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Rent Chase Utley’s Penthouse at The Ayer for $17,500 per month!

August 29th, 2014 Frank L. DeFazio Leave A Comment

Philadelphia Phillie Chase Utley’s Penthouse at The Ayer hit the MLS for sale back in October 2013 at an asking price of $4.3 million with condo fees in excess of 4k/month!   Chase, and his wife Jennifer, purchased the condo in June of 2008 for $4.19 million (with a cool $1 mil down).  Unable to find a buyer, the Utley’s recently listed the penthouse condo for rent with an asking price of $17,500/month.

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Of course first, last and security are required!  Scroll down for more pics of the interior!  Check out the entire MLS listing here.

MLS Description

Now available for rent high atop the Ayer building, this rare tri-plex penthouse is a sleek haven in the sky, where unobstructed city views and designer finishes combine to create one of the finest residences in the city. The entire living space was architect-designed and is dramatic yet comfortable, able to accommodate the most private of individuals or those who enjoy entertaining. Dramatic arched windows to the south and west afford hours of sunlit warmth. A calming, contemporary palette of grays and blues and many custom design elements, including superb lighting, audio and Crestron systems, create a living environment to fit one’s mood and mindset. An expanded Bulthaup kitchen with a large island, Miele and Sub-Zero, including a full-size wine storage unit, opens to the main living space with a step-up formal dining room with terrace just beyond. 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, is on the other side of the kitchen. Reached by a custom-crafted stairwell with walnut treads and walls finished in Blue de Savoie marble, the lower level is designed for entertaining and relaxation. The media or second living room is served by 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. Two en suite guest rooms are on this level, with one accessing a terrace. Reachable by stairs or private elevator, the top floor is where a cleverly designed main suite overlooks the main living room via a wall of glass. Two walk-in closets and a modern luxury bath complete this space. There is an additional en suite bedroom and a large laundry room on this floor. All windows in the home are outfitted with motorized window treatments with sun-shade and room darkening options. Two valet parking spaces are included with your rental as well as the 24 hour concierge and doorman services of the Ayer. First, last and security deposit are required.


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Frank L. DeFazio

Weekend Open House Roundup 8/29 – 9/1: Holiday Househunt!

August 29th, 2014 Shannon O'Donnell Leave A Comment

Labor Day weekend is upon us! Time to fire up the grill for one last summer cookout, prep the kiddos’ first-day-of-school duds, and enjoy wearing white before it’s officially a social faux pas. Believe it or not, it could also be the perfect time to buy a home! Logic dictates that real estate is slow over long holiday weekends, but that just means that you have a perfect opportunity to swoop in on the home of your dreams.

Who knows, one of these five Center City homes could be it for you! Open houses are somewhat scarce this weekend, owing to the holiday, but there are a few out there. I predict low traffic and a high likelihood of you being left alone to really get acquainted with these lovelies. Take a look at the homes, and plan your weekend visit!

1.) 2412 Catharine St
3 beds / 4 baths / 1,572 sqft
Open House: Sunday, August 31st: 12:00pm to 2:00pm


Love the classic brick facade!

Adorable Grad Hospital townhome loaded with upgrades! Heaps of natural light, upscale kitchen, hardwood floors throughout, large bedrooms, roof deck with indoor wet bar! Tax abatement until 2020.

2.) 1600-18 Arch St #602
1 bed / 1 bath / 962 sqft
Open House: Sunday, August 31st: 12:00pm to 3:00pm


Looking down, you can see how intimate and cozy is the living room.

Large, spacious unit at the Phoenix, boasting big windows, cherry hardwood floors, and lovely recessed lighting. Building boasts mega amenities, and location is perched just above Suburban Station!

3.) 1605 South St #B
2 beds / 2 baths / 2,285 sqft
Open House: Sunday, August 31st: 12:00pm to 1:00pm


The marble tiles climb the wall in most rooms of this home.

Three levels of luxury grace this vast condo! You’ll enjoy South American hardwood floors, wall tiles of sculpted marble, high ceilings, and gorgeous molding. Don’t miss the rooftop deck, with its beautiful panoramas of the city.

4.) 239 Chestnut St #3
3 beds / 2 baths / 2,295 sqft
Open House: Sunday, August 31st: 12:00pm to 3:00pm


That exposed brick! /swoon

New-construction loft with the ultimate in luxury finishes! Exposed brick everywhere (seriously, just look at the pictures), gourmet kitchen, and spa-like master bathroom. Lowest condo fees in Old City, and one of the best selling prices!

