Love, love, love! Don’t know about you, but we think this one is sure to brighten up any dragging day with its marvelously colorful rooms, naturally charming back yard, and proximity to the lively eateries and boutiques on nearby Germantown Avenue. And did we mention a cute window seat? It has that too!
We can’t make this stuff up, you guys. The listing clearly states this 1928 solid stone home has a lower-level recreation room with convenient features for entertaining company like a dartboard, wine racks, wine fridge, and a beer keg. (What is this Animal House? Kidding aside though, listing agent Janet Lippincot tells us it’s technically a kegerator.) This part of the home also has insulated pecan laminate flooring, a Sterno fireplace and a pool table you might be able to negotiate into the purchase.
They don’t call it Old City for nothing, but in spite of this surviving slice of Colonial Philadelphia continuing to wow us with its 1741 birth year and its preserved character (it has wide-planked pine wood floors and ornamental windows for crying out loud), it also warrants mentioning that it’s definitely no worse for the wear given the updates it’s been afforded.
Its most recent touch up? Both bathrooms have been redone with new vanities and toilets, which is why we’ve excluded the old loo images from the gallery. (Keep an eye out! Listing agent Reid Rosenthal tells us new photos of the home should be available later this week.) Other than that, the home has also had its price reduced to $399,000. Remember, the house comes with separate living and dining rooms, has an outdoor patio and basement, and includes dormers, cornices, and lintels.
Wowza, here’s another find you maybe didn’t expect to see on Property: Sitting on the corner of 30th and West Girard is this gorgeously restored beauty that’s listed for just under $700k. It has a completely rebuilt facade (designed to honor the property’s history no less), is wired up for speakers and an intercom system, and has touch screen panels.
But regarding that history-honoring frontage, there’s an original custom arched bay window, mahogany doors with original hardware, and a vestibule with marble wainscoting and curved transoms. Moving into the home you’ll note modern luxuries start to rear their face even with features like wood-clad windows and mahogany wood floors: stereo satellite with iPod hookup, full bar with ice maker, sink, and fridge, and a second-level library den with flat-screen TV and surround sound just to mention a few.
The 2013 groundbreaking of its first phase long behind us, Phase II is now set in motion at reNewbold, the first LEED Platinum-certified sustainable housing development in South Philadelphia: homes are available. (Hm, maybe be quick lest they go like hotcakes!)
Unfolding over at 16th and Moore, the latest stage of the project developed by John Longacre’s LPMG Companies involves the construction of energy efficient homes in Philly’s Newbold neighborhood, seven of which are rowhomes and two of which are condos with retail space. Groundbreaking for this second phase took place last September, right after Phase I was completed and homes sold out. Construction of the Phase II homes is expected to finish this summer. (Again, quick!)
Surprised this week’s Jaw Dropper is in West Philly? Don’t be. (This house is a prize, we assure you.) Nestled on the leafy 3400 block of Baring Street, the three-story Victorian blends its pristine original features with a slew of newer details and a lush English country garden that extends a little further than you might first imagine.
Of course, being that it’s in old Powelton Village, a neighborhood on the National Register of Historic Places, let’s start with its historical notes. According to PoweltonVillage.org, the home was built circa 1875 in the Second Empire style along with an attached twin. Inside are elaborate wainscoting, mantles, and shutters. Of those gorgeous light fixtures, which you can take a look at in the gallery below, it appears only the one in the dining room might be original, listing agent Mary McCartan tells us. And that staircase? Made of mahogany, friends.
Some of you might note a vague familiarity about 243C Delancey, especially if you’re a fan of our weekly Jaw Dropper segment here on Property. We got a sense of déjà vu as well, but didn’t fully realize till after its status as our “Trinity Tuesday” pick of the day was sealed: Valerie Buller photographed the snug residence on the 200 block of Delancey.
Buller, you’ll recall, was the photographer responsible for the listing photos of 241 Delancey, a.k.a. her childhood home. “It was a portrait session with the house,” she said then, “[it’s] very much a member of the family.” Well, it appears her easy intimacy with personal spaces is instinctive, as the gallery of this Society Hill home will show. Among the period details she captured are the home’s exposed brick walls, wood-beamed ceilings, and pine floors. One of the living room shots is particularly striking in its understated way, with the bay window overlooking the patio. The airy, yet snug master bedroom on the top floor features a vaulted ceiling and fireplace and, the listing says, “is flooded with light.” We love it already.
Man, Spike’s Bar Rescue has not been good to the locals over the past few weeks. Michael Klein of The Insider reported last week that Osteria Calabria in Glenside has closed up shop after being renovated and rebranded by Jon Taffer and crew in the fall. A few days later, Colliers International put out a press release that Downey’s Restaurant at Front and South is up for grabs as well.
The popular Irish pub at 526 South Front Street was featured on the show’s first season in 2011 and is instantly recognizable thanks to its green facade and second-floor balcony overlooking the Delaware River (and 95). It’s listed at 10,682 square-feet and the sale includes Read more »
Following stints with two others firms, Northeast High School graduate Henry E. Baton founded his own group in the mid-1920s: the Baton Construction Company. According to the Philadelphia Architects and Buildings Project website, his work has ties with buildings like the Ninth National Bank and the Corn Exchange National Bank. It just so happens this eight-bedroom Normandy estate-style abode was also crafted by Mr. Baton.
Commissioned by one Frederick P. Ristine, Baton crafted the home on a two-and-a-half acre site, now 2.89 acres, where it’s nestled among carefully designed gardens and terraces. The home’s exterior vaunts a Belgian-tiled roof and Foxcroft native stone construction, while its interior offers original random-width oak and pine exposed floors, carved paneling and millwork, and stained and leaded glass windows with Indiana limestone sills.