Jawdropper of the Week: New Digs in Old City for $2.3M

240 Arch St., Philadelphia, Pa. 19106 | TREND images via BHHS Fox & Roach

240 Arch St., Philadelphia, Pa. 19106 | TREND images via BHHS Fox & Roach

Do you dream of upscale living in Philadelphia?

If so, feast your eyes on this townhome located at 240 Arch St., one of three properties making up The Ross Luxury Townhomes.

The amenities of this home are equally outrageous and amazing. It comes with a 2-car garage, your own 6-story elevator, a wine cellar, a floating staircase, and more. We couldn’t make this up even if we tried.

The refined kitchen boasts Gaggenau appliances, under cabinet lighting, and waterfall quartz countertops. Even the bathrooms are spectacular, thanks to their heated floors, floating toilets, and stunning tile work. Read more »

El Balconcito Crew Plans to Open a Peruvian Restaurant and Pisco Bar in Old City

If you’re craving Peruvian food in Philly, you’ll likely have to drive for it. Your options are the Northeast, home of Peruvian-Portugese standbys El Balconcito and El Balconcito II, or City Avenue, where polla a la brasa-chain Sardi’s opened its first Philly location next to a Boston Market, or Upper Darby, where Inka Wall puts out some of the region’s best. But for a taste of that Latin American/Asian fusion closer to city center? Nothing’s filled the hole left by Jose Garces when he closed Chifa in 2013.

That’ll soon change when Miguel Toro — who both co-owns and operates both El Balconcitos with his family — brings his new Peruvian vision to life with a restaurant and pisco bar in the former Serrano/Tin Angel space in Old City.

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Jawdropper of the Week: Buzzworthy Society Hill Mansion for $16.795M

232-36 Walnut St., Philadelphia, Pa. 19106 | TREND image via BHHS Fox & Roach Realty

232-36 Walnut St., Philadelphia, Pa. 19106 | Photos: Drew Callaghan Photography via BHHS Fox & Roach

Just blocks from Penn’s Landing, Carpenters’ Hall, and Independence Hall, this Society Hill mansion is a true Philadelphia masterpiece – and rightfully so. The one-of-a-kind property is currently the most expensive home for sale across the city.

As soon as you step inside the foyer of this 16-year-old property, you will encounter the massive, free-floating steel staircase. It’s definitely unlike anything you’ve ever seen before.

It might seem crazy that a two-bedroom home could cost so much money. But, when you account for all it has to offer, things start making sense. Read more »

This Punch Bowl Tells the Story of Old Philadelphia

Rebecca Yamin displays blue and white bowl from the 1760s

Rebecca Yamin, the lead archeologist on the excavation of the Museum of the American Revolution site, displays a reconstructed bowl from the 1760s that was found in a privy pit. | Photo: Dan McQuade

Rebecca Yamin first stepped onto the future site of the Museum of the American Revolution, at the corner of 3rd and Chestnut streets, in July 2014. She was both excited and scared.

“When you start at an urban site, it’s an amazing thing,” says Yamin, a well-respected urban archeologist with Commonwealth Heritage Group. “We told the museum it’s going to cost a lot of money. And then when I get on the site, I’m like, ‘Oh my god, I’m not going to find anything. It’s such an embarrassment.’”

When it was all over, Yamin did not end up embarrassed. Yesterday the museum, slated to open in April 2017, took possession of 72 boxes of artifacts, inside of which were 82,000 pieces recovered from the site.

“I’m always surprised,” Yamin continues. “Certainly we were surprised to find something that was so relevant to the mission of the museum.” Read more »

Jawdropper of the Week: An Electrifying Old City Spectacle

2 Loxley Ct., Philadelphia, Pa. 19106 | Images via Kurfiss Sotheby's International Realty

2 Loxley Ct., Philadelphia, Pa. 19106 | Images via Kurfiss Sotheby’s International Realty

Tucked away on one of those little alleys that help give Old City its character is a home with a connection to Philadelphia’s most famous scientific experiment. This charming colonial home was built in the 1740s by one Benjamin Loxley, who also bequeathed his name to the pedestrian court it sits on. Loxley, an early Philadelphia master builder and carpenter — in those days, carpenters were also architects — developed this small street and the houses along it. But that’s not what makes it significant. Loxley was also a friend of Benjamin Franklin and assisted him with his early experiments with electricity.

