Cliff Lee Just Listed His Condo at 1706 Rittenhouse for Almost $7 Million

MLB: Spring Training-Boston Red Sox at Philadelphia Phillies

Cliff Lee. Photo | Tommy Gilligan-USA TODAY Sports, Home Photos: Nancy Nolan Photographs/Laurie Phillips Real Estate

While uncertainty surrounds the future of Cliff Lee on the baseball diamond, two things are certain for the Phillies ace. One, his full-floor condo at 1706 Rittenhouse is now on the market for a downright filthy $6.9 million. Two, the place is gorgeous–plain and simple.

We’re not sure if the southpaw had a hand in decorating the spacious pad, but it’s certainly not the typical digs of an athlete. You’ll understand when you see the gallery below.

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Headlines: Wynnewood’s Historic William Penn Inn Saved

Do you remember feeling a stiff breeze on the night of April 15 around the area of Wynnewood? It wasn’t due to a tornado watch, it was the collective sigh of relief from those preservation advocates trying to save the historic William Penn Inn on East Lancaster Avenue in Lower Merion Township.

Built in 1799 by Joseph Price, the inn was set to be demolished in favor for a denser residential development by Rayer Builders. The Main Line Times reports the unanimous vote last Thursday granted “conditional use relief and approve a preliminary plan of land development for the property.” The inn will be restored and house condominiums and three new single-family homes will be built on the site.

As part of conditional use approval, the inn’s developer, William Penn Inn Partners, will place a permanent conservation covenant on the structure. Previously listed as a Class 2 historic resource, it was subject to demolition after a maximum 90-day delay.


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Urban Outfitters’ ‘Lifestyle Village’ in Devon Could Take First Step Forward

An artist's rendering of preliminary plans for Urban Outfitters' $100 million Devon Yard complex, as viewed from the northeast. (Image courtesy of Urban Outfitters)

From 2013: An artist’s rendering of preliminary plans for Urban Outfitters’ $100 million Devon Yard complex, as viewed from the northeast. (Image courtesy of Urban Outfitters)

It looks like a big-time project in the ‘burbs will soon be awakened from its slumber. Developers Waterloo Devon L.P. (an Eli Kahn company), along with Urban Outfitters (URBN) and Anthropologie, will head before the Easttown Township Planning Commission to seek a recommendation for an amendment to the zoning code that would ultimately allow the Devon Yard project to move forward under a special Overlay District on the site at Lancaster Avenue and Devon Boulevard. The public meeting will be held on April 27 at 7 p.m. at the Hilltop House, 570 Beaumont Road, Devon.

Back in 2013, the development team announced a lifestyle village what would include retail, another garden center, multiple restaurants and a boutique hotel called the Devon Inn, the “driver” of the community. Until recently, those plans haven’t really gone anywhere, but they have appeared to have changed a bit. Read more »

Updated Victorian In Art Museum Area Includes Room-to-Room Intercom

TREND photos via Redfin

TREND photos via Redfin

We don’t know about you, but “meticulously maintained and improved upon over the years,” is exactly how we’d like to hear our potential Victorian home was treated like in the time leading up to new ownership. Fortunately, that’s how this listing illustrates the home at 2030 Wallace Street, a property that’s had the same two owners for the past thirty-eight years.

Some features that stuck out to us? How about a marble vestibule, ornate moldings, built-in bookshelves, and an abundance of paneled storage. Plus, marble counter tops are included in the rustic exposed brick kitchen, while one of the house mantles can be found in the dining room. An intercom system allows for room-to-room communication, and is even connected to the doorbell.

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Spotted in Graduate Hospital: Guys, This Contemporary Home Has a Car Lift!

TREND photos via Redfin

TREND photos via Redfin

Typically, when a listing claims anything above two bathrooms, we assume at least one of them is a half bath. In this case, this pristine townhouse on S Chadwick Street has four, none of which are powder rooms. Not only that, but the 3,700-square space includes a garage with a car lift, which basically means, as developer/owner Steve Shklovsky points out, you can “drive onto the ramp, press a button,” and voilà.

He also tells us this part of the home can have “up to two SUVs,” just FYI to all your drivers out there.

Interior-wise, the property is one regaled in wide-plank walnut flooring and a steel floating staircase. It has 10-foot ceilings (with the exception of the living room, which has an over 20-foot ceiling) complemented by floor-to-ceiling Anderson windows. Miele and Thermador appliances–including the range and double convection ovens–have been integrated into the high-end Porcelanosa kitchen (did you just get shivers too?), while German fixtures and a double-floating vanity with integrated sinks can be found in the master bath, a room boasting both a Jacuzzi and floating toilet with bidet.

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Can New Developer Mentorship Program ‘Jumpstart’ Germantown?

