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Category Archives: New Developments

East Passyunk Gateway Project Breaks Ground Tomorrow

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Rending courtesy of PARC. A lighting option under consideration.


According to the Passyunk Post, the East Passyunk gateway project will have a ceremonial ground breaking event tomorrow. In January of 2014, renderings of the project were released. The project was delayed due to budgeting issues.

The Broad and McKean Streets location will be transformed into a space with seating and tables, improved lighting and landscaping. The original plans for a fountain have been scrapped.  This intersection is planned to be brighten significantly with lighting, which will draw even more visitors to the Avenue. The lighting will be colorful and create an eye-catching ambiance.

The Passyunk Avenue Revitalization Corporation plans to have the project finished by June.  This will give local residents and visitors an opportunity to enjoy the new space at the start of the summer months.

Over the last few years, East Passyunk Avenue has transformed into one of the most popular areas in the city with award-winning restaurants and thriving businesses. On any given Friday or Saturday night, the Avenue is packed with visitors enjoying the wide array of bars and restaurants.

Sunday Open Houses: Society Hill

Check out this Sunday’s open houses in the Society Hill neighborhood of Philadelphia!

Society Hill real estate is home to beautifully renovated homes that exist in harmony with luxury high-rise buildings. In the heart of Philadelphia history, Society Hill residents experience living on a street or cobblestone alley where Thomas Jefferson and Ben Franklin strolled. Antique stores, specialty shops and craft fairs under the historic market shed at the old Headhouse are never in short supply. Live in close proximity to access independent and art house films latest releases at the Ritz Theater. Enjoy legendary Philadelphia seafood and colonial fare and invite friends to stay at cozy bed and breakfasts in the neighborhood. The always scenic Penn’s Landing is only a stone’s throw away and is a great spot to jog, ice skate, bike ride and watch the fireworks every New Year’s Eve and Fourth of July.

Featured Open House: 306 Cypress Street, Philadelphia, PA 19106
4 bedrooms/1 bath
Open House: Sunday 4/12 12-1:30pm

Stunning Society Hill home located on a quiet, tree-lined block. Enter into the gorgeous entry way that leads into a nicely sized sitting room with 2 large windows bringing in natural sunlight and a fireplace with the dining area in the next room equipped with 2 closets. Charming kitchen area with gas range, ample counter and cabinet space with a large over-the-sink window that looks out onto the patio/yard area – perfect space for outdoor gardening & entertaining. 2nd Floor: Full tile bathroom w/ a double sink, glass shower and a private toilet space w/ door. Large master bedroom with two closets, in wall shelves, fireplace and 3 large windows. Next to the master is a small bedroom that can also be used as office space with closets and fireplace. 3rd Floor: Large front bedroom w/ fireplace, 2 closets and 3 windows. Nicely sized back bedroom with in wall shelving unit and fireplace. Central AC, hardwood flooring and original finishes & moldings throughout. Perfect Society Hill location on same block as Three Bears Park! Walking distance from Super Fresh, St. Peter’s School, restaurants and cafes.

715 Pine Street #5
2 bedrooms/2 bathrooms


334 S 3rd Street
2 bedrooms/2.1 baths


324 S. 3rd Street
3 bedrooms/2.1 bathrooms


143 S 2nd St #205
2 bedrooms/2.1 bathrooms


212 Delancey Street
3 bedrooms/2.2 bathrooms


605 Pine Street
2 bedrooms/1.1 bathrooms


130 Spruce St 19B
1 bedroom/1 bathroom


112 Pine Street
4 bedrooms/3.2 bathrooms


303 Spruce Street
4 bedrooms/4.1 bathrooms


241 Delancey Street
3 bedrooms/2.1 baths


411 Gaskill Street
3 bedrooms/1.1 bathrooms


2 Blackwell Place
4 bedrooms/3.1 bathrooms


508 S 3rd Street
2 bedrooms/1.1 baths


224 Gaskill Street
4 bedrooms/3.2 baths


102 Lombard Street
3 bedrooms/2.1 bathrooms

SEPTA Releases Plans for 15th St Station Renovation


This week SEPTA released plans that detail the reconstruction of the City Hall Station on the Broad Street Line and 15th Street. According to PhillyMag.com, SEPTA does not plan on beginning construction until  2016 due to the visit of Pope Francis in September and the Democratic National Convention in Summer 2016. Due to the mass amount of visitors expected for both major events, officials want to ensure the station is fully operable during that time.

