Jawdropper of the Week: A Modern Palace Just Off the Avenue of the Arts

1334 Kater St., Philadelphia, Pa. 19147 | TREND images via BHHS Fox & Roach

1334 Kater St., Philadelphia, Pa. 19147 | TREND images via BHHS Fox & Roach

Just off the point where the Avenue of the Arts and South Street cross, where Hawthorne and Washington Square West meet, is a stylish new development of luxury homes called Kater Court. The name strikes us as most appropriate, as these large (4,000-square-foot) homes are so lavishly equipped you’ll feel like modern royalty living in them.

There’s plenty of space for living, relaxing and entertaining, indoors and out, including two roof decks facing in opposite directions. Rich wide-plank wood floors (eight inches wide and six feet long) and modern iron stair railings add a touch of contemporary sophistication to the home, which has an elevator to carry you from floor to floor effortlessly.

The first space you see upon entry is the most breathtaking in the home: a dramatic living room with a 15-foot ceiling, the focal point of the split-level main floor.  Read more »

Restaurant Startup Winner Opens His Restaurant

Anthony Marini at the bar at Rarest | Photo by HughE Dillon

Anthony Marini at the bar at Rarest | Photo by HughE Dillon

Chef Anthony Marini’s restaurant concept won an episode of CNBC’s Restaurant Startup early last year. And now he’s opening his restaurant, Rarest at 9th and Chestnut Streets. Marini stresses that it isn’t just raw meat, fish, veggies and cheese on the menu, but is rather a much more rounded experience.

In addition to carpaccio and ceviche, there is also a section of raw milk cheeses and cured meats. The appetizers are lumped into a group called “the variety” and the big plates which are mainly in the twenties, is referred to as the “daily requirements.”

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Jawdropper of the Week: The Golden Touch in Wash West

1101 Locust St. #7F, Philadelphia, Pa. 19107 | Photos via Allan Domb Real Estate

1101 Locust St. #7F, Philadelphia, Pa. 19107 | Photos via Allan Domb Real Estate

They say money can’t buy you love, but this stunning apartment proves that all wrong. Soaring high above the streets of Washington Square West, this week’s Jawdropper is located in the luxurious Western Union Building, and truly no detail was spared in the creation of this masterpiece.

Entering the foyer, you’re not only greeted with the killer views that grace almost every room in the apartment, but you’re also met with views into the office and open-plan main living area. If you look down, you’ll also notice the custom-made greige maple chevron floors that continue throughout the apartment.

Moving from the foyer into the kitchen area, you’ll notice that this is no ordinary kitchen. Every detail in this kitchen is custom made and top of the line, from the floor-to-ceiling Teknika maple cabinetry to the Calacatta marble countertops and waterfall island. Read more »

Trinity Tuesday: Old Soul, Modern Features in Wash West

318 S. Iseminger St., Philadelphia, Pa. 19107 | TREND images via BHHS Fox & Roach

We know, it’s sometimes hard to know what to expect with these centuries-old homes in the city.

But for those with both a penchant for period details and a preference for updated homes, this early-19th-century trinity on charming Iseminger Street in Washington Square West is perhaps the best of both worlds. What’s so special about this home is the original detailing–the wood-beamed ceilings, original plank floors, paneled doors and vintage built-ins, details missing from many trinities its age, are truly what make this home a beauty. Read more »

Trinity Tuesday: Compact Elegance in Wash West

1225 Panama St., Philadelphia, Pa. 19107 | TREND images via BHHS Fox & Roach

1225 Panama St., Philadelphia, Pa. 19107 | TREND images via BHHS Fox & Roach

So big suburban homes aren’t your thing. But neither are tiny fixer-uppers. This expanded updated trinity located on a historic Wash West block might just be the perfect medium.

Details like a wood fireplace with a gorgeous marble mantle, random width pine floors throughout and built-ins in the living room make this home golden. The built-in bookshelf along the wall is the perfect place for bibliophiles to store their treasures, and the spacious living room is ideal for entertaining friends. Read more »

What You’ll See in Center City’s New Target

A mural inside Target on Chestnut Street shows Philly landmarks in Target's design style

A mural inside the new Chestnut Street Target. (Photo: Dan McQuade)

The wait is finally over. Center City has a Target.

The new Target, located at 1128 Chestnut Street, is one of the discount chain’s 23 “flexible format” stores and the first located in Philadelphia. It is the 35th Target in the Philadelphia area.

The store can be entered from either Chestnut or Sansom Street, and is open from 7 a.m. to 10 p.m. on weekdays, 8 a.m. to 11 p.m. on Saturdays and 8 a.m. to 10 p.m. on Sundays.

It’s smaller that an average Target, which is around 130,000 square feet. The one on Chestnut Street is just 19,000 — which means it won’t be selling big-screen televisions, couches or other big-ticket items you’d find at a Target store. Read more »

Tria’s Washington Square West Location Turning Nine

Tria before it was Tria

Tria before it was Tria and was just an old laundromat | Photo by Arthur Etchells

On Tuesday, July 19th, Tria Cafe’s Washington Square West location is celebrating nine years at 12th and Spruce. The wine bar will be pouring a variety of sparkling, white, red and dessert wines, all from the year 2007, the year Tria’s Wash-West location opened.

The wines will be available all day for the price of $9 per glass.

Tria will also have a special aged cheddar that also dates back to 2007.

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It’s Always Sunny Is Filming in Center City on Friday

It's Always Sunny flier

Few could have predicted the runaway success of It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia when it premiered on FX in August of 2005. The show (now on FXX) recently wrapped up airing its 11th season, and has now been renewed through season 14. The show Rob McElhenney originally developed with Glenn Howerton is now a phenomenon.

While it shoots primarily in Los Angeles, It’s Always Sunny occasionally films some exteriors in Philly. On Friday, it’s filming in Center City around 12th and Locust. Read more »

Old Kanella Location Re-opening as Kanella Grill

Kanella's old location on Spruce Street will soon be Kanella Grill | Photo by Frances Olson

Kanella’s old location on Spruce Street will soon be Kanella Grill | Photo by Frances Olson

It has been a just over a year since Kanella closed its doors at its original location and set its sights on Queen Village. It came as a bit of a surprise when Konstantinos Pitsillides closed the super popular BYOB in favor of a bigger and better location but he continues to receive good reviews and the added revenue of a bar.

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Toll Drops Plans for Society Hill Playhouse Site

The apartment buildings Toll Brothers said would replace the condos it had planned to build on 8th Street above South won't happen either. | Rendering: JKRP Architects via Toll Brothers

The apartment buildings Toll Brothers said would replace the condos it had planned to build on 8th Street above South won’t happen either. | Rendering: JKRP Architects via Toll Brothers

First, it was condominiums. Then, rental apartments. Now, nothing.

Toll Brothers has dropped plans to build apartment buildings on two plots of land it owns in Washington Square West. The lots, which face each other across 8th Street, currently house the former Society Hill Playhouse and a parking garage.

After testy negotiations with near neighbors caused Toll Brothers to drop its original plans to build condominiums on the two parcels, the company announced that it would build two apartment buildings by right instead. Now those plans have been scuttled.

Toll Brothers City Living Division Vice President Brian Emmons declined further comment when we asked for details about the decision or any possible plans for the sites.

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