Property’s Photo of the Week: Green Thumbs Gardening Under Guinn Mural

Admittedly, it’s slightly late, but this one is for Earth Day.

Yeah, it may be a little chilly and windy and crappy outside, but see those little green nubs? That means warmer, glorious weather is on the horizon. While we can’t predict the weather, we can be certain of one thing in this world: those with green thumbs  being well-prepared for the growing season. Big ups to the many neighborhood gardens throughout the city.

This shot comes from the highly successful and now super recognizable–thanks to the brilliant new mural by David Guinn–Manton Street Park and Community Garden in the ever-popular Dickinson Square West/Pennsport neighborhood of South Philly. Read more »

Is the Former Please Touch Museum Site Going to be Demolished?

The former Please Touch Museum Site at 208-212 N. 21st St. | Photo: James Jennings

The former Please Touch Museum Site at 208-212 N. 21st St. | Photo: James Jennings

Here’s an interesting nugget of information found in a document of the January minutes of the Logan Square Neighborhood Association (LSNA). As you’ll read in topic #7 under the Zoning Committee report, Toll Brothers has “an agreement” to buy the former Please Touch Museum site at 208-212 North 21st Street (near Race). Fast forward to February, where minutes show that a meeting with near neighbors took place on January 28. Initial plans called to knock down the building in favor of a five-story (58-feet high) condo building housing “approximately 35 units” with balconies and underground parking accessed from Van Pelt Street.

Unsurprisingly, the proposal was met with “unanimous opposition” from near neighbors, who also deemed it “unacceptable” due to its size and it being “out of character with the rest of our neighborhood,” according to the doc. Ed Panek, LSNA’s zoning committee chair, would not comment on the project. When asked about the project, Michael Duff, marketing director at Toll Brothers, said, Read more »

New Habitat for Humanity ReStore Coming to Washington Avenue in June

Photo via Habitat for Humanity Philadelphia blog

Rendering via Habitat for Humanity Philadelphia blog

Point Breeze and Grays Ferry are two of Philly’s many up-and-coming ‘hoods, and we just caught wind of a small project adding to that slow but sustained spark of revitalization that may soon catch on: a Habitat for Humanity ReStore is coming to 23rd and Washington.

The latest addition to Washington Avenue is a mark of change on the South Philly strip, which locals like the Washington Avenue Property Owners Association have been trying to transform into a bustling business / retail corridor. As of recently, the Philadelphia City Planning Commission voted in favor of recommending “a new zoning overlay for Washington Avenue west of Broad Street,” according to Jared Brey over at PlanPhilly. The temporary overlay blocks undesirables from setting up shop on the avenue while community groups, the Commission, and the office of Councilman Kenyatta Johnson “work on long-term planning.” Undesirables include strip clubs, junk yards, storage facilities, car-oriented uses and more.

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Farmhouse Friday: Who Wouldn’t Love This Indoor Sunroom Pool?

TREND photos via BHHS Fox & Roach-Malvern

TREND photos via BHHS Fox & Roach-Malvern

Is it just us or are most of the Farmhouse Friday homes we feature charmingly old constructions (with the exception of this mind-blowing gem, of course) that have been restored and renovated for modern living? Because we just gotta say…we love them all!

Today’s pick comes at us from Malvern and the year 1789. It’s had renovation work and additions tacked onto it throughout the years (1928, 1988, and 2011), and comes with random-width hardwood flooring and fireplaces. Among our favorite rooms are the great room with its wood-beamed ceiling and floor-to-ceiling bookcase surrounding an over-sized fireplace, and breakfast room added in 2011 with radiant heat flooring and access to a sunroom with a low-maintenance indoor pool enclosed by glass doors. (Uh, yes please.)

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Majestic Home in Historic Tudor East Falls Hits the Market

Photos by TREND via BHHS Fox & Roach, Center City–Walnut

Photos by TREND via BHHS Fox & Roach, Center City–Walnut

Of the three streets that encompass the 210-home East Falls Historic District (Tudor East Falls), the 3400 block of Midvale Avenue is probably, to use an official term, the Tudor-iest. Designated in 2009, the three blocks of Midvale, West Penn Street and West Queen Lane were originally developed by Michael J. McCrudden from 1925 to 1931. Now, you have a chance to own (or at least peek at) a home on one of the most unique blocks in the city.

