Fattah Estate Goes on the Market in East Falls for $995K

3941-45 W. Netherfield Rd., Philadelphia, Pa. 19129 | TREND images via Elfant Wissahickon Realtors

The latest property being unloaded in the Disgraced Pol Hit Parade went on the market last Tuesday.

It’s the former home of Congressman Chaka Fattah and his wife Renee Chenault-Fattah, a 2.6-acre estate tucked away on a quiet lane in East Falls. The couple has already cleared out of the place for their new digs — Chaka at a minimum-security Federal prison camp in western Pennsylvania for the next 10 years, Renee at an undisclosed location — but they left it in mint condition and move-in ready.

Though the house dates only to 1930, there’s some history behind this plot: the estate was once part of a much larger 10-acre one dating to the 1700s that stretched from School House Lane all the way to Coulter Street. Two older structures with a link to that past also sit on these grounds: a carriage house thought to date to the 1800s and a one-room cottage with sleeping loft believed to be the oldest structure on the property. According to local lore, this cottage once served as a way station for hunters. Read more »

Jawdropper of the Week: A Polished Gem in East Falls for $2.195M

3033 Cherry Ln., Philadelphia, Pa. 19144 | TREND images via BHHS Fox & Roach

3033 Cherry Ln., Philadelphia, Pa. 19144 | TREND images via BHHS Fox & Roach

Boy, is this thing spectacular. We mean, those walls of glass speak for themselves.

Richard Neutra‘s iconic Hassrick residence was designed back in 1958. Since then, the residence, situated on a 2.16-acre lot, has been magnificently restored by its current owners. The property itself can be found down a long road in East Falls, making it a secluded oasis for homeowners.

As we mentioned already, the signature Richard Neutra walls of glass in the home are easily its best features. Even when you’re inside the home, you feel connected to the exterior landscape around you – that’s not something you can simply say about just any property, much less one that’s within city limits. Read more »

First-Time Find: An Updated Rowhome in East Falls for $219K

3616 Weightman St., Philadelphia, Pa., 19129 | TREND images via Keller Williams Realty

3616 Weightman St., Philadelphia, Pa., 19129 | TREND images via Keller Williams Realty

If you’re looking to settle down and start a family, but aren’t quite ready to uproot your life to the Philadelphia suburbs (or beyond), you might feel limited in your search for that perfect first home. Fortunately for you, though, this East Falls rowhome might just be the total package – and for a decent price.

Step inside to the spacious living room finished with gorgeous hardwood floors. The living room transitions right into a dining room that can fit your whole family comfortably. Next to the dining room is a completely updated kitchen with plenty of cabinetry and counter space.

Head up to the second floor and you will find three bedrooms. Although the master bedroom lacks that ever-so-desirable master bath, it does feature two separate closets. The third bedroom appears to be quite small, but don’t let that steer you away – it’s the perfect size for a nursery.

The basement is an added bonus. It is finished and can be used as an additional family room or den. A utility room with a washer and dryer is also located down here.

A short distance from the East Falls Train Station, Kelly Drive, the Schuylkill River Trail, Manayunk, Center City, and more, this little piece of greatness in East Falls is an empty nest just waiting to be filled.

THE FINE PRINT

BEDS: 3

BATHS: 1

SQUARE FEET: 960

SALE PRICE: $219,000

OTHER STUFF: This property comes with a one-car attached garage and private driveway.



3616 Weightman St., Philadelphia, Pa. 19129 [Sean Ryan | Keller Williams Realty – Philadelphia Northeast]

First-Time Find: A Cook’s Dream in East Falls for $249K

3310 Tilden St., Philadelphia, Pa. 19129 | TREND images via BHHS Fox & Roach

3310 Tilden St., Philadelphia, Pa. 19129 | TREND images via BHHS Fox & Roach

Do you live for the Food Network?

Do you love performing acts of culinary derring-do for your family and friends on your own domestic stage?

Do you have $500,000 or more to spend on a house?

Lucky for you, the owner of this handsome home in East Falls has made it possible to waive that last requirement in order to acquire a cooking-show-quality kitchen.

