Philadelphia Real Estate Blog

The Thursday Four: Party Like It’s 1799

July 24th, 2014 Shannon O'Donnell Leave A Comment

Today, we're checking out some turn-of-the-century properties... and no, I don't mean those built in the 1990s. All the following homes were first constructed in the late 1700s - minus one that was built in 1810, like total outlier - at a time when things were markedly different in Philadelphia. No electricity, no cheesesteaks, no Starbucks, and Center City WAS the city. (Okay, so that last one may as well still be the case. Anyway.) Homes back then were built...Read More

The CENTERfold: Drunk In Love on Brandywine St.

July 23rd, 2014 Shannon O'Donnell Leave A Comment

I saw this home under the newly-listed properties and knew it was bound for the CENTERfold. (I also noticed the street name and foresaw an entire post chockablock full of Beyonce puns, but that's neither here nor there.) 2020 Brandywine Street is a 4/2 townhome of 1,900 square feet in the hothothot Art Museum Area. It's been recently renovated, which is perfectly apparent from all the adorable touches. Right when you enter you soak in the combined charm of a 100-year-old home...Read More

Just Listed: Big Appeal in (Not-So) Little Chinatown

July 22nd, 2014 Shannon O'Donnell Leave A Comment

It's not every day that the team scores a listing in Chinatown, so I was pretty excited to see this 1/1 show up as a new listing! Just six days old and move-in ready, I'm betting that this one won't last too long. At 567 square feet, 1100 Vine Street #1115 is a respectably-sized single bedroom unit for the area. It's located in the tremendously-popular Grandview building, in a location that could hardly be more centralized: the Convention Center, Reading Terminal Market, and...Read More

W.T.Philly – General Fug Roundup

July 21st, 2014 Shannon O'Donnell Leave A Comment

Sometimes ugly doesn't need an additional classification. I've been doing a lot of theme weeks on Mondays to fill out What The Philly, but today I think we're going to go back to the basics. First up on the block - a sweet little Spring Garden 2/1. As it just so happens, this is the "1" in the equation. I'll give you a moment to take it all in. This bathroom should have been demo'd about twenty years ago. C'mon, someone buy...Read More

Weekend Open House Roundup: Style on a Shoestring

July 18th, 2014 Shannon O'Donnell Leave A Comment

Having an adorable Center City nest is always an expensive proposition, right? Wrong! There's no doubt that real estate price tags are hefty in Philadelphia, generally, but there are always options. You probably won't find a walk-up in Rittenhouse Square, but there are plenty of choice homes 'round these parts that aren't completely exorbitant, as far as local prices go. Especially if you can sacrifice a bit on space - and I'm not even talking to the extent that those...Read More

The Thursday Four: Wholly Trinities

July 17th, 2014 Shannon O'Donnell Leave A Comment

I've got a love-hate relationship with Trinity houses. I mean, you've heard the criticisms. They are small. They are cramped. They are utterly impractical for anyone besides singles or fastidious couples, and ones with good knees for steep stairs, at that. All these things are mostly true. If you have oversized furniture, or a sizeable collection of anything, or if you haven't made peace with the minimalism trend, you're gonna have a rough time. The tiniest Trinities are just 100...Read More

Pictures of Pretty Condos: A Study In Elegance at Academy House

July 16th, 2014 Shannon O'Donnell Leave A Comment

We're heading to Rittenhouse Square today for this week's Pictures of Pretty Condos! If you haven't visited the Academy House before, you are in for a real treat. This 37-story building on the southeast cornet of Locust and 15th is among the square's most visually impressive, having been designed in the 1970s by renowned architect Otto Reichert-Facilides. This is a doorman building, with balconies and washers/dryers in most units, an indoor pool, a gym, optional valet parking in the rental lot...Read More

The CENTERfold: Rittenhouse Ravishing

July 15th, 2014 Shannon O'Donnell Leave A Comment

A gorgeous home in Rittenhouse Square... what else is new, right? Center City's most eligible address is simply awash in lovely residences. This townhome is no exception. 1900 Rittenhouse Square is a small, exclusive doorman building replete with elegance and style. Touting three bedrooms and five bathrooms spread out over a luxuriantly spacious 3,616 square feet, there's no question of having enough room. In fact, the whole of the sixth floor is devoted to separate living space, which includes its own...Read More

W.T.Philly – My Listing Knows What You Did In The Dark

July 14th, 2014 Shannon O'Donnell Leave A Comment

There's a reason that "light and bright" is one of the most frequently-flogged phrases in Center City real estate. Living in a major city, outdoor space is at a premium. Oftentimes, the light streaming through our windows is our only claim to a share of the world outside. Accordingly, that's also why dark, broody living spaces are so undesirable. Today's batch of W.T.Philly homes is a dreary, ugly little quartet. Long on shadow and low on aesthetic, they'll leave you wondering...Read More

Weekend Open House Roundup: Make Some Noise for Northeast Center City

July 11th, 2014 Shannon O'Donnell Leave A Comment

1.) 1215-21 Wood St #6 1/1, 1,675 square feet $369,900 Open: Sunday July 13rd, 11:00am to 1:00pm Exposed brick, floating stairs in a loft with 14' ceilings? Yes, please! With a roof deck and parking, you'll feel like you have the coolest nest in the Loft District. The fact that this nest is close to the planned viaduct park is a bonus, and a bit of assurance that your home will do nothing but appreciate in the future. 2.) 317 Vine St #504 2/2,...Read More