Property’s Photo(s) of the Week: The Loft District Horse and Miss Divine

We just couldn’t help ourselves. A day after selecting her magnificent shadowy capture of this horse in Callowhill (it was shot somewhere along 13th and Nectarine) for Property’s Photo of the Week, photographer Theresa Stigale posted a new one–and it’s awesome.

But, what else do you expect from an amazing photog whose primary interest is Philadelphia documentary photography? The bonus image in question was taken on Broad, near Brown Street, and has a cameo of the changing Divine Lorraine.

Needless to say we couldn’t choose just one.

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Gallery: The Goldtex Building, Then and Now

Inside Goldtex | Photo credit: Conrad Benner.

Inside Goldtex | Photo credit: Conrad Benner.

Philadelphia’s Goldtex apartment building has come a long way.

From its start as a shoe factory to its time as an abandoned graffiti haven, the colorful apartment building has been widely praised, so much so that  Inga Saffron even approved of the residential structure in Philly’s loft district (or ‘Eraserhood,’ depending on who you ask).

Photographer Conrad Benner recently got a look at Goldtex, whose artsy modern interior calls back to its days as graffiti-filled blight. From Benner’s Streets Dept blog:

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Rail Park Plans Continue to Make Headway with Phase 1

As one reader reminded us on our roundup of developments we’ll be tracking in 2015, the proposed Rail Park is one of the city’s most anticipated projects of the new year. Well, guess what? Friends of the Rail Park sent out a status update on the project’s first phase a few days ago! Here’s what it said:

BREAKING GROUND ON PHASE 1  Designs for the first phase of the Rail Park are complete. Construction documents are ready to bid out. A lease for Phase 1 between the Center City District (CCD) and SEPTA is being finalized. The CCD has grant commitments in hand for nearly 50% of the expected $8.5 million in construction costs and is awaiting word on one additional grant. In concert with CCD’s efforts, FRP continues to build support and develop resources to steward Phase 1 while bringing attention to the entire 3-mile site.

Woohoo! Plus…

Modern Single-Bedroom in Loft District

TREND photo via NextRE.

TREND photo via NextRE.

If the ongoing Rail Park project continues to make headway, this Agoos Lovera-designed condo in Philadelphia’s Loft District could one day be situated near one of the city’s most long-awaited vaunted public spaces. If not, it still offers a comfortable proximity to the likes of Union Transfer, Prohibition Taproom, Underground Arts, Bufad, and more.

Currently, the present owner uses the upper-level loft as an office area (washer and dryer here too), but the space can easily double as a second bedroom with hardwood floors. There’s a custom designed stairway with wood treads leading to this area, while downstairs is the granite topped kitchen with SubZero fridge, Wolf industrial range, and cherry stained cabinets.

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Jaw-Dropper of the Week: Enormous Loft at 1234 Hamilton

TREND photo courtesy Distinctive Homes Realty.

TREND photo courtesy Distinctive Homes Realty.

In general, you can expect a loft to offer a lot of open space and plenty of oversized windows. But this 5,100 square-foot unit at 1234 Hamilton was once two separate homes, meaning it’s huge — even by loft standards. There are southern and western views from multiple walls of windows. There are two giant bedrooms. And there are three adjoining parking spaces.

The unit’s entrance is served by a private freight elevator that can accommodate up to 8,000 pounds. As the listing points out, that means you could drive a motorcycle directly into your home. The main floor is entirely open and features radiant heating. Windows provide views of the Reading Viaduct and Center City. In addition to the living area, the main floor features a workshop, a media room, a den and a full bathroom.

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Enormous Loft District Condo With Chic Murphy Bed

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OK, so it’s not quite James Bond’s Murphy bed but the hideaway bed in this artist-designed loft is still pretty cool. The stainless steel partition was created by a local artist specifically to stow the queen-sized Murphy bed and divide the open space into a living area and a master bedroom area.

The rest of the loft exudes the same sense of sophistication. The building was once a garment factory and this unit – which is actually the result of joining two neighbor units – retains industrial details including timbered pine beams, original maple floors and exposed brick walls. Combining two units into one has created a massive, 2,030 square foot space. The listing suggests that buyers could consider turning it into a small design firm or even creating three additional bedrooms and two additional baths. Read more »

Incredible Penthouse Condo With Two Lofts in Historic Rebman Building

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This penthouse started life as two separate units, which were then combined to create this double-wide penthouse suite. Given that it’s in the Loft District, it’s suitable that the condo should have more than one loft space. The original hardwood floors are lovely, and as it’s a corner suite, with windows on three sides, there’s plenty of natural light. The listing is very excited about this latter fact, noting that it’s the only unit in the building with a skylight — “and you’ve never seen a skylight like this!” (That thing better be encircled by diamonds.)

The condo is in the Rebman Building, which was built in 1903, and is one of the structures included in the Callowhill Industrial Historic District, which spans 14 blocks between 12th Street and Broad. The Rebman Building was designed by Ballinger & Perot, known for the Atwater Kent Radio Plant. (For more on this history, see PlanPhilly’s Gritty Callowhill is recognized as National Historic District.)

Gallery below.

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Morning Headlines: Loft District Building Goes Up For Auction

Image via Google Street View

Image via Google Street View

What’s nine stories high and a full 156,000 square feet?  The Independence Press building. Located in Philly’s “Loft District,” 533 N. 11th Street has been in want of a new owner since May 2012 when it was put on the market for $6.9 million.

Since then, the former site of a commercial printing company has passed through the hands of developers eyeing it up as a potential project for “loft-style condos.” But with no takers willing to commit,  The Philadelphia Business Journal now reports the building will be up for auction on November 7th.

The suggested opening bid? $3.1 million.

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Today in Overblown Listings Copy: the Reading Viaduct = the NY Highline

The listings copy for what seems to be a perfectly nice two-bedroom, bi-level Callowhill loft reads:

Remarks: Walk to Lift Cafe and Prohibition Taproom or walk Philly’s version of the Highline called the Reading Viaduct!

Philly’s version of the Highline? The whole problem is that Philly doesn’t have a version of the Highline. And the Reading Viaduct is far, far, far from anything like the Highline.

To wit…

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