Jawdropper of the Week: A Real Showcase Home in Society Hill for $2.5M

138 S. Front St., Philadelphia, Pa. 19106 | TREND images via BHHS Fox & Roach Realtors

Ever wanted to live in a real designer showcase home?

If you have, we’ve got one for you this week.

This home on Front Street in Society Hill, the end unit in U.S. Construction’s Adagio development, was Philadelphia magazine’s Design Home 2016, and it’s now on the market.

The photo above and those in the gallery below show what some of the region’s best designers did with this spectacular space. This time, however, you get to be the designer. Read more »

Trinity Tuesday: A Private Oasis in Society Hill for $369.9K

609 Lombard St., Rear, Philadelphia, Pa. 19106 | TREND images from previous listing via BHHS Fox & Roach

If you’re the type who loves the excitement of city living but feels the need to get away from it all every so often, this is the home you’ve been looking for.

This nicely maintained and up-to-date trinity is one of those hidden gems one runs across on rare occasions in Philadelphia. You get to it by going through a narrow gated passageway from Lombard Street across from Starr Garden. The passageway leads to a garden of your very own, paved with brick and attractively landscaped.

Inside the house, there’s a modern kitchen on the first floor equipped with Jenn-Air appliances and bar seating. Above it, the original pine floors and wood-burning fireplace in the living room have been restored to mint condition. Read more »

Haverford’s Green Engine Branching Out With an All-Day Concept on Headhouse Square

Kelsey Bush (L) and Zach Morris

Society Hill will get a new, all-day concept at 414 South Second Street in late 2017 or early 2018.

Zach Morris, owner of Haverford’s Green Engine Coffee Co., and Kelsey Bush, current general manager and chef at Green Engine, have partnered to sign a lease for the 2,800-square foot space, right across from The Shambles between Pine and Lombard Streets.

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Jawdropper of the Week: Palatial Digs in Society Hill for $6.888M

328-330 Delancey St., Philadelphia, Pa. 19106 | TREND images via Zillow

328-330 Delancey St., Philadelphia, Pa. 19106 | TREND images via Zillow

We can’t think of any word more appropriate for this property than unreal.

With five bedrooms, five bathrooms, three powder rooms, underground parking, an elevator, a rooftop swimming pool, an at-home theater, and more, this imaginative Society Hill mansion is a vision. Even the home’s more traditional features, like the kitchen and breakfast room, are stellar.

The master suite has to be one of the best rooms in the house, though, boasting a sky-lit atrium, indoor and outdoor fireplaces, a gorgeous private deck, his and her walk-in closets, and a huge master bath with a steam shower, sauna, jetted tub and four sinks. Read more »

Jawdropper of the Week: The Thomas Sully House in Society Hill for $3.78M

530 Spruce St., Philadelphia, Pa. 19106 | TREND images via BHHS Fox & Roach

530 Spruce St., Philadelphia, Pa. 19106 | TREND images via BHHS Fox & Roach

Brace yourselves, everyone. This is a piece of Philadelphia history at its finest.

Built in 1796, this immaculate and impressively large townhome was once owned by painter Thomas Sully. Great things come in fives, apparently, as the residence has five bedrooms, five-and-a-half baths, and five outdoor spaces. It doesn’t stop there, either. The property also boasts a three-car garage, an in-law apartment, a library, a yoga room, an office, a private terrace, and a rooftop terrace.

As soon as you enter into the home’s marble vestibule and grand hallway, you’ll find yourself immersed in elegance. Continue on into the formal dining room, which features a black crystal chandelier. Off of the dining room is the living room, decorated with a gas fireplace and double French doors that open onto the private inner courtyard. Read more »

Salvation At Last for 3rd Street Lot

Rendering of the living room at 216 S. 3rd St. | Renderings: Canno Design via Philly Living / Keller Williams Realty

Rendering of the living room at 216 S. 3rd St. | Renderings: Canno Design via Philly Living / Keller Williams Realty

Farewell, Salvation Army day care and cafeteria.

