Spotted in the Gayborhood: A Pope-a-licious Window Display

It’s exactly what you’d expect at Open House, the quirky home and gift store on 13th Street owned and operated by famed lesbian entrepreneurs Chef Marcie Turney and Valerie Safran: a window full of Pope merchandise that will make you chuckle, even if you are dreading the upcoming visit in September.

The best part of the display: a little army of solar-powered waving Pope statues that totally killed me (imaging standing on 13th Street watching them all move…creepy). The “Pope Party” art blocks are also pretty awesome (and, yes, they haven have a Pope art block with a sleek black silhouette). I was told by the two clerks who were working the shop that there would be even more Pope merchandise coming in before his visit. I, for one, can’t wait to see it (the merchandise, not the Pope).

You can check out some pictures below of the window, plus some close-up shots of the merchandise. Even better: Why don’t you go check out the store yourself? It’s located at 107 South 13th Street.



Open House to Feature Local Beer, Bike Mechanics, Crafts and Duplexcellence II

Photos: Sarah Kunst

Photos: Sarah Kunst

Is the line between traditional open house and house party about to be blurred? Postgreen Homes tends to do things a little different when it comes to their green development projects. The open house for their latest joint, a four-unit condo duplex called Duplexcellence II, will look to break the mold yet again.

“We try to make all of our open houses a little bit different to keep things interesting,” said owner Chad Ludeman. Basically, you’ll get to tour four of what Ludeman dubbed as “high quality duplexes,” each with their own private outdoor space. Throughout the party tour, you’ll have a chance to sample some craft beer and cocktails from Philadelphia Brewing Company and Rowhouse Spirits, check out handmade home good “stuffs” from Earth & Iron and see heirloom textiles from Cuttaloosa. Julia Blaukopf will also be on hand showcasing her custom wallpaper style, which Ludeman said could be installed inside the home. Read more »

Weekend Open Houses: Gladwyne, Bala, and Haverford

Plenty of lovely homes are open for your viewing pleasure this weekend in nearby Philly ‘burbs. Below are our top picks, including one special 4-bedroom with a listing that asks, “Wouldn’t you like to paddle your kayak across the river and take a Septa train to work?” Wow. Special, indeed.

234 River Road, Gladwyne, PA
Gladwyne 234 River Road

Open House: September 22, 12-4pm
Price: $1,199,000
Bed: 4
Bath: 4.1
3,408 sq. feet

 

 

35 Llanberris Road, Bala Cynwyd, PA
Bala 35 Llanberris RoadOpen House: September 22, 2-4pm
Price: $625,000
Bed: 4
Bath: 2.1
3,276 sq. feet

 

 

243 Cheswold Lane, Haverford, PA
Haverford 243 Cheswold LaneOpen House: September 22, 2-4pm
Price: $65,000 (reduced from $1,085,000)
Bed: 4
Bath: 4.1
2,808 sq. feet

Weekend Open House: Northern Liberties Edition

It’s old news that Northern Liberties is quickly flourishing into a hub for young professionals. But, as these listings will show, really anyone is susceptible to fall under the spell of these cool Philadelphia homes. This weekend, spend a relaxing Sunday admiring these open houses in the area.

800 N 2nd Street, #2

800 N 2nd Street - Northern Liberties weekend open house Open House: September 15, 12-1pm
Price: $349,900
Bed: 2
Bath: 1.1
945 sq. feet

 

 

553 N Lawrence Street
553 N Lawrence Street - Northern Liberties weeken open house Open House: September 15, 12-1pm
Price: $339,900
Bed: 2
Bath: 2
1,040 sq. feet

 

 

 

119 N Galloway Street

119 N Galloway Street - Northern Liberties open houseOpen House: September 15, 2-4pm
Price: $784,900
Bed: 3
Bath: 2.1
2860 sq. feet

Get Your Home Open House Ready

Get open house ready

If you’re looking to host an open house you’ll want to start by giving it a good clean. A neat, orderly and neutral home will make the best impression on potential buyers. Remember, you want the prospective buyer to envision living in your house, not tidying it up. Here are some tips for how to prepare your home for an open house.

Start Making Room Rent a storage unit or borrow some space in a family member or neighbor’s garage to store extraneous furniture, knickknacks and clutter. Leaving just enough items in each room so viewers understand its purpose will make the house appear more spacious. Remove leaves from the dining room table, books from the bookshelves, family photos and other items that personalize the home, and take all items off the kitchen counters—you’ll have to pack that stuff up eventually anyway. Buyers are going to snoop, so organize all cabinets and closets so they can see your home has been well cared for and organized. Also, be sure to remove anything you plan on taking with you to your next home, like the chandelier in the dining room that has been in your family for four generations. If buyers see things in the house they can’t have, they might fancy keeping it.

Buff and Fix Make sure that your house sparkles and all minor repairs are done. Scour every inch of the kitchen and bathroom, vacuum cobwebs from the corners, wash the inside and outside of the windows, wipe down mirrors, clean out the fridge, wax the floors and re-caulk the showers, tubs and sinks. Also fix things like cracked floor and counter tiles, holes in the wall, leaking faucets, burned-out lightbulbs, and doors that don’t close or drawers that jam. Also light a candle to make sure your home has a inviting smell.

Curb Check First impressions are everything. Stand outside your house and make sure it’s looking as good as the inside. You might want to grab a home wash hose attachment from the local hardware store and give the outside of your house a rinse. Clean the gutters, mow the lawn and clean the sidewalk. Be sure the numbers on your house are readable from the street and the front door has a nice paint job.

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Weekend Open Houses

Weekend Open Houses

Add these homes to your to-see list this weekend.

