Collingswood Buys Ugly Houses Too – Coll

Collingswood Buys Ugly Houses Too – Collingswood Borough officials hope buyers will flip over the abandoned homes they’re buying and restoring to stop blight before it spreads. | Photo: Emma Lee/WHYY The abandoned homes of Collingswood may not be in as dire shape as that “Ugliest House in America” we told you about last week, but they are every bit as much a drag on its neighborhoods as that disaster in Springfield was. To help combat the blight, borough officials are t… http://ow.ly/TYJ8509IqDR

Main Line Monday: Worldly Comfort in Way

Main Line Monday: Worldly Comfort in Wayne for $925K – 516 W. Beechtree Ln., Wayne, Pa. 19087 | Images via Houwzer Real Estate From the outside, you’d hardly be able to distinguish this colonial from the many others speckled throughout the Main Line. However, step inside and that will absolutely change – this sunlit open-concept home is a masterpiece. Built in 1928 and completely renovated since then, this four-bedroom property adequately maintains some of its historica… http://ow.ly/67ib509GQAO

What $500K Will Buy You in Rydal – 1017

What $500K Will Buy You in Rydal – 1017 Lindsay Lane, Rydal, Pa. 19046 | TREND image via Kurfiss Sotheby’s International Realty Back before Willow Grove Park Mall, Jenkintown was the shopping center of the northern suburbs. The department stores have all departed now, but the town retains its walkable charm, and it’s the hub of the north-side SEPTA Regional Rail system: its train station is the busiest outside of Center City. Just up the road and two stops up the SEPTA … http://ow.ly/iw5I509Dagx

How to Transform the Look of Your Home i

How to Transform the Look of Your Home in One Weekend – A master bedroom in Doylestown | Photo courtesy East Coast Creative Designer and DIY maven Monica Mangin might live in Bucks County — “I live in the woods, and I love it,” she says — but she knows all about the unique design challenges facing those of us who live in classic Philly rowhomes. The DIYer-turned-blogger-turned-TV host-turned entrepreneur and owner of East Coast Creative has bestowed her talents and aest… http://ow.ly/wMSe509BBAv

Philly Home Buyers Break Even Faster Now

Philly Home Buyers Break Even Faster Now, Report Says – It doesn’t take all that long for buying to be cheaper than renting – just two years, six months, according to Zillow’s latest “Breakeven Horizon” report. Generally speaking, buying beats renting in the long run for most people seeking a place to live. And the recent runup in local house values means that home buyers here reach the break-even point for buying a little sooner than they did last year, according to fi… http://ow.ly/Rlur509zX0w

Luxe Loft in NoLibs for $639.9K – 1147 N

Luxe Loft in NoLibs for $639.9K – 1147 N. 4th St., Philadelphia, Pa. 19123 | Photos: Daniel Sandoval, The Somers Team Are you the type who drools over the high-tech industrial aesthetic? Have we got a home for you. One of the finest examples of that style in the city, a spacious, bi-level corner penthouse condo in Northern Liberties’ Cigar Factory, is now on the market. Its chic factor is through the wood-beamed, steel-supported roof, enhanced by exposed ductwork and br… http://ow.ly/kOir509yeCG

The Divine Lorraine, Reborn – Maybe it’s

The Divine Lorraine, Reborn – Maybe it’s the ornate arrangement of windows and balconies. Or the neon sign that loomed dark for 15 years. Or the courtyard that splits the building in half, blurring the lines between inside and out. Or maybe it’s all these things that have made the 122-year-old Divine Lorraine Hotel on North Broad Street one of the most remarked-upon works of architecture in Philadelphia, on everyone’s short list of favorite buildings. Just look at it, a… http://ow.ly/6u8Z509uPCt

Single and Looking for Love in Philly? Y

Single and Looking for Love in Philly? You’re In Luck – Pixabay.com If you fear your impending “singleness” this upcoming Valentine’s Day, stop it right now. You’re not alone – apparently a large portion of your fellow Philadelphians are single too. According to a new report by Trulia (and yes, we’re referring to the online residential real estate site and not some sketchy online dating service), about 58.4 percent of men and 65 percent of women are single in Philadelph… http://ow.ly/xXKp509sus3

Mortgages are Affordable All Over Greate

Mortgages are Affordable All Over Greater Philly: Study – iStockphoto.com | f11photo In some United States metropolitan areas, the demand for jobs and amenities within a given city is causing the value of homes to far surpass homebuyers’ incomes. The result? Inequality, as some housing markets become completely unavailable to lower income families. The good news, though, is that even in some metropolitan areas where homebuyers face the biggest mortgage burdens, some cit… http://ow.ly/bFtR509qAnA

CDR Panel Gives Toll Jewelers Row Tower

CDR Panel Gives Toll Jewelers Row Tower a Mixed Review – The CDR panel’s advice to Toll’s architect: Make this building modern or make it neotraditional, but make it one or the other. | Rendering: SLCE Architects Toll Brothers City Living’s proposal for a 29-story residential tower with ground-floor retail on Jewelers Row went before the design doctors yesterday (February 7th). Their diagnosis: The building suffers from a case of architectural schizophrenia. Curbed Phil… http://ow.ly/vU1D509owU2

Former Trump Site Becomes Turnkey Develo

Former Trump Site Becomes Turnkey Development Opportunity – The ready-to-build development at Pier 35 1/2. | Rendering: Cecil Baker + Partners via Shovel Ready Projects LLC Attention, developers! Shovel Ready Projects LLC has such a deal for you. It’s 2.13 acres of prime Delaware waterfront property just north of Delaware Avenue and Spring Garden Street in the Central Waterfront District. Pier 35 1/2, where Donald Trump had announced plans for a high-rise condo tower se… http://ow.ly/JtHw509mlcT

