Morning Headlines: 68 Transit-Oriented Apartments Coming to Bucks County

The Station at Manayunk, another J.G. Petrucci joint | Image: Station at Manayunk

The Station at Manayunk, another J.G. Petrucci joint | Image: Station at Manayunk

Transit-oriented development isn’t limited to new projects in the city. The Inquirer reports that J.G. Petrucci, a developer out of Asbury, New Jersey, is planning to bring 68 apartment units to the Chalfont train station.

This new project, called the Station at Chalfont, is expected to break ground in the summer and will follow their other transit-oriented sites, including the 149-unit Station at Manayunk, where rents range from $1,447 per month to $1,887 per month.

Cella Luxuria to Expand Southward:

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Spotted in Old City: Contemporary Loft Condo Comes with Two Elevators

TREND photos via BHHS Fox & Roach-CC Rittenhouse Hotel.

TREND photos via BHHS Fox & Roach-CC Rittenhouse Hotel.

We were always partial to that ivy-clad condo on Cuthbert Street, but now that we know about this neighboring loft apartment at 108 Arch…well, we’re slightly torn. Location-wise, they’re tied. But on the one hand, the former has a cozy compactness; on the other, the latter tempts us with its modern indulgences.

And what are these contemporary luxuries? For starters, the 2,500-square-foot unit has a pair of stainless steel elevators opening directly into the apartment foyer. Can’t say we’re too surprised since it’s in the same building as that insanely pricey rental from last summer.

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Do You Live In One of Philly’s Most Expensive Suburbs?

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Is this even a list you want your town to be on? Unlike their “10 Best Philadelphia Suburbs” list, which inspired a lot discussion some weeks ago, Movoto has taken a dollar centric approach with their latest catalog: the 10 most expensive Philadelphia suburbs.

Movoto’s Cassie Sheets says data examined included median home values, cost of living, affordability ratio (that is, “median home value divided by median household income”), and the percentage of income spent on rent. Much like their “10 Best,” AreaVibes was hit up for help in narrowing down the list, as was data from the U.S. Census. All this info was then averaged “into one overall Big Deal Score where the lowest scores were our most expensive Philadelphia suburbs.”

You can see the full list below, but here are the top 10–do you see your ‘burb on the list?:

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Update: William Penn Inn in Wynnewood Plans Get Conditional Hearing

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William Penn Inn c. 1875 | Image courtesy of the Lower Merion Historical Society

So what ever happened to the William Penn Inn in Wynnewood? Last we heard, it had been saved from the clasps of demolition thanks to an agreement of sale between Rayer Builders and William Inn Partners LLC, a partnership that ensured the new development proposal for the parcel it sits on would, unlike the first one, preserve the historic structure.

Well, readers, we got an update. According to the Main Line Times’ Cheryl Alison, attorneys for the dual developers had a conditional use hearing earlier this week. They presented the developers’ project as having crucial “need for setback and impervious surface relief” if the building is to be preserved. Plans include converting it into three condos, as well as adding new homes on three new lots. Read more »

Main Line Monday: This Gawk-Worthy Villanova Estate Has it All

All photos by TREND by BHHS Fox & Roach

All photos by TREND by BHHS Fox & Roach–Bryn Mawr

Confession: Main Line Monday is probably the toughest theme house of the week for us to choose. Why? Well, so many of these houses could easily, easily, be the Jaw Dropper of the Week as well. Since the two names don’t really fair well in the mash up department (Jaw Mainer? Main Line Dropper?), you still get two glorious houses to gawk at each week.

Its presence from the road is quite lovely. A stone fence with lanterns on each pillar welcomes you into the well-landscaped property–you know you’re in for a real treat.

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Morning Headlines: Community Funds Historic Restoration at The Woodlands

Cleaned and numbered 18th century bricks. These will all be put back exactly where they came from. #cryptoconstruction

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Last year, we found out that University City District had raised $1.4 million to help realize their grandiose plans to transform the 40th Street Trolley terminal at 40th and Woodland Avenue, right out side of the cemetery gates, into a public amenity that incorporated the hustle and bustle of a transit hub with green space and a cafe.

Last week, the celebratory news came two-fold for the cemetery dating back to 1840. Not only did a number Instagrammers start the Philly iteration of the World Wide Instameet within its hallowed confines, but the The Woodlands announced it had reached its fundraising goals in order to restore the Hamilton Stable. By raising the $218,000, they’ve secured a $612,000 challenge grant to restore the Hamilton Mansion as well, according to West Philly Local. The mansion is a stunner. According to The Woodlands, it’s one of the greatest domestic achievements of the 18th century with “what were likely the best-finished and most sophisticated internal service spaces created at that time in Philadelphia, and perhaps the country as a whole.” Damn.

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City House of the Week: A “Chef’s Nirvana” in Chestnut Hill

Images by TREND via Coldwell Banker Preferred

Images by TREND via Coldwell Banker Preferred – Wayne

The kitchen is really the room in a home. Not only are comforting meals (and intoxicating smells) crafted within its confines, but it’s a place where you hang out, keep traditions, share stories–you know, family stuff. That doesn’t mean you shouldn’t do it in magazine-worthy style. Read more »

Farmhouse Friday: Charmingly Rustic Find in Bucks County

TREND images via Addison Wolfe Real Estate / Listhub

TREND images via Addison Wolfe Real Estate / Listhub

Golly, Tinicum Township is just a treasure trove of delightful abodes, isn’t it?

Case in point, Wildcat Farm. It’s kind of like one of those country-style properties that’ll use every single one of its inviting features–like say, twelve acres that encompass a converted cookhouse and rustic outbuilding, as this one has–to charm the dollar right out of your wallet. Oh, we know what you’re up to, Wildcat…

No, but really. We like it a lot, not least for its materials which consist of stone, stucco, and log, the latter being most evident in the 18th-century family room (and a bit in the bathroom and bedrooms directly above it!). Interior details include wainscoting, polished pumpkin pine floors, fireplaces, and a modern kitchen. An in-ground pool and barn, currently used for storage and, is also on the premises.

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Property’s Photo(s) of the Week: The Loft District Horse and Miss Divine

We just couldn’t help ourselves. A day after selecting her magnificent shadowy capture of this horse in Callowhill (it was shot somewhere along 13th and Nectarine) for Property’s Photo of the Week, photographer Theresa Stigale posted a new one–and it’s awesome.

But, what else do you expect from an amazing photog whose primary interest is Philadelphia documentary photography? The bonus image in question was taken on Broad, near Brown Street, and has a cameo of the changing Divine Lorraine.

Needless to say we couldn’t choose just one.

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Bart Blatstein To Present Pier Shops Plans Wednesday

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The late Mitch Hedberg would not be happy with this sign. (Photo: Dan McQuade)

As we reported on Tuesday, Bart Blatstein has settled his legal dispute with Caesars and his plan for the Pier Shops is back on.

Blatstein’s press person sent out a release this morning with details on his announcement for the Pier Shops at Caesars. Blatstein has grand plans for the mall, so the all-caps subject line was warranted: “BART BLATSTEIN TO UNVEIL DRAMATIC REDEVELOPMENT PLANS FOR THE PIER AT CAESAR’S – MARK YOUR CALENDARS FOR WEDNESDAY, APRIL 1st AT 12 NOON IN ATLANTIC CITY.” Read more »

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