Only in Philadelphia, Of Course: Colonial Meets Mid-Century in Fitler Square

Seems pretty standard from the outside, we’ll grant you that. But, appearances can be deceiving in the case of this 19th-century Colonial on Pine Street. See, at some point during its life* in Philadelphia, the home got a mid-century renovation that left it with roomy – agent Olenka Santore tells us the overall feel of the property is “lofty and airy”– indoor and outdoor spaces, as well as a partially finished lower level with carpeting.

Here’s what we found:

  • Crafted wood floors, two-story brick wall
  • Vaulted dining and living areas, the latter with working fireplace
  • Glass exposure opening to a “city garden”
  • “Sculptural” open stairway

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Spotted: Three Luxe Townhomes Break Ground at 22nd and Lombard

Rendering courtesy of Philly Living

Rendering courtesy of Philly Living/JKRP Architects

Sure, Philadelphia’s building boom is due in large part to massive developments like 500 Walnut and the Comcast Innovation and Technology Center (just to name a few). But it’s also got a series of smaller projects springing forth that are helping it along. The latest one to break ground? Three luxury townhomes at the corner of 22nd and Lombard.

According to a press release from Philly Living, the residences at 2143-47 Lombard Street are each due to have a full-floor master suite, elevator, finished basement with guest and media rooms, and a full-floor roof deck with beverage cooler, built-in speakers and lighting, and connections for a gas grill. Mmmh, we can already smell the upcoming BBQs…

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Trinity Tuesday: Snug Rental Just Off the Schuylkill Banks Boardwalk

TREND images via BHHS Fox & Roach-1818 Rittenhouse

TREND images via BHHS Fox & Roach-1818 Rittenhouse

Watch out, you might just miss it! Slightly concealed on little Bonsall Street in Fitler Square, this quaint two-bedroom offers up a perfectly respectable piece of real estate: oak hardwood floors throughout, exposed brick, central air, and a wood-burning fireplace in the living room.

Like most compact trinities (this one comes at us with 583 square feet), the home makes use of all four of its floors, with the eat-in kitchen being situated in the lower level, where the Maytag washer and dryer and other mechanicals are also located. The top floor, meanwhile, is home to the main bedroom, which enjoys a vaulted ceiling and sizable closet space. Bonus? It’s got easy access to Rittenhouse amenities, as well as the Schuylkill Banks Boardwalk.

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Stop What You’re Doing: The Anne Tyng House in Fitler Square Is On the Market

TREND images via Zillow.com

TREND images via Zillow.com

Yes, we spazzed out too! Because though the “crash course history” sphere may have relegated her role in the field of architecture to simply being “Louis Kahn’s muse”, we know better: Anne Tyng was an architect and theorist of renown in her own right. And even if we didn’t know that, this mid-century modern jewel would certainly set us straight.

Nestled in Philadelphia’s Fitler Square neighborhood, the home is one of wonderfully striking details. Case in point, a hidden Murphy bed on the second floor, where two rooms offer built-ins and a full bathroom with separate tub and shower. The third floor, meanwhile, has a seating area, fireplace, four Juliet balconies, and a loft bedroom with 360-degree view of the city. (To be frank, that bedroom alone has our inner house hunter salivating!)

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Trinity Tuesday: Superb Tudor-Style Home Facing Fitler Square For Sale

TREND images via BHHS Fox & Roach-CC Rittenhouse Hotel

TREND images via BHHS Fox & Roach-CC Rittenhouse Hotel

Honestly, it only offers one bedroom (easily becoming two should you decide to convert the top floor bonus room into another sleeping quarter), but considering its trinity status and the fact that is has sunny 763 square feet of living space at its disposal, we have no qualms taking that as part of its charm!

Features include exposed beams, two gas fireplaces, a new custom maple kitchen with stainless steel appliances, and wide-plank floors made of longleaf yellow pine. The bathroom boasts white and blue Bisazza tile and a mod porcelain sink, while the stacked laundry machines are nestled on the third floor, which as already mentioned, is an open bonus room viable as a second bedroom, office, or whatever you please. Boosting the cachet of this A+ trinity home? There’s access to a walkout tree-level deck that overlooks Fitler Square!

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Spotted in Rittenhouse: Remodeled House Made of Three Old Trinity Homes

TREND images via BHHS Fox & Roach-Center City Walnut.

Photo credit: Drew Callaghan Photography

“It’s a home with distinctive charm,” the current owner starts saying after we ask him what his favorite part about it is. Indeed, distinctive seems like the right word for it considering the property started out as three separate trinity homes (which are pretty neat in and of themselves) and appears to have remained as such for several years.

Built in the 1850s, the homes were remodeled into the single large residence we see today sometime during the mid 20th-century. It’s included on the city’s Register of Historic Places and has been fortunate enough to have had preservation-friendly individuals for its last two owners (present one included).  “We purchased this home from the man who was the director of the Pennsylvania Historical Society,” its current owner tells us.

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Tria Fitler Square Opens This Week

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More windows, just one of the changes at Tria Fitler Square.

Tria’s Fitler Square location opens this week (exact day to be determined) at 23rd and Pine Streets, the former home of Dmitri’s. Although very similar to the other two Tria locations, this fermentables (beer, cheese, wine) bar will also feature a full kitchen, giving new executive chef, Karen Nicolas some more toys to play with. Nicolas comes with serious culinary chops, she was named one of Food & Wine magazine’s Best New Chefs 2012. Nicolas will oversee culinary operations for all four Tria locations. TheJohnson & Wales Culinary Arts alum was formerly executive chef at Citron & Rose and has worked at New York’s Gramercy Tavern, and apprenticed at the likes of California’s The French Laundry and Cowgirl Creamery in San Francisco.

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Fitler Square Home Right Next to Schuylkill River Park

TREND photos via Redfin

TREND photos via Redfin

In addition to being in a sweet spot, this Fitler Square rowhome offers over 1,200 square feet of space and has three bedrooms. The middle of these is currently open to the hallway, so it’s used as an office rather than a place to snooze. (Although you could do that, we’d suggest you avoid screens of any kind before catching some Zzs!)  A breakfast solarium and updated kitchen are also included, the latter boasting exposed wood beams and wood cabinetry.

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Trinity Tuesday: Restored Century-Old Home in Fitler Square

TREND photos via BHHS Fox & Roach - CC Walnut

TREND photos via BHHS Fox & Roach – CC Walnut

Its proximity to the the Schuylkill Banks Boardwalk may come in handy once spring rolls in, but in the meantime this home has other year-round offerings that make it our trinity pick of the day: it’s in charming Fitler Square, includes a quintessential pine trinity staircase. and was built nearly a century ago (don’t worry, it’s seen extensive updating throughout!).

The home’s most recent revamping was to its lower-level kitchen, which saw work done back in 2012. This room features an exposed brick and stone wall, bamboo floors, granite countertops, and white cabinetry. Amenity-wise it boasts a farmhouse sink, Jenn Air gas stove, Bosch dishwasher, and other stainless steel appliances. An additional sub-basement beneath this room is used for storage and utilities.

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Tria Fitler Square Progress Report

tria-fitler-square-inside-940Tria posted a photo today of the progress they’re making at their new Fitler Square location. The Tria Fitler Square has been described as “almost on schedule” which should put the opening sometime in March.

The Tria on Fitler Square replaces Dmitri’s, and unlike the other two Tria Cafe locations, the restaurant will feature a full kitchen.

Check out the photos from a month ago »

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