Let’s Talk About That First Home You Wan

Let’s Talk About That First Home You Want Over Dinner – For Tod Keating’s clients, the journey to that first home begins with a dinner date they’ll definitely remember. | Photos: Sandy Smith Buying that first home is a serious commitment. Sort of like marriage, only the getting-to-know-you stage is much shorter. But a real estate agent in the northern suburbs drew the parallel. So Todd Keating begins every search for a buyer’s first home with a dinner date. And since he… http://ow.ly/5cJ450b3PXn

Task Force to Revise City Preservation P

Task Force to Revise City Preservation Policy – It may or may not be too late to save these buildings on historic Jewelers’ Row, but a task force announced today by Mayor Jim Kenney aims to make it easier to preserve and reuse other historic buildings in the future. | Photo: Oscar Beisert Mayor Jim Kenney has appointed a panel of developers, scholars, city officials and preservationists to recommend ways the city can better prevent its historic buildings from falling to… http://ow.ly/z5R050aYVvI

Two Philly-Area Communities Make Niche T

Two Philly-Area Communities Make Niche Top 10 – We’re No. 2! | Photo: Nick Vandekar, Long & Foster Real Estate Chesterbrook, the master planned community in Tredyffrin Township, Chester County, is once again one of the best places to live in the United States, according to new rankings released today by Niche.com. It’s even climbed up several spots in Niche’s 2017 “Best Places to Live” rankings: it’s almost the best place to live in the country, up from No. 8 last year…. http://ow.ly/RgoV50aVT0y

Who’s Building Philly: Vince Viney – The

Who’s Building Philly: Vince Viney – There’s a touch of the Levitt approach in V2 Properties’ strategy: standardize to keep costs low. It enables the company to offer more in its homes than others similarly priced. You should be able to spot the V2 homes on the 700 (left) and 600 (right) blocks of Mercy Street in Dickinson Narrows. | Photos: Sandy Smith To understand why Vince Viney builds, all you really need to know is two basic principles: Inexpensive new homes don’t… http://ow.ly/2cq350aUnAB

It’s Hip to be Square on Avenue 30 – The

It’s Hip to be Square on Avenue 30 – The Avenue 30 development. | Renderings: KJO Architecture via The Riverwards Group and The Somers Team There have been all sorts of attempts to solve the central problem of the Philadelphia row house, namely, the need to fit it into a long lot with narrow street frontage. Over the years, these attempts have produced such distinctive features as incredibly small middle bedrooms and squarish houses with nonexistent back yards. Fishtown… http://ow.ly/GTUq50aRgLt

Survey Finds More Renters Plan on Stayin

Survey Finds More Renters Plan on Staying Renters – A new Freddie Mac survey finds that those now renting have less interest in buying. | Rendering of 1919 Market by Barton Partners Homeownership may still be a crucial element of the American Dream for most Americans, but there’s an alternate version taking root that doesn’t involve it at all. A new survey conducted by the Harris Poll for Freddie Mac documents the spread of this “American Dream 2.0.” As reported in Mult… http://ow.ly/2drJ50aPZgZ

Deeper Into Bucks for a Century 21 Franc

Deeper Into Bucks for a Century 21 Franchise – CENTURY 21 Advantage Gold Yardley office | Image courtesy of CENTURY 21 Advantage Gold When opportunity knocks, you answer the door. This seems to be the motto for the team at Northeast Philly-based Century 21 Advantage Gold, the number one Century 21 franchise in Pennsylvania, which expanded its presence to Yardley this April after acquiring a former RE/MAX Advantage office. The acquisition gives the company its tenth loca… http://ow.ly/52dN50aOBdE

Food Fight at 40th and Walnut – Penn has

Food Fight at 40th and Walnut – Penn has announced that Acme Markets will open a new store at the 40th and Walnut birthplace of the Fresh Grocer chain. But first, the Fresh Grocer has to move out. No word yet on when that will happen. | Photo: Gabriel Gottlieb, Philadelphia Heights blog The University of Pennsylvania and Acme Markets announced yesterday (April 10) that Acme has signed a lease to open a new store in University City at the northwest corner of 40th and Wal… http://ow.ly/MM8D50aN5Va

Tax Abatement Huge Shot in Arm for City,

Tax Abatement Huge Shot in Arm for City, Study Finds – The 10-year tax abatement program has led to an explosion of new housing in the city, much of it at the lower end of the market, a BIA study finds. And when the abatements expire, the city’s balance sheet will be better off for it. Consider the 10-year property tax abatements on new construction and rehabilitation a down payment on a future gusher in revenue for the city thanks to the huge jump in construction activ… http://ow.ly/Skxf50aLECD

Is “Spring Arts” the Next Midtown Villag

Is “Spring Arts” the Next Midtown Village? – Photograph by Charles Mostoller. That the viaduct rail park is actually becoming a thing is, well, dumb luck. In 2015, when developers Aaron Cohen and Craig Grossman set their sights on a block just north of Chinatown, they liked what the elevated rail tracks lent to the area; they were authentic and gritty in the best possible way. Now the first phase of the park is under way, and that’s a huge bonus for their audacious plan… http://ow.ly/qb9O50aKdFm

A Farmhouse in Fishtown for $425K – 241-

A Farmhouse in Fishtown for $425K – 241-43 E. Wildey St., Philadelphia, Pa. 19125 | TREND images via Keller Williams Realty Every so often, a listing comes along that truly merits the word “unique.” This is one of them, for we’re certain you’re not going to find a home like this one anywhere else within the Philadelphia city limits. One look tells you that this home on the riverward side of Girard Avenue in Fishtown goes back a while – back to the early decades of the 1… http://ow.ly/Es9650aIjtq

