For Sale: Renovation Success That’s a Must-See (and a Must-Buy?)

TREND photo via BHHS Fox & Roach - Center City.

TREND photo via BHHS Fox & Roach – Center City.

Oh, this is a good one.

I mean, we haven’t seen it in person or anything (although you can do so this Monday, details below), but from the looks of the gallery, the restoration job it got to its facade and interior was a job well done indeed. Updates include a custom-designed kitchen with quartz counters, Bertazzoni stove, white cabinetry, glass-tile blacksplash and Fischer & Paykel dishwasher; finished basement; recessed lighting and hardwood floors; plus, some exposed brick.

The master bedroom consists of the entire third floor, which means a super spacious sleeping quarter and beautiful bathroom (the free-standing Whitehaus soaking tub and custom stone- and tile-work are to die for!) for whoever calls dibs.

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Poll: Which Home in Graduate Hospital Are You Lovin’ At The Moment?

510 S. 20th (L) and 1725 Lombard square off (Images via TREND/Keller Williams and Kurfiss Sotheby's)

510 S. 20th (L) and 1725 Lombard square off (Images via TREND/Keller Williams and Kurfiss Sotheby’s)

Looking for a house in Graduate Hospital in that’s between $700,000 and $750,000? You’re in luck! We’ve found two incredible houses that fit your budget. Now the question remains, which one would you choose? Flick through these impressive galleries and take our poll.

House number one is located at 510 South 20th Street and listed for $715,000. At nearly 2,000 square feet, it has plenty of room for a family (three bedrooms) while incorporating some great spaces to kick back and relax. The open floor plan on the main floor is perfect for entertaining and the living room features exposed beams and a fireplace while overlooking the backyard patio. The master suite encompasses the entire third floor and boast an enormous walk-in closet/sitting room. Need some extra storage? The finished basement should give you plenty of room to store everything neatly out of the way.

Travel around the block a piece and you’ll find 1725 Lombard Street. Currently listed for $749,900, it sizes up to be 1,887 square-feet. Its four bedrooms make it a great property for an expanding family and the newly renovated kitchen features mahogany cabinets and granite countertops. The amenity-rich master suite is also located on the third floor has a walk-in shower with radiant heat floors. Much like its counterpart at 510 South 20th Street, the living room has a working fireplace and overlooks a neatly landscaped brick patio with garden.

The must-see galleries are located after the jump. Will they cement your choice? Trust us, theses photos will make it difficult to choose!

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Meritage Names New Chef, Rolls Out New Menu

meritage-beets-400Meritage at 20th and Lombard has named Paul Gauthier as its new executive chef. Gauthier, who is a Le Cordon Bleu Culinary Arts and Restaurant Management graduate of Scottsdale Culinary Institute replaces Anne Coll (who is going to be running the kitchen at Susanna Foo’s new Center City restaurant) who was the longtime Meritage chef and her successor, Adam Ratmoko.

In a adjective rich release, Meritage promises Gauthier will bring “seasonally inspired cuisine prepared with a modern French technique” to the restaurant.

The menu no longer has any hits of Asian influence but now offers standards like Beef Bourguignon, Bolognese and seared salmon.

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Founding Fathers Sports Bar Opens Today


Inside Founding Fathers during last night’s pre-opening party.

Founding Fathers Sports Bar and Grill opens today. The bar is located at 1612 South Street and features a clean design and a lot of very big TVs.

Owners Owners Jon Adler and Sam Brouwer swing open the doors at 5 p.m. with a full bar and flowing beer taps. The kitchen will be bringing out complimentary food this evening and start full food service tomorrow at noon.

Founding Fathers will add brunch down the line and looks to cater to the neighborhood. Al Anderson, who has previously worked at Johnny Brenda’s and South Philly Taproom is the man in the kitchen.

