SOLD: NBC Universal CEO’s Rittenhouse Home


Photo: Drew Callaghan

Steve Burke, the “still handsome” former COO of Comcast and now CEO of NBC Universal, has finally sold his exquisite home at 1817 Delancey Street — or it’s under contract, at any rate.

Burke bought the six-bedroom townhome with elevator and two-car garage in 2010 for $5.85 million from Acorn Development, which had purchased the home in 2004 for $2.45 million, renovated it, and listed it for $6.6 million. When he decided to put the home up for sale in 2013, the first asking price was $5.6 million, but that was reduced to $5.2 million and then $4.75 million.

Gallery below.

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SOLD: Delancey Street Home Finally Sells After a Few Price Cuts

2127 Delancey St, Philadelphia, PA, 19103

2127 Delancey St, Philadelphia, PA, 19103

After months on the market, this Delancey residence has finally caught a buyer!

According to the property’s Zillow history, the home was originally listed at $1.39 million in March. It was cut to $1.29 million in April and once again in May, bringing it down to $1.2 million. In July, one more reduction was made, leaving it at $999,999.

Just a hair under the million-dollar mark, we’re guessing someone must have started to sweat at this point. Homes on ritzy Delancey are, after all, usually sold off with price tags that dance in the millions (case in point, 2129 Delancey, which sold in May for $1.2 million, or 2041 Delancey, which had a June sale for $2.5 million).

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Will South Philly Beat Out Center City for a Casino?

Rendering of Live! Hotel and Casino via PlanPhilly

Rendering of Live! Hotel and Casino via PlanPhilly

Tomorrow the Pennsylvania Gaming Control Board holds a special meeting at the Pennsylvania Convention Center at which it publicly votes on who gets Philadelphia’s second casino license. There are four bidders — two in Center City (The Provence at 400 North Broad Street and Market8 at 8th and Market) and two in South Philly (Casino Revolution at 3333 South Front Street and Live! Hotel and Casino at 900 Packer Ave.) — waiting for word.

Because the whole thing has taken so damn long, we asked Doug Harbach, PGCB spokesperson, what would happen if the vote is deadlocked tomorrow. You know, just in case. Ain’t gonna happen.

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New Listing: Center City Residence with Attached Rental Unit

921 Spruce St, Philadelphia, PA, 19107

921 Spruce St, Philadelphia, PA, 19107

The inside of this early 20th century Center City home (it was built in 1915) looks like nothing from the era and that’s because the interior has been totally revamped.

A peek in the kitchen reveals a modern room with stainless steel appliances, custom cabinetry and backsplash terrazzo countertops. Meanwhile, the office boasts an electric fireplace and private deck for when you need to clear your head. Wood floors are throughout.

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Main Line Monday: Haverford “Mini Estate” for $1.32 Million

5 Craig Ln, Haverford, PA, 19041

5 Craig Ln, Haverford, PA, 19041

Usually, the word “estate” evokes the image of a grand property with a palatial residence, tree-lined driveways, hills of perfectly manicured flower beds, and various outbuildings and amenities. This home isn’t exactly that, but it’s 1.3-acre property with similar features, so we shall dub it a “mini estate,” as per the listing.

The home, which has an extensive back yard that includes a tennis court, pool and 8-person hot tub, has a new kitchen with Quartzite counters, subway tile backsplash with glass accents, GE Profile refrigerator, Miele dishwasher and Kraftmaid cabinets that come with under-cabinet low voltage lighting.

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Morning Headlines: 500 Walnut Gets Design Approval Recommendation

500Walnut-Rendering-new copy The proposed 500 Walnut tower that would overlook Independence Hall may have already received zoning approval, but its developer and architect still had one more group to convince for its design last week. This past Friday, they got just that as the Philadelphia Historical Commission gave the newly tweaked building an approval recommendation.

PlanPhilly’s Matt Golas reports Cecil Baker, the architect chosen for the Scannapieco Development project, presented his alterations before the commission, the commission’s Architectural Committe and the Philadelphia Art Commission. Changes included a proposal for the use of “greenish glass and metal curtain walls, with areas of stone classing to the base” and “a mix of metal-frame windows and multi-story window walls” for the upper floors.

Baker’s adjustments to 500 Walnut comes from input he received from commission members, local residents and the National Park Service. Here’s more from PlanPhilly: Read more »

Newtown Athletic Club Is the Navy Yard of the Fitness Scene


According to our sister site Be Well Philly, Newtown Athletic Club has just-announced a $10 million expansion and renovation — the second massive expansion in as many years. This will bring the club’s acreage to 22. Compare that to the 3 acres of land it started out with in 1978, and you have the real estate embodiment of the way American attitudes toward health and wellness have changed. And how this region has changed as well.

The expansion project has a title, like a TV show. It’s called “Breaking Boundaries” and has a 12-point plan, most of which doesn’t involve real estate or land development per se; it’s more interested in the development of one’s muscles. But there are two points that deal with the land in a very specific way:

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Property’s Weekend Agenda: Bucks County Open Houses

Listing: 43 Lafayette St, Doylestown, PA, 18901 [Weichert – Doylestown]
Conversions are always so fun to look at, but this one is especially unique. Built as a church circa 1889, the building was later transformed into a charming residence in the early 70s and still retains its high ceilings, as well as an original fixture from Our Lady of MT Carmel Church. Random-width hardwood floors are throughout.

Open House:
Sunday, November 16, 1:00pm
Beds: 3
Baths: 2 full, 1 half
Square feet: 2,666
Price: $599,000

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REDUCED: Gorgeous Fairmount Home on Green Street Just Got A Price Cut

We crowned this home “House of the Week” a few months ago, and now the pretty unit (one of four in the building) has had its price reduced by $51,000. That combined with mouthwatering features is sure to pique buyer interest, right?

The home, after all, boasts skylights, Mexican tile floors, wood-burning fireplace, and a basement that was used as a craft studio by former occupants. Outside are flower beds and  deck accessed via the living room’s glass doors.

Oh, but just see for yourself in the gallery  (or stop by the open house on the 23rd). Details below. Read more »

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