Would You Like a Single or a Double? This Penthouse Condo Can Be Either/Or

TREND images via Redfin

TREND images via Redfin

As it was their personal pied-à-terre, the current owners felt little need to keep the washer-dryer around in this sky-high penthouse. The machines were removed, therefore, when they got around to renovating the corner unit, but are easily reinstalled should its next occupants wish to have them–though there is a building laundry room and housekeeping is included.

In addition to that remodeling, the former two-bedroom condo was converted into an expansive single-bedroom. This too is easily reverted back to its original layout thanks to the design genius of J&L Designs. Other details of note include 10-foot ceilings, floor-to-ceiling windows, and a fully open kitchen design the listing says is “only possible to achieve on the top floor of the [Society Hill] Towers.”

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City House of the Week: Society Hill Home Has Grandfathered in 360-degree Roof Deck

Photos by Mike Mackintosh; Joe Staehly, Home Jab via TREND,Re/Max

While it might not feel like it, we promise that warmer weather is right around the corner. What’s the first thing you do when the Mercury rises? You get the hell outside! That’s especially true when your home flaunts three outdoor spaces. One of those is a 360-degree roof deck and Re/Max agent Liz Lutz says that it’s one of the only ones on the block. Even better, it’s grandfathered in, so no one else on the block is getting one of these celestial spaces that offers great views of the city and holiday fireworks. Lutz envisions Ben Franklin strolling by the front windows as he takes in the scene around the romantic cobblestone street. Read more »

Brick Turn-key Townhouse in Society Hill

Photos by Bari Riley | Courtesy of Mary Genovese Colvin of BHHS Fox & Roach-CC Rittenhouse Hotel

Photos by Bari Riley | Courtesy of Mary Genovese Colvin of BHHS Fox & Roach-CC Rittenhouse Hotel

If you liked last month’s Naudain Street home for its proximity to Headhouse Square and nearby museums and restaurants, but weren’t too keen on its contemporary style, maybe this brick townhouse at Blackwell Place will be more up your alley.

Situated in Society Hill’s historic district, 2 Blackwell Place is in the middle of a tree-lined court. According to the listing website, it’s almost a century old but has been newly renovated and has both east and west exposures for tons of natural light. There’s a private landscaped patio, modern floor plan, and–in addition to having three floors–a finished basement that’s viable as a gym or media room.

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Jaw Dropper of the Week: Memorable Childhood Home on Delancey

Photos by Rough Coat Photography

Photos by Valerie Buller of Rough Coat Photography

If there was ever a time to shamelessly plug our new Photo of the Week feature, it would probably be now.

Not to diminish the beautiful work of Valerie Buller, founder of Rough Coat Photography, but it goes without saying that her photos of this Federal townhouse certainly have an intimate atmospheric quality iPhone patrons might appreciate and use as inspiration for their #phillyscape pics on Instagram and Twitter. (And check out that blue #phillyhomeportrait-friendly front door!)

Of course, that should come as no surprise given that Buller can call 241 Delancey her childhood home. (No exaggeration, she was born at CHOP and grew up in the Society Hill home that’s now listed for over $1.47 million.)

“It was a portrait session with the house,” the photographer tells us of the shoot, which, using her Nikon D7100, Buller says she approached from an angle of love. The house “is very much a member of the family,” she adds.

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Transformed: I. M. Pei–Designed Home in Society Hill

All photos by Jeffrey Totaro

All photos by Jeffrey Totaro

“I could live in a modern home like this,” Kevin Yoder, architect and founder of k YODER design, recalls hearing a guest say during a visit to his Society Hill townhome on South 3rd Street, originally designed by I. M. Pei in the 1960s. Yoder uses his extensive renovation of his Pei home to showcase his modern designs for potential clients. It’s worked, as the owners of this nearby Pei home purchased it after a walk-through of Yoder’s and hired him to undertake a “down to the studs” transformation. Yoder, whose career spans 20 years, worked with the owners to open up the floor plan to flood the space with natural light while incorporating crisp, clean lines throughout the home. Read more »

Jaw Dropper of the Week: Pine-Floored Townhouse with Climate-Controlled English Solarium

TREND photos via Redfin.

TREND photos via Redfin.

Forget its convenient proximity to restaurants and shops (not to mention the Ritz Five that’s mere steps away), because this Society Hill home offers something we don’t often come by around these parts: an English conservatory overlooking the garden.