Founding Fathers Sports Bar and Grill [Foobooz]

The Lovely Bones: Graduate Hospital Home With Charming Staircase

1533 Christian St, Philadelphia, PA, 19146

1533 Christian St, Philadelphia, PA, 19146

It’s not some ritzy mansion with cool amenities strewn around like dust particles, but it’s a keeper.

Situated in Graduate Hospital, this townhouse has the potential to offer anyone a decent home: kitchen with stainless steel appliances and tile flooring, four bedrooms (one of which takes up the entire third floor), vestibule entrance with marble flooring and crown molding, and basement storage. See the gallery below.

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Could a Beer Hall Happen at 22nd and Washington?


Rendering via Naked Philly

Naked Philly reports that MSC Retail has a warehouse at 22nd and Washington Avenue on the market and has even gone to the effort of producing renderings of the 24,000 square foot building as a beer hall. We know the property has been floated as a beer garden since the spring. It will be interesting to see if anyone takes the bait.

Washington Avenue has some serious development potential and with Kermit’s Bake Shoppe, Cafe Ynez, NextFab Studios and a crossfit studio nearby, the stretch has some success stories as well.

MSC Retail’s Jacob Cooper reached out to us regarding the company’s thoughts on the property.

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Graduate Hospital Home (That Was Not in The Sixth Sense) Sold Within Two Weeks

2032 Saint Albans St, Philadelphia, PA, 19146

2032 Saint Albans St, Philadelphia, PA, 19146

Almost had me there, Myopic Eyesight. Contrary to my intial reading, this recently purchased house on Saint Albans is not the one used as Cole Sears’ home in the Sixth Sense. That honor goes to 2302 Saint Albans, according to Movie Tourist. (If you do want to see inside one of the Philadelphia residences used in the film, this Fitler Square mansion we wrote about over the summer was used in a party scene.) But, moving on…

The property at 2032, last listed at $375,000, offers a home with cherry hardwood floors, exposed brick, finished basement and two fireplaces (living room and master bedroom). The kitchen has a 5-burner stove, stone backsplash, slate floors and granite counterops. There’s also a fenced patio, which could easily be converted into a parking space. Gallery below.

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Where We’re Eating: Cafe Ynez


A Mexican restaurant in your neighborhood is a way of knowing you’ve arrived. An attractive BYOB serving breakfast nachos and carne asada salads and offering dinner specials like poached tilapia is a subtle clue that house prices are rocketing skyward and you’re happy you bought when you did. That’s what Cafe Ynez does for both the Grad Hospital and Point Breeze neighborhoods. The husband-and-wife team of Evan Malone and Jill Weber (Jet Wine Bar and Rex 1516) have created this third restaurant as a companion to Malone’s NextFab Studio. But it’s the neighbors who make out best in the deal. Whether it’s the huevos rancheros that don’t need to take a backseat to any in the city, or the rotisserie chicken that can anchor a dinner platter or be a key ingredient in the Tinga burrito, a meal at Cafe Ynez is affordable, tasty, and just what this neighborhood needs.

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Where We’re Eating: My Thai

My Thai at 22nd and South | Photo via UWISHUNU

My Thai at 22nd and South | Photo via UWISHUNU

A year ago, a typical night at My Thai might include a single occupied table — usually a Penn professor and friend — plus one or two people standing by the entrance waiting for their to-go orders, the door and vestibule still proudly displaying decade-old accolades from Zagat, AOL City-Search and Philadelphia magazine. It had the feel of a restaurant whose best days were behind it.

On a recent evening, though, the majority of the tables were filled. The Penn professor was still there, as were the customers standing by the door awaiting their orders. But there were also tables of neighbors sitting down to dinner. There was an energy in the dining room, and it was picked up by the kitchen. The Thai basil chicken was better than ever. The curry was punched up. Even the Singha beer tasted fresher. The always-polite Thai waiter was joined by an equally polite sidekick. When he noticed I’d devoured everything on the plate but the broccoli, he suggested that next time, I substitute a vegetable I like better. I will, and that next time will be coming up soon.

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