5.) 1803 Montrose St
2 beds / 2 baths / 900 sqft
Open House: Sunday, August 31st: 12:00pm to 1:30pm


The hardwood in this home is some of the prettiest I’ve seen.

You’ll love this cozy nest, situated on a peaceful, shady street in the desired Grad Hospital neighborhood. Completely renovated as of 2004; shows like a dream. Don’t miss it!

The CENTERfold: A Gorgeous Rittenhouse Nest

August 27th, 2014 Shannon O'Donnell Leave A Comment

Imagine living in the very heart of Center City, Philadelphia. Imagine a home flooded with natural light, trimmed in utmost luxury – a truly enviable residence. Imagine being steps away from world-class dining, shopping, and nightlife, to say nothing of your proximity to some of the City’s most prominent employers.

Welcome to Rittenhouse Square. More specifically, welcome to 10 Rittenhouse.

This unit represents a rare opportunity to own a home in one of Philly’s toniest addresses, a palatial home that can only be described as “splendid.”

130 S. 18th Street is a 2 bedroom, 2.5 bathroom home of 2,294 square feet. It was built in 2009, and has been on the market for less than a week.

With northern, southern, and western exposures and gorgeous views to boot, the oversized windows in this home showcase some of its most priceless attributes! As if that wasn’t great enough, there’s also a spacious balcony overlooking Rittenhouse Square.

Many upgrades have been added to this home, including custom closets and beautiful hardwood floors.

The living room sports an oversized, elegant fireplace set in stately built-ins, as well as recessed lighting and floor-to-ceiling windows overlooking the city in all its glory.

The master suite has to be seen to be believed, both vast in size and graced by breathtaking vistas.

The kitchen is elegant, with stainless steel appliances and shining countertops, a useful island for prep or eating a casual breakfast, and plenty of room to eat-in. This is in addition to the formal dining space, set below a stunning pendant chandelier.

A one-car parking space is included with thus unit. There’s still seven years remaining on the original tax abatement!

Amenities abound at 10 Rittenhouse, including a 24/7 concierge and doorman, chauffeured Mercedes S550, an indoor lap pool, fitness center, wine storage, music salon, library, catering kitchen, yoga studio, and courtyard for resident use.

WTPhilly: The Long and Narrow of It All

August 26th, 2014 Shannon O'Donnell Leave A Comment

There are times when I literally don’t know how to feel about a certain house. Today’s WTPhilly submission is a classic example of real estate ambivalence.

On one hand, there are definitely aspects of this home that I really like. It can’t help that it’s hella narrow. On the other hand -


Yep, that’s pretty narrow.

I’m not sure what is the deal with the ceilings. I just don’t get it. This home is obviously a close reflection on the seller’s taste, but “pea soup galaxy goo” is an odd choice.


That green, though. Yuck.

But first things first. You enter the (extremely narrow) living room, and all is well – cute hardwood floors, good natural lighting – until you look up. The ceiling is some sort of yellow-white swirl. Over the foyer and leading up the stairs is an accent choice that I like to call “the red line to nowhere.”


The Red Line to Nowhere

This home is only 1,015 which is exceedingly odd for a home with five bedrooms. It is full of odd little tight nooks and crannies, including a bedroom being used as a (way cluttered) walk-in closet. You heard me correctly.


This bedroom is being used as a (very cramped) walk-in closet. Interesting choice.

The kitchen is cluttered and tiny, with the aforementioned pea soup galactic effect on the ceiling and a carrot-y, loud orange color on the walls. I mean, you can almost audibly hear the sounds of the clashing.

Add in nonexistent counter space and dated, ugly flooring and you have the antithesis of an appealing cooking space. Shame, too, because the dining area features some impressive, stately built-ins.


This home studio is about the most normal-looking room in the whole house.

On the second and third floors, things really start falling to pieces – sometimes literally. I’m not sure what, exactly this room is, but I am pretty sure that the ceiling is caving in. Ruh-roh.

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The roof! The roof! The roof is… falling down.

And none of this is even to say anything about the back yard, where the world’s creepiest lawn ornament resides.


What even is that lawn ornament?!

