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Weekend Winners: July 11-13

Friday, July 11th, 2014

“Let them eat Tastykake!” The crowd that assembles each year for the annual Bastille Day celebration at Eastern State Penitentiary witnesses an execution – then gets a treat for their trouble. Photo by Darryl Moran for Eastern State Penitentiary.

We hope you’re reading these picks outdoors – maybe lying in a hammock at Spruce Street Harbor or while quaffing a beer at Morgan’s Pier or maybe lounging on your roof deck. The forecast calls for three just about perfect days for outdoor enjoyment, and we have a lineup of ways to enjoy the warm weather:

Friday, July 11

Visit Philly pops up at the PHS garden: For several years, the lot next to the Jamaican Jerk Hut in the 1400 block of South Street has been the site of both great al fresco dining, courtesy the restaurant next door, and fun outdoor concerts, again courtesy same. By this time next year, this lot will have been transformed into a construction site for a new apartment building with first-floor retail, so as a last hurrah, the Pennsylvania Horticultural Society has chosen it as the site of this year’s PHS Pop-Up Garden, which has itself blossomed into a popular summer hangout. Tonight, the season-long Visit Philly Beer Garden Series also drops by with specials on craft beer and snacks. You may have already missed it by the time you see this, but that’s okay – the cool vibe lasts all night tonight with food from the Jerk Hut and this week’s food truck, Phoebe’s Bar-B-Q, and Little Baby’s Ice Cream in addition to a great selection of craft brews.

Visit Philly Beer Garden Series at PHS Pop-Up Garden: 4 to 7 p.m. at the PHS Pop-Up Garden, 1437 South St. Admission free, food and drink pay-as-you-go.

Saturday, July 12

Off with their heads!: Just as Toronto plays the role of a number of North American cities on TV, once a year, Eastern State Penitentiary plays the role of the most famous prison in France for an all-day event honoring the start of the French Revolution. Eastern State’s 20th annual Bastille Day celebration takes place today. The festivities begin with a block party starting at 2 p.m. at London Grill with food, drink and family fun. You might want to get to 21st and Fairmount Avenue around that time if you want the best viewing spots for the main event: a re-enactment of the storming of the Bastille with a Philly twist, executed (with an actual guillotine, mind you) by the Bearded Ladies Cabaret and featuring a hail of Tastykakes flung from Eastern State’s parapets. If you’d rather have guaranteed good seats (and complimentary Kronenbourg 1664), $40 gets you a VIP pass (seating in the VIP area is first-come, first-served, though). There’s plenty more fun surrounding this event, but we only have so much space to tell you about it – you should go and experience it for yourself.

Bastille Day Celebration: 5:30 p.m. at Eastern State Penitentiary, 2027 Fairmount Ave. Free; VIP seating $40.

Sunday, July 13

Woof!: These are the dog days of summer, so why not let Fido and Fifi enjoy themselves at their own block party? The Chestnut Hill Business Association has just the thing for them: its first Dog Days of Summer Festival, which will take over the Germantown Avenue business district from noon to 4 p.m. Your pooch can indulge with dog treats, learn what’s in store for the future from a paw reader, and get its consciousness raised with pet trainers, and you can get advice on how to keep your dog happy from veterinarians, learn about animal rescue efforts and more. And starting at 3 p.m., several local restaurants will serve up “Yappy Hour” specials that should keep your dog’s tail wagging all the way home.

Dog Days of Summer Festival: Noon to 4 p.m. on the 8100 to 8600 blocks of Germantown Avenue in Chestnut Hill. Free; food, drink and merchandise pay-as-you-go.

Weekend Winners, Memorial Day Edition: May 23-26

Friday, May 23rd, 2014
Garden Railway photo b y Judy Miller

This summer, animals and plants share center stage at the Morris Arboretum’s Garden Railway. See if you can guess which animals live in which houses at Saturday’s grand opening.