3453 Midvale Avenue certainly wins from a curb appeal standpoint. The deep wood and stately stone contrast beautifully with the lush landscaping at the entrance. From the outside, you just know the leaded glass window is going to be a treat once you get inside–and man, is it ever! Read more »

Headlines: Reality TV Star, L&I in Hot Water Over ‘Illegally Built’ Apartments

Apartment building developed by Shawn Bullard  | Google Street View

Apartment building developed by Shawn Bullard | Google Street View

It’s about that time of the week again, you know, when potentially dangerous L&I issues come to the forefront. This time, it involves an eight-unit apartment building at 1806 West Montgomery Avenue near Temple University. Alfred Lubrano of The Inquirer reports that the four-story building was “built illegally – without the required safety inspections or even a building permit, city records show.”

The building is owned by 826 N. Broad LLC. and Lubrano says that developer Shawn Bullard, known recently as the love-seeking leading man of WE TV’s reality show Match Made in Heaven*, is the sole member of that company. Here’s the rub, Read more »

For Under $1 Million: South Street Townhouse with Adjacent Lot on Kater

Images via Zillow.com

Images via Zillow.com

Now let’s not get greedy here. See, while you could keep the adjacent lot on Kater Street that comes with this property for extra parking, wouldn’t it be better as development site?  Keep in mind the home already includes a garage connected to the private vestibule entrance. And heck, you don’t even have to come with an idea for the lot yourself because three proposed plans have already been drawn up by an architect. Just promise you’ll think about it?

Inside the 2,500-square-foot residence are wood floors, contemporary wet bar, open staircase, Juliet balcony (overlooking South Street), and a wood-burning fireplace. Tile flooring and wood shaker cabinets (some with glass fronts) are in the gourmet kitchen, along with its granite tops and stainless steel appliances: Wolf wall oven, Kitchen-Aid dishwasher, Wolf cooktop, and built-in Kitchen-Aid microwave. There’s also a pass-through to the dining room, which is awash in natural light owing to floor-to-ceiling windows and a set of French doors opening out to the brick-paved garden. Bonus, the finished basement makes for a cozy den with full bathroom and laundry room.

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Report: Brandywine Realty Trust Paid $17 Million for Basciano Garage

618 Market Street vi Google Street View

618 Market Street vi Google Street View

UPDATE (04/24, 12:00 p.m.): Gerard Sweeney, CEO of Brandywine Realty Trust, said the company is considering a mixed-use development at this site, according to Jacob Adelman in a business roundup report on Philly.com. While no specific plans are in place, the site “could accommodate at least 600,000 square-feet” of development. That’s a pretty tasty proposition, as Brandywine’s 29-story luxury apartment tower at 1919 Market Street is 455,000 square-feet of space.

ORIGINAL (04/23): It’s confirmed: Brandywine Realty Trust now owns the mixed-use parking garage at 7th and Market Street. According to Joe DiStefano of The Inquirer, the Radnor-based development giant paid $17 million for the “concrete heap” that’s centrally located between a bunch of glossy new projects and Independence Hall. In a separate deal, Brandywine also unloaded $50.75 million worth of office parks in Delaware to Buccini/Pollin Group, including Delaware Corporate Center and Christiana Office Park. Read more »

Wait, 1910 Rittenhouse Square Sold for How Much?

Photos by Jay Ratchford via Allan Domb Real Estate

Photos by Jay Ratchford via Allan Domb Real Estate

Remember back in late January when we told you to stop what you’re doing and check out the listing (and incredible gallery) for 1910 Rittenhouse Square? According to Zillow, the lavish home–one of only four townhomes on Rittenhouse Square–was sold on April 8 for an eye-opening price of $4.95 million.

It’s been interesting to follow the life of this massive listing. The home shifted into a luxury rental in mid-February that required a minimum two-year lease at $20,000 per month for the first year escalating to $22,500 per month in year two. Now, it looks to have been sold at a deep discount ($2.55 million) from original asking price for a home once dubbed “Philadelphia’s Most Extravagant Townhouse” by PlumTV. We simply can’t get enough of that video.

Here’s the can’t-miss gallery, you know, for old times sake: Read more »

Renderings: What Select Free Library Branches Will Look Like Post-Renovations

Rendering of Parkway Central Library common room

Rendering of Parkway Central Library common room

Since learning that the William Penn Foundation has endowed $25 million to the Free Library of Philadelphia for their Building Inspiration: 21st Century Libraries Initiative, we’ve been looking forward to seeing renderings and work starting on the branches selected for the initiative’s pilot phase. “Through this multi-phase, multi-faceted initiative, the Free Library will transform physically and programmatically,” said the September press release.

Sounds wonderful, especially since Parkway Central won’t be the only branch due for some sprucing up: Lovett Memorial Library, Tacony Library, Lillian Marrero Library, South Philadelphia Library, and Logan Library will all see their built environment, technology, and “unique programmatic focus” tailored to making them better community resources.

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