Hard Hat Tour: Vue32, the Building – Vue

Hard Hat Tour: Vue32, the Building – Vue32 offers many amenities, but this is the one management’s counting on to wow the tenants. | Photos: Sandy Smith When we checked out the Vue32 project ten months ago, it was only barely rising from a hole in the ground. It’s progressed quite nicely since then, and its developer, Radnor Property Group (RPG), expects to open the first element of the mixed-use tower — a day care facility and preschool on its first two floors — someti… http://ow.ly/U8T550amGUz

Hard Hat Tour: 1423 N. Myrtlewood Street

Hard Hat Tour: 1423 N. Myrtlewood Street – The three-story house under construction on the right is the shape of things to come on North Myrtlewood Street. | Photos: Sandy Smith Most of the news you read on real estate and development sites like this one focuses on multi-unit projects that often take up the entire side of a block, or even a whole block. That’s one way to effect the transformation of a community. But there’s another: One house here, another there, then a… http://ow.ly/vca450albgi

Big Shot in Arm Proposed for North Phill

Big Shot in Arm Proposed for North Philly – A view of the proposed North Station District development’s first phase. | Rendering: Spagnolo Group Architecture A group of New York real estate investors has been working quietly behind the scenes to assemble land for a project that would be truly transformative for North Philadelphia. As of last Saturday, their project has come out of the shadows. The Philadelphia Inquirer reported March 18th that an investment syndicate le… http://ow.ly/iOL150ajE3M

That ’80s Home (2017 Revision) in NoLibs

That ’80s Home (2017 Revision) in NoLibs for $414K – 410 Poplar St., Philadelphia, Pa. 19123 | TREND images via Zillow “Let’s see, the listing says Northern Liberties. This place looks like Springfield circa 1980.” It really doesn’t matter which one: Delaware County, Montgomery County or “The Simpsons,” the cognitive dissonance is the same. This home’s builder must have come to the sudden realization mid-project that he wasn’t building a rancher, but he’d gone too far d… http://ow.ly/DYop50agaFm

The Condo Fees Are Too Damn High – The v

The Condo Fees Are Too Damn High – The value of the units they own may rise and fall with the market and the economy, but owners of condos like this one in New Hope will likely find that their HOA fees will only go up as the years pass. | TREND image via Addison Wolfe Real Estate Death, taxes and homeowners association fees. Two of those three are absolute certainties in life, but owners of condominiums or homes in developments with community amenities can also add that… http://ow.ly/UO3Y50ad7fF

New Senior Tower Owner to Residents: “Ge

New Senior Tower Owner to Residents: “Get Out!” – The John Fox Tower at 22nd and Market streets | Photo courtesy Vitus Group The building that opened 50 years ago as the Sidney Hillman Apartments at 22nd and Ludlow streets has a new name, a new owner and a new mission: To maximize the happiness of its older residents. The new name is the John Fox Tower, a name chosen to reduce confusion with other monuments to legendary garment workers’ union leader Sidney Hillman’s leg… http://ow.ly/aElK50abBjn

Hard Hat Tour: The Parish House – Craft-

Hard Hat Tour: The Parish House – Craft-brewed building: A Red Oak construction crew member works on the hinge of a custom door made from wood salvaged from the demolition of the parish house’s interior. The door will lead from this home’s finished basement rec room to the mechanical room. | Photos: Sandy Smith “God is in the details.” —Ludwig Mies van der Rohe God, then, continues to make his presence felt throughout the building that began life in 1912 as the parish h… http://ow.ly/oINk50aa215

Successor Sought for Applebee’s 15th Str

Successor Sought for Applebee’s 15th Street – Applebee’s on 15th Street looks like it may follow the restaurant it replaced, Bookbinders Sea Food House, into the ranks of eateries past. | Image from CBRE marketing brochure Spotted on the street in Center City this morning: a brochure (PDF) announcing that the space at 15th and Chancellor streets that’s currently home to an Applebee’s restaurant is available for lease. The brochure from CBRE Fameco touts the restaurant’s… http://ow.ly/Ml7E50a593x

Developers Duel for Right to Build on Ch

Developers Duel for Right to Build on Chinatown Block – Site plans for the two proposals: Pennrose’s on the left, Parkway’s on the right. | Renderings: WRT (left) / Cecil Baker & Partners (right) via Philadelphia Redevelopment Authority Two of Philly’s local development heavyweights, Pennrose Properties and Parkway Corporation, are duking it out for the right to develop a parcel of land the Philadelphia Redevelopment Authority owns on Chinatown’s eastern edge. This past… http://ow.ly/A1yy50a3DeF

