Trinity Tuesday: Eurostyle in Bella Vista for $260K

756 S. Darien St. #8 (8 Lincoln Ave.), Philadelphia, Pa. 19147 | Images via Very Real Estate

You might be forgiven if, when you turn into the brick-paved pedestrian lane called Lincoln Avenue on which this trinity sits, you think you’ve managed to transport yourself to some picturesque village on the Amalfi coast. The sunshine, intimate scale and stucco walls of the homes lining this alley may have that effect on you.

But you’re not in Italy, though you are close to the Italian Market. You’re at the eastern edge of Bella Vista, close to dining, shopping, and lots of other good things — all of which you can forget exist in this spiffed-up trinity on a very quiet path. Read more »

These Are The 10 Most Affordable Homes in Bella Vista

915-25 Bainbridge St. #205, a bi-level loft condo in a converted schoolhouse, is in the upper half of both the sale price and price per square foot stats for these Bella Vista homes for sale. | TREND image via Plumer & Associates

The least expensive homes in Bella Vista right now come in a wide variety of sizes, from small — a 500-square-foot one-bedroom condo — to large — a four-bedroom home with 1,688 square feet of space.

Their prices, however, hover in a narrow band. With one exception — that 500-square-foot condo, which lists for $180,000 — they range in price from $259,900 to $379,900.

“On a per-square-foot basis, these properties range from $208 to $472 per square foot,” said Constantine A. Valhouli, director of research for NeighborhoodX.

That puts them squarely in the middle of house values citywide. Read more »

What $500K Will Buy You in Bella Vista

920 South St. #3, Philadelphia, Pa. 19147 | TREND image via BHHS Fox & Roach Realtors

You probably know that Bella Vista is home to the Italian Market. But were you aware that you have the opportunity to call the community home as well — and at a reasonable price? With a median home value of $399,300, $500K will secure you some spacious digs in the city. See below for three nice, and very unique, picks. Read more »

Local Cider Makers Find a New Home in Bella Vista

Cider is a big-freakin’-deal this year. It maybe even bigger than beer (gasp!) if you consider the many cider-driven dinners happening all over the city (like Saté Kampar’s sambal/cheese/cider dinner and Good King’s Cider Suppers), and the new local labels popping up throughout the region (like Plougman Cider and Big Hill Ciderworks), not to mention the cideries opening here by the end of the year. Original 13 Ciderworks is scheduled to open in Kensington this summer, and Kurant is scheduled to open not too long after at 436 East Girard Avenue.

And now there’s Hale & True, opening a cidery and tasting room in Bella Vista at 613 South 7th Street — on the bottom floor of a brand new luxury apartment building, right across from The Good King Tavern — later this year.

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Philly Ranked Fifth Most Walkable City in U.S. This Year

All of Center City’s neighborhoods, from the Avenue of the Arts on down, are “Walker’s Paradises,” contributing to the city’s continued ranking among the five most walkable cities in the U.S. | Photo by Jeff Fusco

A mere two-tenths of a point dropped Philadelphia from its perch as the nation’s fourth-most-walkable city in this year’s Walk Score rankings of American cities.

Miami traded places with Philadelphia to become the No. 4 most walkable city in the U.S. on this year’s list. But no one should lament this development, for what it means is merely that cities all across America continue to up their walkability game.

A news release from Walk Score parent Redfin noted that once again, all of the 10 most walkable cities had higher Walk Scores than they did last year, and of the top 50, only Omaha saw its Walk Score fall (by a mere 0.3 point). Philadelphia’s Walk Score of 79 was 0.7 points above its showing last year, but Miami posted an even stronger gain of one full point to 79.2, putting it in fourth place and Philly in fifth. Read more »

Trinity Tuesday: Revised and Extended in Bella Vista for $385K

602 Coulter St., Philadelphia, Pa. 19147 | TREND images via BHHS Fox & Roach

602 Clymer St., Philadelphia, Pa. 19147 | TREND images via BHHS Fox & Roach

C-SPAN fans — both of you — are familiar with the phrase “revise and extend my remarks,” which means that a U.S. Representative’s three-minute speech will run 100 pages in the Congressional Record.

This house on Bella Vista’s eastern edge isn’t that much more roomy than it was before it got a total renovation in 2011, but it is significantly revised. The makeover restored the original trinity steps between the first and second floors but otherwise turned this into a totally modern home.

The first floor features a tile-floored living room, an up-to-date eat-in kitchen, and a powder room. There’s a great wood-decked rear patio out back. Read more »

Trinity Tuesday: Back on the Block in Bella Vista for $369.9K

1132 Webster St., Philadelphia, Pa. 19147 | TREND images via BHHS Fox & Roach

1132 Webster St., Philadelphia, Pa. 19147 | TREND images via BHHS Fox & Roach

If this home looks familiar to you, that’s because it is.

The owner of this extra-large expanded trinity in Bella Vista had it up for sale this summer.

Apparently, there were no takers.

And that was after several price reductions.

Might the lack of success have had something to do with the way it showed?

Apparently, the owner thought so. Read more »

BarOne: A South Philly Family’s Bar

barone-940The fifth generation of the family who brought you Ralph’s now brings you a casual Italian bar and eatery across the street from the South Philly institution. Siblings Ryan and Gabrielle Rubino, managers of the family restaurants, present BarOne, whose grand opening is set for Friday October 21st.

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Stove & Tap Team Opening Two New Restaurants Next Month


Al Pastor: Opening in Exton

I was a big fan of Lansdale’s Stove & Tap when I reviewed it a couple months back. It’s a large, ambitious space in the ‘burbs, run by two industry vets, serving food that’s better than what most people expect to find outside the city.

And now, owners (and Starr alums) Justin Weathers and Joseph Monnich are expanding in a big way. They’ve got two new restaurants scheduled to open next month, both of them in the Eagleview Town Center in Exton. We haven’t got a lot of information yet, but here’s what we know…

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Neuf Celebrates Birthday, Opens for Brunch

Restaurant Neuf

Restaurant Neuf

Sometimes we wonder how a restaurant could possibly improve–and then it opens for brunch.

If you have never started your morning with shakshuka, a middle eastern dish of tomato sauce, poached egg, vegetables and bread for dipping, you have been doing morning incorrectly. On Saturday October 1st, when Neuf opens for brunch in celebration of its one year anniversary, you will have the opportunity to correct this. Or to indulge in some Paris-brest pain perdu (that’s french toast), a number of elaborate omelettes or an open-faced baguette (which are the same in English).

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