Friday, May 23

A magical evening of music and art: Philadelphia’s Magic Gardens, artist Isaiah Zagar’s found-objects masterwork, is fascinating any time of day, but at twilight, it takes on an even more mystical hue. It’s also the setting for the monthly “Twilight in the Gardens” party, an entertaining and educational experience that combines music and art. This month, BYOBB (bring your own booze and blanket; wine will be available for purchase if you forget), hear The Late Ancients perform a blend of traditional Americana, country, 1960s folk rock and 1970s psychedelic rock, and learn the art of iris folding from teaching artist Caitlin McMahon.

Twilight in the Gardens: 7 to 10 p.m. at Philadelphia’s Magic Gardens, 1o20 South Street. Admission: Adults $10, students, seniors and members $8.

Saturday, May 24

The machine returns to the garden: The Morris Arboretum’s popular Garden Railway returns for its 2014 season with an afternoon grand opening today that has a real estate theme. The question of the day: “Who Lives Here?” As they tour the No. 1-gauge railway that snakes through the all-natural built landscape, children (and adults) can use clues built into the homes they pass to figure out which animals live in them. There are crafts for the kids and free ice cream too.

Summer Garden Railway Grand Opening: 1 to 3 p.m. at the Morris Arboretum, 100 Northwestern Avenue, Chestnut Hill. Free with Arboretum admission.

Sunday, May 25

Jam on the River returns: The unofficial kickoff to Philly’s summer concert season is back at Penn’s Landing this year after a six-year hiatus. The eclectic day-long music festival has featured headliners from a wide variety of genres in the past, from the Disco Biscuits to Flaming Lips to Al Green. This year’s festival features Lotus as the headliner, with performances by GRiZ, Papadosio, Conspirator, Zoogma and Grimace Federation.

Jam on the River: Doors open at 12:30 p.m., first performance at 1:30 p.m. at the Great Plaza at Penn’s Landing, Columbus Boulevard and Chestnut Street. Tickets $47.35 and up, including processing fees, available online through Ticketmaster.

Monday, May 26

Salutes to those who served: Memorial Day began as Decoration Day, a holiday to honor the Civil War Dead, but like Veterans’ Day – similarly created to salute those who fought in World War I – it now pays tribute to all of our military men and women. And servicemembers are the focus of the day at several local attractions. The National Constitution Center starts and ends the day today with a flag ceremony on the front lawn, and inside, from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., visitors can exercise their all-American pipes at a patriotic karaoke station and create mementoes appropriate for the day at the craft station. There’s also a place where you can thank a service member with a letter via Thank-a-Vet, demonstrations and workshops on flag etiquette, including a ceremony at 1:30 where participants can help fold the center’s giant American flag on the front lawn, and shows devoted to the nation’s memorials and the Constitution Center’s own Liberty Tree throughout the day. (If you’d rather spend today at a cookout, these events all take place on Saturday, May 24, as well.)

Memorial Day at the National Constitution Center: 9:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. at the center, 525 Arch Street, on Independence Mall in Old City. Activities free with admission to the center.

Photo by Judy Miller for the Morris Arboretum of the University of Pennsylvania

Lunchtime Quick Hits

Wednesday, May 21st, 2014

Frank Gehry’s design for the expanded Philadelphia Museum of Art makes it bigger only on the inside – with a few notable exceptions, including carving a hole in the “Rocky steps”; PhillyDeals takes a look at the Philly money man who’s helping Golden Gate Capital take the floundering Red Lobster restaurant chain off Darden’s hands; A Pennsporter remixes Moyamensing Avenue, turning it from a parking lot to a boulevard; and Chestnut Hill residents say they won’t allow ads on city buildings in their neighborhood without a fight:

Changing Skyline: Gehry’s master plan for the Art Museum emerges (The Philadelphia Inquirer|Philly.com)
PhillyDeals: Schorsch is key player in Red Lobster deal (The Philadelphia Inquirer|Philly.com)
Moyamensing is Ripe for Intervention; Rethinking Wasted Space on the Avenue (This Old City)
‘Fight to the death’ threatened in Chestnut Hill to stop ads on city’s rec centers and libraries (Newsworks|WHYY)

