Late February Demolition Anticipated for University City High School Building

After reaching out to a Drexel University’s Director of Media Relations, we’ve received word that the former University City High School building is facing a possible late February demolition.

The news comes after the above photo, which is that of the former Charles Drew Elementary School, surfaced on Instagram. Charles Drew, along with the now demolished Walnut Center, is on the 14-acre property comprising the UCHS site, which Drexel and Wexford Science & Technology purchased last year.

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Louis Kahn Alert: The Clever House in Cherry Hill Is on the Market

Photos by TREND via BHHS Fox & Roach–Haddonfield

Photos by TREND via BHHS Fox & Roach–Haddonfield

Here’s your chance, people. A bona fide piece of architectural history has just hit the market.

Louis Kahn may have designed around two dozen houses in his day (Oh, and this and this and this), but only nine of these modern residences were ever built. While plaudits abound for The Esherick House or The Korman House, it’s The Clever House in Cherry Hill that’s available and could make for one hell of a restoration project. Being sold in “As-Is” condition, the house located at 417 Sherry Way in Cherry Hill is 1,694 square-feet of pure experimental modern that gives a new definition to cathedral ceilings.

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Main Line Monday: Picture-Perfect Rustic Abode in Berwyn

TREND photos via BHHS Fox & Roach - Wayne.

TREND photos via BHHS Fox & Roach – Wayne.

It’s been some time since 1725, but this one-acre Berwyn property the listing says dates back to that year manages to balance a picture-perfect look between its former days as “The Place”  and its current standing as one of Chester County’s more charming on-the-market homes.

Known also as the Stephen David House, the residence was last occupied by a family who settled there for nearly six decades (last year marks the first time it’s being offered since they moved in!). It consists of a Colonial Revival with three rustic outbuildings: blacksmith shop, summer kitchen, and potting shed. Interior notes in the main house include antique pine flooring, a fully pine-paneled den, and original living and dining rooms.

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Morning Headlines: Stalled Apartment Project Near Clark Park Will Meet the Neighbors, Again

Rendering of 4224 Baltimore Avenue. Photo credit: U3 Ventures.

Rendering of 4224 Baltimore Avenue.
Photo credit: U3 Ventures.

Stop us if you’ve heard this one before: Developers of an apartment project at 4224 Baltimore Ave. will meet with the community to discuss their plans for a 132-unit mixed-use complex. Well, that will be the case again tonight as the Zoning Committee Spruce Hill Community Association will officially hear what more developers U3 Advisors have to say about the stalled project at 43rd and Baltimore Ave. near Clark Park, reports West Philly Local.

The project evolved from a series of neighborhood meetings and was discussed at an open meeting of Spruce Hill zoning last spring. Now that a formal application has been made, the project development team, U3 Advisors, are required to have public meetings with neighbors through community associations.

You may recall that the developers had been meeting with and seeking input from neighbors before having a design for the project, something that even the venerable Inga Saffron marveled at in one of her features of the project.

Saffron’s other feature explains why this project hasn’t seen any movement since April: councilmanic prerogative. Councilwoman Jannie Blackwell had refused to sign off on zoning changes to the site in order for the above design (with retail and upscale, non-student oriented apartments) by Cecil Baker + Partners to be built.  Instead, as Saffron points out, the project could only be made profitable under current zoning with a “blocky, three-story apartment house that would be crammed with dormlike units.”

In other words, stay tuned.

A meeting Monday for community input on the big 4224 Baltimore Ave. project [West Philly Local]

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City House of the Week: The Historic Geiger House in Overbrook Farms

All photos by Dave Ocenas via BHHS Fox & Roach–Bryn Mawr

All photos by Dave Ocenas via BHHS Fox & Roach–Bryn Mawr

A regular on the Overbrook Farms Open House Tour, The Geiger House is a prime example of a classic Philadelphia home that’s aged (and been updated) just right. However, that wasn’t always the case for the home that dates back to 1896. Diane Krause, listing agent with BHHS Fox & Roach–Bryn Mawr, tells us that it had seen better days when it was in foreclosure over ten years ago. She sold the “decrepit” property to its current owners, who “meticulously” renovated the expansive property over the years to return it to it’s former pomp.

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The Crane Is Going Up at 1919 Market Right NOW

Watch out for 1919 Market

Watch out for 1919 Market

Name one thing that gets a development nerd (ourselves wholeheartedly included in that category) more excited than a towering crane being installed at a construction site in the city? While renderings may be a close second, the short answer is probably nothing. It means progress and that something soon will rise from that whole in the ground.

