Philly Ranked Fifth Most Walkable City in U.S. This Year

All of Center City’s neighborhoods, from the Avenue of the Arts on down, are “Walker’s Paradises,” contributing to the city’s continued ranking among the five most walkable cities in the U.S. | Photo by Jeff Fusco

A mere two-tenths of a point dropped Philadelphia from its perch as the nation’s fourth-most-walkable city in this year’s Walk Score rankings of American cities.

Miami traded places with Philadelphia to become the No. 4 most walkable city in the U.S. on this year’s list. But no one should lament this development, for what it means is merely that cities all across America continue to up their walkability game.

A news release from Walk Score parent Redfin noted that once again, all of the 10 most walkable cities had higher Walk Scores than they did last year, and of the top 50, only Omaha saw its Walk Score fall (by a mere 0.3 point). Philadelphia’s Walk Score of 79 was 0.7 points above its showing last year, but Miami posted an even stronger gain of one full point to 79.2, putting it in fourth place and Philly in fifth. Read more »

On the Drawing Board: Living XXL in Franklintown

The NOVO Philly development. | Renderings: Atrium Design Studio

The NOVO Philly development. | Renderings: Atrium Design Studio

From the architect who brought you 7inSPIRE and a good chunk of Northern Liberties comes something huge: 10 luxurious, light-filled townhomes just off Logan Square, right across from the Latter-day Saints’ meetinghouse, temple and apartment tower.

The project is called NOVO Philly, and its architect, Shimi Zakin, has upped his usual stylish game with these homes.

Like 7inSPIRE, NOVO is designed to relate to its site and neighborhood. Read more »

Rents Leveling Out in Philly, But University City is One of the Highest Priced ‘Hoods

Image via Zumper

Image via Zumper

The Philadelphia rental market ranks 16th in the nation in terms of average rents per one-bedroom apartment. As more units come on board in Center City and beyond, new data from Zumper shows that the rise in rents in the city as a whole has stalled, with prices for a one-bedroom dropping 10.5% over the past year (2.9% for two-bedrooms pads).

Unsurprisingly, Center City remains the strongest and most expensive market in Philly, with the highest priced neighborhood, Logan Square (hello, Granary!), averaging $1,870 per month. According to industry experts, renters can now expect to pay over $3 per square foot for rentals in those Class A buildings in Center City, such as Icon 1616, 2116 Chestnut, and even soon-to-debut buildings like 1919 Market and the Dalian at Rodin Square behind the Barnes Foundation (hello, Whole Foods!).

University City comes in a close second at $1,850 per month. According to a recent University City District report, the median rent in the booming Eds, Meds and Tech district sits at $1,450 per month, so expect something in that ballpark, considering the influx of new units planned in the coming years.

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On the Market: Logan Square Apartment for the Minimalist at Heart

BHHS Fox & Roach-CC Rittenhouse Hotel

BHHS Fox & Roach-CC Rittenhouse Hotel

Oooh, be sure to save this one for your ultra tidy friend with a penchant for bright, pristine expanses and bare furnishings. Located between 22nd and 23rd, unit 702 at 2200 Arch might just be what your minimalist buddy is looking for! (Though maybe try to encourage a little more life into their future home, regardless of how tempting it is to keep its fresh-faced look.)

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Light-Generous Contemporary Residence That Will Wake You Up Every Time

TREND images via Keller Williams - Salas Team

TREND images via Keller Williams – Salas Team

According to the Underground Health Reporter, exposing yourself to sunlight first thing in the morning is one of the most effective things you can do to lift yourself from that groggy “I will die if the curtains are opened” post-slumber state. So what’s that have to do with this Logan Square home, you say? Uh, how about everything?

Well okay, not everything. But it does have a two-story window facing out to the street from the dining area, meaning breakfast time will ensure a “Got it, I’m awake!” morning. The master suite, a retreat crafted by Jackie Gusic at inHabit Architecture + Design, also has generous access to fresh air and light thanks to a set of doors that lead out to a private deck.

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Peddler Coffee to Open Brick-and-Mortar Location

One of Peddler's custom built bicycles

Peddler Coffee, which historically has called itself a “nano scale” coffee operation that serves cold brew coffee out of hand pumps on custom built bicycles, is opening an actual brick-and-mortar shop of its own. We think they might be putting their bikes out of commission because the peddling life made them…two tired. Get it?

Anyway, they’re opening a brick and mortar storefront. Though they wouldn’t confirm more than Logan Square and opening this spring, we have it under good authority that it will be replacing the former Darling’s Café at 2100 Spring Street.

Peddler Coffee [official]

Art Commission Okays Concept Plan for Proposed Apartment on Hamilton

Photo via Google Street View.

Photo via Google Street View.

Yesterday, PlanPhilly’s Matt Golas reports, Cross Properties and architect Barton Partners found themselves before the Philadelphia Art Commission. In hand they had an updated plan for their $24 million project: a 120-unit apartment building at 2100 Hamilton, the site directly behind the Rodin Museum. It seems the tweaks they made to the development were a success as the commission gave them conceptual approval.

Last year, their presentation yielded little support from the commission who, Golas says, “quickly identified potential project killing problems” having to do with “cost and quality of construction and proximity” to the museum and Benjamin Franklin Parkway.

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Get a Sneak Peek (and Complimentary Food) at Logan Square’s City Tap House

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As a thanks to those who supported the University City location and in celebration of the soon-to-be Logan Square location, City Tap House is hosting Pop-Up Wednesdays in the courtyard of One Logan Square. Every Wednesday until September 3rd, you’ll not only get a sneak peek at what’s to come in the fall, but complimentary food, as well.

Each week, the restaurant will pair up with a different beer distributor to give you an on-the-house treat. Today, from 11:30 a.m. – 1:30 p.m., enjoy a Victory Root Beer Float and Bacon Popcorn.

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PMC Plans Two New Logan Square Projects

A rendering of the proposed expansion of 1900 Arch Street. The expansion is the slim mass at the back, running parallel to 20th Street.

A rendering of the proposed expansion of 1900 Arch Street. The expansion is the slim mass at the back, running parallel to 20th Street.

Philadelphia’s PMC Property Group has been on the move lately. Construction is proceeding quickly on 1900 Arch, an apartment building adjacent to the proposed Comcast Innovation and Technology Center, and the company hopes to break ground later this summer on One Water Street, an apartment building just north of the Ben Franklin Bridge. Now the company is proposing two more new Logan Square projects: an 11-story expansion of 1900 Arch, and a 26-story tower at the corner of 23rd and Cherry streets.

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Newly Listed: Largest Double Unit Condo at 2200 Arch Street

Photo of 2200 Arch Street via The Condo Shop.

Photo of 2200 Arch Street via The Condo Shop.

Orens Brothers Real Estate, which built and manages 2200 Arch Loft Street Condos, has a new listing there — the largest double of the 176 units in the building. The listing mentions “seller is a restaurant owner” (according to public record, he owned the late Zeke’s Deli on South Fifth), and the kitchen has many better-than-Zeke’s features: Viking, Northland, and SubZero appliances; professional cappuccino machine; blue pearl granite countertops with ice blue glass mosaics.

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