Lunchtime Quick Hits

Tuesday, May 20th, 2014

One of Philly’s 10 FastFWD companies wants to turn vacant land into instant community assets by thinking inside the box; A plan to turn Fishtown’s Penn Treaty Park into a Delaware riverfront destination run into a buzzsaw of opposition from residents worried about the removal of six old growth sycamores planted at the park’s birth in 1893; Another New Yorker falls in love with Philly, and shows it by buying up its neighborhood shopping centers; and Mental Floss’ tour of city neighborhoods stops in Philly to explain how a bunch of those ‘hoods got their names. See you at “the place where we go to drink”?

SHIFT_DESIGN: FastFWD company makes pop-up buildings for vacant lots (Technical.ly|Philly)
A Matter of Modern Recreation vs. Historic Trees at Penn Treaty Park (Hidden City Daily)
Why a NY investor loves Philly neighborhoods (PhillyDeals blog|The Philadelphia Inquirer|Philly.com)
How Philadelphia’s neighborhoods got their names (Mental Floss)

Open House: Exploring Chestnut Hill and 8233 Seminole St.

Friday, January 31st, 2014

One of the most popular residential areas in Philadelphia, Chestnut Hill is just like a small town inside a bustling city. Located right on the outer edge of the Philadelphia, there are many different easy and affordable ways to travel into all of the action and excitement the city offers. With its own distinctive look and feel Chestnut Hill has many different gardens, parks, museums, and restaurants that make it sometimes feel like a city that is twice its size.

Chestnut Hill Real Estate Makes Its MarkExploring Chestnut Hill 8233 Seminole St by Philly Living

Chestnut Hill real estate has some of the best property available in Philadelphia, but none are more beautiful and impressive than this home located at 8223 Seminole St. This fully updated stone colonial home is located just a few blocks away from Germantown Avenue, which is the cultural home of Chestnut Hill. Upon entering the home there is an entry parlor with a sitting area that is equipped with formal living room and dining room, along with three fireplaces. The first floor also includes a luxurious sun room, a half bathroom, and a top of the line kitchen. The kitchen is absolutely immaculate, featuring granite counter tops, tile backsplash, stainless steel appliances, an abundance of cabinets, and butler’s pantry. Attached to the kitchen is a sliding door that leads to a one of a kind 2 tier deck with a pool.

The second floor houses the master bedroom, which includes a giant walk in closet and fireplace is a custom built bathroom. This master bathroom contains a glass shower, three sinks, and an oversized Jacuzzi tub that is sure to satisfy any home owner. Additionally, there are 5 other bedrooms in the home with three full bathrooms.

Chestnut Hill is also an amazing place to raise a family or to start your own. Offering two private first class day schools, a full 12 year elementary school, as well as the Chestnut Hill Academy for Boys, the Chestnut Hill real estate is able to provide your children with a top of the line home and education. Likewise, this home is also not far from many local attractions like Philadelphia’s historic Fairmount Park, the Morris Arboretum, and Pastorius Park, all of which are sure to keep you busy throughout the year.

 

Chestnut Hill Real Estate at Philly Living

Thursday, January 2nd, 2014

One of Philadelphia’s most historic neighborhoods is located in the northwestern corner of the city. Surrounded by Fairmount Park and laying adjacent to the Mt. Airy neighborhood is Chestnut Hill, one of the most beautiful and distinguished neighborhoods in the area. Germantown Ave is the heart of Chestnut Hill, as it is filled with cobblestone streets, antiques, shopping, and fine dining. Chestnut Hill is also home to Chestnut Hill College, The University of Pennsylvania’s Morris Arboretum, and the Woodmere Art Museum.

Top Properties in Chestnut HillChestnut Hill Real Estate at Philly Living by Philly Living

2 E Chestnut Hill Avenue - Sitting atop “The Hill” on Germantown Ave, which is the highest point in Chestnut Hill is this home that was built in 1863. What was originally built as a residence has also been used as a dental practice until 2012. This spacious house is 5,031 square feet and features a two room apartment and an 11 car parking lot.