Hello, Estates on 3rd.

This new four-unit gated luxury townhouse development on Third Street below Walnut in Society Hill finally solves a problem that had troubled realtor-developer Noah Ostroff for some time, namely, finding a new use for the old Salvation Army property.

(Your channel editor blogged for Ostroff when he was first marketing the property for sale.) Read more »

Jawdropper of the Week: Buzzworthy Society Hill Mansion for $16.795M

232-36 Walnut St., Philadelphia, Pa. 19106 | TREND image via BHHS Fox & Roach Realty

232-36 Walnut St., Philadelphia, Pa. 19106 | Photos: Drew Callaghan Photography via BHHS Fox & Roach

Just blocks from Penn’s Landing, Carpenters’ Hall, and Independence Hall, this Society Hill mansion is a true Philadelphia masterpiece – and rightfully so. The one-of-a-kind property is currently the most expensive home for sale across the city.

As soon as you step inside the foyer of this 16-year-old property, you will encounter the massive, free-floating steel staircase. It’s definitely unlike anything you’ve ever seen before.

It might seem crazy that a two-bedroom home could cost so much money. But, when you account for all it has to offer, things start making sense. Read more »

What $500K* Will Buy You in Society Hill Right Now

With this post, we introduce a new feature aimed at taking the pulse of the local housing market. Each week, we will select a neighborhood in the city or suburbs and share with you a sample of what’s available at or near a set price. This week, we’re looking at homes selling for $500,000 or close to it in Society Hill.

330 S. 3rd St., Philadelphia, Pa. 19106 | TREND image via The Eric Fox Team, BHHS Fox & Roach

330 S. 3rd St., Philadelphia, Pa. 19106 | TREND image via The Eric Fox Team, BHHS Fox & Roach

330 S. 3rd St. | 2 bedrooms, 2 full baths, 1 half bath, 918 square feet, $527,000 Read more »

Society Hill is Closed

Famed city planner Ed Bacon in Society Hill in 1962 | Photograph courtesy of Jules Schick/The Edmund N. Bacon collection/the architectural archives, University of Pennsylvania

Famed city planner Ed Bacon in Society Hill in 1962 | Photograph courtesy of Jules Schick/The Edmund N. Bacon collection/the architectural archives, University of Pennsylvania

Dozens of little distress signals call out from the front windows of historic brick houses on the quiet streets of one of Philadelphia’s oldest neighborhoods. SOS, the stickers say.

Save Our Society Hill.

They began appearing after word spread that a developer was casting a lustful eye on the supermarket on 5th Street between Pine and Spruce — that maybe the developer wanted to replace the grocery store or build some apartments on top of it. The prospect of losing a supermarket galvanized the neighborhood the same way the threat of a new highway cleaving their town in two might scandalize other communities. Read more »

That House Out There: Yes, George Washington Really Did Sleep Here

242 S. 3rd St., Philadelphia, Pa. 19106 | TREND Images via BHHS Fox & Roach

242 S. 3rd St., Philadelphia, Pa. 19106 | TREND Images via BHHS Fox & Roach

“George Washington slept here” is a hoary cliché that’s been attached to many a historic home in and around Philadelphia (and elsewhere, while we’re at it).

But every once in a while, one runs across a property with a truly legitimate claim to that phrase. This meticulously restored 1830 Society Hill mansion is one such property, at one remove.

The “one remove” is the house that was removed to make way for this one. That house was built by John Penn, Pennsylvania’s last colonial governor, around 1765. Penn sold the house to Benjamin Chew, the first chief justice of the Pennsylvania Supreme Court, in 1771, and it was while Chew owned it that Washington used it as his headquarters, from November 1781 to March 1782. (Washington sublet the home from its then-current tenant, Francisco Rendon, the second Spanish ambassador to the United States; this home served as the first Spanish embassy in America.) Read more »

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