For years, an embarrassing jungle has been the status quo at 23rd & Brandywine, a corner that’s steps away from the Philadelphia Museum of Art. Over a year ago, we first told you about plans from Loonstyn Properties to build four homes at this site and rehab a dilapidated shell that was being devoured by some aggressive ivy. Over the summer, we updated you that Loonstyn was negotiating with the neighborhood association, and had cleared the land but still had not broken ground.

Over a year ago

Last summer

Last week, however, a reader checked in and gave us the heads up that construction was well underway at this intersection. We took a jaunt over there to take a look and were impressed by the progress.

A week ago, halfway framed

Looks like the shell has been rehabbed and is occupied

If the information from the summer still holds true, these homes will each have four bedrooms, with 2200 sqft of living space, and will be offered for sale at prices in the upper $600K’s. It seems that rear access parking will also be on the menu, an amenity that we suspect the new owners will appreciate. As for the look, we’ve heard brick facades with mansard roofs, a look we can get behind.

As for how quickly they’ll sell, we’ll just have to keep an eye out.