Pinterest-Worthy Condo on Spruce Street in Midtown Village

TREND photos via Redfin

TREND photos via Redfin/Salas Team

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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Spotted on Antique Row: Storefront Residence(s)

1116 Pine is the one with the red storefront | Image via Google Street View

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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Trinity Tuesday: Wash West Home Boasts Prized Garden, Dormer Bedroom

All TREND images via BHHS Fox & Roach - Center City Walnut

All TREND images via BHHS Fox & Roach – Center City Walnut

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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Trinity Tuesday: You Can’t Have This Trinity Because It’s Mine

Images via

Images via

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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See This Versatile Washington Square West Home This Sunday!

TREND images via Redfin

TREND images via Redfin

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.

Click here to see inside the home.

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


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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