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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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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Why Won’t This Sell?: 6BR Townhouse at 1816 Delancey

bokdelanceySure, the wallpaper is a little … dated. And the kitchen walls are sort of severe. But this is Delancey Street! And the original home of Mary Curtis Bok – yes, that Mary Curtis Bok. Why in heaven’s name has this home been on the market for more than a year, Philadelphia?
In addition to its historical singularity, this home boasts more than 4,600 square feet of space on the city’s swankiest street. The four-story townhouse includes six bedrooms, five full bathrooms, three powder rooms and an entryway that looks fit to welcome Mary Poppins. Plus more fireplaces than you can shake a stick at and several metric tons of marble. And an elevator for good measure.

NBC Universal CEO Cuts the Price of His Delancey Street Home By Almost Half a Million


Comcast COO/NBC Universal CEO Steve Burke put his exquisite house at 1817 Delancey Street on the market in April for $5.6 million. Today it was reduced to $5.2 million. It’s a terrific block, as we’ve said before, and the 8,000-square-foot, five-bedroom home has nine fireplaces, an elevator and a huge garage, among other perks.

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Owner of Tampa Bay Rays Puts Delancey Street Home on the Market

This Delancey Street home is owned by Steve Levick, one of the owners of Major League Baseball’s Tampa Bay Rays, currently in second place in the American League. The nearly 5,000-square-foot house is on the 1800 block–one of the best in the city–and has four bedrooms (or three bedrooms plus den). The built-ins, moldings and hardwood floors are hallmark features of the stately homes on this street, and the wallpaper–while perhaps not to everyone’s taste–also sounds classic notes. An elevator helps get to a roof garden.

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