Farmhouse Friday: Pre-Revolutionary Barn Now a Residential Jewel with “Bakery”

TREND images via Zillow.com

TREND images via Zillow.com

Independence Day is tomorrow and we thought we’d celebrate by featuring a super ‘Murican house for today’s Farmhouse Friday. Our pick? Leap Year Barn in New Britain, Pa. If you haven’t heard, ole’ Leap Year is considered one of the oldest stone bank barns in the country as it was built circa 1752. Sure, it’s a pre-revolutionary construction, but it’s also a property embodying ideals that went on to shape early America, according to the listing:

This Sui generis example of early colonial building prowess, the innate appeal of earth born building materials and the enlightened infusion of modern luxury make this history defining home a true American Masterpiece.

The Sweitzer-style converted barn now lives as a unique full-time residence with things like a bakery room with wood fired brick pizza oven and industrial grade center island, living room with ceilings reaching to the peak of the barn, and lower bank-level bonus rooms resembling an 18th-century bed & breakfast. Details include exposed hand-hewn beams, stone walls, and a wood-burning fireplace wrapped in artisan stone work.

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Property’s Photo of the Week: Authentic Fourth of July Block Parties

Nothing beats a South Philly block party.

A photo posted by John Cruice (@cruicej) on

It’s finally here. While most people back up the car and head down the shore or up to the mountains for the Fourth of July, the tried and true Philadelphians hang at home and bask in the glory that is the neighborhood block party. Does it get any better than taking over the street (legally, we hope), rolling out the grills, busting open the fire hydrant and enjoying a few suds? In a word: NOPE!

Throw in a bounce house or two and you get a pretty good idea why the Founding Fathers signed the Declaration of Independence in the first place.

Are you heading/hosting a block party this weekend? Tag your Instagram posts with #PhillyScape and we just might feature it in a roundup next week! Thanks again to @cruicej for the awesome shot. Be safe and have fun this holiday weekend.

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Open House: Industrial Old City Condo With a Ginormous Deck

Images by TREND via BHHS Fox & Roach-Center City, Walnut

Images by TREND via BHHS Fox & Roach-Center City, Walnut

Let’s make this one short and sweet. Are you looking for an Old City condo with that clean, yet industrial, look? You know, those ones that are in an elevator building near Market Street a feature exposed ductwork and brick walls, an open floor plan and tall ceilings. Hit up this open house for unit 7 in Cobblestone Court on Sunday. Not only does it tick all of those boxes off of the checklist, including an en suite bath, it boasts quite an outdoor space that’s difficult to come by in these types of buildings.
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Jaw Dropper of the Week, Part Deux: Disney-esque Chateau in Bucks County

TREND images via Zillow.com

TREND images via Zillow.com

Did we just catch a glimpse of Cinderella, Belle, and Snow White? Various angles and features inside this 12,000-plus-square-foot home, designed by Zaveta Builders, make us feel like any one of these princesses is about to walk down that wrought iron-cased staircase in the turret (which you have to check out; scroll down to the gallery).

Other features evoking Disney-esque settings within this chateau-styled home include two-story high paneling in the 17th century style imported from Englandstone and plaster finishes, mahogany and wrought iron doors, authentic French chateau fireplace mantels (total of six), and chandelier lighting. There’s also a 25-foot high foyer and flooring made of travertine imported from Spain and Brazilian cherry.

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First Pics: Inside the Revamped Alison Building on Rittenhouse Square

The Alison Building

The furnished model unit at the Alison Building (nice view, huh?) | Photos: Allan Domb Real Estate by Jay Ratchford

For those of you seeking brand new luxury rental options on Rittenhouse Square, today is essentially your day. By that we mean, 19 units at the revamped Alison Building at 1805 Walnut Street (above the Barnes and Noble) are ready to go and we’ve got the first pics of the model unit (7A), which overlooks Rittenhouse Square.

A rep from Allan Domb real Estate tells us that 1/3 of the units have already been rented, including the incredible penthouse apartment that was being marketing at $20,000 per month. That doesn’t mean we can’t enjoy the view from the terrace of said off-the-market penthouse overlooking the Square. Here’s what that looks like:

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Headlines: Post Brothers Involved in Rittenhouse Apartment Building Deal

2216-2222 Walnut Street | via Google Street View

2216-2222 Walnut Street | via Google Street View

A large mixed-use building on the corner of 23rd and Walnut–smack dab between University City and Rittenhouse Square–has traded hands. And it’s not without its intrigue.

