From Farm to Table on Your Balcony

Rendering of The Plant by Kohn Shnier architects via ArchDaily, courtesy Curated Properties

Rendering of The Plant by Kohn Shnier architects via ArchDaily, courtesy Curated Properties

“Growing local” and “sustainable building” are both hot topics among the socially and environmentally conscious.

Now a developer in Toronto is embarking on a venture that will combine the two ideas into a single structure.

ArchDaily reports on The Plant, a “makerspace” with a difference: its spaces encourage residents to grow their own food. Read more »

First-Time Find: A Head Start in Germantown for $190K

29 W. Duval St., Philadelphia, Pa. 19144 | TREND images via Houwzer Team

29 W. Duval St., Philadelphia, Pa. 19144 | TREND images via Houwzer Team

“Find me a nice cheap home in an up-and-coming neighborhood where I don’t have to get into debt.”

A friend of ours made this request this very morning. We advised him that unless he had rich relatives willing to just hand him a chunk of change, no strings attached, that last part of the request would be impossible to fulfill, but we could probably help him with the other two parts.

We hope he’s reading this listing.

This nicely renovated twin sits on a pleasant side street in Germantown’s northwest quadrant, just down the road from Cliveden. The block it sits on has seen a good deal of renovations lately, and this is one of the best of them. Read more »

ReStore Shuts Its Doors in East Kensington

Image from ReStore blog post announcing the closing

Image from ReStore blog post announcing the closing

After 15 years in business, ReStore of Philadelphia has packed it in.

In a blog post today (March 28), ReStore’s owner announced, “I’m now going to REDUCE my life, RECYCLE what is left here, REUSE the earth’s bounty, and REINVENT myself.”

Over the years, the store amassed an impressive collection of more than 30,000 items from 1930 and earlier that have graced stage sets, homes, restaurants and shops across the city. The store won a “Best of Philly” award f0r architectural salvage from Philadelphia magazine in 2014. Read more »

Report: Philly Ranks 5th in Percentage of Millennials Living at Home

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When you reach a certain age, you move out of mom and dad’s house. That’s how it’s supposed to play out at least, right?

Oddly enough, apparently not – at least not here in Philadelphia, that is. Our lovely metropolitan area has just been ranked the area with the fifth-highest percentage of Millennials still living at home.

Forty-one percent of Millennials in the Philly metro still live with Mom and Dad, according to an analysis of Census data conducted by the apartment search site ABODO. This number exceeds the national average of 34.1 percent but is not alone in doing so. Another 16 metropolitan areas with populations over 1 million in the United States have percentages over the national average. (Philadelphia’s percentage of Millennials still living with their parents is in line with the Pennsylvania statewide average, however.) Read more »

Trinity Tuesday: A Pop of Color in Washington Square West for $299K

1136 Waverly St., #R, Philadelphia, Pa. 19147 | TREND images via Houwzer Real Estate

1136 Waverly St., #R, Philadelphia, Pa. 19147 | TREND images via Houwzer Real Estate

This tiny trinity is located on a gated courtyard in Washington Square West that might fool you into thinking you’ve landed in a Mediterranean village by accident. The narrow lane, brightly colored stucco exterior and very intimate interior all reinforce this feeling. If you don’t mind living in extremely close quarters (because your neighbors are literally feet away), this cozy pad could be yours.

The galley kitchen on the main floor features a Carrara marble countertop, a modern gas range and oven, a space-saving under-the-counter refrigerator/freezer, decent pantry space, and hardwood flooring. There is room for an eating area on this level, too, so spice up the space with a cute little breakfast table. Read more »

There’s A Future for Young Professionals Here, Survey Finds

Philadelphia Skyline | R. Kennedy for Visit Philadelphia.

Philadelphia skyline | Photo: R. Kennedy for Visit Philadelphia

According to the results of a survey released last week by the Chamber of Commerce for Greater Philadelphia, a whopping 93 percent of young professionals currently living in the area said that there was a good chance their next job would be in Philadelphia as well.

