Property’s Photo of the Week: Lookin’ Good, Billy Ray!

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Instagrammer Danny Lopez snapped an incredible #PhillyScape shot from the infinity edge pool atop evo, a new-ish apartment building that’s part of the Cira Centre South complex in University City. Not only do we get a stunning view of the Philadelphia skyline, but also its beautifully warped reflection on the pool’s pristine waters.

Clearly, Lopez was lovin’ life in this shot, and the whole image reminds us of the final scene in Trading Places, the classic 80’s comedy set in (a very different looking) Philadelphia. You probably (hopefully!) know it well: Dan Aykroyd and Jamie Lee Curtis are on the yacht, and Eddie Murphy is on the beach … well, fine, we’ll just show you the clip from the movie. Caution: SPOILER ALERTS AHEAD.

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Price Cut: Mahogany-Infused Rittenhouse Mansion With Interior Juliet Balconies

Now this is a staircase. | TREND images by BHHS Fox & Roach-Narberth

Now this is a staircase. | TREND images by BHHS Fox & Roach-Narberth

It’s been an interesting ride for the jaw-dropping brownstone at 2012 Spruce Street. First listed over two years ago for $4.3 million, a series of price cuts and delistings now means the marvelous home can be had for well under $4 million. Will this price bring forth a buyer? We’ll have to wait and see.

Until that happens, let’s gawk at some of the amazing pictures from inside the home.

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Farmhouse Friday: West Chester Barn Converted Into Magnificent Residence

TREND images via Zillow.com

TREND images via Zillow.com

We don’t mean to play favorites here, but if we just had to choose a home on the Wyllpen Farm residential development to stand above the rest, it would definitely be this one. See, unlike its “newly” constructed neighbors, which were built between 1986 and 2000, this unique residence is a 175-year-old converted barn home outfitted with modern upgrades and balanced with original details.

Just looking at the photos gives you a sense of its original function, with hand-hewn beams and hayloft ladders all still present, as are the built-in bookshelves and beehive pillars. As mentioned earlier, though, it’s also been updated, these changes including remodeled upstairs bathrooms, butler’s pantry with wet bar and wine fridge, and an open kitchen with stainless steel appliances and granite tops. Outside, all the outdoor lighting and landscaping got a redesign in 2011.

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Pearl Properties Buys Another Art Deco Treasure, Plans Old Navy

1618 Chestnut

Image via Google Street View

Pearl Properties continues its run of recent activity. The real estate developer has now purchased the beautiful Art Deco building at 1618-22 Chestnut Street, according to a report in The Inquirer, and signed on Old Navy to anchor the lower floors of the building.

The Art Institute of Philadelphia has been a tenant of the property since 1982, and will move its operations to another part of the building.

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Ribbon Cutting: Opening Date Set for Ralph Brooks Park

Community members painted wooden arrows made by guild carpenters to line the local garden that surrounds Ralph Brooks Park in Point Breeze, Philadelphia. (Jessie Fox/Urban Roots)

Community members painted wooden arrows made by guild carpenters to line the local garden that surrounds Ralph Brooks Park in Point Breeze, Philadelphia. (Jessie Fox/Urban Roots)

A ribbon cutting planned for Monday, August 31 will top off a major revitalization project at Ralph Brooks Park in Point Breeze. The ceremony will officially mark the transformation of a downtrodden playground at 20th and Tasker into a true community hub, complete with new basketball courts, rain and community gardens, freshly painted murals, an inter-generational gaming terrace with seating and a brand new tot lot for active play.

The ceremony takes place from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m., and Jeffrey Tubbs, developer with project partner Urban Roots, summed up his feelings in one word when reached by email: “Perseverance!”

While Monday marks the official opening of the park, Tubbs said there’s another date of note. “We started this project on March 13th, 2012,” he said, referencing the first emails to Jahmall Crandall, a Point Breeze native and project partner with I.am.SP.