Loxley was also a friend of Benjamin Franklin and assisted him with his early experiments with electricity. Local lore has it that when Benjamin Franklin flew that famous kite in a lightning storm in order to capture the electrical charge, the key he used to catch the spark was the one to this home’s front door. Read more »

Nick’s Old City Rolls Out Brunch

Brunch is now served at Nick's in Old City

Brunch is now served at Nick’s in Old City

Once upon a time I thought the build-your-own Bloody Mary bar was one of the most ridiculous concepts out there. The reason I went out for brunch was because I didn’t want to be involved in the Bloody Mary process. I just needed the vitamins (and vodka) in my body ASAP. But as I’ve matured, I’ve come to enjoy the nearly endless possibilities of a well-stocked Bloody Mary bar. And there’s a new build-your-own Bloody Mary bar in town.

At the rebranded Nick’s Bar & Grille (formerly Nick’s Roast Beef) in Old City, you can get a custom-built start to your weekend for just $6. Nick’s is offering up the neighborhood’s newest brunch with their new in-house smoked meats, bacon-beef burgers and other twists to the brunch routine.

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Wister Opening in Old City

wister-fish-940“I’m writing the menu around ingredients that are exciting me,” said chef Benjamin Moore. “Right now, that happens to be late summer produce and seasonal fish.” Moore was a sous chef at Lacroix and before that was at Le Bec-Fin, Wister represents his first executive chef position.

On October 1st, the Old City BYOB will open to the public. Wister replaces 26 North at 26 North 3rd Street.

The restaurant will change its menu often. So if you don’t go until November, you will probably miss the heirloom tomatoes puff pastry ($14) and the melon with elderflower ($14). The good news, however, according to Moore, is “There’s always something new for our repeat diners.”

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Jawdropper of the Week: Contemporary History in Old City

149 S. Hancock St., Philadelphia, Pa. 19106 | Images via Redfin

149 S. Hancock St., Philadelphia, Pa. 19106 | Images via Redfin

“Everything old is new again” is probably the best phrase one can use to describe this stunning renovation of a historic 19th-century commercial building on Hancock Street in Old City.

This building is the sole survivor of a row of similar buildings, and it has a pedigree: Cabinetmaker Michael Bouvier, the great-great-grandfather of Jacqueline Bouvier Kennedy Onassis, bought the vintage-1816 structure in 1834 for use as his workshop. It came awfully close to meeting the fate of its neighbors before a couple bought the structure in 2010 and turned it into a super-spacious single-family residence.

While traditional in its details — crown moldings, classic baseboards, period doors — the home is at the same time thoroughly modern in its design sensibility and amenities. Read more »

That House Out There: Creative Class in Old City

20 N. 3rd St. #701, Philadelphia, Pa., 19106 | Photos by Theresa Stigale via MGC Real Estate Group

20 N. 3rd St. #701, Philadelphia, Pa., 19106 | Photos by Theresa Stigale via MGC Real Estate Group

What sort of creative-class type are you?

An artist looking for a blank canvas to paint on? A craftsperson who’d like to turn raw space into a one-of-a-kind atelier? Or maybe just a middle manager looking for a place with a fantastic view?

If you’re any one of these, or anyone else with the scratch who has a hankering for elegant living with the industrial touch, these joined-at-the-hip condo units may be just what you’re looking for.

As currently configured, these top-floor units in Old City’s Daniel Building are two two-bedroom, two bath units with totally open kitchens in the main living space. But they can be reconfigured to suit: one unit for you, one for guests; a single unit with an in-law or au pair suite; a place for you to live and an income property; or maybe just the biggest, baddest full-floor loft condo in Old City.

Be aware, though: even though both the hardwood floors and the kitchens with their professional-grade stainless-steel appliances and countertops all shine with that high-tech gloss, this is still industrial loft space that’s really ideal for someone who is looking for a place to work as well as live. You’ll be right on “N3rd Street,” in the heart of a still-lively community of creative makers and thinkers even with the relocation of nearby IndyHall to 399 Market.

Want this kind of space, but not so much of it? The units can also be purchased separately.




SQUARE FEET: 4,138 (divisible)

SALE PRICE: $1,699,000 (both units combined)

OTHER STUFF: Did we tell you that the owners/developers, who are licensed real estate agents, will be glad to customize these units to suit you? Keep this in mind as you view the photos below.

20 N. 3rd St., #701-702 [Nella Genovese | MGC Real Estate Group]


Pokémon Go Guided Tours Are Now a Thing in Philly

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Mobile game Pokémon Go blew up when it was introduced last month, with an estimated 7.5 million downloads in the U.S. in just the first five days. A slew of articles about the dangers of walking around outside glued to your phone quickly followed — though that’s an old gripe — while businesses jumped to tie their locations to the game. Meet-ups for “trainees” and “trainers” formed and up popped online groups like PokémonGoPhilly, dedicated to discussing all things Pokémon, from tips to troubleshooting to bragging about rare catches. So it was inevitable that a Pokémon Go-themed tour of Philadelphia would be next, and where else would it be than the tour nucleus of Old City? Read more »

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