Trinity Tuesday: A Pop of Color in Washington Square West for $299K

1136 Waverly St., #R, Philadelphia, Pa. 19147 | TREND images via Houwzer Real Estate

1136 Waverly St., #R, Philadelphia, Pa. 19147 | TREND images via Houwzer Real Estate

This tiny trinity is located on a gated courtyard in Washington Square West that might fool you into thinking you’ve landed in a Mediterranean village by accident. The narrow lane, brightly colored stucco exterior and very intimate interior all reinforce this feeling. If you don’t mind living in extremely close quarters (because your neighbors are literally feet away), this cozy pad could be yours.

The galley kitchen on the main floor features a Carrara marble countertop, a modern gas range and oven, a space-saving under-the-counter refrigerator/freezer, decent pantry space, and hardwood flooring. There is room for an eating area on this level, too, so spice up the space with a cute little breakfast table. Read more »

Trinity Tuesday: A Double Feature in Wash West for $599K

1245 Lombard St., Philadelphia, Pa. 19147 | Images courtesy of Space & Company

1245 Lombard St., Philadelphia, Pa. 19147 | Images courtesy of Space & Company

We’ve said it once and we’ll say it again – for this double trinity in Washington Square West, it’s all about the details.

It’s been just over two years since we featured this home the last time it was on the market. As indicated by the price increase since then, it has undergone some updates both extensively (shout out to the new kitchen) and minimally (the backyard has been cleaned up, amongst other things).

Celebrating its 100th birthday in 2017, the townhouse still maintains some of its finest original details like pine floors, moldings, two functioning fireplaces, and a (maybe not-so-fine) traditional trinity staircase. Alternatively, it also boasts fresh features like central air and a gourmet kitchen. Read more »

Hard Hat Tour: The Lincoln

The Lincoln's lobby is being used as a construction staging area while finishing touches are being put on the apartments. | Photo: Sandy Smith; all other photos: Brandon Morrison via PRDC Properties

The Lincoln’s lobby is being used as a construction staging area while finishing touches are being put on the apartments. | Photo: Sandy Smith; all other photos: Brandon Morrison via PRDC Properties

“Better late than never” might be the best way to describe the nearly complete restoration of The Lincoln, the apartment building at 1222 Locust Street in Washington Square West’s Gayborhood that was seriously damaged in a fire in 2006.

David Perelman bought the onetime hotel-turned-apartment building in 2014, and the company he founded, PRDC Properties, has been rebuilding it for the past year. Even as construction crews were working to finish the lobby and several apartments on our recent tour, new residents are already moving into the building. Read more »

Trinity Tuesday: Off the Beaten Path in Wash West for $339K

1007 Addison St., Philadelphia, Pa. 19147 | TREND images via RE/MAX Affiliates N.E.

1007 Addison St., Philadelphia, Pa. 19147 | TREND images via RE/MAX Affiliates N.E.

It’s not that often that one runs into a trinity home where the living room is in the basement.

But that’s one of the distinctively quirky features that make this trinity on a secluded Washington Square West cul-de-sac stand out from the crowd.

So let’s start out with that most distinctive feature, namely, the role reversal found on its lower two floors. Read more »

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 »

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