The last we heard from Dana Spain, the glamorous Society Hill socialite was considering a run for mayor of Philadelphia, back when multimillionaire Tom Knox was also thinking about making a play for City Hall. Now, Spain is embroiled in a lawsuit surrounding her Brewerytown restaurant, Flying Fish Crafthouse, the brewpub offshoot of the popular South Jersey beer brand. Read more »
Holy moly, the day has finally come: someone has bought that mysterious manse at Fitzwater and Marshall Streets in Bella Vista.
But hold on a second there, reader. If you’ve been following along on Property, or have been one of the lucky people fortunate enough to have been invited to step foot inside the Mediterranean villa-inspired home, you’ve known exactly who’s lived there for the past few years: local developer and branding queen – not to mention Philadelphia Animal Welfare Society founder and former Philadelphia Style COO and would-be mayoral candidate – Dana Spain.
The Philly business maven originally listed her South Philly property early last year for a whopping $4.25 million. This past April, it was reduced to $3.75 million and, now, we’ve gotten word that the home got a third price cut, which eventually led to its purchase in a deal that closed on Friday.
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.
Now that South Kensington bids fair to become an annex of Northern Liberties and Fishtown has been hipstered beyond recognition, where’s a young gentrifier with more taste than money going to go now?
How about the next neighborhood upriver from Fishtown?
One of the first new construction projects in years in Port Richmond stalled when the housing market bubble burst in 2008, and it’s now being revived in a new and improved form, bringing well-laid-out, extra-wide townhomes to an attractive but modest block close to Allegheny Square Park and the Richmond branch of the Free Library of Philadelphia.
The six-unit development at 2989-99 Livingston St., which will complete the planned 12-unit project, is the first for McSpain Properties, a development firm formed by two veterans, Dana Spain and Sean McGovern. McGovern has been active in developing housing around the Temple University campus, while Spain has rehabbed commercial properties and designed private residences for individual clients. “McSpain Properties allows Sean and I to meld his skills of budgeting and onsite construction management with my design and finishing talents,” Spain said.
DLG Communications head Dana Spain — founder of the Philadelphia Animal Welfare Society (PAWS) and Philadelphia Style magazine, and possible mayoral candidate — is selling her rather splashy home at Sixth and Fitzwater for $4.25 million. Perhaps it doesn’t fit in well with her political ambitions; a Mediterranean villa with formal gardens, a waterfall, and lighted fountains isn’t exactly populist.
Though its current market value is listed by the city as $1.92 million, Spain has put it on the market for $4.25 million. Seems like she’s aiming high to start with, and why not? The house has 10,000 square feet, and if she’s not in a hurry to sell, she can reduce later.
The listing reveals the house’s remarkable features, some of which are rarely heard of in these parts. For instance, Spain has sculptures made of Belgium black marble, better known as “noir belge.” The sleek, black stone — it’s actually limestone — is hard to get, as there’s only one active quarry today. It can be seen in Versailles — and at Dana Spain’s house.