South Philly ReStore to Get Two-Day Grand Opening with “Fun Day” Events

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Image via Habitat for Humanity Philadelphia blog

Its celebratory, two-part introduction to Point Breeze isn’t the only reason for why you should be getting pumped about the new Habitat for Humanity ReStore at 2318 Washington Avenue. Real estate-wise, the 17,000-square-foot facility is anticipated to be a little gold nugget that will add to the neighborhood in more ways than one.

Indeed, Deputy Mayor for Economic Development Alan Greenberger, who is set to discuss economic development along Washington Avenue and the jobs this particular store will bring during tomorrow’s ribbon-cutting, believes the new South Philadelphia ReStore is “sure to be so much more than a great new place to shop in Point Breeze.”

In addition to occupying a previously vacant building and potentially stimulating more economic activity on the avenue, the ReStore will offer locals a place to donate gently-used home goods and acquire low-cost building materials, while also furthering Habitat’s mission of providing affordable housing to those who need it. All proceeds from the store will go “towards the building and repairing of homes,” said Greenberger, per a press release.

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Here’s a Preview of the New Ballroom Space at The Logan

Not your mother's event space…are you ready to get a little drama in your lives Philadelphia?? Check out our newly released ballroom renderings! #theLogan

Posted by The Logan – Philadelphia's Hotel on Thursday, June 18, 2015

As you know, the Four Seasons is out at One Logan and work is currently underway to transform the space into a new concept called The Logan. Part of the Curio – A Collection by Hilton line of independent luxury brands, The Logan’s decor will flaunt a modern, arsty aesthetic that’s a dramatic shift from the traditional opulence of its predecessor. Read more »

On the Market: The Prettiest Renovation in East Kensington?

Images via Zillow.com

Images via Zillow.com

Its renovation may be two years old, but the gorgeous results of the work done to 2028 Dreer Street – on the border of East Kensington and Fishtown – are ongoing.  To begin, there’s its façade, a lovely muted teal, which caught our attention from the get-go. Stroll into the inside and you’ll see the home only gets better:

  • Hand-scraped Birch floors throughout
  • Hand-crafted center staircase with skylight and metal railing
  • Two bedrooms on second level, master suite on third
  • Three levels total to 1,443 square feet (and that’s not including basement)

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Headlines: Changes Are Afoot Near Nomad Pizza in Bella Vista

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We were munching on some delicious wood fired goodness at Nomad Pizza this week and noticed one of those fire orange zoning stickers afixed to the outside of a warehouse directly across tiny Kater Street (and also across 7th Street from Good King Tavern). It turns out that a developer has plans to demolish the warehouse in favor of a new three-story building with a roof deck.

Four apartments with a yet-to-be-announced retail tenant on the ground floor would replace the warehouse. Naked Philly reports that the developers have already met with the Bella Vista Neighbors Association and needed the zoning variance because “the project calls for 100% lot coverage, same as the building the developers want to tear down.” It looks like the ZBA approved the application on June 23.

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The Navy Yard Set to Unveil Central Green

Central Green | Via The Navy Yard and James Corner Field Operations

Central Green | Rendering/Photo via The Navy Yard and James Corner Field Operations

The Navy Yard is set to officially unveil its new 4.5-acre green space dubbed Central Green next week. Jennifer Tran, Marketing and Communications Manager at the Navy Yard, told Property that the ribbon cutting will take place on Tuesday, June 30 at 11:45 a.m. at Rouse Boulevard and Intrepid Avenue (map). The event is open to the public and will feature live music, giveaways, a pay-as-you-go food truck lineup, outdoor games and even a free yoga session from Nava Yoga Center.

The circular park will be broken down into various outdoor rooms and feature multiple activity spaces, including a “sunlawn” for lounging, a serene hammock grove, a dedicated fitness station and even a large communal meeting table for people who want to conduct some business al fresco or just eat lunch. “We’re really excited about this park,” said Tran. “It’s for the employees [at the Navy Yard], but also for the public to enjoy as well.” Read more »

Quiz: Should You Stay in Your ‘Hood? Should You Stay in Philly at All?

