The listing describes this Haverford estate as a “veritable country club,” and recommends a tour on the property’s golf cart. So let’s hop in for a virtual spin. Chilly out, isn’t it? Watch the hillocks of snow! Cruising the six acres of land here, you’ll see a lighted tennis court, a lighted basketball court, a pool with pool house, and a hot tub.
Over here, you’ll note a detached two-car garage to supplement the attached three-car garage. But let’s zip over to the guest house addition. If you’ve read the listing, you’ll know it’s currently serving as “the ultimate Man Cave” — and that’s especially so for sports fans. There are eight TVs on the wall, a bar, a kitchen, and a locker room that has a TV over the urinal; never miss a minute!
To buy or to rent? Chances are the latter seems like the safer option. Yet, according to a recent analysis by Trulia, homebuyers may be making the more economic choice — at least in Philadelphia, where the housing market has steadied in recent years.
When comparing the city’s median home and rent prices, the real estate website discovered Philly homeowners would be paying 48% less than if they were leasing for seven years. That’s under the national average where homeowners save close to 38%.
After a year off the market, this Gladwyne property has been relisted at $1.25 million. You may recognize it from its features in Bon Appetit and Main Line Today.
The home features formal spaces including a be-muraled parlor and a fireside library. The dining room is ringed by custom cabinetry by Van Heynecker, and similarly luxurious finishes complete the gourmet kitchen (which also features its own fireplace). The formal living room boasts another fireplace and set of built-ins. The family room offers heated tile flooring and a grand glass roof. Upstairs, the master suite includes two bathrooms of its own and – of course – its own fireplace. The third story bedroom includes a cedar closet, sauna and shower.
Condos at the Tivoli townhouse development tend to fly under the radar. If we had to guess why, we’d say that particular block of Hamilton is pretty quiet and sometimes forgotten. But considering the slew of developments in that end of town, Tivoli may be preparing for some additional foot traffic.
This unit is 3,000 square feet (the technical term for that in condo living is actually ginormous) and includes parking for two cars, two balconies and an entire master suite wing. The master wing includes a library with its own balcony as well as a huge walk-in closet and bathroom. Don’t fret about where to store your wine because in addition to the gourmet kitchen, there is a separate wine/bar area.
This unusual Fishtown building has a huge living space and a vast 30×76 workspace, as well as a full-height basement. The pretty, decorative facade doesn’t lead one to expect what’s now a utilitarian workshop on the first floor — the kind of area that can be left alone for builders and creators who come to the neighborhood for just this kind of space, or turned into a living area, like the one upstairs.
That living space has been warmed up with parachute ceilings, which are a silky, curvy I Dream of Jeanie contrast to the harder materials used in the custom-built kitchen (love, love, love) and the cast concrete bathroom (love, love, love). Asking price? $550,000.
Once a 23-acre industrial site belonging to the DuPont Company, the building space at 34th and Grays Ferry Ave. is now the University of Pennsylvania’s “Pennovation Center,” a 200,000-square-foot mixed-use facility serving as innovation quarters for new businesses and tech startups.
The property is part of Penn’s South Bank project, an extension of their UPStart program.
Delancey Street zigzags east to west through Philadelphia and we are of the opinion that just about every block of it is near perfect. The blocks around Rittenhouse Square get a lot of press, but West Philly Delancey is lovely and Society Hill is no slouch, either.
This corner home has been on the market just shy of two weeks. It features a fireplace made from original Pennsylvania blue marble that dates back to 1831. The fireplaces and built-in cabinetry throughout are excellent period details but the kitchen truly stands out. The copper hood, exposed beams and brick hearth combine for a striking colonial effect. But of course the kitchen is full of modern luxuries and high-end appliances.
It wouldn’t be fair to say that Matt Pestronk — one half of the development team the Post Brothers — is taking pleasure in witnessing the legal difficulties faced by the Ironworkers union. He hasn’t said anything of the kind. But given his own struggles with the building trades, he can’t be unmoved by recent developments.
After all, his own business is still hampered by ongoing legal entanglements with the unions, which he talks about here with WPHT’s Dom Giordano:
Rittenhouse Square: where the stately elm trees are almost as old as the 19th-century homes and where a fully finished basement level is marketed not just as an in-law suite but as potential au-pair quarters.
This nearly 6,000-square-foot home features four floors above ground as well as the underground suite. There are seven bedrooms with five full baths and a powder room. Of course any home in Rittenhouse worth its salt also includes a library and a garden, and this one comes with its own 100-year-old elm.
Image of Paseo Verde apartment house via Paseo Verde website.
In her latest column, Inquirer architecture critic Inga Saffron writes about the new North Philadelphia development Paseo Verde, calling it “a trifecta of socially responsible development.” And it achieves what seems almost impossible: it “makes peace with gentrification.” If development around Ninth and Berks were to follow “the usual Philadelphia script,” says Saffron, there would be two possibilities:
Either the neighborhood would surrender to developers and allow a construction free-for-all. Or, it would dig in, using its political power to hold onto the acres of vacant land in the hope that someone, some day, might build subsidized housing.
Instead residents found a third, and better, way…
The four-story apartment house makes peace with gentrification by accepting high-end, modern apartments as a fact of life. But it also ensures that longtime residents will have a good place to live if the area takes off and prices spike.
To achieve that tricky balance, nearly half of Paseo Verde’s 129 units are set aside for low-income residents at reduced rents. The other 67 go for market rates. After a quiet opening in the fall, Paseo Verde is now home to a mix of Temple University students, professionals, and low-wage workers.