11 Things You Might Not Know About: Philly’s Public Squares

They’re some of the most revered spaces in the city — the five open public squares William Penn laid out in the 1680s to keep the green in his “greene Countrie Towne.” Today we hoverboard inside them, crave homes adjacent to them, let our kids clamber over their statues and fountains. Here, some facts you might not know about Rittenhouse, Logan, Washington, Franklin and Penn squares, courtesy of James McClelland and Lynn Miller’s new book City in a Park. Read more »

Renovations at the Curtis Center to Begin This Spring

The Curtis Center seen from the corner of  6th and Walnut. Image via Google Maps.

The Curtis Center seen from the corner of 6th and Walnut. Image via Google Maps.

Renovations at the historic Curtis Center will kick off this spring. According to The Inquirer, phase one will include the construction of 55 luxury apartments on the 6th Street and Walnut Street sides of the building–taking advantage of views overlooking Independence Hall and Washington Square.

Keystone Property Group and Mack-Cali Realty Corp. purchased the building, built by Cyrus Curtis in 1910, for $125M and Keystone’s development director Jennifer Cooperman seeks to “create a vibrant pedestrian experience” by shifting the property from office and event space to a mixed-use destination.

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For Rent: Chase Utley’s Phenomenal Ayer Penthouse [UPDATE]


Update 9/4/2014 5:04pm: Kurfiss Sotheby’s Melanie Stecura got in touch with us to clarify a few things, most importantly that the unit is still for sale even though it is also available for rent. That change is reflected below, along with two others referring to the Utleys’ current home.

BHHS Fox & Roach’s Frank L. DeFazio sent us a link to his blog today, which features an item about Chase Utley’s condo at the Ayer. As we’ve written, Chase and Jen renovated a house last year, and they put this fantabulous unit on the market in October 2013. In March of this year, feeling wary about the fact that the unit had no furniture in it anymore, they had it re-staged, hoping that would give the $4.3 million home the kick it needed.

Now DeFazio notes that the listing is available as a rental for $17,500 per month. (The monthly condo fees are around $4,000 per month, DeFazio writes.) It’s a beautiful unit. Gallery below, in case you’ve forgotten.

Rent Chase Utley’s Penthouse at The Ayer for $17,500 per month! [Center City Team]
210 W Washington Square PHSW [Kurfiss Sotheby’s]

Before and After: Chase Utley’s Washington Square Penthouse

chase utley's penthouse

After: A room at the Utley penthouse as restaged by Gretchen Kubiak. Photo by Drew Callaghan.

When Jen and Chase Utley decided to sell their triplex penthouse at the Ayer, they didn’t take their furniture with them, as they live elsewhere during the off-season. It was perfect timing for their real estate brokerage, Sotheby’s, which was then able to show the home the way it looks when someone lives there. But when the Utleys’ new home in Philadelphia was finished, the couple was ready to have their furniture back — which presented a problem.

“A $4.3 million home that’s vacant,” says Kurfiss Sotheby International Realty’s Melanie Stecura, “that doesn’t look right. That’s 4,500 square feet of blank space.” Stecura says it can be hard for buyers to imagine such a large unit as a home if it’s just a series of vast, echoey rooms. As it is, she says, “there are not a lot of buyers in this price range in Philadelphia,” so it’s important to make every effort to show the home at its best.

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Chase Utley’s Penthouse at the Ayer Is on the Market for $4.3M


And he’s outta here! Utley’s rare triplex penthouse is for sale for $4.3 million. The listing points to the amenities and highlights with language better than we could muster, frankly:

audio and Crestron systems…An expanded Bulthaup kitchen with a large island, Miele and Sub-Zero, including a full-size wine storage unit…an exquisite table, lit by a smoky quartz chandelier, was made to fit the room and is included. A study, made private with pocket doors… a custom-crafted stairwell with walnut treads and walls finished in Blue de Savoie marble [to] the lower level…a specially designed, “smoked oak” wet bar with Sub-Zero wine chiller, refrigerator and freezer drawers, Fisher-Paykel drawer dishwasher, ample storage and stainless counter and backsplash…a terrace…private elevator…a cleverly designed main suite overlooks the main living room via a wall of glass…motorized window treatments with sun-shade and room darkening options. Two valet parking spaces and two storage rooms…

You know, just for starters. Perhaps Ruben Amaro is in the market for a downtown real estate investment?

It was five years ago today that the Phillies won the World Series. Chase, you will be missed.

Gallery below.

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Splendiferous Interiors: Lippincott Hybrid Mixes Historic, Modern and Makes Stunning Use of Oriental Rugs

This unit on the market in the Lippincott references the past without being slavishly historic. With a Duncan Phyfe (or Duncan Phyfe-style) table, modern art, industrial lighting, oriental rugs and African art colliding in an eclectic mix, a steel beam with plump rivets spanning 14 feet, floor to ceiling, represents both old and new.

The Washington Square apartment has multiple views of the park from 19 custom-designed windows.

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FOR RENT: Wash West Condo With Apartment-Sized Terrace and Phenomenal Skyline Views

This two-bedroom, two-bath condo is up for rent in a swank, pet-friendly doorman buildingparking for one car (a “sedan” is specified). Though the interior is certainly attractive, what really makes this unit stand out is the terrace, which is a rather stunning 800 square feet–enough space for another apartment (albeit a windy one). The views from the terrace are fantastic, too.

Monthly rental price: $5,000.

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Spacious, Luxurious Washington Square Condo For Sale

SPOTLIGHT LISTING: Washington Square condo

This fabulous condo overlooking Washington Square offers copious unique and custom features including 19 oversized windows, high-beamed wood ceilings, exposed brick and hand-stained and laid hardwood floors. And while it’s located in a great, accessible section of the city, the massive master suite will tempt you to stay at home with its massive closets, and marble bath with double shower and soaking tub. There’s also a guest suite, two fireplaces, two-car side-by-side parking and direct elevator access to the home.

227-31 S. 6th Street, #2SW, Philadelphia
Price: $3.5M
Bed: 2
Bath: 2.1
3,510 sq. ft.


More Details on Talula’s Daily


Back in September we reported that Talula’s Garden expanding with Talula’s Daily. Then in April we snapped a photo of the construction site and gathered a few more details. And now we have a little bit more info, as reported by Philly.com. Talula’s Daily will open in mid-July as the less-expensive, more relaxed version of Talulas’ GardenTalula’s Table sous chef Scott Megill will take the helm at the new restaurant, which will offer sit down options as well as on-the-go sandwiches, cheeses, and pastries. The hours for the 22 grocery will be 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. seven days a week. Then, after 7 p.m. the restaurant will serve a $50 four-course menu that will change each month, highlighted by a cheese cart that will roam the restaurant.

Talula’s Table expanding on Washington Square [The Insider]

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