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These days, you’ll see the name of renowned architect Cecil Baker attached to crazy awesome skyscraper projects. Heck, you might even come across some of his on-the-market residential work if you’re lucky. But prior to Baker becoming an architectural favorite, there were the early days that some recent grads might benefit from hearing (lift their spirits, you know?).
A 2008 article on Residential Architect recalls Baker’s humble beginnings in Philadelphia and the familiar “can’t find a job in my field” lurch in which he and three colleagues found themselves. The dearth in available design work, it seemed, could only be remedied by taking matters into their own hands.
From the Residential Architect:
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Clocking in at 633 square feet, this three-story residence is as adorable as you might expect. Unlike some of its aged brethren, however, this little trinity in Queen Village was renovated in 2010 and is “an amazing restoration,” according to agent Josh Allen.
Updates include all new windows, high-end lighting, and reclaimed wood floors. Even the front door is new. Also on the first level are custom bookshelves, period wainscoting, and cabinets for if you want to keep all those TV and video game accessories out of the way. The kitchen and bathroom are both located on the second level and boast Carrara marble, the former of which comes with custom cabinetry, Liebherr fridge, and Wolf range with a vented hood. Back downstairs, the unfinished basement is used for storage.
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Pat O’Malley and Scott Schroeder | Photo by Neal Santos
In a project that has managed to stay rather quiet since being presented at a neighborhood meeting last year, the cat (or bird) is finally out of the bag. Hungry Pigeon is a European-style cafe coming to 743 S 4th Street, on Fabric Row in Queen Village. South Philadelphia Taproom/American Sardine Bar chef Scott Schroeder is behind the project with his longtime friend Patrick O’Malley. O’Malley comes back to Philadelphia from New York’s Balthazar Bakery. Schroeder and O’Malley’s friendship goes back to when the both of them worked at ¡Pasion! with chef Guillermo Pernot. Despite moving to New York, the two would occasionally do collaboration dinners at SPTR, including one feast I was lucky enough to be at with along with chefs Nick Macri and Gene Giuffi.
Hungry Pigeon will be a coffee shop by morning, a lunch spot in the afternoon, and at night, the lights will dim for dinner with beer, wine and cocktails.
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There are many reasons why Queen Village is one of the most sought after neighborhoods in the city. One attribute that stands out is the collection of tree-lined streets in-between its main arteries. Wander its glorious labyrinth of streets long enough and you’ll suddenly find yourself saying, damn, I need to live here. Although this home is located on the corner of Montrose and Bodine (have you ever heard of those two streets?), it offers plenty of space and privacy in the heart of the community.
The three-story rowhome has a lot going for it, most notably a sizable amount of outdoor space in the form of a blue stone patio, balcony and gated parking space. Inside, the home has lovely old school features such as refinished inlaid hardwood floors and a winding staircase. The master bedroom flows into a super-cool den area that flaunts a brick fireplace, a large skylight and leads to a treehouse-like balcony.
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Walk a block and half south from South and S American Streets and you’ll find a gate breaking a tight line of row homes. What lies beyond it? Take a look at the gallery and you’ll see that although the homes do have back yard enclosures, the path beyond the gate does not lead to them, but to a private courtyard facing a mini collection of houses instead.
One of these, an end trinity home with a green (chartreuse?) door, is on the market. Here’s what lies behind that door:
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As one would expect from a home custom renovated by the firm Amburn/Jarosinski, this one is capped in high-end contemporary finishes. Random fact? Like another one of their spectacular creations we’ve covered on Property, it’s on South 6th Street, though further down into the recesses of Queen Village and with a tremendously polished roof deck.
Listed for $1.25 million, the property sits on a double lot consisting of 769 S 6th St. and 754-56 S Randolph St. Both are included in the sale. Inside, the home brags a Niles sound system and wide-plank hardwood floors throughout. The kitchen, outfitted with Viking appliances and Lagos Azul countertops, has an island with rare six-inch thick marble salvaged from Independence Mall. And as already alluded to, there’s that sweet roof deck, which boasts a hot tub, 360-degree views, and sitting and dining areas. Check out the photos below!
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Sazerac at Southwark
Kip and Sheri Waide have run Queen Village’s Southwark for more than a decade now. The restaurant was at the forefront of the local food movement and a pioneering craft cocktail bar. But the Waides are selling and moving to Cape May.
The buyers are two industry veterans. Chef Chris D’Ambro and front-of-the-house pro (and D’Ambro’s fiance) Marina De Oliveira. The restaurant will close briefly, but will reopen as Southwark. Michael Klein has the details on the deal, which should be completed in 60-90 days.
Extra bonus, D’Ambro and De Oliveira plan to open a second restaurant, next door to Southwark. Restaurant Ambra, will be a small Italian wine bar.
Southwark changing hands this summer [Philly.com]
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It’s an attractive home to be sure, but to have the listing describe the living room marble fireplace as “sexy”? Well… Well, alright (to be fair, it’s not like other home listings in Philadelphia have eluded the adjective.), call it what you will, but you have to admit the house is quite a catch with or without that feature being singled out.
For one thing, it’s in one of Philly’s most walkable and bike-able neighborhoods, within the vaunted Meredith School Catchment, and it’s in move-in condition. The home has been restored and boasts a finished basement with fireplace (this one isn’t sexy, huh?), bathroom, laundry, and storage space. Upstairs, two of the bedrooms come with built-in bookcases and exposed brick, while fifteen-foot ceilings and a lofted walk-in closet are reserved for the master suite occupants. These lucky ducks also have the luxury of a fireplace (…) and marble bath with double sinks.
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Well, this might be as close as you can get to living inside Philadelphia’s Magic Gardens. Don’t believe us? Take a look at the gallery and you’ll see that an original Isaiah Zagar mural along the gated courtyard entryway is visible from the living room. Pretty sweet sight to have, no?
But notable artwork isn’t the only thing this extended trinity home has going for it. Inside, the home boasts a renovated lower-level kitchen with exposed beams and a vintage-inspired pressed tin backsplash. Up on the main floor, a powder room can be found by the stairwell. Central air is included and hardwood floors are throughout. Of the two bedrooms, the second one takes up the entire third floor and has extra hallway space that’s enough to house a home office. From here there’s access to the roof deck.
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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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