And according to the figures reported in “Cultivating the Next Generation of Leaders: A Survey of Emerging Mid-Career Professionals,” two-thirds of the 25- to 39-year-olds who responded to the survey were certain they would make their next step up the career ladder here.

Equally encouraging from the perspective of both the chamber and any real estate agent who might peruse this report: 97 percent of the respondents would recommend the Greater Philadelphia region as a place to live.

What might bring an even bigger smile to those agents’ faces: 42 percent of the people who responded to the survey were homeowners. Read more »

Another New Yorker Buys a Place on Philly’s Waterfront

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Morgan’s Pier is among the properties The Durst Organization has acquired in a huge bet on the future of Philadelphia’s Delaware riverfront.

It’s no secret that the piers at Penn’s Landing have an irresistible appeal – and apparently, this appeal isn’t felt by local Philadelphians alone. The Durst Organization, a self-proclaimed world leader in the development of commercial and residential spaces based out of Manhattan, announced today that it has acquired a string of piers along the Delaware waterfront just north of the Ben Franklin Bridge.

The purchase spans Piers 12, 13-15, 19 and 24 North, and yes, contained within this area are many Penn’s Landing hotspots like Dave & Buster’s, Hibachi Japanese Steakhouse, Morgan’s Pier Beer Garden, and the Philadelphia Marine Center marina. Don’t worry about the future of these places yet, though, because the company has no immediate plans for development. Read more »

Who’s Building Philly: Alon Seltzer

One of Alon Seltzer's Rittenhouse Savoy studio makeovers. | Apartment photos: Brian Lauer

Alon Seltzer’s own Rittenhouse Savoy studio was one of two makeovers that wowed viewers during Zillow’s “Tiny House Week.” | Apartment photos: Brian Lauer

Before the “tiny house,” there was the Rittenhouse Square efficiency apartment.

These shoeboxes for urban cliff dwellers enabled singles and others whose desire for urban living exceeded their need for space to take advantage of all the city had to offer: parks, cafés, shopping, culture, you name it. When the city was your living room, why bother with one of your own?

That attribute makes these efficiencies and studios popular with a younger set even now. But there’s a hitch: Back in the 1950s, when most of the apartment buildings containing these units were built, they weren’t terribly efficient in the way they used their limited space. And their appearance had likewise become dated.

Enter Alon Seltzer with his repair kit. Read more »

Main Line Monday: Access to Style in Penn Valley for $1.15M

726 Conshohocken State Rd., Penn Valley, Pa. 19072 | TREND images via BHHS Fox & Roach

726 Conshohocken State Rd., Penn Valley, Pa. 19072 | TREND images via BHHS Fox & Roach

We’re just going to come out and say it: as soon as we saw that giant two-story wall of windows in the living room, we knew we needed to feature this property for Main Line Monday. C’mon, does it get much cooler than that?

This converted stone barn is 250 years old and balances historic elements with modern updates quite nicely. It’s situated on over an acre of land too, so homeowners get to enjoy both interior and exterior delights (like an in-ground pool). Read more »

Is Philly Facing a Post-Millennial Rental Crash?

Illustration by Melissa McFeeters

Illustration by Melissa McFeeters

Our apartment-building engine continues to chug along. Signs of activity recently sprouted on two more construction sites: Pearl Properties’ proposed 32-story apartment tower at 1910 Chestnut, and Southern Land Company’s high-rise at 1911 Walnut. The only problem? Finding enough people who want to live in them. Welcome to the world of “post-millennial” real estate.

The prospect was floated in a January New York Times article: According to research, American cities, which for a decade have enjoyed a steady stream of young people and surges in development to house them all (see: the Griffin, 3737 Chestnut, Dalian on the Park), have reached max millennial potential. Real estate services firm JLL noted that the flow of young professionals to Philly has already slowed — a problem when you consider the flood of apartments set to hit the market. In fact, a recent Center City District report says 4,167 apartments are under construction — more than double the 1,833 that came on the market in 2016. What’s more, 75 percent of these units are set to come on line this year — three times as many as the annual average since 2010. There’s a hope that If you build it, they will come — but what happens if they don’t? Read more »

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