Restored Fitler Square Townhouse with Two-Story Wall of Windows

2317 Lombard Street, Philadelphia, PA.

2317 Lombard Street, Philadelphia, PA.

There’s a brick courtyard with a fountain behind this three-story Fitler Square home, but what makes this detail an important one is the fact that it can be seen and accessed from the family room, a room which boasts antique wood paneling, spiral staircase, and, get this, a 20-foot “wall of windows.”

At the front of the home is the living room with built-ins, fireplace, wet bar, and exposed brick wall, while the island-centered kitchen can be found on the lower level with its custom cabinetry and U-Line wine refrigerator. (There’s a laundry/storage room here too.)

The second floor contains the master bedroom and its renovated stone bathroom, as well as a bonus room to be turned into whatever you please. Another bedroom and bath can be found on the third floor.

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Banana Republic Factory Comes to 1911 Chestnut

Banana-Republic

Shoppist has given confirmed: the liquor store that once sat across from the former Boyd Theatre will be a Banana Republic Factory.

The sizable retail space (6,600 square feet!) isn’t the only one that’s been plucked off the market, however. Over on Walnut, Timberland is setting up a flagship at 1709 that will open sometime at the end of this year.

Retail News: Banana Republic Factory and Timberland Coming to Philly [Shoppist]

New Hope Estate Includes A Guest Suite with Three Bedrooms

2103 Street Road, New Hope, PA.

2103 Street Road, New Hope, PA.

As per the photo, interior stone walls, exposed beamed ceilings, and reclaimed hardwood floors in chestnut and walnut are just few of the eye-catching details in this Bucks County residence.

Others features deserving mention are its theater room, custom-built bar, original and remastered Mercer tile stack, and barn doors dating back 300 years. The main house also has a limestone-floored kitchen, which opens into the family room and is equipped with high-end appliances and farmhouse sink.

The listing also mentions the home having “original materials from ‘The Bleak House’ (c.1850),” a reference Google Search indicates (What? The agent didn’t pick up! ) may be referring to a building that served as setting inspiration for Charles Dickens’ Bleak House.

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Barclay Home of the Late Lady Bessborough

TREND photo courtesy Sotheby's.

TREND photo courtesy Sotheby’s.

There are plenty of luxury condos in this city (see: Claude Giroux’s new digs). There are few with as rich a back story as this triple-sized unit at The Barclay. If it looks like a residence fit for aristocracy, that’s because it was last the home of the late Lady Bessborough, countess of the same and wife to the late Earl of Bessborough, Viscount Duncannon. Before marrying into the aristocracy proper, the Randor native was already part of Philadelphia society, being related to both the Drexel and Biddle families.

The countess was known for many charitable interests – locally, for her support of Drexel as well as the American Philosophical Society – and was noted for her work to preserve Ben Franklin’s last existing home. Franklin’s residence on Craven Street in London proved to be fairly indomitable, having been twice bombed during World War II, set on fire in 1983 and flooded in 1987. Bessborough’s group helped complete repairs in 1996 and a decade later, the home opened to the public.
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Manayunk’s Main Street Is Getting A New Store…For Runners!

Philadelphia Runner's new Manayunk storefront

Philadelphia Runner’s new Manayunk storefront

Some good news for Manayunk runners: Main Street is getting a new face thanks to Philadelphia Runner, Be Well Philly reports.

The athletic store, which has a projected “build out” date for this September, will have Canno Design (who just revamped Charlie is a sinner) working on its storefront. Be Well’s Emily Leaman also spoke to PR’s outreach coordinator who said,”We really think Manayunk’s best days are ahead, and we want to be a part of the continuing revitalization of the business corridor.”

Let’s hope so! The news comes after Bryn Mawr Running Company closed its doors a few doors down last fall.

New Details: Philadelphia Runner to Open New Manayunk Store [Be Well Philly]

Bryn Mawr Estate Hidden Behind Gatehouse Has Serious Potential

TREND photo courtesy Coldwell Banker.

TREND photo courtesy Coldwell Banker.

We are dreaming of what we could do with this private Bryn Mawr estate hidden behind a stone gatehouse and lofted among the trees. Built in 1964, the lines are giving off a serious MCM vibe. We yearn to take down the curtains (and the skateboards!) and open this home up.

The four-bedroom home boasts vaulted ceilings along with walls full of windows. The master bedroom and bath are on the main level and feature private deck access. There are also two family rooms, one of which has a very cool copper fireplace. The kitchen has a walk-in pantry. The bathroom will need a new shower curtain.
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Morning Headlines: The Gallery Is Getting A $106 Million Makeover

Gallery

Well, we can’t wait to see this! Yesterday, PREIT announced Macerich Co, a mall developer from California, will invest $106.8 million into redeveloping the Gallery.

Macerich owns fifty-five locations throughout the country, including the Deptford Mall. The Inquirer’s Joe DiStefano says the company, which is putting up funds along with PREIT on “on a 50/50 basis,” will be getting 50% interest out of the deal.

And what will we get out of it? Here’s what DiStefano reports PREIT’s CEO had to say: Read more »

University City District: Crime Is Down

The latest crime-update email from the University City District reports that for the month of June there was a decrease in crime, which is always what UCity landlords like to hear, especially as students begin to look for housing in July and August. Crime in the area is monitored and controlled not only by the Philadelphia Police Department, but by UCD, the Penn Police Department, the Drexel Police Department, and a host of other security details and town watches and public safety units from all the other institutions in the area. If you think about it, it should be the safest place in the city. Below, more stats.

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Property Moguls Behaving Badly: Peeing on Skittles

Ryan Gosling in the film All Good Things, loosely based on the life of Robert Durst.

Ryan Gosling in the film All Good Things, loosely based on the life of Robert Durst.

Son of the late real estate magnate Seymour Durst, and a real estate force in his own right, Robert Durst is once again in the news, but this time, it’s not about selling buildings.

Last week, he made news in the New York Post with the headline “Cross-dressing killer now making a killing in NYC real estate” after he sold two buildings in Brooklyn for $21.15 million.

Durst is a pariah in a family that owns many, many billions worth of property in New York (you know you probably won’t be invited to Thanksgiving when 12 of your relatives have restraining orders against you). But he’s still very much in the game: His wife is a New York real estate broker, and he has a chunky trust fund. Aside from those Brooklyn buildings, the Post’s Jennifer Gould Keil writes, “Durst has also gotten his hands on some killer real estate in Harlem, where prices have skyrocketed” and “reportedly paid $3 million in September 2012 for a 41.96 percent interest in Havemeyer Portfolio LLC.”

Why all the “killer” references? Well, Durst has a troubled history, to say the least.

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