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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.

second floor

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.

living 2

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.

living 2

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.

master bed

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!

Weekend Open House Roundup 8/16-8/17: Living Like Royalty in Queen Village

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

I always love popping over to Queen Village for some open house listings, because the homes are so tremendously original and uniquely historic there. Not only is today’s batch no exception, but I’d venture to say that these listings are some of the prettiest and most interesting of any I’ve ever profiled for open houses in this area!

If you have been looking for a home in Queen Village, one of these could well be your dream home.

501 Kauffman St

brick kitchen bedroom living
1 bed, 2 baths
528 square feet
Open House: Sunday, August 17th 1:00pm to 3:00pm
Love this corner-unit Trinity home! Set on a sunny lot and clad in brick, you’ll fall in love before you veen step foot inside. Open layout, well-maintained, and with an engineered wood patio in the back.


737-39 S 5th St #2fl

door living living kitchen
1 bed, 1 bath
956 square feet
Open House: Sunday, August 17th 12:00pm to 1:00pm
Newly renovated! The floor plan is vast and open, tremendously roomy for a 1-bedroom. High ceilings, clean finishing, and a large storage area in the basement! There are two washer/dryer sets – one on the main floor, and one in the basement.


759 S 4th St

window kitchen deck sunset
3 beds, 4 baths
3,222 square feet
Open House: Sunday, August 17th 12:00pm to 1:00pm

Totally unique property features a huge artist’s workshop / manufacturing space on the first floor with an adorable shop window in the front. The main home is spacious and large, with a rooftop deck exposing you to scenic views all around.


318 Fitzwater St

living garden master suite dragon
4 beds, 3 baths
3,895 square feet
Open House: Sunday, August 17th 12:00pm to 1:00pm

The attention-grabbing “Dragon” house is neighborhood-famous, and the inside lives up to the hype: marble and hardwood flooring, a sun-soaked solarium, sunken living room, commercial-grade kitchen, a stunning garden, and a 350-bottle wine cellar. This is barely scratching the surface of this home’s appeal!


311 Queen St

exterior kitchen garden bedroom
3 beds, 3 baths
1,800 square feet
Open House: Sunday, August 17th 1:30pm to 2:30pm

The London Lightwell House is a gorgeous Federal home with high (9′-12′) ceilings, many custom upgrades, and high-end everything! The garden is a dreamy retreat flanked by tall, shady holly trees, which you can enjoy from inside through the tremendous view of a 50′ x 100′ window that lets the beauty of the outdoors flood in.

Pictures of Pretty Condos: Cityview

August 13th, 2014 Shannon O'Donnell Leave A Comment

Graced with one of the Art Museum Area’s finest addresses, The Cityview is a stylish and lovely place to live.


Majestic and imposing, the Cityview is a safe, secure, and luxurious place to feather your nest.

The building at 2001 Hamilton Street is right on the boundary of Logan Circle, at the crossroads of two of Center City’s nicest neighborhoods. The Schuylkill riverfront is not far away, either.


You can’t beat this location!

The Cityview sports 532 units over 28 floors, including apartments and condos.


This example of a Cityview unit shows the beautiful hardwood floors and the balcony overlooking the city.

Units are either 1- or 2 bedrooms, with hardwood floors, open floor plans, and wide windows to let the sunshine in! That, plus the fact that every unit has an unrivaled view of downtown Philadelphia laid out beneath you!


Hardwood floors, big windows, beautiful city.

Some units have a den, which could be converted to a third bedroom. Roominess is par for the course here, with all floorplans featuring enviable square footage.


This is an example of the stunning skyline views you can expect at the Cityview.

Kitchens are eat-in, with many sporting stainless steel appliances for that coveted, ultra-modern look.


The Cityview’s gym is fully stocked with everything you might need to get your fitness on.

You won’t believe the amenities! The Cityview boasts a doorman, 24/7 concierge, on-site storage available, and a secure garage. Additionally there’s a gorgeous outdoor pool for all the residents to enjoy, plus sauna, gym, and tennis courts. This is also a pet-friendly building!


In nice weather, swimming in this crystal-clean pool is a treat.