 

32 Summit Street – Located on one of the most desirable streets in Chestnut Hill, this Italian designed house dates back to the mid 1800’s and is complete with Italianate architecture. Including front columns, soaring ceilings, and sweeping staircases this ordinate house is perfect for a family. With seven bedrooms and five bathrooms this 6,696 square foot house can accommodate almost any family. Surrounding the front entrance are several large rooms, including a living room, large dining room, and a great room equipped with large doors. Some of the home’s kitchen amenities include copper sinks and a butler’s pantry. The rest of the 1st floor is occupied by a luxurious home office and a laundry room.

 

9507 Wheelpump Lane – A beautiful stone colonial home that is located next to the absolutely beautiful Morris Arboretum, this house is perfect as it sits in a quaint neighborhood. With four bedrooms and four bathrooms this 4,045 square foot home has a newly renovated powder room and finished playroom, which is great for anyone starting a new family. Multiple fireplaces line the house, most evident in the elegant living room; also, this lovely, classic house contains a formal dining room and a breakfast room that leads out to the fenced in backyard.

 

7721 Saint Martins – A grandiose stone Queen Anne Victorian designed 3,600 square foot home that includes six bedrooms and three bathrooms. Located in the heart of St Martins, this home is in one of the most desired location in Chestnut Hill. The house is also within walking distance of all of the best shopping and dining that Chestnut Hill has to offer. The current owners of the home just recently replaced the roof, the heating system, electrical wiring, and the garage door.

 

Chestnut Hill Real Estate at Philly Living

Wednesday, November 20th, 2013

One of Philadelphia’s most historic neighborhoods is located in the northwestern corner of the city. Surrounded by Fairmount Park and laying adjacent to the Mt. Airy neighborhood is Chestnut Hill, one of the most beautiful and distinguished neighborhoods in the area. Germantown Ave is the heart of Chestnut Hill, as it is filled with cobblestone streets, antiques, shopping, and fine dining. Chestnut Hill is also home to Chestnut Hill College, The University of Pennsylvania’s Morris Arboretum, and the Woodmere Art Museum. Chestnut Hill Real Estate by Philly Living

Top Properties in Chestnut Hill

2 E Chestnut Hill Avenue- Sitting atop “The Hill” on Germantown Ave, which is the highest point in Chestnut Hill is this home that was built in 1863. What was originally built as a residence has also been used as a dental practice until 2012. This spacious house is 5,031 square feet and features a two room apartment and an 11 car parking lot.

 
32 Summit Street – Located on one of the most desirable streets in Chestnut Hill, this Italian designed house dates back to the mid 1800’s and is complete with Italianate architecture. Including front columns, soaring ceilings, and sweeping staircases this ordinate house is perfect for a family. With seven bedrooms and five bathrooms this 6,696 square foot house can accommodate almost any family. Surrounding the front entrance are several large rooms, including a living room, large dining room, and a great room equipped with large doors. Some of the home’s kitchen amenities include copper sinks and a butler’s pantry. The rest of the 1st floor is occupied by a luxurious home office and a laundry room.

 
9507 Wheelpump Lane – A beautiful stone colonial home that is located next to the absolutely beautiful Morris Arboretum, this house is perfect as it sits in a quaint neighborhood. With four bedrooms and four bathrooms this 4,045 square foot home has a newly renovated powder room and finished playroom, which is great for anyone starting a new family. Multiple fireplaces line the house, most evident in the elegant living room; also, this lovley, classic house contains a formal dining room and a breakfast room that leads out to the fenced in backyard.

 
7721 Saint Martins – A grandiose stone Queen Anne Victorian designed 3,600 square foot home that includes six bedrooms and three bathrooms. Located in the heart of St Martins, this home is in one of the most desired location in Chestnut Hill. The house is also within walking distance of all of the best shopping and dining that Chestnut Hill has to offer. The current owners of the home just recently replaced the roof, the heating system, electrical wiring, and the garage door.

