First-Time Find: Contemporary Glam in Fairmount for $282.5K

2601 Pennsylvania Ave. #626, Philadelphia, Pa. 19130 | TREND images via Keller Williams Realty

You want it all — and we totally understand. You want to entertain and live a life of luxury, but as a first-time buyer, breaking the bank isn’t in the cards. A budget can make for boring prospects. But fear not. Check out this sensible, stylish and smart space situated in the Art Museum area.

A contemporary unit in the newly renovated 2601 Parkway Condominiums, this pet-friendly pad is loaded with amenities. The building provides 24-hour concierge service, on-site management, a fully stocked gym, complimentary garage parking, secure entry, bike storage, a spacious community room with a large screen TV (and free Wi-Fi!) and a shuttle service to Center City. If you’re searching for easy upkeep and suburban convenience with a city address, this building seems like a suitable solution. Read more »

How 10 Townhomes Sold Quickly in Fairmount

The living room of 2345 Pennsylvania Ave., one of 10 large luxury townhomes HOW Properties sold within eight months of their construction. | Photos: HOW Properties

The living room of 2345 Pennsylvania Ave., one of 10 large luxury townhomes HOW Properties sold within eight months of their construction. | Photos: HOW Properties

Want some concrete evidence of the strength of the high-end housing market in Philadelphia? Then read on for a tale of a new townhouse project in Fairmount that sold out in just eight months.

The project, Green Street Estates, is a development of HOW Properties, a Conshohocken-based builder with years of experience building homes in up-and-coming Philadelphia neighborhoods. Located on the west end of the 2300 blocks of Green Street and Pennsylvania Avenue, just about around the corner from the Philadelphia Museum of Art, the development consists of 10 three-story townhomes with basements and roof decks. The units range in size from 4,921 to 5,282 square feet, and they listed for anywhere from $1.7 to $2 million each.

On the outside, these units were designed to blend in with the architecture of their respective blocks. While contemporary in form, the three homes facing Pennsylvania Avenue have exteriors that match the Moderne style of most of the buildings along that street, while the Green Street homes have darker brick facades and crenellated cornices that more closely match the style of their late 19th-century neighbors. Read more »

Jawdropper of the Week: Past Meets Future in Fairmount for $879K

821 N. 24th St., Philadelphia, Pa. 19130 | TREND images via Coldwell Banker Preferred

821 N. 24th St., Philadelphia, Pa. 19130 | TREND images via Coldwell Banker Preferred

The front door to this newly listed grand dame, with its mahogany and elaborate stained-glass windows, tells you you’re about to enter a 19th-century gem.

So does the mirror over the living-room fireplace.

But that fireplace doesn’t work. Nor does the one in the dining room.

Instead, there’s an ultra-modern double-sided Spark fireplace located between the two rooms.

Welcome to 821 N. 24th St., where the 19th and 21st centuries coexist in the same rooms. Read more »

First-Time Find: Two Stories of Charm in Fairmount for $285K

778 N. Bucknell St., Philadelphia, Pa. 19130 | TREND images via Coldwell Banker Welker Real Estate

778 N. Bucknell St., Philadelphia, Pa. 19130 | TREND images via Coldwell Banker Welker Real Estate

Even though Philadelphia is known for its unique historical architecture, it isn’t every day that you find what looks like a tiny cottage nestled in between townhouses on a tree-lined street. Between its outside, with its captivating exterior of colorful doors and shutters and distinctive faux-mansard roof, and its rustic-yet-contemporary inside, this tricked-out classic Philly row home will have you feeling like you’ve finally found an exceptional needle among a row of haystacks.

Tradition and modernity blend together perfectly in this home, from the newly refinished hardwood floors throughout to the exposed brick walls and wood-beamed ceilings. Not only is this home a charmer from the street, but inside, you’ll find it’s truly worthy of its $285,000 price tag. Read more »

First-Time Find: A New Urbanite’s Dream Near the Art Museum

2022 Green St. Apt. 5, Philadelphia, Pa. 19130 | TREND images via BHHS Fox & Roach

2022 Green St. Apt. 5, Philadelphia, Pa. 19130 | TREND images via BHHS Fox & Roach

There’s no better place for first-time Philly homeowners to settle down than near the Art Museum. Nothing screams “I live in the city now” more than the spectacular urban panorama to be seen from this condo’s rooftop deck.

