Building-Supply Big-Wheelers Construct Baronial Manses on Bainbridge

Rendering via Landmark.

Rendering via Landmark Architectural Design LLC.

We’re not used to thinking of Graduate Hospital as the land of million-dollar homes, but the 1400 block of Bainbridge Street has raised the bar in that department. Two new townhomes currently under construction at its east end are raising it even further.

Or would, if they were for sale.

These two cinderblock shells will by the end of the year become enormous Italianate mansions, each containing a total of 20,000 square feet of usable space – 16,000 of it indoors, and 4,000 of it outdoors on three large decks.

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A Look Inside Graduate Hospital’s Carpenter Square

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Now that interior work on the 11 luxury townhomes at the Carpenter Square development at 17th and Carpenter is all but finished, developer Mark Scott and Realtor Michelle Ashley of Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices Fox & Roach Realtors offered the real estate community a chance to look over the finished product last week.

The three-bedroom townhomes, designed by architects Christopher Schaumburg and Brian Johnston, are filled with enough green design elements to qualify for LEED Gold certification. Some of these features are easy to spot, such as the pervious pavers in the rear drive aisle, the green roof, and the ceiling fans in every room except the kitchen (“we had one there too, but took it out of the final design,” said Scott).

But one of the more noteworthy ones is not immediately evident to the visitor: the giant thermal chimney disguised as the home’s main staircase.

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Graduate Hospital Townhome Has Two-Car Parking and Bedroom Wet Bar

1023 S 17th Street, Philadelphia, PA.

1023 S 17th Street, Philadelphia, PA.

Standing near the edge of where Graduate Hospital and Point Breeze meet is this contemporary townhouse with LEED-certified green roof and gated two-car parking. It’s also an end unit which means bonus terraces!

One of these balconies can be accessed via sliding doors on the main level, which I should note has an open floor plan. Here, you’ll find a kitchen with custom cabinetry, as well as a custom-made staircase leading to the next floor. There, two sizable bedrooms share a bathroom (and the laundry room is here, too).

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Weekend Open Houses: Christian, Carpenter and Naval Square

Unit #1, 1747 Christian Street.

Unit #1, 1747 Christian Street.

There’s little to fret over with regards to the three-story rowhouse on Carpenter Street. It’s been freshly renovated and is less than a minute away from the Broad Street Line. Although, it should be noted a brisk walk gets you to Rittenhouse Square in 15 minutes (fans of the HITT workout, you see my point, right?).

In the townhouse out on Captains Way you’ll find a custom kitchen with shaker-style cabinetry and hardwood floors in the living area. As part of a gated community, this home also has extra amenities including a fitness center and seasonal salt water swimming pool.

On Christian Street, the former post office building is now a condominium. This particular unit has a second floor open den/office area that would make a pretty cool bedroom. Other pluses include a roof deck with a skyline view and finished basement with gym or media room potential.

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The Price of Pizza By Neighborhood

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NPR has been crunching pizza numbers today and yesterday. Today they layout how much pizza costs by neighborhood in five cities, including Philadelphia. The data comes from Grubhub/Seamless and interestingly, Graduate Hospital is the most expensive neighborhood for a cheese pizza. An average pizza in G-Ho comes in just under $15. Elmwood and Oak Lane are the cheapest neighborhoods for pizza with a plain pie being available for under $8. Of course with this data coming from Grubhub and Seamless, places like Osteria, Pizzeria Beddia and many others are not included.

As for the most expensive pizza in the country, Midtown Manhattan is getting $23 for a plain pizza.

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Bell’s Beers Take Over the Cambridge

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Tomorrow, Wednesday, February 26th, Chris and  Heather Fetfatzes, who saw their Hawthornes Cafe closed by fire on Monday, will be hosting a huge Bell’s Brewery takeover at their other bar, the Cambridge.

24 Bell’s beers will be on draft in total, including the highly sought after HopSlam among others. The beers start pouring at 4 p.m. Get there early to taste that Hopslam.

The Cambridge [Foobooz]

Weekend Open Houses: Four Homes in Graduate Hospital

Bedroom in 804 S 19th Street.

Bedroom in 804 S 19th Street.

What is it that sets apart these Graduate Hospital homes from each other? It could be that the unassuming house at Fitzwater Street is the only one less than a minute from where Marian Anderson once lived. Or that the home at St. Albans is just two blocks from where scenes for The Sixth Sense were filmed (that was 2302, if you were wondering).

If star-studded connections fall by the wayside, maybe the Catherine Street house is more your type. It’s on quiet street near an elementary school and playground. Turn the corner and you’re met with an array of eateries.

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WANTED: Chef for Standout Graduate Hospital Development

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Carpenter Square is one of the more impressive pieces of development going on in the Graduate Hospital section of Philadelphia. The materials stand out among the stucco bump-outs that dominate the development in the neighborhood. The project is bringing eleven townhouses to 17th Street and six condo units to the corner of 17th and Carpenter. On the ground floor, there are plans for a restaurant.

Developer Mark Scott, a Graduate Hospital resident, says the key to activating the plaza is to put a restaurant in the commercial space — specifically, one with a liquor license. Although the condo building is at present no more than a mound of dirt and a hole in the ground, the commercial space is actively being shopped by Jackie Balin of CBRE Fameco to potential restaurant tenants, with a focus on young chefs looking to strike out on their own.

PHOTOS: Carpenter Square, Halfway There, Seeks Restaurant [Property]

PHOTOS: Carpenter Square, Halfway There, Seeks Restaurant

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In just about every respect, the Carpenter Square development at 17th and Carpenter streets in Graduate Hospital stands out from the mostly smaller-scale infill developments that continue to pop up around the neighborhood. It’s frankly modern in a neighborhood where traditional design still dominates; it includes a number of sustainable design features like green roofs and passive heating and cooling, features that, while not unheard of in the neighborhood, are still relatively uncommon; and it is designed to energize the corner it hugs with a building that combines residences, commercial space and a public plaza.

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