A Midcentury Modern Makeover in King of Prussia

A model apartment living room at 251 DeKalb. | Photos: Sandy Smith

Followers of this channel should be aware that midcentury modernism is now history. That is, it’s become the subject of preservationist interest and action to preserve and update its iconic buildings.

This area saw three large midcentury modern apartment complexes rise over a span of about 15 years: Presidential City in the early 1950s, Park Towne Place in the late 1950s, and the 251 DeKalb Pike complex in King of Prussia in the early to mid-1960s.

Having documented the transformation of the first two, I was only too happy to accept the invitation from 251 DeKalb’s new owners, Candlebrook Properties, to take a look at what they’ve done with the third. Read more »

What $500K Will Buy You in Bella Vista

920 South St. #3, Philadelphia, Pa. 19147 | TREND image via BHHS Fox & Roach Realtors

You probably know that Bella Vista is home to the Italian Market. But were you aware that you have the opportunity to call the community home as well — and at a reasonable price? With a median home value of $399,300, $500K will secure you some spacious digs in the city. See below for three nice, and very unique, picks. Read more »

A New Window on Window Treatments

The new Hunter Douglas gallery at Allure Window Treatments in Old City. | Photos courtesy Allure Window Treatments

If your idea of what you can do with your windows is still limited to blinds, shades and drapes, you’re missing out on a world of possibilities.

The owners of Allure Window Treatments, a fixture on the Washington Avenue decor strip, have come to Old City’s design district to show you what you’re missing in a whole new way.

Allure’s new gallery is devoted exclusively to window treatments made by Hunter Douglas, a leading manufacturer of automated shades and blinds. Read more »

Jawdropper of the Week: Work Meets Home in Rittenhouse for $2.975M

19xx Spruce St., Philadelphia, Pa. 19103 | TREND images via BHHS Fox & Roach Realtors

This gorgeous home takes the age old adage “work hard, play hard” very seriously. The estate is essentially split into two separate spaces. One is outfitted for a fully functioning office and top-notch work environment. The other is a luxurious pad with all the amenities. This space is perfect for someone searching for an office close to home (it’s very close), an entrepreneur or business owner.

And it’s now available for less than the $3.2 million asking price when it was last on the market a little over a year ago.

Let’s start by breaking down the work space. Read more »

At Last, More Accurate Rent Data

This chart shows the difference in median rents in several cities using the various methodologies of the apartment search engines. Apartment List’s new values are in light blue; the old ones are in yellow. The figures here are for May 2017 data.

You may have noticed that this section has not posted monthly data on rent trends in Philadelphia since April.

We explained the reason why in our April 11 post reporting on rental trends as reported by the three major apartment search sites: Zumper, Apartment List and Abodo. Put bluntly, there was no way of knowing whether the data sources were any good, as all three based their reports on data available only to them.

This state of affairs apparently caused some concern over at Apartment List, because in late May, the San Francisco-based apartment search site announced a complete revision of its methodology. Read more »

First-Time Find: Picturesque Pad in Phoenixville for $195K

352 Hall St., Phoenixville, Pa. 19460 | TREND images via Coldwell Banker Preferred

The white picket fence says it all. This home is the perfect place for new family with kids to settle down. The home was renovated in 2011 and has ample outdoor and indoor space for children to play.

Pass the quaint front porch and enter the townhouse. The first floor showcases a nicely appointed family room, dining room and kitchen. A decorative fireplace adds a classic touch to the dining room. The updated kitchen is outfitted with maple cabinetry and an island area. Read more »

Requiem for a “Little Marble House”

The Kantors’ summer home in Avalon, as it appeared in the summer of 2013… | Photo: Jim Meehan via Jack Vizzard, BHHS Fox & Roach Realtors

Jersey Shore homes tend to stick to a fairly modest architectural language of wood shingles and beams, following a traditional architectural vocabulary with some connections to the New England shingle style.

Which is why, when a Main Line matron with a passion for the art of 18th- and 19th-century Europe imported a different New England tradition to the dunes of Avalon, heads turned.

And now they’re turning again as the magnificent marble edifice she built with her husband is being disassembled piece by piece for distribution to architectural salvage buffs across the country. Read more »

7 Innovative Ways to Style Your Empty Wall

Image via Barbara Spencer

Is that big, blank wall in your home so…bleh? Is the boring artwork just not working? Philadelphia-based interior designers have the perfect fix. Here are seven stylish suggestions to spice up your white space. Read more »

Trinity Tuesday: Something Extra in Washington Square West for $340K

308 S. Iseminger St., Philadelphia, Pa. 19107 | TREND images via Keller Williams Real Estate – Media

Today’s trinity is, in short, is extremely adaptable. The home offers the ideal lifestyle for those who seek out the city but also love privacy. It’s situated on a quiet, tree-lined street between 12th and 13th streets and Spruce and Pine streets. Yet restaurants, shops and businesses are just steps away.

The typical spiral staircase connects all three floors. But this trinity is a little different than most — the kitchen is on the main level instead of in the basement. The kitchen has been recently updated and features double doors that lead to the back patio.

Hardwood floors run throughout the living room. This space also features an exposed brick, wood-burning fireplace.

The bathroom on the second floor is the star of the home. The spa-like escape is gorgeous; it is equipped with a Jacuzzi tub, stall shower, marble floors and walls, a washer, a dryer and a walk-in closet. There’s also a fireplace in the bedroom on this floor.

The master bedroom one floor up offers access to the roof deck via double doors.

An unfinished basement on the lower level offers storage space or can be outfitted as a play space, additional living area or spare bedroom.

Plus, speakers were recently installed throughout the home, which will make entertaining guests a breeze.

THE FINE PRINT

BEDS: 2

BATHS: 1

SQUARE FEET: 819

SALE PRICE$340,000



308 S. Iseminger St., Philadelphia, Pa. 19107 [Amy Eves Walder | Keller Williams Real Estate – Media]

A First Look at the New Four Seasons Hotel – And Its New Manager

The new Comcast Technology Center (to the right of the Comcast Center) will include the highest hotel in Philadelphia when the new Four Seasons opens on its top floors in 2018. | Rendering: DBOX for Foster + Partners

Come 2018, Philly visitors and staycationers will get to rise above it all like never before when the new Four Seasons Hotel Philadelphia opens atop the Comcast Technology Center.

And when they visit, a seasoned Four Seasons pro who got his start here will be in charge of making sure their stay is first-class from start to end.

That pro is Ben Shank, which Toronto-based Four Seasons Hotels announced today will serve as the general manager of the Four Seasons Hotel Philadelphia at Comcast Center. Shank began his career in hospitality at the original Four Seasons Hotel Philadelphia on Logan Square, which the company operated from 1983 to 2015. In the nearly 20 years since then, he has moved up through the company ranks, taking positions at Four Seasons hotels in New York, San Diego, Maui, Scottsdale and Orlando. Read more »

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