Either an ambulance or a firetruck exploded at the Engine 8, Ladder 2 firehouse at Fourth and Arch. Details are scarce right now, but CBS 3 reports that the damage to the building is “extensive.” While it’s always troubling when a historic building is compromised, it’s particularly devastating in this case because the firehouse [...]
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Photo by Laura Kicey
The Fodor’s 100 Hotel Awards is pretty much what it sounds like: a contest honoring the best 100 hotels around the world. And Philly’s own Hotel Monaco, in operation for just one year, has made the cut in the Sleek City Addresses category, which acknowledges “glossy city hotels that offer high style and first rate amenities.”
In case you haven’t seen the glorious Monaco, here’s a gallery of photos by Laura Kicey:
This is just a charmer, no doubt about it, and so iconically Old City. Little Quarry Street isn’t even a street, really — just a block of perfectly preserved cobblestones in a unique design. The entry to the red brick building inside which this hidden condo awaits is as understated as can be, so it’s surprising to go from the narrow confines of what’s essentially an alleyway to a rather spacious shared courtyard with a grill and plenty of green.
As for the apartment itself, its spiral staircase — though of a metal and wood design that typically embodies mediocrity and sameness — doesn’t look half bad here because of the overall semi-industrial design. The white painted brick, exposed ductwork and exposed beams are all a perk for a buyer who likes the industrial look, and the hardwood floors look like antique random-width oak even where they’re not.
Just another day in one of Philadelphia's 15 nerdiest places: Brave New Worlds in Old City. Photo via the store's Facebook.
Chris Cummins has a terrific list over at Topless Robot (itself an incredibly nerdy name for a site) of “The 15 Nerdiest Places in Philadelphia.” They are all businesses or locations that every good cosplayer could love. (Philebrity makes a good point, however, which is that Cummins missed a key spot: ”Wherever Eric Smith is standing right now.”)
From a real estate perspective, however, things shake out rather interestingly, which is to say that of the seven neighborhoods represented, Old City crushes the others: It has fully a third of the nerd nirvanas, including Brave New Worlds, National Mechanics, and a mysteriously named Torchwood grocery store. Perhaps the nerds should unite and form a new civic association now that Old City Civic Association no longer exists. Cummins made no mention of N3rd Street.
This two-bedroom penthouse apartment–one of just 10 units in 101 Walnut Condominiums–is the only one with two stories, and much more thrilling, the only one with a private pool. While the rest of the 3,500-square-foot unit is remarkable in various ways, the sleek pool is undoubtedly its highlight. From the master suite, the resident can slide open a wall of glass to get to the heated pool, which is on a 1,800-square-foot terrace with an outdoor kitchen. There’s a flat-screen TV that’s visible from the pool–but then, so is the skyline. Homeland or hometown? Up to you.
The views are almost equally incredible from inside thanks to glass walls that allow a river-to-buildingtop vision of the cityscape. With so much to see outside, the interior has been kept deliberately simple. That aesthetic is also for sale, in a sense: The Roche Bobois furnishings, Design Within Reach lighting and the Holly Hunt rug can also be part of the deal.
Photo by Laura Kicey
True, it’s not necessarily an intuitive pairing: a swank, highly designed Kimpton hotel and sweaty, summer bikers who do battle with Philadelphia’s inconsistent bike lane system and angry automobile drivers. But today–and today only–the hotel is offering free six-point checkups to bicycle owners, both local and of the tourist variety. The project is in conjunction with Keswick Cycle, whose employees probably know a wee bit more about derailleurs than your average concierge.
The motivation for the program is twofold: One is to promote wellness and the other is to promote the hotel’s bike loan program. (Hotel Palomar, near Rittenhouse Square, is also offering bike loans to its guests.)
Is it proximity to Old City galleries that make this condo so appealing for an art collection? Or is it the high ceilings and broad white walls with the sunken living room? The current owner has made good use of all 680 square feet, turning every room into a petit gallery.
Photo of Ronald Wagenhoffer in better times via philadelinquency
Inquirer staff writer Julia Terruso filed a superb story this weekend offering an inside look at the state of mind of Ronald Wagenhoffer, the L&I inspector who was involved in monitoring the demolition site at 22nd and Market–the site that ultimately collapsed and killed six people. Terruso spoke at length with Wagenhoffer’s wife, Michele, who [...]
315 New Street
It’s every seller’s dream: to put a property on the market and get an offer in less than a week. That’s what happened in the three cases below.
1. Address: 315 New Street, #712
The Overview: This apartment was advertised as “the lowest-priced two-bedroom condo in Old City.” That’s a terrific selling point, as is the parking, doorman and separate storage space the pet-friendly Bridgeview building offers. This 950-square-foot unit has two full bathrooms, exposed brick and high ceilings. Another canny listings touch–a note about sweat equity: “Unit 412 (with the same floor plan but three floors lower) sold in February for $284,000.”
What made it sell?: Old City has low inventory, the listings copy was terrific, and it was a legitimately good deal in a great neighborhood with a WalkScore of 94. Even those unappealing photos didn’t hurt.
Listed for: $225,000
It’s not too often that houses come up for sale or rent on Elfreth’s Alley, the oldest continuously occupied residential street in the the nation. This three-bedroom 18th-century home is as enormous as Alley houses get, though its nickname is Half House because it’s so narrow. Prior owners apparently tired of the 18th-century footprint, as they built a two-story addition in 2007. The systems, thankfully, were modernized as well: The house has radiant, zoned heat and A/C.