On the Market: Danny Seo’s Bucks County Stunner

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Photo via Kurfiss Sotheby’s International

Reading, Pa. native Danny Seo is a male, environmentally conscious Martha Stewart — if Martha Stewart were busier than she is and not an ex-felon. He’s a published book author. He has a syndicated column called “Do Just One Thing.” He has a line of home products is sold at TJ Maxx, Marshalls and HomeGoods. He’s a Today show regular. He makes organic wines, and sells his bath products and fragrances on the Home Shopping Network. He’s a spokesperson for a couple companies. And now he’s a magazine publisher, with the first issue of Naturally, Danny Seo out this month.

As an introduction to Seo, the magazine features his Bucks County “glass house,” which is a mid-century modern-style beauty — a little Kahn-inspired jewel in the woods. An interview with him about the house does more to explain its appeal than any listing could. A few excerpts:

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Morning Headlines: Flipping the Conventional Wisdom on Renters

Photo by Michelle W. via Flickr.

Photo by Michelle W. via Flickr.

Kellie Patrick Gates parses a hefty city planning commission survey at PlanPhilly this morning. Among the findings that might surprise you if you still subscribe to antiquated notions about renters: they are “highly committed” to their neighborhoods; many choose to rent despite their ability to buy; and the most highly committed renters in Philly appear to live outside Center City.

Among the findings that night not surprise you:

Other factors that respondents said kept them from buying included some Philadelphia-specific criticisms: School quality (31 percent), taxes (29 percent), the feeling they could get more house for less money outside the city (27 percent).

The report also found that Center City renters love exactly what you think they’d love. Restaurants, amenities and walkability. Renters in neighborhoods outside Center City cited closeness to friends and family as behind their decisions to rent where they do.

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Wee Price Cut: Exquisite Lane’s End Estate

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If you were waiting for the price to go down on Lane’s End Farm, have we got good news for you. The rustic estate whose long tree-lined road could make, as Shannon Rooney noted, “even the hardiest of city dwellers among us feel a pang,” has had its price reduced! Well, reduced only by $355,000, but still.

The property includes a main house, pool, stone barn, two cottages, and a collection of garages and other out-buildings. Gallery below.

THE FINE PRINT
Beds: 5
Baths: 4 full, 1 half
Square feet: 5,770
Price: $2,895,000

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Contemporary Chestnut Hill Manse Bordering Philadelphia Cricket Club

TREND photo courtesy BHHS Fox & Roach.

TREND photo courtesy BHHS Fox & Roach.

The listing for this contemporary estate in Chestnut Hill pegs its construction somewhere around 1974. Which would make it about 120 years younger than its closest neighbor, the Philadelphia Cricket Club. Like its neighbor, the home features lots of lush green land and plenty of 215 cachet.

The home features five bedrooms and three full baths on just more than an acre of land. Glass doors and wall-sized windows allow plenty of light but the secluded setting ensures privacy. The kitchen is ringed with custom cabinets and also includes a large center island and top-of-the-line appliances like a six-burner Viking stove. A two-story addition makes room for a garden room, family room, TV room and sun room (in another house, these four rooms would be the same). The master suite includes a private bath with a sauna and six enormous closets.
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Morning Headlines: More Info On Planned W / Element Hotels Coming Next Week

Photo by Sandy Smith via the Philadelphia Real Estate Blog.

1441 Chestnut. Photo by Sandy Smith via the Philadelphia Real Estate Blog.

According to PlanPhilly’s Jared Brey, the developers of the planned W and Element Hotels at 15th and Chestnut (currently a parking lot) don’t need zoning variances to build their project. For this reason, their meeting with the Center City Residents Association next week, where they will present their new designs, will be for informational purposes only.

Here’s what to expect of the double tower:

According to a description shared with PlanPhilly by an attorney working on the project, the hotels will have a total of 755 rooms. There will be 295 rooms in the four-star W Hotel, and 460 rooms in the three-star, extended-stay Element by Westin. The entire hotel operation will be managed by Starwood, a Connecticut-based hospitality company.

