Logan Orchard and Market: The Showdown at Wingohocking Creek

The Logan Triangle | Google Maps

The Logan Triangle | Google Maps

From Marshall Street on the east to 11th on the west, from Louden Street on the north to Roosevelt Boulevard on the south, the Logan Triangle is a 40-acre wasteland. But it could be 40 acres of parkland, and gardens, and tiny homes that could sit lightly on the land.

That’s the 40-acre opportunity Paul Glover and a collection of like-minded souls see in the Triangle, which became said wasteland in 1986 after yet another gas-main explosion took out several houses and revealed just how far most of the others around them had sunk (more on that later). This vision sounded appealing to the 50 or so people who came out to the Friends Center on July 13th for a meeting to discuss how to get it off the ground.

But there’s a hitch: realizing the vision would require the cooperation of the owner of those 40 acres. Since 2012, that’s been the Philadelphia Redevelopment Authority.

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Cheerio! Unique “English Village” Tudor Near Rittenhouse Square

All images by TREND via Kurfiss Sotheby’s

Rittenhouse is chock-full of wonderfully walkable streets, but one of them tends to stand out for its uniquely English characteristics in the middle of Philadelphia: the 2100 block of Saint James Place. Closed off to cars, this block is a secluded collection of Tudor-style houses developed in the 1920’s. With a stone walkway lined by flowering trees, it’s downright romantic. Imagine having a chance to live within its calming confines?

2141 Saint James Place, an end cap on 22nd Street inside English Village, just hit the market. Listed at $735,000, the  architecture–a pitched roof, strong stone wall and a classic brick chimney–does not lack in curb appeal. Inside, the 3-bed, 2-bath home offers many original touches, such as the parquet floors and three fireplaces.

Updates are definitely needed–namely, central air and a revamped kitchen–but there’s something to be said about living in a unique enclave that’s a short walk from Rittenhouse Square. Plus, it’s well under $1 million, has reasonable taxes, in the Greenfield catchment and the HOA dues are a mere $25 per month to maintain the courtyard.

Don’t forget, the Walnut Estates development is in the process of replacing the unsightly surface parking lot between Chancellor and Walnut on 22nd Street with five multi-million dollar townhomes.

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Renovation Plans Afoot for Vacant Warehouse Next to Ben Franklin Bridge

300 N Delaware Avenue, Camden, NJ | Image via LoopNet

The long-vacant warehouse in question. | Image via LoopNet

Hold your horses, Old City-ites. The warehouse in question is located on the other side of the Delaware River. But like several Old City properties, this Camden one comes with some history: situated across from Campbell’s Field and about a block from the Benjamin Franklin Bridge, the building, constructed in the late 1800s, is a former Ruby Match factory that later went on to become a Campbell’s Soup storage facility. So what’s it up to now?

Well, after being vacant for ages, the historic warehouse is in for a makeover of Laney Boggs-level proportions. The Inquirer’s Allison Steele reports Philadelphia-based real estate firm Athenian Razak has plans to transform it into a sleek office building with 71,000 square feet of ground floor retail, a conversion they say will involve a roof replacement, mezzanine addition, some 100 new windows, and the creation of two floor levels.

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Jaw Dropper of the Week: Step Inside Majestic Brownsburg Manor (VIDEO)

Photo credit: Juan Vidal

Photo credit: Juan Vidal

Words fall short when it comes to explaining the grandeur and beauty of Brownsburg Manor, an eye-popping French Manor estate parked on fourteen acres in Bucks County. Fortunately, photographer Juan Vidal says more than we ever could through his wonderful photos and video, all of which we’ve embedded below. The latter, included right after the gallery, features some drone shots that allow you to take in the full breadth of Brownsburg’s majesty.

Nonetheless, here’s a mini list of some of the property’s amazing features:

  • Two-story library with reading room
  • Master bedroom with claw-foot tub, double-sided shower and dream closet (seriously)
  • “Party room” and observation deck on second level
  • Formal conference room with projector screen on lower level
  • Gym, mail room (wow), billiard room
  • And last but not least, outside are an 18th-century French gazebo, multi-tired hybrid pool, kitchen garden, storage barn with loft, guest house, and a pond with two swans (because nothing says luxury like swans!)

Here’s the video…

Revealed: Here are the Early Plans for the New-Look Headhouse Square

Conceptual design of the new-look Headhouse Square | Renderings via Ambit Architecture and South Street Headhouse District

Conceptual design of the new-look Headhouse Square | Renderings via Ambit Architecture and South Street Headhouse District

It looks as though the long-talked-about renovation of the plaza at Headhouse Square is gaining some serious momentum. We were able to get our hands on a few conceptual designs, which show a flatter, median-free parking area towards South Street, some greenery and, more dramatically, the addition of two building–a pavilion/gateway at South Street and a cafe/information center adjacent to the recently revamped fountain.

Michael Harris, executive director of the South Street Headhouse District (SSHD), said organizers have been working on a plan that is similar in nature to one that dates back to 2006-2009. At the time, Center City District had updated the fountain and hinted at the notion of placing a cafe on the plaza, not unlike the experience at Sister Cities Park on Logan Square. “We just wanted to pick up on the work that was started with Paul [Levy of Center City District] and Center City, update it and refresh it now that it’s 2015.”

