WATCH: City Hall Drone Footage Captures Rarely-Seen View of William Penn

Credit: Chad Aaronson / JerseyDrone

Credit: Chad Aaronson / JerseyDrone

Don’t know about you, but we don’t remember ever seeing William Penn from this angle!

We’re talking, of course, about the Penn statue that sits atop City Hall. Thanks to Chad Aaronson, the guy behind Jersey Drone, we got a sweeping view of our city’s seat of government and its long-standing silent icon in a drone video that Aaronson filmed two days ago. Funnily enough, the cool vid wouldn’t have happened if it weren’t for… well, we’ll let him explain.

“I actually did not go to Philly with the intention of filming City Hall,” he told Property. “My original plan was to get some footage of the SS United States, however I could not get permission from the security guards to fly there. So, the next best thing was a cool building.”

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Jaw Dropper of the Week: Stained Glass Skylight Residence in Society Hill

TREND images via Zillow/Coldwell Banker Preferred.

TREND images via Zillow/Coldwell Banker Preferred.

Entering this c.1865 Society Hill townhouse (figuratively speaking – we used the gallery below), one is met with a foyer leading into the formal living and dining rooms, where intricate crown molding, original pine floors, and 12-foot high ceilings festoon the spaces.

Add to that marble fireplaces and built-in cabinets, the four-bedroom manse is one of those fierce golden oldies rivaling even its younger, hipper brethren.

It keeps up with the times thanks to a slew of meticulous updates, some of which are clearly seen in the kitchen. Here, a marble island and 6 burner Viking gas stove and griddle reside alongside an over-sized fridge and built-in stainless steel dishwasher and microwave. What’s more, it has garden access via sliding glass doors.

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Sky-High Condos Aren’t the Only Piece of Two Liberty Place That’s For Sale

Last time we checked in on Two Liberty Place, we took you behind the scenes for an inside peek at the ongoing construction and newly completed (and spectacular) model residential units. While one of those puppies will set you back anywhere between $800,000 and over $2,500,000, they’re not the only chunk of the building that’s currently on the market.

According to a report from Jacob Adelman of The Inquirer, Parkway Properties has put the office space up for sale as the Florida-based REIT looks “to focus on its core portfolio of assets in the southeastern United States.”

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Green Roof Incentive Bill Gets Thumbs Up From Council

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The newly opened Cira Green in University City sits atop a parking garage between the FMC Tower and evo apartment building like some sort of amazing proto-Jetsonian green space – and we’re dying to pay it a visit. At least, that’s how the photos (one of them included above) taken at the new public roof-top park make us feel.

What’s more, it has both built-in blue roof and green roof systems, which means stormwater management and grass and other greenery, respectively, will help reduce at least some of the negative environmental impact the buildings have. Managed stormwater runoff, for example, helps alleviate some of the pollution that enters our waterways.

As you can see, green roofs can be pretty beneficial, which is why it should come as little surprise that City Council’s Committee on Rules recently voted in favor of approving a bill that encourages developers building within RM-1, CMX-2, and CMX-2.5 districts to include them in their projects. Huzzah!

Introduced by Councilwoman Blondell Reynolds Brown, the bill would allow developers to build more than previously approved units within these designated zoning districts if – and only if – they include approved green roofs. Sayeth PlanPhilly:

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Michelangelo’s Tuscan Villa Is Available – Yes, That Michelangelo

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We get e-blast’s all the time from various national real estate and design sites promoting everything from the hottest bathroom tiles for [insert any season/holiday] to what celebrity has bought or sold whatever amazing house in a land far, far away. However, due to its historical importance (and the recent papal visit), one of these emails really caught our eye this week–even if it’s waaaay outside of our readership area.

The estate of Michelangelo di Lodovico Buonarroti Simoni, the legendary artist/polymath whose works include the ceiling of the Sistine Chapel and so much more, has hit the market for just over $8 million.

Villa Michelangelo is a 6-acre estate located in Tuscany, and yes, it’s just as dreamy as you might imagine. According to the listing from Handsome Properties International, Michelangelo originally purchased the property in 1549. He died in 1564, and it remained in the family until 1867. So, how do we know this is actually the historic Tuscan estate of The Divine One?

We’ll let TopTenRealEstateDeals (the sender of the aforementioned press release) take it away from here:

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Trinity Tuesday: Faux-Painted Wash West Home Evokes European Palaces

Image via Google Streetview

Image via Google Streetview

UPDATE:  A spokesperson from the Tobey Team at Coldwell Banker Preferred got back to us! And guess what? They had something better than hi-res photos. Behold this segment on HGTV‘s Small Space, Big Style. The clip reveals artist and homeowner in question of the unique house is local painter and muralist William Whiting.

See the home for yourself during the open house on Saturday between 11am and 1pm. Deets below.


We promise you we tried. But as of press time, we have yet to hear back from the agent after having request clearer, hi-res images of the home. We’ll update if and when they do come in, so be sure check back later. In the mean time, take a look at the photos that are available and listen to what caught our eye…

Cloistered on little South Delhi Street within a block bounded by 9th and 10th, and Locust and Spruce (map) in Washington Square West, this golden oldie is essentially a hidden gem. According to Zillow, it was built in 1865 and was recently put on the market last month. We’ll admit it looks to be in need of some TLC, but its present owner, a renowned muralist, has made sure to spruce it up where he can – namely, the decor.