This Art Museum home is selling for under $500k, which makes it a relative steal at around $150-$200k below the norm. On the other hand, it has a lot (a LOT) of issues, and Center City buyers generally ain’t about that rehab life. Plus, the house looks like a gangly teenager, long and thin in the most awkward way. Only time will tell what will become of this home.

Just Listed: 2032 Arch St #E

August 25th, 2014 Shannon O'Donnell Leave A Comment

I predict that this condo in Logan Square isn’t going to last! It’s simply dreamy, and that location can’t be beat. entrance

2032 Arch St #E is a 2 bedroom, 2.5 bath condo in popular Walden Walk clocking in at a spacious 1,691 feet. Adding to that, this unit comes with garage parking! entrance

You arrive at the downstairs unit after walking through a lushly-landscaped courtyard. There’s just enough room outside your cozy entranceway for a comfy chair and pretty planter, or any other decor you might desire.


Inside, enjoy the custom foyer and knockout eat-in kitchen. There’s gorgeous cherry cabinets, granite counters, stainless steel appliances, and a mosaic tile backsplash. You can soak up the warm, welcoming vibe of this room from the breakfast bar or from the open, gracious dining space.


The living room is sunken and elegantly-appointed, with high windows, a handsome fireplace, and sliding doors leading to a private patio!


If you like entertaining, this patio couldn’t be more ideal. Roomy, private, and draped in greenery, it’s a natural continuation of the indoor living space and just the spot for cooking out or sipping cocktails with a few of your nearest and dearest.


On the second level, you’ll encounter the modern and impressive master bedroom, which touts spacious walk-ins and an ensuite bathroom, and the second bedroom, also with ensuite bath. Unobtrusive, large closets in the hall open up on storage and the laundry area.

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This home has been exquisitely cared-for and updated, as evident by the custom paint throughout and generally meticulous condition.


Bonuses with this great unit include an auxiliary heating system and a 9×12 secured storage room in the garage! This is to say nothing of the fact that this home is within the coveted Greenfield School catchment!

Logan Square is one of Philly’s great walkable neighborhoods, with everything you could want within a stroll’s distance. Close by: Trader Joe’s, Whole Foods, Schuylkill River Running Trail, Philadelphia Museum of Art, Barnes Museum, and Rittenhouse Square, plus all the eateries, bars, shopping, and entertainment for which Center City is known!

This home is a steal at $480,000. Get in touch today to schedule a showing!

Weekend Open House Roundup 8/23-24: Big Ideas

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

Big homes in Center City are definitely the exception – in a land where 1- and 2 bedroom townhomes rule, finding a nest for a large family can be trying at best. Luckily, these homes do exist… you just have to know where to look. I’ve done some of the work for you, and am highlighting five homes with at least four bedrooms that are having open houses this weekend.

2347 Catharine St
5 beds, 3 baths | 2,042 sqft
For Rent: $2,250/month
Open House: Sunday, August 24th – 1:00pm to 3:00pm
Roomy, sunny, and ideally situated in Grad Hospital, this apartment has a lot going for it – not the least of which is that it’s huge! The Bike Score is near-perfect, and Rittenhouse Square, Fitler Square, and the Schuylkill River Trail are all easily walkable from here.

859 N 27th St
4 beds, 3 baths | 1,804 sqft
Open House: Sunday, August 24th – 3:00pm to 4:00pm
This home in the Art Museum Area has been beautifully restored, and sports a number of high-end upgrades! The kitchen is a stunner, with maple cabinets, stainless steel appliances, and granite counters. Crown molding, French doors to the outdoor patio, exquisite lighting… come visit and you’ll never want to leave!

114 Kenilworth St
4 beds, 3 baths | 2,817 sqft
Open House: Sunday, August 24th – 12:00pm to 1:00pm
Do you love a good historic home? This one could be just what you seek, with a bonus of enormity that one usually doesn’t see in older houses! The rooms are high-ceilinged and bathed in natural light, there are a number of built-ins, and there’s both a garden and rooftop deck! All this in ultra-desirable Queen Village!

836 S Front St
4 beds, 3 baths | 2,200 sqft
Open House: Sunday, August 24th – 1:30pm to 2:30pm
Four floors of lavish period details and lovingly-restored features fill this glorious old home in Queen Village! This home dates back to 1813, and unlike so many older homes in Philly, this one looks it! The home has been fully restored to historical specifications, with too many fantastic points of interest to list.