Due to a grant from the City Commerce Department and Councilman Mark Squilla, SSHD has the funds to go through the design and engineering planning phases at this point, although not construction. They’ve teamed up with Ambit Architecture, whose office is across the cobblestone street from the iconic Headhouse Shambles, to create a conceptual design of what Headhouse Square might look like in the not-too-distant future. “Not just to do it as a design exercise,” noted Harris, “But to bring it to fruition.”

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Five Amazing Pope Rentals Available in Philly Right Now

Clockwise: Craigslist, BHHS Fox & Roach, Postlets, Craigslist | Pope Francis photo by Jeffrey Bruno via Flickr

Clockwise: Craigslist, BHHS Fox & Roach, Postlets, Craigslist | Pope Francis photo by Jeffrey Bruno via Flickr

If you’re reading this, we can only assume you’ll be visiting Philadelphia around the time Pope Francis makes his way to town. Glad you could make it! Because while you could always choose to camp out with these folks instead of taking up in some cliché high-rise hotel room, we think the following city rentals (i.e. lovely local homes hand-picked by us) are worth a look.

Oh, and if you’re not an out-of-towner reading this… shoo! Go off and take a break from all the Popeadelphia madness! (But if you must stay, take these rentals as examples for how to go about renting your place for the Pope’s Philly visit.)
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What Would You Do with This Massive Kennett Square Estate?

TREND images via Zillow.com

TREND images via Zillow.com

We don’t know what to do with this eight-plus-acre estate in Kennett Square.

Rest assured, it’s not its acreage that’s left us puzzled – though, admittedly, its park-like grounds do give the impression of being more vast than they are since the property is surrounded by conservancy land – because we’ve seen plenty of homes sitting on similarly sized, if not larger, plots of land. Rather, it’s the custom-built mansion, which at nearly 19,000 square feet has us wondering just what the heck does one do with all that space?

Don’t get us wrong – it’s gorgeous. Luxury details abound, interior stone walls, and Brazilian cherry and oak flooring throughout…just who wouldn’t revel in a home like that?  Take for instance the two recreation spaces present in the seven-bedroom home: one on the second level, the other encompassing the entire lower level. Then there’s the two-story guest wing. Guest wing!

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An Inside Look at the New Presidential City Apartments

The Washington Building at Presidential City | All Photos by HughE Dillon

The Washington Building at Presidential City | All Photos by HughE Dillon

If you tend to travel (or sit in traffic) on the Schuylkill Expressway, there is no doubt you’ve seen the transformation of the musty Presidential apartment complex that towers over the highway at City Avenue.

The project by Post Brothers–dubbed Presidential City–is quite massive. Four hulking, 12-story buildings are being re-skinned on the outside and getting a luxurious overhaul within. The complex will boast an outdoor pool club and amenity space–free for residents–that CEO and co-founder Michael Pestronk told us will be “really world class.” It all comes together in a tasteful rebirth of a 1950’s-era development by an iconic Philadelphia builder, John McShain. Known as “The Man Who Built Washington,” McShain’s work includes the Pentagon, the Jefferson Memorial and the Kennedy Center (to name a few). Oh yeah, the cost of the project is expected to by $100 million, when all is said and done.

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Divine Lorraine Moves One Step Closer

North Broad Street | Photos: James Jennings

North Broad Street in April 2015| Photos: James Jennings

Brace yourselves, folks. News regarding the Divine Lorraine is going to come fast and furious until the “groundbreaking” event takes place, hopefully sometime in August. Think of it as Property’s version of “Pope Watch.”

On Tuesday, developer Eric Blumenfeld went before the Architectural Committee of the Historical Commission to present the plans for the historic renovation that’s about to take place at the Grand Old Dame of North Broad Street. PlanPhilly’s Jared Brey reports that the committee voted to approve the overall plans for the project, but had a few suggestions for the man at the center of North Broad’s revival.

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The East Passyunk Avenue Gateway is Coming Along Nicely (Photos)

The East Passyunk Avenue Gateway | Photo: James Jennings

The East Passyunk Avenue Gateway | Photo: James Jennings

The new plaza at the wonky intersection where East Passyunk Avenue meets Broad and McKean streets is coming together quite nicely. The construction fence has recently come down and a few benches, plantings and even the metal pavilion have been installed on the triangular public space.

Sam Sherman, executive director of Passyunk Avenue Revitalization Corporation (PARC), told us that the plaza is still very much in progress, but it’s getting there. More street furniture–namely tables and benches–is set to be installed this week.High-tech lighting will play a major placemaking role in the new plaza.

A heavy duty steel pole still needs to be installed and it will eventually project colored lights on the ground and on the McKean Street side of the adjacent Citizens Bank. The LED lights have already been affixed to the pavilion and the benches will get LED treatments as well. Sherman also said that lighting will be able to be projected onto the clouds, much like you see at a movie premiere, and really stamp home the fact that this will be the gateway to East Passyunk Avenue and all it has to offer. “Hopefully, you’ll be able to see it from Center City,” Sherman added. The whole she-bang will be computer controlled and the patterns and colors can be changed for seasonal usage and events.

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