Weekend Open Houses: Two Homes in Manayunk and West Mt. Airy

Living space of 153 Kalos Street.

Living space of 153 Kalos Street.

Visiting these two homes in Manayunk and two in West Mt. Airy could determine which has the most living appeal– although, they all have their pros.

First, the Kalos Street home has been completely rehabbed and sits near a small truss of restaurants surrounding Ridge Avenue (FYI, the neighborhood is one of a handful in the city with a high density of pizzerias). Meanwhile, the Grape Street residence is just a little over a 10-minute walk from Never Give Up Training, a studio offering intensive fitness classes. It’s also been updated and includes a sizable roof deck with views of the city.

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Adventures in Homebuying: Down to the Wire

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The very night I stood on the regional rail platform at Temple and found out we’d lost the house on which we intended to make an offer, we were actually scheduled to see another one directly across the street. In fact, we’d scheduled the showing just to be sure we weren’t missing anything else in the neighborhood before buying.

That night we tore through the house in a semi-blur. The bamboo floors seemed nice. The exposed brick was fine. In the 7 p.m. darkness, the backyard seemed good enough. We were morose. We were running late after ogling another house around the corner and could see the owners outside waiting in their car. We mostly wanted to go home and sulk. And eat dinner.

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Free Fitness Classes at Never Give Up Training in Manayunk This Weekend

Never Give Up // Photo via Facebook

Never Give Up // Photo via Facebook

Manayunk’s Never Give Up personal training studio is celebrating its one-year anniversary this weekend with (what else?) a whole day of free classes. On Saturday, the studio is packing in eight gratis group classes and competitions (more on these below) between 9 a.m. and 2 p.m. All sessions are 30 minutes long except for BodyPump at 9 and boot camp at noon; those classes will last 45 minutes.

Now, about those competitions. Never Give Up is inviting participants to compete in three fitness competitions throughout the day. Here’s how they’ll work:

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The Bell Rings Twice for Taqueria Feliz

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Lamb Barbacoa at Taqueria Feliz | Photo by Courtney Apple

Craig LaBan visits Manayunk’s Taqueria Feliz where he is generally impressed with what’s coming out of Lucio Palazzo’s kitchen, grasshoppers and all. But the reason to go, is Palazzo’s lamb barbacoa.

Palazzo’s true destination masterpiece, though, his lamb barbacoa, is considerably more accessible. Rubbed for days in a mulato chile paste aromatic with canella and charred onion, smoked over cherrywood, then baked six hours inside banana leaves over chickpeas, it’s a Mexican cousin to the legendary lamb shoulder at Zahav, where he once worked. It’s very much worthy of the legacy – sublimely tender on the bone over refried beans and plancha-seared nopales strips, with a soulful lamb and chickpea consommé on the side.

Two Bells – Very Good

Taqueria Feliz: a nice addition to Manayunk [Philadelphia Inquirer]
Taqueria Feliz [Foobooz]

BLT Replaces Agiato in Manayunk

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Michael Klein did a good job a couple of weeks ago chronicling the drama of Agiato, RubbMain Street Market and Tapestry, all parts of the Belvedere Restaurant Group headed up by Rich Rivera and Rob Nydick. Long story short, they’re all closed.

But life has returned to Manayunk’s Agiato. That property is now running under the name BLT and serving up burgers, hot dogs and milkshakes. Rich Rivera is involved with BLT and he’s got a menu that will look familiar to free fixings lovers who frequent Five Guys.

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Green Home in Manayunk Combines Luxury and Sustainability

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Admit it: when you think of real estate in Manayunk, you do not immediately conjure manicured landscaping and green design elements. It is more likely that you think of rowhomes flush against the sidewalk with an occasional porch and lots of stucco. But this home is not that kind of bro manor. In fact, with this litany of luxurious – and sustainable – upgrades, snobs could be forgiven for assuming this home was situated somewhere tonier than on a quiet hill in Manayunk. Read more »

Property’s Most Popular Posts of 2013

Rocky and realtor checking out 2313 Lambert Street.

Rocky and realtor checking out 2313 Lambert Street in Rocky II.

Property opened its virtual doors in March, so it hasn’t been quite one year yet. But here are the posts that were the most popular in 2013 — 12 of them because 12 is more fun than 10.

1. Rocky and Adrian’s House From ‘Rocky II’ Is For Sale
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In March, the three-bedroom South Philly home that was the set for Rocky and Adrian’s first home went on the market for $139,900. The rowhome near 20th and Wolf looked pretty much the same as it did in the 1979 movie, and though it took some time, 2313 S. Lambert Street sold for around $129,000.

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Mo Bash Raises Money for a Good Cause in Manayunk

mo bash cakeTonight, upstairs at Lucky’s Last Chance in Manayunk is hosting Mo Bash – Moustaches, Art & Beer For A Good Cause. The event is hosted by our own Fidel Gastro along with DJ Q-Ball (Bloodhound Gang) and Ronnie Bullets. The event will include craft beer from Great Lakes Brewing, Weyerbacher, Stone Brewing and Smuttynose.

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Taqueria Feliz Opens Today in Manayunk

Taqueria Feliz Tacos

Photo by Courtney Apple

Taqueria Feliz from Tim Spinner and Brian Sirhal (Cantina Feliz, La Calaca Feliz) opens this afternoon at 4 p.m. at 4410 Main Street. Lucio Palazzo mans the kitchen at this 85-seat bar and restaurant and will be serving up a menu of classic Mexican taqueria dishes with a “Feliz” spin.

Like the other two Felizs, Taqueria Feliz has a bright color palette throughout and murals by artist Alison Dilworth. The exterior is a vibrant surfer blue and lime that stands out.

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Manayunk Brewing Co. Plans an Expansion

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Not only are new breweries and brew pubs popping up all over the region, old stalwarts are looking to expand. Manayunk Brewing Company is celebrating its 17th anniversary this month and will be embarking on an ambitious expansion plan to bring brewing capacity from 1,800 barrels annually, to more than 4,000 barrels a year by  2015.

Manayunk Brewing’s beers have been really hitting their stride recently. The canned versions of Schuylkill Punch and Yunkin’ Punkin’ have been especially well received. Next up in cans is Manayunk’s holiday brew, Festivus.

The brewery is working around the clock now to satisfy in-house and external demands for beer as production will have to stop for several weeks during the end of the year expansion.

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