The 10 most expensive homes for sale in Philly right now

There's no doubt about it: Philadelphia's housing market is on the move. Reports reveal that homes haven't been this hot since before the housing market went kaput. And just this past summer, Philly's market officially transitioned from a buyer's to seller's market.

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Philly’s 10 most beautiful homes of 2016

It's time to make up a bunch of awards and hand them out to the most deserving people, places and things in the real estate, architecture, infrastructure, and neighborhood universes of Philadelphia! Yep, it's time for the Annual Curbed Awards! Up now: The most beautiful homes that hit the market in 2016.

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You Can’t Top This: 3 Levels of Luxury, 360-Degree Views, $7M

The building we now know as the Lanesborough was built in 1929 as the home of the Haverford Club and the Yale Club. Today, it’s home to choice luxury condos, and there’s none that’s choice-er than its stunning tri-level penthouse unit.

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Incredible Lanesborough penthouse with 4 terraces asks $7M

A 3-story penthouse in the Lanesborough at 1601 Locust Street has hit the market to the tune of $7,000,000, offering jaw-dropping skyline views from nearly every room, including the bathrooms.

Laurie Phillips, who is handling the listing, says, “It is truly remarkable with the most exquisite interior and exterior space in Philadelphia.”

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Jawdropper of the Week

If you’ve been to Newport, R.I., you’ve probably done the famous Cliff Walk and toured some of the “cottages” the Robber Barons built as summer getaways at the height of the Gilded Age. These were homes built for show and entertaining as much as they were for living: huge ballrooms that could...

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Power Brokers: Inside the Lives (and Homes) of Philly’s Million-Dollar Real Estate Agents

Jules is … betwixt.

A word about Jules: He’s rich. You have to be to get a showing at the Ayer, the 1929 luxury condo building that faces Washington Square, and whose pedigreed residents have included, among others, Chase and Jennifer Utley and Larry Magid.

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2015 Awards!

As a Berkshire Hathaway Home Services Fox & Roach Realtor, it's a tremendous honor to be recognized as the number one individual agent in the region, and number nine nationally in 2015. For 35 years I have worked to establish a rapport with my clients, and to provide the highest level of service that continues far beyond the sale. It's from hard work, integrity, attention to detail and a great executive assistant, Madison Alig, that I have be able to achieve this level of success. With Spring just beginning 2016 is well on it's way to being another banner year!

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Thank you Angie Carrion and Philadelphia Magazine for noting my magnificent new listing, 607-613 Pine Street

Much like the museum-like Delancey Place residence we featured last week, today’s jaw-dropper is a home with a unique relationship to art: the Society Hill dwelling was originally owned by an art collector who took great care to incorporate his collection into his home’s appearance.

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Thank you James Jennings and Philadelphia Magazine for featuring the sale of this notable property

Former Phillies ace Cliff Lee has had an interesting week. For starters, the club declined his $27.5 million option for 2016, buying him out of the deal for $12.5 million and making him a free agent in the process. He had missed the entire 2015 season with an elbow injury.

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Thank you James Jennings and Philadelphia Magazine for featuring the sale of this exquisite home

Need another sign that illustrates just how hot the luxury housing market is at the moment in Philadelphia? Steve Burke’s incredible
Delancey Street mansion finally sold this week. The double­wide property at 1817 Delancey Street had been under contract for about a
year, and it looks likes the head man at NBC Universal (and Comcast’s Chief Operating Officer) sold it for $4.3 million.

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Home Run Listing!

Equisite New Listing located at 1706 Rittenhouse Square Street! Exclusive Condominium with Full Floor Residence in the Heart of Historic Rittenhouse Square. Direct Elevator Access to the Most Spectacular Views North, East, West and South! Stunning Living Room, Open Formal Dining Room, Family Room, Large Gourmet Eat-In Kitchen. Large Terrace. Three Spacious Bedroom Suites. The Luxurious Master Suite has Endless Closet Space and a Lux Marble Bathroom. 24hr Concierge, Indoor Pool, Fitness Center, Board Room, Resident's Garden with a Koi Pond and a Chauffeur Driven Mercedes S-550. Two Automated Garage Parking Spaces. 

