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Tip Jar: Let Master Keep You Under Lock and Key 24/7 - 06/29/12 06:12 AM
With all of this talk about Shades of Grey I thought this week's tip jar is apprpos. I am admitting it. I am subject to a Master. My Master provides me with extreme strength, security, and protection 24/7. My Master does not use a safe "word" but uses numbers instead. We change our code around periodically, you know, to mix things up a bit. The Master certainly offers me the discipline that I lack like that time I locked myself out of my condo and that other time I locked my keys in the car. Duh! I am so forgetful. Hey...Don't (3 comments)
Looks like it's going to be gone! What a difference a year makes! I was chatting with one of my Northern Liberties neighbors in my pilates class the other day. She, like many other of our neighbors, takes a real interest in our community. We often enjoy sharing news and info on things happening in the neighborhood before class starts. The other day she commented on how happy she was to see all of the changes that have transpired along the N 2nd street commercial corridor between Poplar and Spring Garden. "A lot has happened since your last blog post (0 comments)
Seriously. If you find yourself in Northern Liberties with no lunch plans, dinner reservations, or no place to get your cocktail hour on, check out The Havana Room. If you are tired of the the same old "scene", or just looking for an outdoor venue this summer...just grab your neighbor, your friends, and head over to The Havana Room. They have a really good menu with fresh fish, meat, veggies and all at a decent price. You can sit under the sun shaded by the umbrellas on the patio or indoors, but the patio gets my vote. Check out your new (1 comments)
For Rent: 2424 Memphis Street - 06/26/12 08:29 AM
Now renting...2424 Memphis Street is a two bedroom, two full bath townhouse on a quiet block. Includes a finished basement that can be used as another room or storage, plus a washer and dryer on premises. The dining room and kitchen are great for entertaining, separated by a breakfast bar. The kitchen has tons of cabinet space, granite counters, newer appliances and lots of natural light. The second floor has two bedrooms with great closet space. Master bedroom is a good size and the second bedroom can be a wonderful guest room. The completely renovated bathroom is very bright and pleasing to (0 comments)
Fresh Address x 2: 1619 E Hewson Street & 167 W Jefferson Street - 06/25/12 12:57 PM
We have two new opportunities to share with you today. One is a shell in Fishtown, an incredible investment opportunity in an exciting neighborhood, and the other in nearby Old Kensington. This is Where It's At: 1619 E Hewson Street is in the heart of Fishtown, close to new construction and a bustling arts scene. Come On In: This 3 Bedroom 1 Bath 1,200 sq feet Fishtown Shell has tons of potential. L/R, D/R, Kitchen with exit to rear yard. This is Where It's At: 167 W Jefferson Street has plenty of curb appeal, located across from a large clean park, and near beautiful architectural buildings in (0 comments)
The Somers Team on the Urban Sugar Plum! - 06/22/12 12:04 PM
Those of you who connect with the Somers Team through Facebook may be familiar with our recent yoga journey. Well, Cristina Espaillat of Sculpere Studio and blog the Urban Sugar Plum, posted about our yoga transformation, including some photos of Chris and Stephanie Somers sharing their post-practice glow in the studio. Check out Espaillat's blog for helpful healthy living tips, and we hope to see you in the studio here in Northern Liberties! [image via Urban Sugar Plum] (0 comments)
Green Eggs, Palm Tree Market, Architectural Exchange, Liberties, Flowers by Denise, Arcadia, The Foodery, Standard Tap, Padmini, Philadelphia Framing, Hyder's Gallery, Art Star, 700 Club, Koi, Soy Cafe...Those businesses are just the ones I can recall off the top of my head that are located on the South Side of North 2nd Street. There are plenty more and we even have a few new ones to add on to the list. So if you are looking to open up a business, or looking to do some fun shopping, take a second peek at the New and Improved South Side of (0 comments)
It’s Always Sunny in these Philadelphia Homes - 06/21/12 01:15 PM
Always looking to get away? We rounded up a few of our sunniest, staycation-y listings that will satisfy the beachiest of beach bums. Norris Point even sounds like a retreat. The 10 townhomes in bright-eyed Fishtown feature roof decks with skyline views, rear patios, and designed to let in lots of natural light. Plus, you'll have your choice of outdoorsy things to do nearby, whether that's grabbing a cold one outside in the beer garden at Frankford Hall, or stocking your basket at Greensgrow Farms.
Over in Northern Liberties, where Liberty Lands Park acts as the neighborhood "beach" - picnics, (1 comments)
Tip Jar: Take the Stairs for a Change - 06/21/12 07:53 AM
Take the stairs for a change. I cannot count how many buyers have turned their nose up at homes that feature a center staircase. That is unfortunate because in Philadelphia, particularly in the older turn-of-the-century homes found in and around Center City, a center staircase is the prevalent design. The center staircase is often situated in the middle of the home dividing it in half separating the living room, parlor, or dining area from the kitchen which is typically located in the back of the house. The current modern trend favors one large open great room with nothing but furniture to (2 comments)
Take Your Dog to Work Day: This Friday, June 22nd! - 06/21/12 06:38 AM
This Friday, Hyperion Bank will be raising money for the fifth year in a row for thePhiladelphia Animal Welfare Society (PAWS) as they host Pet Sitters International "Take Your Dog to Work Day". Many of the Bank's employees will be bringing in their four-legged family members and there will be a bake sale with proceeds to benefit PAWS. Dogs for adoption will be on site with their PAWS handlers, so stop by if you are curious about adoption or bring your dog for free doggie treats and coffee and fresh baked cookies for the bank's people customers. All the goodies are employee-made. (2 comments)
We recently received an email from local artist Nancy Blum with some exciting news: "Many of you have wanted to live with my work but the labor involved in making it, renders it prohibitive - not to mention that it is generally larger than most homes can handle! For some time, I have wanted to make something that my friends and colleagues could acquire and I am really pleased to present these two hand-printed and hand-colored etchings." (Each etched image is 6” x 20” on both prints, although the paper surrounding is larger) "My art practice is becoming ever more fulfilling - the large (0 comments)
Cheers, GPAR: Welcome Summer Happy Hour - 06/19/12 02:19 PM
We know it's only Tuesday, but we thought we'd give you a heads up on a happy hour event hosted by the Greater Philadelphia Association of Realtors (GPAR) tomorrow, Wednesday, June 20th from 6-9pm. What's of interest beyond a cold drink on a hot summer's eve? Special guest Philadelphia Councilman Bob Henon will be at tomorrow's happy hour at Mad River Grille in Old City. So stop by, welcome summer, and support RPAC! (3 comments)
Calling All Philly Home Owners! Help Delay AVI Until 2014 - 06/18/12 12:26 PM
Calling all home owners! City Council voted to delay the implementation of AVI (the Actual Value Initiative) for one year. Why is this so important? Delaying a year will let you their new assessments ahead of time and make rational financial plans to pay your taxes. It will let the Mayor and Council know what the city's real estate is really worth, and it will give Harrisburg time to pass enabling legislation needed to protect homeowners from extreme, financially ruinous increases. Council's final ratifying vote is this Thursday and you can support their action by filling out this form. Urge them to stay the course! (0 comments)
Mary Saseen that is! When we were interviewing potential candidates for the assistant position for The Somers Team, Mary flat out said "Hire me. I am the best for the job." She was right. She has been nothing but fantastic, full of energy and vigor. She has helped The Somers go up a notch in customer service and production. