Jaw Dropper of the Week: Rittenhouse Home May Have Once Been a Boarding House

TREND images via Zillow/BHHS Fox & Roach-Center City Walnut

TREND images by Drew Callaghan via Zillow/BHHS Fox & Roach-Center City Walnut

If the walls inside this Rittenhouse Square home could talk…well, we couldn’t even begin to imagine what they’d say if what the listing says is true: formerly a corner store and, later, a boarding house, the unique property has now settled into its latest iteration as a sleek single-family dwelling a mere few blocks from the neighborhood’s namesake park (map). It’s currently listed for $812,500.

So, what does a supposedly flexible building like this yield as a three-bedroom home? Read more »

There’s a Spanish-Style Mansion In Rittenhouse – And It’s For Sale

TREND images via Zillow.com/Maxwell Realty Co.

TREND images via Zillow.com/Maxwell Realty Co.

Well, we didn’t see this one coming! Nestled squarely on the corner of S 17th Street and Delancey Place (map) is a Spanish-style townhouse mansion with three-car gated parking. What the what? Indeed, the 5,400-square-foot residence actually runs from 17th (its front) to cobble-stoned Chadwick Street (its rear) and comes with a single-bedroom apartment that can be opened up and adjoined to the main floor living space.

Let’s take a look inside…

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There’s a Morning Dance Party Happening in Rittenhouse Next Week

Ticketleap, the team behind quirky local events like Dîner en Sweatpants and Pope Yoga, is throwing a morning dance party next Thursday at the Coda in Rittenhouse. It’s fittingly called “I Woke Up Like This,” a little nod to Beyoncé who will almost definitely be thrown into the mix for this pre-work-day pick-me-upper.

The party goes from 7 am to 9 am on Thursday, November 12th. Much like their other events, there’s no specific dress code, just wear whatever — as the invite says — inspires you to “get up early and shake what your momma gave ya.”

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Jaw Dropper of the Week: Who Will Buy This Minimalist Delancey Mansion?

TREND images via Zillow.com

TREND images via Zillow.com

If it is giving you museum vibes, that’s because it is one.

Well, as far as personal museum homes go anyway. See, when Henry “Hank” McNeil, member of the McNeil Tylenol dynasty and notable art collector in his own right (seriously, this guy was dubbed one of the best in the world by ARTnews magazine in 2011), lived at 1901 Delancey Place, he had – and we’re assuming continues to have because why would you want to give these up? – a, quote, “museum-quality collection of contemporary art.” We’re talking pieces by Carl Andre, Sol LeWitt, and Donald Judd, to name a few.

Suffice it to say, members of the art world were habitual visitors to this Rittenhouse abode. And we’re sure they felt right at home.

A paint drop over 8,800 square feet, the pristine residence shows off a granite vestibule entrance with a glass door leading out to a reception hall. Oak floors and high 12-foot ceilings are spread throughout and a single elevator hits up all five of the home’s levels. Kitchen details consist of frosted glass pocket doors, appliances by Gaggenau, Sub-Zero, Miele, and Viking, and counter tops made of granite. Bonus: the rear service area comes with a pantry ice-maker.

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Jaw Dropper of the Week: Six-Bedroom Delancey Beauty Gets Price Cut

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There’s little we can say about Delancey Place homes that hasn’t been said already: they’re spacious, historic, gorgeous and always on the pricey-end of the market. Even if the house in question is for rent. That being said, the practical voice in our head has no problem hushing up for a moment to allow us to enjoy these specimens of beauty in all their grandeur.

Today, we’ve spotted a good one: 1832 Delancey. It was listed on the market earlier this year for a little over $3.8 million, but as of late has been reduced to $3.195 million. (Still quite steep for our wallets, but hey, it’s something.) Boasting restored original details and contemporary renovation work, the home is a city jewel. Features include a family room library, 750-plus bottle, climate-controlled wine room, two-car heated garage, and a walk-out terrace between the second and third floors. It also has a grilling area and small deck off the kitchen.

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Little Pete’s Responds via Social Media to Recent Hyatt Hotel News

In case you missed it, a representative from Chancellor Hotel Associates, the company developing the Little Pete’s Restaurant site, announced to City Council this week that plans to convert the 17th and Chancellor site into a Hudson Hotel have been scrapped.

Instead, a Hyatt Centric is the new flag slated to replace the long-standing diner with a three-story parking garage. Although an email request to Clemens Construction Co. for details on the hotel rebranding were not immediately available, we did spot a response from Little Pete’s on Facebook. Behold:

Update: The meeting yesterday only proved one thing, that the Hyatt is NOT ready to be built. So we’re not closing anytime soon.

Posted by Little Pete’s Restaurant on Thursday, October 1, 2015

A call for comment to Little Pete’s Restaurant owner Peter Koutroubas to elaborate on that meeting – and maybe give us a hint as to where he plans to move the diner when the time comes – was not returned as of press time.

Little Pete’s Site Will No Longer Be a Hudson Hotel

Hudson Hotel and Little Pete's

Little Pete’s restaurant and the three-story parking garage that sits above it will not become a Hudson Hotel.

Instead, the Inquirer reports, the 17th and Chancellor property is slated to be developed into a ritzy Hyatt Centric, a new Hyatt brand released earlier this year. According to Inky’s Jacob Adelman, Chancellor Hotel Associates project director Carol Horne Penn announced the switch in brands in a written testimony to City Council members today. From the Inquirer:

“When the opportunity surfaced to bring a Hyatt Centric property to Philadelphia, we knew it would be a great fit,” Penn said in an email. “This is an exciting new brand, and we believe visitors and residents will love the Hyatt Centric experience.”

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Sneak Peek: Inside Sip-N-Glo’s Soon-to-Open Rittenhouse Juicery

Photo courtesy Sip-N-Glo

Photo courtesy Sip-N-Glo

I can hear the workers hammering, drilling and power-sawing behind the closed, papered-up doors of the soon-to-open Sip-N-Glo Juicery on 20th near Rittenhouse Square. I open the doors and feel like I’m peeking behind the curtain before the actors take the stage: a flurry of activity, a mix of dust and excitement, and, of course, that signature Sip-N-Glo green.

“What do you think?!” Sip-N-Glo’s always energetic owner Kristin Lubsen says when she sees me. I love it, if I’m being honest. It’s bright. It’s light. It’s cheerful. Best of all, it’s big — double the size of the juice bar’s original location near 10th and South in Bella Vista. The new space isn’t a complete departure, of course. It’s Sip-N-Glo, but all grown up. Polished. Sleek. Really pretty.  Read more »

Spotted in Rittenhouse: Vintage Locust Street Townhouse with Parking

TREND images via Zillow.com

TREND images via Zillow.com

Rittenhouse, you rarely cease to amaze us. To be sure, your high-rise apartments bestow the city a bevy of ritzy units, but truth be told it’s really your original (and superbly gorgeous) townhomes that keep us coming back for more. This one, a dark beauty parked just off the Square, is a prime example of the vintage jewels sprinkled within your boundaries.

Built circa 1898, the sleek Locust Street residence wears an elegant 1920s façade and an air of mystery worth investigating – rest assured, it pays off. While the first level is simply an open space viable as an office or in-law suite extension (or anything of the sort, actually), the current living quarters begin on the second floor. Features of note there include high ceilings, wood floors, and fireplaces. Our favorite detail? The classic bay window exposures.

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