Living in Chestnut Hill Philadelphia

Friday, September 20th, 2013

Located in Northwest Philadelphia, Chestnut Hill is one of the most vibrant and beautiful neighborhoods in Philadelphia. During the 18th century, Chestnut Hill was a popular summer vacation destination for many of the affluent residents of Center City. Sitting nearly 500 feet above sea level, the elevation relieved residents from Center City’s high temperatures. Today the area is still considered one of the most affluent areas of the city, and was named as one of the ten best neighborhoods in the United States in 2012. Known for its beautiful parks, gardens, and bustling Germantown Avenue, Chestnut Hill is one of Philadelphia’s most desirable neighborhoods.

Living in Chestnut Hill Philadelphia by Philly Living

Eat, Drink, and Play in Chestnut Hill

 

Chestnut Hill offers many great shops, restaurants, and pubs all within walking distance. Germantown Avenue is the hub of activity in the area, bursting with top quality restaurants, bakeries, and even hosts a local farmer’s market. Many of the area’s eateries support local Lancaster farmers and buy fresh and local foods.

 
Chestnut 7 is unlike any other restaurant or bar on Germantown Avenue. The restaurant is breathing new life into the after hour’s scene. This Chestnut Hill restaurant features a sophisticated scene to have a drink or a bite to eat without making residents travel into the city. Another neighborhood favorite is Campbell’s Place. A true American pub, the restaurant is located right atop Germantown Avenue, which is one of the more bustling streets in Chestnut Hill. With an amazing selection of draft beers and a wide array of delicious pub food, Campbell’s Place is an old fashioned bar that cannot be rivaled.

Explore Philly’s Natural Side

The crown jewel of Chestnut Hill is the Morris Arboretum, which serves as the official arboretum for the Common Wealth of Pennsylvania. Originally acting as John and Lydia Morris’ summer home in the late 19th century, the Morris siblings wanted to create something that would instill the beauty of the Victorian era, while also showcasing many plants procured from their travels abroad. After the Morris’ passing, the arboretum was passed down to the University of Pennsylvania. The University took control of the area and filled it with the rarest, oldest, and largest trees. A truly beautiful and natural site, this 92 acre arboretum is a must see while in this neighborhood in Philadelphia.

Combining the excitement or a city with the nature and landscape of a suburban landscape, Chestnut Hill is the perfect neighborhood for prospective home owners.

Mount Airy Real Estate: Chestnut Hill’s Outlook

Friday, August 30th, 2013

Today, most of Philly’s top selling areas have been within Center City’s city limits. The western and northwestern areas of Center City have taken off rapidly in real estate, while the other parts of Philadelphia has worked on attracting buyers to the area. As Philly continues to expand, so will the opportunities for an array of houses to compete for a place on the market.

Sedgwick Theater Mount Airy Philadelphia
On Germantown Avenue, down the cobblestone sidewalks leading to a variety of shopping areas, antique and dining food options, lays Mount Airy Real Estate. With a goal to expand The City of Brotherly Love, Mount Airy Real Estate has a singular goal of sharing its knowledge of real estate investment opportunities and tax benefit education with the public. The real estate agency especially specializes with first-time home buyers and first time investment buyers.

$1 Million Homes: Peeking inside these Chestnut Hill Mansions

 

Philly is reaping the real estate benefits of revitalization throughout the city. Chestnut Hill is no exception to the recent real estate boom. Mount Airy Real Estate has seen tremendous growth in this area, as the style of the area is highly sought after. The architecture in Chestnut Hill varies with its blended architecture, fluctuating from older Tudor styles, elegant Victorians to center-hall colonies sitting alongside newer contemporaries.The diverse housing expenditures rests between understated row houses to encompassing mansions, making Chestnut Hill a beautiful place to call home for many individuals. The neighborhood is normally typified as an affluent neighborhood. Its market value for some of its houses numbers within the millions, which is a testament to the prominent neighborhood and growing economic worth of the area. A home with a one million dollar price tag in Chestnut Hill contains as many as five bedrooms and two or more bathrooms. Future homeowners can expect a homey feel with beautiful and luxury features, including numerous fireplaces, libraries, an array of family rooms and multiple floors. The amount of square foot afforded will be generous, typically in the few thousand square feet range.

