First-Time Find: Flexibility in East Kensington for $325K

2215 Coral St., Philadelphia, Pa. 19125 | TREND images via Coldwell Banker Preferred

2215 Coral St., Philadelphia, Pa. 19125 | TREND images via Coldwell Banker Preferred

This trendy little space in East Kensington has all the makings of a nice first home, all at a reasonable price.

Enter inside to the open living room and kitchen. The space features hardwood floors, oversized windows, distressed wood panels, and butcher block counters. Continue on into the separate dining room, and then head out back to a private patio.

The second floor is home to two bedrooms, one of which is currently set up as a study. The only bathroom in the residence is located on this floor as well and is super trendy. Our favorite part of the house is the third-floor loft, which is completely occupied by the master bedroom. Depending on your own needs, though, this level is large enough to be converted into two more bedrooms or used as an additional living room.

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Common Threads in This Year’s Rouse Award Residential Finalists

Even Folsom Powerhouse, the most residential of this year's Rouse Award finalists, incorporates mixed uses in the form of an updated take on the traditional corner store. | Photo: Postgreen Homes

Even Folsom Powerhouse, the most residential of this year’s Rouse Award finalists, incorporates mixed uses in the form of an updated take on the traditional corner store. | Photo: Postgreen Homes

The Urban Land Institute Philadelphia District Council announced the finalists for this year’s Willard G. “Bill” Rouse Awards for Excellence last week, and five of the 14 finalists fall into the residential category, at least in part.

And it’s that “at least in part” part that’s one of the most significant common threads connecting the five projects. The message these projects deliver is one that urbanists, developers and planners have all been hammering home in one way or another for more than a decade now: Single-use is out, multitasking is in. (Toll Brothers, please copy.)

Not even the most residential of the five projects is exclusively residential, and that project has many other features that make it a standout. Read more »

Report: “Anarchists” Vandalize Cars, Apartments in South Kensington

About 30 people vandalized a number of luxury cars and newly-constructed apartment buildings in South Kensington last night, according to NBC10.

Police reportedly described the vandals as “anarchists.” About 20 cars and several buildings were damaged near the intersection of 2nd and Jefferson streets.

Windows were smashed and paint was splattered across the outside of apartments. A banner discovered at the scene of the incident read “Gentrification is death, Revolt is Life.”  Read more »

Monday Morning TL;DR: Just Another Story About a Vegan Strip Club

Photo via Grubstreet

Photo via Grubstreet

Happy Monday, everyone? If you’ve found yourself here yet again, that means you’re wondering what that special button on Donald Trump‘s desk does. No, not that button. The other one. And also maybe what Stephen Starr had to do with the Fyre Festival (nothing) or how to get into the artisanal candy business (hint: you’ll need a briefcase and a bicycle).

Well don’t worry. We’ve got all the answers for you right here. But this week, let’s begin with an opening for what some people (not me) are calling the greatest job in the world: Michelin Guide inspector.

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Shoo Fry Brings Ultimate Late-Night Drunk Food to Fishtown

Shoo Fry/Facebook

Shoo Fry/Facebook

Philly’s love affair with cheese curds is showing up in Fishtown: The poutine-centric Shoo Fry will open its second location in Fishtown at 200 East Girard Avenue on Thursday.

After testing the Canadian-born concept with a six-month pop-up stint at the King of Prussia Mall in 2013, owners Matt and Rachel Baiada opened Shoo Fry’s permanent location in Rittenhouse last year.

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It’s Hip to be Square on Avenue 30

The Avenue 30 development. | Rendering: KJO Architecture via The Riverwards Group and The Somers Team

The Avenue 30 development. | Renderings: KJO Architecture via The Riverwards Group and The Somers Team

There have been all sorts of attempts to solve the central problem of the Philadelphia row house, namely, the need to fit it into a long lot with narrow street frontage.

Over the years, these attempts have produced such distinctive features as incredibly small middle bedrooms and squarish houses with nonexistent back yards.

Fishtown-based developers The Riverwards Group faced just such a problem when they got their hands on a 300-foot-long, 110-foot-deep on Amber Street in East Kensington. The aim was to produce a large townhouse development with luxurious yet reasonably priced homes.

Their solution: Go wide, which is what they did with the new Avenue 30 development. Read more »

A Farmhouse in Fishtown for $425K

241-43 E. Wildey St., Philadelphia, Pa. 19125 | TREND images via Keller Williams Realty

241-43 E. Wildey St., Philadelphia, Pa. 19125 | TREND images via Keller Williams Realty

Every so often, a listing comes along that truly merits the word “unique.” This is one of them, for we’re certain you’re not going to find a home like this one anywhere else within the Philadelphia city limits.

One look tells you that this home on the riverward side of Girard Avenue in Fishtown goes back a while – back to the early decades of the 19th century, most likely, when most of the homes that lined the streets near the Delaware looked like this.

What it doesn’t tell you is that this home is the singular creation of Mary Seton Corboy, the founder of East Kensington’s Greensgrow Farm. Over the 15 years she lived here prior to her passing last year, she transformed what were originally two separate residences into one stylish, comfortable home with loads of personality. Read more »

Stripp’d Juice’s Fishtown Grand Opening Is Friday (And They’re Offering a Sweet Deal!)

Acai Bowl at Stripp'd Juice | Photo courtesy of Stripp'd Juice

Acai Bowl at Stripp’d Juice | Photo courtesy of Stripp’d Juice

Boys and girls, hang on to your hats, because the time has come: This Friday, March 17th, Stripp’d Juice’s brand-spankin’-new Fishtown location will be hosting its grand opening shindig from 10 a.m. to 12 p.m. And, let me be the first to tell you: You’re going to want to get there right at 10 — the first 10 people in the door will get a free ginger shot.

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