2310 Aspen St
4 beds, 2 baths | 1,800 sqft
Open House: Sunday, August 24th – 3:00pm to 5:00pm
What a great, unusual chance to own a historic “Pigs Alley” home! This home was built circa 1860 and has been renovated with every attention to detail. The home’s current owner is a master carpenter and the woodwork throughout is all custom. You’ll swoon!

The Thursday Four: Giving Some Love to the Lofts

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

It’s no secret by now that I absolutely love lofts. I’m not alone, either. There’s something about a traditional loft that evokes not only classic Philadelphia style, but a clean, industrial vibe as well. To that end, today’s Thursday Four is dedicated to a quartet of dreamy Center City lofts guaranteed to give you a case of loft lust. Enjoy!

1.) 1104 Pine St # 2F
2/2, 2,500 sqft | for rent: $3,500/month


I adore the classic appearance of the exterior, complete with statement shutters and a cheery door!


I go crazy for built-ins, so this living room absolutely does it for me.

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This unit has a true second floor, with plenty of room and ample privacy.


Soaring ceilings, a functional fireplace… this is the kind of home that defines “good living.”


This Art Deco-esque window deserved some attention. That’s all.


Enjoy your personal views of the city all around you as you relax on your rooftop deck!

2.) 113 N Bread St # 3D2
2/2, 1,106 sqft | for sale: $469,900


This unit at The National has it all – a classic loft look and feel combined with the best modern details.


The exposed ductwork harkens back to the classic loft look, but the window treatments and delicate lighting tone down the industrial feel. In a word: fabulous.


I love the way that the kitchen curves around and lends itself to a spacious breakfast bar! There’s plenty of room, thanks to smart use of space.


You’ll enjoy your morning coffee a little bit more when you take it on your private balcony with a cute view!

3.) 309-13 Arch St # 605
1/1, 617 sqft | for sale: $215,000


Your chic loft home awaits with a cheery red door.

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This is the other side of the living room. Exposed brick and beams with hardwood? Yes, please!


Living room view! You’ll get to climb to your cozy sleeping loft each evening – talk about living a childhood fantasy!


The dark cabinets in this kitchen are a pretty bold and beautiful style choice. Me gusta mucho.


I love this cozy sleeping space!

4.) 309-13 Arch St # 608
1/1, 899 sqft | for sale: $289,000


You’ll never forget your way home when this vibrant building is the place you lay your head! I love the red doors.


This galley kitchen is fresh and interesting with the dark cabinets – and drawer space for a microwave! Talk about clever storage solutions!


This living room ticks off just about every one of my boxes: exposed brick and beams? Interesting and clever utilization of space? Soaring ceilings, natural light? Check, check, check, check.

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As if the 13′ ceilings weren’t enough, this home also boasts a perfect Walk Score of 100.


The bedroom is spacious and pretty, with exposed beams and plenty of architectural interest.


I like this bathroom! The purple (and the wall decal) are an offbeat choice, but it totally works for this space.

Just Listed! 6239 N 12th St, East Oak Lane

August 20th, 2014 Shannon O'Donnell Leave A Comment

A big, detached home on a huge, shady lot? You are thinking that this can’t possibly be Center City… and you are right. The team’s newest listing is located off the beaten path in North Philly, in the East Oak Lane nabe.


6239 N 12th St. is a 4-bedroom, 4-bath home of 2,643 square feet.


This home is visually impressive right from the approach, with three gracious dormers rising over the second floor. Fronted in stone and constructed of brick, this is the kind of home that one pictures housing generations. Built in 1939, this dwelling showcases the kind of construction and character that you simply don’t find anymore.


The exterior resembles something out of a story, complete with creeping green ivy.

You’ll love the sheer space to be found here, particularly in the yard. The amount of open green room to run is fantastic, and a great amenity that you’d never find within the city proper. The arched stone porch on the side of the house is exactly right for sitting out on a cool evening and enjoying the good life.


The first floor shows off a beautiful kitchen with stainless steel appliances, granite countertops, and pristine white cabinetry. The dining room is incredibly spacious, with a uniquely-shaped archway to the living room.


Hardwood floors throughout, as well as a handsome fireplace in the living room! You’ll adore the twin French doors that lead out to the porch, and offer a gorgeous view of the yard.


