New Apartment Conversion to Serve as Learning Lab for Would-Be Builders

Students and teachers from Benjamin Franklin High School, in hard hats and safety vests, joined Mayor Jim Kenney, PRDC Properties CEO David Perlman, President Jon Thomas and COO Brandon Morrison, City Representative Sheila Hess, City Council members Allan Domb and Mark Squilla, and other officials at the Sept. 20 announcement of the Heid Building conversion project. | Photo: HughE Dillon

Ninety-six new apartments with huge windows, great views and the kinds of amenities that appeal to millennials. A restaurant on the street floor. A rooftop terrace equipped with a dog park, a demonstration kitchen, co-working space and lounge space for relaxation.

Plus internships and apprenticeships for 20 budding builders and developers enrolled in Benjamin Franklin High School’s Career and Technical Education Vocational Center.

PRDC Properties’ latest project has something for just about everyone. In transforming the Heid Building at 13th and Wood streets into a mixed-use apartment and commercial building, it will not only restore another piece of the city’s industrial past and provide housing for new residents but also put city public school students on the first rung of the ladder that leads to good jobs.

All because PRDC CEO David Perlman took City Councilman-at-Large Allan Domb (D) up on a challenge. Read more »

Rustic Corner Loft in Callowhill for $389.9K

428-440 N. 13th St. #3H, Philadelphia, Pa. 19123 | TREND images via Keller Williams Realty

After nearly a decade of fundraising and advocacy, The Rail Park project is forging ahead. Work is under way on the initial segment of a multi-phase project that will transform a former Reading Railroad right-of-way into a lush linear park through a neighborhood that needs one. Philadelphians are all over the blossoming hot spot, and real estate agents are definitely in on the game as well, touting apartments and condos in the Callowhill Loft District for their proximity to the coming amenity.

Located in the Hat Factory Condominiums, this unit on North 13th Street is one of those that’s being presented as a great investment. The entrance to Phase One of the Rail Park is situated next to the entrance of the building, which means that you will be on the ground floor of the buzz surrounding the greenway. Read more »

Jawdropper of the Week: Industrial Chic in Callowhill

429 N. 13th St. #4A, Philadlephia, Pa. 19123 | TREND images via BHHS Fox & Roach

429 N. 13th St. #4A, Philadelphia, Pa. 19123 | TREND photos by Drew Callaghan Photography via BHHS Fox & Roach

You know those glamorous lofts you see in the movies? The ones with huge windows and amazing views of the city, exposed brick walls everywhere giving it that industrial-chic look, and occupants who live on a writer’s salary yet can afford a super-stylish apartment that has us asking, “Does this really exist in real life? ”

The answer is yes, and you’ll find it on the 4th floor of a 110-year-old converted garment factory in the heart of the Callowhill Loft District. Located right across the street from the Reading Railroad viaduct and park-to-be, this condo has all the elements needed to make that movie dream a reality.

Designed by an artist and once used as a photography studio, this spacious unit formed out of what were once two separate apartments is an ideal flexible live/work space. One of the best features of this loft condo unit is its totally open plan. The moment you step into the entry hall, you can take in the entire unit in one glance. Read more »

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.

Click here to see them

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


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


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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