That House Out There: Modern with a Classical Accent in Queen Village

617 S. American St., Philadelphia, Pa. 19147 | TREND Images from Keller Williams Center City

617 S. American St., Philadelphia, Pa. 19147 | TREND Images from Keller Williams Center City

The beautiful thing about Postmodernism is it allows you to mix and match periods and styles to your liking. Usually, the standard pairing is the insertion of Modernist furnishings and design elements into fusty old classical interiors, sometime with a nudge and a wink.

This home in Queen Village does the reverse: it’s a starkly Modernist home that has been outfitted with traditional design elements of the kind you might see in Architectural Digest. The effect is, dare we say it, rather refreshing. Read more »

Kawaii Kitty Cafe is Opening in Queen Village

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While this isn’t the most serious news Foobooz has reported, it might be the cutest. Kawaii Kitty Cafe will be celebrating their grand opening this weekend.

Like something straight out a coloring book, the Asian inspired Kawaii Kitty Cafe (759 South 4th Street) will feature two rooms: one just for eating and one for spending time with the cats. Kristen Eissler, the owner of the café, traveled to Asia in her previous job as a fashion designer and was inspired by the cat cafes there.

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Update: Royal Sushi and Izakaya Opening This Summer (Allegedly)

Karaage chicken wings at Royal Izakaya

Karaage chicken wings at Royal Izakaya

The long awaited and very, VERY (almost five years) delayed Royal Sushi and Izakaya may finally be opening soon.

Jesse Ito told us that they will be opening “sometime in July.”

Jesse and his father Masaharu “Matt” Ito will be heading up the kitchen at Royal Izakaya. Ito has been active on Instagram peppering our feeds with teases of menu items.

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First-Time Find: “Location, Location, Location” in Queen Village

336 Pemberton: Living room

336 Pemberton St., Philadelphia, Pa. 19147 | TREND Images from Weichert Realtors

You love living in the city, but your first child’s on its way, and you need more room than you have in that stylish but small Old City condo.

You’re one of the people this new feature was designed for. And for its debut, we’ve found a home that should meet your needs, especially when that child is ready for school.

This contemporary in Queen Village just had its price cut to one that, while on the upper end of our First-Time Finds range, should fit within the budget of most working couples. It’s on a secluded one-lane street, so you’ll enjoy the tranquility of a gated community, only without the gate.

Inside, you’ll find a comfortable living room with working fireplace and an eat-in kitchen with tile floor and up-to-date appliances, including a gas range and dishwasher, on the main floor. On the other side of the back door from the kitchen is a private rear patio.

Up the spiral staircase on the second floor is a bedroom with decorative French doors, its own fireplace (a dresser blocks it in the photos below), a full bath and laundry facilities. One floor above that is a second bedroom, another full bath and access to the roof deck, a great place for you and yours to relax and soak up the sunshine.

Down the spiral staircase from the kitchen, there’s plenty of storage space in the basement.

What makes this home a great place to start a family is its location, though. Your child will attend the William M. Meredith School, generally considered to be the best public elementary school in Greater Center City, and you will find many of the things you love about city living, including South Street, Head House Square, the Delaware riverfront, Fabric Row and the Italian Market, within comfortable walking distance in this “Walker’s Paradise” location. If you have a car anyway, this place can accommodate you as well, as there’s off-street private parking in front.





SALE PRICE: $399,900

OTHER STUFF: This home’s price was reduced by $25,100 on May 31, bringing it just inside our First-Time Finds price range.

336 Pemberton St., Philadelphia, Pa. 19147 [Karen Dougherty | Weichert Realtors Media]

Trinity Tuesday: A Home for the Wanderluster in Bella Vista

802 S 6th St. #D, Philadelphia, Pa. 19147 | TREND Images via Plumer & Associates, Inc.

Don’t have the budget to explore the world just yet? Enter through the gated European-style courtyard to get to this trinity home and experience the sensation of travel right here in Philadelphia. A wonderful adventure awaits you in the form of a three-story-plus stucco home with curb appeal, nestled on the border of Queen Village and Bella Vista.

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Trinity Tuesday: Something Extra in Queen Village

229 Fulton St., Unit E, Philadelphia, Pa. 19147 | TREND Images from BHHS Fox & Roach

Somewhere between 1920 (the date this house was built, according to the listing) and today, someone was enamored enough of this trinity on a quiet secluded alleyway in Queen Village to double down on it.

