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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Dilworth and Clark: In Philadelphia, that pairing is as well-known as Batman and Robin, Hall and Oates, Bogart and Bacall. Richardson Dilworth and Joseph Clark were Democratic reformers who, beginning in 1947, fought to dismantle 67 years of corrupt Republican rule. In 1951 Clark was the first Democrat elected mayor since 1884; starting in 1956, he served two terms in the U.S. Senate.
As can be seen in the New York Times obit (linked below), Clark was a hugely influential politician who shaped reform at the local and national level. But the real estate listing for his former home–where he died, actually–says only this about him:
The deceased owner, The late Senator Joseph Clark, was instrumental in making Tennis the sport in has become in USA, hence the amazing tennis court!
All right then.
Though the 34-story tower called (rather sensibly) 2116 Chestnut won’t be done with construction until the end of the summer, studios, one-bedrooms and two-bedrooms on floors 1 through 14 are ready to be rented now. The tower has an enclosed garage with 130 spaces as well as a very eco-friendly car share program. There’s 24-hour security and site management. Let’s take a look at some other amenities that residents will enjoy.
• Bike and unit storage
• Mailroom and package room
• Outdoor sundeck with green roof, hot tub, grill area, outdoor seating
• Health club
• Club room
• Party room
• Business center/conference rooms
• Wi-Fi in the common areas
The listing calls this property magical, and to all appearances, for those who like it lush and green, that’s no overblown listings poetry. The entry path is surrounded by trees and the house itself is hidden by bushes. The land also has a manicured lawn, but best of all Julip Run Creek traverses the land, including the little waterfall pictured here. Imagine listening to the sound of that water after a stressful day (and perhaps after the commuter traffic); a balm to the senses, for sure.
For a quiet afternoon of reading, there’s a flagstone terrace and a deck off the master suite. And for evenings with guests, a pebble terrace with a fire pit will give kids special evenings of marshmallow toasting. The children’s rooms, by the way, are particularly lovely, so the house is well suited to family life.
The 2800 block of Cambridge Street, on the edge of Brewerytown, is quiet and narrow, lined by a combination of homes with high stone stoops and houses with wooden porches that could have been airlifted from Mt. Airy. Like the rest of that neighborhood on the rise, Cambridge is a street of contradictions, but a pretty one in a convenient location. Just a block away on Girard Avenue, new businesses like Mugshots, Rybrew and Brewerytown Beats have popped up, increasingly gentrifying the area. Perhaps the biggest indication of change in the neighborhood? The soon-to-open Shifty’s Tacos, an eatery from the crew at Honey’s Sit ’n Eat.
MM Partners is responsible for much of the development in the area, including what it’s dubbed “Cambridge Row” on the 2800 block. Addresses that will benefit from their attention, according to Philadelphia Real Estate Blog, are 2804, 2806 and 2818 Cambridge. It seems 2800 is also getting some work done by its owners.
The most expensive recreational vehicle in the world is on sale for $2 million in–where else?–Dubai. From the Daily Mail (rogue capitalization of brand name obviously sic):
The space-age eleMMent Palazzo comes complete with a colossal master bedroom, 40-inch TV, on-board bar, fireplace and even its own rooftop terrace.
But the most impressive piece of luxury is the ‘Sky Lounge’ – at the press of a button the 40ft home transforms into a personal retreat with pop up cocktail bar, underfloor heating and extravagant marble lighting.
We expect this single-family brick Victorian in West Germantown to get snapped up quickly. It’s got off-street parking, an enormous back yard, and a ton of original detail. The living room fireplace is made of slate, and the house is a reasonable four bedrooms and two baths. There’s a wrap-around porch in front, and a shady patio in the back. We’d like to commend the listing agent on her smart use of photographs. If we had a spare $350,000, we’d buy this house just based on the close-up shot of the hardware on these original pocket doors.
The location, too, is kind of dreamy. It’s half a block from Cloverly Park in a neighborhood full of creative professionals, avid gardeners and young families. There are two community gardens within a few blocks of this house, and it’s close to Manayunk, East Falls, and Mt. Airy. There are two regional rail stops close by–Queen Lane and Chelten, and plenty of bus routes.
When Robert Burch’s family moved to Gladwyne in 1999, having paid $9.3 million for an estate at 1543 Monk Road, they’d been living on a huge farm. As a result, the property–once owned by the Campbell Soup Dorrance dynasty–gradually took on more rustic aspects–chickens, for instance, and son Roby’s horseback commute to school each day (chronicled in 2010 in the Inquirer). According to the first issue of Grays Lane magazine, Roby even drives a John Deere tractor in the Gladwyne Memorial Day Parade.
But make no mistake: Since it was designed and built by Edmund Gilchrist in 1929, the 50-plus-acre estate has remained very much the same: a village of buildings meant to look like Normandy and anchored by a 14,000-square-foot, 20-room manor home.
Tylenol heir Henry McNeil has been busy. He recently sold 1914-15 Rittenhouse Square (colloquially known as the McIlhenney mansion) to Bart Blatstein for the developer’s use as a private residence. McNeil’s own home was recently featured in a Wall Street Journal article about historic Philadelphia homes that have modern interiors. That home, a phenomenal 13,000-square-foot residence at 19th and Delancey. For enthusiasts of modern design, it is without compare in the Rittenhouse Square area.
1901 is being sold with a companion property that will sound familiar to those who follow building histories in Philadelphia: 1921 Manning. The duplex (with two parking spaces) used to be part of the McIlhenney Mansion parcel and is directly adjacent to it.
Diana Lind, the executive director and editor in chief of the urbanist media organization Next City, has put her lovely home at 13th and Lombard on the market. As the guiding light behind an online publication that spreads good ideas for cities around the world, Lind knows more than most about what makes a neighborhood work. And for her, this neighborhood–which she will stay in even after she sells her house–has access and energy and a diversity of resources. Her house, too, reflects the neighborhood’s malleability.
“I love that my house has the best of both worlds,” she told us. “It’s quiet and calming, so it feels like a sanctuary–and this time of year, it has both a terrific backyard for barbecuing and killer A/C for cooling off inside. But it is also located in a part of the city that has tons of amenities–like a corner store selling beer, a coffee shop and a Marc Vetri restaurant all literally across the street.” (No mention of Dirty Frank’s? For shame, Diana.)