Natalie Kostelni of the Philadelphia Business Journal reports that 2216-2222 Walnut was “was bought on behalf of an undisclosed investor who was represented in the transaction by Post Brothers, a Philadelphia real estate apartment company.” The deal totals $15.7 million and includes two buildings, the 99-unit Roosevelt apartment complex with ground floor retail (formerly Roosevelt’s bar) and a smaller, four-story building at 2216 Walnut.

Matt Pestronk of Post Brothers told Kostelni 2216 Walnut will be resold. Given the boom of both University City and strong market in Rittenhouse, renovated apartments at the Roosevelt (or whatever it will be called) could be in high demand. Keep an eye on this corner.

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Comcast, NBC Peacock Signs Officially Top Iconic 30 Rock in NYC

Kabletown has officially taken over 30 Rock. Comcast and NBC Universal have officially taken down the GE sign at the top of 30 Rockefeller Plaza and the replacements have a decidedly Philly feel. Apparently, it’s not enough for Philly to own Penn Station. Here’s more from NBC10:

The rooftop signs on the 70-story building replace the General Electric initials and add the company’s logo and the NBC Peacock logo to the New York City skyline. It’s the first time that the iconic peacock will appear on top of the television network’s historic headquarters.

Originally named the RCA Building and more recently known as the GE Building, the new corporate name will be called the Comcast Building, though we’d guess people will still just call it 30 Rock. The Philly’s historic connection to the building doesn’t stop at Comcast and Tina Fey jokes:  Read more »

New Listings: Custom Lofts Between Former Suit Corner and High Street on Market

304 Market Street, the former Suit Corner site is to the left | Image: Google Street View

304 Market Street, the former Suit Corner site is to the left | Image: Google Street View

A few interesting property listings dropped on Redfin this week. Custom condos are currently being built at 304 Market Street, a “completely remodeled elevator building” lodged between the former Suit Corner site and the widely-popular Fork/High Street on Market in Old City.

Units B and D are listed as two-bedroom loft condos priced at $439,000 and $469,000, respectively. The top floor loft, Unit D, sounds especially pleasant as it features an open floor plan, vaulted ceilings and a skylight. It can also be purchased as raw space for $369,000 and the buyer can then “go crazy with your customizations” from there. However, the listing warns (in all caps) that you better act now: “TIME IS OF THE ESSENCE TO MAKE ALL OF YOUR CUSTOMIZATIONS.”

Each condo comes with spacious master bedrooms with French Doors, two full bathrooms, in-unit washer and dryers and brand new insulated windows facing a bustling Market Street. Opposite ends of the one-time colorful corner at 3rd and Market are in the middle of a major transition. Including 304 Market Street, three projects are in various stages of development.

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Spotted: Philly’s Cityscape Captured Through Paper Sculptures

A photo posted by Drew Leshko (@drewleshko) on

Philadelphia-based artist Drew Leshko is doing something really cool. Using paper and wood, he carves, cuts, and layers the materials to create replicas of buildings, news stands, and other features in his neighborhood. His raison d’être? His artist statement makes it clear:

… Leshko creates documentary studies of architecture from his neighborhood in an attempt to create a three dimensional archive of buildings that are in transitional periods. The work examines gentrification and history, how historical relevance is determined, and most importantly, what is worth preserving.

The paper sculptures – done at a 1:12 scale, we might add – are crafted from observation and photographs, with Leshko not shying away from minute details like city detritus and acid rain deposits. We’ve included photos of some of his pieces from his Instagram below, although you can see eleven of the seventeen in person.

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Jaw Dropper of the Week: Retro Oasis Tucked Away in South Jersey

TREND images via Coldwell Banker Preferred

TREND images via Coldwell Banker Preferred

Designing a home to meet your particular vision must be kind of fun, don’t you think? In the case of this South Jersey residence, it seems whoever had a say in its look was at least partially influenced by the modern aesthetics of the seventies (indeed, agent Kathleen McNamara tells us it was built circa 1978) and the light-friendly appeal of hotel suites.

Oh, did we mention it has swimming pool and deck with lounge space?

Located on a one-acre lot in Cherry Hill’s Wilderness Acres neighborhood, the John J. Olivieri-designed home features oak flooring, two functioning fireplaces (one gas; one wood), and walls of windows throughout. A two-story foyer awaits near the entrance and the kitchen, festooned with cherry cabinets and granite counters, opens to a two-story dining area with windows overlooking the pool area.

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