Eat This Now: Amis’s Bucatini With Jalapeño and Almond Pesto

Bucatini with jalapeño and almond pesto – Amis/Official

Writing about a pasta dish can feel a little silly. It’s pasta. Pasta is pasta is pasta is pasta. It’s dough that gets formed into fun shapes, so as to distract ourselves from crippling existential dread. Like edible Play-Doh for grown ups.

And sure, there’s good pasta (homemade, delicate, tossed with good ingredients) and bad pasta (overcooked and sloppy), but when was the last time you had a bad plate of pasta in Philly? This city has some of the best Italian chefs in the country — it’s borderline impossible to go wrong. Hell, even our non-Italian restaurants do incredible pasta-work (ever have the ravioli at Le Chéri? Kensington Quarters’s smoked guinea hen fusilli?). Making good pasta in Philly isn’t really that impressive anymore. It’s requisite.

Call us spoiled.

So, how did Amis’s bucatini with jalapeño and almond pesto drive me to this? I’m waxing poetic about a pasta dish (in a city of a million great pasta dishes) made with three exceptionally ordinary ingredients — four if you include parmesan — even though I believe glorifying pasta, a dish traditionally enjoyed by both princes and peasants, is pointless.

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Jawdropper of the Week: A Modern Marvel on Washington Square for $2.85M

220 W. Washington Sq. #300, Philadelphia, Pa. 19106 | TREND images via BHHS Fox & Roach

Washington Square sits at the southwest corner of the Most Historic Square Mile in America and is itself filled with history: originally used as a potter’s field, it’s filled with the bones of scores of soldiers who fought in Revolutionary War skirmishes, a fact that led the city to erect a Tomb of the Unkown Soldier of the American Revolution in it in the mid-1950s.

This spectacular full-floor condo overlooks that tomb from a building where a little history took place in 1948 as well. Aside from all this, however, it leaves the past far behind. Read more »

Trinity Tuesday: Old Bones, Young Soul in Wash West for $340K

308 S. Iseminger St., Philadelphia, Pa. 19107 | TREND images via Keller Williams Realty

Over the years that this feature has appeared here, a disproportionate share of the trinities we’ve featured have been located on two blocks of South Iseminger Street in Washington Square West.

Perhaps that’s because the two blocks in question are part of one of this city’s densest concentration of attractive trinities, almost all of them well maintained with very attractive features.

Here’s another one of those Iseminger Street trinities for you to consider. Read more »

Trinity Tuesday: Extra Style in Wash West for $530K

316 S. Clarion St., Philadelphia, Pa. 19107 | TREND images via Keller Williams Center City Realty

The “little streets” of Washington Square West are among the most beloved residential streets in Philadelphia. Many of them are lined with those equally beloved (to some) houses known as trinities.

This trinity on a dead-end lane in Wash West represents the perfect marriage of little street and house type. Actually, if such a thing is possible, it may actually go beyond perfect.

That’s because the owners of this expanded trinity have turned it into an actual three-bedroom home with the sort of amenities usually found in larger spaces. Read more »

Trinity Tuesday: Traditional Elegance in Wash West for $1,850/Month

1227 Panama St., Philadelphia, Pa. 19107 | TREND images via Copper Hill Real Estate

It’s truly the best of both worlds; a happy medium, if you will. This is one of those homes where historic bones meet modern design. It also offers the convenience of renting with its low commitment. You will have privacy on your block and the excitement of the city readily available.

Let’s break down this trinity floor by floor. Read more »

Trinity Tuesday: Something Extra in Washington Square West for $340K

308 S. Iseminger St., Philadelphia, Pa. 19107 | TREND images via Keller Williams Real Estate – Media

Today’s trinity is, in short, is extremely adaptable. The home offers the ideal lifestyle for those who seek out the city but also love privacy. It’s situated on a quiet, tree-lined street between 12th and 13th streets and Spruce and Pine streets. Yet restaurants, shops and businesses are just steps away.

The typical spiral staircase connects all three floors. But this trinity is a little different than most — the kitchen is on the main level instead of in the basement. The kitchen has been recently updated and features double doors that lead to the back patio.

Hardwood floors run throughout the living room. This space also features an exposed brick, wood-burning fireplace.

The bathroom on the second floor is the star of the home. The spa-like escape is gorgeous; it is equipped with a Jacuzzi tub, stall shower, marble floors and walls, a washer, a dryer and a walk-in closet. There’s also a fireplace in the bedroom on this floor.

The master bedroom one floor up offers access to the roof deck via double doors.

An unfinished basement on the lower level offers storage space or can be outfitted as a play space, additional living area or spare bedroom.

Plus, speakers were recently installed throughout the home, which will make entertaining guests a breeze.





SALE PRICE$340,000

308 S. Iseminger St., Philadelphia, Pa. 19107 [Amy Eves Walder | Keller Williams Real Estate – Media]

What $500K Will Buy You in Washington Square West

908-910 Spruce St. #B2, Philadelphia, Pa. 19107 | TREND images via Zillow

Washington Square West is one of the hottest spots in Philadelphia. Including both Midtown Village and the Gayborhood, hip restaurants and storefronts line the streets. The area seamlessly combines both urban charm and coveted greenery. With a diverse community, Wash West is great for all ages. Plus, with the median home value falling at $350,500, finding a pad for $500K isn’t a problem. In fact, a half-a-million-dollar budget will score you plenty of space, allure and amenities in this lively locale.

