French Village Home, Conceived by George Woodward and Designed by Robert McGoodwin, Listed Below $1M

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Mt. Airy’s French Village, a cluster of homes built to mimic rural Normandy, was a project conceived in the 1920s by George Woodward, Northwest Philadelphia’s most prolific developer.

One of the first homes Woodward commissioned for the Village, which was built to honor World War I soldiers who died in France, was designed by architect Robert Rhodes McGoodwin, onetime president of the Philadelphia chapter of the American Institute of Architects and a design professor at Penn. He was commissioned by Penn to do the Lea Library addition to the Furness Library;  additions to Houston Hall; and alterations to the D. Hayes Agnew Memorial Pavilion at HUP. He also worked extensively with Woodward.

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Earth Bread + Brewery Turns Five


Earth Bread + Brewery in Mount Airy is celebrating its fifth anniversary this Wednesday night, October 9th. There will be special beer tappings, complimentary dessert and for the first fifty customers, a special anniversary mason jar mug.

It is also the fortieth anniversary of Weaver’s Way, one of the nation’s first food co-ops. In honor of that, EB+B owner Tom Baker has created a special flatbread for the week, along with a special beer made with arugula from the co-op.

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Today’s Headlines: Are Rats Bad News for Rittenhouse Realtors?

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Photo by Bradley Maule

We’ve all known they’re there, but seeing a video is something else. Under the headline “Rats living large in Rittenhouse Square,”’s Emily Babay posted a video taken on Sept. 23 that will horrify all but the staunchest rodent fans. In the film, large rats run back and forth across the grass — and when we say “large,” we mean “gigantic.” And so many of them!

This is the second time the Rats of Rittenhouse are getting bad press; Philly Mag’s Victor Fiorillo did a piece on them in May.

This can’t be good news for brokers who market the Square as an upscale locale, which, of course, it is and always will be. And never fear: Many years ago, when rats were a problem in the park, poison was employed and they all died (as did the squirrels, which was really a shame). The city will find a way to get rid of them.

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Once Upon a Time: West Mt. Airy Fairytale Home

For anyone who has ever fantasized about a picturesque house among nature’s finest, this  five-bedroom English Cotswold may be the answer to your dreams.

Proudly displaying a stone hearth, wood-beam ceilings, and stained glass, this 1950s house has multiple fireplaces, including one with a carved mural.

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Mt. Airy Rental: Six-Bedroom Home With Sauna

This enormous house would be pretty special even without a sauna, but you have to admit, that’s certainly a distinctive feature. In addition, the home has beautiful floors, from hardwood to tile; a fireplace; a finished basement with multiple, discrete spaces; a servant’s stairway to the second floor; three full bathrooms; and more.

Most important to those who embrace Mt. Airy for its proximity to green, the home has a front yard, a side yard and a backyard–as well as a front porch and a storage shed.

It’s only a couple blocks from Germantown Avenue and a few more than that to SEPTA’s Allens Lane station. It’s convenient but technically in East Mt. Airy. If you’re someone who gets snobby about such a distinction, well, you may be missing out.

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Mt. Airy Announces Food Vendors for Street Fare

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After two successful night markets in conjunction with the Food Trust, Mt. Airy is stepping out on its own to throw Mt. Airy’s Street Fare: Sip, Savor, Stroll. The event is set for Thursday, September 19th and like Night Market will showcase  tons of food trucks and local restaurants lining Germantown Avenue between Sedgwick Street and Mt. Airy Avenue. In addition to all the food and drink, there will be two stages for live entertainment , a craft show, a fashion truck and family activity zone.

And Eagles fans, do not to worry, the Eagles vs. Chiefs game will be broadcast.

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West Mt. Airy Bang for the Buck: Mansion With Nine Bedrooms for $650,000

Built in 1925, this home must have been quite grand in its day, with an interior to match its exterior. These days it still cuts a grand figure but has quite a surprise to offer: Inside, it’s completely renovated, with stainless steel appliances, bamboo floors, and distinctly contemporary notes like glass vessel sinks and recessed lighting. There’s even new stucco, new electrical and new plumbing. The house is positively bathed in newness, but still fits in with the Mt. Airy aesthetic.

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Morning Headlines: CNN Money Says Philly’s Best Neighborhood Is Mt. Airy

Philadelphia is chock-full of great neighborhoods, some well-known, some up-and-coming, some waiting to be discovered, others still waiting for better days to come again.

But of all the city’s dazzling variety of neighborhoods, which one most impressed the CNN Money editors this year? Mt. Airy, the Northwest Philly neighborhood that serves as the bridge between Germantown and Chestnut Hill.

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