New Floors, New Kitchen, New Deck … All on One of Philly’s Prettiest Streets!

All TREND photos via Redfin.

All TREND photos via Redfin.

Remember when the Huffington Post called Addison Street “arguably the prettiest street in the entire Northeast”? Well, they did, which means this newly renovated residence on Addison’s 1800 block could really have something going for it even if it weren’t such a find in and of itself.

In addition to having its exterior reconditioned, the inside has both new and restored original pine floors, historic staircase with new pine treads/risers, revamped kitchen with SubZero and Wolf appliances (plus, farmhouse sink, shaker cabinets, and soapstone counters), and pendant and LED lighting. Exposed brick is also on the first level.

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Trinity Tuesday: Toasty 18th-Century Home in Rittenhouse Square

All TREND photos via BHHS Fox & Roach - Rittenhouse Hotel.

All TREND photos via BHHS Fox & Roach – Rittenhouse Hotel.

For this week’s trinity pick, we’ve opted to leave Society Hill and hit up the neighborhoods west of Broad Street. Our findings? This charming Rittenhouse residence built circa 1750.

The home, which has had a kitchen renovation within the last few years, has been expanded. Fortunately, endearing traces of its origins remain, most noticeably in the random-width hardwood floors, living room fireplace, and wood-burning stove in the top-floor bedroom (oh man, that sounds super cozy right about now).  Built-in bookshelves and a brand new deck are also included.

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New Listing(s) in Rittenhouse: High-Rise Condo at 220 Asking for $1,399,000

TREND photo via BHHS Fox & Roach - Rittenhouse Hotel.

TREND photo via BHHS Fox & Roach – Rittenhouse Hotel.

If you’ve followed Property long enough, you’ll have noticed the condos at 220 W. Rittenhouse are something of a go-to for us. And how could they not be? They’re located in one of Philadelphia’s choice neighborhoods for shopping and dining, and are in building with a Free Library branch on the first level.

This particular two-bedroom unit happens to have been listed just the other day (for an equally sweet one-bedroom at 220 W. Rittenhouse, check this one out). It is one of two condos on this floor and claims two balconies. According to the listing, it overlooks Rittenhouse Square from the living room.

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New Listing: Freshly Renovated Condo at The Barclay Going for Over $1.62 Million

All photos by Matt Robnett, Plush Images via TREND/BHHS Fox & Roach — Center City Walnut

We can’t even begin to imagine what vistas are to be had from this high-rise unit at the Barclay. (No, really. See what one astute reader commented below.) But aside from potentially having 18th-floor views this minor hitch, the recently remodeled condo can attest to an utmost pristine status: it was completed this year and has no prior tenants.

Inside, custom oak hardwood floors, crown molding, and built-ins rule all, while Carrera marble envelopes both kitchen countertops and the bathrooms. The kitchen is also home to a Sub-Zero fridge, Bertazzoni Heritage Series gas range with a hood, and other top-of-the line appliances. A built-in wine refrigerator can be found in the dining room.

Click here to find out more and see inside the dazzling home.

Calling All Vegans: V Street Starts Serving Lunch Today

Photo via Facebook

Photo via Facebook

If your stomach is beginning to growl, we’ve got just the fix: Head on over to V Street for some grub—Rich Landau’s vegan Rittenhouse spot starts serving lunch today. A few days ago, our friends over on Foobooz broke the news that the street-food-inspired restaurant, which up until today was dinner-only, would begin serving up all sorts of good stuff for lunch this week, and now the time has finally come.

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Two January Events At Lacroix

A legend just for the number of current execs and chef-owners who have done time inside its kitchen, Lacroix under chef Jon Cichon is a house in transition, moving toward a more modern, more inventive take on haute (mostly French) cuisine without sacrificing the artistry that makes the dining here so fine in the first place. Pro Tip: While dinners at Lacroix recently went fully prix fixe, if you ask nicely you can still order individual items off the tasting menu in an à la carte fashion. Breakfast of Champions: The brunch here remains the one against which all others in the city ought to be judged.  Visit one of the 50 Best Restaurants in Philadelphia:  Lacroix, 210 West Rittenhouse Square, 215-790-2533.

Lacroix at the Rittenhouse Hotel is not a restaurant that often hosts food events–at least not as often as many of the other well-known places in town. But here we are, heading into a new year, and they’ve already got two on the schedule, both of which are taking reservations now.

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Sneak Preview: February At COOK


Okay, so there’s a big month coming up at COOK. We’re talking classes with Peter Serpico, Nick Macri, Justin Swain, Peter Scarola, a restaurant preview, a Di Bruno Bros. night, Joncarl Lachman doing North African food and yet another entry in the ongoing culinary test-to-failure experiment that we call Open Stove. And where else are you going to get the chance to hang out with Top Chef Nick Elmi for a night? Nowhere, that’s where.

Tickets go on sale tomorrow at 2pm. You’re going to want to be there and ready when the light goes green. And for the sake of advanced planning, we’ve got the entire class schedule below.

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LISTEN: Bramwell Tovey Pens a Holiday Song Just for Philadelphia

Bramwell Tovey plays "The Rittenhouse Carol" in his dressing room at the Kimmel Center. | Photo by KYW's Steve Tawa

Bramwell Tovey plays “The Rittenhouse Carol” in his dressing room at the Kimmel Center. | Photo by KYW’s Steve Tawa

This week, The Philadelphia Orchestra is performing its 2014 holiday show, “The Glorious Sounds of Christmas,” led by visiting British conductor Bramwell Tovey.

Tovey stopped by KYW this week to promote the show, and to share a holiday tune he wrote about Philadelphia: “The Rittenhouse Carol.”

The song, he says, “came to me while I was walking around the shops when I was here for Christmas two years ago.”

Hear a snippet in the video player below. He starts talking about it around the 1:20 mark.

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Shop at These Rittenhouse Stores and Get a Free Shake Shack Treat



Cheers to you, city shoppers. | Photo by Evan Sung.

Center City shoppers are in for a treat—literally. From now until December 31st, shoppers who make any purchase at Knit Wit, Ellelauri or Aoki Boutique will be able to get a complimentary cup of salted caramel hot chocolate at the Shake Shack in Center City (20th and Sansom Street) with proof of purchase. We haven’t been this psyched about a pairing in a while.
Click here for more info!

Spotted: Multi-Family Rittenhouse Home with Three Units

As one, the renovated property offers five bedrooms. Separately, there are three apartment units: a 3-bedroom on the top two floors, 1-bedroom on the second floor and 1-bedroom on the first level. All three come with hardwood floors.

Features include access to a rear yard and bay windows in the kitchen on the first floor; French doors, 12-inch ceilings and a marble fireplace on the second; and exposed brick walls, gas fireplaces, recessed LED lighting, and crystal chandeliers on the third. Additionally, the master suite on the top level encompasses not only the bedroom, but an office, bathroom, and walk-in closet. There’s also roof deck access from here.

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