TREND photo via Keller Williams
Here’s a Bella Vista duplex with two one-bedroom apartments that’s likely to be a good investment. The reason? The location: an area that, no matter its transformation and influx of new, young residents — both single and with small children — remains safe, stable and filled with the house-proud. There are still plenty of renters, like the two people who currently live in the building, and given how hard it is to find good rental units in South Philly, these are probably highly coveted. As you can see, the first-floor unit has plenty of charm, with hardwood floors, a backyard and a wood burning stove, for god’s sake. The upstairs unit also has hardwood floors, a full bathtub and a roof deck — and both units have a washer/dryer.
The building is on a triangle of land bordered by East Passyunk Avenue, Christian and 7th Street. Residents are right by Shot Tower Coffee, which is a very nice place to be, as well as other neighborhood conveniences. Take a look at the gallery below.
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Left to right: Living rooms of 750 and 763 South 9th St.
Unlike the South Third row houses from weeks ago, these two aren’t neighbors. But they are on the same block: South Ninth Street between Fitzwater and Catharine. Both offer garage parking, bi-level roof decks, and a minute-walk to the Italian Market. Here are the deets:
750, which consists of two separately deeded properties sold together, includes a main house with wide-plank cypress wood floors (the interior is French farmhouse-inspired), second-floor family room with built-in office and bedroom suite, and roof decks with built-in seating (1st level) and garden and drip irrigation system (2nd level). Outside the kitchen, a brick patio and walkway lead to the rear property made up of garage and guest house.
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Despite a fire closing down Hawthornes earlier this year, nothing can stop the beer cafe from enjoying a full day of beer, food and music.
This Saturday, July 5th, from 12 p.m. to 8 p.m. join Hawthornes as they host the 5th Annual IPA Block Party. With drafts from all over, great food and live music going on the entire day, you should start getting excited for the weekend now. Entry is free – just pay as you go (cash only) and enjoy all this party has to offer.
Check out the official draft list below.
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Fresh on the heels of the news that one Philly food collaboration is changing gears, another one is just gearing up. In a little storefront at 806 South 6th Street, where East Passyunk hits Catharine, Peddler Coffee and Koliyan Cambodian Desserts have opened up shop. Though early rumors labeled the space a coffee shop, and though there is frequently cold brew and coffee beans available for sale (through online pre-order), the space is resolutely more collaborative than that.
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Just yesterday we told you about about this terrific Bella Vista home owned by Haviv David, founder of Mama’s Vegetarian. It went on the market June 11th, and is now off of Zillow.com and listed as “Pending Sale” on Redfin. Now, it’s possible that it’s simply been removed from the MLS, but it’s also equally possible that the combination of this terrific home and the scarcity of inventory in Bella Vista combined to create the perfect storm for the seller.
In case you’ve forgotten, the gallery is below:
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Yesterday, I got home from working late and stumbled upon something really interesting. I was hungry, it was 1:30 in the morning, and I was scrolling through GrubHub’s suspect list of restaurants open for delivery late at night.
Nina’s Trattoria, yes the little BYOB in the Italian Market, was hidden amongst all the chinese takeouts and gross pizza parlors. I called to make sure they were open, and to my surprise, somebody answered. I ordered my food, it came within the hour, and the bliss I felt chowing down on their penne bolognese with a side of meatballs at 2:30 a.m. is a feeling you can only experience for yourself.
David Neukirch, one of the two brothers that own Nina’s explained, “working in the industry, you get out late at night, and you end up eating junk. So we’re giving people some good food to eat late at night.” He mentioned that they’ll soon be adding to the late night menu as well—pizza to be specific.
They’re open late for delivery Tuesday-Sunday until 2 a.m. on weekdays, and 3 a.m. on weekends (Nina’s encourages placing your order before 1:45 a.m. on weekdays, and 2:45 a.m. on weekends, and a call ahead won’t hurt either).
Sometimes, good news just falls in your lap.
Nina’s Trattoria [Official]
In general, “sunny” can be relied upon to be real-estate code for “this place is dumpy but at least there are windows!” That is not the case with this Bella Vista row home owned by Haviv David, founder of Mama’s Vegetarian restaurant. Between the central skylight showering light throughout all three floors and the glassed-in sunroom, this home is sun-filled in the best sense of the term.
The entryway to the home is custom-made concrete and tile, leading to a first floor that includes a laundry room and powder room in addition to living room and kitchen. The kitchen is finished with a five-burner Napoleon ventless stove as well as an LG dishwasher, and a Jenn-Air refrigerator.
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There is a fine line between pattern and color interplay reading as sophisticated and eclectic and as “I’m Edie Bouvier Beale and I live in Grey Gardens.” This enormous Bella Vista home skirts Edie territory but mixes half of ROY-G-BIV in a series of saturated paint colors, intricate floor patterns and seriously intense wallpaper. We are especially keen on the peacock hallways.
Built in the 1860s, the home retains Victorian details like light fixtures, crown moldings, center ceiling medallions and ornamental marble fireplaces and cornices. The entryway includes marble wainscoting and antique tile and leads to a living room with the first of several antique chandeliers. The kitchen has been through a series of modern updates, including high-end appliances, pendant lighting and quartz counters. A spa room leads to the garden and includes more stained glass and a hot tub.
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Craig LaBan finds that the Good King Tavern does a heck of a job channeling Southern France, even if chef Paul Lyons might be better served by honing his menu than expanding it with specials.
“Eggplant “3 ways,” though, was my favorite, a multi-technique display that didn’t forget to showcase the ingredient. Baby eggplants were tenderly cooked sous-vide before a finishing pan char. Pickled cubes of eggplant added tangy little bursts. And a silky “eggplant caviar” puree at the base of this colorful medley (which also crunched with shaved raw sunchokes and purple rounds of watermelon radish) had a Mediterranean richness and a sneaky prickle of spicy heat.”
Two Bells – Very Good
A taste of Southern France in South Philly [Philadelphia Inquirer]
The Good King Tavern [Foobooz]
Photo by Arthur Etchells
Boot & Saddle and executive chef Christopher Davis have revamped their menu for spring and due to popular demand has added a burger. The B&S Burger comes topped with smoked Gouda, braised pork belly and chili relish for $13. Also new on the menu, smoke rainbow trout salad, chilled spicy roasted beet sandwich and crispy chicken wings.
The full Boot & Saddle spring menu »