Boarded up house on West Rockland Street in Germantown | Photo: Emaleigh Doley

Boarded up house on West Rockland Street in Germantown | Photo: Emaleigh Doley

Amidst the hoopla of the renovations and rebranding of The Gallery, a new flagship Wawa and some fuss about parking in South Philly, developer Ken Weinstein launched a program last week that could have an immediate and lasting impact on a struggling area in the Great Northwest riddled with blighted properties that have long-plagued the neighborhood.

Weinstein officially kicked off his “Jumpstart Germantown” mentorship and training program aimed at empowering small scale and novice developers with the know-how and funds to buy and renovate as many of those run down houses as quickly as possible. The “ripple effect”–as he put it–would be that the community of Germantown stabilizes, one rehabbed house at a time. It also wouldn’t hurt to get a lot of these properties back on the city’s tax rolls. There’s only one catch for the free program: applicants must have some connection to Germantown.

There are three points  of emphasis with Jumpstart Germantown: Mentoring, Networking and Funding. Since the program started on Wednesday, Weinstein said they have already gotten 12 applications and expects somewhere in the neighborhood of “50 to 60″ by the time the first class of eight developers is selected on May 13. “We have a preference for women and minority developers,” said Weinstein, the president of Philly Office Retail, a development company focusing on commercial real estate. Read more »

Main Line Monday: Pat Croce’s Former Villanova Estate Now Without Jolly Roger Chairs

All images via the Sivel Group.

All images via the Sivel Group.

If you were expecting some of its more elaborately marked furnishings, we’re sorry to say that those are pretty much all gone. (Should have made time to go to that auction, huh?) But even if his pirate memorabilia has been anchored in somebody else’s living room, that doesn’t mean Pat Croce’s former estate is without any other distinctive–and more appealing?–features.

Case in point, the grounds, which contain a a number of stone and slate terraces, a large in-ground pool, stone pool house, and lighted tennis court. Inside, the main house’s two-story center hall comes with a butterfly staircase and inlaid marble floors. Nearby, the living room opens out to a covered patio. A “handsomely-paneled study” offers handcrafted bookcases and a fireplace.

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Headlines: Could We Soon Live in The Navy Yard?

Rendering of the Navy Yard Master Plan. By PIDC via Technically Philly.

Rendering of the Navy Yard Master Plan. By PIDC via Technically Philly.

The Philadelphia Industrial Development Corporation (PIDC) has confirmed that they have been in talks with the Navy about renegotiating deed restrictions that would allow for residential development to occur within the ever-booming Navy Yard. The Inquirer reports that it could be up to 1.5 million square-feet, or 1,000 to 1,500 units, in the initial phase. It’s still early in the process, but it looks like the plans include renovating the historic buildings on the site into mixed-use apartment complexes catering towards the younger, hipper set that works are GlaxoSmithKline and URBN. Much like with Liberty Property Trust’s business park development, future residential opportunities would go through a request for proposal process.

PlanPhilly’s Jon Geeting reports that much of the continued growth at the Yard could hinge on two things, residential development and expanded transportation: “With 11,500 daily workers, and projections of 1,000 more per year, less space-intensive transportation options are needed if the military base-turned-office park is to keep growing at the current rate.” So, it’s either pony up the dough for more buses or extend the Broad Street Line (not likely anytime soon), or you could always let people live near their workplace–a major advantage in Center City and University City.

PIDC “hopes” to start the RFP process sometime in the summer.

More Headlines, Including Wacky-waving, Inflatable Arm-flailing Tube Person!

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City House of the Week: St. Peter’s Way Stunner With Treehouse-Like Backyard

Images by TREND via BHHS Fox & Roach–Center City, Rittenhouse Hotel

Images by TREND via BHHS Fox & Roach–Center City, Rittenhouse Hotel

Ranging from the historically significant to starchitect-designed, Society Hill is jam packed with glorious homes at the upper reaches of the city’s price range. One of the best ways to take in these beautiful dwellings is to simply walk the variety of streets in the neighborhood. Some, like Delancey or Panama Street are quiet and captivating. Larger arteries like Pine Street or 3rd Street, for example, offer a blend of old and new with bike lanes, horse-drawn carriage tours and historic homes.

Others, like St. Peter’s Way, are part of a series of meandering walking paths through the almost-hidden heart of the city. This beautiful home at 319 Pine Street is at its gateway, and while it’s sat upon a walk named after holy men with historic churches at its beginning and end – Saint Peter’s Episcopal at Pine and Old Saint Joseph’s on Willings Alley – rest assured that this is one hell of a property. Read more »

Property’s Photo of the Week: Spring Dreams on Lemon Hill

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This morning may have started out on the rainy side, but it’s since pulled itself together into something resembling the glorious day captured in this Instagram photo from two days ago. Doesn’t it just make you want to go out and do everything you can this weekend?

We can’t wait to see what other #phillyscape photos you guys come up with for next week!

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