Driveway or Patio? This Bella Vista Home Has Room For One

TREND photos via Listhub / Plumer & Associates Inc.

TREND photos via Listhub / Plumer & Associates Inc.

If the surrounding amenities are any indication, this home is in a neighborhood that’s just as a lively as its interior. Situated within the Meredith School catchment, the home is within short walking distance to two parks and a playground, cafes, restaurants, and all the hubbub South Street has to offer. And guess what? Walkability aside, car owners can relax as it comes with driveway.

Of course if you’re like me and refuse to drive, there’s always the possibility of converting the parking space into a patio (barbecue season is upon us!). Inside you’ll find a finished basement that’s been fully carpeted, hardwood floors, an updated kitchen with granite tops and a breakfast bar, a third-floor master suite with vaulted ceiling, two closets, and a non-working brick fireplace, and–if the whole patio thing isn’t in your plan–a deck.

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Dana Spain’s Opulent South Philly Smart Home Has Had Its Price Reduced

TREND photos via Redfin

TREND photos via Redfin

What would have been of this year’s mayoral race had Dana Spain resolved to run for office? Perhaps we’ll know the answer to that in a few years time, but for now all we can offer you is a peek (really a second peek) into the driven businesswoman’s glamorous South Philly digs, which recently had $500k cut from its original $4.25 million price tag.

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Details On Noord Owner Joncarl Lachman’s New North African Restaurant in the Italian Market


Put down that Dutch Cookery book, Joncarl!

I had dinner at Noord last night on East Passyunk Avenue, but before I left I made sure to bend Chef / owner Joncarl Lachman’s ear about what he has planned for his new location in the Italian Market. 

First things first: They’re deciding between two names: Bistro Neuf or Restaurant Neuf. The name Neuf, because “neuf” means 9 in French and the restaurant is on 9th Street—in the former location of Argentinian steakhouse 943.

The menu will be North African with French influences. I’m told to expect hearty Moroccan tajines (yes, some with pigeon), braised meats and even bouillabaisse. 

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Restaurant Review: Juniper Commons

Juniper Commons | Photos by Michael Persico

Juniper Commons | Photos by Michael Persico

At Juniper Commons, where old newspaper headlines paper two walls in a triumph of microfilm and selective memory, there’s electricity in the air.




Lionel Richie’s on the radio — along with Air Supply and Hall & Oates, all those smooth synthesizers washing over the occasional drum-machine downbeat of early LL Cool J. Votive candles flicker in amber ashtrays beneath globe lights fed by telephone-coil wire, and the lounge area goes back to the future with wingback chairs out of the Jetsons’ living room. Read more »

Jack-in-the-Box Home: Bathroom Edition

TREND images via BHHS Fox & Roach-Center City Walnut

TREND images via BHHS Fox & Roach-Center City Walnut

Renovations, particularly extensive ones that totally remodel a home’s interior, are always neat to see. Of course, the changes they bring about are especially striking when the exterior is super far from what you’d expect to see on the inside, as was the the case of Tylenol heir Hank McNeil’s Delancey mansion and this Bella Vista home.

Built circa 1915, the three-bedroom row house on Fitzwater Street now has a wholly contemporary interior that boasts the likes of high-end hardwood floors, an architectural staircase with iron railings, and a kitchen with elongated granite countertops and stainless steel appliances (that includes the vent hood). Above the kitchen island is designer pendant lighting, while across a set of sliding glass doors lead to the 30-foot deep garden.

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The Revisit: Serpico

Serpico photo courtesy the anagramatic Mike Persico

Serpico photo courtesy of the anagramatic Mike Persico

There’s only so much a clean bathroom can tell you about a restaurant, but every now and then they speak volumes.

To face the poster of Olivia Newton-John wearing her “Physical” gear in the Juniper Commons men’s room is to know, conclusively, that there’s no escaping the 1980s there. The inexplicably unflattering powder-room lighting at the late, unlamented Avance — which had inherited perfectly good illumination from Le Bec-Fin — encapsulated the misguided priorities that sank the place. Even the community chalkboards lining Crow & The Pitcher’s facilities testify to that restaurant’s yearning to be adopted by a neighborhood that’s never really rallied behind a tenant at that address. (And where else but Miami Beach could have a setup like this?) Read more »

Morning Headlines: Murals Arts Program Wall-Hunting in Bella Vista


Wellness by James Burns, via Mural Arts/BVNA

It’s been a busy couple of week for the Mural Arts Program. Not only have they announced a star-studded lineup of artists for their “Open Source” project that’s being billed as Philly’s biggest site-specific art exhibition ever, they are on the hunt for a fresh wall space in Bella Vista for a new installation entitled “Wellness” from staff artist James Burns, according to Passyunk Post.

If you know of a space for the new mural, the Bella Vista Neighbors Association wants to know about it as they are looking for a site “as soon as possible,” according to their website. Here’s more:

[T]he design for this mural is based on the Enso circle, which is a form of meditation. The inspiration for the design for this Wellness mural was created in part by participants in Wellness workshops at the Broad Street Ministry and other workshops held throughout the city.

You may recall that “Autumn”, a beloved mural on Bainbridge Street that was part of the Four Seasons in Philadelphia collection by artist David Guinn, was covered a few years ago by infill housing.

Mural Arts Program is looking for a Bella Vista wall [Passyunk Post]

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Pappy Van Winkle and Brisket Dinners at Percy Street


Percy Street Barbecue has snagged a few bottles of the practically impossible to secure, Pappy Van Winkle 10, 12 and 23 year old bourbons, and they’re pairing the bourbon with a special brisket dinner for some quick-fingered followers of Percy Street.

Percy Street is offering three bourbon + brisket dinners for a maximum of eight guests for $800 (includes tax and gratuity). The dinner will include pours of all three of the Pappy Van Winkle bourbons, a whole brisket plus off-menu dishes and treats created by chef/owner Erin O’Shea.

The dinners will be released one at a time via Twitter and Percy Street’s email newsletter. First email reply scores the dinner.

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South Street’s Hot Diggity Closes

Menu boards by Hawk Krall

Menu boards by Hawk Krall

Keith Garabedian is closing his South Street hot dog shop after three-and-a-half praise filled years. Hot Diggity immediately seemed like it had always been on South Street and I never considered it would close. Garabedian shares a wonderful thank you letter to his customers, co-conspirators, chef friends and more.

Hot Diggity will be missed.

Read the entire letter on Facebook.

Hot Diggity [Foobooz]

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