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This spectacular double-wide Town-Home is located on one of Philadephia's most desirable blocks. Exquisitely renovated to retain its old world grandeur while adding all of today's luxurious amenities, the home offers five spacious Bedroom Suites--including a lavish Master Retreat. This home features two family rooms and a custom built library. A breathtaking gourmet eat-in Kitchen, and grandly proportioned Great Room, Dining Room with a Butler's Pantry. Extraordinarily elegant Living Room. Nine gorgeous fireplaces add warmth, while the grand staircase is archicturally significant. Three Terraces offer lovely views. Gym with full bath. An elevator and two-car parking Garage provide wonderful convenience.

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Endless Opportunities

When it comes to real estate, Laurie Phillips redefines the industry standard for excellence by combining impeccable style with exceptional services. Coming from a background in design and fine arts she is known throughout Philadelphia for breathing life into living spaces that she knows with her elegant style and unique accessories. She assesses the amenities of each property with an artist's eye and helps her clients to see the potential that lies within their walls.

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Luxury by Design

LAURIE PHILLIPS BFA '78(Painting/Drawing) remembers the early days of her career as one of Philadelphia’s top luxury-property real estate agents like they were yesterday. And they weren’t easy.

“I was one of the first agents in Philadelphia selling high-end lofts and condos from either raw building space or abandoned office space,” she says. “One of the huge advantages I have is my art and design background. I remember climbing over old dentist chairs and office tables in dilapidated old spaces, envisioning for the clients what that mess could become. These are sophisticated clients with high expectations, very design driven, and to be able to incorporate my skills as an artist in 90 percent of my business is very satisfying.”

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A Taste of Philly

The most surprising thing about Philadelphia is that everyone seems to hail from somewhere else. Not Poland or Puerto Rico, but New York, Boston, Texas. “It is such a wonderful city,” runs the universal chorus of approval. “It has everything you can want, yet it is so human in scale.”

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Homes in move-in condition selling quickly and at healthy prices

You may be surprised to learn that things are already shifting away from the extreme buyers' market of the last few years. Quality homes in move-in condition in Center City are actually selling quickly and at healthy prices, mostly due to a very low number of listings and a high number of serious buyers. Several homes have sold at full price or higher within a short time of being listed. Last year, I sold several homes that were not on the market. Selling million-dollar-plus homes exclusively in Philadelphia for 32 years, I have long represented sellers, working with them to get the best price possible for their property. I am focused on delivering an unmatched experience for my clients, something I believe my history reflects: As one of the very top agents with Prudential Fox & Roach Realtors, I have collected numerous honors and distinctions. I am currently working with potential buyers who are looking for a home in Center City that they can move into within 30-60 days. If you are interested in selling your home in the near future, please contact me at (215) 432-4247 or via email at I look forward to talking with you soon.

Council agrees to postpone AVI - we need to get mayor nutter on board

Dear Neighbors, Friends & Colleagues, After weeks of intense debate, City Council came to the same conclusion as the 20 civic associations in the Tax Fairness Coalition: that the new tax system called "Actual Value Initiative" must be done right, not recklessly - that data must proceed major policy changes. They have voted to delay AVI implementation for a year. At the same time, we all realize the city and especially the schools need help. So Council has built a 3.5% property tax increase into the budget along with a small increase in the Use & Occupancy Tax that applies to commercial property. While we have urged the city to find other sources of revenue, such as ramping up collection of delinquent property taxes, selling more coty-owned land, collecting Payments In Lieu Of Taxation from our universities and other nonprofits, etc, in the grand scheme of things a modest property tax increase right now was probably the "least worst" alternative. So thanks to all of you who made calls and sent emails. BUT, there is still work to be done. It is possible that Mayor Nutter will veto this bill. So we need to call his office and urge him to support Council's AVI compromise. His number is 215-686-2181.

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