Yes, Virginia, There Really WAS a Philad

Yes, Virginia, There Really WAS a Philadelphia School – John Rauch residence, Chestnut Hill, Philadelphia, 1984-85. | Images: Architectural Archives, University of Pennsylvania, unless otherwise noted You may have heard the term “Philadelphia School” used to refer to a group of architects who dominated, and some say transformed, the city’s built environment in the 1960s and 1970s: Louis Kahn. Robert Venturi. Robert Geddes. John Bower. Ehrman Mitchell and Romaldo Giurgol… http://ow.ly/Ng9H50aGQOh

Faded Glory in Mt. Airy for $700K – 30 P

Faded Glory in Mt. Airy for $700K – 30 Pelham Rd., Philadelphia, Pa. 19119 | TREND images via Elfant Wissahickon Realtors Perhaps one reason those who compare Philadelphia to Detroit miss the mark is because this city has many neighborhoods that, while they have seen better days, still have strong bones and buried opportunity. It also has many homes with those same qualities. In this case, however, the opportunity’s not buried — it’s in plain sight. Ordinarily, we do no… http://ow.ly/zBYz50aDUvZ

A Storybook Cottage in West Chester for

A Storybook Cottage in West Chester for $575K – 533 N. High St., West Chester, Pa. 19380 | TREND images via Zillow As readers of our “10 Hottest Suburban Towns” roundup know, West Chester is a happening place that’s filled with character. People have fallen in love with its history, walkability and wealth of things to do in the heart of town. If you’re attracted to this hip-yet-relaxed Chester County seat, we have a home that you’re sure to fall in love with too — and i… http://ow.ly/SbJH50aCp89

Luxury High Above Washington Square – A

Luxury High Above Washington Square – A penthouse unit at AKA Washington Square. | Photos: HughE Dillon unless otherwise indicated Now that extended-stay residence pioneer Larry Korman has finished assembling all the pieces of his Washington Square property, he took some time to show off the work to a group of real estate professionals and the media on March 29th. AKA Washington Square at The Franklin offers furnished residences with hotel services aimed at the extended… http://ow.ly/vQYH50ayZfR

When It Comes to Building, Color Us Medi

When It Comes to Building, Color Us Medium Green – Philadelphia has produced several innovative sustainable developments, such as Paseo Verde, the first project in the nation to earn LEED-ND (LEED for Neighborhood Development) certification. But the city landed in the middle of the pack on a recent ranking of the top 25 cities for green construction in the country. | Photo courtesy of Wallace Roberts and Todd So how green is Philadelphia? Well, we have this huge 7,600-a… http://ow.ly/lFL450axz6C

From Farm to Table on Your Balcony – Ren

From Farm to Table on Your Balcony – Rendering of The Plant by Kohn Shnier architects via ArchDaily, courtesy Curated Properties “Growing local” and “sustainable building” are both hot topics among the socially and environmentally conscious. Now a developer in Toronto is embarking on a venture that will combine the two ideas into a single structure. ArchDaily reports on The Plant, a “makerspace” with a difference: its spaces encourage residents to grow their own food.De… http://ow.ly/5T5p50aw4tW

ReStore Shuts Its Doors in East Kensingt

ReStore Shuts Its Doors in East Kensington – Image from ReStore blog post announcing the closing After 15 years in business, ReStore of Philadelphia has packed it in. In a blog post today (March 28), ReStore’s owner announced, “I’m now going to REDUCE my life, RECYCLE what is left here, REUSE the earth’s bounty, and REINVENT myself.” Over the years, the store amassed an impressive collection of more than 30,000 items from 1930 and earlier that have graced stage sets, ho… http://ow.ly/8Fe850auzEq

There’s A Future for Young Professionals

There’s A Future for Young Professionals Here, Survey Finds – Philadelphia skyline | Photo: R. Kennedy for Visit Philadelphia According to the results of a survey released last week by the Chamber of Commerce for Greater Philadelphia, a whopping 93 percent of young professionals currently living in the area said that there was a good chance their next job would be in Philadelphia as well. And according to the figures reported in “Cultivating the Next Generation of Leade… http://ow.ly/nUIN50at6kM

Is Philly Facing a Post-Millennial Renta

Is Philly Facing a Post-Millennial Rental Crash? – Illustration by Melissa McFeeters Our apartment-building engine continues to chug along. Signs of activity recently sprouted on two more construction sites: Pearl Properties’ proposed 32-story apartment tower at 1910 Chestnut, and Southern Land Company’s high-rise at 1911 Walnut. The only problem? Finding enough people who want to live in them. Welcome to the world of “post-millennial” real estate. The prospect was floa… http://ow.ly/O8Ho50arH81

More Community-Building in Brewerytown,

More Community-Building in Brewerytown, Starting at $425K – Brewers Mill Townhomes | Renderings: Cadre Design via Agent PHL Last week, we showcased the one-home-at-a-time approach to transforming a rundown block with our Hard Hat Tour of 1423 N. Myrtlewood St. in Brewerytown. This week, we have an example of the package-deal approach: the Brewers Mill Townhomes project on the 1400 block of North 28th Street, a block and a half to the east. This development from Argo Pro… http://ow.ly/rhYa50apFRX

500 Walnut: Can You Top This? – “Thomas

500 Walnut: Can You Top This? – “Thomas Jefferson” welcomes invitees to today’s 500 Walnut topping-off ceremony and introduces developer Tom Scannapieco, to his left. Also on the podium, from left to right: Mayor Jim Kenney, architect Cecil Baker, Intech Construction President Will Schwartz and ULLICO Regional Manager Matthew Downs. | Photos: Sandy Smith; renderings: Cecil Baker + Partners via Scannapieco Development Is Tom Scannapieco a revolutionary? “Thomas Jefferson… http://ow.ly/osXV50aocnq