Single-Family Workforce Housing Comes to

Single-Family Workforce Housing Comes to East Poplar – Philadelphia Redevelopment Authority Executive Director Greg Heller (fifth from left), City Council President Darrell Clarke (to the right of Heller), representatives of BMK Properties and its parent The Riverwards Group and representatives of the East Poplar RCO and Meridian Bank pose after the formal ribbon-cutting May 24. | Photo: The Riverwards Group Late on Wednesday morning (May 24th) in East Poplar, City Coun… http://ow.ly/s6ux50bJH3w

9 Doormats That Say Exactly the Right Th

9 Doormats That Say Exactly the Right Thing – iStock/KenWiedemann Tis the season for sprucing up your stoop. If your doormat didn’t survive the winter and you’re searching for a replacement, allow me to point you to several that say, well, everything — whether you’re feeling sassy, welcoming or a bit of both.  Hey Good Lookin’ doormat, $29 at West Elm Sup doormat, $50 at Nordstrom I Dare You To Ring The Doorbell Doormat, $45 on Etsy Be Happy doormat, $45 on Etsy Welcome… http://ow.ly/Th9550bIbLa

Hard Hat Tour: The Adams – The wraps are

Hard Hat Tour: The Adams – The wraps are still on the cabinets and appliances in this almost-finished apartment in the Adams. Most of the units on the 12th floor are move-in ready, though one isn’t yet because it’s being used for construction staging. | Photos: Sandy Smith Post Brothers’ Presidential City Rejuvenation Derby has entered the home stretch. When it’s finished, the iconic four-building apartment complex erected in 1951-53 by prolific Philadelphia builder Joh… http://ow.ly/abAV50bGIZh

Old House, Young Soul in Northern Libert

Old House, Young Soul in Northern Liberties for $489K – 841 N. Lawrence St., Philadelphia, Pa. 19123 | Photos via Janet Ames, RE/MAX Executive Realty The little homes of Northern Liberties present modest faces to the outside world, and many of them still possess equally modest hearts. Not this one, however. For its 100th birthday in 2010, its owner gave it a stunningly modern heart and soul, one that bespeaks both style and sophistication. Actually, to characterize this… http://ow.ly/yK0r50bFb12

Narberth Church to Fall, Apartments to T

Narberth Church to Fall, Apartments to Take Its Place – Bye-bye, oldest church in Narberth; hello, 20 new apartments. | Google Street View image It would be inaccurate to say that Narberth Borough officials are thrilled at the prospect, but the Borough Council did vote 5-1 on May 17th to okay owner Jason Gordon’s plan to demolish the vacant Baptist Church of the Evangel at 198 Elmwood Ave. and build a 20-unit apartment building on its site. In fact, as Main Line Media N… http://ow.ly/2bwM50bBPGE

The Divine Lorraine, (All But) Ready For

The Divine Lorraine, (All But) Ready For Its Closeup – The lobby of the Divine Lorraine Hotel, the one remaining part of the restoration project to be completed. | Photos: Sandy Smith I came to yesterday’s (Wednesday, May 17th) Urban Land Institute Philadelphia-sponsored tour of the Divine Lorraine Hotel prepared to be skeptical, for while I’d seen the marvelous raw material developer Eric Blumenfeld had to work with in the lobby on a prior visit, I’d also seen some ear… http://ow.ly/GBH650bAmnn

First-Time Find: Upgraded in East Mt. Ai

First-Time Find: Upgraded in East Mt. Airy for $255K – 931 E. Durard St., Philadelphia, Pa. 19150 | TREND images via RE/MAX Keystone The sunny streets of upper East Mt. Airy are filled with beautifully maintained homes that make great first rungs on the homeownership ladder. This is one of those homes. Built in 1950, this roomy twin is the beneficiary of a recent top-to-bottom rehab that turned its interior into a comfortable space for modern living. Its attractive fron… http://ow.ly/bDL150byO0F

Wawa Coming to East Market – Architect’s

Wawa Coming to East Market – Architect’s rendering of Ludlow tower with Wawa on ground floor: BLT Architects via National Real Estate Development Remember when Wawa stores were thick on the ground all over Center City and adjacent neighborhoods? Looks like they will be once again, for this morning, in a news conference fueled by plenty of free Wawa coffee, officials at National Real Estate Development (National Development) announced their latest tenant signing for the … http://ow.ly/ALEH50bxizp