“He has faux painted just about every surface in this home to resemble the Grand Places of Europe, but all on a compact living scale,” notes the listing. Indeed, it’s a must-see, which is why – hi-res or not – you should take a look at the gallery. What’s more, most of the furniture is for sale, so don’t hesitate to ask the owner should something (is that a puppet theatre box?) catch your eye.

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Beyond 500 Walnut: Scannapieco Plans Second “Ultra-Luxury” Enclave in New Hope

Here's the setup of the Residences at Rabbit Run Creek | via Scannapieco Development Corporation

Here’s the setup of the Residences at Rabbit Run Creek | via Scannapieco Development Corporation

500 Walnut isn’t yet out of the ground and Tom Scannapieco, president and CEO of Scannapieco Development Corporation, already has his sights on his next project, and it’s one that will bring him “full circle,” so to speak.

That’s right, the ultra-luxury developer is going back to New Hope in Bucks County, and this time it’s in the form of a 37-unit townhome project called The Residences at Rabbit Run Creek.

According to a recent press release, site work is already underway and phase one, which include the first 10 homes (including a model), will open sometime in “late spring 2016.” If you’re keeping score at home, that’s almost a full year before 500 Walnut opens its doors to high-end (and possibly the highest-of-end) buyers in the Philadelphia marketplace.

The 23-acre plot of land is located entirely in New Hope near the lower field at Pat Livezey Park, but it directly borders Solebury Township. Reports began to circulate in late August that site work was starting to take place, and a notice for rock blasting went out beginning in early September, according to Charlie Sahner of New Hope Free Press.

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Someone Has Bought Dana Spain’s Mediterranean Villa Home in South Philly

TREND photos via Redfin

TREND photos via Redfin

Holy moly, the day has finally come: someone has bought that mysterious manse at Fitzwater and Marshall Streets in Bella Vista.

But hold on a second there, reader. If you’ve been following along on Property, or have been one of the lucky people fortunate enough to have been invited to step foot inside the Mediterranean villa-inspired home, you’ve known exactly who’s lived there for the past few years: local developer and branding queen – not to mention Philadelphia Animal Welfare Society founder and former Philadelphia Style COO and would-be mayoral candidate – Dana Spain.

The Philly business maven originally listed her South Philly property early last year for a whopping $4.25 million. This past April, it was reduced to $3.75 million and, now, we’ve gotten word that the home got a third price cut, which eventually led to its purchase in a deal that closed on Friday.

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New Wave: Jumpstart Germantown’s Developer Mentorship Program off to Great Start

A man works inside a home on Boyer Street in Germantown | via Ken Weinstein

A man works inside a home on Boyer Street in Germantown | Images via Ken Weinstein

It’s been about eight months since we’ve checked in with developer Ken Weinstein regarding the Jumpstart Germantown program, an incubator of sorts for people looking to get their foot in the door of real estate development. Typically, we’re asking him about his various workings in private development through his company Philly Office Retail, but the success of the mentorship program has really started to take hold and make an impact.

“What’s really hit me about the program is how much pent up demand there is for people who want to be in economic development,” said Weinstein. He added that he wants to take that demand from mere “coffee table talk” to a reality.

Though it may not be one of the booming neighborhoods that ring Center City, Germantown is one of the most affordable (and historic) places in the city. Getting into town and around the region is a relative breeze, as it offers great access to nearby highways, two train lines and multiple bus routes. The neighborhood has a lot going for it, including a spruced up Vernon Park, a growing business district, and plenty of opportunity for those looking to responsibly redevelop the aging or vacant housing stock, an area in the neighborhood that’s in desperate need of reinvestment.

“Of all the things we’ve done in the last 10 years, Jumpstart Germantowwn is one of our most exciting projects,” beamed Weinstein, who administers the growing program with one other Philly Office Retail staffer. “It will have more impact than most anything else we’ve worked on.”

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Main Line Monday: Furness-Designed “Lynhurst” Going For $3.1 Million

TREND images via Zillow/BHHS Fox & Roach-Bryn Mawr

TREND images via Zillow/BHHS Fox & Roach-Bryn Mawr

Gosh, what a time to be alive. Originally part of the historic Knollbrook estate, Lynhurst was a three-year construction built at the behest of attorney I. Layton Register who would go on to use it at his summer residence. Given that it was the late 1800s (the stone manse was completed in 1890), Register was able to have its designer be none other than now legendary Philadelphia architect Frank Furness. Today, it’s listed for a cool $3.1 million.

As you’d imagine, the Main Line stunner is said to have retained its “impeccable architectural symmetry,” though it’s also in the way of offering a meticulously update interior, beginning with the kitchen, which has been recently renovated, along with the breakfast area. Here, built-in seating lends some charm to the pristine space, which comes with an ogee-edged center island and ample cabinetry.

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