First-Time Find: Pleasance in Point Breeze for $230K

1742 S. 24th St., Philadelphia, Pa. 19145 | TREND images via Coldwell Banker Preferred

1742 S. 24th St., Philadelphia, Pa. 19145 | TREND images via Coldwell Banker Preferred

It’s been over thirty years since the last time this Point Breeze rowhome was on the market – but thanks to a complete remodel by the owner, the property looks anything but dated.

Located on a tree-lined block close to South Philadelphia, even the exterior of this home is unique. Different from its neighbors, it features Permastone siding that contrasts nicely with its other black detailing. Read more »

Luxe Loft in NoLibs for $639.9K

1147 N. 4th St., Philadelphia, Pa. 19123 | Photos: Daniel Sandoval, The Somers Team

1147 N. 4th St., Philadelphia, Pa. 19123 | Photos: Daniel Sandoval, The Somers Team

Are you the type who drools over the high-tech industrial aesthetic?

Have we got a home for you.

One of the finest examples of that style in the city, a spacious, bi-level corner penthouse condo in Northern Liberties’ Cigar Factory, is now on the market.

Its chic factor is through the wood-beamed, steel-supported roof, enhanced by exposed ductwork and brick walls, a spiral staircase and a super-sleek Eurostyle kitchen in the open main living space. Read more »

Trinity Tuesday: A Double Feature in Wash West for $599K

1245 Lombard St., Philadelphia, Pa. 19147 | Images courtesy of Space & Company

1245 Lombard St., Philadelphia, Pa. 19147 | Images courtesy of Space & Company

We’ve said it once and we’ll say it again – for this double trinity in Washington Square West, it’s all about the details.

It’s been just over two years since we featured this home the last time it was on the market. As indicated by the price increase since then, it has undergone some updates both extensively (shout out to the new kitchen) and minimally (the backyard has been cleaned up, amongst other things).

Celebrating its 100th birthday in 2017, the townhouse still maintains some of its finest original details like pine floors, moldings, two functioning fireplaces, and a (maybe not-so-fine) traditional trinity staircase. Alternatively, it also boasts fresh features like central air and a gourmet kitchen. Read more »

Apartments Proposed Atop Ardmore Christian Science Reading Room

The Christian Science Reading Room on Rittenhouse Place in Ardmore would get a two-story apartment building on top under a proposal submitted to Lower Merion's historical review board. | Google Street View image

The Christian Science Reading Room on Rittenhouse Place in Ardmore would get a two-story apartment building on top under a proposal submitted to Lower Merion’s historical review board. | Google Street View image

Developers Chris and Ryan Tobin want to join the parade of builders adding apartments to downtown Ardmore. Their modest proposal, however, would add two stories to a one-story historic building, so it got referred to the Lower Merion Historical Architecture Review Board.

The Main Line Times reports that the board voted to send the developers back to the drawing board to address concerns about the project’s design and its effect on neighboring structures. Read more »

Who’s Building Philly: David Perlman

PRDC Properties prides itself on delivering value to aspirational buyers and renters. | Photo: Brandon Morrison, PRDC Properties

PRDC Properties prides itself on delivering value to aspirational buyers and renters. | Photo: Brandon Morrison, PRDC Properties

One thing that David Perlman’s former line of work and his current one have in common is this:

He specializes in renewing old things.

Back in 2002, those things were cars. At the time, he ran a chain of auto-parts stores called Royal Auto. But even then, he said, real estate was on his mind.

“I’ve always dabbled in real estate, from New York to Pennsylvania,” he said.

But in 2002, the auto-parts magnate decided to recast his lot as a real estate developer.

He did it, he said, because he saw a hole in the market no one else was filling.

That hole was “the need to deliver quality housing at a reasonable price.” Read more »

Historical Commission Kicks Jewelers Row Can Down the Road Again

The historic status of the buildings at 704-08 Sansom St. remains up in the air after Friday's Historical Commission meeting. | Photo: Oscar Beisert

The historic status of the buildings at 704-08 Sansom St. remains up in the air after Friday’s Historical Commission meeting. | Photo: Oscar Beisert

After an hour of contentious debate and impassioned pleas from local preservationists, the Philadelphia Historical Commission voted 8-3 to continue postponing a final decision on adding the threatened structures at 704 and 706-08 Sansom Street to the city historic register until the status of Toll Brothers’ demolition permit applications is resolved.

Plan Philly’s report on the commission meeting noted that there was sentiment on the committee as well as among the preservationists who attended to rule on the merits of the applications anyway, even with the demolition permits in dispute. That way, commission Chairman Robert Thomas said, they would be protected should Toll’s demolition permits fall through. Read more »

Main Line Monday: Blissful Seclusion in Penn Valley for $1.55M

952 Summit Rd., Penn Valley, Pa. 19072 | TREND images via BHHS Fox & Roach

952 Summit Rd., Penn Valley, Pa. 19072 | TREND images via BHHS Fox & Roach

Who doesn’t like a little extra privacy these days?

Walk through the private gate of this 1880 farmhouse and enter into your own secluded oasis.

Even before stepping foot inside the property, you will be taken aback by its awesome exterior features. The front porch was designed to resemble a classic farm-style porch, and looks like something straight out of a movie – we can only imagine how peaceful it would be to sip our morning coffee on it (sigh). The landscaped property itself is fully fenced and features a vegetable garden and a saltwater pool. Read more »

The Divine Lorraine, Reborn

Maybe it’s the ornate arrangement of windows and balconies. Or the neon sign that loomed dark for 15 years. Or the courtyard that splits the building in half, blurring the lines between inside and out. Or maybe it’s all these things that have made the 122-year-old Divine Lorraine Hotel on North Broad Street one of the most remarked-upon works of architecture in Philadelphia, on everyone’s short list of favorite buildings. Just look at it, and thank divinity itself it was saved from the wrecking ball. Below, developer Eric Blumenfeld shares some of what it took to renovate the building, which will reopen as apartments early this year. Read more »

Single and Looking for Love in Philly? You’re In Luck

Pixabay.com

Pixabay.com

If you fear your impending “singleness” this upcoming Valentine’s Day, stop it right now. You’re not alone – apparently a large portion of your fellow Philadelphians are single too.

According to a new report by Trulia (and yes, we’re referring to the online residential real estate site and not some sketchy online dating service), about 58.4 percent of men and 65 percent of women are single in Philadelphia. What’s more, these percentages are higher than any other city in the country.

The report, entitled Where to Live and Let Love Find You, examined U.S. Census data and the dating pool in 100 of the largest metro areas in America. “Single,” as Trulia uses it, refers to anyone age 21 or older who has never been married or was formerly married.

But the report doesn’t just stop at the total number of singles in each city – it gets even more specific and looks at the age range of these singles, how many hours they usually work, how much education they have, and if they have ever been married. Here’s what it found for Philadelphia: Read more »

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