You’ll love having access to shopping, dining, and entertainment within just a short walk from your front door. Center City is one of the country’s most-walkable districts, and this particular area of Center City boasts a near-perfect Walk Score!

The CENTERfold: Making Beautiful Music In the Symphony House

August 12th, 2014 Shannon O'Donnell Leave A Comment

I don’t normally cover rentals in the CENTERfold. On the other hand, I normally don’t encounter rentals like this one!


The Symphony House is, bar none, the best address in the Museum District.

So, imagine that you are me, browsing Zillow for a peek at Center City real estate. La di da, nothing new. All of the sudden, you see a “for rent” listing – for $8,495 a month. Yeah. You just read that correctly – OVER EIGHT THOUSAND DOLLARS A MONTH. Yowza!

440 S Broad St UNIT 1808 is a 2 bedroom, 2.5 bathroom townhome of just under 2,400 square feet.

living 1

The gorgeous, open living room features track lighting, a generous fireplace, and sweeping city views.

This rental, as you may have figured out, is no ordinary apartment.

living 2

Another view of the living room, with the skyline visible.

First of all, let’s talk about the views. The living room, dining area, and office boast skyline views of Center City that will take your breath away!

This, my friends, is the Mozart Luxury Suite at the Symphony House, one of the best buildings on the Avenue of the Arts. The fact that it’s even up for rent constitutes a rare opportunity to live at one of the city’s most luxe addresses.


The galley kitchen is full of high-end touches, including stainless steel appliances and granite countertops.

The kitchen is professional grade, with Viking stainless steel appliances, custom cabinets, and a wine chiller.

bedroom 1

The master bedroom is well-appointed and vast, with a fireplace and skyline views.

bathroom 1

The ensuite master bath coordinates with the color scheme of the bedroom.

Over a third of the square footage is occupied by the resplendent Owner’s Suite. One thousand square feet of a luxuriant retreat awaits, with a gas fireplace and custom surround sound.

bedroom 2

The second bedroom is equally luxe in size and in terms of views.

bathroom 2

Again, the bathroom coordinates with the bedroom.

One of the aspects of this rental that I absolutely adore: the two bedroom/bathroom pairs coordinate! The master bath’s palette is matched perfectly to that of the bedroom, and it’s the same thing with the second bedroom.


Sweeping views of Center City are yours to enjoy on a daily basis.

The office sports floor-to-ceiling windows. They may not be optimal for your workday productivity, but man, will those views every fuel some magnificent daydreams!

Two-car garage parking and a storage locker are included as part of the rental.


One of the building’s many amenities? This shining indoor pool!

The Symphony House’s amenities are outstanding: 24/7 concierge and doorman, a 65′ heated indoor lap pool, steam room and sauna, state-of-the-art fitness center, beautiful outdoor terraces, Library Clubroom, dining salons, wine cellar, and gourmet catering facility.

This is a home that will truly make you feel like you live on top of the entire world. If you happen to have nine grand a month just lying around, snap up this unique and special piece of real estate today!

Marvelous Monday: Adorable Homes Under $275k

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

It’s time for another installment of Marvelous Monday! (Worry not, Philadelphia – WTPhilly will return!)

Center City can, as we’ve discussed umpteen times, be expensive. Don’t think, though, that you are necessarily priced out of a great Philadelphia home because your budget is modest! The following homes prove that treasure awaits those willing to dig a bit. All are priced under $275,000 and each is full of unique charm.

1929 Wallace St APT 2B
2 beds, 2 baths, 875 sqft

bay window
spare bedroom
This beautiful, 100-year-old unit in the former Baer Mansion (condo conversion) touts private, gated parking in addition to an open floor plan and an adorable tiled kitchen. Exposed brick in the second bedroom and a breathtaking bay window add gorgeous character. Ten-foot ceilings, wood molding, and arched doorways give the feel of a gracious historic home.

