For Under $1 Million: South Street Townhouse with Adjacent Lot on Kater

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Now let’s not get greedy here. See, while you could keep the adjacent lot on Kater Street that comes with this property for extra parking, wouldn’t it be better as development site?  Keep in mind the home already includes a garage connected to the private vestibule entrance. And heck, you don’t even have to come with an idea for the lot yourself because three proposed plans have already been drawn up by an architect. Just promise you’ll think about it?

Inside the 2,500-square-foot residence are wood floors, contemporary wet bar, open staircase, Juliet balcony (overlooking South Street), and a wood-burning fireplace. Tile flooring and wood shaker cabinets (some with glass fronts) are in the gourmet kitchen, along with its granite tops and stainless steel appliances: Wolf wall oven, Kitchen-Aid dishwasher, Wolf cooktop, and built-in Kitchen-Aid microwave. There’s also a pass-through to the dining room, which is awash in natural light owing to floor-to-ceiling windows and a set of French doors opening out to the brick-paved garden. Bonus, the finished basement makes for a cozy den with full bathroom and laundry room.

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Massive Compound in Queen Village Gets Major Price Chop

Photo via TREND courtesy Plumer & Inc.

Photo via TREND courtesy Plumer & Association/Redfin.

Queen Village is a classic Philadelphia neighborhood with a wide range of houses found on streets of many sizes. On one hand, you have the cramped and quirky Trinity, a style near and dear to our hearts. On the other, you have million-dollar rowhomes that offer a unique blend of old world flare and modern sophistication. 113-21 Bainbridge Street is on a whole different level.

Comprised of five parcels, the home is more of a private compound and actually $200,000 cheaper than when we featured in back in May. We’d forgive if you thought it was an apartment or condo building–it’s just that big.  The listing remarks that the home is “imposing” from the street and anyone who has ever walked by certainly knows the address carries a sense of intrigue.  Read more »

BeerLOVE Gets Queen Village Support

beerloveAt the March 24th Queen Village Neighbors Association meeting, Kristen Cevoli, an environmental attorney gave her neighbors the details on BeerLOVE: Bottle Shop and Tasting Room, proposed for 714 S 4th Street. BeerLove is described by QVNA as “an upscale beer emporium that will attract a sophisticated clientele.”

The store will specialize in local, craft and rare beers, mostly for takeout but there will also be a tasting bar for drinking on premises. There will be 30 seats (as required by state law) and snacks will be offered. However BeerLove will not be a restaurant, rather it will be similar to the Bottle Shop on East Passyunk.

When polled, 100% of those in attendance were in favor of offering a Conditional Licensing Agreement (CLA) that would restrict hours till midnight.

For more on the BeerLOVE project, check out this two-pager on the concept (PDF).

Proposal for BeerLOVE at 714 S. 4th Street [QVNA]
BeerLOVE: Bottle Shop and Tasting Room [Foobooz]

Trinity Tuesday: Single-Bedroom Tucked Away in Queen Village

TREND image via BHHS Fox & Roach-Center City Walnut

TREND image via BHHS Fox & Roach-Center City Walnut

You know how some trinities have one of their upper level rooms converted into an office or den (or sometimes even a second bedroom)? Well, that’s not the case here. This is a true blue single-bedroom trinity, the sleeping quarters in this instance being on the second floor, and an upgraded tile bathroom with a skylight occupying the entire third level.

The rest of the home, which according to Zillow was constructed circa 1920*, has exposed brick, original random width hardwood floors–the living room hardwoods being made of pine–and three fireplaces, one of which is located in the bedroom. A charming little yard for barbecuing on warmer days is also present, and is accessed via the modern kitchen, which like the shutters, front door, and parts of the living room, has blue as part of its main color scheme. (Details here include wood cabinets, stainless steel appliances, and a stainless steel backsplash.)

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Morning Headlines: Mega Construction Mix-Up at Triangle Park

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This is perhaps one of the most outrageous stories we’ve heard in a long time. Naked Philly reports that the triangular spit of land bound by Christian Street, 6th Street and Passyunk Avenue–formerly a gas station turned park turned into fenced-off nothingness–was the site of a major construction mishap that could eventually be a good thing for the lot.