3250 Hedwig Lane, Collegeville
Collegeville open houseOpen house: Aug. 18, 1-3 p.m.
Price: $2.4M
Bed: 6
Bath: 6.1
10,000 sq. ft.


 

1101 James Ln., Berwyn
weekend open hosueOpen house: Aug. 18, 2-4 p.m.
Price: $1,999,000
Bed: 5
Bath: 3.3
6,119 sq. ft.

 

103 Wynfield Ln., New Hope
weekend open houseOpen house: Aug. 18, 1-3 p.m.
Price: $1,699,900
Bed: 5
Bath: 4.1
5,018 sq. ft.
 

101 Fineskinde Farm Lane, Coatesville
weekend open houseOpen house: Aug. 18, 1-3 p.m.
Price: $1,649,900
Bed: 4
Bath: 2.1
2,774 sq. ft.
 

258 Righters Mill Rd., Gladwyne
weekend open houseOpen house: Aug. 18, 2-4 p.m.
Price: $1,395,000
Bed: 5
Bath: 6.1
5,030 sq. ft.

 

Weekend Open Houses

Check out these weekend open houses in the city, suburbs and shore.

8901 Atlantic Ave., Margate
Open house: July 13, noon-3 p.m.
Price: $1,595,000
Bed: 5
Bath: 4
3,000 sq. ft.

7721 Saint Martins Lane, Philadelphia
Open House: July 14, 1-3 p.m.
Price: $1,099,000
Bed: 6
Bath: 3.1
3,600 sq. ft.

825 Lewis Lane, Blue Bell
Open House: July 14, 1-3 p.m.
Price: $2,950,000
Bed: 5
Bath: 6.1

 

103 Anthony Way, West Chester
Open House: July 14, 1-3 p.m.
Price: $1,299,000
Bed: 5
Bath: 5.2

 

1138 Norsam Road, Gladwyne
Open House: July 14, 2-4 p.m.
Price: $1,000,000
Bed: 4
Bath: 3.1
3,659 sq. ft.

Weekend Open Houses

Take advantage of the great weather, and check out these upcoming weekend open houses in the Philadelphia region.

1615-17 Spruce St., #100 Philadelphia, PA
Open house: June 16 1:30-2:30 p.m.
Three-bedroom home in Rittenhouse with upgraded kitchen
Price: $1,790,000
Bed: 3
Bath: 2.1
3,300 sq. ft.

237 S. 18th St., 3CD, Philadelphia
Open House: June 16, 3-4 p.m.
Ultra-spacious condo with 10-foot ceilings and herringbone floors.
Price: $1,500,000
Bed: 3 | Bath: 3
2,350 sq. ft.

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103 Anthony Way, West Chester
Open House: June 16, 1-3 p.m.
Elevated lot on a quiet cul-de-sac.
Price: $1,299,000
Bed: 5
Bath:5.2

8 N. Osborne Ave., Margate, NJ
Open House: June 15, 11a.m.-1 p.m.
New England style home with designer finishes
Price: $965,000
Bed: 3
Bath: 2.1

1142 Timbergate Dr., Rydal
Open House: June 16, 2-4 pm
Custom home in a gated community.
Price: $739,000
Bed: 4
Bath: 3.2
4,586 sq. ft.

 

Weekend Open Houses

Take advantage of the great weather, and check out these upcoming weekend open houses in the Philadelphia region.

9 Great Hills Rd., New Hope

new hopeOpen house: June 9, 1-4 p.m.
This dazzling custom-built home sits on more than five acres.
Price: $1,779,000
Beds: 5
Baths: 4.2

317 Berkley Rd., Merion Station

merion station homeOpen house: June 9, 2-4 p.m.
Offers high ceilings, hard wood floors and detailed molding.
Price: $1,190,000
Beds: 6
Baths: 3.1
5,821 sq. ft.

519 Penn Valley Rd., Penn Valley
penn valleyOpen house: June 9, 2-4 p.m.
This three-story French Normany is made from real stone and sits on a private road.
Price: $925,000
Beds: 5
Baths: 5.2
5,137 sq. ft.

302 S. 2nd St., Philadelphia
philly 1Open house: June 9, 11 a.m.-12 p.m.
This classic row home in Society Hill offers comfortable living indoors and out.
Price: $965,000
Beds: 4
Baths: 4.1
3,222 sq. ft.

615-17 Spruce St., #100, Philadelphia
philly 2Open house: June 9, 1:30-2:30 p.m.
Gardens and luxurious living in Rittenhouse Square.
Price: $1,790,000
Beds: 3
Baths: 2.1
3,300 sq. ft.

 

Weekend Open Houses

Whether you’re looking for a home in the city or burbs, chances are there’s an open house you won’t want to miss this weekend. Check out these weekend open houses.

298 S. Aberdeen Ave., Wayne
Open house: June 2, 1-3 p.m.
Hill-top historic home in great condition.
Price: $3,450,000
Bed: 6
Bath: 3.1
6,276 sq. ft.

204 Carriage Ln., Newtown Square
Open house: June 2, 2-4 pm
Springhouse home with open floor plan.
Price: $2,295,000
Bed: 7
Bath: 5.2
8,420 sq. ft.

223 Gaskill St., Philadelphia
Open house: June 2, noon-2 p.m.
Liberty Court home in Society Hill.
Price: $1,195,000
Bed: 4
Bath: 3.2
2,867 sq. ft.

oh1 copy4 Westbrae Lane, Greenville, DE
Open House: June 2, 1-3 p.m.
Charming retreat bordering Valley Garden Park & Hoopes.
Price: $1,000,000
Bed: 4
Bath: 3.1
4,225 sq. ft.

107 N. Iroquois Ave., Margate
Open House: June 2, 11-2 p.m.
Custom new construction close to the beach.
Price: $858,000
Bed: 5
Bath: 4

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