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  • Miss us? Find us at our new address on Philly Living

    If you’re still looking here for the latest news about real estate and development of Philadelphia, here’s a gentle reminder that as of yesterday, the Philadelphia Real Estate Blog is now housed on Still haven’t updated your bookmarks yet? … Continued

  • See you at our new place

    This is it, folks – our last post on From here out, you’ll find news, commentary and advice on real estate, development, and buying and selling a home at our new home on Philly Living. Once again, the new … Continued

  • Tomorrow’s Moving Day! We’re ready — are you?

    We have the keys to our new address in hand — if you’ve been paying attention these past few days, we have been posting articles to both this site and Philly Living. Starting tomorrow, the only place you will find our … Continued

Lunchtime Quick Hits

While Philly has more to offer than Chattanooga, it faces some of the same challenges the Tennessee city does, including how to keep all those new young arrivals around for the long run – and there may be object lessons for Philly in Chattanooga’s approach to the issue; Existing-home sales nationwide slipped a bit last month, though not by as much as economists expected; A huge 862-acre tract at the former Willow Grove Naval Air Station is now in play; and Germantowners come togther to figure out what life after high school might look like for Germantown High School (among the options being considered: a high school, maybe even more than one):

The Talent That Binds (Next City “Forefront”; purchase or subscription required)
U.S. Existing-Home Sales Slip — Update (The Wall Street Journal)
Ten developers vie for 862-acre Willow Grove air base (Philadelphia Business Journal)
What’s next for Germantown High School? (Flying Kite)

Rittenhouse Estates rising fast; sales progressing even faster

Rittenhouse Estates construction site

Work is progressing at a steady pace on The Rittenhouse Estates, the followup to The Lombard Estates in Rittenhouse Square now being built by Realtor-developer Noah Ostroff, the sponsor of this blog.

We happened to be in the vicinity of the project site at 19th and Lombard streets last week, and thanks to a quirk in the construction process, found ourselves able to get some great pictures of foundation work nearing completion. Continue reading

Boxers conversion starts, then stops, on Walnut Street

1330 Walnut

About two weeks ago, interior demolition work began on the former Ritz Camera store at 1330 Walnut Street in the Midtown Village-Gayborhood section of Washington Square West. As we reported earlier, this building will become the Philadelphia outpost of Boxers, a New York sports bar aimed at a gay male clientele.

As the wraps came off the walls, we could see some of the ceiling and wall covering had been removed, in the process answering a question about the building’s appearance that had puzzled us for some time. Continue reading

More on our move to Philly Living: Remodeling in progress

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What our new home looks like now. It’s being remodeled even as we move into it.

We’re now two days away from our move to Philly Living, and we couldn’t be more excited about our new neighborhood.

But as with any move to a new home, there are some details that are being worked on as we move. Continue reading

Lunchtime Quick Hits

Carl Dranoff and One Riverside’s neighbors meet rather than fight, and the result is a win-win-win for everyone; The expiration of a Keystone Opportunity Zone stands to turn Harrah’s Philadelphia Casino & Racetrack into one of the region’s largest taxpayers, and Harrah’s isn’t happy about the development; as the Friends of the Rail Park move closer to making the first part of their vision for the Reading Viaduct reality, here’s a cautionary tale from the Netherlands about the limits of such placemaking; and they’re still tearing down houses at the Jersey Shore, but Sandy has nothing to do with the activity:

Changing Skyline: Harmony over planned One Riverside high-rise (The Philadelphia Inquirer|
Harrah’s Philadelphia Casino & Racetrack faces hefty tax bills (The Philadelphia Inquirer|
A Cautionary Tale for Cities That Want Their Own High Line (Next City Daily)
Shore teardowns booming, but not because of Sandy (The Philadelphia Inquirer|