Old House, Young Soul in Northern Liberties for $489K

841 N. Lawrence St., Philadelphia, Pa. 19123 | Photos via Janet Ames, RE/MAX Executive Realty

The little homes of Northern Liberties present modest faces to the outside world, and many of them still possess equally modest hearts.

Not this one, however. For its 100th birthday in 2010, its owner gave it a stunningly modern heart and soul, one that bespeaks both style and sophistication.

Actually, to characterize this 2,000-square-foot home as “little” is a misstatement. That modest facade conceals plenty of room for socializing, entertaining, relaxing and enjoying personal time. Read more »

Trinity Tuesday: A Quiet Retreat in Northern Liberties for $315K

1011 N. Orkney St., Philadelphia, Pa. 19123 | Images via Luminous Realty

We’re suckers for bargains. “That looks fabulous on you!” “You paid how much for that?”

You’ll probably get comments like these from your friends after moving into this super-stylish modern trinity on a super-quiet lane in Northern Liberties.

Yes, we said “modern trinity.” On the outside, it presents the classic 19th-century trinity face, but on the inside, it’s totally up to date with a bunch of nice style touches and extras. Read more »

43 New Townhouses Coming to Northern Liberties

Rendering of Liberty Square townhouse project by Atrium Design Studio via PRDC Properties

This landed in the Property inbox a few days ago: an announcement from PRDC Properties that it would soon begin work on a 43-unit townhouse development at the southern edge of Northern Liberties.

Designed by Atrium Design Studio, the project hits all the usual high notes: sleek modern design with brick, steel and glass outside, and roomy (3,100- to 3,800-square-foot) three- and four-bedroom units with such features as 10-foot-high ceilings, quartz countertops in the kitchens, Porcelanosa bathrooms, enchanting roof decks and community green space. And, of course, garage parking for one or two cars per unit: even though PRDC CEO David Perlman said in a news release that “the project was designed with walkability in mind,” this is Northern Liberties, after all, and no residential project that would put more resident cars on the street would pass muster with the Northern Liberties Neighbors Association.

The name of the project: Liberty Square.

Which is also the name of a much larger development now under construction a little bit to the north, on the South Kensington side of Girard Avenue. Read more »

Is the Ex-Owner of Philly’s Hottest Swim Club Selling Fake Memberships?

A typical day at the Northern Liberties pool. Inset: Former North Shore Beach Club owner and operator Brian Nagele.

A typical day at the Northern Liberties pool. Inset: Former North Shore Beach Club owner and operator Brian Nagele.

Monarch Swim Club is not your average swimming pool. At just over four feet deep, the seasonal pool at the Piazza in Northern Liberties doesn’t actually see much swimming. Instead, it’s where the buff and the beautiful go to ogle, drink, and work on their tans. But as management works to get Monarch ready for the season, a big old behind-the-scenes drama is unfolding. Read more »

Northern Liberties Resident Says FedEx Driver Strangled Him

Left: Northern Liberties resident Ned Sonstein says the FedEx driver strangled him, leaving these marks. Right: Sonstein took this photo of his alleged attacker.

Left: Northern Liberties resident Ned Sonstein says the FedEx driver strangled him, leaving these marks. Right: Sonstein took this photo of his alleged attacker.

If you drive a car in Philly on the regular, you’ve no doubt had the following experience: Someone is double-parked in the middle of the street in front of you even though there are actual parking spots or spaces not far away. You can’t get by. That’s where the problems began for Ned Sonstein. Read more »

That ’80s Home (2017 Revision) in NoLibs for $414K

410 Poplar St., Philadelphia, Pa. 19123 | TREND images via Zillow

410 Poplar St., Philadelphia, Pa. 19123 | TREND images via Zillow

“Let’s see, the listing says Northern Liberties. This place looks like Springfield circa 1980.”

It really doesn’t matter which one: Delaware County, Montgomery County or “The Simpsons,” the cognitive dissonance is the same. This home’s builder must have come to the sudden realization mid-project that he wasn’t building a rancher, but he’d gone too far down that path, so decided to stack its bedrooms on top of one another rather than spread them out like they should be in a well-behaved ranch home.

Thus this place looks, well, strange sitting as it does in the middle of one of Philadelphia’s first suburbs instead of one of its present-day ones. But once you get past that and the front door, you will be pleasantly surprised and richly rewarded with the features, comfort and space of this home. Read more »

Room of the Week: An Eclectic 1840s Living Room in Northern Liberties

Northern Liberties rowhouse | Photo courtesy PS & Daughters

Northern Liberties rowhome | Photo courtesy PS & Daughters

I’ll admit it: I’m a sucker for wood beams. They can be a gamble, though. If you’re not careful in how you use them, exposed wood beams can feel too heavy — or make a tall ceiling feel unfortunately low — so they only work in the right spaces. This, my friend, is one of those spaces.

In our first installment of Room of the Week, we’re taking a voyeuristic peek inside a fabulous open-concept living room/dining room in Northern Liberties that seamlessly blends old with new, original with modern, in a totally livable, family-friendly way. Check out all the inside design details below.  Read more »

Trinity Tuesday: New Order in NoLibs for $225K

9 Bristow Pl., Philadelphia, Pa. 19123 | TREND images via Space & Company

9 Bristow Pl., Philadelphia, Pa. 19123 | TREND images via Space & Company

Usually, the order of rooms in a four-story (three floors plus basement) trinity run, from bottom to top:

Kitchen in the basement. Living room on the street floor. Bedroom and bathroom on the second floor. Larger bedroom up on top.

In this vintage yet up-to-date Northern Liberties trinity, the deck has been reshuffled. Read more »

What $500K Will Buy You in Northern Liberties

901 N. Penn St., Unit R2203, Philadelphia, Pa., 19123 | TREND image via Zillow

901 N. Penn St., Unit R2203, Philadelphia, Pa. 19123 | TREND image via Zillow

The once proclaimed “up-and-coming neighborhood” of Northern Liberties has proved over the past two decades that it’s here to stay. Once pockmarked with abandoned factories and dated rowhomes, the area has transformed itself into a hip town of trendy bars, restaurants, and cafes and has easily become a millennial’s dream spot to someday call home.

And for potential homeowners with a budget of $500,000, desiring to live in Northern Liberties is actually quite possible. The median price for homes in the area falls somewhere around $400,000, so your budget doesn’t just work for this neighborhood, it exceeds expectations. Take a look below at three properties in the $500,000 price range that are currently on the market. Read more »

Luxe Loft in NoLibs for $639.9K

1147 N. 4th St., Philadelphia, Pa. 19123 | Photos: Daniel Sandoval, The Somers Team

1147 N. 4th St., Philadelphia, Pa. 19123 | Photos: Daniel Sandoval, The Somers Team

Are you the type who drools over the high-tech industrial aesthetic?

Have we got a home for you.

One of the finest examples of that style in the city, a spacious, bi-level corner penthouse condo in Northern Liberties’ Cigar Factory, is now on the market.

Its chic factor is through the wood-beamed, steel-supported roof, enhanced by exposed ductwork and brick walls, a spiral staircase and a super-sleek Eurostyle kitchen in the open main living space. Read more »

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