North Bowl Teases Us With Instagram Pics of South Bowl

South Bowl site as of August 2014, via Google Street View

South Bowl site as of August 2014, via Google Street View

Hey you, remember around two years ago when North Bowl said they were going to be opening an enormous sister bowling center 19 East Oregon Avenue? Unless you live down in Pennsport/Whitman, frequent Tony Luke’s or commute on I-95, chances are good that you forgot about it.

Well, consider yourself shaken from your bowling slumber: North Bowl and South Bowl just posted some fine interior shots of the project on Instagram. Let’s just say that they’re the type of pictures that get us all kinds of giddy inside.

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Reduced and Pending: Chestnut Hill House Where a Jodie Foster Movie was Filmed

All TREND photos via BHHS Fox & Roach - Blue Bell.

All TREND photos via BHHS Fox & Roach – Blue Bell.

Lynnewood, a three-story house resting atop 3.5 acres and vaunting the respect of the Chestnut Hill Historical Society, is now under contract. As one would imagine, the home has architectural pedigree and is the site of a scene in Stealing Home, a romantic comedy starring Jodie Foster (more on that here).

Movie trivia aside, the home boasts high casement windows, French doors, and a master suite with a porch and view of the grounds. There’s also a 5-car garage and guest apartment.

See the gallery below…(sorry, no Jodie cameo)

Developer Presents Plans for 24-Unit Apartment in West Philly

The propposed apartment is set to take the place of the former building at 4536 Spruce, which burned down in February 2011. Photo via Google Street View

The former building at 4536 Spruce, which burned down in February 2011.
Photo via Google Street View

During a meeting with the Spruce Hill Community Association zoning committee yesterday, developers behind a proposed 24-unit apartment building presented their plan, which is set to accommodate low-income residents, “particularly veterans” and replace the burned down building at 4536 Spruce, according to Mike Lyons at West Philly Local:

The Mission First Housing Group‘s building would include 24 one- and two-bedroom rental apartments aimed at people with a household income of $36,000 a year or less and is contingent on state funding. Mission First hopes to improve its chances for funding by going through the zoning process, which will require variances for building height, erecting a multi-family structure and not providing parking.

Lyons adds that the project would also offer both an indoor compactor and bike storage. Parking was not proposed.

Affordable housing plan at 46th and Spruce back in front of Spruce Hill zoning committee [West Philly Local]

Tinicum Township Home That’s So Picturesque It Could Have Been Inspired by a Children’s Storybook

All TREND photos via Addison Wolfe Real Estate.

All TREND photos via Addison Wolfe Real Estate.

Not to be confused with the Tinicum Township south of Philadelphia, this Tinicum home, called “the Old Weaver Homestead,” is a Bucks County property through and through, and, much like the neighboring country cottage of our dreams, it’s a charming two-bedroom with a delightful interior.

Raising its appeal even further is a nearby running stream, little milk house (used as a gym), and two barns, one of which has been converted into a storage and guest apartment (first and second levels, respectively), while the other contains stalls and a greenhouse area for growing vegetables in the winter.

Continue on to see the beautiful gallery…

Is Boyd Theatre Site the Key to Future Apartment Tower?

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The site of the historic Boyd Theatre has been back in the news recently. Pearl Properies, who acquired the former movie palace at 1908 Chestnut Street in October for $4.5M, now owns the entire stretch from the Boyd east to the corner at 1900 Chestnut Street. While the proposed iPic movie theater is trying to work out a deal with Pearl, Saffron notes that future of the site is now up in the air: “What happens now is anyone’s guess.”

Except, as Saffron points out, that Pearl has been looking to build a 26-story apartment tower at 19th and Chestnut Street prior to purchasing the Boyd.

Is a tower on the way?

That Game of Thrones-ish Mansion in Villanova is Pending Sale

All TREND photos via BHHS Fox & Roach - Haverford.