Stately Wayne Manor Gets an Agent – and

Stately Wayne Manor Gets an Agent – and a Haircut – 100 Pembroke Ave. in Wayne has been relisted with an actual real estate agent. | TREND image via Zillow Recall that gorgeous brick English Gothic mansion in Wayne we featured as our Jawdropper of the Week back on January 17th? Apparently, its owner has decided that the no-frills approach to selling it wasn’t working, despite Simple Choice Realty’s claims about its flat-fee listing service: “It’s Easy, It’s Affordable, … http://ow.ly/aqtN509k03I

Knight Cities Finalists Break Bread in P

Knight Cities Finalists Break Bread in Public Places – “Night markets” in neighborhoods across the city have become popular tools for unifying and showcasing communities. One might say that this year’s Knight Cities Challenge might produce a number of “Knight markets” that will have community bridge-building as a more explicit goal. It’s been demonstrated in many ways that Philadelphians love good food. They also cherish the public spaces that allow them to relax and ga… http://ow.ly/OKzL509f6D9

Rent Report Roundup: Rent Hikes Leveling

Rent Report Roundup: Rent Hikes Leveling Off, At Least – The major apartment-search sites all reported a softening of rent increases in February, but the trend curves were all over the map. | iStock photo The three major apartment search engines all released their monthly rent surveys for February this week, and with one notable exception, they report that rents continued to rise from January to February. The monthly Zumper Rental Price Index still has Philadelphia as t… http://ow.ly/YhZL509aS2j

Masterman Tops Keystone Exam Rankings –

Masterman Tops Keystone Exam Rankings – Another survey, another first-place ranking for Masterman. | Photo: Public domain image by Smallbones from Wikimedia Commons Thanks to a law passed in 2016, passing the Keystone exams won’t be a graduation requirement for Pennsylvania high school students for another two years. But that doesn’t keep them from being used right now to judge the quality of the state’s public high schools. Thus the Philadelphia Business Journal has co… http://ow.ly/mZMq5098EF9

Toll’s Tower Design: An Almost Successfu

Toll’s Tower Design: An Almost Successful Compromise – The Sansom Street elevation of the proposed Toll Brothers condo tower. | Rendering: SLCE Architects Given that the controversial condo tower Toll Brothers City Living plans to build at the east end of Jewelers Row is a by-right project, it really wasn’t necessary for the company to meet with neighboring building and business owners to discuss its plans. But it did, and given what it was proposing to build and where,… http://ow.ly/fn7h5096mHy

Habitat: Bespoke Tailoring in Rittenhous

Habitat: Bespoke Tailoring in Rittenhouse – Master bathroom. Photography by Jason Varney Moody, masculine style often gets an unfair rap: man caves, blob-like leather recliners, walls dominated by hulking flat-screens. But a local entrepreneur’s Federal-style townhome just off Rittenhouse Square defies convention thanks to a trio of pros who brought his overarching design directive — a European feel, the sort you get when wearing a finely tailored Savile Row suit — to l… http://ow.ly/FVzF50947wh

Who’s Building Philly: Rahil Raza – A co

Who’s Building Philly: Rahil Raza – A completed Raza Properties home at 2824 W. Master St. in Brewerytown, currently on the market. | TREND image via Raza Properties “Workforce housing” is one of the buzzwords du jour in the local development lexicon. Elected officials and builders alike see it as key to shoring up lower-income neighborhoods and ensuring that socioeconomic diversity survives in gentrifying ones. Rahil Raza, founder and CEO of Raza Properties, grew up in… http://ow.ly/hICD5091qIM

Three Philly Neighborhoods to Watch in 2

Three Philly Neighborhoods to Watch in 2017 – Spruce Hill’s substantial rowhomes and twins are popular with the Penn crowd. | Photo: Plan Philly/Eyes on the Street, used under CC-BY-NC-ND 2.0 The online brokerage Redfin has released its list of the “Hottest Neighborhoods for 2017,” and while none of the 10 hottest neighborhoods nationwide are in Philadelphia, it did offer up its choices for the three hottest neighborhoods in the city. Topping the list is Spruce Hill in … http://ow.ly/3NFX508XcKN

10 Philly Bathrooms You’ll Swoon Over –

10 Philly Bathrooms You’ll Swoon Over – I’m about a third of the way through a DIY bathroom renovation at the moment, so you’ll forgive me if all I can think about is a gorgeous finished bathroom to call my own. It’s going fine. Just, you know, slow. Even though I’ve got a plan in mind, I can’t seem to keep myself from scouring the internet for nuggets of design inspiration. After all, the beauty of a slow DIY re-do is that it’s never too late to swap a paint color, or … http://ow.ly/fqit508UXQI

Hard Hat Tour: The Amperium – The future

Hard Hat Tour: The Amperium – The future home of Riverwards Produce. Work on the apartments upstairs is further along. | Photos: Sandy Smith unless otherwise noted Over on Be Well Philly, Aduja Fisher was positively jubilant about the news that Riverwards Produce, which operated a pop-up produce market in Fishtown this past summer, will become a permanent tenant of the first floor of a converted firehouse at 2200 E. Norris St. starting sometime in March. Over here on Pr… http://ow.ly/xJU3508SDOX

Midtown II Diner Site to Become High-End

Midtown II Diner Site to Become High-End Restaurant – Google Street View Rittenhouse Realty Advisors this week announced the $3.85 million sale of the recently shuttered Midtown II restaurant location in Center City. The Midtown Village/Washington Square West spot, at 122-124 South 11th Street, is directly across the street from Jefferson University Hospital and had been the diner’s home since 1974. According to Rittenhouse Realty Advisors, the new, undisclosed owner wa… http://ow.ly/rfUW508NeTr