Listed for $1.2 Million: Remodeled Bauhaus Home in Rittenhouse

TREND images via Zillow.com

TREND images via Zillow.com

If ever there was a home that genuinely warranted the adjective “unique,” this is it. It may not seem that way at first glance, to be sure, but to look at this Rittenhouse abode is really to see the passage of time.

Built in the mid-nineteenth century, the home likely appeared as its preserved neighbors do now. The early 1950s, however, brought with it a wave of change: it’s at that time that its then-owners had it re-designed in the Bauhaus style. You can still see elements of this in its grey granite brick façade, although its current owner tells us it was updated again within this last year to be a smart house.

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Big News: This Is Where the New Lululemon Walnut Street Store Will Be

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As some of you probably remember, back in January, there was a crazy accident at the Lululemon store on Walnut Street — loose bricks from a neighboring building crashed through the roof of the store — and since then, they’ve been in a temporary location at 1422 Walnut Street. But it looks like they’ll soon have a forever home: Our friends over on Property just clued us in to the news that the store will be opening up shop at 1720 Walnut Street, right by Rittenhouse Square (and so dangerously close to the Philly Mag offices).

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Trinity Tuesday: “Fantasy Landscape” Pied-à-Terre in Rittenhouse

TREND images via Zillow.com

TREND images via Zillow.com

Trinities, by their nature, make excellent second homes in the city for those with primary residences elsewhere. But as you can see by the responses we’ve gotten to our query about what it’s like to live in one, whole families have managed to make it work with a Father, Son & Holy Ghost as their home. Here’s a historically-registered one on the corner of 17th and Pine and it comes with a mural on its side façade to boot!

Commissioned by the city’s Mural Arts Program, Brian Senft’s “Fantasy Landscape” scene takes up the the entire left side of the home and stretches to an adjacent building. Inside, the move-in ready trinity offers newer HVAC, updated Donatucci kitchen with custom cherry wood, and a second-level room with built-in bookcases and recently renovated bathroom with skylight. Upstairs, the third floor master bedroom comes with a built-in double bed with custom storage, plus an attic/storage area. The home can be sold turn-key. Photos and specs below.

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Would You Wait Eight Years to Join the Lombard Swim Club?

A view of the pool on a sleepy summer afternoon. Photograph by Christopher Leaman

A view of the pool on a sleepy summer afternoon. Photograph by Christopher Leaman

“Just act like you belong and we’ll be fine.”

I’m trying to remember the last time I did something like this. I think it was 1982, when my friend Bing (yes, Bing) and I were 19 and nonchalantly sauntered up to the bouncer of some dive bar in Cherry Hill and somehow convinced him we were 21, subsequently sailing through the door into a den of smoke and thumping music. It’s been a long time since I’ve tried to crash a party.

I’m with a friend of a friend of a friend — we’ll call this person Jimmy, though for reasons that will become clear momentarily, Jimmy isn’t said person’s real name — and on this particularly steamy summer night, we’re walking into the entrance of the Lombard Swim Club, an imposing fortress of water, liquor and secrecy located between 20th and 21st streets, not far from Rittenhouse Square. If you’ve strolled this block of Lombard, you probably never even noticed the club was here. Which is precisely the point. Read more »

Former Italian Consulate Turned Mega Mansion Asks $3.25M

All images by TREND via Redfin

All images by TREND via Redfin

Whoa. Could you imagine if this mega-mansion designed by Theophilus P. Chandler  – for the record, historical notes also attribute it to Horace Trumbauer – at the corner of 22nd and Locust was your personal residence? Well, if you’ve got somewhere in the neighborhood of $3.25 million, it could be. Heck, even if you’re more the developer/investor type, the property has RM-1 zoning, so something like a condo building conversion is definitely a possibility.

Commissioned by steel businessman Frank Samuel (who may have been the same Frank Samuel who was V.P. of the North Branch Steel Company, “the first to produce the modern street-car rail“) in 1899, the four-story Federal brick beauty went up sometime in the early 1900s. Today, it boasts several features from the era: original stained glass windows, panelings, moldings, parquet and herringbone wood floors, and even a defunct elevator that used to go up to the third level. Bonus historical tidbit? It served as the headquarters for the Italian consulate back in the seventies. And with that, can you guess how many bedrooms it has?