The project will also include more than 1,700 square feet of retail space on the ground floor at the corner of 15th and Chestnut. The developer, Brook Lenfest, is seeking LEED Certification for the building.

Lenfest, if you recall, caused waves last year when he requested (and got) $33 million in tax breaks for the project.

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Wilmington Mansion With Its Own Waterpark

This is one of those family backyards that are always occupied. Always. Take a look at what basically amounts to a water park in the gallery and you’ll see what I mean. But even without that popular area, the Delaware manse might seduce buyers anyway.

Traditional hardwoods are featured strongly throughout the home, save for the front-to-back foyer, which boasts checkered marble flooring instead. The living room leads into a coffered-ceiling sunroom and an office with cherry millwork. Mansion-style amenities include a fireplace in the master bath; a computer nook; a billiards room; and a stocked bar. From the kitchen (custom cabinetry, granite countertops, double Sub Zero fridge and Miele dishwasher) there’s access to two rooms: 1) a family room with vaulted ceiling, built-ins, and wood burning stove; and 2) a breakfast room with vaulted ceiling and view of the water park — well, they don’t call it that, but they do say it’s “resort-like”. There’s a waterfall, slide, winter hot tub, fire pit, outdoor kitchen, travertine patio and custom pergola, among other resort touches.

Gallery below.

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Urgent Staging Assistance Needed

Is it not possible to simply go in and just stuff a bunch of the items pictured into a garbage bag? I mean, there are homes being offered for less than $14,000 that have dignified photos, even foreclosures.

The listings copy reads:

Investor special on North Philly row home! This property is NOT a shell but does need some cleanout & cosmetics. Great opportunity for a long term buy & hold. Property is being sold as is.



Defense For June Building Collapse May Call Nutter Staff As Witnesses

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Fifty prospective witnesses may be called to testify after the defense in the June 2013 building collapse asked Judge Benjamin Lerner to schedule an expedited trial. Mayor Nutter was included on the filed list, which was drawn up by the attorney’s of Sean Benschop and Griffin Campbell, both of who are currently in prison.

Representing Benschop and Campbell, respectively, are Daine A. Grey Jr. and William D. Hobson. Benschop had been the hired excavator operator in the demoliton and Campbell, the contractor.

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Morning Headlines: Home Values In Greater Philadelphia Area Have Gone Up, And Expected to Keep Rising

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The national average for home values may be $174,800, but Philly’s is higher. Here, the median home value is $199,200, a number which Zillow says is the result of a sneaky 3.3% spike every year.

According to the report, Greater Philadelphia Area home values are 13.9% higher than the rest of the country. Using this data, Zillow predicts a 0.9% rise in area home prices “over the next year (July 2014-July 2015)”.

Philadelphia home values up 4.6 percent in past year, says Zillow [Business Journal]

In other news…

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Perfect Starter Home for Taney Dragon Starters

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There are a number of homes for sale in the vicinity of Markward Playground, aka, THE PLACE WHERE THE TANEY LITTLE LEAGUE TEAM WAS BORN, but for families with children (or soon to have children), the inventory right now is somewhat limited. Enter this recently renovated three-bedroom, which is basically perfect for an adult/child combo. Here’s why:

1. Garage parking
2. Neighborhood public school: Greenfield. Neighborhood private school: The Philadelphia School.
3. Right near Fitler Square and Schuylkill River Park
4. Close to Children’s Hospital, in case someone puts a penny up his nose
5. SEPTA bus runs nearby
6. Two bathrooms
7. Street is small so there’s not much traffic

Other perks that have nothing to do with children include a wood burning fireplace, large private deck, hardwood floors, back patio, and central air. And: IT’S RIGHT NEAR THE HOME OF THE SOON-TO-BE LITTLE LEAGUE CHAMPIONS OF THE WORLD!!!!

Check out the gallery below.

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