The basement is partially finished, with an awesome lounge/wet bar setup that resembles a ship’s salon.


Upstairs, find four roomy and well-appointed bedrooms and three bathrooms, including a fully-updated master bath!


This home won’t last at $244,900, so call to schedule a showing today!

W.T.Philly – Holy Pediophobia!

August 19th, 2014 Shannon O'Donnell Leave A Comment

Before you ask – it’s a fear of dolls. Pediophobia, that is. For some of us, the Talky Tina episode of The Twilight Zone is to blame. Either that, or friggin’ Chucky. (Don’t click that link.)


I’m not especially afraid of dolls, puppets, or ventriloquist dummies – refusing to watch Dead Silence was a big help in that regard – but I paused and emitted an actual, audible curse when I innocently ventured upon the picture below.


Welcome to the Little House In Uncanny Valley, address redacted to be classy. This Bella Vista 4/2 is short on space and long on interesting decor choices. Let’s take a look.


One of the biggest problems this home has going for it? Clutter. It’s only 1,080 square feet, which is downright miniscule for a home with four bedrooms, and the current state of the home certainly won’t allow any potential buyer to imagine reconfiguring the space. There’s stuff everywhere. It’s eating the counters, filling every crevice, and making it hard to tell what room you’re even looking at… I think that’s the kitchen up above. Maybe?


The living room, on the first floor, is not exactly spacious. The fact that it’s covered in household detritus doesn’t help. There’s clearly a little one in the house, but the baby seat on the floor obscured the last few square inches of ceramic tile that might have been actually visible.


There are 2.5 baths in this home, of which the pictured is clearly among the full ones. Let’s just overlook the Pepto-Bismol-pink sink and bathtub a moment (hey, bathroom renos are expensive!) and deal with the weird, cluttered storage… thing… cluttering the corner over there.


The listing tells me that there are all the bedrooms and two more bathrooms spread over the second and third floors, but there aren’t any pictures available. It’s probably for the best. If these pics are the ones that made the cut, what could possibly be hiding upstairs? Now there’s a through to chill your bones even in the dog days of late summer!

The CENTERfold: Broad Street Beauty

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

It’s back to one of our favorite haunts, the Symphony House, for a special Monday CENTERfold! This gorgeous townhome was listed only three days ago. It’s a newer unit, having just been built in 2007, at one of the Museum District’s poshest addresses.



440 S Broad St UNIT 2307 is a three bedroom, four bathroom townhome of 2,048 square feet.


Living Space

Shining hardwood floors and crown molding give an appearance of luxury right off the bat. The living area is not only roomy, but wide open – ideal for entertaining. Custom window treatments and designer lighting take the appearance over the top.



The kitchen will blow you away, with granite countertops, Viking professional-grade appliances, an elegant tile backsplash, and a wine chiller for your collection of vino.

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Master Bedroom

There are three lovely, well-appopinted bedrooms, with the master bedroom being the most impressive. Each has an en-suite bath, which is a rare and wonderful convenience, in addition to a powder room for the main area’s use. There’s an attached laundry room and heaps of closets throughout. In all ways, this unit has anticipated its owner’s needs and accomodated everything you could wish!


Master Bath

And then, there are the views. One of this unit’s great attractions is that the views of Center City are absolutely spectacular. It occupies the building’s northeast corner, and the exposures are simply fantastic. Sweeping, tall windows not only let in the sunlight, but surround you in gracious cityscapes that will dazzle you each morning with your morning coffee. There’s a floor-to-ceiling window wall that’s picture-perfect.



Believe me, you’ll have ample room to enjoy these views, too. the Symphony House is full of rooftop terraces where residents gather to enjoy the fresh air and each others’ company. And the amenities just keep coming. There’s a 24/7 concierge for your convenience, an indoor pool, sauna, state of the art fitness center, and a spacious wine cellar! To put the ultimate cherry on top, this unit comes with two indoor parking spaces in the building garage, as well as an attached storage locker.


Stunning Views

The location cannot be topped, either. At the Symphony House you are steps away from some of the finest culture that Center City has to offer, with restaurants, shops, theaters, and museums just a hop, skip, and jump beyond your front door. Prime real estate in one of the country’s greatest cities – what more could you ask for?



At $1,995,000, this home won’t last. Take a look today!