Category: For Sale/Rent

Society Hill Townhouse for Sale on a Great Block

SPOTLIGHT LISTING: Society Hill townhouse for sale on a great block Located on one of the most charming blocks in Center City, this five-bedroom Society Hill townhouse is in a prime location. Across from Three Bears Park on a cobblestone street, it’s within walking distance of Headhouse Square and Old City attractions. The house itself [...]

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Property’s Morning Obsession: Another Real Estate Rap Video, Because God Help Us, There Is Another One

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Screenshot from R.A.P.'s video

This is not only a real estate rap video, but a R.A.P. video because it comes courtesy of Rafael A. Perez from San Diego. Clearly deriving inspiration from Virginia, Perez writes: “I’ve been told my business videos are ‘so serious’ so I changed it up.” Somewhere around 2:00 he also changes up the rhyme scheme, as in, he is rhyming, and then he stops.

But until then, it’s pretty good, providing information about San Diego as a tourist market (“even killer whales are nice and playful”) and the housing recovery. He seems a little uncomfortable with the whole project but also like a good guy. We imagine there was a young cousin in the background coaching him and making him want to cry.

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To Die For: Luxury Rental With Marble and More Marble on Clinton Street

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Clinton Street is the East-of-Broad Delancey–pretty and historic, narrow and shaded by trees. It runs for two blocks between Ninth and 11th, and Spruce and Pine. Rentals are very hard to come by on Clinton. Why would anyone on one of the city’s best streets in one of the city’s best neighborhoods ever want to move? And why would anyone in this exquisite townhouse with its luscious marble bathroom want to get out of the tub?

Well, who knows, but let’s not look a gift horse in the mouth. This mid-19th-century home in Washington Square West retains all kinds of delicious period details, including stained glass, marble fireplaces, marble mantels, antique light fixtures and original wood floors. But all the modern conveniences are there, including a Viking six-burner range, a seamless shower stall and a gated parking spot.

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The Vanna Venturi House Is Going Up for Sale

Via Wikimedia

Via Wikimedia

Just a couple weeks ago we wrote with local pride about the Vanna Venturi House in Chestnut Hill, designed by architect Robert Venturi for his mother. It is featured in a PBS docuseries called The 10 Buildings That Changed America along with enormous architectural knockouts like Mies van der Rohe’s Seagram Building in New York, Frank Gehry’s Disney Concert Hall in LA and Eero Saarinen’s Dulles International Airport.

Venturi’s more modest contribution, often called Mother House, was built between 1962 and 1964. The Hughes family–a Penn professor, an artist and their daughter–has owned the house since 1973. But according to Architectural Record, they have to sell the home as soon as they find an organization that will accept a preservation easement that was developed in concert with Venturi’s firm. The reasons are financial.

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They Want HOW MUCH for That?: The Old Vesper Club

vesper clubDramatic price reduction on elegant Center City dining facility just off prestigious Rittenhouse Row. Development potential, including roof deck. Originally $5 million-plus now reduced to $3.9 million.

For this?

Maybe there’s a restaurateur or would-be nightclub owner (or Allan Domb) who would be willing to shell out this much for the former Vesper Club on Sydenham Street, but we suspect there’s a good reason the club went out of business to begin with.

Take the frontage: a mere 20 feet on Sydenham Street–hardly a high-traffic thoroughfare. And only two of the building’s advertised three stories are visible. It gets lost amidst its bigger neighbors on either side–and most of the building can’t be seen at all, tucked away as it is behind the expanding Misconduct Tavern on Locust Street. This place makes a great speakeasy–but who’d pay $3.9 million for a speakeasy?

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No, Seriously, the Rocky Musical Is Coming to Broadway. And the Rocky II House Is Still for Sale

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It was a big hit in Germany, but now it’s coming to its native shores: Rocky, Das Musical. There are many, many questions one might have about such a project, but from where we stand, there’s only one that matters: How does Philadelphia come off?

From what we can gather from German YouTube clips and this revealing peek on Perez Hilton, the set design is generic enough to evoke Philly and its Rocky-movie interiors–although there’s a moment in the German trailer when a building topped by a giant “HAMBURG” sign kind of spoils the fun.

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Okie-Designed Home for Sale on the Main Line

This Okie-designed home for sale is reflective of the famed architects Colonial Revival style.

This Okie-designed home for sale is reflective of the famed architects Colonial Revival style.

Spotlight Listing: Okie-Designed Home for Sale on the Main Line Designed in the 1940s by renowned architect R. Brognard Okie, famed for his Colonial Revival architecture style, this Penn Valley home has been carefully renovated and modernized to meet modern living standards. Set on almost five acres, the house balances formal and casual living spaces, [...]

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Trinity Tuesday: One-Bedroom Trinity for Rent in Northern Liberties

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trinity tuesday logoThis one-bedroom unit, which is called “trinity-style” in the listing, is in Cobble Stone Court, a gated community on the narrow section of North Fourth Street that’s between St. John Neumann Way and George Street–pretty quiet, in other words. The largest nearby intersection is at Fourth and Poplar.

The 700-square-foot home has a classic trinity layout: kitchen on one floor; living room on another; and bathroom and bedroom on the third. Perks include a washer/dryer and a “European-inspired shared courtyard” and a video security phone. Bike parking is available in the courtyard.

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Ahoy Matey! A Margate Bayfront Home for Sale Perfect for Boaters

Margate bayfront house for sale is perfect for boaters and home entertainers.

Margate bayfront house for sale is perfect for boaters and home entertainers.

Spotlight Listing: Margate Bayfront Home for Sale This six-bedroom, six-bath Margate bayfront home for sale will make a boater out of anyone, with 3/4 slips and space for a 70-foot boat. The 6,000-square-foot property overflows with luxury features, including vaulted cathedral ceilings, custom tile, radiant-heated floors and a William Oh-designed kitchen complete with Viking appliances. [...]

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