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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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Just off 10th Street, as you make your way from Lombard to Pine, is a narrow little crevice one might otherwise overlook as a nameless alleyway were it not for the bookend street signs verifying it as a block of Waverly Street, which, fun fact, is actually the name it was given after nineteen “street names folded into it in 1897,” according to Hidden City. Check out more here.
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TREND photos via BHHS Fox & Roach-Rittenhouse Hotel.
We gave you a background snippet on the White Building last we reported on one of its available units: how the built circa 1867 structure basically helped along the whole Midtown Village/Gayborhood revival after undergoing a condo conversion in 2008 thanks to one Tony Goldman of Goldman Properties.
Now, we’re going to leave you with a hint as to where it’s going, as we’ve just noticed how unbelievably close it is to that East Market mega project that’s currently in the works. As most of you know, East Market is slated to be a game changer in the neighborhood, set to offer things like a MOM’s Organic Market, new restaurants and coffee shops, a promenade called Chestnut Walk, new retail, and additional residential units. Once completed, we have a feeling it’s going to be one of the city’s newest go-to spots. *Fingers crossed*
All of that, of course, is good news for anyone living in this loft condo. Because in addition to being situated right behind Philly’s latest upcoming mini village, the unit is a spacious double-bedroom offering over 1,600 square feet of space, 23-foot vaulted brick ceilings, hardwood floors, exposed brick walls, and six huge double-hung arched windows that usher in an abundance of light. According to the listing, the windows also have “superb sound attenuation.”
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TREND photos via BHHS Fox & Roach-CC Rittenhouse Hotel.
Somewhere along the line this Federal-style mansion was converted into a tri-level condo (includes finished basement) with a reworked interior we were not expecting. According to Mary Genovese, who along with Fred Manfred is a listing agent for the property, tells us the transformation took place about four years ago. Now, the current home owner, who happens to be an executive for Comcast subsidiary NBC Universal, is relocating and looking to sell his cool Midtown digs. Any takers?
In addition to having hardwood floors, a fully finished lower level with separate laundry, and a back patio you can see from the kitchen, the home has a study with full bathroom and a kitchen featuring double ovens, stone surfaces, and wood cabinetry. Leased parking for $250/month is available around the corner.
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Well, looky here! Right around the corner from that neat multi-unit property on Antique Row we told you about yesterday is this Spruce Street home, which from the outside, looks to be just your average Midtown Village abode.
However, take a glimpse inside and you will see that is far from being the case.
The boutique building is actually home to a tri-level condo that has the luxury of having both a 1-car garage and finished basement with flex space. Details of note include, but are certainly not limited to, its extra high ceilings, hardwood floors, built-in bookcases, and a kitchen eating area that everyone and their mom should add to their growing collection of house ideas on Pinterest (i.e. window bench!).
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1116 Pine is the one with the red storefront | Image via Google Street View
In terms of mobility, 1116 Pine is a triple threat: WalkScore gives it a 98 (pedestrians are within walking distance to several of Midtown’s shops and restaurants), another 98 when it comes to biking (it’s near relatively flat streets and has a bike lane sitting right out front), and a perfect score of 100 when it comes to public trans (eh, but will it be used?).
All in all, a happily situated property, no? Add to that its CMX-2 zoning and first-level storefront, and you got yourself a place that rakes in a net operating income of $123,145 a year–though listing agent John Bianchimano tells us someone is already set to take up the lease on the property’s commercial portion, which (hint, hint), if you want to find out who, keep your eyes peeled for updates on Philadelphia Wedding.
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As a kid, attics seemed like a cool place to have a bedroom: far away enough to enjoy total privacy, but still within the safety of my own home. The second bedroom in this Washington Square West trinity reminds me of such a space. It’s not an attic, but it is a dormer room with original kings-width plank flooring and a roomy closet area on the top floor.
The rest of the home is just as charming. It’s a rehabbed residence on cobblestoned South Jessup Street with no through-traffic, has a prize-winning rear patio garden, as deemed by the Pennsylvania Horticultural Society in their City Gardens contest, and has a freshly finished basement with built-in storage, new hot water heater, and Bosch washer and dryer. A farmhouse sink and newer stainless fridge can be found in the kitchen, where there’s also a Capital gas range with vented hood.
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In the time since starting this post I’ve drifted off into daydream land
once twice about this rental. And trust me, it only takes one 30- to 90-second reverie to already have decided what and where furnishings will be installed in my hypothetical trinity residence.
My reasons for mentally marking this one as my own (other than I’m an eccentric dog lady in the making)? It’s fully renovated and pet-friendly. “Pet-friendly” meaning you can bring along Fido or Max or Buddy or Toby on the condition that you get approval from the owner and pay an additional deposit if accepted. (Usually $500 for pups, $250 for cats.) I mean, anything for your canine/feline bestie, right?
Regular deposit info can be found below, but here are some of the house details:
- New hickory hardwood flooring throughout
- Fireplace in living room
- Shower stall bathroom with heated floor tiling, double sink vanity, and new fixtures
- Exposed brick walls, private patio with storage shed and gated alley to front
- Ceiling beams and washer/dryer unit in third-floor bedroom
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Its facade is Instagram-worthy, but this Rodman Street home is so much more than just a pretty face: inside, the townhouse offers a versatile layout that let’s you do whatever you please! Noted features include a fireplace living room overlooking a study with built-shelves, and an eat-in kitchen (which is quite sizable, the listing notes) with amber tiled floors and French doors leading out to an enclosed brick patio.
Throughout you will find real solid wood floors, some windows with interior shutters, and four ample bedrooms. One of our favorite parts though is pictured above: the rooftop deck looking over Washington Square West.
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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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