There are two kinds of people in this world. Those who wholeheartedly embrace the word “bling” and use it without hint of irony, and those who don’t. This house? It’s for the former. There is just no other way to describe a home with Swarovski light fixtures in the kitchen. “Flashy,” “ornate” and “meretricious” can’t possibly get the job done. This townhouse revels in its own bling.
Built by Kostas Macos, the four-story home also happens to be ornate. The square acreage of intricate wallpaper could cover a smaller house several times over. There is a 30-foot marble entrance. The listing mentions “10 feet of coat closet.” The second-floor formal living room features 10-foot ceilings, custom molding and Juliet balconies. The master bedroom suite includes 16 feet of wall closets and a Travertine spa as well as its own laundry station.
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Let’s get momentarily real here. Subzero and Miele appliances are a dime a dozen in Fitler Square and its posh neighbor Rittenhouse. The jaw-dropping detail here is not the cozy fireplace nor the stunning window wall overlooking the private garden. It’s the heavenly blue parking garage just out back.
The home has hardwood floors throughout the first floor and boasts three bedrooms in addition to a den which is currently being used as an office. There is also a finished basement. The kitchen is luxury sleek and the window wall behind it provides views into the quiet backyard.
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Outside shot of 2026 Tryon Street, Philadelphia, PA.
Nestled between Rittenhouse and Fitler squares, this 1925 townhouse has a nice balance with red shutters and vine-surrounded doorway. Hopefully its pretty exterior is enough to pique one’s interest about the inside…
Pastel colors dominate the home’s walls, many of which have custom built-in shelves. Two sliding doors in the kitchen lead out to a patio with mirror on one side. All the furniture is included in the purchase of the house.
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Tomorrow, February 5th, Fitler Dining Room is welcoming wine consultant David McDuff for a special four-course wine dinner featuring wines from the Savoie region of France. Before Fitler Dining Room opened, chef Robert Marzinsky toured through France and Savoie in particular. For this dinner he’ll be highlighting the region’s cuisine with gruyere souffle, musssel cream soup and spiced duck breast.
There will be two seatings, 6 p.m. and 8:30 p.m. Dinner is $85 per person and includes wine pairings (but not including tax and gratuity).
Reservations are required and can be made by calling 215.732.3331.
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The home of Dmitri’s at 2227 Pine Street is in the process of being sold. Even though the sale isn’t complete and Dmitri’s is still open for business, the restaurant space is already being marketed. Owner Dmitri Chimes tells Michael Klein the rent is going up and he is moving out.
The space should generate some interest as the 1,600 foot space is at the corner of 23rd and Pine, opposite of Fitler Square and is fully equipped.
2227 Pine Street [CBRE | FAMECO]
Original version of photo by Cory Popp.
This trinity could not be in a better location: on 24th Street between Spruce and Manning. Fitler Square is one of those bizarre neighborhoods that basically has no drawbacks: It’s pretty, safe, convenient, and friendly. Renters are often willing to sacrifice space to live here; one couple I know has stayed in a small basement apartment even after having kids, though they could have triple the room in Fishtown. They simply adore Fitler Square too much.
That’s what makes this rental a terrific opportunity — and even more so for people who are mildly obsessed with Philadelphia trinities (no one we know). It’s four stories with 840 square feet of living space. In addition to the two bedrooms, there’s an additional small room that serves as an office. That probably makes it feel larger. Extra spaces really help that way.
The lower level has brick floors, a fireplace, built-in shelves, and a very small bathroom with a stall shower. The second floor, which is the entry level, has hardwood floors, a fireplace, and a galley kitchen that’s slightly set off as a separate room. The second floor has the real bathroom, with a bathtub, and a bedroom with hardwood floors. The third floor has the larger bedroom and the separate office nook. Somewhere in and around all of that, there’s a stacking washer/dryer. Oh, and speaking of nooks, there’s a little hobbit-y space next to the house that one could keep a shovel in or simply stand in sometimes to feel like an extra in a Peter Jackson film.
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On Monday we told you about a series of smash and grab burglaries happening on South Street in Graduate Hospital as well as on Grays Ferry Avenue.
Since then the Philadelphia Police have connected the man with multiple burglaries spanning Washington Square West, Fitler Square, Graduate Hospital and Schuylkill neighborhoods. The break-ins have all occurred between 2 a.m. and 5 a.m.
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Despite the snow, Fitler Dining Room is still hosting its cider dinner tonight with Sam Brouwer of Frecon Farms and Catoctin Creek Distilling.
The four-course dinner will have two seatings (6-6:30 p.m. and 8-8:30 p.m.) and will cost $55 per person. Each course is paired with Frecon Farms cider. Call 215-732-3331 for reservations.
Frecon Cider Dinner Menu (PDF)
Fitler Dining Room [Foobooz]
Mama Palma’s is kicking off a new weekend brunch. The Fitler Square pizzeria is providing orange juice to all guests who bring their own Champagne. Check out the brunch pizzas on the menu.
Mama Palma’s Brunch Menu (PDF)
Mama Palma’s [Official Site]
Rendering of One Riverside Park via Dranoff Group.
Developer Carl Dranoff has two projects that are being challenged by nearby residents. The first challenge is to One Riverside, a 21-story tower at 25th and Locust designed by architect Cecil Baker, which has been embattled from the start. From PlanPhilly:
Since its proposal, One Riverside has generated protest and petitions from near-neighbors, as well as questions from some about whether the property should be developed at all.
The latest obstacle is more technical: an appeal of Dranoff’s conditional zoning permit, which I could explain but unsurprisingly involves parking, like every NIMBY battle, and I just refuse to go there. At any rate, it sounds like the appeal, which will be heard by the Zoning Board on Oct. 23rd, isn’t worrying Dranoff much.
Dranoff’s attorney, Peter Kelsen, said he is glad that the controversy over the project has at least narrowed…Kelsen said that a discussion about the legitimacy of the FAR bonus is preferable to the more existential question of whether a building should be there at all.
The other challenge regards One Ardmore Place, which has inspired so much ire, THERE’S A MOVIE ABOUT IT. No point in going on and on myself when you can watch the movie, which is called The Parking Lot:
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