All TREND photos via BHHS Fox & Roach – Haverford.

Things seem to be looking up for this formidable Delaware County estate, which at the beginning of the year was listed for $2,349,000 followed by a series of price cuts, delistings, re-listings, price raises, and more cuts. The medieval-style mansion has, as Shannon Rooney noted in January, a distinct Game of Thrones air to it and no one was biting.

That is until now.

Redfin says the home is contingent, which means someone might finally be in the process of sealing the deal on the grand property. And what a home they’ll have! In addition to the lovely particulars inside (hand carved millwork, limestone accents, leaded glass windows, and a 20-foot beamed ceiling), the 2-plus-acre grounds seem to call out from a different time: gardens, stone walls, reflecting pond, and several terraces.

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Morning Headlines: Mixed-Use Project Presented for Vacant Washington Avenue Lot

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2401 Washington Avenue as of August 2014, via Google Street View

Plans for the redevelopment of a large, oddly-shaped vacant lot at 2401 Washington Avenue were presented this week at a public, information only session during the monthly South of South Neighborhood Association (SOSNA) zoning meeting. Naked Philly reports that representatives from Harman Deutsch were on hand to lay out the preliminary plans for a 5-story, mixed-use project that would feature 113 residential units over ground-floor retail fronting Washington Avenue.

However exciting this may be for the Washington Avenue corridor, the meeting was the start of what could be a long process. Naked Philly explains:

Next up for this project with be SOSNA’s Architectural Review Committee, then another public meeting where the community will take a vote. After that, it’s off to Civic Design Review before finally landing at the ZBA. As last night’s presentation was informational only, we imagine some aspects of the project may change before all is said and done.

One of many projects in the works. Read more >>

Blatstein, SugarHouse Appeal Casino Decision

Rendering of Live! Hotel and Casino via PlanPhilly

Rendering of Live! Hotel and Casino via PlanPhilly

The Inquirer reports this morning that last month’s decision to permit a second Philly casino in South Philadelphia is being appealed by the losing bidders and by the city’s first (and still only existing) casino.

The plaintiffs include developer Bart Blatstein, the SugarHouse Casino, and the two other losing bidders. They note that the winning bidder, Live!, has the same ownership as Parx Casino in Bensalem.
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Rent This Rustic, Loft-Style Barn in Chester County

Image via Postlets on Zillow.com

Image via Postlets on Zillow.com

Renters in the market for a high-end renovated barn in Chester County are in serious luck today–your hunt is over.

Originally built in the 1800’s as a bank barn, this rental home now has all of the modern, yet classicly rustic, amenities you’ll want: Spacious kitchen with stone counters, gorgeous river stone fire place with circular raised hearth, open living room and two loft-style bedrooms. They even swapped out the original entrance with a large wall of windows for plenty of natural light.

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Video: Grace Kelly’s Childhood Growth Chart Set to Heavy Metal Music

640px-Kelly,_Grace_(Rear_Window)Let’s take a trip down the rabbit hole that is the Philadelphia Reddit page for a moment.

A user recently posted a video that will simply make you say, what the hell was that? The that is a video slideshow on Youtube that claims to show the (possible) childhood growth chart of American icon and East Falls native Grace Kelly, her siblings and even her dog. To top it off, the whole thing is set to a heavy metal track. Yes, you read that correctly.

Here’s the description via Youtube:

This is inside the Grace Kelly House in Philadelphia!! The back of the door the family used to chart Jack, Liz Anne, Grace, and the dog’s growth through the 1930s and 1940s. This has never been seen by anyone else but my family in a LONG time.

Her childhood home, located a 3901 Henry Avenue in East Falls, was recently at the center of a animal hoarding investigation. In April, owner Marjorie Bamont plead no contest to 14 counts of animal cruelty and was ordered to give up 12 of her cats, a dog and pay a $7,000 fine to the Pennsylvania SPCA.

The video is available after the jump.

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