Hard Hat Tour: Lokal – A model suite at

Hard Hat Tour: Lokal – A model suite at Lokal. | Photos: Sandy Smith The PHLCVB, of course, wants you to Visit Philadelphia®. The owner of Lokal, a new boutique hotel opening next month on North 3rd Street in Old City, wants you to see it like a native. To help you do that, he’s made himself scarce and outfitted the suites so that you can settle in like a resident. The six-unit hotel with a salon on the street floor is in the final stages of construction. Two model suit… http://ow.ly/PyyT50a2475

10 Hottest Suburban Philadelphia Towns –

10 Hottest Suburban Philadelphia Towns – West Chester: The Buzzy Borough That Only Gets Better Downtown West Chester | Photograph by Jeff Fusco By the Numbers 15% Five-year change in home value in West Chester While planning committees around the region rush to give their downtowns the Oprah makeover treatment, West Chester only has to ponder how to improve an already vibrant borough — one with more than 65 places to eat and drink and quality independent boutiques. Volu… http://ow.ly/HJVG509Z1tp

An Instant House for $10K: Just Print It

An Instant House for $10K: Just Print It and Go – This 400-square-foot home took just over a day to complete and equip. | Photo: Designboom From Moscow comes a novel solution to the affordable-housing problem: A tiny home that took just 24 hours to build from start to finish and cost just slightly more than $10,000 to build. Whoops, did we say “build”? We meant “print.” Designboom has the skinny on the instant house, created by Russian 3D-printing construction company A… http://ow.ly/zLPr509WWLW

Second East Market Apartment Tower Echoe

Second East Market Apartment Tower Echoes a Grande Dame – Partial view of the second apartment tower at East Market. | Rendering: Morris Adjmi Architects and BLT Architects via National Real Estate Development LLC National Real Estate Development, LLC (NRED), the union-affiliated development firm that’s behind the East Market mixed-use development, yesterday announced that it had closed on a $57 million loan from Wells Fargo that will allow work to commence on the proje… http://ow.ly/DGiK509Vw6n

Residential Tower Proposed for U-City Si

Residential Tower Proposed for U-City Site – The proposed apartment tower at 4125 Chestnut St. | Rendering: KCA Design Associates Philly.com reports that a developer is proposing to build a 17-story residential tower with retail space on the site of the Wash ‘n’ Lube car wash at 4125 Chestnut St. in West Philadelphia. KCA Design Associates has submitted plans to Civic Design Review for the tower, which will contain 240 apartments, 4,158 square feet of retail space on th… http://ow.ly/GHJ3509TY7a

On the Drawing Board: Living XXL in Fran

On the Drawing Board: Living XXL in Franklintown – The NOVO Philly development. | Renderings: Atrium Design Studio From the architect who brought you 7inSPIRE and a good chunk of Northern Liberties comes something huge: 10 luxurious, light-filled townhomes just off Logan Square, right across from the Latter-day Saints’ meetinghouse, temple and apartment tower. The project is called NOVO Philly, and its architect, Shimi Zakin, has upped his usual stylish game with these … http://ow.ly/mmnz509QQSC

What $500K Will Buy You in Northern Libe

What $500K Will Buy You in Northern Liberties – 901 N. Penn St., Unit R2203, Philadelphia, Pa. 19123 | TREND image via Zillow The once proclaimed “up-and-coming neighborhood” of Northern Liberties has proved over the past two decades that it’s here to stay. Once pockmarked with abandoned factories and dated rowhomes, the area has transformed itself into a hip town of trendy bars, restaurants, and cafes and has easily become a millennial’s dream spot to someday call home… http://ow.ly/NcEA509NeZq

Live Like a du Pont in Wilmington for $5

Live Like a du Pont in Wilmington for $5.5M – 900 OId Kennett Rd., Wilmington, Del. 19807 | Photos and TREND images via Long & Foster Real Estate We usually don’t venture beyond Southeastern Pennsylvania in search of outstanding homes. But every so often, an outstanding home within the Philadelphia region but outside the five counties comes to our attention. This magnificent estate in Wilmington’s tony northwest suburbs is one of those. Located in the middle of a 550-ac… http://ow.ly/miGa509LHYf

6 Upcoming DIY Decor Workshops You Don’t

6 Upcoming DIY Decor Workshops You Don’t Want to Miss – iStockphoto.com As a homeowner (or even a creative and savvy renter), there’s nothing more satisfying than successfully completing a DIY project in your home. Every time you look at, say, the tile backsplash you installed yourself, you find yourself beaming with pride. And I can tell you from experience that the feeling never really goes away. If you’re looking to up your DIY ante, check out these upcoming local wo… http://ow.ly/nLPo509K6kF

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