Once the DNC is over, reconstruction will begin and is expected to be SEPTA’s biggest project yet. On a side note, this City Hall station renovation will take up to four years to complete.  According to a SEPTA representative, the project will be broken down into phases so the 15th Street and City Hall stations can remain open and passenger inconvenience be avoided.

The biggest task for SEPTA engineers is the City Hall station, which is planned for new elevators and ramps. The $110 million project was approved for funding after the transportation funding packaged passed last year.


Washington Square West Rentals: 716 Chestnut Street

We have 3 new rentals located in the Washington Square West neighborhood at 716 Chestnut Street! Units 200, 300 and 400 are each listed for $2,500/month and feature 1 bedroom/1.5 baths.

Contemporary & charming 1 bedroom condo in the heart of Washington Square features 2 full baths, walk-in closet, private elevator entrance, spacious living room and updated kitchen. Centrally located around the some of the City’s best restaurants, bars and shops! Convenient location with easy access to the Market Frankford Line & Broad Street Subway.

500 Walnut Breaking Ground This Month

500 Walnut

Photo rendering courtesy of Cecil Baker, the architect who designed 500 Walnut.

PhillyMag.com reported that the groundbreaking ceremony has been scheduled for the new development at 500 Walnut Street on March 12th.  The $75 million project spearheaded by developer Tom Scannapieco is expected to be one of the most innovative condo buildings in Philadelphia.  Philadelphia Mayor Michael Nutter is expected to be in attendance at the 11:30 a.m. ceremony, which will take place a few blocks away from the site at the National Museum of American Jewish History.

500 Walnut is expected to open in Spring 2017. Below are some of the features the 26-story glass building will include:

– Spacious and fully customized residences that range from 2,600 to 8,500 square feet.

– Two-story penthouses loaded with awesome features that include balconies, an elevator and other amenities. Prices are around $17.6 million.

– Fully automated Robotic Parking System (amazing!).

– Residents will enjoy the sky-lit 50 foot pool with a hot tub, library/billard room, fitness center, private boardroom and an entertainment suite. Also, the building will feature a 4,000 sqft landscaped outdoor terrace overlooking Independence Park.

This building is going to be incredible to say the least.

South Bowl Opens in South Philly

south bowl

Photo from South Bowl’s Facebook page.

This week was the soft opening of a new bowling alley in South Philadelphia.  South Bowl located at 19 E. Oregon Avenue is a branch of the Northern Liberties North Bowl location.  The former Thomas Colace cold-storage warehouse has been transformed into a 26 lane modernized bowling alley with a full bar and kitchen.   Basically, the exact concept of the Northern Liberties location except larger.  Other features include an upstairs area for private parties with 6 lanes, billiard tables and video games. The second floor also features a balcony overlooking the main floor and a roof deck.

Currently, the hours are Monday through Sunday from 4 p.m. to 2 a.m.




Divine Lorraine Boutique Hotel Plans Scrapped

Divine Lorraine

PhillyMag.com reported that redevelopment plans have been confirmed for North Broad Street’s Divine Lorraine but those plans do not include its conversion into a boutique hotel.  Developers are concerned with the time line and length of a project like hotel redevelopment.  The new and improved plans for the former hotel includes 126 apartments, two levels of retail space and a lobby area, which consists of about 20,000 square feet of space for the main level.

Although it makes sense to rehabilitate the former hotel because of its location, those involved believe it is more beneficial to complete the project sooner rather than later with apartments and retail.

