This Artist’s Million Dollar Rittenhouse Home Is On the Market

#1ST/2D, 1821 Spruce St, Philadelphia, PA, 19103

#1ST/2D, 1821 Spruce St, Philadelphia, PA, 19103

What would you do with this Edwardian-detailed home? (No kidding, it has walnut woodwork, leaded glass windows, plaster moldings on the ceiling, and, of course, original hardwood floors with inlaid details. Also, a handful of wood-burning fireplaces.)

Consider this: the property is actually two distinct units, which are currently connected via a “secret passageway” that can be sealed off easily to make a closet. If choosing to keep it whole, you get a 3-bedroom. Separate them and someone gets a 1-bedroom with an artist’s studio. Speaking of which…

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Want to See Celebs In the Buff? 25 Years of PETA’s Sexiest Nude Ads Are Coming to Rittenhouse

tarajiPETA300People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA) isn’t exactly known for its subtlety, and over the past 25 years the group’s advertisements have sparked many a conversation. Next month, a retrospective exhibit showing some of their most salacious ads will get people talking in Rittenhouse Square.

Wednesday, December 3rd through Sunday, December 7th, Twenty-Two Gallery will host Naked Ambition: 25 Years of PETA’s Sexy Celebrity Ads. Their iconic Rather Go Naked Than Wear Fur campaign has seen everyone from The Go-Go’s and Christy Turlington to Wendy Williams and Taraji P. Henson (right) pose in the nude. Celebs like Olivia Munn, Pamela Anderson,  Christina Applegate, Kim Basinger,  TLC’s Chilli, and even Steve-O have jumped in front of the camera wearing little more than tattoos or body paint.

Support PETA by getting an eyeful of this unique exhibit during its limited engagement. Twenty-Two Gallery is located at 236 S. 22nd Street and the show will hold an opening reception on Wednesday, December 3rd from 6:00-8:00 p.m.



Trinity Tuesday: Renovated in Rittenhouse

2010 Addison St, Philadelphia, PA, 19146

2010 Addison St, Philadelphia, PA, 19146

Nestled between Pine and Lombard is this restored trinity on quiet Addison Street. Hardwood floors, built-ins, and fireplaces are featured throughout, but distinct elements include a Duch door, dining room with brick fireplace, and an iron gate and spiral staircase that lead to the lower level.

The living room, which is on the second level, includes balcony with French doors. Also on this floor is a small study that easily makes the switch to second bedroom. The master suite is on the third level and offers cathedral ceilings and a Carrara marble bathroom with soaking tub and skylight. Gallery below.

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Morning Headlines: Rittenhouse Rents Are 14th Most Expensive in the Country

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We knew Rittenhouse was one the most high-priced neighborhoods in the city, but now Apartments.com says the area is actually among the most costliest in the country, ranking in at number 14! Apartments.com says rent there reaches up to $1,860.

The list includes two New York ‘hoods in the top two spots (both were over $4,000/month), Yerba Buena in San Francisco, Boston’s Government Center, and the Golden Gate neighborhood in Oakland/Emeryville, Calif.

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Selling Like Hot Cakes: Million Dollar Condos in Rittenhouse

#1105, 130 S 18th St, Philadelphia, PA, 19103

#1105, 130 S 18th St, Philadelphia, PA, 19103

Rittenhouse may be among the most expensive neighborhoods for renters looking for 1 and 2-bedrooms, but that didn’t stop buyers from purchasing homes in the area. Redfin shows that more than a few condos in the million-dollar range were sold in the last month. Below are galleries of just a few of these residences.

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On the Market: $3.75 Million Spruce Street Townhouse with Library

2102 Spruce Street google street view

Photo credit: Google Street View.

Mid-nineteenth century properties are easy to come by in Philadelphia and this restored residence is counted among them. But aside from being on the city’s Historic Register, the home also has some more modern perks…enter roof deck and two-car garage.

Inside, high ceilings and original moldings can be seen throughout. French doors leading out to the garden, which the dining room overlooks, and an elevator with brass door are also shown in the listing. (We don’t know about you, but we’ll just take the staircase) Our favorite point, though? The library adjacent to the master suite.

Gallery below.

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Rittenhouse’s Food and Friends Market Burglarized — of $10 in Change

food-friends Police are looking for a man who broke into the Food and Friends Market at 20th and Spruce streets on Sunday morning. The burglar got away with about $10 in change.

The man broke through the door with a rock, police say, and entered the fancy food-and-beer market located near Rittenhouse Square. (If you want to be more specific, it’s located in the heart of the Spruce/Delancey/Pine area of downtown that often stands in for New York City in movies. And, in one particularly disappointing film, Washington D.C.) Despite having his pick of the fancy beers or Paul Newman cookies in the market, the burglar took just $10 in change from the cash register.

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Morning Headlines: Rittenhouse Shopping Corridor Is Changing For the Better

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New stores and relocations can do a lot for an area, none more evident than in the ever evolving Rittenhouse shopping district. Taking note of its changes, the Inquirer’s Elizabeth Wellington shines a light on the neighborhood’s growing status as an “epicenter of style:”

Although they are merely relocating, the moves of Duke & Winston, Joan Shepp, and Knit Wit to Chestnut are significant because, with Boyds Philadelphia, they help maintain a boutiquey vibe on the street.

And why is this “boutiquey vibe” important?

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WTF is Going on With Michael Kors’s Rittenhouse Location?

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Coming to Rittenhouse …. eventually. | Goran Bogicevic / Shutterstock.com

A brief timeline of Michael Kors in Philadelphia:

JANUARY 2014: Burberry vacates is prime (but apparently not prosperous) location at 1705 Walnut Street. No one is too surprised or upset because it wasn’t that great of an outpost anyway. Racked Philly confirms that Michael Kors is taking over the space.

FEBRUARY 2014: Philadelphia Business Journal reports that Pearl Properties of Philadelphia bought the building for $5 million, and that the Michael Kors store is expected to open May 15th.

APRIL 2014: Michael Kors — the man, not the store — comes to Philly. He visits Art In The Age, Joan Shepp and Knit Wit, shakes lots of hands, wears aviators, sees Cher. The store must be following soon, we thought!

MAY 2014: Crickets.

Fast-forward to now, and this is what we have:

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