This building sits on the incredible tree-lined block just down the street from the Philadelphia Museum of Art. This third-floor unit features a spaciously open living and dining room area with parquet floor that’s wide enough to accommodate your new friends and guests. The wood-burning fireplace is a nice touch and the three windows allow for plenty of natural light to flood through. The spiral steps in the living room not only add a stylish, industrial touch but lead up to a private deck with stunning views of the Center City skyline.

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Where to Celebrate Bastille Day This Week


Photo by HughE Dillon

Still looking for an excuse to set off  your leftover fireworks? No worries, Bastille Day is this week on Thursday, July 14th.  There’s plenty happening around the city to celebrate this week.  But if you’re still looking for something besides catching as many Tastykakes as possible at the Eastern State Penitentiary, we’ve rounded up some other French-inspired Bastille Day events happening at restaurants around the city.

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That House Out There: Form Follows Function in Spring Garden

living room and kitchen

1700 Melon St., Philadelphia, Pa. 19130 | Images via Keller Williams Center City Realty

The part of Spring Garden where this recently built townhome stands was once home to several light industrial buildings, some of which have since been converted into residences.

Given that heritage, it’s quite logical that this home would reflect that industrial aesthetic, but it does so with contemporary flair and elegance.

The main floor of this 24-foot-wide residence, for instance, is completely open in plan, which means you can arrange it to suit your lifestyle. There’s plenty of room to relax and entertain, and the kitchen is equipped to handle it all, with high-end finishes and features that include a gas range with double oven, a wine fridge and a generously sized island with bar seating. If you’re in the mood for outdoor dining or entertaining, the patio in back is just the right size for grilling. Read more »

High-Gloss Rustic: A Mano Reviewed

A Mano | Photo by Emily Teel

A Mano | Photo by Emily Teel

In the back, chef Michael Millon is dancing.

Not dancing-dancing (because that would be weird), but that’s what it looks like. He and his crew, the other white jackets working the line at Townsend Wentz’s new BYO, A Mano, turn and weave around each other, reaching and ducking as the floor staff crowds up against the short pass, waiting on plate after plate after plate. It’s formal, this ballet. It only looks like a disaster happening and then re-happening every second, a series of near-misses and almost-collisions. It’s a culinary galliard—chaotic but measured. Practiced. Natural. In reality, it’s just another day at the office.

And at A Mano, it’s loud in the dining room. I’m seated about halfway down the banquette that runs the length of the far wall, so there’s no way I would’ve heard them if they were talking anyway, but I’m watching pretty closely (staring, really), and I don’t even see them speak. Don’t see lips moving or heads turning except in the simplest, most terse nods and single syllables.

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Fairmount Running Club Hosting Walking (Yes, Walking) Bar Crawl This Weekend

Do your friends seem to “miss” your texts or hide under the nearest piece of furniture whenever you’re looking for a run buddy? As a non-runner myself, I instinctually dive behind a nearby couch at the mere mention of a morning jog. But here’s a good way to ease those non-runners into the running scene: Tomorrow evening, Fairmount Running Club is hosting a walking bar tour around Fairmount. Yes, walkingRead more »

Say Adios to Winter at the Springtime on the Schuylkill Fun Run and Potluck

Springtime on the Schuylkill Fun Run and Pot Luck Photo via Facebook

Photo via Facebook | Philadelphia Runner

Looking for the perfect way to welcome spring weather back into your running routine? Wave goodbye to the frosty chill and say hello to spring with Philadelphia Runner’s Springtime on the Schuylkill Fun Run and Potluck. This run will knock out your cardio for the day AND satisfy your post-run appetite with a potluck picnic at the Art Museum’s Azalea Garden. Read more »

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