It’s not every Thursday night that you’ll see bike enthusiasts discussing the finer points of a good bar of soap while local artists analyze the rusting properties of corten steel. But Last Thursday at our Duplexellence II, not so typical open house that’s exactly what happened.

When you open your doors to anyone and everyone, offer free drinks, free food and get as many local artists, fixers, doers and makers all in one spot that’s apparently what happens. A hundred plus people came through the doors and toured the two newest, and yet still most rusted homes in South Kensington. A very intentional rust of course. We’d love to have an exact number of people but our door man eventually joined the party and we sort of lost count.

Can you blame him?

With so many people walking through and the homes in full party mode these two homes on a once quiet street have garnered a lot of interest. In fact one unit sold the next day!

We’d love to take credit here and say our parties can convince anyone to buy a home but really the thanks has to go to Adam Cantillio, our friend and event host extraordinaire who did all the planning and getting the word out.  We couldn’t have done it without him.

But his efforts were not just on our behalf. He was able to convince artists Julia Blaukopf and Glossblack, home goods makers Cuttalossa and Earth and Iron and a bike repair group Chains Addiction that an open house could be the coolest new venue to show off their products and get their brand out. We hope the event was a success for these folks as well. With candles from Cuttalossa passing hands and planters from Earth and Iron walking out of the door I’d say it was.

We felt bad that we’d be covering up Gloss Black’s amazing work up top when we build phase 2 of this project so we presented him with a more permanent gift to remember it by. In addition we are printing off three similar pieces (slightly smaller) on both metal and wood surfaces for the eight buyers of the units in this project so all will have a token of what is behind the corner units.

Now that the event is behind us showings have been continuing with impressive regularity. Keep in mind, although these homes are complete there is still a lot of customization via our website that can happen prior to move in. All that’s left for us on these homes is to sort through the options you’ll chose and set your home in order. And don’t worry the post party clean up has been finished (just about)  and these homes are back to pristine, move in ready state.

We know from experience there’s nothing like a house party to kickoff the completion of a project and get people excited. For that we owe our appreciation to everyone who came out and made Hope St. in South Kensington the spot to be on a Thursday Night. It was an enjoyable night for all and there’s no better feeling than to have so many people interested in the work we’ve done.

All photos by Stephen Sutter. Like the ones above? Check out more of his work below.



We’re fully thawed from this winter and it’s time for an event. Shake the dust off of your bike if you haven’t already and bring it out tomorrow night for a free bike tune-up courtesy of Chains Addiction Mobile Bike Repair. In addition to this, we’ll have a number of local artists, food and drink for you to peruse and ingest. See all details below for this event in South Kensington tomorrow evening. Oh and it also takes place at our most recently completed project, Duplexcellence II, which is hitting the market tomorrow AM and ready to move in.

Most Excellent Duplexcellence Event

Thursday, May 7th (RSVP)
5:30 PM – 8:00 PM
1308 Hope St (Hope & Thompson) 19122

Free Bike Tune-ups by Chains Addiction Mobile Bike Repair
Street Writing Pro Gloss Black in the house
Artist Wallpaper display by Julia Blaukopf
Local goods by Cuttalossa and Earth & Iron
Local Food from Feast Your Eyes
Local Beer from Philadelphia Brewing Company
Local Concoctions from Rowhouse Spirits

Chains Addiction Bike Repair

Gloss Black – Graffiti Writer

Julia Blaukopf – Social Art

Cuttalossa – Heirloom Textiles and Dry Goods

Earth & Iron – Handmade Furniture

Philadelphia Brewing Company – Beers

Rowhouse Spirits – Spirits



We have an ongoing goal to offer more custom options in our homes from local artists and craftspeople. Not only is it a lot of fun to collaborate with local talent, but it’s an easy way for our buyers to support local folks while getting something completely unique in their new home that can’t be bought online or even found on a Pinterest board.

One idea we’ve been kicking around for a while is artist accent walls. We all love accent walls and while it’s easy to paint one or even put up some pallet wood on one, we wanted to do something a bit more unique (not that we probably won’t offer those options soon also). We’re happy to announce our first artist – Julia Blaukopf – to take part in this new program with us. Julia is more talented than we probably deserve to work with, which is why we’re pretty psyched about the potential of her work in our homes. She has a varied background that includes all types of photography, a book, jewelry and most recently architectural wallpaper created from her photography works.

Not only is Julia local to Philly, but to our favorite conference room – The Memphis Taproom. Her home and studio are basically across the street and this has helped us hone her options for us over a few meetings. In the end Julia narrowed in on three themes for her work in our homes – Nature, Urban Landscape and the Beach. Julia will be joining us at our Duplexcellence 2 event on Thursday, May 7th next week to show her work in person for the first time in one of our homes. In the meantime, check out the renderings she did for us based on the interiors of the finished Duplexcellence units. We’re in the early stages of this option yet, so it is not on the customization yet, but if you are in line for one of our new homes, just ask and we’ll figure it out quickly with Julia…

Nature Examples from Julia

Urban Landscape Examples from Julia

Beach / Ocean Examples from Julia

If this looks interesting to any other local artists out there, please contact us as we’re trying to offer a couple of different artists options to people eventually. If you like Julia’s work above, please let her know in the comments, or better yet, come tell her in person on the 7th. Thanks!





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