PHOTOS: Fairmount Art Crawl Kicks Off the Spring Street Festival Season With Kids, Art and a Birthday Party

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On Sunday afternoon, the Fairmount Community Development Corporation hosted one of the city’s first block parties of the season, the 10th annual Fairmount Arts Crawl. The event seeks to “convert local businesses, bars, stores, cafés, restaurants and sidewalks into temporary galleries in order to showcase local artists, vendors and musicians.” It was a great day for it, with families flooding the streets to take part in crafts, face paintings, gallery crawls and other art-filled activities.

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End of the Road for Route 6

lobster-route-6The closing of Stephen Starr’s Route 6 has long been rumored. But today, Michael Klein has the official word that the seafood spot on North Broad will close on Thursday, March 20th.

Starr says he will reconceptualize the space and open something new this fall.

Starr to Close Route 6 [The Insider]

Fairmount Home Includes Six Months of Paid Parking


If you’ve lived in Fairmount, you know that one of the challenges to making your home in the leafy, fireworks-adjacent neighborhood is the parking situation. Which is probably why sellers at this North 25th Street home are throwing in six months of pre-paid parking at a nearby lot with the deal. Six months without having to drive in concentric circles around the Art Museum while stalking pedestrians and hoping they are about to get in a car and drive away could be worth a lot to the right buyer.

If the half year of free parking isn’t enough enticement, the home itself is lovely. It features many period details like high ceilings with intricate medallions and plenty of interesting woodwork as well as a decorative fireplace. One of the three bedrooms features an original arched doorway and an enormous bay window bench positively begging for the newspaper and a cup of coffee. And of course the charming old-timey details are paired with a thoroughly modern kitchen, replete with granite counters and stainless steel appliances. Read more »

Huge Condo at the Tivoli in Fairmount Features Double Balconies


Condos at the Tivoli townhouse development tend to fly under the radar. If we had to guess why, we’d say that particular block of Hamilton is pretty quiet and sometimes forgotten. But considering the slew of developments in that end of town, Tivoli may be preparing for some additional foot traffic.

This unit is 3,000 square feet (the technical term for that in condo living is actually ginormous) and includes parking for two cars, two balconies and an entire master suite wing. The master wing includes a library with its own balcony as well as a huge walk-in closet and bathroom. Don’t fret about where to store your wine because in addition to the gourmet kitchen, there is a separate wine/bar area.

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Townsend Wentz Opening a Fairmount BYOB

townsend-wentz-400Townsend Wentz, who already is working on taking over the former Sophia’s one East Passyunk is also looking to open an Italian BYOB at 23rd and Fairmount. Wentz is appearing in front of the Spring Garden Civic Association meeting today at 4:30 p.m. at 19th and North. Wentz is hoping to see some familiar faces at the meeting who may have enjoyed his food at McCrossen’s, where he was the chef until recently.

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Chef’s Table Dinners Kicking Off at Tela’s Market and Kitchen

Tela the dog.

Tela the dog.

When Tela’s Market & Kitchen at 1833 Fairmount Avenue opened back in November, there was the promise of intimate chef’s table dinners each week. Chef Chad Williams kicks the dinners off next Friday, January 24th at 8 p.m.

The $75 per person dinner (plus tax and gratuity) will be a four-course family-style meal prepared by Williams and accompanied by a complimentary beverage pairing. The chef’s table dinners are limited to 12-seats and reservations are required. To reserve one or more seats, email with your preferred date and number of guests. Parties of twelve also have the option to “buy out” the chef’s table for the week.

Menus will change weekly and will reflect the freshest ingredients available in the market.

Chef Williams served as opening chef de cuisine at Amada and has recently returned to the area after some time on the West Coast.

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Must Love Wallpaper: Four Bedrooms and Parking in Fairmount


Let’s be clear from the beginning: this is a home for the anti-minimalist. There is intricate woodwork and exposed brick and nary a smooth surface in sight. Unless you have a preternatural affection for peeling, you pretty much have to love massively patterned wallpaper to love this home. And we’re talking Wes Anderson levels of wallpaper.

The home is sumptuously appointed, befitting its prime, museum(s)-adjacent location in Fairmount. It features four bedrooms and two full baths, decorated with rich colors and the aforementioned wallpaper. It also boasts a lovely, brick-arched kitchen outfitted with a Wolf dual-fuel stove and a Sub Zero refrigerator. The kitchen leads out to a landscaped deck by way of a perfect little reading nook.

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Property’s Most Popular Posts of 2013

Rocky and realtor checking out 2313 Lambert Street.

Rocky and realtor checking out 2313 Lambert Street in Rocky II.

Property opened its virtual doors in March, so it hasn’t been quite one year yet. But here are the posts that were the most popular in 2013 — 12 of them because 12 is more fun than 10.

1. Rocky and Adrian’s House From ‘Rocky II’ Is For Sale
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In March, the three-bedroom South Philly home that was the set for Rocky and Adrian’s first home went on the market for $139,900. The rowhome near 20th and Wolf looked pretty much the same as it did in the 1979 movie, and though it took some time, 2313 S. Lambert Street sold for around $129,000.

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