Rent State Rep. Brian Sims’ Former Apartment in Wash West

Anyone who follows State Representative Brian Sims on Facebook is sure to have gotten occasional peeks into his Washington Square West abode, a second-floor apartment that’s now in store for a new tenant as Sims recently decided to leave in favor of “a place with no stairs for my dog.” (Awwww!)

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The Spruce Street Home That Will Make You Want to Cuddle Puppies

All TREND photos via The Condo Shop.

All TREND photos via The Condo Shop.

This gleaming bi-level condo unit on the corner of Quince and Spruce is something of a keeper.

For starters, the unit’s main floor has an open layout encompassing the living, dining, and kitchen areas, the last of which includes granite counters, hardwood cabinetry, and a terraced island with seating. (A patio-accessible bedroom and ceramic tiled bathroom are also here.) Then, in the lower level, you’ll find an additional bedroom and living space, as well as a bathroom with contemporary finishes.

Now here’s where canine fans like myself might feel a particular affinity with the home: current owner Adam Novick is the co-owner of The Ruff Life, a dog daycare, lodge, and grooming spa in Old City. And guess what? They have two (yes, TWO) webcams that stream the pups that are staying there.

We’ve embedded the second level webcam stream below for your viewing pleasure. Also, click here to get more details about the home.

New Menu Items at Cheu Noodle Bar

Cheu's new noodles: Spicy Shrimp Broth - egg noodle, shrimp balls, onion

Cheu’s new noodles: Spicy Shrimp Broth – egg noodle, shrimp balls, onion

Working towards opening Bing Bing Dim Sum on East Passyunk doesn’t mean Cheu Noodle Bar is stagnating. The Washington Square West noodle shop is showing off six new menu items for the new year. Charred beets and an oyster bun are the new small plates. In the noodle department, Chef Ben Puchowitz is now offering:

Spicy Shrimp Broth – egg noodle, shrimp balls, onion

Short Rib Mazeman – tomatillo, green chile, soft egg

Sichuan – hot bean paste, pea leaves, tofu, sesame

Yakisoba 3.0  – chorizo, mushroom, egg, cilantro

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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.

Want to get a better look? There’s an open house scheduled for 12 p.m. on December 21. Gallery below. Read more »

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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