Rittenhouse Modern Drops to $5.9M

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Tylenol heir Henry McNeil (who sold the famed “McIlhenney Mansion” at 1914 Rittenhouse Square to developer Bart Blatstein) was featured in a Wall Street Journal article about Philadelphia-area homes that have historic facades but modern interiors. The WSJ slideshow indeed demonstrates the contrast, which may or may not appeal to every buyer. But at the high end, the initial $8 million asking price was too hot to handle, it seems.

Since that time, McNeill has reduced the price to $6.85 million and now to $5.9 million. Below, there are new photos of the home since the last time it was listed.

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On the Market: $2M Boxly Estate in Chestnut Hill

515 W Gravers Ln, Philadelphia, PA, 19118

515 W Gravers Ln, Philadelphia, PA, 19118

A stream runs through the meadows surrounding Boxly, which, to give you an idea of its pedigree, was designed by Fredrick Law Olmsted, the famed landscape architect who was involved in planning Central Park in New York.

The home itself is a 1903 Georgian Rival with high ceilings, crown moldings, and custom casework throughout. In 2005 and 2008, the home got some restoration done, but it wasn’t until 2012 that it got a three-story addition with family room, in-law suite, and a library with two-story windows.

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Reduced: Andy Reid’s Villanova Home

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Detail photo of Andy Reid’s Villanova house via Main Line Executive Realty, Inc.

When we say that former Eagles coach Andy Reid’s Villanova home dropped its asking price by “about $300,000 last week,” what we mean is this: it actually dropped $300,001. That’s real estate for you: that exceedingly precise dollar amount makes it possible to now put the home’s ask below $2 million, which is to say $1,999,999. Bob Barker would love that.

A little refresher, with some notes for winter: The very private Main Line home is at the end of a cul-de-sac and has two fireplaces and a heated driveway and front walkway for easy snow removal. Specs and gallery below.

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Falcon Condominiums Ready to Launch

Four of the units feature master bedrooms that are 15'x15'. Rendering via FalconCondominiums.com

Four of the units feature master bedrooms that are 15′x15′. Rendering via FalconCondominiums.com

I once asked Bart Blatstein, one of the more successful developers in Philadelphia, what he thought were some of the biggest issues in city development. The first thing he said? The scarcity of female developers in Philadelphia. (The second thing he mentioned was minority developers.) It is certainly true that the names that get mentioned over and over are men’s — Carl Dranoff, Eric Blumenfeld, Kenny Gamble, Tom Scannapieco, etc. But it’s also true that there are women in the business, including Lesley Scannapieco, who plans to develop the former Bok School. Add to that list of names Khara Cartagena, a successful businesswoman (she’s the owner of the Velvet Lily), who’s been quietly developing since she was 18. With her newest project, the Falcon Condominiums on the 3800 block of Terrace Street, she’s making a bit more noise.

First, the skinny: the condos, built on the site of the former Falcon Polish Social Hall, consist of seven contemporary units in the heart of Manayunk. The units are three stories; six have two bedrooms, one den and two and a half baths. There’s also a one-bedroom unit that’s ADA compliant. All units have at least one patio, if not two, and there’s secure garage parking. Kitchens have granite countertops, stainless steel appliances and bamboo floors, while bathrooms have both wood grained tile and white wall tile. The units range from 1,800 to 2,000 square feet, except for the one bedroom, which is 600 square feet.

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$1.75M Princeton Estate With Luxe Amenities

Photo by Laura Kicey.

Photo by Laura Kicey.

We have already seen Sally Weisman’s new home in New Hope (to be honest, we are still dreaming of that perfect patio). At the time, it was hard to imagine why she would have been reluctant to move there. Now we see the home she’s leaving in Princeton, and it’s a lot easier to understand. The five-bedroom estate has recently been listed at $1.75 million, and it is just as jaw-dropping as the New Hope property.

The home is stretched over nearly 6,000 square feet of living space. The main level includes a formal foyer and center hall, a sun room, an office, the kitchen, a butler’s pantry, a breakfast room, and formal living and dining rooms. The kitchen namechecks all the luxury appliance brands. A Viking six-burner stove is not far from the SubZero refrigerator, and it’s all connected with granite. Upstairs the master suite has a sitting room all its own and an en-suite spa-like bath with a double walk-in closet. Two additional bedrooms are each en-suite and the remaining two bedrooms share a bath. The laundry room rounds up the upstairs living space. The finished lower level includes a game room, exercise room, additional laundry facilities, a kitchenette, storage and a serious wine cellar. The cellar is fully conditioned and has room for more than 1,000 bottles.

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On the Market: $3.75 Million Spruce Street Townhouse with Library

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Photo credit: Google Street View.

Mid-nineteenth century properties are easy to come by in Philadelphia and this restored residence is counted among them. But aside from being on the city’s Historic Register, the home also has some more modern perks…enter roof deck and two-car garage.

Inside, high ceilings and original moldings can be seen throughout. French doors leading out to the garden, which the dining room overlooks, and an elevator with brass door are also shown in the listing. (We don’t know about you, but we’ll just take the staircase) Our favorite point, though? The library adjacent to the master suite.

Gallery below.

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Restored Barn Makes the Switch to Beautiful Loft Home

1645 Aquetong Rd, New Hope, PA, 18938

1645 Aquetong Rd, New Hope, PA, 18938

There are multiple spaces suited to showcasing artwork throughout this New Hope home, but none more so than the blank expanses in the artist’s studio. Other bonus areas include the media room with a 10-foot screen, guest suite, and a third floor loft with a sitting area.

The residence, which was once a barn built in 1814, now enjoys life as a six-bedroom property with a slew of attractive appointments: central floor-to-ceiling stone fireplace (which can be seen from most of the rooms), exposed wooden and steel beams, pine floors, high ceilings, and track lighting. There’s also a wet bar.

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House of the Week: Pristine Carriage Home with Studio Space in East Kensington

east kensington e firth street trenton avenue

We brought a fixer-upper near the creativity-brimming Trenton Avenue to your attention a few weeks ago, so it’s only fitting that we showcase a gleaming, restored home this time around. (Note: The property is listed as being on E Firth Street, but an approval to change the address to 2520 Trenton Ave. is pending from the Office of Property Assessment.)

Among the homes larger appointments are a landscaped deck with retractable awning and two separately attached garages, one of which can either hold three cars or be used as a workspace. The other garage has 1-car parking.

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Reduced: Gladwyne Gem Gets a Nearly $3M Price Cut

1333 Youngsford Rd, Gladwyne, PA

We wrote about this stone manor home, which once belonged to an underwater photography pioneer, when it was originally listed for a little over $8.4 million. The property has since undergone some price cuts, all of which add up to a significant reduction of $2,999,001.

The main house consists of formal living and dining rooms, wood-paneled library, solarium with French doors, which lead out to a stone terrace, and family room with fireplace and coffered ceiling. All five bedrooms have en-suite baths.

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Tuesday Trinity: A Wood-Beamed Beauty Near South Street

417 Gaskill St, Philadelphia, PA, 19147

417 Gaskill St, Philadelphia, PA, 19147

Sitting on narrow Gaskill Street (a quieter alternative to neighboring South Street), this three-story row house in Society Hill enjoys a modern/vintage design with its hardwood floors, exposed red brick, and new ceiling fans. A new air conditioner was also added in 2012.

In the kitchen you’ll find SS appliances, marble countertops, and exposed wood beams; second floor contains the only bathroom, while the third includes a second bedroom with custom-shelved closet. There’s also a sunken landing on the first floor and private back patio.

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