Remodeling Inspiration: Cool Front Doors It’s easy to give guests (or potential buyers) a fabulous first impression of your home with a cool front door. The door, after all, can color a person’s opinion of your property before they’ve even stepped inside. A front door has a critical function in a house—it protects homeowners from [...]
The listing says this very sweet house has “an exciting floor plan” that packs in “a variety of surprises.” And that’s no lie: There’s an unexpected length of uneven, exposed brick next to the dining table; pressed concrete floors; a vintage stove; and a “tree-house room.”
But who needs surprises when the rest of the house is so lovely? The period details are knockouts from the first step inside the vestibule, with turquoise and white wall tiles. The hardwood floors are random-width and the wooden stairs, doorframes, indoor window, fireplace and built-ins have a distinctly Mission feel.
Perhaps it was inevitable that the most recognizable symbol of Philadelphia labor protest, the big, inflatable rat, would eventually be modernized. All these years? The animal airbed must have been a bitch to carry and inflate at one protest and another. Now Local 98 brings Philly the Rat-mobile, a minivan whose conversion cost $14,000.
It’s not hard to guess where the Rat-Mobile is headed: to Post Bros. properties. That’s the company that, for the first time in city history, undertook a huge residential project without exclusive use of building trades labor. The ensuing mess is now the stuff of legend, but after an intervention by Philly’s Dr. Drew (aka Bob Brady), relations are better. At least, with everyone except Local 98, whose Rat-Mobile will be hitting the next Post Bros. site hard.
The office space in the former Princeton Club is not only beautifully preserved from a historic point of view, it’s right above the restaurant Vedge, which is one of the best eateries in the country. The office itself has a slew of perks, with all utilities included:
• Free use of waiting room that was once a squash court
• 2 conference rooms
• 2 kitchenettes
• access to 7 bathrooms, one with a shower
• “indoor bicycle parking lot”
• Land line
• BUO tax
• Janitorial services
Additionally, the listing says–speaking of co-working–that the office has a “collegial atmosphere, ideal for solo and small groups of professionals, creative types, etc.” It’s also ideal for vegans who like to work beneath lamps that look like fennel bulbs, develop an appetite, and then run downstairs for the best vegan food in the nation.
Screenshot from the New York Times Fashion & Style section featuring Philly's Indy Hall.
The New York Times did a feature this weekend on co-working spaces, where freelancers or creatives or tech employees or others without 9-to-5 office jobs can come together and work in a space with other human beings rather than find themselves in eight-hour staring contests with their cats. The Times highlighted Philly’s Indy Hall, the city’s most established co-working space, which expanded its Old City digs last year:
Indy Hall in Philadelphia, which opened six years ago, members organize after-hours jams and art shows in their mural-covered space, all in line with a quasi-communitarian dogma espoused by Alex Hillman, a founder of Indy Hall.
“People aren’t going back to the office for the office,” Mr. Hillman said. “They’re going back to the office to be around people again.”
Rittenhouse Square Townhouse for sale with historical architectural features complemented by modern amenities.
SPOTLIGHT LISTING: Rittenhouse Square townhouse for sale The age-old debate between buying an old home versus buying a new one can be a tricky one to navigate. Older homes exude character with their unique architectural details, but can require a great deal of maintenance. Newer homes lack historical charm, but more than make up for [...]
Aerial view, via Google, of Inwood.
Eagles owner Jeff Lurie got married this weekend to Tina Lai, whose family owns a successful suite of Vietnamese restaurants in Chinatown and Cedar Park in West Philadelphia, as well as Fu Wah grocery store, where Tina works as a cashier. Now Tina will, one assumes, move into Lurie’s phenomenal home, Inwood, the 13-acre, four-parcel estate on Cherry Lane in Wynnewood that cost Lurie $14 million in 2007. Before Lurie bought it, the property was the longtime home to philanthropist and media baron Walter Annenberg, who passed away there in 2002.
When Leonore Annenberg first put the property on the market in 2006, she was looking for $15 million, so she got pretty close with Lurie. (Another interested party was said to be auto dealer Robert Potamkin.) The house has incredible amenities–a golf course, a greenhouse, tennis courts, bowling alley, lap pool–some of which Lurie put in after the fact, though the three-hole golf course was Annenberg’s touch. As of time of sale, the main house had 18 rooms and the grounds had woods and a creek. The Annenbergs employed a landscaping staff.
David Rumsey is a man obsessed–and we mean that in the best way. He’s been collecting maps and related ephemera for 25 years and has accumulated more than 150,000 examples of cartographic materials–which includes what you’d expect (atlases, wall maps, globes) as well as books of exploration, schoolbooks and odd antique drawings that have peripheral [...]
Though the barn can’t be put in the same category as the Venturi house, it’s without question the most interesting building on this property. The other two residences could be in any Philly or New Jersey suburb–and they’re entirely different than any farmhouses we’ve featured so far. There’s an in-ground pool and hot tub here, a heated garage and one has a truly pedestrian ranch design.
Yet this is indeed a farm, and a serious one at that: It’s 107 acres of workable land. The Vanna Venturi-lite barn is one of two luxurious equestrian residences–with seven matted 14×14 stalls, hot/cold wash stall, a full kitchen and bath, and a hay loft with a deck; the other with four stalls, electric and water.