Scannapieco Officially Finishes 500 Walnut

In addition to taking the wraps off his building, developer Tom Scannapieco (right) presented a check for $10,000 to Museum of the American Revolution CEO Michael Quinn. | Photos: Sandy Smith

Perhaps the person most surprised at pulling off the feat that is 500 Walnut is Tom Scannapieco himself.

His goal, he told the assembled audience at today’s formal unveiling of the finished product, was to give Philadelphia “a world-class building the likes of which the city has never seen before.”

Thanks to a clever act of architectural legerdemain from Cecil Baker + Partners and top-quality work from builder Intech Construction, he delivered just that. And when he sold the building’s bi-level top-floors penthouse for a record-shattering $17.6 million while the concrete was still being poured, he also demonstrated that there were Philadelphians out there who wanted to live in just such a building.

But he hadn’t expected that more than two-thirds of the high-rise condo’s units would be sold by the time the doors opened. “So I think we got it right,” he said. Read more »

Jawdropper of the Week: Chemistry in Ardmore for $2.5M

300 Glenn Rd., Ardmore, Pa. 19003 | TREND images via BHHS Fox & Roach

“Crestlea” has been the house “on top of the hill” since it was built in 1907 for Dr. Joseph M. Reeves. When chemical heiress Eluthera du Pont lived here, the home served as a hub of social life on the Main Line. You now have the opportunity to make this hilltop home your own social hub, personal refuge, or whatever you want it to be.

It’s a splendid specimen of that Main Line mainstay, the center-hall Colonial. And this one has a particularly impressive center hall. It boasts a soaring two-story-high stairwell accented by wainscoting and a Palladian window and a wood-burning fireplace with a green marble surround and elegant wood mantle. Read more »

Residences At The Ritz Unveils Its New “Base Model” for $1.2M

Residences at the Ritz-Carlton, Unit 45A, 1414 South Penn Sq., Philadelphia, Pa. 19102 | Photos: Residences at the Ritz-Carlton

Everyone has to start somewhere.

That’s true even if you’re starting at the top.

With that in mind, the folks over at the Residences at the Ritz-Carlton have turned once again to Barbara Spencer of BJS Designs to outfit an “entry level” two-bedroom, two-bath condo for those who are looking for their first luxury home.

Or maybe not their first. After all, the condo shown in these pictures would also appeal to empty-nester couples looking to downsize their lives, or owners of sprawling suburban estates with a yen to recapture the excitement of city living they remember from when they were younger. Read more »

A Home With Character(s) in Wyndmoor for $4.25M

“Ropsley,” 8745-65 Montgomery Ave., Wyndmoor, Pa. 19038 | Photos: Herb Engelsberg and Michael Brock via The Sivel Group

The homes that Philadelphia’s “new money” built in Cheltenham Township were generally built to impress, none more so than the over-the-top and still-on-the-market Lynnewood Hall. And there were some very famous names associated with these mansions: Elkins. Widener. Wanamaker. Curtis. Stetson. Stotesbury. Cooke. (Yes, railroad tycoon Jay Cooke built a home in the township.)

This picturesque estate in the Wyndmoor section is far less opulent than Lynnewood Hall, but it has an informal elegance that makes it no less impressive. It also has a couple of illustrious names associated with it: McIlhenny and Poe. Read more »

Gracious Living (Updated) in Penn Valley for $2.695M

50 Righters Mill Rd., Penn Valley, Pa. 19072 | Photos: Herb Engelsberg and Michael Brock via The Sivel Group

Main Line elegance has historically come in two principal flavors: opulent and understated.

This handsome home in Penn Valley falls into the latter category.

Designed in the early 1930s by noted local architect Erling H. Pedersen, this English country-style manor makes the most of its hillside location along the Mill Creek valley. Inside, it’s been beautifully updated to incorporate the best elements of 21st-century design; outside, it retains every bit of its original casual, informal beauty. Read more »

Just Listed: Modern Luxury in Northern Liberties for $1.199M

822 N. American St. #4, Philadelphia, Pa. 19123 | Photos: Jackie Dabrowski via Space & Company

It’s not that often that one sees a home in Northern Liberties with a million-plus price tag, so when one does hit the market, you know there has to be something special about it.

And there’s lots that’s special about this spacious, luxurious townhome, part of a nine-unit development surrounding an intimate courtyard on an equally intimate lane.

From the moment you lay eyes on it, you can see the quality of its construction and design. Read more »

Jawdropper of the Week: A Reborn Classic in Rittenhouse for $3.69M

2012 Spruce St., Philadelphia, Pa. 19103 | Photos: Drew Callaghan Photography via Kurfiss Sotheby’s International Realty

Wonder what opulence looked like in the mid-19th century?

Wonder no more, for the architect who restored this gorgeous 1860 brownstone on Spruce Street in Rittenhouse was (almost) totally faithful to the style of the era.

This home was lovingly restored a few years back, with all of the lavish original detailing brought back to a high polish and some 21st-century touches thrown in. Read more »

Jawdropper of the Week: Palatial Digs in Society Hill for $6.888M

328-330 Delancey St., Philadelphia, Pa. 19106 | TREND images via Zillow

328-330 Delancey St., Philadelphia, Pa. 19106 | TREND images via Zillow

We can’t think of any word more appropriate for this property than unreal.

With five bedrooms, five bathrooms, three powder rooms, underground parking, an elevator, a rooftop swimming pool, an at-home theater, and more, this imaginative Society Hill mansion is a vision. Even the home’s more traditional features, like the kitchen and breakfast room, are stellar.

The master suite has to be one of the best rooms in the house, though, boasting a sky-lit atrium, indoor and outdoor fireplaces, a gorgeous private deck, his and her walk-in closets, and a huge master bath with a steam shower, sauna, jetted tub and four sinks. Read more »

An Artist’s Gallery Home Goes Up for Sale with an Exhibition

626 Creighton Rd., Villanova, Pa. 19085 | Photo: Herb Engelsberg

626 Creighton Rd., Villanova, Pa. 19085 | Photos: Herb Engelsberg, including TREND images via BHHS Fox & Roach, unless otherwise indicated

Artist Lynda Howitt draws solace from the sea. She spent her formative years living in an oceanside home in Australia, to which her parents fled to escape the murderous regime of Idi Amin, and her works frequently play on the interaction between sea and sky.

But it was a thoroughly landlocked home in Villanova that captured her fancy when she was looking for a place to live in this country.

She recognized the moment she saw it that she was about to buy an art gallery as well as a home.

“The original owners that we bought it from purposely built it to showcase their amazing art collection,” Howitt said. “Being an artist, I couldn’t help but imagine my own art on the walls when I first viewed the house.” Read more »

Jawdropper of the Week: A Lot to Love in Newtown Square for $5.95M

40 Harrison Dr., Newtown Square, Pa. 19073 | Images via Kurfiss Sotheby's International Realty

40 Harrison Dr., Newtown Square, Pa. 19073 | Images via Kurfiss Sotheby’s International Realty

We don’t normally use listings from the same town for consecutive weeks’ jawdroppers, but when it’s deserved, we are more than willing to make an exception – and this time around, Newtown Square deserves that exception.

This Delaware County manor home sits on a whopping 12.7 acres of land, which is simply incredible. Besides the six-car garage, the in-ground pool and hot tub combo, the spacious back patio, and multiple gardens, the lot is pretty much empty. We aren’t exactly sure what to make of all that extra space, but the options are clearly limitless for any ambitious homeowner. Read more »

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