We profiled a trinity on Iseminger before, about a block down from this one. It’s not surprising there would be more than one because the street is so old, as are the streets — more like alleyways — that intersect it to form a little colonial time capsule.
This two-bedroom home is historically certified and “rarely available.” Like all trinities, it’s horizontally challenged, but vertically charming. There are fireplaces in the living room and second-floor bedroom, a private brick patio and original hardwood floors, among other touches. There’s a half-bath on the third floor, and a full unfinished basement for storage.
Ed Hermance, owner of the pathbreaking LGBT bookstore Giovanni’s Room, is looking to make a change, reports WHYY’s Elizabeth Fiedler.
“I’m hoping to sell the store,” Hermance told her. “I’ve been looking for a partner, a successor for 25 years, and I think I’ve come close several times but it’s never actually happened.”
Hermance says he’s open to proposals from people who’d like to buy the store.
• Owner Selling Philly LGBT Bookstore Giovanni’s Room [G Philly]
No. 3 of 14 reasons 925 Clinton Street is a knockout.
Said it before and we’ll say it again: Clinton Street is simply one of the most beautiful in the city, and its homeowners tend to feel great pride of place. “Clinton Street is magic,” says Dan McQuade, a local journalist (and Philly Post contributor) who lives on the 900 block. “It’s a gorgeous small side street that’s somehow wide enough for enormous houses and two lanes of cars. The only downside is pizza drivers don’t know what street you’re saying, but they usually get it when you say ‘like Hillary and Bill.’”
When a Clinton Street house comes up for sale, it’s assuredly beautifully taken care of and filled with period details, as is the case with this Clinton Street house for sale, a 3,700-square-foot four-bedroom. But you’ve heard that before, so let’s get more specific. What are the key things that make this great? Let’s start outside.
Photo of Manayunk's upcoming co-working space via Transfer Station's Facebook page.
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Diana Lind’s home at 13th and Lombard went under contract in less than a week. Should your memory be fuzzy, here’s a refresher course:
THE FINE PRINT
Bedrooms: 3 + 2 dens
Square feet: 1,350
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.)
Rendering of Sansom Street after the building of Fergie's Tower via Ten Arquitectos
A frightening epistle came over the transom a few days back saying restaurateur/bar-owner Fergus Carey was selling his eponymous bar on 12th and Sansom so it could could be demolished to make more room for the U3 Ventures/Ten Arquitectos 26-story apartment/hotel/retail tower planned for 12th and Walnut. The email made it sound as though the demolition of Fergie’s was Carey’s decision, so it seemed essential to call and yell at him.
“That’s not true at all,” Fergie said, in that soft Irish brogue that hardly registers along the phone lines. “I don’t even own the building.”
Though tourists generally hit Elfreth’s Alley to get a look at what residential life was like in Philadelphia in ye olden days, those in the know navigate the lovely interlocking streets behind a more contemporary Philly landmark: Dirty Frank’s. From Quince Street to Camac, from Iseminger to Fawn, from Cypress to Panama, the narrow cobblestone alleys are home to residences like this one, a two-bedroom, 1,000-square-foot trinity-style house with pine floors and a little garden on a small lot.
Along with original details that suggest the house’s historical origins, a new furnace was installed in 2003, there’s a full-sized washer and dryer, a new roof was installed in March of this year (and has a 10-year warranty), and the house’s front was recently repointed.
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.
Main entrance to the Lenox Building
This two-bedroom unit in the Lenox Building on South 13th Street has hardwood floors, double shower head, dishwasher, a living room wired for audio and its own private entrance, as well as the standard 24/7 doorperson. But as nice as the 1,700-square-foot example of classic Washington Square West rentals seems to be, it’s the master closet that prompts an audible, lusty gasp from shoe hoarders and fashion junkies.