We’re feeling the love for Rocky II these days. The Philly Post’s Dan McQuade analyzed and mapped Rocky Balboa’s famous filmic run, which took him (most memorably) through the Italian Market and up the Art Museum steps as well as other Philadelphia neighborhoods. McQuade calculated that the run traveled through 10 neighborhoods and traversed more than 30 miles.
Looking at the clips and photos of the film in McQuade’s post put us in mind of the Girard Estate home at 2313 S. Lambert Street — around 20th and Wolf — that starred as Rocky and Adrian’s home in Rocky II. (In the movie, the real estate agent showing the home to the couple said it was in “a very good neighborhood.”) That three-bedroom home went on the market this spring for $139,900, and the listing included a Rocky II mention as a selling point.
Nonetheless, it didn’t sell until last month, and at more than $10,000 below its asking price. What’s wrong with people? This is a cinematic treasure!
Photograph by HughE Dillon
• How Far Did Rocky Go in His Training Run in ‘Rocky II’?
• Previously: Rocky and Adrian’s House From ‘Rocky II’ Is For Sale
Our friend HughE over at PhillyChitChat tells us that Richard Gere is coming to live in the Greater Philadelphia area to film the movie Fanny, and that he’s likely to rent “in the suburbs” because that’s where the majority of the movie will be filmed. “The suburbs,” you’ll admit, is a rather large chunk of change, particularly given that it includes New Jersey and Delaware.
My concern is for Gere’s comfort. This is not a man who — despite his progressive politics and his Buddhism and his passion for yoga — lives modestly. In fact, he currently has a vacation house on the market for $65 million. It’s a manor, actually, and looking at its contours, I don’t see many candidates in this area for a replacement, even if it’s only temporary. In fact, even the Sotheby’s listing says its “a unique property that can never be replicated.” Oh dear.
The house is in the Hamptons, and is called Strongheart Manor. It’s 12,000 square feet and has 12 bedrooms and 12 bathrooms in the main house. There are guest houses on the property as well. Below, some photos of the property.
Okay, so obviously, Cape May, it isn’t. But, I have found what seems to be a reasonable solution, and since it’s at the shore, people won’t likely find him, and surely he can afford a driver to get him to the suburban set. I recommend: Brigantine.
Brigantine is quiet and the people there respect privacy. The below mansion (not a manor, but we’re only talking about a couple letters) has a name: Casa Bella. This is good. Stars like properties with names. Though it’s for sale, celebs know how to rent places that aren’t for rent. (Confidential to plebes: Don’t waste your time trying.)
It’s got 10,000 square feet, though only four bedrooms. But that’s okay! It’s temporary! There are four-and-a-half bathrooms as well, which is not 12, but is more than three. There’s an elevator and a game room.
Other perks: a “state-of-the-art theatre” — with a golfing mural and a popcorn machine — where he could watch his movies (is there anyone, man or woman, who doesn’t cry at Officer and a Gentleman?), and a pool, in case the waterfront access doesn’t cut it. Photos below:
Richard Gere’s Hamptons Manor Asks an Ambitious $65M [Curbed]
Listing: Strongheart North Haven Waterfront [Sotheby's]
Listing: 524 W Shore DrBrigantine, NJ [realtor.com]
Our friends over at Philly Post tell us the Forbes 400 is out–aka “ The Richest People In America” list–and four people within our Greater Philly universe have made the list. For those wondering how the other half lives, so to speak, here’s what we know about their residences.
Mary Alice Dorrance Malone
Image of Iron Springs Farm via VirtualGlobeTrotting
The Campbell Soup heiress operates Iron Springs Farm, which breeds, sells and develops champion Warmblood and Friesian stallions. Should you be an animal person interested in cooing over foals, go quickly to the Farm’s Facebook page, where you may catch a glimpse of life on the farm.
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Remember last summer, when the Twitterverse was abuzz with rumors that Taylor Swift was buying a home in Sea Isle City, New Jersey? A house that looked like this (below)?
The house everyone thought Taylor Swift was building in Sea Isle.
That was cute. As though she was going to bring John Mayer or whoever to the Sea Isle promenade and get a slice. Ridic.
In fact, when Taylor does beach houses, she goes upscale and boyfriend. From Vanity Fair:
In response to the rumors that Swift was looking to buy a house next to the home of her then boyfriend Conor Kennedy’s family in Hyannis Port, Swift tells Sales, “People say that about me, that I apparently buy houses near every boy I like—that’s a thing that I apparently do. If I like you I will apparently buy up the real-estate market just to freak you out so you leave me.”
Which is apparently what happened last summer, because she did actually buy the house ($4.8 million) and they did actually split up.
But this summer Taylor is looking at other beach houses–not in Sea Isle, but in Rhode Island. Witness the Harkness House for $24 million, an oceanfront estate that’s rather more extravagant than anything our little slice of Jersey heaven could offer, as seen below:
But WAIT! The home was designed by a Philadelphia architect. See? Taylor still has a little place in heart for us after all.
• Listing: Spectacular Oceanfront Estate [Seaboard Properties]
Is it possible that there are still people in Philly who don’t know what Bon Jovi has done for this city and for neighboring New Jersey? The housing development, the hunger activism, the work on poverty–he’s a serious philanthropist who makes this city and its neediest people a priority.
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Onetime Van Halen frontman and Jersey Shore philanthropist Sammy Hagar has announced the dissolution of his relationship with Caesars Entertainment, his partner in Sammy’s Beach Bar & Grill at Bally’s Atlantic City Hotel and Casino. The beachside establishment, which opened in 2010, was damaged by the hurricane–how much damage is open to question.
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Michael Vick had to cancel his book tour due to threats of violence, according to today’s Inquirer. Though he signed books without incident in Charlotte, N.C., his next stops in Exton and Atlanta were proving to be more complicated.
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