Trinity Tuesday: Newly Listed Historic Residence in Washington Square West

TREND images via Zillow.com

TREND images via Zillow.com

It’s too often we come across beautiful, 19th-century Philadelphia homes that have been renovated into oblivion by misguided individuals. Stripped of their original details and charm, these residential jewels go on to lose that intrinsic “it” factor that made them desirable in the first place. Fortunately, whoever is responsible for having updated this Washington Square West trinity house did the job right. Would-be historic property owners, take note.

Standing at the end of a cobblestoned street, the two-bedroom comes with cozy living areas that feature hardwood floors and muted wall colors, so that even though it has certainly been modernized, it’s not strewn with any flashy upgrades that elicit laughs (at best). Meanwhile, the open kitchen – a room decked out in stainless steel appliances, granite tops and a travertine tiled backsplash,  mind you – has French doors leading out to a patio with a private door to Irving Street.

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Pig Feast at Petruce et al

Nobody burns wood more deliciously than Justin and Jonathan Petruce. Whether they’re cranking the height-adjustable grates of an Argentine-style grill to give lamb breasts a BBQ-like bark or roasting carrots for a dynamite cooked/pickled/raw salad, they coax intense depth from everything the flames lick. And Tim Kweeder’s wine list is the next best thing to a motorcycle tour of the gnarliest garagistes from Spain to Slovenia.   1121 Walnut Street, Midtown Village, 267-225-8232. Photo by Neal Santos

Photo by Neal Santos

This Sunday, August 16th,Petruce et al is hosting Little Pig 3.0, a summer pig feast featuring a wood oven roasted heritage pig.

The casual event is $45 per person and is served family style from the restaurant’s open kitchen, the dining area reconfigured into communal tables. Local vegetables, supplied by The Fields Edge Research Farm in Lancaster, will accompany the roasted pig. Each guest will also receive a can of the chefs’ favorite beer.

Best of Philly winner Tim Kweeder will showing he can rock the DJ booth as well as the wine rack.

The dinner begins at 6 p.m. and will be served on a first come, first served basis.

Petruce et al [Foobooz]

Price Jump!: Steampunk(ish) Carriage House on Irving Street For Sale

TREND image from former listing

TREND image from former listing

Alright, so we wouldn’t say it’s completely within the realm of The League of Extraordinary Gentlemen, but you’d be amazed at what a collection of Victorian-inspired appointments can do to an interior. And honestly, that industrial wheel on the second floor living space already does a bang-up job of doing just that, so you’d have an excellent starting point. Price check? The rare Philadelphia home is listed for $2 million.

Interestingly, that’s a jump from when we last wrote about it. Another difference is its purported construction year, then noted as being 1913 and now identified as 1930, according to Zillow. The owner – it’s listed by them, not an agent – could not be reached for comment, but we’ll update as soon as we get word. (Ideally, they’re both wrong and it’s actually a 19th-century construction. You know, to have this whole steampunk thing hold water.)

In any case, here’s a refresher on the property, which potential investors may be happy to know has CMX-5 zoning, allowing for mixed-use usage:

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Trinity Tuesday: Versatile Rowhome in Philly’s Walker’s Paradise

TREND images via Zillow.com

TREND images via Zillow.com

Truth be told (and to dissuade denizens of nearby ‘hoods from lunging at my jugular), almost all the neighborhoods surrounding Center City will fall within WalkScore’s vaunted “Walker’s Paradise” grade. Today, though, we’re going to single out Washington Square West, where this week’s trinity home is located. Its score? Ninety-nine. Damn near perfect (especially if you’d rather do without a car, which might just be something to consider).

Situated directly across from Starr Garden Park, the two-bedroom has easy access to South Street (no lie, it’s literally right behind it) and is a few short blocks from Independence Mall. According to the listing, the house has been expanded and central heat and air conditioning keep it comfortable enough in the face of Philadelphia’s more severe weather.

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For One Night, Kanella Returns to Spruce Street

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Kanella chef de cuisine Evan Butkovsky at COOK.

The Washington Square West neighborhood has missed Kanella since the Cypriot restaurant closed to move to Queen Village at the end of May. Chef/owner Konstantinos Pitsillides should open the new location within four weeks or so. But, WashWest is getting a taste of Kanella once again.

Kanella’s chef de cuisine Evan Butkovsky is joining up with Mercato’s Ryan McQuillan for a collaborative dinner on Tuesday, July, 28th. The Greek/Cypriot and Italian inspired tasting dinner (one sea, one people) will be held at Mercato, and will consist of three courses for $30.

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Fink’s Hoagies Opening on Jeweler’s Row

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Dennis Fink with his grandson.

Michael Klein has the information on Fink’s Hoagies opening at 132 S 8th Street. Owner, Dennis Fink has a location at 4633 Princeton Avenue in the Tacony section of Philadelphia. Fink’s has received plenty of accolades and even a cover shot on the Philadelphia Daily News.

Perhaps most improbably, the post is accompanied by overwhelmingly positive comments, and only one lamenting the current state of Fink’s Hoagies current neighborhood.

Fink’s Hoagies to open in Center City [Philly.com]
Fink’s Hoagies [Official]

Trinity Tuesday: Rental Edition – Quirky, Cozy, & In the Gayborhood

TREND images via BHHS Fox & Roach - 1818 Rittenhouse

TREND images via BHHS Fox & Roach – 1818 Rittenhouse

It was the pleasant façade – what with the white shutters, pretty pink tree out front (a vaunted cherry blossom??), and that killer location at Pine and South Camac – that first caught our attention, no doubt about it.

But what charmed and us and ultimately made us decide it was today’s “Trinity Tuesday” pick? The colorful rooms may have had something to do with that.

Entering the home, you’ll note the open layout living / dining space has been appointed built-in bookcase and shelves, access to the back courtyard, and two wall colors. And we won’t say they’re two tone walls exactly, but they do seem to complement each other.

From here, a pair of stained glass French doors lead down to the lower-level kitchen, which has modern appliances, fireplace, and a separate entrance to the front. (The washer & dryer are here too.) At this point we should mention there are a total of three working fireplaces in the home.

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Kanella’s Spruce Street Location Closing at the End of the Month

Photo by Frances Olson

Photo by Frances Olson

When we first learned that Konstantinos Pitsillades was opening Kanella South at 757 S Front Street, it did not occur to us that he would close his successful BYOB location at 10th and Spruce. But as I dined at the Cypriot restaurant on Friday night, Pitsillades confirmed he was closing up shop in Washington Square West as of May 31st. The proud chef also promised that the new location would be the same but better. He was particularly excited about the large charcoal grill and a wood-fired oven that he would be experimenting with.

Pitsillades says the Queen Village Kanella will open in June with a full bar. The Spruce Street location is currently on the market. The 46-seat restaurant (with 22 additional seats outside) is on sale for $350,000.

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