Category: New Jersey

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.

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Morning Headlines: New York Times Covers Philadelphia’s Land Bank Battle

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Even in the winter, Parvin State Park is pretty. Via stateparks.com

  • Could the vast number of empty properties plaguing Philly neighborhoods be the push needed to create a land bank? The New York Times reports on Philadelphia’s battle with blight.
  • Like many state parks, New Jersey’s Parvin State Park has a rich history. Sadly, its level of disrepair requires immediate action, according to Edward Colimore.

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Can Richard Gere Come to Town and Live in the Manor to Which He’s Accustomed?

Richard Gere's Hamptons view.

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 [...]

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Morning Headlines: Atlantic City Scores PR Win With Miss America

Photo via stadiumjourney.com

Photo via stadiumjourney.com

Last night, the Jersey shore got a much needed reprieve from bad news: The Miss America pageant (say what you will about its retrograde values) returned to Atlantic City for the first time in a decade, and on TV and social media, it came across pretty darn well.

Contestants were grouped in different spots along the boardwalk, in shops, in front of local restaurants. There were interstitial transitions between show and commercial that showed the “girls” delighting in ice cream and jitney rides. The aerial views showed the city as a mini-Vegas, the signs as glowing red embers.

The national coverage insistently paid tribute to Atlantic City history, and the fact that the pageant was back where it belonged, as they kept saying. It was one big AC lovefest, and it felt pretty good to see. Put it this way: If Chris Christie was watching, he didn’t feel like he was going to throw up. And if there’s any way that some of that AC luster can shine on Seaside Park and Seaside Heights, all the better.

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Morning Headline: More Devastation to Jersey Shore Real Estate

A screenshot from Todd Quiñones' Twitter account. "This photo just about says it all," he wrote.

A screenshot from Todd Quiñones' Twitter account. "This photo just about says it all," he wrote.

Business owners in Seaside Heights, NJ and Seaside Park are in disbelief. A fire that started yesterday at a boardwalk custard stand in Seaside Park destroyed all of that boardwalk’s businesses. It then quickly spread to the neighboring Seaside Heights boardwalk, where 20 businesses there burned. The devastation is horrific.

Last night, talking with reporters from Philadelphia TV news teams, people who’d owned boardwalk stores and restaurants for multiple generations said they had still been in the process of renovating their properties in the wake of Sandy when the fire came.

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Morning Headlines: Casino Strip Club Inspires Painful Wordplay and Depressing Triangles

Photo: Liz Spikol

Photo: Liz Spikol

Just as we were lauding Margate, NJ’s housing market and the changing perception of Atlantic City, today comes this headline on philly.com: “Bust to boom: Can strippers save Atlantic City?” Putting aside the groan-worthy pun, the headline not only implies that Atlantic City needs saving but that it’s gotten so desperate, it’s left to strippers to do it.

But the salacious headline is a bit of an overstatement. We’re just talking about one venue: a Scores club in the Trump Taj Mahal, which is far from the first time time the casinos have seen any skin. As the Associated Press’ Wayne Perry points out, both Revel and the Borgata have burlesque shows, while “dancers in bras and panties are common on gambling floors.” (You’re welcome.)

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Atlantic City Gets Positive Press, a Nice Change of Pace!

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Photo: Liz Spikol

From the New York Times: “A scant 125 miles away, in and around this gambling mecca [of Atlantic City], are a clutch of Vietnamese cafes that arguably rank among the nation’s most authentic…”

From Next City: “Cleverly designed by the prominent New York landscape architecture firm Balmori Associates, the park consists of undulating berms bookended by two earthen mounds intended, Fung says, to riff on the boardwalk’s iconic dipping-and-rising roller coasters.”

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Casino-Like Rental With DJ Station for $8,500 Per Month

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There is nothing quite like this seven-bedroom, five-bath house in Cherry Hill, NJ–certainly not when it comes to available rentals. The vastness of the space and the stone floors, walls and ceilings gives it a hotel or casino vibe, and the surplus amenities–four dishwashers; a home theater; a wet bar; a DJ station; a 42-inch fireplace; a pool table; ping-pong; much, much more–makes it feel as though it’s time to get the party started, or at least install an old-school startup. The landlord would like to rent the place fully furnished.

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PHOTOS: Allan Domb’s New “Micro Apartments” at 1955 Locust

Photo: Laura Kicey

Photo: Laura Kicey

Arielle Gottlieb over at Allan Domb’s office sent us some information about the busy investor/developer’s latest project:

1955 Locust is a 9-unit building with micro-apartments ranging in size from 352 square feet to 510 square feet. There is one studio and the remainder are true one bedroom units. Although brand new, 1955 Locust stays true to many of its original building details such as oversized windows, high ceilings, restored wainscoting and other woodwork, and some homes even have the original marble fireplace mantels.

Despite being so small, each unit has high-end finishes and features including: hardwood floors throughout; bathrooms with stylish vanities and tile detail; kitchens with wood cabinetry, stainless steel appliances and granite countertops; and Bosch stackable washers and dryers.

Prices start at $1,390 per month.

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Most Awesome Boardwalk Smackdown Has People Talking Smack and–Possibly–Taking Smack?

Photo of Ocean City Boardwalk by Laura Kicey

Photo of Ocean City Boardwalk by Laura Kicey

Okay, we’re fairly certain that even those who didn’t make the list of Budget Travel Magazine’s Most Awesome Boardwalks have not reached a pit of despair so deep that they’ve been reduced to pursuing drug addiction. But these debates can get passionate, that’s for sure, when the stakes are high.

Everyone at the Jersey Shore is looking for tourism this summer, worried that Sandy, or national perceptions of Sandy, will keep people away. Budget Travel included area boardwalks at Atlantic City, Point Pleasant, Wildwood and Rehoboth–but did not mention Ocean City, NJ, which does, indeed, seem odd. But Ocean City, Maryland, got a strong mention, and perhaps the writers felt it would be too clunky to have two Ocean Cities on the list (far-fetched, we realize).

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