Category: For Sale/Rent

Property Has a New Address!

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Hey, y’all! It’s time to change those bookmarks. Property has moved, and we think you’re going to like our new digs.

We’ve got a spiffier look, much better galleries, mobile optimization, and all kinds of other fun stuff that you’re going to love, whether you’re into architecture, neighborhood news, new development, or real estate porn. We’ll have new editorial features for you too. If there’s a topic you’d like to see more of, contact your friendly editor, Liz Spikol, via email: lspikol@phillymag.com.

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New Hope’s Famously Haunted Logan Inn Is on the Market for $6.7M

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Photo by Laura Kicey

Talk about historic properties. The Logan Inn was once built as a humble tavern, but became an inn around 1727. It’s the oldest running inn in Bucks County, and the fifth oldest in the U.S., one manager said. But the more important fact? Its vaunted paranormal reputation. The New Hope building has regular visits from [...]

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Mid-Century Master Jules Gregory’s “Butterfly House” Now on the Market for Less Than $300K

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Architect Jules Gregory is probably best known in this area at the moment for the Lambertville house on the market that he designed for himself and that features a double conoid roof and interior work by George Nakashima. It’s truly a masterpiece of mid-century modern design. But it’s not the only Gregory house for sale in this area.

In fact, Gregory’s Butterfly House in Delaware Township, NJ, is also on the market. Built in 1955, it has, according to the listing, hardly been touched since then — and it looks it. It’s kind of in rough shape, but a new septic system is being installed. For someone inclined toward preservation and renovation of an important architect’s work, it’s remarkably priced: $299,000.

See the gallery below:

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Waterfront Condo Has Two Private Terraces, 24/7 Valet, and a Vodka Bar Pre-Stocked With Vodka

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This Waterfront Square condo on the Delaware is actually two units put together, which may explain why it has four deeded parking spots and three storage units (on the same floor as the condo). There are plus d’amenities at the gated community: Aside from the expected — 24-hour security, a fitness center — there’s also a putting green, a dog walk, a shuttle bus and an indoor pool.

As for the condo itself, appealing features include a walk-in closet “that will make any girl swoon,” according to the listing. Well, not any girl, surely. And do fashionable men not swoon? At any rate, gender politics aside, what may be most exciting is the vodka bar that is already stocked with vodka. Skol!

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Art Museum Homes Are Selling Like Hotcakes [PHOTOS]

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Take a look at single-family home and condo sales in the last 30 days, and you’ll see a blitz in 19130, particularly Fairmount, aka the Art Museum area. Below is a list of just a handful of the homes that have sold, along with the sold price:

• 2146 Green St, 4BR: $935,000
• 800 N 24Th St, $840,000
• 600 N 23Rd St, 5BR: $355,000
• 2819 Pennsylvania Ave, $475,000
• 850 N 21St St $325,000
• 2112 Wallace St, 4BR: $557,000
• 820 N Stillman St, 3BR: $329,897
• 735 N 20Th St, 6BR: $700,000
• 2213 Aspen St, 3BR: $450,500
• 758 N 25Th St, 3BR: $390,000
• 861 N Judson St, 2BR: $245,000
• 2701 Pennsylvania Ave Apt 102, 2BR: $330,000
• 1929 Wallace St Apt 1A, 2BR: $226,975
• 2022 Green St Apt 4, 1 BR: $188,500

Now let’s take a look at a couple galleries of the homes that sold…

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The Porch at 30th Street Station: The Most Attractive Case Study Ever Created

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University City District/Interface Studios

University City District really knows how to do things right. It’s not only that their projects tend to be functional, popular and successful. It’s that when they have to present quote-unquote boring material, they know it’s better if it looks like candy.

Carefully examine the thorough case study results of UCD’s most popular project, The Porch at 30th Street Station, below, and you’ll see that the visuals by Interface Studio pleasingly evoke the sweetness of grape juice and the sticky tang of watermelon Jolly Ranchers. Also, remember Fun Dip? This report, visually, is the Fun Dip of case studies.

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Newtown Square Estate Features Private Dog Shower

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by Laura Kicey

It is tough to choose the single most spectacular detail about this Newtown Square estate, what with the renowned architect, the gourmet kitchen, the apartment-sized master suite and multiple laundry “centres.” The most unusual detail, though, is glaringly obvious: the dog shower. Perhaps when you’ve already got three full and two partial human bathrooms but you have 7,700 finished square feet to fill, adding a shower for your dogs is just the logical next step.

The home, which was designed by architect Ann Capron and is being privately offered by posh Hunter Reed, has been finished to what they describe as “the level of an Architectural Digest home.” Which clearly translates to room after room of handsomely finished spaces each outlined with perfect woodwork and plenty of Miele, Viking, Ralph Lauren, and Grohe brand-dropping to go around.

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Splendiferous Interiors: Magnificent Objects From Vaux Hill Mansion Go Up for Auction Tomorrow

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The phenomenal Vaux Hill in Phoenixville should rightly be a Winterthur-style tourist attraction with a Gettsyburg spin. According to the Historical Society of Pennsylvania, it was originally a 300-acre farm purchased by James Vaux in 1772. Vaux was an amateur scientist, but a successful and influential one:

At his farm, James carried out scientific experiments in agriculture, becoming the first person to cultivate red clover in America, and also pioneered the use of anthracite coal for heating and cooking purposes. Accounts of his experiments can be found in early editions of the Franklin Institute Journal.

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Trinity Tuesday: Little Gem on Iseminger Street in Washington Square West

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trinity tuesday logoWe profiled a trinity on Iseminger before, about a block down from this one. It’s not surprising there would be more than one because the street is so old, as are the streets — more like alleyways — that intersect it to form a little colonial time capsule.

This two-bedroom home is historically certified and “rarely available.” Like all trinities, it’s horizontally challenged, but vertically charming. There are fireplaces in the living room and second-floor bedroom, a private brick patio and original hardwood floors, among other touches. There’s a half-bath on the third floor, and a full unfinished basement for storage.

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Bill Cosby Will Host Fundraiser for Historic Bushfire Theatre

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Photo: Susan Babbitt on Flickr

At 52nd and Locust in West Philadelphia, there’s a beautiful old vaudeville house, built in 1909, that is a model example of what happens when a vacant building gets adapted by the best person for the job — a person who really cares.

Bushfire Theatre founder and executive director Al Simpkins rescued the building from dilapidation in the early 1980s, when 52nd Street was losing its glow as an active commercial corridor and well after the originally named Locust Theater had stopped showing movies. When he bought the building, writes Nicole Contosta of UC Review, “others looked at him with disbelief.”

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