Author: Shannon Rooney

Now for Something Different: Who Wants to Buy a Boat?


Have you been lounging around the house, watching Auction Kings and Auctioneer$ (real shows!), sitting on a cool $50,000 and waiting to get into the bidding game? On August 29 at 11 a.m., you can start the bidding on the Liberty Belle, a dinner cruise boat that used to grace the Delaware and now finds itself docked in Baltimore.

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Old City Condo Perfect Place to Hang Your Art


Is it proximity to Old City galleries that make this condo so appealing for an art collection? Or is it the high ceilings and broad white walls with the sunken living room? The current owner has made good use of all 680 square feet, turning every room into a petit gallery.

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Painted Lady Offers a Piece of Cape May in Wyncote

Photo: Laura Kicey

Photo: Laura Kicey

Wide, curving staircases. Curlicued woodwork painted in complementary colors. An elaborate, original sideboard. Transoms, claw-feet tubs and intricate cornices. Sounds like a bed and breakfast somewhere along Cape May, right? This one is a little closer to home.

Realtor Melanie Vallerio is selling her own home, located in historic Wyncote. Nestled in a neighborhood of Horace Trumbauer-designed homes, the Queen Anne-style Victorian has been lovingly restored by Vallerio and her husband. She told Property that her husband crafted some of the home’s woodwork himself so that it would match originals. While the electrical wiring has been redone, push-button wall switches remain in working condition. The couple is also refinishing the hardwood floors.

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Ouch! Seven Inga Saffron Zingers About Home2Suites Hotel

Home2 Suites opened to the public on Tuesday and Inquirer architecture critic Inga Saffron minced no words in her review of Center City’s first new-construction hotel in a decade. Here are some highlights:

“In the heated competition for the worst new architecture in Philadelphia, the sickly yellow, synthetic-covered mid-rise across from the Reading Terminal Market is now the one to beat.”

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Borie Estate Makes Rare Appearance on Market

Washington Lane Stunner

Photo: Drew Callaghan

To say it’s rare to see the Borie Estate for sale is a tremendous understatement. This offering marks only the fourth time the manse has been listed in 200 years. Originally home to Charles Louie Borie (a chief architect for the Philadelphia Museum of Art), the estate is fit for a regal art collection. The [...]

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First Look: New Home2Suites Hotel Opens Tuesday With High Convention Center Hopes

Photo: Laura Kicey

Photo: Laura Kicey

It always happens this way with new construction. A site looks like a pile of steel beams for months and overnight a real building emerges. To wit: the $60 million Home2 Suites is opening to the public on Tuesday. It is the first hotel to be built from scratch in Center City in a decade.

The Hilton property features 248 rooms – including 22 enormous suites – as well as a fitness center, pool, Wii-enabled game lounge and a bevy of sustainability features. In exchange for $3 million in funding from EnergyWorks, the Wurzak Group (which has partnered with the Parkway Corporation on the new hotel), has installed energy-efficient appliances in the kitchenettes included in each hotel room. Rooms also feature motion-sensitive lighting and public spaces are lit with LED bulbs. There is, of course, a green roof.

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Pools Hardly Compare to the Closets in Luxury Meadowbrook Estate

1105 Wrack Rd Rydal

Luxury estates like this one always include fabulous exterior spaces. Impeccably manicured lawns. Pools and tennis courts beckoning you to relax. Driveways that wind through groves of perfect trees. This nearly 100-year-old stone colonial boasts all of the above, but the real treasure is on the inside: closets. In addition to six other bedrooms and [...]

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Retreat to a Tuscan-Style Villa in Malvern With Indoor Spa

1605 Foster Road Malvern

Some people like the privacy and climate control of an indoor pool and spa. Others need to feel the sunshine on their shoulders and do their laps in outdoor pools only. Still others prefer fresh water. This sprawling estate satisfies all comers, featuring indoor and outdoor pools as well as a spring-fed pond complete with its own spring house.

The estate – situated on 21 acres – is separated into three wings, delineating entertaining from private spaces easily. The bounty of wrought iron, marble and grotto features befit a proper six-bedroom, seven-bath villa.

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Luxury Newtown Square Estate With Solarium and Shooting Range

912 N. Providence Rd

To start, this estate’s wine room is significantly bigger than some studio apartments we’ve seen. And sure, many a manse features a bar and a library and and an opulent, dark-wood, leather-bedecked study. But this one also includes its own solarium and underground shooting range.

The property also features eight bedrooms and nine bathrooms as well as a billiards room and tennis courts. The pool behind the flagstone verandah is opulent enough that one wonders when Tracy Lord will appear with her model of the True Love.

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