Farmhouse Friday: Charmingly Rustic Find in Bucks County

TREND images via Addison Wolfe Real Estate / Listhub

TREND images via Addison Wolfe Real Estate / Listhub

Golly, Tinicum Township is just a treasure trove of delightful abodes, isn’t it?

Case in point, Wildcat Farm. It’s kind of like one of those country-style properties that’ll use every single one of its inviting features–like say, twelve acres that encompass a converted cookhouse and rustic outbuilding, as this one has–to charm the dollar right out of your wallet. Oh, we know what you’re up to, Wildcat…

No, but really. We like it a lot, not least for its materials which consist of stone, stucco, and log, the latter being most evident in the 18th-century family room (and a bit in the bathroom and bedrooms directly above it!). Interior details include wainscoting, polished pumpkin pine floors, fireplaces, and a modern kitchen. An in-ground pool and barn, currently used for storage and, is also on the premises.

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Property’s Photo(s) of the Week: The Loft District Horse and Miss Divine

We just couldn’t help ourselves. A day after selecting her magnificent shadowy capture of this horse in Callowhill (it was shot somewhere along 13th and Nectarine) for Property’s Photo of the Week, photographer Theresa Stigale posted a new one–and it’s awesome.

But, what else do you expect from an amazing photog whose primary interest is Philadelphia documentary photography? The bonus image in question was taken on Broad, near Brown Street, and has a cameo of the changing Divine Lorraine.

Needless to say we couldn’t choose just one.

Click here to see them

Bart Blatstein To Present Pier Shops Plans Wednesday

Pier Shops escalator

The late Mitch Hedberg would not be happy with this sign. (Photo: Dan McQuade)

As we reported on Tuesday, Bart Blatstein has settled his legal dispute with Caesars and his plan for the Pier Shops is back on.

Blatstein’s press person sent out a release this morning with details on his announcement for the Pier Shops at Caesars. Blatstein has grand plans for the mall, so the all-caps subject line was warranted: “BART BLATSTEIN TO UNVEIL DRAMATIC REDEVELOPMENT PLANS FOR THE PIER AT CAESAR’S – MARK YOUR CALENDARS FOR WEDNESDAY, APRIL 1st AT 12 NOON IN ATLANTIC CITY.” Read more »

Reduced (Again): Will Someone Please Buy Keewaydin Already?

615 W Mermaid Ln,  Philadelphia, PA, 19118

TREND images via BHHS Fox & Roach-Chestnut Hill

Confession time: the jaw dropping Keewaydin ballroom house on Mermaid Lane? Yeah, I’m totally in love with it. Until now, aside from the Gothic dining hall and master bedroom, the rest of the interior has pretty much gone unnoticed by me because–just look at the photo!

Though I shouldn’t say “unnoticed;” more just “never really paid much attention to it” because, while stunning enough, the latter rooms were always my favorite. Now though, $30k has been knocked off the house price and that’s news– but what more could I say about it?

I’ll tell you what I’ll say: Someone needs to buy it already.

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This Is How Much Philly Has Changed In Three Decades–And It Continues to Do So

Photo by Jeff Fusco

Photo by Jeff Fusco

Remember that mesmerizing slider that compared the Center City of 1965 with the one from 2014? Well, we stumbled upon an old CityLab post (old meaning two years ago) that highlighted an interactive time-lapse of various satellite images from NASA and the U.S. Geological Survey’s Landsat program. It gave us an idea…

According to CityLab, the Timelapse project–which Google has GIFs of!–is a venture between TIME, Google, NASA, USGS, and the CREATE Lab at Carnegie Mellon University. It’s meant as a kind of digital flip book that puts the “stunning change across the earth’s surface, in both our natural environments and our man-made ones” right before our eyes.

