A long wooded vacant and somewhat dismal corner in Fairmount is now all but transformed. When we passed by 23rd & Brandywine last week, the four homes we wrote about earlier this winter were close to being completed. Some final brick or stucco work along Brandywine Street appeared to be the last thing needed in order for the exteriors to be completed.
We first wondered about the lot in the fall of 2011 when we spotted zoning announcements at the site. At that time, we found it curious that such a rough looking patch could have survived in such an established neighborhood for many years. But as you can see, it is vacant no more. After a delay of nearly a year, work started at the end of 2012 and by late February the homes had been almost halfway framed out. And a few months later, you can see the progress.
The homes offer 2,200 sqft of living space, feature rear parking and should hit the market soon for around $600K. Loonstyn Properties purchased the corner parcel, which included seven lots including two Brandywine Street addresses for $1.425M a couple of years ago. The project may have taken a little time to get off the ground, but but now you can see the results.
The Loonstyn family has been busy in the area. They developed a mixed-use project last year at Fairmount & Uber, are developing 35-units right now near 19th & Poplar in Francisville, and are rehabbing two historic Victorians at 21st & Spring Garden they will turn into multi-unit rentals. We’ll be interested to see what this company, or the other side of the family, which owns MJL Properties, is planning next.