and a separate banquet area in the works. Head over there to gaze upon the renderings from Stokes Architecture.

Could a huge catering facility be coming for the Met? [Curbed Philly]

More news this way…

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Spruce Street Gem Built by Stephen Girard with Private Park Entrance

TREND photo courtesy BHHS Fox & Roach.

TREND photo courtesy BHHS Fox & Roach.

In a city where founders left history on practically every block in some neighborhoods, Stephen Girard still stands out. The guy stuck around Philadelphia during two separate yellow fever outbreaks to help the sick and dying. And then he personally bailed out the government to ensure the Americans would win the War of 1812. He provided for the city’s orphans in his will, establishing Girard College (for background on the school’s eventual desegregation as well as a fascinating story about the perimeter wall, check out Hidden City). Society Hill still bears reminders of the philanthropist, especially on Spruce Street.

This enormous home was built by Girard in 1831 and has since been restored and preserved. The listing claims in excess of 4,200 square feet but the agent’s notes tell us it’s closer to 5,200 square feet. In short, it’s huge. There are plenty of period details (the usual plaster, pine floors and winding stairs found throughout Society Hill). Our favorite is the actual King of Prussia marble in the fireplaces.The home itself has four bedrooms and four full baths.

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Morning Headlines: SugarHouse Begins $164M Expansion

SugarHouse photo courtesy sameold210 via Flickr.

SugarHouse photo courtesy sameold210 via Flickr.

You may not remember it now, but when SugarHouse opened in 2010, the casino was not quite finished. Yes, the facility was built, but there were further plans for expansion. After years of legal battles and delays, executives (and local pols) broke ground yesterday. The Inquirer’s Harold Brubaker has all the details.

The expansion, expected to open next year, will more than double the size of SugarHouse, to 260,000 square feet from 108,000 square feet, not including a 600,000-square-foot, seven-story parking garage that will give poker players, in particular, quick access to the tables.

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Morning Headlines: Experts Consider Atlantic City’s Fate

Photo courtesy  Wikimedia Commons.

Photo courtesy Wikimedia Commons.

The Inquirer has a lengthy report this morning speculating on Atlantic City’s fate come September, when as many as four Boardwalk properties may be vacant. Suzette Parmley talks to a variety of authorities and rubberneckers, and even nabs a quote from Carl Dranoff while he’s at dinner.

With the Atlantic Club having closed in January, Trump Plaza closing in September and Revel and Showboat in dire straits, Mayor Don Guardian tells Parmley that the city is considering using the old casinos for other purposes. Changes will need the go-ahead from the Casino Reinvestment Development Authority.

What would the other purposes be? Parmley found a few people with suggestions. One possible tenant would be Richard Stockton College, which has expressed interest in opening a campus in Atlantic City:

The changing landscape in A.C. makes it more important than ever to diversify the economic base in Atlantic City, as well as provide four-year degree and higher educational opportunities for the many employees being displaced,” Stockton president Herman Saatkamp said in a statement Wednesday. “A college campus complete with housing and surrounding businesses would be a significant asset to these needs.

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Spectacular Ceilings in Anglecot Condo

TREND photo courtesy Fox & Roach.

TREND photo courtesy Fox & Roach.

Built in 1883 by Wilson Eyre Jr. (you know him from the Penn Museum and the Swan Memorial Fountain), Anglecot was once a grand single family home. It’s now a grand multi-family dwelling that has been carved into nine very distinct condominiums. Unit B sold last fall. Now Unit D is on the market.

The condo is stretched over three floors of the mansion. It includes three beds and three full baths as well as a powder room. Ceilings on the main living floor are jaw-dropping, likely because what is now the living and dining area was once the ballroom in the original Anglecot configuration. The downstairs also includes two tiled fireplaces and a wall of built-in bookshelves. The galley kitchen features one of two skylights (the other is on the third floor in the studio). The master suite is accessible by a spiral staircase and includes a dressing room, sitting area and Juliet balcony.
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Roof Deck-Ready Penthouse at Vine Street Condos

TREND photo courtesy Keller Williams.

TREND photo courtesy Keller Williams.

Penthouses in any Center City condo are bound to be pretty spectacular in their own way. This one caught our eye because of the handsome exposed brick, which gives the unit a homier feeling than many other similarly situated penthouse lofts. The Vine Street Condos are in a nine-unit building at 5th and Vine and being the penthouse, this unit also has solitary access to the roof.

The main living space in the 2,600-square-foot-plus penthouse is completely open plan. A gourmet kitchen – finished with granite countertops, a huge center island and very shiny backsplash – overlooks the bricked living and dining spaces. Bedrooms are separated by frosted glass sliding doors (a feature we like far better in photos than by description). The master suite includes a custom closet as well as an en-suite bath with soaking tub.
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Home Built by the Strawbridges Hits the Market for $1.15M

TREND photo courtesy Elfant Wissahickon.

TREND photo courtesy Elfant Wissahickon.

Known for founding the beloved (and well-missed!) department store at 8th and Market, the Strawbridge family also constructed three large homes during the last few decades of the 19th century. One of the “Three Sisters” properties – a Queen Anne Victorian landmark in Mt. Airy – hit the market this week after a significant renovation process.

Owner Daniel Cohen reported that he worked with Lawrence McEwan for layout and structural architecture and Jamie Swidler for interior finishes and furnishings. Cohen himself acted as general contractor alongside Dean Coffin and Martin Madden. Renovations included installing ten zones of radiant heat over three hardwood floors as well as smart technology that will enable new owners to control HVAC functions, lighting and security remotely. There is also a sound system wired through most of the house.
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Delightful Century-Old Tudor in Mount Airy

TREND photo courtesy Elfant Wissahickon.

TREND photo courtesy Elfant Wissahickon.

There are plenty of homes in Philadelphia that are 110 years old. But it’s rare to find one where details have been thoughtfully preserved but it doesn’t scream This is historic! Look at this hearth! This Mount Airy gem is a best-case scenario. Modern upgrades, charming details, lots of period-related curb appeal.

The home features five bedrooms and two full baths plus a powder room. Built in 1904, the single home is full of character. The entryway is surrounded by leaded stained glass windows and there are multiple rooms with at least one wall of exposed brick. A hallway entry on the second floor is made of exposed stonework and the living room fireplace features an intricately carved wood mantel.

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