The house got a $50,000 makeover when its owner purchased it in 2005, and it’s had an additional $10,000 invested in added touches over the years. As a result, this home now shines brightly among its neighbors, but nowhere more so than in the kitchen… Read more »

Trinity Tuesday: Urban Pastoral in East Falls, $199K

3571 Lafayette St., Philadelphia, Pa. 19129 | TREND images via Long & Foster Real Estate

3571 Lafayette St., Philadelphia, Pa. 19129 | TREND images via Long & Foster Real Estate

Want suburban quiet and urban charm at the same time in a convenient location? Then this colorful East Falls treasure is sure to tickle your fancy. Situated on a tree-lined street with only one outlet and seven other neighbors, you’ll get the peace and quiet you want while still living in the heart of the city itself.

Featuring three spacious floors of exposed brick, hardwood floors, and natural light, this home’s old bones have been wonderfully updated to give it a modern yet still traditional feel.

Although the kitchen might reflect the latest in style, this gives you complete control over what you make of it, so allow those creative juices to flow! Read more »

Brewery Barrel House Delivered for East Falls Brewery

wissahickon-brewing-co-940U.S. brewery levels have hit a level not seen since the 1890s when beer was transported by horses. You’re not a real neighborhood unless you have your own brewery. So it stands to reason that East Falls is particularly excited to see Wissahickon Brewing Co. spring to life on School House Lane.

Wissahickon Brewing Co. is a family affair. Tim Gill, his wife Lisa, and their four children, Tim, Meg, Luke, and Pete are all involved. The elder Gill got into brewing after receiving a homebrewer’s kit seven years ago.

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First-Time Find: A 2-Bedroom Tudor Gem in East Falls

3468 W. Penn St., Philadelphia, Pa. 19129 | TREND images via Elfant Wissahickon Realtors

3468 W. Penn St., Philadelphia, Pa. 19129 | TREND images via Elfant Wissahickon Realtors

The classic Philadelphia row home experienced a brief period of architectural experimentation in the 1930s and 1940s. The traditional neo-Classical style gave way to a wave of Tudor and English Revival homes with picturesque fronts and layouts that incorporated the new “Airlite” construction method.

A large collection of Tudor rowhomes occupies the heart of East Falls’ residential district, and this week, we were fortunate enough to stumble across one of them that’s been updated for modern living and priced for the first-time buyer.

While recently rehabbed, this home still maintains many of the uniquely Tudor characteristics that not only add to the great value of this property but also make it a standout in a world of blander row homes. Among the features that were meticulously preserved are the oak-strip floors, high baseboards, classic spindles and handrail on the staircase, and arched doorways. The original casement windows have been replaced with new, energy-efficient ones that are historically certified to match the home’s architecture. Read more »

Alden Park Tenant Group Launches Rent Strike

Alden Park's renovations are proceeding apace, but tenants dissatisfied with that pace are pressing their case collectively. | Photo from At Media

Alden Park’s renovations are proceeding apace, but tenants dissatisfied with that pace are pressing their case collectively. | Photo from At Media

The historic Alden Park apartment complex on the border of East Falls and Germantown may be in the midst of a total makeover, but tenants still living in about 80 apartments there aren’t happy with how things are going. Complaining about a management they say is unresponsive to concerns they have raised repeatedly, they have formed a tenants’ union and are withholding their rent as of this month.

In a letter sent to Philadelphia magazine, Alden Park Tenants Union vice president Kristen Aguirre stated that the tenants’ concerns fall into three broad categories: safety and security issues, code violations, and maintenance issues. Read more »

Why a Philly Bar Banned Bon Jovi (From Its Jukebox)

Billy Murphy’s Irish Saloon and its No Bon Jovi jukebox policy

Photos courtesy Billy Murphy’s Irish Saloon

Rob Szatkowski couldn’t take it anymore.

It was the early 2000s. He was tending bar at Billy Murphy’s Irish Saloon, a bar at the corner of Conrad Street and Indian Queen Lane in East Falls. It was homecoming weekend at Philadelphia University. When Szatkowski walked into the bar 15 minutes before his shift started at noon, the place was packed. “Motherfuckers were already drunk, doing shots, car bombs, and acting like it’s almost midnight — and this was just alumni,” he tells Philadelphia magazine.

Just as he started his shift, he heard it: “Tommy used to work on the docks …” At 1:15, he heard it again. And again and again and again. By 7 o’clock, he’d heard Bon Jovi’s “Livin’ on a Prayer” at least seven times — maybe more. He had enough. Someone played it again. He hit the reject button, which is behind the bar and skips songs on the juke if pressed. The crowd groaned. Read more »

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