908-910 Spruce St. #B2 (above) | 2 beds, 2 baths, 1,374 square feet, $498,950

Make them move! The owners of this Portico Row home listed the space on Zillow, but there’s a catch. The offer must be at their ideal price. Thus, it’s listed in the “Make Me Move” category. So, if you’re willing to give them exactly what they’re asking, this may be the home for you. The home features a gourmet kitchen with custom cabinets, granite countertops and stainless steel appliances. The master bathroom has been recently renovated. It showcases an updated, granite vanity and glass tub enclosure. The spacious living room boasts a tasteful fireplace. The pad also has low taxes and low condo fees. If you’re interested, contact the owners to start the process and see if you can make them move!

908-910 Spruce St. #B2, Philadelphia, Pa. 19107 [Zillow]

902 Pine St. #3F, Philadelphia, Pa. 19107 | TREND images via BHHS Fox & Roach Realtors

902 Pine St. #3F | 2 beds, 2 baths, 1,448 square feet, $475,000

This bi-level space showcases gorgeous hardwood floors, large windows and a pantry closet. The kitchen is top-notch with granite countertops, an island, pendant lighting over the bar and stainless steel appliances. There is also a full-tile bathroom and stacked washer and dryer. The second floor houses the master suite. The bedroom features hardwood floors, a vaulted ceiling, a fireplace mantle, windows and a large walk-in closet. Condo fees cover building insurance and maintenance, snow and trash removal, common electric, hallway cleaning and water. The current tenant’s lease expires at the end of August.

902 Pine St. #3F, Philadelphia, Pa. 19107 [Mike McCann | BHHS Fox & Roach Realtors]

250 S. 13th St. #12D, Philadelphia, Pa. 19107 | TREND images via BHHS Fox & Roach Realtors

250 S. 13th St. #12D | 1 bed, 1 bath, 1,352 square feet, $489,000

This home is in the pre-war Lenox building. The space has loads of old charm, but the kitchen adds modern flair and convenience. The cooking space is outfitted with stainless steel appliances, custom cabinets and granite countertops. Guests will love the large windows, hardwood floors and natural light in the dining room. The bedroom truly makes this home unique. The master suite was expanded. Now it offers a spacious sitting area complete with custom-built wood bookcases on either side of a fireplace. The large room additionally has a walk-in closet, small office alcove and en suite bathroom. The building provides 24-hour concierge service. The pad is in the bustling restaurant scene of Midtown Village, the heart of the Gayborhood and close to the Avenue of the Arts.

250 S. 13th St. #12D, Philadelphia, Pa. 19107 [Arlene Cicoski | BHHS Fox & Roach Realtors]

Hard Hat Tour: 1213 Walnut

The café-style community great room at 1213 Walnut. | Photos: Sandy Smith; renderings: Design Collective via Goldenberg Group

Philadelphia’s newest hotel is in its home stretch, sprinting towards an August opening.

Wait, did I say “hotel”? Forgive me, for I had a momentary lapse of memory in recalling what I was touring at 1213 Walnut St.

The building that local wags had dubbed the “Fergie Tower” is being referred to by that moniker much less often now that it’s a reality. The three companies in charge of making it happen — the Goldenberg Group, Houston-based Hines and Washington-based ASB Real Estate Investments — have always called it by its Midtown Village street address in Washington Square West, and its tenants will most likely do the same; after all, if they don’t, the Postal Service might not deliver their mail. Read more »

Trinity Tuesday: Cozy Comfort in Washington Square West for $358.5K

413 S. Iseminger St., Philadelphia, Pa. 19147 | TREND images via BHHS Fox & Roach Realtors

It’s time to fire up your grill and get cooking! Lucky for you, this new listing may be the perfect spot for you to get into the swing of summertime.

The charming pad is situated on a picturesque, tree-lined block in the heart of Washington Square West. The brick exterior and red door exude historic appeal. Enter the home and enjoy the light and airy aura in the living room, freshly painted walls and new windows. Refinished hardwood floors and a fireplace (which, sadly, does not work) occupy the space. The kitchen boasts updated appliances and sufficient square footage for an eat-in area.

Then, follow the traditional box winder staircase up to the second floor. This level holds two bedrooms and a bathroom. Venture up to the third level where you can find an additional half floor. This space can be adapted for a bedroom, play room or den–whatever suits your needs.

The trinity features a full basement with plenty of storage, a washer and dryer. The element that gives the space extra appeal is definitely the back patio. The courtyard is fitting for a grill and seating area–perfect for entertaining during the warm and toasty summer months. Plus, it’s connected to the kitchen for easy access.

Located in the McCall School catchment, this trinity is mere steps away from Jefferson Hospital, great restaurants, Antique Row, Seger Park and various supermarkets like Acme and Whole Foods.





SALE PRICE: $358,500

413 S. Iseminger St., Philadelphia, Pa. 19147 [Travis Rogers | BHHS Fox & Roach Realtors]

Philly Ranked Fifth Most Walkable City in U.S. This Year

All of Center City’s neighborhoods, from the Avenue of the Arts on down, are “Walker’s Paradises,” contributing to the city’s continued ranking among the five most walkable cities in the U.S. | Photo by Jeff Fusco

A mere two-tenths of a point dropped Philadelphia from its perch as the nation’s fourth-most-walkable city in this year’s Walk Score rankings of American cities.

Miami traded places with Philadelphia to become the No. 4 most walkable city in the U.S. on this year’s list. But no one should lament this development, for what it means is merely that cities all across America continue to up their walkability game.

A news release from Walk Score parent Redfin noted that once again, all of the 10 most walkable cities had higher Walk Scores than they did last year, and of the top 50, only Omaha saw its Walk Score fall (by a mere 0.3 point). Philadelphia’s Walk Score of 79 was 0.7 points above its showing last year, but Miami posted an even stronger gain of one full point to 79.2, putting it in fourth place and Philly in fifth. Read more »

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