Scofflaw Developers Continue to Build on

Scofflaw Developers Continue to Build on City-Owned Land – The collapse of a building being demolished in 2013 that destroyed a Salvation Army thrift store triggered stepped-up city efforts to crack down on rogue developers. Those efforts have been less than effective, a new investigation reveals. | Photo: Sandy Smith via PhillyLiving.com, 2013 If you want to acquire city-owned land for your development, you should have all your permitting, licensing and tax-compliance … http://ow.ly/BGjJ50du4dk

These Are The 10 Most Affordable Homes i

These Are The 10 Most Affordable Homes in Fairmount – Fairmount’s four most affordable homes for sale right now are all inside this handsome Art Deco building. | TREND image via LYL Realty Group Our tour of homes with cool prices in hot neighborhoods lands in Fairmount this week. This rejeuvenated neighborhood just to the north of the Parkway and Art Museum boasts an eclectic dining scene, many attractive little residential streets, Eastern State Penitentiary for a neig… http://ow.ly/10Nz50dsLZN

Habitat: A Character Study in Rittenhous

Habitat: A Character Study in Rittenhouse – Living space: The walls of the home’s “public” spaces are wrapped in reclaimed whitewashed chestnut planks that are riddled with wormholes, creating interesting texture on a neutral backdrop. The exposed wood beams over the dining area create a natural separation that helps define the three connected spaces. Photograph by Jeffrey Totaro When the would-be owners of this Rittenhouse condo were house-hunting, they knew exactly wh… http://ow.ly/t9x050dqjvP

A Home With Character(s) in Wyndmoor for

A Home With Character(s) in Wyndmoor for $4.25M – “Ropsley,” 8745-65 Montgomery Ave., Wyndmoor, Pa. 19038 | Photos: Herb Engelsberg and Michael Brock via The Sivel Group The homes that Philadelphia’s “new money” built in Cheltenham Township were generally built to impress, none more so than the over-the-top and still-on-the-market Lynnewood Hall. And there were some very famous names associated with these mansions: Elkins. Widener. Wanamaker. Curtis. Stetson. Stotesbury… http://ow.ly/Tc8R50dovFV

Who’s Building Philly: Sean Schellenger

Who’s Building Philly: Sean Schellenger – Schellenger on the roof deck of one of his recently completed homes in Point Breeze. | Photos: Sandy Smith Developing property in Philadelphia resembles running an obstacle course. There are numerous permits a builder must receive in order to start even a project that can be built by right. And if a zoning variance is required, the builder needs to jump through several more hoops involving community groups and a zoning review bo… http://ow.ly/461650dlUrw

Meet the McMansion for Millennials – A k

Meet the McMansion for Millennials – A kitchen in a model T-Select home. Photo courtesy of Toll Brothers There’s been much wailing and gnashing of teeth in the real estate industry over what insiders see as a distressing trend among millennials: They aren’t buying houses at nearly the same rate as generations before them. “Over the next seven years, there are 10 million millennials who will turn 31, the most common age at which Americans buy their first home,” says Kevi… http://ow.ly/zxhA50di6GJ

Luxury for Less in East Kensington for $

Luxury for Less in East Kensington for $499K – 2107 E. Dauphin St., Philadelphia, Pa. 19125 | Photos via Todd Hovanec, Luminous Realty Do you love Fido as much as you love your spouse? (Or maybe even more?) Both of them will be thrilled to live in this rebuilt contemporary East Kensington rowhome. (The listing puts this home in Fishtown, but although it’s in Fishtown’s zip code, it’s actually on the Kensington side of Trenton Avenue.) It’s loaded with spaces and ameniti… http://ow.ly/96Th50dgiVf

Gracious Living (Updated) in Penn Valley

Gracious Living (Updated) in Penn Valley for $2.695M – 50 Righters Mill Rd., Penn Valley, Pa. 19072 | Photos: Herb Engelsberg and Michael Brock via The Sivel Group Main Line elegance has historically come in two principal flavors: opulent and understated. This handsome home in Penn Valley falls into the latter category. Designed in the early 1930s by noted local architect Erling H. Pedersen, this English country-style manor makes the most of its hillside location along … http://ow.ly/6hS350da8mJ

