We’re feeling the love for Rocky II these days. The Philly Post’s Dan McQuade analyzed and mapped Rocky Balboa’s famous filmic run, which took him (most memorably) through the Italian Market and up the Art Museum steps as well as other Philadelphia neighborhoods. McQuade calculated that the run traveled through 10 neighborhoods and traversed more [...]
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Richard Gere's Hamptons view.
Our friend HughE over at PhillyChitChat tells us that Richard Gere is coming to live in the Greater Philadelphia area to film the movie Fanny, and that he’s likely to rent “in the suburbs” because that’s where the majority of the movie will be filmed. “The suburbs,” you’ll admit, is a rather large chunk of [...]
Remember delicate little dove-like Oksana Baiul? She earned the adoration of the world during the 1994 Winter Olympics, at which she won the Gold Medal in figure skating for Ukraine. She’s had her ups and downs since then, but as the Wall Street Journal ‘s Developments blog said yesterday in profiling the sale of her New Hope home, she’s also become a real estate investor.
In this case, Baiul bought the four-bedroom/three-and-a-half bath house a little more than a year ago for $580,000 and is now asking $875,000.
Curbed National, via Curbed LA, reports that former local boy Kobe Bryant has put this home up for sale for about $8.6 million. There’s no need to comment on it, really, except to say that its opulence, both in photos and description, will merely feed the rage of Philadelphians who already despise him.
78 Grandview Blvd. in Wyomissing is where it all started for Taylor Swift, where she began to really exhibit potential with her sweet voice and endearing songwriting. Swift’s childhood home has six bedrooms and five bathrooms and a very capacious 5,000 square feet. It’s on 2/3rds of an acre and was built in 1929. The asking price was $799,500, but according to The Morning Call, Century 21 Gold agent Lisa Tiger won’t reveal what the buyers have offered.
Flavorwire has a list today called “50 Places Every Literary Fan Should Visit,” and Pennsylvania makes one appearance–not bad considering hotspots like Europe are lousy with places like Pere Lachaise and Kafka’s Prague. John Updike’s childhood home in Shillington is acknowledged as a place to visit, particularly as the John Updike Society is planning to make it a museum.
Closer to home, there’s no mention on the list of either Walt Whitman’s house in Camden, which arguably merits a mention due to Whitman’s strong regard of the city and his home there. Nor is there a mention of Philadelphia’s Poe house at Seventh and Spring Garden. Instead, Baltimore gets the Poe honors with his gravesite, which will surely enrage the Philadelphia-over-Baltimore Poe contingent.
Iliana Strauss, the widow of Pep Boys heir Ben Strauss (son of Mo), has put her grand, 8,000-square-foot Haverford home designed by Walter K. Durham on the market for about $2 million. The nine-bedroom home, designed by Lower Merion’s most famous and prolific architect, may look historic-stone-and-ivy from the front, but from the back and indoors, it’s actually a mix of styles, insistently surprising the eye. In many rooms, for instance, there are random-width oak floors. But the kitchen is spare, and feels thoroughly contemporary.
The home sits on almost one-and-a-half acres of beautifully landscaped grounds with a pool, a pool house, an outdoor kitchen and grill, and a carriage house with an apartment. The photos tell the rest of the tale. Note the Pep Boys decor.
Chez Perrier--no longer.
It seems like we’ve been talking about Georges Perrier trying to sell his house for the longest time. This week, the legendary Le Bec-Fin chef tells us he’s finally managed to unload the gorgeous 9,000-square foot home, complete with a wine cellar, five fireplaces and an in-ground pool.
“I’ve been packing for days,” Perrier, 69, laments, explaining that he’s downsizing to a two-bedroom apartment at 23rd and Walnut streets. He’s moving in this week. “I have too much stuff,” he says, even after he sold many of his belongings at a much-talked-about estate sale. “Whatever I can’t carry, I will put in storage.”
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So what’s up for today? Sean Benschop, the equipment operator on the site of the building collapse, goes to a preliminary hearing to determine if there’s enough evidence to move ahead with all the charges against him, including that of manslaughter. Over at Reddit Philadelphia, folks are talking about ways to stay safe in Philly, and weird places to go when you visit.
And now, for some headlines…
The ThinkFest Salon is a series of conversations with the boldest thinkers in Philadelphia. This evening at 6 p.m., the Salon features Bart Blatstein, one of the city’s most prominent and innovative real estate developers. Blatstein will talk with Philadelphia Magazine’s Editor-in-Chief Tom McGrath about casinos, building neighborhoods, and the way developers are changing the face of Philadelphia.
People interested in real estate–like all youse Property readers–won’t want to miss this one. For ticketing and event info, read on.