That Art Museum Area Victorian We Loved Might Soon Be Under Contract

833 N Woodstock St, Philadelphia, PA, 19130

833 N Woodstock St, Philadelphia, PA, 19130

Ooof, don’t kick yourself too hard! This three-story period beauty has just been listed as “contingent” on Redfin, which may soon mean that it’s no longer on the market.

Lest you forgot, exposed wood beams, stained glass windows, and original moldings and built-in armoire are just a few of the things the home offered potential buyers. More info here.

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REDUCED: Gorgeous Fairmount Home on Green Street Just Got A Price Cut

We crowned this home “House of the Week” a few months ago, and now the pretty unit (one of four in the building) has had its price reduced by $51,000. That combined with mouthwatering features is sure to pique buyer interest, right?

The home, after all, boasts skylights, Mexican tile floors, wood-burning fireplace, and a basement that was used as a craft studio by former occupants. Outside are flower beds and  deck accessed via the living room’s glass doors.

Oh, but just see for yourself in the gallery  (or stop by the open house on the 23rd). Details below. Read more »

Unappealing Rowhouse Backyard?

TREND photo via Redfin

TREND photo via Redfin

This beautiful house has a lot to recommend it, but it really jumped out at me once I got to the backyard space. I saw the above photo and thought, “That is completely brilliant. I’m ready to go over there and lie down with a book and some hot cider right now.” Because it’s hard to do much with these small spaces.

Here’s option 1 for your exceedingly tiny concrete backyard: You buy that teensy French cafe table and four playfully colored folding chairs to match, string paper lanterns around the periphery, and grow sage in a big pot. Then you tell everyone you can have a backyard in a row home, and when they come over to eat, everyone crowds around the table and laughs at the wobbling of the table, even though their drink has spilled into the sage four times already.

Or option 2:
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Preview: Fairmount Park’s Gingerbread House Display

All the pastry chefs pose for a photo.

All the pastry chefs pose for a photo.

While it might be a little early to start talking about Christmas stuff, it’s never the wrong time to talk about cookies. And today’s 4th annual Fairmount Park Holiday Display preview will have a lot of ‘em.

With local chefs creating twelve historic Fairmount properties out of gingerbread, Monday’s ribbon-cutting ceremony will officially open the free display to the public, which will run, under normal circumstances, from Mondays – Saturdays, 9:30 am – 7 p.m. and Sundays, 12 – 6 p.m. Today’s  ceremony begins at 2 p.m. at The Rotunda of The Shops at Liberty Place, 1625 Chestnut Street.

Oh, and from December 3rd until December 30th, six of the mansions being recreated in the gingerbread house display will be decorated and themed for the holidays. Tours in which guests will hear the stories of each house and receive collectible recipe cards will be available by trolley. Tickets for the tour of the Park houses can be found here.

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House of the Week: Pennsylvania’s First LEED Platinum Rehab

Photo by Laura Kicey.

Photo by Laura Kicey.


Owners of this Fairmount home spent three years working with Canno Architecture and Design, Think Green Landscape Architecture, Walnut Tree Construction and the Energy Coordinating Agency of Philadelphia to renovate their property with sustainability in mind. The result: In 2011 it became the first rehabbed home in Pennsylvania to earn LEED Platinum certification. Owners recently put the home on the market for $1.295 million.

From the street the property looks like any other Fairmount rowhouse. Inside the 2,000-square foot home? A litany of environmentally sound and technologically savvy upgrades. New owners will be able to automate lighting, heating, cooling, sound and security via a Smarthome system that can be accessed remotely by phone or computer. The system allows for personalized settings and programmed operations to conserve heat and energy. A grey water reclamation system conserves more than 5,000 gallons of water a year by using rainwater and water from showers and sinks (several in the home’s two full bathrooms and one powder room) to flush toilets and water the green roofs. The home is also equipped with solar panels which provide almost half of the home’s electricity.

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On the Market: Lovely Victorian in Art Museum Area

833 N Woodstock St, Philadelphia, PA, 19130

833 N Woodstock St, Philadelphia, PA, 19130

In addition to having retained its original moldings, wood floors, and entry hall bannister, this Woodstock Street residence has also managed to keep a built-in armoire in the main bedroom. Not too bad for a restored home built circa 1882.

The master bedroom also boasts exposed wood beams, built-in bookcases, and an expansive walk-in closet and laundry room. A beamed ceiling also hangs over the remodeled eat-in kitchen, which includes such details as butcher block countertops, double sinks and a new refrigerator. Additional custom shelving is in the home library/family room.

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Roundup: The Four Sexiest Homes in Philly

Sexy Philadelphia home listings

There are only so many words to express what makes a particular home stand out (“Elegant!” “Unique!” “Luxurious!”). How about “sexy”? Below, the four properties currently on the market that have — according to their listings — undeniable sex appeal.

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We Want Answers: Sally Elk, CEO, Eastern State Penitentiary

Photograph by Claudia Gavin

Photograph by Claudia Gavin

For years now, you’ve witnessed the phenomenon of people paying money to be petrified by other people. How do you explain this strange desire? It’s amazing to me. I guess it’s the unknown, it’s going around the dark corner, it’s somebody getting close to you and breathing on your neck and touching your cheek. I don’t know. It’s so crazy. But it’s been good for us.

Have you ever been sued by a visitor? I mean, there must be liability issues. The place is like a haunted torts case. Ummm, sued … We have had injuries. We have a lot of people going through, and it’s at night, so we have had some injuries. But the thing is, we’re classified as an amusement by the state, so the state comes to inspect, and the city also inspects. We’re very aware of safety issues for people going through.

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“Playing Angels” Sculpture Returns to Kelly Drive

Yesterday a beloved sculpture was restored to its proper place in Fairmount. Carl Milles’ “Playing Angels” have danced and played in the grass above Kelly Drive since 1972 and recently received a long-awaited makeover.

The Office of Arts, Culture and the Creative Economy (Creative Philadelphia) had the “Playing Angels” fully restored and reengineered their anchoring system, so now they can be enjoyed for decades to come. The angels were cast from a group of five originals created by the famous Swedish sculptor around 1950, which currently reside in Millesgården, overlooking Sweden’s Stockholm harbor.



According to the Association for Public Art, the five casts were originally headed for a private site in Philadelphia. When plans fell through, one angel headed to Kansas City and another to Virginia. The Association for Public Art (then called the Fairmount Park Art Association) bought the other three in 1968 and installed them four years later.

The playful bronze casts sit lightly atop concrete pedestals – similar to those at Millesgården – giving them the appearance of flight. Now the “Playing Angels” can once again be seen frolicking in the sky while they make their music where Kelly Drive meets Fountain Green Drive, overlooking the Schuylkill River.

Photos courtesy of the Association for Public Art.
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