7 Funky Ways to Incorporate the Outdoors

7 Funky Ways to Incorporate the Outdoors Into Your Home – Photos | Beets canvas: Aliza Shlabach Photography; Cactus frame and dining room decor : Magnolia Photography Listen up everyone, it’s time to go green. And guess what? A green thumb isn’t required! Get your fix of the great outdoors, indoors. Here are seven fresh-feeling décor tips from top designers who think outside the planter. 1. Decorate with fruits and veggies.  “Green is the color of life. It’s an instant … http://ow.ly/OyNZ50d5RAt

Country Charm in Newtown Square for $575

Country Charm in Newtown Square for $575K – 1110 Stackhouse Mill Rd., Newtown Square, Pa. 19073 | TREND images via Swayne Real Estate Group George Washington’s lawyer slept near here. Okay, now that we’ve gotten such actual history as we know about this cute farmhouse-style home out of the way, we can focus on the home itself. This charming home on a Newtown Square street that could still be called a “country lane” is actually a relative newcomer to its neighborhood, da… http://ow.ly/fBpH50d4Ajp

Feibush Regroups After Point Breeze Arso

Feibush Regroups After Point Breeze Arson Fire – These homes destroyed in a May arson fire in Point Breeze have been cleared to their foundations and are being rebuilt. Developer Ori Feibush is building seven more like them as well – and they will cost more than they did before the fire. Photo | Sandy Smith The Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms (ATF) still has a $102,500 award sitting on the table for anyone who can lead them to the person or persons who torched a… http://ow.ly/QGEh50d3fwK

Best of Philly: The 5 Best Friends Your

Best of Philly: The 5 Best Friends Your Home Ever Had – Pipes never spring leaks on a plumber’s schedule. One of our Best of Philly picks this year will fix them when they happen. | Photo: Firmafotografen via iStock Need a plumber stat (that’s doc-speak for “right now”)? Want your friends and neighbors to gush over the way your home looks from the street — or sparkles on the inside? Want to replace those builder-grade kitchen cabinets with something truly original? Don’… http://ow.ly/SvWz50d1Vir

A Midcentury Modern Makeover in King of

A Midcentury Modern Makeover in King of Prussia – A model apartment living room at 251 DeKalb. | Photos: Sandy Smith Followers of this channel should be aware that midcentury modernism is now history. That is, it’s become the subject of preservationist interest and action to preserve and update its iconic buildings. This area saw three large midcentury modern apartment complexes rise over a span of about 15 years: Presidential City in the early 1950s, Park Towne Place i… http://ow.ly/s0fP50cXJIe

A New Window on Window Treatments – The

A New Window on Window Treatments – The new Hunter Douglas gallery at Allure Window Treatments in Old City. | Photos courtesy Allure Window Treatments If your idea of what you can do with your windows is still limited to blinds, shades and drapes, you’re missing out on a world of possibilities. The owners of Allure Window Treatments, a fixture on the Washington Avenue decor strip, have come to Old City’s design district to show you what you’re missing in a whole new way… http://ow.ly/h7M250cWkDG

At Last, More Accurate Rent Data – This

At Last, More Accurate Rent Data – This chart shows the difference in median rents in several cities using the various methodologies of the apartment search engines. Apartment List’s new values are in light blue; the old ones are in yellow. The figures here are for May 2017 data. You may have noticed that this section has not posted monthly data on rent trends in Philadelphia since April. We explained the reason why in our April 11 post reporting on rental trends as rep… http://ow.ly/4HaQ50cUUOG

Requiem for a “Little Marble House” – Th

Requiem for a “Little Marble House” – The Kantors’ summer home in Avalon, as it appeared in the summer of 2013… | Photo: Jim Meehan via Jack Vizzard, BHHS Fox & Roach Realtors Jersey Shore homes tend to stick to a fairly modest architectural language of wood shingles and beams, following a traditional architectural vocabulary with some connections to the New England shingle style. Which is why, when a Main Line matron with a passion for the art of 18th- and 19th-century… http://ow.ly/1yCu50cTsdd