Trinity Tuesday: Versatile Rowhome in Philly’s Walker’s Paradise

TREND images via Zillow.com

TREND images via Zillow.com

Truth be told (and to dissuade denizens of nearby ‘hoods from lunging at my jugular), almost all the neighborhoods surrounding Center City will fall within WalkScore’s vaunted “Walker’s Paradise” grade. Today, though, we’re going to single out Washington Square West, where this week’s trinity home is located. Its score? Ninety-nine. Damn near perfect (especially if you’d rather do without a car, which might just be something to consider).

Situated directly across from Starr Garden Park, the two-bedroom has easy access to South Street (no lie, it’s literally right behind it) and is a few short blocks from Independence Mall. According to the listing, the house has been expanded and central heat and air conditioning keep it comfortable enough in the face of Philadelphia’s more severe weather.

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For One Night, Kanella Returns to Spruce Street

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Kanella chef de cuisine Evan Butkovsky at COOK.

The Washington Square West neighborhood has missed Kanella since the Cypriot restaurant closed to move to Queen Village at the end of May. Chef/owner Konstantinos Pitsillides should open the new location within four weeks or so. But, WashWest is getting a taste of Kanella once again.

Kanella’s chef de cuisine Evan Butkovsky is joining up with Mercato’s Ryan McQuillan for a collaborative dinner on Tuesday, July, 28th. The Greek/Cypriot and Italian inspired tasting dinner (one sea, one people) will be held at Mercato, and will consist of three courses for $30.

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Fink’s Hoagies Opening on Jeweler’s Row

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Dennis Fink with his grandson.

Michael Klein has the information on Fink’s Hoagies opening at 132 S 8th Street. Owner, Dennis Fink has a location at 4633 Princeton Avenue in the Tacony section of Philadelphia. Fink’s has received plenty of accolades and even a cover shot on the Philadelphia Daily News.

Perhaps most improbably, the post is accompanied by overwhelmingly positive comments, and only one lamenting the current state of Fink’s Hoagies current neighborhood.

Fink’s Hoagies to open in Center City [Philly.com]
Fink’s Hoagies [Official]

Trinity Tuesday: Rental Edition – Quirky, Cozy, & In the Gayborhood

TREND images via BHHS Fox & Roach - 1818 Rittenhouse

TREND images via BHHS Fox & Roach – 1818 Rittenhouse

It was the pleasant façade – what with the white shutters, pretty pink tree out front (a vaunted cherry blossom??), and that killer location at Pine and South Camac – that first caught our attention, no doubt about it.

But what charmed and us and ultimately made us decide it was today’s “Trinity Tuesday” pick? The colorful rooms may have had something to do with that.

Entering the home, you’ll note the open layout living / dining space has been appointed built-in bookcase and shelves, access to the back courtyard, and two wall colors. And we won’t say they’re two tone walls exactly, but they do seem to complement each other.

From here, a pair of stained glass French doors lead down to the lower-level kitchen, which has modern appliances, fireplace, and a separate entrance to the front. (The washer & dryer are here too.) At this point we should mention there are a total of three working fireplaces in the home.

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Kanella’s Spruce Street Location Closing at the End of the Month

Photo by Frances Olson

Photo by Frances Olson

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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Trinity Tuesday: Double-Bedroom Rental On Teeny Tiny Waverly Street

TREND photos via Realtor.com

TREND photos via Realtor.com

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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Jaw Dropper of the Week: Huge Loft in Midtown Village Will Be Next to East Market

TREND photos via BHHS Fox & Roach-Rittenhouse Hotel.

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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NBC Universal Exec Selling Transformed Spruce Street Home

TREND photos via BHHS Fox & Roach-CC Rittenhouse Hotel.

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.

Interested in seeing the inside?

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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