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Trinity Tuesday: Compact Queen Village Home Enjoys Communal Courtyard

TREND photos via RE/MAXX Main Line

TREND photos via RE/MAXX Millennium

While nothing compares to the tiny houses sprouting up in D.C. and elsewhere, we think this tightly packed trinity would make for a good preliminary home for anyone looking to ease into the micro living trend. (Seriously, it’s almost as small as that 544-square-foot Fitler Square row home we featured last September.) Of course, being that it’s a trinity house you’re not really limiting yourself to one bedroom…

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Spotted in Queen Village: Catharine Street Residence with Bi-Level Garden

TREND photos via BHHS Fox & Roach - Center City Walnut

TREND photos via BHHS Fox & Roach – Center City Walnut

Oh, please don’t skip the gallery. You’ll be missing out one of one the more extensively fixed up, yet charmingly preserved, homes we’ve encountered this month if you do. Notable features inside the early 20th century house include original random-width pine floors, a completely remodeled kitchen recreated by “highly acclaimed eco-conscious” firm Greensaw Design & Build, an original bannister, and a bi-level back garden you can see from the dining room bay windows.

The foyer, which has been newly tiled, opens into 12-foot ceilinged living and dining rooms, the former of which offers exposed brick and a wood-burning fireplace. There’s also a den with exposed stone walls and cast iron stove, and a recently renovated bathroom with a “vintage style” console sink and, as already alluded to, a kitchen made from environmentally friendly components–stuff like Cambria quartz, cork flooring, brick backsplash– and locally sourced salvage materials.

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Trinity Tuesday: Bainbridge Court Unit Steps from Famous 4th Street Deli

TREND photos via BHHS Fox & Roach - Center City Walnut

TREND photos via BHHS Fox & Roach – Center City Walnut

As someone who lives within walking distance to Chinese take-outs, a McDonald’s, and a few Brazilian spots that don’t open till after 10am, take it from me, living near a place like the 4th Street Deli would be awesome.

This trinity at Bainbridge Court is in fact just steps from the Deli, meaning if you’re still hanging around when it opens at 8am, why not have yourself a quick breakfast?

Inside the home, hardwood flooring is throughout, save for its lower level kitchen (tile flooring here). A hatch, two utility closets, pantry closet, white cabinetry, and granite countertops can be found here too, while built-in shelving and a brick fireplace are in the first level living room. The second floor offers a bedroom with full bathroom and closet.

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BLT Architects to Design New Gateway for Nebinger School Project

Image via Google Street View

Image via Google Street View

This should comes as a refreshing change amidst the usual messiness surrounding Philly schools:  the George W. Nebinger School in Queen Village has inched its way closer to its goal of installing green stormwater management infrastructure, and has even acquired the services of BLT Architects.

Image by BLT Architects, courtesy of Slice Communications.

Image by BLT Architects.

The project, first proposed back in 2013, has just had its design finalized (click the concept study images to enlarge them), but a groundbreaking date for the outdoor classroom, vegetable garden, and play yard equipment is still up in the air while supporters of the project, namely Friends of Nebinger and The Big Sandbox, work on raising funds. The the rain water garden, meanwhile, is already built.

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Where We’re Eating: V Street, Tuk Tuk Real and Stock

Spicy Dan Dan Noodles from V Street | Photo by Chloe Berk

Spicy Dan Dan Noodles from V Street | Photo by Chloe Berk

V Street
126  S 18th Street
Rittenhouse Square

Rich Landau and Kate Jacoby aren’t the first res- taurateurs to summon night- market memories with bare bulbs strung beneath a black ceiling. But the globetrotting vegans behind Vedge have uncorked an unusually pent- up desire for street snacks at this energetic offshoot of their stately mother ship.

But eat here and you can feel how long the pressure’s been building to yank every taco and noodle bowl into the meat-and-dairy-free realm. Read more »

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