The $43 million project is projected to begin around the summer months and could take 18 months for completion. Plans for apartments sizes and features have not yet been released.

The Divine Lorraine was built between 1892 and 1894 by architect Willis G. Hale. The building was originally housed by some of Philadelphia’s wealthiest residents before it converted to a hotel. It officially closed in 1999.

Possible Pop-up Garden Coming to Italian Market vacant lots

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The Passyunk Post reported that the Pennsylvania Horticultural Society is interested in opening a pop-up garden in one of two vacant lots in South Philadelphia this summer. Both lots are located in the Italian Market neighborhood on 9th and Wharton Streets and 9th and Washington Avenue.  The foot traffic from Geno’s and Pat’s Steaks as well as the Italian Market could potentially drive a large amount of business.

The plan was presented last week at the Passyunk Square Civic Association meeting. Some neighbors voiced concerns over an excess of trash that could be produced due to the gardens.

The Pennsylvania Horticultural Society opened a garden on 1438 South Street last summer and hopes to open another in South Philly by Memorial Day Weekend.

Fairmount New Construction: North Street Estates Progress

North Street Estates in Fairmount is currently a working progress. Throughout the next few months, we want to keep you updated on its development and progress. From a dirt lot to luxury homes, North Street Estates will not disappoint. If you missed our last post, here is a breakdown of the features and amenities these homes will include.

North Street Estates

North Street Estates – Price: $859,900

Click here for a link to North Street Estates featured home: 1711 North Street

Find the perfect blend of luxury, elegance and comfort at the North Street Mews. One of 12 in this stunning community, this 18′ wide, 3,000 square foot home with 1 car parking features 4 light filled bedrooms, an office/den with 3 french doors, 3 full bathrooms, a half bathroom, finished basement, a roof deck, a yard and includes a variety of luxury finishes such as hardwood floors finished on site, built in speaker, solid core interior doors, video intercom system, and energy efficient dual zoned HVAC system. The home exudes comfort & style from start to finish, starting with its tiled foyer and spacious open first floor plan including living room and dining room with 10′ high ceilings. Continue through and enter the modern, exquisite kitchen with Stainless Steel Appliances, Custom Cabinetry (two options for layouts), quartz or granite counter tops and a large island running through to custom windows with a plethora of light! Next to the kitchen and ideally located is a well appointed powder room. Meander up the stairs to the second floor and enter into your spacious master suite which is truly a work of art, with its huge walk in closets, master bath, private toilet room and custom tiled shower with dual shower heads, all within a frameless glass enclosure, a soaking tub for pure decadence and double vanity to top it all off. Travel down the hall to your office/den with three french doors over looking the street scape complete with onsite finished wood floors. Stroll up to the 3rd floor and feel the spacious 3 bedrooms with wall to wall carpeting and the two full baths, one with a seamless glass shower and the other with a tub for convenience. From the third floor walk up the stairs to the pilot house which leads to an oversize custom roof deck with exception city views. The finished basement completes this home with its 9′ ceilings, laundry room and ample space. 10 year tax abatement being applied for. Audio/Visual package and roof deck are upgrades. Home can be purchased without parking.


Passyunk Square: Corner Clothing Store Property Up for Grabs

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A Man’s Image clothing store located on Passyunk Avenue.

Passyunk Square store, A Man’s Image, located at 1709 E. Passyunk Avenue, is relocating and plans to find a new tenant to occupy the 4,400 square ft. space.  This corner property is a prime location and could likely become the next new restaurant or entertainment spot on Passyunk Avenue.

This corner has been the home to A Man’s Image since 1980 but the owner, 74-year-old Abe Mandel, now has plans to hand the business down at a new location.

The intersection of 12th and Passyunk is undergoing a change with adjacent corner property, 1648 E. Passyunk Ave., opening new restaurant Bing Bing Dim Sum.  The Interior Concepts building is no longer on the market but little by little this Passyunk Avenue corner will be completely redeveloped. It is exciting to see how far this area has come and how much the future still holds. As for right now, we will wait and see.