Author: Liz Spikol

Brand New Listing! Perfect University City Home That Should Go Fast

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The listing for this new-to-market University City home for sale, built around 1925, is as brief as they get at the moment: “stunning light filled fully updated home in Sadie alexander catchment. updated windows, electric, a/c, insulation and parking!” Perhaps, though, that’s all that needs to be said given the photos, which reveal the beautiful [...]

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For Rent: Rarely Seen-in-the-Wild 1BR on Rittenhouse Square

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There are a couple of buildings on Rittenhouse Square that, for whatever reason, don’t have the cachet that others do despite the fact that they have better amenities, are more affordable and are, just like the more highly prized residences, right on the park. For those who don’t buy into the Square’s status hierarchy, both of them–the Rittenhouse Savoy and the Rittenhouse Claridge–offer terrific deals, particularly when a larger rental (rather than a studio) pops up as it has now at the Savoy.

The Savoy and the Claridge were both designed by architect Samuel I. Oshiver, who was called the “high priest of the high rise” by Greater Philadelphia Magazine in 1962 while he was building the Philadelphian. None of the three buildings are much beloved in terms of looks, but take a gander at what’s on offer at the Savoy for the lucky renter.

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Morning Headlines: NYT Profiles Philly’s 13th Street. Plus: Kenny Gamble, Firehouse Demo and Turtles

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Photo: J. Smith for GPTMC/

• Slideshow: A Philadelphia Street, Transformed [NYT]
South Philly firehouse headed for demolition? [Inquirer]
Collingswood restaurant is up for grabs [Insider]
Threatened turtles Ridley Park’s costly ‘hidden jewel’ [Inquirer]
Kenny Gamble’s stewardship of Royal Theater dragged area down, neighbors say
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Do A.C.: Atlantic City Takes 15,000 Lb. Pop-Up Casino Resort on the Road

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Photo: Liz Spikol

Not enough people going to Atlantic City? Then the Atlantic City Alliance will bring AC to the people. The  ”Live From AC” roadshow starts this weekend in Philly with a pop-up casino resort (15,000 lbs. and two stories) at the waterfront that includes “key AC experiences” all framed by the “DO AC” advertising campaign.

The Alliance is a nonprofit that markets the city to tourists, which  has been an uphill battle in recent months. So the organization has partnered with BMF, a company that helps build brands with experiential marketing of this kind. This roadshow will also go to Baltimore and NYC.

In a statement, Atlantic City Alliance President Liza Cartmell said the goal of the roadshow is to  ”introduce AC to people in a new way, create a social media buzz and represent all 12 casinos in key markets.” She said it’s an opportunity to engage “our target audience of fun seekers.” (Are there fun seekers in Philly? If so, where do they pass the time? Not on SEPTA, that’s for sure.)

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Former Chestnut Hill Home of Joseph Clark (of Dilworth and Clark) Listed for Sale

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Dilworth and Clark: In Philadelphia, that pairing is as well-known as Batman and Robin, Hall and Oates, Bogart and Bacall. Richardson Dilworth and Joseph Clark were Democratic reformers who, beginning in 1947, fought to dismantle 67 years of corrupt Republican rule. In 1951 Clark was the first Democrat elected mayor since 1884; starting in 1956, he served two terms in the U.S. Senate.

As can be seen in the New York Times obit (linked below), Clark was a hugely influential politician who shaped reform at the local and national level. But the real estate listing for his former home–where he died, actually–says only this about him:

The deceased owner, The late Senator Joseph Clark, was instrumental in making Tennis the sport in has become in USA, hence the amazing tennis court!

All right then.

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Fourth of July Housing Report: Elfreth’s Alley “Half House” Finally Sold


It’s not too often that houses come up for sale or rent on Elfreth’s Alley, the oldest continuously occupied residential street in the the nation. This three-bedroom 18th-century home is as enormous as Alley houses get, though its nickname is Half House because it’s so narrow. Prior owners apparently tired of the 18th-century footprint, as they built a two-story addition in 2007. The systems, thankfully, were modernized as well: The house has radiant, zoned heat and A/C.


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The Philadelphia Area’s 10 Most Popular Commercial Property Listings

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Trinity Presbyterian is the most popular commercial listing in the Philadelphia area.

According to LoopNet, the premier commercial real estate listing service, the Philly listing that consistently has the highest number of views is that for Trinity Presbyterian Church at 2857 Frankford Avenue, near East Cambria. In the last month, it has been viewed 2,279 times. (Compare that to the 10th-most-popular–23 units and a storefront in Pottstown–which has been viewed 635 times.)

The church is in very poor condition and is now zoned residential despite the fact that there is an active congregation that still gathers and has a thrift store there. The building is being sold for $120,000 as-is.

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