116 W Wildey St
2 beds, 1 bath, 648 sqft

living room
Hello, NoLibs! This home was completely renovated just last year – new HVAC, living room drywall, new ductwork, new kitchen, all fresh paint, and so much more! Everything is fresh, airy, and bright, just waiting for the love of a new owner to light it up. The kitchen is a highlight, with new stainless steel appliances, a subway tile backsplash, and gleaming cherry cabinets.

2001 Hamilton St APT 1516
Studio, 1 bath, 506 sqft

Southern exposures give you gorgeous views of the Center City skyline! The layout of this generously-sized studio will impress you – the kitchen is separate, leaving ample living and sleeping space in the main room. You’ll be surprised at the roominess of this Art Museum unit, as well as with the amenities you get living in this building.

429 N 13th St APT 5I
1 bed, 1 bath, 933 sqft

High ceilings! Large windows! This Spring Garden loft has everything you could want. I love the hardwood floors and exposed brick, as well as the entire industrial-lite look going on. It’s a Fannie Mae Homepath property, which can mean great benefits for buyers.

901 N Penn St UNIT R405
1 bed, 1 bath, 828 sqft
penn 1
Views of the bridge and river are yours in this fantastically airy, well-lit condo. Hardwood floors, an open floor plan, and stainless steel appliances in the kitchen impart a high-end, modern look, and a corner full of windows bring the outside indoors in the best possible way. The building’s amenities include a 24/7 concierge, riverfront pool deck, fitness center, and secured parking.

Weekend Open House Roundup: It’s Hip In the Square

August 8th, 2014 Shannon O'Donnell Leave A Comment

Oh, Rittenhouse Square! It’s always a pleasure honing in on this neighborhood, because who doesn’t love the best? Center City’s hottest nabe is packed full of gorgeous real estate, and the homes I’ve sampled for this week’s open house roundup are no exception. If you are looking for your next Center City home, take a look at these homes having open houses on Saturday, August 9th or Sunday, August 10th. Who knows – you might just find your Rittenhouse dream home!

1902 Waverly St
2 bedrooms, 3 bathrooms
882 square feet

exterior living kitchen yard
OPEN HOUSE: Sunday, August 10th – 1:30pm to 2:30pm
This historic Waverly Place home pampers you with two bedroom suites, plenty of high-end touches, and enough natural light to bathe in! I love the classic red brick facade and back patio, as well as the overall bright, airy vibe. This is a Trinity reno that totally works.

2044 Locust St
7 bedrooms, 4 bathrooms
2,968 square feet

exterior kitchen office office
OPEN HOUSE: Sunday, August 10th – 12:00pm to 1:00pm
Majestic in size and appearance, everything about this stately home is a visual reminder that you are living in one of Philadelphia’s most prestigious neighborhoods! There’s a gorgeous mixture of historic details and modern updates here, all combining in a home as beautiful as it is spacious and functional.

2026-30 Chancellor St #A
2 bedrooms, 2 bathrooms
1,280 square feet

living kitchen library exterior
OPEN HOUSE: Saturday, August 9th – 12:00pm to 2:00pm
This John Wanamaker carriage house will take your breath away! Revel in bamboo floors, solid core doors, and recessed lighting, along with every possible little luxury. There’s an elegant kitchen with premium appliances, two sexy bathrooms, and ample natural light. Gorgeous!

1806-18 Rittenhouse Sq #1406
1 bedroom, 1 bathroom
515 square feet

kitchen view living kitchen
OPEN HOUSE: Sunday August 10th – 1:00pm to 2:00pm
This newly-renovated flat at the Savoy features granite countertops and hardwood floors, an open floor plan and new appliances – plenty to convince you that “small” need not equal “unimpressive.” Enjoy ’round-the-clock concierge and a common rooftop deck as you soak up Rittenhouse Square living.

2018-32 Walnut St #15 E/F
3 bedrooms, 3 bathrooms
1,746 square feet

exterior floors bathroom kitchen
OPEN HOUSE: Sunday August 10th – 1:30pm to 2:30pm
Turnkey-perfect, this unit at the John Wanamaker House is fabulously spacious as the result of combining a two-bedroom unit with an existing studio. The kitchen, bathrooms, and closets are all beyond dreamy, and kitted out with high-end everything. An indoor garage parking space is included.