Why Did This Queen Village 3BR Sell in 2 Days?


Sometimes a home just zooms through the market, and this is one of them. What made it go so fast? There are several key elements that make a big difference in Philadelphia home sales. Here’s where this one hits all the right marks:

1. The Philly Blend: evidence of historic pedigree but modernized for contemporary living
2. Curb Appeal: pretty exterior on a lovely tree-lined street
3. Universally Adored Details: exposed brick, hardwood floors, glass-tile/subway tile, granite countertops, crown molding, stainless steel appliances, frameless glass shower
4. Gesture Toward Sustainability: custom solar shades
5. Not Terrible Public School Nearby: Meredith Catchment
6. Outdoor Spaces: “urban zen rear patio,” “all-but-built roof deck”
7. High WalkScore: 98

Plus, it’s just nice. Check out the gallery:

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New Summer Bar Menu for Ela


Eggplant Tots

Ela has added new cocktails and bar menu items for summer. Chef Jason Cichonski has added dishes like:

  • Pork Belly with watermelon bbq, pickled rind, arugula
  • Lamb Pita with sesame cucumber, salsa verde, yogurt and radish
  • Eggplant Tots with piperade, shaved fennel and pecorino

The bar is also celebrating summer with several new cocktails including:

  • Divine Intervention with Lillet, Uncle Val’s Botanical Gin, Orange Bitters, Lavender
  • I Am Fred Astaire with Vodka, Mango-Rosemary-Red Bell Pepper Shrub

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Kanella Looks To Be Expanding Southward

village-belle-papered-windowsAn eagle-eyed tipster alerted us to a liquor license transfer placard in the former home of Village Belle at 757 S Front Street. The applicant name is Kanella South. Could this be a new restaurant from Konstantinos Pitsillides, the owner of Kanella at 10th and Spruce Streets? The new license application isn’t in the system yet, so we reached out to Pitsillides but haven’t heard back yet. Back in March, Pitsillides sent us a teasing email, “Kanella will buy a new bigger space.or maybe,they just did.” At that time the chef did return any further messages for details. 

A property search doesn’t return any recent sales for the address though its value did just go up by a factor of eight.

But if the name is any proof, it looks like Queen Village will be noshing on Cypriot bites while looking out over the Mediterranean Delaware.

Queen Village’s Delightful London Lightwell House

TREND photo courtesy BHHS Fox & Roach

TREND photo courtesy BHHS Fox & Roach

This Queen Village home has cachet for days. First, “London Lightwell” is a pretty high performer in the pantheon of named homes. Alliteratively, it is a dream to say. And it connotes something positively regal on Queen Street in Queen Village. In addition to the obvious curb appeal the home is also situated squarely in the Meredith catchment, which is a real coup.

Inside, the home is exemplary of federalist charm. Built in 1829, the home retains period details from high ceilings to molding and sconces. Updates include handmade Mexican tile and a gourmet kitchen. The first floor also includes a lovely powder room. Upstairs the bedrooms are adjoined by a Carrara marble bathroom with Waterworks finishes and a soaking tub fit for two (for two!). The third floor is home to a beautiful master suite which includes another spa-like bathroom and a mini refrigerator.

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Queen Village Charmer with Bliss-Inducing Outdoor Spaces

Trend photo via BHHS Fox & Roach

Trend photo via BHHS Fox & Roach

Kauffman Street is a tiny, shaded lane that only exists for a few blocks in Queen Village. The street is narrow and tree-lined, which makes it a perfect hideaway in such an otherwise bustling neighborhood. This particular home fits in beautifully on the street as it appears to have been engineered precisely for that kind of respite.

The three-bedroom home features a garden entrance and a two-story living room. Windows there let in plenty of light from Kauffman and the sliding doors at the back of the first floor let in additional sunshine. The kitchen is outfitted with stainless steel appliances and granite countertops. The third floor features a master suite with vaulted ceilings and an en-suite bath.
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Palatial Queen Village Home With Roof Deck Hot Tub

Photo via TREND courtesy Plumer & Inc.

Photo via TREND courtesy Plumer & Inc.

If you are like us, you have walked by this enormous property on Bainbridge Street en route to The Irish Times or Catahoula and wondered loudly what the compound was doing in the otherwise jam-packed Queen Village. Maybe you were taken aback by the palatial brick facade or the park-like yard with its stately trees and pillars (not to mention the wrought iron). Now that the $2.6 million home has hit the market, we know that the inside is just as grand as the outside.

The nearly 7,000 square foot property spans several parcels of land between 113 and 121 Bainbridge Street but manages to remain relatively private. Mature trees and shrubbery obscure the home’s multiple terraces and garden area from gawkers. There is also – obviously – a gated entrance as well as a security system and garage parking for up for four vehicles.

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Southwark Named Among Best Bars in America

Sazerac at Southwark

Sazerac at Southwark

Southwark gets a nice national accolade. The Queen Village bar and restaurant is recognized as one of the Best Bars in America by Food & Wine. The magazine praises the bar as a “pioneer in the resurgence of classic cocktails in Philadelphia.”

It isn’t the first time that Southwark has been so honored. Back in 2011, it and Franklin Mortgage both made the list.

Best Bars in America – Southwark [Food & Wine]

Queen Village Neighbors vs. Friends of Bethel Burying Ground


Newspaper clip from Friends of Bethel Burying Ground website.

Last month Duncan Spencer, chair of the Friends of Weccacoe Playground, and Jeff Hornstein, president of the Queen Village Neighbors Association (QVNA), posted an appeal on QVNA’s website to attend tonight’s meeting with Mayor Nutter’s chief of staff, Everett Gillison, about the proposed renovation of the Weccacoe Rec Center in the playground at Fourth and Catherine.

The issue is that a historic African-American cemetery, Bethel Burying Ground, is underneath part of the playground, and that has caused two separate factions to form. Friends of Weccacoe, Mother Bethel A.M.E. Church and QVNA want to renovate the rec center. Friends of Bethel Burying Ground worry about activity on the sacred site and want the building dismantled.

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Newly Listed: $1.27 Million Townhouse Designed By Cecil Baker

314-316 Fitzwater Street, Philadelphia, PA

314-316 Fitzwater Street, Philadelphia, PA

As per the title, this three-story home nestled in Queen Village was designed by renowned architect Cecil Baker. Baker, who studied under Louis Kahn, was last in the news for his renderings of a 26-story glass tower planned for 500 Walnut by Scannapieco Development, as well as his recent urban-friendly redesign of Carl Dranoff’s One Riverside at 25th and Locust.

This early Baker structure is from the ’80s and includes a two-story living room with exposed bricks and beams, a fireplace, and hardwood floors. The tiled eat-in kitchen includes a separate dining room with an adjacent office space and access to a private garden.

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Blue Belly BBQ Goes Belly Up

blue-belly-closedWe hoped it wasn’t true when Nikole Stever tweeted that there was paper up in the windows of Blue Belly Barbecue. But Meal Ticket confirms that Gene Giuffi’s global barbecue spot has closed. The “lack of lunch and weekday business” was the culprit. You can still catch Giuffi’s pork-centric fare across the street at his French BYOB, Cochon.

Sorry We’re Closed: Blue Belly BBQ [Meal Ticket]

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