Dual Apartment Buildings at Broad and Callowhill on Track for Groundbreaking

Here's the one building at 339 North Broad Street | Rendering: Hanover

Here’s the one building at 339 North Broad Street | Rendering: Hanover

It’s been well over a year since we’ve checked in on the two mammoth lots that encompass the the southeast and southwest corners of North Broad and Callowhill. So long, in fact, that even we began to ask, is this project still alive?

As it turns out, the answer is yes. Parkway Corporation owns the land and has partnered with The Hanover Company out of Houston, Texas to develop both parcels. The mixed-use project will include 339 apartments, between 15,000- and 16,000-square-feet over four corners of ground floor retail and 370 parking spaces. Joe Zuritsky, president of Parkway Corporation, told Property that the team could break ground on the project as soon as the end of the year.  “It’ll be a fantastic beginning of North Broad Street,” said Zuritsky, about the two large undeveloped plots south of Spring Garden Street. Read more »

Groundswell to Unveil Schematic Design for Ridge Avenue Pocket Park

Images courtesy of the Roxborough Development Corporation

Images courtesy of the Roxborough Development Corporation

Mark your calendars, Roxborough denizens: Groundswell Design Group has set a date for the unveiling of the Ridge Avenue Pocket Park schematic design!

As previously reported, Groundswell was tapped to come up with a design concept for the proposed pocket park at 6170-72 Ridge Avenue, currently a vacant lot. The design is just about done and a recent press release from the Roxborough Development Corporation announced it will be unveiled to neighbors Wednesday, August 5th.

According to the release, the meeting will be held at 6:00pm inside the formerly vacant Allison Building, an adjacent structure that was rehabbed and now has two tenants. It’s worth noting the soon-to-be-made-public preliminary schematic design was shaped by neighbor feedback through a survey taken at the first community meeting and an online questionnaire.

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Main Line Monday: It Might Not Get Any Better Than Fernside Cottage in Gladwyne

Woah. | Images: Kurfiss Sotheby's International Realty - Bryn Mawr

Woah. | Images: Kurfiss Sotheby’s International Realty – Bryn Mawr

Ah, Gladwyne, we have but one question for you. How the hell do you do it? It seems like our pick for Main Line Monday is always a toss up between a fantastic home in Gladwyne and then the rest of the Main Line. Our most recent installment is a special one, and we even have to admit, it’s going to be difficult to top.

Originally constructed in 1835, Fernside Cottage pretty much as it all: history, high design, privacy and, of course, luxury. The listing states that the humble mill worker’s house dates back to 1835 and was converted into a single-family home by Dr. Seymour DeWitt Ludlum, the founder of the “lost” Gladwyne Colony. It was eventually gobbled up by Campbell’s Soup magnate John Dorrance and incorporated into Dolobran, his sprawling estate now known as Linden Hill, another Gladwyne Jaw Dropper. More recently, the home was renovated with a modernist addition by Daniel Evan White, a noted architect from British Columbia who has designed some seriously impressive residences, mainly in the Vancouver area.

So, what do you get for nearly $5 million? It’s ain’t just about the history.

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Stop the Presses: Cecil Baker’s Candy Factory Home in Queen Village Has Sold

TREND images via Redfin

TREND images via Redfin

These days, you’ll see the name of renowned architect Cecil Baker attached to crazy awesome skyscraper projects. Heck, you might even come across some of his on-the-market residential work if you’re lucky. But prior to Baker becoming an architectural favorite, there were the early days that some recent grads might benefit from hearing (lift their spirits, you know?).

A 2008 article on Residential Architect recalls Baker’s humble beginnings in Philadelphia and the familiar “can’t find a job in my field” lurch in which he and three colleagues found themselves. The dearth in available design work, it seemed, could only be remedied by taking matters into their own hands.

From the Residential Architect:

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Headlines: The Skinny on Changes In Store for Two Philly-Area Malls


Is a residential component coming to 9th and Market? | Rendering; PREIT

What a weekend! But the fireworks aren’t over as starting off this Monday’s headlines are two of the retail variety: Delaware County’s Granite Run Mall and Philly’s upcoming Fashion Outlets of Philadelphia.

First up, the Granite Run Mall in Media, which the Daily Times reports is now totally vacant, save for anchors Boscov’s and Sears. The last of its former 125 retail tenants shut down last week in the face of ending leases and to follow is a demolition expected “as early as this fall, according to Michael  Markman, president of BET Investments Inc.” BET, which acquired the mall for over $24 million last year, is looking to redevelop the property for a purported $20 million.

So what’s to happen with the 58-acre site? Per the Daily Times, BET envisions it becoming a “walkable, outdoor town center” with retail (including the current anchors), restaurant, residential, and entertainment amenities. The plan would happen over two phases. The Media Borough Council will review the preliminary land development plan for the project Monday, July 27.

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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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