This solarium, which doubles as both a dining room and sunroom, is climate controlled so when you move from the living room to this distinct part the house (via French doors, of course), there’s most likely no sudden chills to be felt. Now thats a vantage point I wouldn’t mind having during the next snowfall.

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These Society Hill Homes Have Links to George Washington, Early Vaccinations and Giant Mastadons

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The Shippen-Wistar House and Cadwalader House | Images via Allan Domb Real Estate and Free Library of Philadelphia

Gather ’round, all ye history buffs and house hunters/gawkers. We have a special listing for your viewing pleasure–The Shippen-Wistar and Cadwalader Houses at 4th and Locust are on the market and being sold as one property. Let’s just say, it’s one immensely historical renovation project.

Allan Domb purchased both houses, which have been combined on the interior, almost exactly a year ago and they’re available as one property for $5.5 million.

The Shippen-Wistar House has a fascinating story featuring a who’s-who of the movers and shakers in American History. In 1744, William Penn gave the land to Dr. William Shippen, a renown surgeon who, along with Benjamin Franklin (among others), founded the Public Academy in 1749–the forerunner to what would eventually become the University of Pennsylvania. Under the ownership of Shippen, George Washington, John Adams, Richard Henry Lee and Francis Lightfoot Lee were all guests at the home on 4th and Locust. So, how to you top that?

Let’s just say flowers, vaccinations and Lewis and Clark are all involved.

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Morning Headlines: Suit Claims Society Hill Condo Used in Sex-for-Rent Affair

421 Pine Street, via Google Street View

421 Pine Street, via Google Street View

So here’s a bizarre story to start off your Friday morning. According to Morgan Zalot of the Daily News, a “high-powered Brooklyn real-estate mogul” named Stuart Venner drew up a 40-year lease for his mistress to live in a Society Hill condo near 5th and Pine Street, probably not an uncommon story.

However, it’s way more complicated than a simple woman-on-the-side type affair:

But this wasn’t just any lease, the suit claims: The agreement allegedly allowed defendant Panadda Pratomtang to rent the property for $1 a month until 2053 “in return for her providing prostitution services to Board Member, [Stuart] Venner.”

To top it off, Venner named his wife, Grace Chang Venner, as the manager of a real-estate business called “421 Pine LLC.” Yes, that’s the address of the house and yes, that’s pretty much how Venner got caught in the act.

Venner told the Daily News that the allegations were “ridiculous … I don’t know anything about this.” The suit seeks the lease agreement to be terminated, attorney’s fees and punitive damages for Grace Chang Venner.

Wife’s lawsuit: Mistress paid for Society Hill condo with sex [Daily News]

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Zahav Becomes “Lamb Shack” for February


Executive chef of Zahav, Michael Solomonov

Zahav, Michael Solomonov’s flagship restaurant famous for its authentic Israeli cuisine, is becoming a “Lamb  Shack” from February 6-28.

The lamb, which is “an entire bone-in Colorado shoulder braised with pomegranate juice and chickpeas into a melting mountain of meat like you’ve never experienced,” has become something of a cult favorite for Philly diners and critics, but has historically only been an option for parties of nine or more due to the several day preparation process it requires.

In response to the public demand for lamb, Solomonov has decided to offer only his famous pomegranate lamb for the month of February (and a vegetarian option for the less carnivorous.) The Lamb Shack menu is $36 per person, and includes hummus and tehina, house baked pita, salatim, and “whomping hunks” of pomegranate lamb.

Also, if getting to try some of the most sought after lamb in Philadelphia isn’t enough for you, Zahav is inviting guests to BYO for the entire month of February at no additional charge.

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Trinity Tuesday: Spacious Society Hill Home with a Trap Door

TREND photo via Realtor.com

Standing on one of those charming cobblestoned side streets on the edge of Society Hill is this residential heirloom: a trinity house built in 1865.

The classic home, which sits directly across from a small park that seems hidden-in-plain-sight and is within short walking distance to the tasty treats on South Street, includes a newer central air system (added in 2011), living room fireplace, and a charming back yard. One neat feature? A trap door in the kitchen. (Sorry, no secret rooms here. It actually leads to the basement, where the washer, dryer, and storage areas are.)

At nearly 1,100 square-feet, you’ll have plenty of room to maneuver in this not-so-typical trinity.

See the gallery below.

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