Spotted: Uber Eco-Friendly Family Townhome in Northern Liberties

Wait 'til you see the inside. Images by TREND via

Wait ’til you see the inside. Images by TREND via

Well all know how new constructions, especially contemporary-designed, can sometimes conjure up images of a bare, cold building. But have you ever heard of a “passive house”? Essentially, it’s an energy efficient home that Passipedia says is actually more comfortable than the average house: “There is absolutely no cutting back on comfort; instead the level of comfort is considerably increased.”

Wow. In that case, consider yourselves lucky as this passive house abode at the newly constructed Stables townhouse development in NoLibs is on the market. The passive house features in this single-family include a solar array (i.e. net zero in energy usage/bills), triple-paned windows, and a 90% reduction in heating, cooling, and energy when required thanks to R34 and R52 value insulation and an airtight building envelope.  (Should someone take this home before you can, here’s another Stable townhouse on the market!)

Other hallmarks are its…

Bardot Offering New Monday Night Chef Tastings

Bardot is now offering a Monday night four-course chef tasting menu. Chef Rhett Vellner’s menu is $45 per person and will change every week. The menu will featureseasonal inspirations and a twist on favorites from the regular offerings.

Vellner says, “I look forward to experimenting with new flavors and ingredients, as well as bringing modern updates to classic French dishes.”

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Luxe Loft-style Condo Smack Dab in Northern Liberties

Photo via Google Street View

Photo via Google Street View

This eight-unit boutique condo on North Second is right in the thick of things– Green Eggs and Palm Market across from it, Seven-Hundred on the same block, and Standard Tap, Genie Hookah Cafe Philly, Blind Pig, and more all within very short walking distance. Lucky for us, one of its units is on the market.

The two-bedroom is a loft-style apartment with an open layout, soaring ceilings (check out the hanging bike on the second floor), hardwood floors, brick walls, and exposed ductwork and beams. Granite countertops and custom cabinetry are in the kitchen, and the washer and dryer are in-unit. Permit parking is available on the street.

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Trinity Tuesday: Northern Liberties Home That’s “In Walking Distance to Everything” For Sale

1027 N Hope St, Philadelphia, PA, 19123

All photos by TREND via RE/MAXX ACCESS.

As one would expect from a home smack dab between Northern Liberties and Fishtown, this trinity house is “in walking distance to everything,” to quote the listing. No kidding, WalkScore dubs it a Walker and Biker’s Paradise, which makes sense since it’s within two blocks of the Piazza and is right next to all the goodies both neighborhoods have to offer.

The home itself is a renovated structure that boasts a pristine new bathroom (seriously, check it out in the gallery below) and kitchen with a full wall backsplash. Exposed brick can be found in the living and dining areas, while original features include wood floors and a spiral staircase.

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Garces Alums Are Spreading Their Wings


El Poquito on Germantown Avenue in Chestnut Hill

This week we’ve seen two sets of Garces alums open new restaurants. Former Garces director of operations, George Atterbury has opened El Poquito in Chestnut Hill. The Mexican restaurant takes over the Chestnut 7 property ad Atterbury has hired former JG Domestic chef de cuisine, Andrew Sabin as executive chef. El Poquito is open for dinner seven days a week.  Michael Klein reports that Atterbury already has a deal in place for a second location in a new development by the Christina River in Wilmington. Check out El Poquito’s menu here.

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Trinity Tuesday: Northern Liberties Home in Need of Some TLC

7 Bristow Pl, Philadelphia, PA, 19123

7 Bristow Pl,
Philadelphia, PA, 19123

TLC, aka, the real estate acronym for ‘Tender Loving Care”, is exactly what this Northern Liberties home needs. Put on the market earlier this year, the charming old-school features include hardwood floors and a lower level kitchen with brick flooring and fireplace.

The home, which is less than a block from the El’s Spring Garden station, offers two bedrooms, (one on each of the 2nd and 3rd floors), the first of which has a fireplace and hall bathroom. An oversized yard is included in the back. Gallery below.

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NoLibs: One of 26 “Most Hipster” Hoods in the World

According to Business Insider, Northern Liberties isn’t just one of the “most hipster” neighborhoods in Philadelphia; it’s one of the most hipster neighborhoods in the world. Lauren Browning explains the criteria:

The hipster population is spreading nationally and internationally. Skinny jeans-wearing, beard-toting 20- and 30-somethings are flocking to areas in which they feel right at home.

I swear this was written this year. Here’s how and why Philly made the list:

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Two Bells for Bardot


Craig LaBan heads to Northern Liberties to take in the cooking of Rhett Vellner atBardot, the French bar/restaurant from the Pub on Passyunk East’s Dennis Hewlett.

Vellner shows real delicacy in his take on the common beet, salt-roasted in coriander-fennel spice and paired with creamy onion soubise, goat cheese, and the crumbles of a walnut-rye bread streusel (de rigueur these days, as faux “soil”). A crisp fillet of arctic char was also spot-on, with an earthy duo of parsnips (pureed and creamy with ginger; crisped into ribbons) and the surprising fusion spark of funky kimchi.

Two Bells – Very Good

Bardot Cafe: Sophisticated, if a bit faux, French fare in Northern Liberties [Philadelphia Inquirer]
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Check Out Bardot’s New Seasonal Dishes and Drinks


Chef Rhett Vellner is serving an updated fall menu and cocktail selection at Bardot.

The new fall plates include dishes such as House Ricotta with persimmons, dates, radicchio and house-baked semolina; Pastrami Tartine with sauerkraut and 1,000 island dressing on rye; Rabbit Crepe with oyster mushrooms, caramelized grape and frisée; Eggplant Panzanella with lentils, cipollini onions, salsify and romesco; and Spaghettini Noir with squid, chorizo and kabocha squash.

The prices for these autumn-inspired dishes will range from $5 to for Pommes Frites with roasted red pepper aioli to $21 for Arctic Char with Napa cabbage, parsnips, crème fraîche and xo.

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Massive Northern Liberties Mansion Has Master Suite with Two Bathrooms

999 N 6th St, Philadelphia, PA, 19123

999 N 6th St, Philadelphia, PA, 19123

Where to begin with this ginormous townhouse on North 6th? The colossal home has two wings, four floors (and that’s not including the finished basement with custom wine cellar), and a view of the Shrine of Saint John Neumann from one of its stairwell landings.

The home has been renovated, but still keeps many of its original architectural elements and has exquisite details like custom wood and Lincrusta walls (aka, pressed leather), crown molding, a Cupola room with a handcrafted stained-glass skylight, and a living room with marble fireplace.

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