The Spruce Street Home That Will Make You Want to Cuddle Puppies

All TREND photos via The Condo Shop.

All TREND photos via The Condo Shop.

This gleaming bi-level condo unit on the corner of Quince and Spruce is something of a keeper.

For starters, the unit’s main floor has an open layout encompassing the living, dining, and kitchen areas, the last of which includes granite counters, hardwood cabinetry, and a terraced island with seating. (A patio-accessible bedroom and ceramic tiled bathroom are also here.) Then, in the lower level, you’ll find an additional bedroom and living space, as well as a bathroom with contemporary finishes.

Now here’s where canine fans like myself might feel a particular affinity with the home: current owner Adam Novick is the co-owner of The Ruff Life, a dog daycare, lodge, and grooming spa in Old City. And guess what? They have two (yes, TWO) webcams that stream the pups that are staying there.

We’ve embedded the second level webcam stream below for your viewing pleasure. Also, click here to get more details about the home. Petition: “LOVE PARK SUCKS!” Trade It for an Applebee’s

Photo credit: Jeff Fusco

Photo credit: Jeff Fusco

So there’s a bizarre petition that will ruffle some feathers. At the very least, it should cause you to tilt your head and say, what the …? A man named Ryan Wilson of Philadelphia has started a movement that’s kind of difficult to explain. Here are the details, if that’s what they’re called:

LOVE PARK SUCKS! Love park should be rezoned as part of the city of Camden in exchange for Applebee’s in New Jersey to be relocated to Philadelphia

I think he’s calling Camden to take LOVE Park in exchange for Applebee’s in a straight swap of a public landmark park for a chain eatery. Eight people have signed this thing — eight – including one (assumed) parody account named Mayor Michael Nutter, who is in love with the plan. So, why is Wilson on this crusade? Uh, the reasons are interesting:

Like a lot of people im sick of the patriarchy and its time we take control and rid ourselves of the perversion that is “love park” and adopt the more appropriate ideals of applebee’s. i mean just look at the hideous image that plagues our city:ugh. see you tomorrow!

What’s actually interesting, from a real news side of things, is that LOVE Park is very much in the process of, for lack of a better term and in the spirit of the argument, not sucking.

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3-D Billboards in Center City? Company Presents their Vision to the Planning Commission

Screenshot of Outdoor Catalyst's Philadelphia UEDs  video.

Screenshot of Outdoor Catalyst’s Philadelphia UEDs video.

Nothing is set in stone yet, but if things go according to one advertising company’s plans, Center City could get closer to taking on a “digital district” look not unlike a mini-Times Square (We have digital displays on the Lit. Brothers building now, after all).

PlanPhilly’s Jared Brey reports Catalyst Outdoor had an informational presentation before the Planning Commission on Tuesday regarding their proposal to build “three-dimensional digital billboards in a few corners of Center City.” In addition to featuring regular ads, these “Urban Experiential Displays” would “promote local nonprofit organizations, share news and ‘infotainment,’ and carry police and municipal alerts.” (You can see a video of their vision here.)

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Jaw Dropper of the Week: The Magical Maison du Riviera in New Hope

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Back in November, we brought you the exclusive sneak peek listing of this stunning $3.99M-rated riverfront estate in New Hope. Believe it or not, that price was a steal. Officially dubbed Maison de Riviera, the mansion on the river is now listed at $4.195M. Let’s get into some of the details, shall we?

Enter the property through either mahogany security gate and you’re instantly impressed by the landscaping and hardscaping that surround the home. Head around back to the bluestone patio and you’ll be taken aback by the uninterrupted views of the Delaware River–they don’t get much better. Well, they do when you’re throwing a party on that very patio with an outdoor grill and kitchen while hanging by the stone fireplace. Or do it one better by dippin’ your toes into the waters–after all, the house has stairs that lead straight to the banks of the Delaware, and a retaining wall that’s above the floodplain to protect you from it.

While most of us could happily live on the luxurious confines of its outdoor space (we’d love that kitchen inside our home), it’s quite possible that the inside is even better. After all, beauty is on the inside.

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On the Market: Fabulous Queen Village Abode with Four-Level Elevator!

All TREND photos via BHHS Fox & Roach - Bryn Mawr.

All TREND photos via BHHS Fox & Roach – Bryn Mawr.

Let me just say it: it would be a huge surprise if this home lags on the market for an extended period of time. Its four bedrooms, finished basement, slew of amenities, and additional office/playroom area make it, in our opinion, an excellent option for anyone looking to set up base in a roomy townhouse situated in a neighborhood WalkScore dubs a walker and biker’s paradise.

