Seven Unit Building On Tap For Brewerytown Block

The 1500 block of N. Stillman St. is way up into Brewerytown, three blocks from Girard Avenue and closer to the PHA Sharswood construction than it is to most of the market rate development in the area. Despite this block being a little off the beaten path, Design Pro Development is just getting started on a 7-unit building here. As is often the case in this part of town, h/t to @genbrewerytown for tipping us [...]
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We Finally Made Our Way to Riverwards Produce

We don't know whether it's true, but it sure feels like people are eating healthier these days. Farmer's markets have proliferated all over the city and it seems that every coffee shop in town offers a CSA pickup. Whole Foods opened a huge new location at the end of last year, and we're getting a Sprouts in the very near future. $10 smoothies are a thing, and the places that sell them aren't going out of business. [...]
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Looks Like Ellsworth Street Property Will Be Developed After Long Delay

1402 Ellsworth St. is a roughly 1,500 sqft vacant lot in Point Breeze which is pretty much irrelevant in the grand scheme of things, but somehow we've written about it three times previously. And now here we go, writing about it again. To provide a little history, we first wrote about the property  in 2011, when there was still a building there. Back then, developers proposed an addition to the building to turn it into a triplex, [...]
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Demolition Finally On Tap For One Story Building in Spruce Hill

Spruce Hill has some of the most beautiful architecture in the city, with a mix of Victorian homes, Gothic apartment buildings, and more decorative columns than you can shake a stick at. At the intersection of 46th & Spruce, we see examples of some of the types of buildings that make this neighborhood so impressive. Attractive building on the SW corner Amazing building on the NE corner The southeast corner of the intersection though, is home [...]
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Too Late to Buy a Trinity Next to the South Street Bridge

There's a row of seven town homes at 2700 South St. which catch our eye every time we cross over the South Street Bridge, mostly because looking at them is a much more enjoyable experience than looking at the monolithic AT&T Building across the street. These homes are also very satisfying architecturally, as they present a uniform front of window heights and intact cornices, with each facade painted a different color. We never realized until today [...]
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Unique Building Rotting Away Near 17th & Venango

We were driving around North Philly the other day, hot on the trail of a reader tip regarding some new construction on Tioga Street, near Temple Hospital. While we didn't find the construction we were looking for, we did stumble upon a rather unique building on 17th Street, just south of Venango. The building is sitting vacant and has clearly been slowly decomposing for a number of years. It was only after getting in front [...]
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Aloft Hotel Lobby Left Us Dazzled

The Liberty Title & Trust Building at 101 N. Broad St. was built in 1929, rather unfortunate timing for a bank building. Over the years, it was home to a number of different tenants, with the Water Department being the most recent occupant. That was back in the 1990s though, and the building has sat vacant ever since. Somehow, it dodged the wrecking ball when the Convention Center expanded, though it continued to languish under the ownership of [...]
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Zoning Notice Next to Vacancy on Baltimore Avenue

We've had our eye on the 5000 block of Baltimore Avenue for awhile now, watching as it has slowly improved. We've seen new businesses open on the block, like bar-restaurant Booker's, event space Petit Fete, and artsy gift shop Vix Emporium. We've seen plans come and go without coming to fruition, like an idea to expand the Mercy Wellness Center along the southern side of the block via eminent domain. And most recently, we watched [...]
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Queen Village Mansion Going to Auction Next Month

How is it possible that we've never noticed 113 Bainbridge St. during our many years traipsing about the city? In case you're not familiar, there's a huge mansion located at this address, a home that spans five lots in one of the most desirable neighborhoods in town. Where did this mansion come from? How did the owners manage to cobble together the land to build this thing? Why wasn't it on our radar until now? [...]
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Home For Sale in Columbus, Straight Out of a Horror Movie

It's easy to get stuck in our little Philadelphia real estate bubble, and because it's our area of expertise (it's in our name, after all) we don't commonly cover real estate in other places. On Facebook last week, a friend posted a real estate listing from Columbus, Ohio, and it got us thinking that it could be worth featuring the occasional listing/opportunity from outside the city. Plus, this particular listing has something especially unique to offer. [...]
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