This trinity could not be in a better location: on 24th Street between Spruce and Manning. Fitler Square is one of those bizarre neighborhoods that basically has no drawbacks: It’s pretty, safe, convenient, and friendly. Renters are often willing to sacrifice space to live here; one couple I know has stayed in a small basement apartment even after having kids, though they could have triple the room in Fishtown. They simply adore Fitler Square too much.
That’s what makes this rental a terrific opportunity — and even more so for people who are mildly obsessed with Philadelphia trinities (no one we know). It’s four stories with 840 square feet of living space. In addition to the two bedrooms, there’s an additional small room that serves as an office. That probably makes it feel larger. Extra spaces really help that way.
The lower level has brick floors, a fireplace, built-in shelves, and a very small bathroom with a stall shower. The second floor, which is the entry level, has hardwood floors, a fireplace, and a galley kitchen that’s slightly set off as a separate room. The second floor has the real bathroom, with a bathtub, and a bedroom with hardwood floors. The third floor has the larger bedroom and the separate office nook. Somewhere in and around all of that, there’s a stacking washer/dryer. Oh, and speaking of nooks, there’s a little hobbit-y space next to the house that one could keep a shovel in or simply stand in sometimes to feel like an extra in a Peter Jackson film.
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The land around the home.
Author Jonathan Franzen, who has more than once been called the Great American Novelist, is an avid birdwatcher — so much so that he told National Geographic that he’s “spending the second half of my life as a bird-watcher.” Not everyone finds his embrace of the hobby so charming. Slate’s Laura Helmuth resents the fact that he’s become the public face of birding, especially because he seems to feel there’s some shame in it.
In an HBO film about birding, Franzen said of the hobby:
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SSWBA’s executive committee celebrating a triumphant 2013 at Bob & Barbara’s Lounge, from SSWBA’s Facebook page.
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Photo via Passyunk Post
The tanning salon Tan Quest at 1835 E. Passyunk Avenue closed just a few days ago, and now comes word, via Passyunk Post, that Era Atomica has snapped up the location thatfast. The owner of the mid-century modern furniture store will renovate quickly too, with plans to open her new store — a block away from her smaller current location — in about six weeks.
For more on what the expanded Era Atomica will offer, click here.
Photo: Laura Kicey
In April developer Carl Dranoff told Property’s Shannon Rooney, “The best is yet to come on South Broad Street. Later this year, look for a big announcement… We have several equation-changing projects for the city.” He was undoubtedly referring to the news that broke on Hidden City on Nov. 20th: that the company would build an SLS boutique hotel/luxury condo tower — SLS International — at Broad and Spruce.
Day rendering by KPF.
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This five-bedroom stone colonial got a nice price cut a few days ago — of $101,000 (to be exact), bringing its price down to $1.249 million (to be exact). It started its life on the market at $1.8 million last year. It has a few things that makes it stand out from other homes of its ilk — particularly the little creek with a stone bridge on its one acre parcel, which also has gardens and stone terraces. It’s really lovely.
Inside, there’s love-it-or-hate-it silver and pink wallpaper in the dining room and traditionally proportioned, reassuring rooms. It’s a home without unexpected angles — very relaxing and familiar. Some special notes include a (newly built) claw-foot tub, dual vanities, a fireplace, a bay window, and a round room for streaming sun. Smell those cookies baking?
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Casino Revolution renderings: exterior and (inset) bar area. Renderings by Hnedek Bobo Group.
PHL Local Gaming, one of the five remaining contenders for Philadelphia’s casino license, announced today that Fortuna Realty Group has given them a letter of intent to build a four-star hotel adjacent to its casino should it win the bid. PHL Local’s current application has a 250-room hotel as part of its proposal, so this would be additional hotel space, also with 250 rooms.
Just as a reminder, Casino Revolution would be in the area PHL Local is calling LoSo, or Lower South. That footprint, according to PHL Local, runs from Front Street to Seventh, and Packer Avenue to Pattison. Casino Revolution would have a couple thousand slot machines, 100+ table games, and several restaurants. The company’s stated purpose, however, is not just to bring a casino and entertainment center to that area, but to revitalize it with surrounding new businesses and recreational venues and opportunities.
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Here’s a terrific new listing in Northern Liberties: a four-story home that’s been renovated without being stripped of its historic charm. There’s exposed brick, curving banisters and classically designed staircase, and refinished original wood floors on the first level. Each of the bedrooms has its own private bathroom and walk-in closet, and one of the master suites has an adjoining sitting room as well. All the finishes — from windowsills to kitchen backsplash — are, according to the listing, “magazine quality.”
Extra space includes a finished basement and a large private patio outdoors.