Something For Everyone in Chestnut Hill

Idyllically located within the northwestern corner of Philadelphia, Chestnut Hill is renowned for its rustic appeal and unspoiled historic preservation. The neighborhood is home to some of Philly’s local neighborhood charms. Fairmont Park wraps around Chestnut Hill, and adjacent to the neighborhood lays Mount Airy, Wyndmoor, Lafayette Hill, and the Montgomery County suburbs of Oreland.
Chestnut Hill has something for everybody, whether it is educational pursuits at the local universities, dining options at one of its many eclectic restaurants, or shopping possibilities at its upscale boutiques. Even with the hometown feel and the cultural activities Chestnut Hill offers, it boasts only a 35-minute ride away from Center City. One thing is for sure; Chestnut Hill’s growing neighborhood will continue to attract new buyers and will continue to stand as a grand illustration of one of the nation’s urban enclaves.

Mount Airy Real Estate: Chestnut Hill’s Outlook

Wednesday, July 24th, 2013

Sedgwick Theater Mount Airy PhiladelphiaToday, most of Philly’s top selling areas have been within Center City’s city limits. The western and northwestern areas of Center City have taken off rapidly in real estate, while the other parts of Philadelphia has worked on attracting buyers to the area. As Philly continues to expand, so will the opportunities for an array of houses to compete for a place on the market.

On Germantown Avenue, down the cobblestoned sidewalks leading to a variety of shopping areas, antique and dining food options, lays Mount Airy Real Estate. With a goal to expand The City of Brotherly Love, Mount Airy Real Estate has a singular goal of sharing its knowledge of real estate investment opportunities and tax benefit education with the public. The real estate agency especially specializes with first-time homebuyers and first time investment buyers.

$1 Million Homes: Peeking inside these Chestnut Hill mansions

Philly is reaping the real estate benefits of revitalization throughout the city. Chestnut Hill is no exception to the recent real estate boom. Mount Airy Real Estate has seen tremendous growth in this area, as the style of the area is highly sought after. The architecture in Chestnut Hill varies with its blended architecture, fluctuating from older Tudor styles, elegant Victorians to center-hall colonies sitting alongside newer contemporaries.

The diverse housing expenditures rests between understated row houses to encompassing mansions, making Chestnut Hill a beautiful place to call home for many individuals. The neighborhood is normally typified as an affluent neighborhood. Its market value for some of its houses numbers within the millions, which is a testament to the prominent neighborhood and growing economic worth of the area. A home with a one million dollar price tag in Chestnut Hill contains as many as five bedrooms and two or more bathrooms. Future homeowners can expect a homey feel with beautiful and luxury features, including numerous fireplaces, libraries, an array of family rooms and multiple floors. The amount of square foot afforded will be generous, typically in the few thousand square feet range.

Something For Everyone in Chestnut Hill

Idyllically located within the northwestern corner of Philadelphia, Chestnut Hill is renowned for its rustic appeal and unspoiled historic preservation. The neighborhood is home to some of Philly’s local neighborhood charms. Fairmont Park wraps around Chestnut Hill, and adjacent to the neighborhood lays Mount Airy, Wyndmoor, Lafayette Hill, and the Montgomery County suburbs of Oreland.

Chestnut Hill has something for everybody, whether it is educational pursuits at the local universities, dining options at one of its many eclectic restaurants, or shopping possibilities at its upscale boutiques. Even with the hometown feel and the cultural activities Chestnut Hill offers, it boasts only a 35-minute ride away from Center City. One thing is for sure; Chestnut Hill’s growing neighborhood will continue to attract new buyers and will continue to stand as a grand illustration of one of the nation’s urban enclaves.

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