And what amenities it has! In addition to offering garage parking, intercom system, and three separate outdoor spaces (the master suite has a private patio), the six-year-old home has a working elevator that stops on all four floors. In the kitchen, a breakfast bar has its place alongside stainless steel Viking appliances and granite countertops. Nearby, are the family room with eastern-facing windows (i.e. sunrise views) and formal dining room with French doors opening to a deck.

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Morning Headlines: Office High-Rise on South Broad For Sale; Are Condos in Its Future?

Photo via Google Street View.

Photo via Google Street View.

The Horace Trumbauer-designed high-rise at 230 South Broad is on the market, according to Natalie Kostelni at the Philadelphia Business Journal. The 22-story building, which counts the Bellevue and Academy of Music as its neighbors, offers 216,000 square feet of potential office or residential space, an important distinction to make given the slight price disparity between both markets:

A rough estimate of how much it could trade for today pegs a price at about $150 a square foot, or more than $32 million. However, that calculation changes if a prospective buyer eyes the building as a potential residential conversion. It has been considered a good target for a condo or apartment use in the past because of its location, floorplates and layout.

Indeed, just yesterday we reported how Philadelphia’s office market was among the most affordable in the region. However, this difference with the residential market, investment broker Doug Rodio told Kostelni, isn’t a bad thing:

As the office market in the [Central Business District] continues to improve we have seen the price differential shrink between what a converter is willing to pay for a building and what an office owner is willing to pay for the same building,” said Doug Rodio, an investment broker with JLL. “I’d argue that this speaks more to the strength of the office market today rather than a softening of the conversion market.

230 S. Broad St. in Center City hits market [Business Journal]

In other news…

The Only List That Matters: Your Neighborhood As Girl Scout Cookies

West Philly, You're the Somoa/Caramel Delights | Image via Facebook

West Philly, You’re the Somoa/Caramel Delights | Image via Facebook

What’s the one thing on this planet that you love even more than your amazing Philadelphia neighborhood? Girl Scout Cookies. Well, guess what? Monica Weymouth just put together a ridiculously fun read that examines which one of your time-treasured treats best represents to your beloved slice of Philadelphia. Here’s but a taste of the goodness.

Fishtown and the Cranberry Citrus Crisp:

Overly precious and a bit self-satisfied, the Cranberry Citrus Crisp is the new whole-grain Girl Scout cookie — excuse us, “crisp” — that’s been liberated from high-fructose corn syrup and artificial colors, flavors and sweeteners. Only in Fishtown could a fucking cookie act like it was this much better than you.

Which Girl Scout Cookie Best Represents Your Philly Neighborhood? [Philly Mag]

Yet Another Reason Philly is Awesome: Affordable Office Space!

We’ve been having our fun in the spotlight for the past few days, so we’ll just tag this mini pro-Philly tidbit onto the Philly Is Awesome train: Select Greater Philadelphia says we have the lowest monthly rates for office and industrial spaces compared to other Northeast metros like D.C., Boston, and, of course, New York:

For Class A space, Greater Philadelphia square footage is less than 60% of the cost of New York making Greater Philadelphia the best bargain in the largest Northeast metro areas.

The company also claims the Greater Philly Area has the “ninth-lowest median home price among the 15 largest U.S. metropolitan areas.”

Best Value in Office Space in the Northeast U.S. [Select Greater Philadelphia]

Living On a Neverending Cruise: Condo for Sale at the Dockside

All TREND photos via Redfin.

All TREND photos via Redfin.

It’s more than just the cruise ship shadows the Residences at the Dockside casts from certain angles. Inside of this two-bedroom unit for example, the apartment has something of a luxury passenger liner air to it. (We’re sure this lady knows what we mean.)

Perhaps this can be credited to its designers, the unit’s current owners, who have festooned the condo with several upgrades and designer touches. Features worthy of mention include custom window treatments, hardwood floors, chef’s kitchen with granite counters and stainless steel appliances, and carpeting in both bedrooms of which one (the master suite, obviously) boasts a double vanity, spa tub, and separate shower.

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Projects Bubbling Up in Brewerytown in 2015

Photo credit: Julia Rowe via Flickr.

Photo credit: Julia Rowe via Flickr.

Looks like Tacony isn’t the only neighborhood fixing for a revival. The Brewerytown boosters at MM Partners recently sent out a report of the projects they have in store for the growing ‘hood. The list, which you can read in full here, includes everything from the upcoming Turnkey Startups co-working space to plans to deck out the area with public art.

But as this is a real estate blog, after all, below you’ll find the developments we’re most looking forward to in the area:

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