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New Listing: Fantastically Restored Dwelling Behind Historic Philly Site

TREND images via Redfin

TREND images via Redfin

Under normal circumstances we’d hesitate to show you a home standing near a prison. (Trust us.) Fortunately, the correctional institution in question has long ceased to hold inmates. In fact, it’s now one of the city’s most historic sites and a fun destination during the Halloween season if you don’t mind the long lines – that’s right, we’re talking about Eastern State Penitentiary.

Completed in 1836, the facility was an architectural marvel that drew crowds on horse and buggy all the way from Philadelphia, which was then situated a mile away, according to Eastern State’s website. This restored gem on 23rd is about two blocks from the site and if you’ve ever been in the neighborhood, you know homes in that area are a far cry from the giant’s gloomy past.

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New Center City Wawa Should Open on September 18th

Wawa Broad and Walnut

The sign outside the Broad and Walnut Wawa has been altered to reflect the pushed-up opening.

Center City’s first new Wawa in decades should be open by the end of the summer.

Wawa is hoping to open its new Broad and Walnut location about a week before Pope Francis visits Philadelphia, likely on September 18th, a company spokesperson confirmed to Philly Mag. The signs outside the former Robinson Luggage were recently changed from a Fall to a Summer opening.

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Coming Next Summer: Apartment Development Across From Clark Park

4224 Baltimore Ave rendering

It’s been months since we last revisited the mixed-use project planned for 4224 Baltimore Avenue, but we’ve now finally caught wind of new information regarding the long-stalled development: construction of the planned 132-unit building is slated for late summer 2016.

According to West Philly Local, the news was shared by developer U3 Ventures and property owner Clarkmore LP in a recent letter to the Spruce Hill Community Association Zoning Committee and the neighborhood at large. Despite lack of specifics, WPL reports the mixed-use apartment building is anticipated to include a fitness center and full-service restaurant with outdoor seating, “among other retail options.”

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Pole Position: Light Towers “Appropriate Signal” of North Broad’s Bright Future

Four light masts have risen on North Broad Street between Green Street and Fairmount Avenue. Photos: James Jennings | Rendering: Mark McDonald

Mayor Michael Nutter officially announced the plan that will completely change the look, feel and future of a nearly 2.5 mile stretch of North Broad Street from Hamilton Street to Glenwood Avenue.

The North Broad Streetscape project will see 41 “decorative light towers,” each standing 55-feet tall, introduced to the median of Philly’s main artery. The $8.7 million project is funded by a mix of federal, state and city funds and will look to spur even more investment on North Broad Street.

“As a government, we want do anything we can to support growth and development along this important corridor,” said Mayor Nutter in a press release. “The North Broad Streetscape project will give this area a cohesive look and make it a safer, more inviting place for customers and residents. This project will return North Broad Street to its former glory as a main thoroughfare for our great city.”

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Jaw Dropper of the Week: Eagles Watch Estate In Huntingdon Valley

Images via Zillow.com

Images via Zillow.com

Eagles Watch may sound like it was christened by your hardcore green-blooded uncle, but the truth behind the moniker of this Montgomery County estate isn’t actually that outré: it’s a home parked atop five acres filled with hundreds of mature trees and backs up to more than 800 preserved acres belonging to the Pennypack Ecological Restoration Trust. Naturally, the arboreal surroundings attract creatures of the avian variety, in this case the spot being of particular interest to nesting eagles. So cute!

The French Normandy-style home, custom built and completed in 2008, is said to boast fine carpentry and energy efficient amenities like seven climate control zones. Spaces of note include a stone and beam Great room with 20-foot ceiling and gourmet kitchen with hearth room, breakfast room and details like Sub-Zero fridge, stereo speaker system and Viking commercial 6 burner gas range. Downstairs, the lower level is an entertainment haven encompassing the likes of a wine tasting room, massage room, billiards parlor and game room. A fitness center with built-in bar and fridge is here too.

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