Philadelphia Real Estate Blog

The CENTERfold: Ballin’ In the Barclay Suite

October 21st, 2014 Shannon O'Donnell Comments Off

Get ready to fall in love! Today's CENTERfold is a very special one. The Barclay Unit takes up no less than three "hotel units" (C, D, and E) with its extraordinary European flair and classic architectural details. It was entirely renovated in 2001. Sporting four bedrooms and 4.5 bathrooms over 3,000 square feet, you won't want for room to roam. It all starts when you enter the foyer, with its floor of black and white marble leading out to every wing...Read More

Hollywood’s Latest Homeowner: Lady Gaga

October 20th, 2014 Shannon O'Donnell Comments Off

Let's hear some "Applause" for Lady Gaga, the newest homeowner in Hollywood. Reports say that the singer just bought her first home, a stunning $22.5 million estate across from Zuma Beach in Malibu. While most folks go for a modest "starter home," the "Born This Way" belter rarely does anything small-scale... and that applies here as well. The Manhattan-bred singer, aged 28, went straight for the big leagues with her ultra-luxe pad. The manse, which formerly belonged to Dan Romanelli of...Read More

Freaky Historical Philly: Where to Get Your Creep On This October

October 17th, 2014 Shannon O'Donnell Comments Off

Can you believe that Halloween is in two weeks? I don't know about you, but I'm ready to set the mood! Luckily, Philly is the perfect place to get in the spirit. Owing to the city's long and eventful history, there are several locations that either have a morbid backstory or are rumored to be haunted. All of the following are open to the public and available to be explored... if you dare. Will you have a close encounter with...Read More

Someone With a “Braveheart” Needed to Buy Mel’s Jungle Getaway

October 16th, 2014 Shannon O'Donnell Comments Off

Quick: who's got $30 mil and a desire to really get away from it all? Mel Gibson's having a bit of trouble unloading his Costa Rican enclave. Consisting of three Spanish-style villas and surrounded by 500 acres of private jungle, it's definitely not the kind of property one encounters every day. Unfortunately, it's apparently also not the kind of property that one purchases every day: it's been sitting dormant on the market for a year now. The homes are situated on Playa...Read More

When “Oops!” Doesn’t Cut It: Right House, Wrong Lot

October 15th, 2014 Shannon O'Donnell Comments Off

It’s the kind of story that could only come out of Florida. So, you’re having a home built. You picked out your land, bought your plot, agonized over the upgrades you couldn’t live without, and signed all the papers. Nothing to do but sit back and watch as your perfect nest goes up, right? Not necessarily - just ask Mark and Brenda Voss of Missouri. The couple paid $160,000 for Lot 12 in the Ocean Hammock gated subdivision of Flagler County, Florida. They...Read More

Four Years Later, Still No Buyer For Lilly’s Pad

October 14th, 2014 Shannon O'Donnell Comments Off

Turns out that us common folk aren't the only ones who occasionally have trouble unloading a home! Erstwhile Chicago Cubs pitcher Ted Lilly has been having a rough go of it trying to sell his Wrigleyville, Chicago home. The house was just relisted, following four straight years of Lilly trying to get rid of it. The Lake View nest is certainly a pretty enough home. With six bedrooms, six bathrooms, and 5,400 square feet of living space, one definitely has room to...Read More

When “The Raven” Flew Over Spring Garden: On Poe’s Time In Philly

October 13th, 2014 Shannon O'Donnell Comments Off

Dear Baltimore - Let's get one thing straight. Edgar Allan Poe is ours. You may have his body, but no1curr about some dusty old bones. Kindest regards, Philadelphia. Okay, time to be serious. Well, I mean, that was serious - Philly has, and always will have, the better claim over Poe. But I'm getting ahead of myself. It's October, month of all things weird and spooky. Edgar Allan Poe, great American author of many creepy poems and short stories, is right on theme this...Read More

“Huge” Is the Word: Inside Mark Wahlberg’s New Nest

October 10th, 2014 Shannon O'Donnell Comments Off

Famous actor, Bostonian, and erstwhile rapper Mark Wahlberg just completed construction on his new digs in sunny Beverly Park, California - and wow, is it big. The home, which clocks in at over TWENTY THOUSAND square feet, took a whopping five years to build and plan. The good folks at Yahoo! got a hold of some aerial shots of Casa Wahlberg, and it completely looks more like a palace than a single-family home. Done in the style of a French manor...Read More

New Ultra-Luxe Tower Is Only Philly Developer’s Latest

October 9th, 2014 Shannon O'Donnell Comments Off

How does a (very expensive) condo tower not slated for completion until Spring of 2017 already have over a dozen reservations? The answer is one that takes a little while to explain. The tower in question is called 500 Walnut. It's the baby of developer Tom Scannapieco, who has been single-handedly responsible for the super-high-end revolution in Center City real estate. As the driving force behind 1706 Rittenhouse, a tremendously-successful ultra-luxe condo building, Scannapieco accomplished what others said was impossible: selling...Read More

Adios, LeBron: “King James” Lists Miami Manse

October 8th, 2014 Shannon O'Donnell Comments Off

Looking for a pad fit for royalty? If you want to live down in sultry Miami and, you know, have $17 mil to blow, you can reign like an NBA superstar in LeBron James' former home. James just listed his over-the-top gorgeous South Florida nest. That's not really surprising, given his recent transition from the Heat over to the Cleveland Cavs - it's not like he's going to have heaps of time to be hitting the beach, right? - but the...Read More