Reduced: Semi-Steampunk Unit in Washington Square West

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TREND photo via BHHS Fox & Roach-Center City Walnut

Get in early on the Chestnut East renaissance with Unit H at 720 Chestnut Street. First listed in September for $539,000, the spacious Washington Square West unit has been reduced this week to $494,000. It boasts an expansive open living room/ kitchen space with hardwood floors, a stone fireplace and a “suburban-sized” kitchen with an island. The statement-making piece is the wooden mount in the living room–complete with vintage, industrial-chic gears.

The two bedrooms are large and the wood-trimmed master bath is decked out with a beautiful modern motif that’s in stark contrast to the steampunkish gear in the living room. Wake up every morning overlooking the stunning Quaker City National Bank building or choose to hang outside on the shared deck. Roof rights are also included.

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Sold: The Perplexing Pine Street Row House in Washington Square West

919 Spruce St, Philadelphia, PA, 19107

919 Spruce St, Philadelphia, PA, 19107

It baffled us when it was first listed and it baffles us now. Not in a negative way, but more like a genuine curiosity about how one would use this multifaceted property.

As Shannon Rooney put it then:

From Pine Street, this home looks like your standard century-old Wash West rowhouse. But inside, it begins to look like something else entirely. There’s a first floor that resembles a hobbit house, upstairs floors with massive skylight access, a fourth-floor master suite with jacuzzi and portico and a basement apartment fit for in-laws or any other people you’d like to charge rent. That’s a lot going on for one property.

Indeed. And yet, it sold a few days ago for $750,000 (a full $145,000 lower than its original asking price.) How the new owners will make use of each floor, we have no idea, but perhaps they’ll take Shannon’s advice and rent out the basement apartment or build a roof deck so that the master suite skylight, which can be reached by ladder, is put to use.

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City House of the Week: Pristine Townhouse in Washington Square West

1245 Lombard St, Philadelphia, PA, 19147

1245 Lombard St, Philadelphia, PA, 19147

We could tell you how the best of this home is in its individual details, a statement that would not be untrue since the wide-planked floors, high ceilings and fireplace mantle are wholly pleasing to the eye. The Colonial-era wood staircase in particular is a personal favorite, especially since it has a distinct architectural element and windows overlooking the garden.
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Petit Rôti Brings French Rotisserie to Washington Square West

petit-roti-400Chef Olivier Desaintmartin of ZINC and Caribou Cafe has opened Petit Rôti, his French rotisserie at 248 S 11th Street. The restaurant is open seven days a week from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m., serving a menu of rotisserie chicken as well as roasted pork and prime rib. Sandwiches range are $8.50 and dinners range from $15.50 to $22.50.

Petit Rôti also offers baguettes, pâte, smoked ham and a chicken soup of the day. A pantry is stocked with oils, vinegars, mustards, jams and more for home use.

The storefront is mainly to-go but does offer some stand up space in order to eat-in.

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Garces Is Opening a Lounge Below Rosa Blanca

nacional-56-400Jose Garces is opening Nacional 56 downstairs from Rosa Blanca at 707 Chestnut Street on Wednesday, November 26th. The lounge will offer Latin music, cocktails and light Cuban fare four nights a week.

While Garces handles the food and drink, David Pena and Pena Productions (Boogie Nights at the Tropicana in Atlantic City and a host of other casino venues around the country) will handle the DJs and live music. Pena says “he [Garces] does food. We do nightlife and we’re both Latino; you know it will be the real deal.”

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New Listing: Center City Residence with Attached Rental Unit

921 Spruce St, Philadelphia, PA, 19107

921 Spruce St, Philadelphia, PA, 19107

The inside of this early 20th century Center City home (it was built in 1915) looks like nothing from the era and that’s because the interior has been totally revamped.

A peek in the kitchen reveals a modern room with stainless steel appliances, custom cabinetry and backsplash terrazzo countertops. Meanwhile, the office boasts an electric fireplace and private deck for when you need to clear your head. Wood floors are throughout.

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Knead Bagels Opens on Walnut Street

knead bagels squareKnead Bagels, which promises to fill Philadelphia’s perpetual need for more bagels has opened at 725 Walnut Street. Adam Willner, who got into bagel-making when he was chef at Matyson is behind the kettle at Knead. The bagel shop offers a single bagel for $1.50, $13 for a bakers dozen. The menu includes traditional bagels and toppings as well as bagels flavored with pastrami spice, togarashi and porcini. Knead also offers egg sandwiches and coffee by Elixr.

Knead Bagels will be open 6:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. weekdays and from 8 a.m. till they sell out on weekends.

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Tuesday Trinity: Feeling Cozy in Washington Square West

1220 Panama St, Philadelphia, PA, 19107

1220 Panama St, Philadelphia, PA, 19107

We don’t know about you, but the closer we get to year’s end, staying in with a hot cup tea feels much more tempting than going out. Or perhaps knowing that a warm, snug home awaits us is just as well. Either way, we think this home might meet whatever your fall preference.

This little trinity, built in 1839, is situated on Panama St, just two blocks from Broad and Pine. Each level has original hardwood floors, save for the lower level kitchen, which has brick flooring and non-working brick fireplace.  In the living room, you’ll find wood beam ceilings and a working wood-burning fireplace.

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Robeks Fresh Juices & Smoothies Opens First Storefront

robeks-smoothies-healthy-eatsRobeks, the fresh juice and smoothie chain has been getting its name out there via their food truck since July. Today they open their first storefront at 1035 Chestnut Street. Robeks started in California in 1996 and is looking to open 36 franchises in the Greater Philadelphia area.

Robeks makes their juices and smoothies to order, promising to use only the freshest fruit and featuring a proprietary Greek yogurt with more protein and less carbs. The store also offers dairy-free, soy and almond milk options. “Boosts” of added vitamins and minerals promising to increase energy, improve the immune system, reduce cholesterol and help digestion can be added.

Robeks – Center City [Foobooz]

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