43 New Townhouses Coming to Northern Lib

43 New Townhouses Coming to Northern Liberties – Rendering of Liberty Square townhouse project by Atrium Design Studio via PRDC Properties This landed in the Property inbox a few days ago: an announcement from PRDC Properties that it would soon begin work on a 43-unit townhouse development at the southern edge of Northern Liberties. Designed by Atrium Design Studio, the project hits all the usual high notes: sleek modern design with brick, steel and glass outside, and r… http://ow.ly/wnH250bsr9F

Who’s Building Philly: Ken Weinstein – P

Who’s Building Philly: Ken Weinstein – Philly Office Retail specializes in rehabilitation and adaptive reuse of buildings like the historic Cunningham Piano factory in Germantown, which it is planning to convert to street-level retail with apartments above. | Photo: Philly Office Retail An idea that has been gaining steam of late among developers and planners is “social impact development.” This relatively recent concept marries the market to social change and community… http://ow.ly/x65U50bnZ7X

Zillow Launches New Site for First-Time

Zillow Launches New Site for First-Time Homebuyers – Image courtesy of Zillow Calling all millennials (and anyone else) on the hunt for that perfect first home: Zillow just launched a new real estate brand to help you on your search. Brace yourselves, folks, because things are about to get crazy. RealEstate.com, Zillow’s new platform that debuted on Tuesday, allows potential homebuyers to search for homes like never before – by the monthly payment and down payment they … http://ow.ly/UC9o50bj4rp

Carl Dranoff Takes the Wraps Off One Riv

Carl Dranoff Takes the Wraps Off One Riverside – (Left to right) Planning and Development Director Anne Fadullon, Carl Dranoff, City Council member Kenyatta Johnson (D-2nd District) and Managing Director Mike DeBerardinis cut the ribbon to mark the official opening of One Riverside May 2nd. | Photo: Sandy Smith Surrounded by examples from each of the stages of his career as a developer here in Philadelphia, Carl Dranoff officially cut the ribbon on his latest contributi… http://ow.ly/nev450bgagr

A Face-Saving Gesture for the Royal Thea

A Face-Saving Gesture for the Royal Theater – The South Street facade of the planned residential-retail development. | Renderings: JKRP Architects We now know what the residential project that will rise behind the front wall of the Royal Theater in the 1600 block of South Street will look like. That’s because the site’s owner, Sarasota, Fla.-based developer and medical research backer Robert Roskamp is ready to proceed with the project, which hews closely to plans devel… http://ow.ly/W3s750bdamF

How Philly Can Avoid a Skyline of Bland,

How Philly Can Avoid a Skyline of Bland, Boxy High-Rises – Photo by Jauhien Sasnou. As one of the city’s most accomplished architects, Cecil Baker has set the pace for modern living spaces for 35 years. (He’s the brains behind the Western Union Building, 500 Walnut, Inglis Gardens and One Riverside, to name a few.) And as a member of the city’s four-year-old Civic Design Review panel, he also holds sway over future design. He’s not shy about voicing his opinion, either:… http://ow.ly/SXQO50bbUgL

8 Ways to Turn Your Tiny Back Patio Into

8 Ways to Turn Your Tiny Back Patio Into a Gorgeous Oasis – The Inspiration: A coolly laid-back patio by Australian-based Quercus Gardens | Photo: Robert Walsh Photography/Landsberg Garden Design Transform a sad slab of concrete into an inviting outdoor oasis with cheery accessories, space-conscious furniture and greenery galore. Take a cue from our inspiration photo above — then sit back, relax and enjoy your paradise.  Wood slat bench, $315 at Cost Plus World Market. … http://ow.ly/45FB50b9SGt

Tea and a House Tour in Overbrook Farms

Tea and a House Tour in Overbrook Farms May 7 – Where the Main Line got its start: Historic Overbrook Farms opens itself up to you on its annual house tour May 7. | Photo by Smallbones via Wikimedia Commons, licensed under CC-BY-SA 3.0 The Main Line actually begins on the Philadelphia side of the city line,in the historic neighborhood known as Overbrook Farms. And on May 7, you can see how the birthplace of the Main Line is faring now on the Overbrook Farms Club’s annua… http://ow.ly/cSbP50b8qf0

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