Three-Story Penthouse on Front Street Includes Murphy Bed

335 N Front St, #A, Philadelphia, PA, 19106

At this point, Murphy beds are less about saving space and more about the throwback factor. This 1,000-plus-square-foot penthouse unit is no exception. The tri-level condo offers three bedrooms, one on each floor. It’s on the third that you’ll find the retro sleeping quarters, along with glass doors leading to a roof deck with sitting areas.

The home boasts hardwoods and exposed brick. Kitchen, dining and living areas are on the second level, while the first contains a living room, bedroom and laundry. Gallery below.

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Exclusive Preview: $3.99M New Hope Residence with Riverfront Views

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What’s better than finding a gorgeous Bucks County home on the market? One that no one knows about just yet..except you! This New Hope property will be up really soon, but we’ll give you a sneak peek before it’s listed on every real estate site in town:

The home, which is situated alongside the Delaware, has a concrete river wall with steps leading down to the water. Of course, if you’d rather stay dry, there are two decks and a covered summer kitchen with fireplace out back.

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Morning Headlines: June 2013 Building Collapse Judge Permits Attorneys to Speak with Reporters (Sort Of)

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Common Pleas Court Judge Glenn B. Bronson who is in charge of the June 2013 building collapse case has switched to using the trial publicity guidelines set by the American Bar Association, which means attorneys involved in the case will have “more latitude” when it comes to responding publicly to comments others make about their clients.

Still, the Inquirer’s Joseph A. Slobodzian reports that after ending the previous “blanket order” of no comments to the media on Monday, Bronson reminded prosecutors and attorneys that whoever violated the ABA guideline would be held in contempt because “[t]his case cannot be tried in the media; the case must be tried before Philadelphia jurors.”

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Houses with Names: Au Vallon

Au Vallon - 1850 W Montgomery Ave

If you hear that a home has a name, chances are you’re in for a treat. This ultra luxe estate has Au Vallon for its title, which is probably an homage to its locale: two green-filled acres of Villanova land.

And so, “to the Valley” we go: the renovated and restored property has a new fence and gate, ensuring privacy for residents who will have a carriage home with a French door-surrounded interior brick courtyard, refinished pool, Juliette balconies and rotating bookcase leading to the private dining room.

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Real Estate Horror Story: Potential Buyer Finds Dead Body During Home Tour

In what is sure to become the stuff of urban legends, the Age reports that realtor Jack Alves took Phil Gustafson, a potential buyer, on a home tour in Milwaukee earlier this month. The showing took a wrong turn when the second house on the agenda produced an unexpected house guest:

As they walked through a different house shortly after noon, this one a vacant city foreclosure on the corner of 25th and Michigan streets, Phil Gustafson looked in a first-floor closet and quickly ran from the room.

“There’s a dude in there!” he told his friend, Keith Frank Jr, who had joined him in searching for a fixer-upper to buy.

Mr Alves stepped toward the closet, announcing who he was and that he was showing the house. The man did not move.

“I didn’t touch him,” Mr Alves said.

He called 911 and soon the house was buzzing with paramedics and police officers. They knew what this was.

The man was dead.

As if that weren’t enough to traumatize any one, the first home Alves had shown Gustafson that day had had a trash cart with live kittens.

Dead body found in closet during showing of house to prospective buyers [the Age]

Abandoned Railroad in Fox Chase Could Soon Be a Park Trail

Photo credit: Google Street View.

Photo credit: Google Street View.

If you’ve ever walked by the Fox Chase Regional Rail Station in Northeast Philly, you may have noticed a long-abandoned railroad bed taking up precious space across from it. That site, we are now happy to report, might in due time breathe new life as a park trail.

The tracks, which were once a continuation of the Fox Chase-Newtown Line, stopped being used by SEPTA in the early ’80s. William Kenney at the Northeast Times now reports the Planning Commission has succeeded in acquiring grant funds to “study the conversion of SEPTA’s abandoned Fox Chase-Newtown Line into a park trail,” a part of which has already been repurposed as Lorimer Trail on the Montgomery County side.

The news, which included the Commission getting a second grant for another study that would look into putting sidewalks on the Rockwell-Hasbrook section of Oxford Avenue, was announced by local resident Chuck Tucker earlier this month during a Fox Chase Homeowners Association and Town Watch meeting,

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Main Line Monday: $4.37M Bryn Mawr Dwelling with His and Her Offices

955 Rock Creek Rd, Bryn Mawr, PA, 19010

Architect Fred Bissinger (he of Dream Homes Philadelphia fame) designed this Main Line house, which, at 10,000 square feet, offers plenty of bonus home features: a set of his and her offices (finally, your own quiet work space!), custom wine room, guest suite, home theater and even an exercise room.

Appointments include vaulted ceilings, a cherry paneled great room (with full bar) and custom cabinetry in the kitchen (appliances consist of Gaggenau and Sub Zero). The master suite contains sitting and dressing rooms, as well as walk-in closets and a marble bathroom with double vanities.

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Morning Headlines: Mixed-Use Development Planned Near King of Prussia Mall

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King of Prussia Malls’s planned addition isn’t the only thing coming to the area: the Inquirer’s Jason Laughlin reports that the former Valley Forge Golf Course, a 135-acre parcel of land near the mall, is set to get apartments, a hospital, and further shopping.

Laughlin says that the on-site Wegmans, which has been there for two years, will eventually be in the company of a “Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia facility, 249,985 additional square feet of retail, […] 365 residential units” and, one day, an extension of the Norristown High Speed Line. If you’re wondering why this development would warrant an elevated line extension, that’s because the community is expected to grow in coming years.
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A Hearing On the Land Bank Strategic Plan Is Coming Up

Photo credit: Julia Rowe via Flickr.

Photo credit: Julia Rowe via Flickr.

Could Philadelphia’s Land Bank Plan be better? We asked this of you last month, but now is your chance to really make your voice heard.

On Monday, December 1st, a hearing on the Land Bank’s strategic plan and polices resolution will be held by City Council’s Public Property Committee. If you like the plan (or don’t) and want to testify, you can sign up here.

Details below. 

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