Because of that, you get double for your money: twice the bathrooms, twice the fireplaces, twice the outdoor space and nearly twice the typical square footage of a trinity. You also get some unusual extras in the bargain. Read more »

Trinity Tuesday: A Gated Community in Queen Village

525 Fitzwater St. #15, Philadelphia, Pa. 19147

525 Fitzwater St. #15, Philadelphia, Pa. 19147 | TREND Images via Coldwell Banker Preferred

This week’s trinity is located in Abbott’s Court, which is a gated community of 15 trinities in Queen Village. It’s close to South Street, Penn’s Landing and all of the nightlife and community that the area has to offer—a perfect combination of seclusion and city life. There are tables and chairs out front, and the house has red brick and black shutters on the exteriors.

The kitchen is on the street level and features white Shaker-style cabinets, granite counters and stainless steel appliances. There’s also a well-designed, relatively spacious living room. Both feature hardwood floors, beige walls and white ceilings with spotlight lighting. The second floor features the “flexroom” that so many trinities have that can be used as either a den, an office or a second bedroom. The master bedroom is on the third floor and has a vaulted ceiling and exposed brick.

In addition to the common front courtyard all of the units in this development share, this unit also has a small private patio to one side, accessed from the kitchen, that’s just the right size for a grill.



BATHS: 1 full, 1 half


PRICE: $299,000

ADDITIONAL INFO: There are four years left on the tax abatement, low association fees and you’re allowed to have pets.

Seeds and Stems: Hungry Pigeon Reviewed

The breakfast sandwich sandwich at Hungry Pigeon | Photo by Neal Santos

The breakfast sandwich at Hungry Pigeon KOs the Egg McMuffin | Photo by Neal Santos

The first time I went to Scott Schroeder’s new restaurant, Hungry Pigeon, I showed up for breakfast and liked it so much, I stayed for lunch. There was just something so … welcoming about the place. Comfortable. It felt cool without even trying (which, I suppose, is the essence of cool), and as though it had been living there forever, in its little corner on Fabric Row, rather than for just a few weeks: the pale wood, the tarnished and mismatched silver wrapped in a side towel on the counter, the birdcages everywhere. It just worked in a lo-fi, garage-sale kind of way that rich restaurateurs pay tens of thousands of dollars to try to mimic.

It didn’t hurt that I am, by nature, a lazy man and relished the excuse to just hang out there for a couple hours, scrunched up in a corner banquette seat, sipping tea and eating Schroeder’s one-punch takedown of the Egg McMuffins of our collective youth. His version is assembled from a house-made English muffin toasted on the flat grill, an egg done just tight enough to hold together as part of a sandwich, local jack cheese and, variously, bacon, ham, or chicken sausage—the latter being the perfect accompaniment unless you’re into scrapple, in which case the scrapple is even better.

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Jawdropper of the Week: Impeccable Design in Queen Village

636-68 Kater St., Philadelphia, Pa. 19147

636-38 Kater St., Philadelphia, Pa. 19147 | Photos by Ken Stager, PLUSH Image, via Keller Williams Realty

When you spend a few days every week scouring the Internet and the Philadelphia real estate market for houses to post online, you find that it can be little, random things that make a whole house stand out. This week’s Jawdropper, a house in Queen Village, has a few of those.

The first thing that catches your eye is the open foyer, and more important, the staircase that you see when walking into that foyer. It’s a magnificent floating, curved solid wood staircase. The railing is one continuous wood beam that has been bent and twisted to adhere to the shape of the staircase but also look like the type of thing you would see in a design showcase. This first floor makes good use of hardwood, as portions of it also have wooden beams and planks running along the ceiling. Read more »

Trinity Tuesday: A Colonial Classic in Queen Village

Living room, 143 Fitzwater St., Philadelphia, Pa. 19147 | TREND Images via Space & Company

Living room, 143 Fitzwater St., Philadelphia, Pa. 19147 | TREND Images via Space & Company

Want to live the life of an 18th-century suburbanite but don’t want to give up 21st-century comfort and convenience? Then check out this beautifully renovated trinity on a tree-lined block in Queen Village.

Back in 1782, when this home was built, this neighborhood was called Southwark, and it was Philadelphia’s first suburb. Actually, the neighborhood may be as old as Philadelphia itself, given the Swedish presence in the area prior to William Penn’s arrival in 1682.

This home, however, doesn’t totally show its age, because it was extensively renovated 25 years ago to bring its amenities up to modern standards while preserving its historic charm. Read more »

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