Trinity Tuesday: David Lynch’s Former Fairmount Home

2429 Aspen St, Philadelphia, PA, 19130

2429 Aspen St, Philadelphia, PA, 19130

A decade before Eraserhead made its debut in 1977, director David Lynch was living in Philadelphia. To be more precise, he was living in this Fairmount house.

Lynch recently had some words to say about his time here, including an admission that for all his city phobia, his creativity flourished in the dark landscape of mid-’60s Philadelphia. From the Courier Post:

“It wasn’t a normal city when I was here,” Lynch recalled. “The fear, insanity, corruption, filth, despair, violence in the air was so beautiful to me.”

“Philadelphia is percolating in me,” Lynch added.

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Jon Runyan’s Ginormous $5.8M Estate With Sports Bar

TREND photo via BHHS Fox & Roach-Moorestown

TREND photo via BHHS Fox & Roach-Moorestown

The buildings on Jon Runyan‘s 23 acre estate were designed in the style of the French chateau by the David Donachy firm. They’re built, according to the listing, from Peruvian Travertine, limestone cast stone and custom ironwork. Naturally, as befits a former Eagle and current congressman, there are all kinds of amenities, including a surplus of purposeful rooms, like three home offices, a music room, and “a raised panel library for the little ones.” And then there’s that Tiki hut by the pool.

Most exciting, though, has to be that sports bar with its multiple TVs. The listing says it’s “dressed in timber,” but at the moment, it’s dressed in Eagles regalia as well. No surprise there. ’Tis the season! Gallery below.

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Reduced: Andy Reid’s Villanova Home

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Detail photo of Andy Reid’s Villanova house via Main Line Executive Realty, Inc.

When we say that former Eagles coach Andy Reid’s Villanova home dropped its asking price by “about $300,000 last week,” what we mean is this: it actually dropped $300,001. That’s real estate for you: that exceedingly precise dollar amount makes it possible to now put the home’s ask below $2 million, which is to say $1,999,999. Bob Barker would love that.

A little refresher, with some notes for winter: The very private Main Line home is at the end of a cul-de-sac and has two fireplaces and a heated driveway and front walkway for easy snow removal. Specs and gallery below.

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On the Market: Danny Seo’s Bucks County Stunner

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Photo via Kurfiss Sotheby’s International

Reading, Pa. native Danny Seo is a male, environmentally conscious Martha Stewart — if Martha Stewart were busier than she is and not an ex-felon. He’s a published book author. He has a syndicated column called “Do Just One Thing.” He has a line of home products is sold at TJ Maxx, Marshalls and HomeGoods. He’s a Today show regular. He makes organic wines, and sells his bath products and fragrances on the Home Shopping Network. He’s a spokesperson for a couple companies. And now he’s a magazine publisher, with the first issue of Naturally, Danny Seo out this month.

As an introduction to Seo, the magazine features his Bucks County “glass house,” which is a mid-century modern-style beauty — a little Kahn-inspired jewel in the woods. An interview with him about the house does more to explain its appeal than any listing could. A few excerpts:

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Inside Cole Hamels’ $1.55M Newtown Square Home

TREND photo

TREND photo

Is Cole Hamels following in Ryan Howard’s footsteps? Seems he and wife Heidi — who are not building a palatial Florida estate with doorknobs that cost thousands of dollars — are planning a move.

The Phillies pitcher moved to Newtown Square (a significant hike from his former Two Liberty Place residence) in 2009, as philly.com’s Lauren Mennen noted, into a home they bought for $1.53 million. Now they’re selling it for $1.55 million. Amenities include a three-car attached garage; finished basement with second kitchen, bar, game room and play room; and (not surprisingly) a security system with motion detectors and cameras.

Other general highlights are visible in the gallery of TREND real estate photos below, but the generic quality of the rooms make me think the photos must be of the model home in the development and not of the family home itself. Also, the address is slightly different on the deed. So: grain of salt.

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Ryan Howard Spent $80K on Doorknobs

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Days after reporting his Blue Bell home was pending sale and speculating to where the Big Piece was headed, we now find out his beachfront estate, which reportedly rang up to $5.8 million in construction costs, is closer to completion than we imagined.

Situated just 10 miles from the Phillies’ spring training complex in Clearwater, the home will include two kitchens, two elevators, three laundry rooms, bowling alley, wine room, two-story library, and (you can take moment to catch your breath now) a trophy room, according to the Tampa Bay Times.

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Ryan Howard’s Blue Bell Home Is Pending Sale

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Exterior shot of Ryan Howard’s Blue Bell home.

Ryan Howard’s custom-made home in Montgomery County, placed on the market in June, is now pending sale. The deal is expected to close sometime in August, according to Philly.com. What does it mean? Where is Howard going? When? Will the Phils release him?

From a baseball standpoint, we don’t know right now. But from a real estate standpoint, we do know this: He’s certainly not going to live in his still-in-construction 20-room Florida mansion. He used to spend time in Rittenhouse Square, where pals Cliff Lee and Jonathan Papelbon settled, as PhillyChitChat’s HughE Dillon noted in October:

Whatever the case, the sale of his Deerfield Estates home is a lucky break. The property may have attracted more curious fans than actual potential buyers in the beginning, as hinted by the listing’s closing line: “Only qualified buyers, please. Listing agent must accompany…” 

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Flyers’ Claude Giroux Buys Unit at 10 Rittenhouse

Photo by Laura Kicey.

Photo by Laura Kicey.

Does Claude Giroux care that he’ll be close to Cliff Lee and Jonathan Papelbon, who live at 1706, now that he bought a penthouse unit at 10 Rittenhouse? Do the Phillies and the Flyers guys hang out? (In fact, does anyone hang out with Jonathan Papelbon?)

Well, no matter. He has plenty of other bigwigs to hang with at 10 Rittenhouse, as the Philadelphia Business Journal’s Natalie Kostelni — the Brenda Starr of real estate reporting — revealed today. Last year, Property’s Shannon Rooney and Laura Kicey took a look at the penthouses in progress, and some of these photos are those being used to market the 29th-floor units, one of which Giroux bought for $2.2 million or thereabouts. Thus, we can assume the photos below represent the way Claude Giroux will now live:

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Andy Reid’s Main Line House Is for Sale

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Detail photo of Andy Reid’s Villanova house via Main Line Executive Realty, Inc.

Andy Reid must be settling in as head coach of the Kansas City Chiefs, as he’s finally decided to sell his private Main Line home at the end of a cul-de-sac in Villanova. Built in 1999, the home has several standout details: two fireplaces, an office with built-in shelving, finished basement and third floor, and closets with storage systems. From a practical standpoint, the house has a generator and a heated driveway and front walkway, making snow removal a breeze.

A secluded back deck leads to lovely grounds — more than spacious enough for a game of touch football. Gallery below.

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