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

Hard Hat Tour: Jack & Jill – The stairwe

Hard Hat Tour: Jack & Jill – The stairwell of 1903 E. Arizona St. at the second-floor level. | Photos: Sandy Smith “When are you going to clean up the outside?” That’s what some East Kensington residents asked Red Oak Development principal Anthony Giacobbe about 2401 Emerald St., the crystal-like townhouse covered in Cor-Ten steel that was featured on Property right after Memorial Day. Well, Red Oak is at it again, and East Kensingtonians are simply going to have to get… http://ow.ly/G1Ty50cOw7G

Jawdropper of the Week: A New Gem in Old

Jawdropper of the Week: A New Gem in Old City for $1.425M – 151 N. 2nd St. #1, Philadelphia, Pa. 19106 | TREND images via BHHS Fox & Roach Realtors The increasing popularity of the new Old City is making it increasingly difficult to score square footage in the hot neighborhood. But this chic townhouse, just steps away from Elfreth’s Alley, restaurants and shops, seamlessly inserts space and storage into the city landscape. The main living area is expertly lit with large… http://ow.ly/1Ief50cN9MV

3737 Chestnut Changes Hands for $118M –

3737 Chestnut Changes Hands for $118M – 3737 Chestnut, shown here in an architect’s rendering, was just sold for $118 million. | Rendering: BLT Architects via Radnor Property Group One of the first of the new high-rise apartment towers that are reshaping the University City skyline has a new owner: Radnor Property Group announced today that it had sold 3737 Chestnut, a project developed in partnership with the Philadelphia Episcopal Cathedral, to a joint venture of Korm… http://ow.ly/E2Zs50cLE1R

Philly Just Misses the Top 10 for Green

Philly Just Misses the Top 10 for Green Building – Most of Center City’s office buildings are Energy Star certified, a major contributor to the region’s strong showing on the annual Green Building Adoption index. | Photo: J. Fusco for Visit Philadelphia™ How green is Philadelphia? Pretty darn green, according to the researchers at CBRE and Maastricht University who produce the annual Green Building Adoption Index. But we’re not quite as green as we were last year. We’re… http://ow.ly/rv3w50cKb33

Ikea is Hosting “College Life Your Way”

Ikea is Hosting “College Life Your Way” Event this Weekend – Young woman shopping for furniture in a furniture store, using her tablet computer to compare prices/check for dimensions | Image via iStock by Getty Images Attention all nervous parents and future freshmen: stop panicking! We know getting ready for college can be stressful–and expensive. New bedding. New furniture. New school. New roommates. Ikea has made it easy and convenient to check the big ticket items o… http://ow.ly/mXc050cIGJp

A Room of One’s Own – Illustration by Me

A Room of One’s Own – Illustration by Melissa McFeeters Open-plan main floors have been so popular for so long with both builders and buyers that anything else is hard to find — at least, in new or newly renovated homes. “I think open plans have been desirable for buyers here because homes are so narrow. They allow for the best entertaining,” offers Kelly Straka, owner of interior design firm Lux-Living and builder-broker Custom Philly Homes. And if the slew of house-fl… http://ow.ly/rkw450cHiFN

Rustic Corner Loft in Callowhill for $38

Rustic Corner Loft in Callowhill for $389.9K – 428-440 N. 13th St. #3H, Philadelphia, Pa. 19123 | TREND images via Keller Williams Realty After nearly a decade of fundraising and advocacy, The Rail Park project is forging ahead. Work is under way on the initial segment of a multi-phase project that will transform a former Reading Railroad right-of-way into a lush linear park through a neighborhood that needs one. Philadelphians are all over the blossoming hot spot, and … http://ow.ly/3Q6C50cFk0F

