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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Ed Snider may have put his Manhattan apartment on the market, but as a Property commenter pointed out, he also owns a condo at the swank Lippincott on Washington Square which, according to Public Record, he bought for a cool $2.61 million in May 2013.
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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.
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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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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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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
3,510 sq. ft.
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’ Garden. Talula’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]
This 1,750-square-foot deli/restaurant’s business has just been reduced in asking price from $175,000 to $145,000. But where is it? One commercial real estate website lists the address as 601 Walnut Street, but that’s the Curtis Center, so no. The broker’s website has the address as “9th and Walnut Area” and “in the Heart of Society Hill.” Also: “just a few blocks away from Washington Square.” As well as: “conveniently located in the heart of a residential area with tons of foot traffic to local wine and spirit store and supermarkets.” Hmm.
We called the agent, Nick Quinn, who represents the sale of the business, for clarification, but he declined to give the actual address. “We want to protect our client,” he said, very Bond-like.
Wherever the mystery restaurant is (and we won’t pry but maybe Starr or Garces should), we do know it has a license for takeout beer. “This could easily be converted into an amazing BYOB,” says the listing, which we imagine was penned by Quinn-Bond.
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This 4 bedroom, 7,000-square-foot home on Washington Square offers, according to its listing, “Upper East Side Lifestyle at Phila Prices!” But forget New York. This home is classic Philadelphia all the way, revealing plenty of history from the time it was built in 1825. Some improvements have been made, of course, since the James and Wharton set (Philadelphia edition) might have lived there: two-car gated parking; elevator; a security system; a closet with its own heat zone.
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Mike Isabella, former Top Chef contestant and friend of Kevin Sbraga, will be traveling up from his home in Washington, DC to cook at Sbraga for a one-night-only, guest-chef dinner on Tuesday September 18th. Sbraga and Isabella met when working together at Stephen Starr’s Washington Square and have remained friends since.
The menu is a five course prix fixe affair for $85 a person with a $35 optional beverage pairing. Isabella’s dishes will be based on his Italian small plates DC restaurant Graffiato.
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