SOLD: NBC Universal CEO’s Rittenhouse Home

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Photo: Drew Callaghan

Steve Burke, the “still handsome” former COO of Comcast and now CEO of NBC Universal, has finally sold his exquisite home at 1817 Delancey Street — or it’s under contract, at any rate.

Burke bought the six-bedroom townhome with elevator and two-car garage in 2010 for $5.85 million from Acorn Development, which had purchased the home in 2004 for $2.45 million, renovated it, and listed it for $6.6 million. When he decided to put the home up for sale in 2013, the first asking price was $5.6 million, but that was reduced to $5.2 million and then $4.75 million.

Gallery below.

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SOLD: Delancey Street Home Finally Sells After a Few Price Cuts

2127 Delancey St, Philadelphia, PA, 19103

2127 Delancey St, Philadelphia, PA, 19103

After months on the market, this Delancey residence has finally caught a buyer!

According to the property’s Zillow history, the home was originally listed at $1.39 million in March. It was cut to $1.29 million in April and once again in May, bringing it down to $1.2 million. In July, one more reduction was made, leaving it at $999,999.

Just a hair under the million-dollar mark, we’re guessing someone must have started to sweat at this point. Homes on ritzy Delancey are, after all, usually sold off with price tags that dance in the millions (case in point, 2129 Delancey, which sold in May for $1.2 million, or 2041 Delancey, which had a June sale for $2.5 million).

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Spotted: Delancey Residence Listed For Rent at $4,700 Per Month

2210 Delancey Pl, Philadelphia, PA, 19103

2210 Delancey Pl, Philadelphia, PA, 19103

Calling all renters! This rare find on Delancey is looking for tenants. New windows are the latest addition to this property, but dispersed throughout you’ll find–as in any good home on one of Philadelphia’s most beautiful streets–high ceilings and historical architectural notes (among them a 16th-century fireplace mantle).

The first floor consists of an entry hall with coat closet and second private entrance. Upstairs, however, treats include a library with oak paneled walls and a fourth-floor studio space (could be used as a fourth bedroom) that opens out to a roof deck.

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Rittenhouse Modern Drops to $5.9M

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Tylenol heir Henry McNeil (who sold the famed “McIlhenney Mansion” at 1914 Rittenhouse Square to developer Bart Blatstein) was featured in a Wall Street Journal article about Philadelphia-area homes that have historic facades but modern interiors. The WSJ slideshow indeed demonstrates the contrast, which may or may not appeal to every buyer. But at the high end, the initial $8 million asking price was too hot to handle, it seems.

Since that time, McNeill has reduced the price to $6.85 million and now to $5.9 million. Below, there are new photos of the home since the last time it was listed.

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Society Hill Townhouse Proof that Delancey Never Disappoints

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Delancey Street zigzags east to west through Philadelphia and we are of the opinion that just about every block of it is near perfect. The blocks around Rittenhouse Square get a lot of press, but West Philly Delancey is lovely and Society Hill is no slouch, either.

This corner home has been on the market just shy of two weeks. It features a fireplace made from original Pennsylvania blue marble that dates back to 1831. The fireplaces and built-in cabinetry throughout are excellent period details but the kitchen truly stands out. The copper hood, exposed beams and brick hearth combine for a striking colonial effect. But of course the kitchen is full of modern luxuries and high-end appliances.

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“Still Handsome” Steve Burke Gets the RealEstalker Treatment

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The Burkes’ new home in Brentwood, purchased for around $8 million.

RealEstalker, the celebrity-gossip real estate website, recently dished the property dirt on NBC Universal CEO Steve Burke (formerly Comcast’s COO), whose Delancey Street home is for sale for $5.2 million, which RealEstalker notes is on the market.

In addition to the home for sale at 1817 Delancey, Burke just spent $8.7 million on a mansion in L.A. (that’s in addition to another home he has there). He also owns a large New York condo, which is actually three units turned into one, for which he paid a total of $16.5 million.

According to “Your Mama” (the Blanche DuBois-like narrator of RealEstalker), Burke is going take a wallet-thumpin’ hit on the Philadelphia home, which he purchased in August 2010 for $5.85 million.

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Delancey Street Townhouse With the Custom Mural of Your Dreams

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Panoramic penthouse-style views of the Philadelphia skyline are hard to come by, even when you live on Delancey Street. That said, when you live on Delancey Street you can hire professionals to paint any mural that tickles your affluent fancy. Which is precisely what Richard Pinola (known for serving as president and COO of Penn Mutual, and current board member at Bankrate) did with this townhouse. Behold the wrap-around skyline mural.

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Thanksgiving Special: Best Luxury Kitchens in Center City

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Everyone’s thinking about cooking this week. Well, not everyone. Not people like me, who wouldn’t know how to make stuffing even if you paid me to, and whose entire Thanksgiving crew includes a very cranky, just-neutered cat who’s wandering through the house uttering nonstop plaintive cries I can only interpret as, “Why? Why?”

But. There are many other people who cook, and for them — and even for me — it’s nice to dream of a phenomenal kitchen in which to whip up, over eight hours or so, a hearty Thanksgiving meal.

We’ve chosen six kitchens in luxury homes that are currently for sale in Center City that we think are tops — either because the equipment is terrific or because the design is lovely. Half of them are on Delancey Street (or Delancey Place, if you’re being grand about it).

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Pending Sale: Curtis Institute Founder’s Delancey Street Home

Exterior of 1816 Delancey Street

Exterior of 1816 Delancey Street

Well, it’s about time! Last month, we pondered whythe Mary Curtis Bok townhouse was still for sale after a year. (Bok was the founder of the Curtis Institute.) One Property reader noted the kitchen’s lack of natural light and need for renovations. Still, the four-story property is on Philadelphia’s ritzy Delancey Street and has an elevator and six bedrooms. Yet 400-plus days later, the wallflower home saw little public activity. Until now.

We really hope this pending sale soon becomes official. The house must be getting pretty lonely!

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