Back to School: Gorgeous Penn Alexander-Area Victorian

4623 Cedar Ave, Philadelphia, PA, 19143

4623 Cedar Ave, Philadelphia, PA, 19143

Pocket doors with leaded glass, decorative fireplaces, hardwood floors with inlay… With three stories and a partially finished attic, this Victorian property has beautiful historic details in abundance.

Features of note: turned staircase, curved plasterwork, leaded bay windows (comes with benched seating) in the living room, den with back staircase, and a second-floor bedroom with original armoire. The bedrooms total to six and the third floor hosts the in-law suite.

For parents, the location will be a draw, as the home is in the Penn Alexander catchment.

Gallery below.

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Splendiferous Interiors: Kitten Edition

Anyone who’s been to the Rocket Cat Cafe on Frankford Avenue may be familiar with the eye-catching kitty that stands guard over the Fishtown coffee shop. But has anyone ever wondered if the cafe would (or could, because you know, health requirements and all) ever actually live up to half of its name?

As in, there’d be cats walking around?

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DesignPhiladelphia’s Kickoff Party Is Coming Up!

design-philadelphia-logoDesignPhiladelphia, whose 2014 schedule is out now, launches its festival with PopUp Place, an experiential benefit and cocktail party on October 8th. The event will include live bidding for the Reflecting Design Silent Auction, which features 20 works by Philly designers asked to transform an IKEA mirror into “something daring and remarkable.”

PopUp Place, which has a tradition of shining the spotlight on undiscovered but promising “design destinations,” will highlight Fishtown this year, and digital design agency Bluecadet (who is hosting the opening party) will allow guests to explore their 8,400-square-foot headquarters. Tickets to PopUp Place 2014 can be purchased here.

Also, don’t forget Property will have an event at DesignPhilly as well! Property Presents: Tales from the Design World will feature a variety of five-minute stories by the city’s designers, writers, architects, urban planners and photographers. Our own Liz Spikol will host the event and tickets are free. So go, go, go! We’ll see you there!

New Hope’s $1.5 Million Painted Lady

It’s rare to find a painted lady so far afield from the usual local spots like Cape May and Lansdowne. Rarer still to find one sitting solitarily on such an enormous plot of land. And this one doesn’t disappoint: the interior is exactly as festooned as the exterior.

The home is situated on five acres of land and is accessed via a long, tree-lined drive. The curb appeal (in this case the tree-lined drive appeal) is instantly apparent to fans of Victorian architecture. Details are reproductions but they include lots of gingerbread embellishments, wrap-around porches, turrets and dormers. Inside, there are leaded glass transoms and millwork galore. For real Victorian fans, there is also a series of ornate wallpaper selections and plenty of brocade. Upstairs rooms are somewhat less bed-and-breakfasty. Bedrooms are large and feature views of the pristine landscaping.

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Morning Headlines: The Divine Lorraine Now Has A Website (And More Photos!)

Photo by Jeff Fusco

Photo by Jeff Fusco

In anticipation of the Divine Lorraine renovation, EB Realty Management Corp. unveiled a website for the historic North Broad structure a few days ago.

For some reason this makes the mixed-use project feel more official, not least for the reason that it includes a “waiting list” sign up form for those of us interested in getting up-to-the-minute updates on its progress. Other goodies: de facto list of those involved, street and building history, neighborhood impact summary, and historic and current photographs of the property.

• Digital Development: New Divine Lorraine Website Plus Pics [Curbed Philly]

In other news…

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Are Tiny Homes In? This Little Row Home Makes A Case

2208 manning street philadelphia pa 19103

How much would you shell out for a teeny tiny home? Architizer’s Matt Shaw poses the question, albeit with regards to this modern micro-abode in north London. It got us thinking about what little historic houses line the streets of our city proper, which led to this Fitler Square gem.

First off, don’t be fooled by its size. The adorable home makes good use of its available space and might even beat owning a condo (at least, that’s what the listing boasts)! Case in point, the first level open floor plan: hardwood floors, crown molding, and French doors with access to a wood-fenced yard with patio are all on display. The updated kitchen features maple cabinetry, SubZero fridge, and granite counters and backsplash among other brand appointments.

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Either/Or: Two Charmers In Bella Vista

Left to right: Living rooms of 750 and 763 South 9th St.

Left to right: Living rooms of 750 and 763 South 9th St.

Unlike the South Third row houses from weeks ago, these two aren’t neighbors. But they are on the same block: South Ninth Street between Fitzwater and Catharine. Both offer garage parking, bi-level roof decks, and a minute-walk to the Italian Market. Here are the deets:

750, which consists of two separately deeded properties sold together, includes a main house with wide-plank cypress wood floors (the interior is French farmhouse-inspired), second-floor family room with built-in office and bedroom suite, and roof decks with built-in seating (1st level) and garden and drip irrigation system (2nd level). Outside the kitchen, a brick patio and walkway lead to the rear property made up of garage and guest house.

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Morning Headlines: Montco Has Built More Apartments Than Single-Family Dwellings In Last Year

It seems Wynnewood and Conshohocken aren’t the only areas in Montgomery County aiming to reel in those looking for smaller housing. According to recent data by the Norristown Planning commission, Montgomery County housing units went up by 42 percent last year compared to 2012– the largest chunk of that increase being multifamily housing.’s Jessica Sparks reports the amount of single-family homes grew by 19 percent, while single-family attached homes (i.e. duplexes or row houses) rose by 12 percent. The biggest increase was seen in apartment and condo constructions, which tripled in 2013.

Sparks says the Planning Commission’s report, which displayed constructions mainly occurring in Towamencin, Upper Providence, and Montgomery Township among others, found the housing units “added $252 million in taxable property value to the county.”

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Design Out Loud Happens Wednesday

Caesarstone Calacatta Nuvo

Caesarstone Calacatta Nuvo

What can you do with a piece of Caesarstone? You can certainly made kitchen countertops with it, or bathroom vanities, or floors or walls or paneling. But what can you do that’s unexpected? That’s…art? This was the question asked of 13 design teams tasked with creating functional floor pieces and wall art, all of it made from Caesarstone quartz. The teams included the following heavy-hitter participants:

Ewing Cole
Meyer Design
Kling Stubbins
R Squared Design
Stimmel Consulting
Petersen Kitchen and Design
Cranbury Design Center
Kitchen Technology
Holods Kitchen and Bath
LPST Interior Design
Sycamore Kitchens
Devon Tile
TilMar Desgins
Bristol Millwork

The results — which include a dress fashioned with pieces of Caesarstone — will be on display on Wednesday, Sept. 17th at a private evening event. Property readers can attend by sending an RSVP to and mentioning this post.

Main Line Monday: $4M Manse With “Chocolate Room”


As befits its name and august address, Maxwellton — actually asking a hair under $4 million — has many hallmarks of luxury, perhaps first and foremost a La Cornue Château 165 range, the newest La Cornue model, which according the company was “born of a deep love of succulent roasted meats and poultries.” The kitchen has other top-of-the-line appliances, such as a built-in Sub Zero model 632, a Wolf built-in convection and microwave oven and a professional Miele built-in coffee making system.

There’s a “dish room” with 80 running feet of cabinetry and a smaller kitchen off of the main kitchen.

Perhaps most enticingly, however, is the presence of a “chocolate room” that has been “designed for optimal humidity and temperature control for the production of chocolate dishes” and “includes a walk-in refrigerator and Wolf cook-top stove.”

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