Enter 1919 Market, the looooong vacant lot that will see 321 luxury apartments, a ground floor CVS and, let’s not forget, a golf simulator grace the street at the center of the current development boom we’re seeing from the Delaware River all the way into West Philly.

Here’s what we know and also more crane shots with renderings!

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Property’s Weekend Agenda: The Philadelphia Home Show

Photo of The Painted Home show room at the Philadelphia Home Show, courtesy of Denise Sabia.

Photo of The Painted Home show room at the Philadelphia Home Show, courtesy of Denise Sabia.

Whether you’re  in the midst of giving your home a makeover (or simply considering it), this weekend’s Philadelphia Home Show remains a must-attend event.

This year, the show’s title is “Renew, Refresh and Restore Your Home,” which speaks to the exhibit’s emphasis on splendiferous home design, architecture, and landscaping. Feel free to check out all the design show rooms and ask questions only experts can answer!

The full roster of exhibtors can be found here, but notable designers set to make appearances include Denise Sabia from “The Painted Home” and Jeff Devlin from DIY’s I Hate My Bath and HGTV’s Spice Up My Kitchen.

You can check out more info about the Home Show and work by Bobbie Tilkens-Fisher  (At Home Modern) and Sabia–a resident of the Philadelphia suburbs with three brick and mortar locations in Doylestown, Erdenheim and Ambler–in the gallery below.

(Psst. Here’s how you can park for free for the Home Show.)

Plus, bonus free parking info!

Boutique Condo Boasting Rittenhouse and Sunset Views Is Back for $849,000

Images by TREND via Redfin/Kurfiss Sotheby’s International Realty

Looking to get in on some condo-living near Rittenhouse without forking over a cool million bucks to do so? Unit #1100 at 1737-39 Chestnut Street just hit the market (again) and its 2-bed, 2-bath layout is the perfect size for house hunters, especially for Empty Nesters looking to downsize into some chic city- living.

The unit offers 13 south and west facing windows that offer unobstructed views of the city, including sight lines directly into Rittenhouse Square. Listing agent Patricia Royston tells us that the sellers are “very motivated to sell” and the unit has low condo fees ($663/month).

The eat-in kitchen features custom oak cabinetry with glass doors facing the those lovely windows to allow even more natural light to flow through the space. It’s then topped off with beautiful granite counter tops.

The two spacious bedrooms both have en-suite bathrooms, a major plus, and there’s even an office with custom built-in cabinets.

Originally listing in July for $870,000, the unit is now available for $849,000–so it seems that whole “motivated to sell” thing is true after all.

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Unbelievably Glammed Out Jersey Estate Asks $1.35 Million

TREND photos via Lenny, Vermaat, & Leonard, Inc. Realtors

TREND photos via Lenny, Vermaat, & Leonard, Inc. Realtors

Wow, wow, wow, wow. (Just…wow.)

Haddonfield’s Lane of Acres street is kind of a big properties smorgasbord (scour around a bit and you’ll see what I mean), but this one really stood out to us, not least for its massive Tudor-style facade. What struck us especially about the home, though, was its unique interior, which in addition to boasting a 2-story foyer, office, library, and spacious family room with several skylights, has the following:

  • living room with wet bar section (wonder if the carousel horse here is included in the sale too…)
  • eat-in kitchen with breakfast bar and breakfast area
  • master suite with fireplace, exercise room, sitting area, his & her closets, walk-in closet, his & her master baths, Jacuzzi tub area, and –takes a breath– roof deck access
  • Au pair suite with living area, bedroom, full bathroom, sauna and storage room

Click here for the deets and full gallery of the interior.

113-Apartment Building With Roof Terrace and Dog Park Planned for Washington Ave.

Rendering via Harman Deutsch

Rendering via Harman Deutsch

Harman Deutsch presented plans for the the 5-story mixed-use development of a vacant lot at 2401 Washington Ave. this week. The oddly-shaped lot, which has a thin, panhandled stretch that touches 25th Street to the west, is set to become a 113-unit apartment building with 8,200 sqaure-feet of ground floor retail space.

Jeff Watson,LEED AP BD+C with Harman Deutsch tells us that they’re waiting to hear back on the vote from the South of South Neighborhood Association (SOSNA), but felt the community “responded nicely to it.” If all goes according to plan, there will be a fall groundbreaking to be followed by 18 months worth of construction. The project could very well be the first in many transformative type projects along the former industrial stretch, although the Marine Club might have something to say about that.

Here’s the breakout and more renderings!

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