There are only so many words to express what makes a particular home stand out (“Elegant!” “Unique!” “Luxurious!”). How about “sexy”? Below, the four properties currently on the market that have — according to their listings — undeniable sex appeal.
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In addition to Rothman Ice Rink opening next month, Dilworth Park will be debuting another feature: the Albert M. Greenfield Lawn.
According to a press release from the Center City District, the 6,9000-square foot green space will be dedicated and opened tomorrow at 11:00am. The site is expected to function as a relaxing public area for visitors to go read and work, with occasional programmed events setting up camp there throughout the year.
Yesterday morning I went to take a look at what was once Strawbridge and Clothier and is now Century 21 — not a real estate agency, but the Gallery’s new 100,000-square-foot anchor store. Our sister site Shoppist has plenty of information about names you’ll find (Milly, Y-3, Tumi, Le Creuset, etc.) and where you’ll find them (first floor or second). I didn’t take notes on that because I was too obsessed with looking for, and finding, historical details that might ricochet me back to the days when Strawbridge’s was still a thriving entity. After all, that was an important part of Philadelphia’s history. In 1996, when the company was passed from the Strawbridge family hands to the May company, the New York Times published what amounted to a eulogy, “Philadelphia Keeps Strawbridge Name but Loses a Retail Tradition.”
BoConcept‘s new “Philly Sofa” marks the first time the Danish retailer has named a sofa after an American city. And it’s as smooth as Philly Cream Cheese, isn’t it? The design is vaguely midcentury, and inspired, says the company, “by the laid back and practical lifestyle of Philadelphia.”
Good news for all the relaxed pragmatists out there: Pennsylvania residents who shop at BoConcept Philadelphia or BoConcept King of Prussia between November 1- November 26 get a 10 percent discount on the Philly Sofa, as well as access to the stores’ professional interior design teams:
Perhaps a classic gray or modern white with pops of colored pillows entices. Or opt for a stylish demonstration of Eagles pride with an emerald green sofa and a silver and black throw that will make cheering on game day even more fun.
Please do not opt for that, actually. Just…do not. Meanwhile, a couple more pics of the Philly Sofa below.
For those who think daily newspapers lack a purpose in a digitized world that threatens to make traditional media outlets obsolete, today’s coverage of gentrification in a Daily News special section is a firm rejoinder. The seven articles that comprise “The Problems and the Promise: Gentrification in Philadelphia” is a pull-out section of the print edition and a microsite at philly.com. It illuminates the issues around the word that’s probably the most contested and least understood of any used to refer to real estate and development battles in the city.
The project isn’t perfect. There are missteps — like the boldfaced use of the term “Templetown.” But there are important myths that get debunked, and crucial facts that must be called to every Philadelphian’s attention before they expound on gentrification. Because, oh boy, do people expound. I hear far too much strident talk about “gentrification” from people ill-equipped to understand it. This series should help.
Well, not exactly. This custom barn house in Unionville, Chester County may have been on the market for more than $4 million (currently pending sale), but it’s not the four bedrooms alone that made the price tag.
Situated on 70 acres, the property boasts four pastures, 10-stall barn, 3-bay run-in shed, and a hay barn with open bays for storage (one closed bay is used as a shop). There are also turnout areas and a 21-acre parcel that be can be sold separately.
This year’s Design Home is in a lovely Wyndmoor neighborhood bordering Chestnut Hill. The street, East Gravers Lane, can get almost pastoral when all the leaves are in, and now that fall is here, the trees in the area are flush with color. The custom home, built by Glenn Falso Jr. of Main Street Development and designed by HarmanDeutsch Architecture and Diane Bishop Interiors, features a stone facade to match surrounding and historic properties. As for the interior? Tonight we’ll find out at the ribbon-cutting.
Before-and-after gallery below.
In recent weeks, we’ve been covering news of Philly’s flourishing housing boom and rising home values. Now, we might soon add office properties to that increase: Finance & Commerce reports the city has hit a sweet spot in office demand with sales doubling to $1.4 billion:
Real estate values approaching or surpassing peak levels in New York, Boston and Washington have buyers turning to Philadelphia for its higher yields, rising rents and falling vacancies. That’s bolstering office deals in the fifth-largest U.S. city at a time when Manhattan-like towers have opened with luxury condominiums and cable operator Comcast Corp. is developing a skyscraper that will be the area’s tallest.
The website adds that this boom in demand could be part of larger “Philadelphia renaissance” attributed to local university graduates “sticking around instead of leaving for jobs in other cities,” as Bob Walters, CBRE Group’s executive managing director, put it.
A recent study by City Observatory backs this idea with findings that show young college grads spur on economic and neighborhood revitalization.
There are plenty of beautiful Bucks County homes for sale, but this one may appeal most to those with a fondness for performance. Its lower level entertainment center has a stage and dance floor (with the requisite lighting) in addition to multiple seating areas, bar, and game room.
The home, which boasts Tuscan-style architectural details, also has a music room, theater, and kitchen with built-in booth seating. A sauna can be accessed via the home gym and an au pair suite with bathroom and kitchenette sits over the 4-car garage. Outside features include pool and cabana.
The Provident Mutual Life Insurance Co. building at 46th and Market has seen a small number of tenants come and go, but for the most part it’s remained relatively vacant. Now, since making official requests earlier this year, the property is under city ownership and plans for its renovation have started.
West Philly Local reports the 87-year-old structure, which will be rehabbed so that it can house new occupants, had its groundbreaking ceremony yesterday. During this, Mayor Nutter announced the building would be referred to as “the Philadelphia Public Safety Services campus.” The site will house the new headquarters of the Philadelphia Police Department, the Medical Examiner’s Office, and the Department of Health public laboratories.