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Tower Proposal Looks to Continue the Boom on Chestnut Street

Tower at 709 Chestnut Street | via Roseland Property

Tower at 709 Chestnut Street | via Roseland Property

Chestnut Street is in the middle of quite the renaissance. While some are looking to protect the future of its architectural gems of yesteryear, others are working to re-imagine the identity of the Chestnut Street corridor as a live-work environment that’s near everything Philly has to offer. Look no further than this week’s announcement that the partnership of Roseland–a subsidiary of Mack-Cali Realty Corp.–and Parkway Corporation, wants to bring a 32-story residential tower to the parking lot at 709 Chestnut Street, adjacent to Union Trust, which is currently a catering facility.

“We’re seeing a tremendous move back into Center City,” said Marshall Tycher, president of Roseland. Plans call for a 32-story tower consisting of 304 luxury rental units to be built on the parking lot. Read more »

Morning Headlines: PIDC ‘Quarterbacking’ Cause for Navy Yard Subway Extension

Rendering of the Navy Yard Master Plan. By PIDC via Technically Philly.

Rendering of the Navy Yard Master Plan. By PIDC via Technically Philly.

Much like Center City and University City, The Navy Yard is experiencing its own boom, adding 1,000 jobs per year. Unlike the aforementioned core of the city, The Yard is waaaayyy down at the other end of Broad Street. It’s essentially only accessible by car or a long, criss-crossing walk from Pattison AT&T Station. Once you’re there though, it’s a magical place full of amazing old buildings, shiny new green buildings, decommissioned ships,  a Vetri joint and amazing views of the Delaware River. It’s getting there that’s the hardest part. Old slogan aside, that’s where SEPTA comes in, or the Philadelphia Industrial Development Corporation (PIDC), rather.

PlanPhilly’s Jim Saksa reports today that PIDC is working on plans to extend SEPTA’s Broad Street Line deep into The Navy Yard, possibly with two stations.

Having the PIDC not simply cheerleading, but quarterbacking, the extension makes it a more viable contender for completion than many of the daydream proposals that periodically tease Philadelphia’s imagination.

For a look at the plans, check out PlanPhilly’s in-depth report.

PIDC charts a course for BSL extension to Navy Yard

 Progress at Rodin Square and more!

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Philly Council OKs Massive 3-D Billboards in Center City

An urban experiential display outside of Reading Terminal Market.

Philadelphia City Council passed legislation Thursday to allow large-size digital billboards in a part of Center City near the Reading Terminal Market and Convention Center.

Critics of the ads — known as “urban experiential displays” — said they would be unsightly and lower the value of nearby properties.

“We’re not talking kiosks,” said Kiki Bolender, chairwoman of the Design Advocacy Group of Philadelphia. “We’re talking about the house next door lit up like a billboard on I-95.”

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Spotted in Manayunk: Center City Style With a Four-Stop Elevator

All images by TREND via BHHS Fox & Roach–Chestnut Hill

All images by TREND via BHHS Fox & Roach–Chestnut Hill

Looking for a luxurious place in Manayunk? You might want to check into what’s going on over at Delmar Street. Mainstreet Development Company and Harman Deutsch (Remember Design Home 2014?) have teamed up on four high-end units and this one, located at 234 Delmar Street, is probably the top of the heap. Not to mention: It has a four-stop elevator.  Read more »

POLL: Which LOVE Park Redesign Do You Prefer?

After several meetings wherein officials heard out Philadelphians about what they envisioned for the new JFK Plaza / LOVE Park, the folks over at Hargreaves Associates sat down and incorporated the ideas into the soon-to-be redesigned space. Here are the four design concepts they came up with– what do you think?:



Images: Hargreaves Associates via phila.gov

Yes, no, maybe so? Perhaps you should take a look at the more in-depth JFK PLAZA/LOVE PARK Improvement Project presentation before voting on either the Square 1, Square 2, Bow-tie 1, or Bow-tie 2 plans. Make an informed decision, yah know? However, should none of the concepts be to your liking, feel free to leave a comment telling us why! (Although for the love of Ben Franklin, please don’t suggest an Applebee’s take its place.)

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