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Trinity Tuesday: This 1,000-Square-Foot House Could Turn You Into a Minimalist

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TREND images via Zillow.com

Purging old paperwork from my drawers, donating long-untouched books to the library, clearing my perpetually mail-laden bureau, and re-organizing my closet…these are all things I try to be consistent with. Before I know it, though, it’s suddenly back to square one and I’m staring at a messy abyss on a Monday morning with the clock ticking in my ears, all because I slept in all weekend and never got around to decluttering.

I’m a wannabe minimalist in other words. Perhaps that’s why I love trinities so much: three stories, charmingly aged, and compact? Sign me up, man, because there’s no way living in snug quarters will allow me the luxury of “forgetting.” Even Joshua Becker from the Becoming Minimalist blog thinks so, going so far as to list twelve reasons why living in a smaller home will make you happier – see no. 1, 2, 9, and 10!

All that being said, were I or any other aspiring minimalist in the market for a trinity house in Philadelphia, this Rodman Street property might be a place to consider. Granted, it’s an expanded home and certainly a lot more sizable than other trinities, but it offers just 1,005 square feet of living space. Original wide-plank wood flooring is throughout and there’s a wood-burning fireplace on the first level. Exposed brick makes appearances, most notably in the main bedroom (third floor), where there are vaulted ceilings and access to a roof deck.

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The 32nd Annual Ball On The Square

Credit: HughE Dillon

Credit: HughE Dillon

Last night, The Friends of Rittenhouse Square and Arthur Wolk (The Wolk Law Firm) & Boo (the law firm’s house pooch) hosted the 32nd annual Ball on The Square. A record number of people attended the soiree, which sold out by June 1.  Over 400 well-dressed guests attended, dining on Starr Events Catering and listening to the Eddie Bruce Orchestra while surrounded by the beautiful decor of Evantine Design, all to raise funds for the popular park.

The annual celebration brings much-needed funds for the maintenance of the well-liked square; last night was especially sweet as the Friends of Rittenhouse Square announced that they have raised $1.6 million in the past 3 years from the galas. The evening’s gala was held around one of the benefits of these galas — The Duck Lady Fountain — which has been restored and was flowing freely last night.  Other improvements included increased lighting, security cameras, the restored and cleaned balustrade, and the illuminated guardhouse and lion.

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A.Kitchen Is Launching An Express Lunch Service

A.Kitchen now serving weekday express lunch.

A.Kitchen now serving weekday express lunch.

This one’s for the Center City crowd looking for something a little different for lunch.

A.Kitchen and A.Bar are rolling out a new weekly changing sandwich-and-a-side special, and it will probably trump your usual hoagie.

Actually, it’ll pretty much definitely trump your usual hoagie. I mean, if nothing else, we’re talking about bread from High Street On Market and that is always a good thing.

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Trinity Tuesday: Superb Tudor-Style Home Facing Fitler Square For Sale

TREND images via BHHS Fox & Roach-CC Rittenhouse Hotel

TREND images via BHHS Fox & Roach-CC Rittenhouse Hotel

Honestly, it only offers one bedroom (easily becoming two should you decide to convert the top floor bonus room into another sleeping quarter), but considering its trinity status and the fact that is has sunny 763 square feet of living space at its disposal, we have no qualms taking that as part of its charm!

Features include exposed beams, two gas fireplaces, a new custom maple kitchen with stainless steel appliances, and wide-plank floors made of longleaf yellow pine. The bathroom boasts white and blue Bisazza tile and a mod porcelain sink, while the stacked laundry machines are nestled on the third floor, which as already mentioned, is an open bonus room viable as a second bedroom, office, or whatever you please. Boosting the cachet of this A+ trinity home? There’s access to a walkout tree-level deck that overlooks Fitler Square!

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How to Buy PMA-Backed Photography at Atelier Tonight

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The luxe shop’s storefront and interior | Images via Instagram

Frequent visitors of the Philadelphia Museum of Art are familiar with its biannual art photo competition. It attracts a host of standout submissions with the winning works then featured in the PMA. Previously, you had to visit the museum to see the photos, but as of tonight, you’ll be able to own one. Yep, you can buy PMA-backed art for your home at Atelier Rittenhouse tonight.  Read more »

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