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Under normal circumstances we’d hesitate to show you a home standing near a prison. (Trust us.) Fortunately, the correctional institution in question has long ceased to hold inmates. In fact, it’s now one of the city’s most historic sites and a fun destination during the Halloween season if you don’t mind the long lines – that’s right, we’re talking about Eastern State Penitentiary.
Completed in 1836, the facility was an architectural marvel that drew crowds on horse and buggy all the way from Philadelphia, which was then situated a mile away, according to Eastern State’s website. This restored gem on 23rd is about two blocks from the site and if you’ve ever been in the neighborhood, you know homes in that area are a far cry from the giant’s gloomy past.
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From its hardwood floors to its pedestal sink, you’d think this bi-level condo in Fairmount was one of the more conventional properties we’d feature here. Instead, though, we’re given the tiniest of surprises in the form of tinted cove lighting, which – and maybe we’re wrong here; it’s a judgment call – gives the home an unexpected club vibe.
This quirky detail aside, the home includes a granite-topped kitchen with stainless steel appliances, new cabinets and patio access; bedrooms with walk-in closets; and a basement common area with a coin-operated washer & dryer. Specs and photos below.
Also, here’s a completely gratuitous music video we thought would complement the home.
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The breakfast room |Photos by Laura Kicey via Marion Dinofa, BHHS Fox & Roach-Bryn Mawr
A few blocks from Fairmount Park is a home that’s of some historical significance. The Slusher Residence is not necessarily important because of its age, but more so for what its design and shear existence represents: a truly green home that maximizes efficiency, comfort and downright sexiness. In fact, it was officially dubbed the first rehabbed home in Pennsylvania to achieve LEED Platinum certification in 2011 (and we had it as one of our favorites in 2014) .
After being listed for nearly $1.3 million in November 2014, it’s (somehow) still on the market, only now the home is now available for $1.099 million. Take one look at the photo gallery by Laura Kicey and you’ll immediately understand that this green home ain’t the Earth Ship we’re talking about here.
So here’s the deal. We understand you want to jump right to it and flip through the updated gallery, but allow us a few minutes to tell you what this place has to offer.
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Fox’s new show Knock Knock Live filmed in Philly’s Fairmount neighborhood last night.
The premise of the show is this: Celebrities knock on the doors of “unsuspecting” civilians and award them a cash prize to help them achieve their goals and dreams. Justin Bieber was knocking on doors on the West Coast, while former Cheetah Girl and current The Real co-host Adrienne Bailon and Teen Wolf star Tyler Posey knocked on doors in Philly.
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3 Seating Areas: lounge area, bar and dining room
The folks at Bar Hygge (pronounced hoo-ga) have given us an on update on their upcoming full service neighborhood brewpub and restaurant. Construction, headed by Canno Architecture and Design, will start in the next few weeks, setting the bar up for an October opening in the
Fairmount Spring Garden neighborhood (1720 Fairmount).
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An orange liquor license application spotted at the former Route 6 has revealed that Robert and Benjamin Bynum are opening a restaurant at the corner of Broad and Mt. Vernon Streets. The Bynums previously owned Zanzibar Blue in the basement of the Bellevue years ago. The new restaurant will feature Southern food and live jazz. But when I spoke with partner Harry Hayman earlier, he explained it will certainly not be a return of Zanzibar.
The plan is to feature national jazz acts, grabbing headliners who might be performing in New York to come down to Philadelphia during the week. The restaurant will highlight bourbons with more than a hundred available, including some on tap.
For food, the Bynums and Hayman will be heading to Charleston later this month for some reconnaissance. They plan to hit more than ten restaurants while they are there. A second trip will take them to Savannah. Nice gig if you can get it.
This isn’t the first time the Bynums have considered North Broad. Just about a year ago, we spotted them checking out the Divine Lorraine along with chef Al Paris.
The Bynum brothers also operate Warmdaddy’s in South Philadelphia and Heirloom and Paris Bistro in Chestnut Hill.
With the good bones of Route 6, they’re hoping to open before the end of the year.
Peter McAndrews’ (Paesano’s, Modo Mio, Monsu) first cooking job in Philadelphia was at Bridgid’s more than 20-years ago. And now he’s back in charge of the Fairmount mainstay. He’s installed Patrick Collins as the chef. Collins has worked on 13th Street for Valerie Safran and Marcie Turney as well as for George Sabatino. This isn’t the first time McAndrews has turned back towards Bridgid’s. The chef consulted there in 2012. But this time he’s taken over the whole operation.
The menu is Italian, offering a menu of Chichette, small plates for just $5 each, 3 for $13. The new Bridgid’s will also offer a selection of ten-or-so house-made pastas for $10 to $12 a plate. Entrees will have a seafood focus and top out at $18 per plate. As is McAndrews m.o., expect bold flavors and wine friendly dishes. Speaking of wine, McAndrews is offering 8 white wines and 11 reds by the glass. McAndrews says he wants Bridgid’s to be a “true Italian restaurant, intriguing and affordable,” a place to have a good time with a good glass of wine or two.
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Exciting news: we have some updates on the heretofore unnamed Italian BYOB by Townsend Wentz that’s going to be at 23rd and Fairmount (formerly the space occupied by Garden Fresh).
Wentz plans to open the 50-seat BYOB in about four months (which seems like a totally reasonable time frame in that, when it takes six months, it really won’t seem like he blew past that proposed opening date by all that much), and the menu will be seasonal and heavily Italian-influenced. The highlight will be homemade pastas, which makes sense. It would’ve been weird if the highlight was going to be ice cream sundaes.
It will be open for dinner 6 nights a week. No word yet on if he plans to call the place, “Wentz,” but our fingers remain crossed. We’ll keep you updated as we learn more.
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The Hammer of Glory…in all its glory.
The Hammer of Glory, beloved symbol of Philadelphia Beer Week and known colloquially by its pet name “The HOG,” is setting off on a month of pub crawls (aka #HOGTours), all leading up to the PBW’s Opening Tap event on Friday, May 29.
The inaugural #HOGTour pub-crawl will be this Thursday, March 26th from 6-10pm, and will be led by Grand Marshal Tom Kehoe of Yards Brewing Company. The crawl will begin at London Grill and then stop at Urban Saloon, The Belgian Café, and Kite & Key.
If you can’t make it this time around, the HOG will be doing another pub crawl on Thursday, April 30 in South Philly and on Thursday, May 28 in Fishtown.
For up-to-the minute information about the pub crawl you can follow PBW on twitter @PhillyBeerWeek.
Sakura, more commonly known as cherry blossoms, bloom once spring begins in Japan
Gyu-Kaku, a relatively new Japanese BBQ restaurant in Fairmount, is celebrating Sakura Fest by offering special deals on food and the chance for people to win prizes, gift cards and, maybe, a free trip to Japan.
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