Spotted in Graduate Hospital: Guys, This Contemporary Home Has a Car Lift!

TREND photos via Redfin

TREND photos via Redfin

Typically, when a listing claims anything above two bathrooms, we assume at least one of them is a half bath. In this case, this pristine townhouse on S Chadwick Street has four, none of which are powder rooms. Not only that, but the 3,700-square space includes a garage with a car lift, which basically means, as developer/owner Steve Shklovsky points out, you can “drive onto the ramp, press a button,” and voilà.

He also tells us this part of the home can have “up to two SUVs,” just FYI to all your drivers out there.

Interior-wise, the property is one regaled in wide-plank walnut flooring and a steel floating staircase. It has 10-foot ceilings (with the exception of the living room, which has an over 20-foot ceiling) complemented by floor-to-ceiling Anderson windows. Miele and Thermador appliances–including the range and double convection ovens–have been integrated into the high-end Porcelanosa kitchen (did you just get shivers too?), while German fixtures and a double-floating vanity with integrated sinks can be found in the master bath, a room boasting both a Jacuzzi and floating toilet with bidet.

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Los Camaradas Launches Brunch This Weekend


As if you don’t already have enough new brunch options, Los Camaradas at 918 South 22nd Street is launching their brunch menu tomorrow, April 4th.

The new Graduate Hospital restaurant will be serving brunch every Saturday and Sunday from 9:30 am till 3 pm. Their menu features a variety of tacos and salads, alongside brunch favorites like Huevos Rancheros and Chilaquiles.

Los Camaradas’ cocktail brunch menu of course features the favorite Bloody Mary and mimosa, but also signature drinks like the Buenos Dia (hibiscus and lemongrass tea infused tequila, fresh squeezed grapefruit, pomegranate) and the Un Caballito y Una Cerveza (Del Maguey Vida Mezcal, Tecate).

They’ll also be open this Sunday for Easter, so you can add this to your list of possible Easter options.

Los Camaradas [Foobooz]

Now Open: Thai Square Restaurant In Graduate Hospital


Thai Square’s spicy catfish


Thai Square Restaurant is now open at 25th and Christian. The family-run Thai BYOB replaces Healthy Bites in Graduate Hospital. Behind the project are Viroj Chuaichu and Laddie Pongdara–a husband and wife duo who were born and raised in Nakhon Si Thammarat, a province in Thailand.

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Now Open: Los Camaradas in Graduate Hospital


Mural at Los Camaradas

Los Camaradas is now open at 22nd and Carpenter. The Mexican bar and restaurant replaces the unfortunately named Strip Joint. Joseph and Theresa Scull are behind the new spot. This is the couple’s first spot but far from their first time in a restaurant. Joseph is a restaurant kitchen veteran, recently he’s been doing some consulting and has had stints at Bryn Mawr’s Verdad and Chestnut Hill’s Solaris Grill. Theresa was the beverage manager at Fairmount’s La Calaca Feliz.

The bar is stocked with more than 50 tequilas and a healthy selection of mezcals. All of the margaritas are made with fresh fruit and agave, never a mix. The bar will also have specialty cocktails like the Alma Picante, a spicy and smoky number made with mezcal. It went well with the smoked gouda that starred in the nachos.
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Spotted: Growler Stop Coming to 22nd and South

growler stop logoA banner for the Growler Stop adorns the wall at the former L2, promising beer, sandwiches and brick oven pizza. Details are few on the web site, Facebook page and Twitter account but on the face of it, Growler Sop will be in conflict with Omega Pizza across 22nd Street, which offers pizza and takeout beer.

Earlier rumors had the former L2 being turned into a Starbucks. A brick oven pizza and beer space, would seemingly be more welcome to the neighborhood but it will be interesting to see how the project plays out with neighbors.

The 2201 South Street building has been marketed as 1,607 square feet of retail with over 100 feet of frontage primarily along 22nd Street.

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Don’t Get Any Ideas, Condo Developers. This Philly Spot Is Spoken For!

The site in July 2014. | Photo via Google Street View.

The site in July 2014. | Photo via Google Street View.

Nothing is for certain just yet, but yesterday’s presentation of a bill that would rezone a site currently taken up by vacant buildings for a park space was definitely a step in that direction.

According to PlanPhilly’s Jared Brey, Councilman Kenyatta Johnson introduced the bill, which paves the way for the proposed Carpenter Green, a project by the South of South Neighborhood Association. SOSNA envisions the land as “green recreation space.”

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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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