Photo credit: Daniel Ge via Flickr.

Photo credit: Daniel Ge via Flickr.

“Am I in the right place? Should I move to [insert romanticized neighborhood or far away city here] ?”

Whether you’re “Philadelphia, born and raised” or a transplant who’s adopted our 332-year-old town as your own (oh, wow: just realized Philly is a Scorpio), chances are you’ve asked yourself that question at some point. Northern Liberties or Pennsport? Philadelphia or Seattle?

Not to plant the seeds of an existential crisis, of course. It’s a normal question long-term residents anywhere in America ask every day; in fact, according to recent data released from the U.S. Census Bureau, one in nine Americans switched residences between 2013 and 2014. (For the record, most of these didn’t involve moving to another city or crossing state lines.)

So what’s a native/adopted Philadelphian to do? Well for one thing, Livability.com has put out a new “Should You Move to a New City?” quiz, which assess your financial situation, romantic relationships, job skills, and sense of adventure, among other things to see if you should get to packing or stay in place. Don’t take it too seriously, though.

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Jaw Dropper of the Week: Valley Run Farm Estate in Bucks County

TREND images via Zillow

TREND images via Zillow

Um, is it just us or do you see a life-size Yeti mannequin in one of the listing photos too? (Scroll down to the gallery to see what we mean.) Unexpected animal/creature models aside, Valley Run Farm is a jaw-dropper in its own right. And with good reason: it underwent two years of renovation before emerging as the lush 24-acre estate you see today.

Irrigated lawns, waterfalls, and ponds comprise the property, which comes with a main house and several outbuildings. Noted features in the main residence include a sizable skylight kitchen with “Small Bone” English cabinetry; stone Great room with walls of glass and a fireplace; and breakfast and dining areas with Old French oak floors. Select stone, tile, and fixtures make up the bathrooms and all mechanicals are new.

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Headlines: Walnut Street’s Art Deco “Icon” Has Been Sold

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One of Philly’s standout examples of Art Deco architecture, the majestic Icon 1616 at 1616 Walnut Street, has been sold for some big time money. According to Natalie Kostelni of the Philadelphia Business Journal, “the $112 million price tag is considered huge at more than $540,000 a unit. The building has 23,000 square feet of fully leased retail space and 160 parking spaces.”

The building was owned by a trio of companies, including Alterra Property Group, Cross Properties and Federal Capital Partners. The buyer, Kostelni says, “is an investor from New York.”

Icon kind of changed the rental game when it reopened in 2014. Not only did it offer luxurious residential and building amenities, but it also partnered with Delos to offer Philly’s first WELL Signature suites program with Vitamin-C infused showerheads, black out curtains, aromatherapy and the Stay Well mobile phone app. (Hey, if it’s good enough for Leo DiCaprio, it’s good enough for us.)

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Is the Schuylkill River Trail the Best Urban Trail in the Nation?

Schuylkill Banks Boardwalk | Photograph by Laura Kicey

Schuylkill Banks Boardwalk | Photograph by Laura Kicey

Want to see your majestic Schuylkill River Trail crowned as the top Urban Trail in the nation? You better spread the word about USA Today’s 10Best Readers’ Choice poll. Voting runs through 11:59 a.m. on July 20 and our beloved SRT is up against some pretty impressive competition, including San Antonio’s River Walk and Mission Trail, New York City’s Manhattan Waterfront Gateway, Washington’s Mount Vernon Trail and 16 other city trails. Readers can cast one vote per day.

The Schuylkill River Trail is currently slotted in the second spot, hot on the heels of MKT Nature and Fitness Trail in Columbia, Missouri. The trail has already garnered some national attention this year when The New York Times named it as one of the top attractions in the city when it listed Philadelphia as the third place to visit in the world in 2015. Let’s make this happen!

• Vote for Your Favorite Urban Trail! [USA Today]

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