Jaw Dropper of the Week: Memorable Childhood Home on Delancey

Photos by Rough Coat Photography

Photos by Valerie Buller of Rough Coat Photography

If there was ever a time to shamelessly plug our new Photo of the Week feature, it would probably be now.

Not to diminish the beautiful work of Valerie Buller, founder of Rough Coat Photography, but it goes without saying that her photos of this Federal townhouse certainly have an intimate atmospheric quality iPhone patrons might appreciate and use as inspiration for their #phillyscape pics on Instagram and Twitter. (And check out that blue #phillyhomeportrait-friendly front door!)

Of course, that should come as no surprise given that Buller can call 241 Delancey her childhood home. (No exaggeration, she was born at CHOP and grew up in the Society Hill home that’s now listed for over $1.47 million.)

“It was a portrait session with the house,” the photographer tells us of the shoot, which, using her Nikon D7100, Buller says she approached from an angle of love. The house “is very much a member of the family,” she adds.

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Jaw Dropper of the Week: 1800 Delancey Is Completely Rehabbed

TREND images via Redfin

TREND images via Redfin

Had we not seen the exterior shot, there was no way we would have guessed it was the corner residential gem at 18th and Delancey. In fact, the only traces of its older interior that we spotted were a marble fireplace in the living room and an antique lion’s head marble fireplace in the master suite. Otherwise, it’s a totally rehabbed house–with a 6-stop elevator–at Delancey Place.

An open floor plan, oversized windows, chef’s kitchen, and raised dining area make up the entire first level, which is entered through wrought iron lattice trimmed vestibule doors. The kitchen comes with glass doors, undermount lighting, Cesarstone counters, and stainless steel appliances by Wolf, SubZero, and Miele. A breakfast bar and side pantry are also here.

Up on the second level, the master suite enjoys a bay window sitting area, his & her closets, a private laundry center, and access to a private deck. It has a gorgeous five-piece marble bathroom with a Maax Optik soaking tub. This room isn’t the only laundry center though: the third floor, which contains two large bedrooms, each with their own ensuite bath, also has one. Finally, the fourth floor. This level is home to the bar and entertainment area, and comes with a skylight and oversized plate glass doors looking out to a roof deck. The basement has a wet bar as well.

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SOLD: NBC Universal CEO’s Rittenhouse Home


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

hank mcneill home

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

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


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


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


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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