Coming to the Marketplace Design Center: The “Family Apartment”

An interior shot of the Marketplace Design Center by MikeWebkist via Flickr.

An interior shot of the Marketplace Design Center by MikeWebkist via Flickr.

Apartments in Philadelphia generally come in three sizes: small (studio), medium (one bedroom), and large (two-bedroom), with small and medium dominating.

A new development that will transform a Schuylkill riverside landmark is about to rewrite that formula in response to changing demographics and trends. Instead of small, medium and large, the apartments in this new project will come in medium, large and extra large.

Next year, PMC Property Group will begin work on a project that will turn the Marketplace Design Center at 2401 Market St. into a mixed-use building that will include office space, street-level retail, a hotel and apartments in addition to a reconfigured showcase for interior designers. Read more »

The Country Cottage of Your Dreams Is In Bucks County

TREND photos via Coldwell Banker Hearthside.

TREND photos via Coldwell Banker Hearthside.

Readers, prepare to fall in love.

The jewel that is this Erwinna residence has a covered bridge leading to the picket-fenced property, which–as if the cute bridge weren’t enough–includes the most picturesque stone pathway lined with trees on either side extending to the home’s entrance. There’s also a treehouse folly that makes for a wonderfully unconventional guest quarter.

Unsurprisingly, the listing states the home is the work of award-winning garden designer Jon Carloftis and as such has “been featured in dozens of design, lifestyle and garden magazines.” Interior charms include a wood-burning fireplace, painted wood floors, built-ins, and French doors with access to a covered sleeping porch that overlooks the gardens and stream.

Continue reading about the kitchen and beautiful garage…

Northeast Philly’s Center for Autism Awarded $1 Million Grant For Expansion

The Center for Autism in Philadelphia has two facilities, one of which has just received a $1 million grant courtesy of the state’s Economic Initiative Grant Program. John George at the Business Journal reports the money will go to expanding the center’s satellite facility in Northeast Philadelphia:

Awarded through the state’s Economic Initiative Grant Program, the money will be used to renovate space at center’s Grant Avenue location, which will allow the facility to provide 350 more evaluations each year and serve 270 more individuals and families through its various treatment programs.

But wait, there’s more…

New Owner of 1635 Market to Invest $5 Million in Renovations

Photo via Loopnet.

Photo via Loopnet.

According to the Inquirer’s Erin Arvedlund, New York-based firm Nightingale Properties has bought Seven Penn Center, the 19-story building at 1635 Market Street.

The Tuesday purchase was made at an undisclosed price, but plans for a $5 million dollar renovation are already in the works as real estate agents with CBRE, the company marketing the property, say its new owner is “committed to transforming 1635 Market into a modern, high tech facility.” Changes are set to include the structure’s “facade, main lobby, concourse elevators, common corridors and bathrooms.”

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Reduced: Semi-Steampunk Unit in Washington Square West


TREND photo via BHHS Fox & Roach-Center City Walnut

Get in early on the Chestnut East renaissance with Unit H at 720 Chestnut Street. First listed in September for $539,000, the spacious Washington Square West unit has been reduced this week to $494,000. It boasts an expansive open living room/ kitchen space with hardwood floors, a stone fireplace and a “suburban-sized” kitchen with an island. The statement-making piece is the wooden mount in the living room–complete with vintage, industrial-chic gears.

The two bedrooms are large and the wood-trimmed master bath is decked out with a beautiful modern motif that’s in stark contrast to the steampunkish gear in the living room. Wake up every morning overlooking the stunning Quaker City National Bank building or choose to hang outside on the shared deck. Roof rights are also included.

Want to get a better look? There’s an open house scheduled for 12 p.m. on December 21. Gallery below. Read more »

$1 Million Haddonfield Residence with the Greatest Neighbors

Photos by owner via Zillow.

Photos by owner via Zillow.

This is one of those “for sale by owner” houses we rarely feature on Property, but we opted to include this one for its family-friendly appeal. According to the owner, the 1900 Victorian is in a spot-on location with top schools and PATCO’s Haddonfield Station all within walking distance. They also call their immediate neighbors “the best in town” and note the decades-old tradition of having a neighborhood Fourth of July block party with a float.

Other elements that make it an inviting home are its modern-day amenities, which include newly refinished basement and master and guest bathrooms, an in-home office with its own entryway and bathroom, and a kitchen that was remodeled in 2004 and has reclaimed barn hemlock floors with Mark Wilkinson cabinets, SubZero fridge, honed limestone countertops and Viking 6-burner stove and double oven.

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Morning Headlines: Game-Changing Tower Planned For Walnut Street

Photo via Google Street View.

The long-planned “Fergie Tower” project by U3 Ventures has officially passed over to the Goldenberg Group who bought the site of the proposed mixed-use development for $8.2 million, according to Natalie Kostelni at the Philadelphia Business Journal. A 26-story tower with 300 apartments and ground-level retail space is anticipated for the property at 1213-19 Walnut Street.

Kostelni adds that the $100 million project “has the potential to be a game changer for that part of Walnut Street and an anchor east of Broad Street.” Here are early renderings of the planned structure when U3 Ventures and Goldenberg teamed up in April.

Parking lot where ‘Fergie Tower’ was proposed sold to Goldenberg Group [Business Journal]

Meanwhile, in other news…

One Liberty Place to Get Observation Deck

Philadelphians and visitors wanting a bird’s-eye view of the city will get their chance: Mayor Nutter on Tuesday announced plans for an observation deck at One Liberty Place. Uwishunu reports:

Today, Philadelphia Mayor Michael Nutter announced that Montparnasse 56 Group is bringing a brand new observation deck experience to Philadelphia in Summer 2015.

Montparnasse 56 (or M56) — a Parisian-based company that operates observation decks in the John Hancock Tower in Chicago and the Montparnasse 56 Tower in Paris — will be building the observation deck on the 57th floor of One Liberty Place in downtown Philadelphia.

There are currently only a few spots around the city that offer sky-high views of Philadelphia, including the City Hall Tower Observation Deck, R2L and Nineteen.

More details, including the deck’s official name, remain to be revealed.

Moshe Safdie Awarded 2015 AIA Gold Medal

rendering of free library addition

A rendering of the Central Branch with the Moshe Safdie addition. Credit:

The Board of Directors at the American Institute of Architecture has chosen Moshe Safdie, FAIA, as the recipient of the 2015 AIA Gold Medal. The selection of Safdie, whose portfolio includes Montreal’s Habitat ’67 and Singapore’s Marina Bay Sands among others, is certainly a worthy choice, but not without some controversy. He won the prestigious award in a hotly contested vote with Robert Venturi and Denise Scott Brown of Venturi, Scott Brown. The pair was the first joint nomination in the award’s 68-year history.

There’s an interesting Philly connection here. Safdie’s bold expansion plans at the Free Library were put on hold “indefinitely”  back in April. He was also mentored by the legendary Louis Kahn, an AIA Gold Medal winner in 1971. Philadelphia-based Venturi, Scott Brown are starchitects in their own right, and long fought to have the award include partners in the nominations.

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