Hard Hat Tour: 1213 Walnut – The café-st

Hard Hat Tour: 1213 Walnut – The café-style community great room at 1213 Walnut. | Photos: Sandy Smith; renderings: Design Collective via Goldenberg Group Philadelphia’s newest hotel is in its home stretch, sprinting towards an August opening. Wait, did I say “hotel”? Forgive me, for I had a momentary lapse of memory in recalling what I was touring at 1213 Walnut St. The building that local wags had dubbed the “Fergie Tower” is being referred to by that moniker much les… http://ow.ly/dewz50cwl7b

Renting 101: How to Avoid the Summertime

Renting 101: How to Avoid the Summertime Scam – If the offer looks like pie in the sky, it probably is. | Image: ElyssaHo via iStock You may have thought you had finished school, but we think it’s time to go back for a much-needed summer-school session on the basic renting dos and don’ts, especially now that the high rental season is upon us. At this time of year, many would-be renters end up both without a home and in a hole because they fell for an online apartment li… http://ow.ly/uTit50cuR3O

Kids Get In on the Construction Act at O

Kids Get In on the Construction Act at One Ardmore Place – Construction crew members from Harkins Builders were on hand to show off the genuine articles at the One Ardmore Place construction site during Saturday’s “Big Dig” street carnival. | Photos: Ardmore Initiative The little Bob and Betty the Builders out Ardmore way who have been spending all this time gazing at “Real-Life Monster Construction Equipment for Kids” videos finally got a chance to get up close and per… http://ow.ly/x9RA50ctlns

Historic School in Havertown Could Bite

Historic School in Havertown Could Bite the Dust – 516 S. Eagle Rd. in Havertown, built in 1883 as “Public School No. 2.” | Google Street View image One of the oldest schoolhouses in Delaware County could cease to exist, depending on who buys it at an auction scheduled for tomorrow evening in Haverford Township. The building at 516 S. Eagle Rd. in Havertown looks like just another small single-family cottage home. But it was built in 1883 as “Public School No. 2.” The D… http://ow.ly/hDAA50cqjln

Seven Inspiring Jersey Shore Houses – Ou

Seven Inspiring Jersey Shore Houses – Our Shore homes are the unfussy counterparts to our city and suburban sprawls — a little more comfortable, a lot less serious. But they pose a design dilemma: How to embrace a loosened-up vibe without veering into trite beach-house trappings? Consider this your idea book: seven inspiring Shore homes (you know, the ones you’ve always secretly wanted to peek inside) that go beyond shells and starfish for true seaside style. Rooms With… http://ow.ly/sdyh50coUGF

Old-Time Comfort in Pipersville for $725

Old-Time Comfort in Pipersville for $725K – 6830 Tohickon Hill Rd., Pipersville, Pa. 18947 | Photos and TREND images via Addison Wolfe Real Estate If your tastes run towards the Victorian but you still enjoy all the comforts of modern living, we’ve got just the place for you. This 1825 farmhouse in Pipersville, Bucks County, underwent a complete renovation not too long ago. The redo added a bunch of modern features throughout the home in a way that kept its 19th-century… http://ow.ly/7mN650cmTKq

Vincent Kling House Restoration Wins Con

Vincent Kling House Restoration Wins Conservation Award – K Yoder Design’s restoration of a midcentury modern home in Gladwyne designed by Vincent Kling received a 2017 Citation of Merit from Docomomo US. Docomomo US, the American branch of the worldwide organization devoted to the “documentation and conservation of the buildings, sites and neighborhoods of the modern movement,” has bestowed one of its highest honors on a sensitive restoration of one of the few resident… http://ow.ly/9ceD50cjSDo

Trinity Tuesday: Suburban Quiet in Fitle

Trinity Tuesday: Suburban Quiet in Fitler Square for $380K – 2136 Tryon St., Philadelphia, Pa. 19146 | TREND images via Keller Williams Realty Center City Not all of the little streets in Center City are equal. Some are just more charming than others. Tryon Street, a one-block lane sandwiched between the 2100 blocks of Lombard and Naudain streets near Fitler Square, falls into this category with its lush greenery and red-brick warmth. Both of these elements spill over i… http://ow.ly/kOkb50cildV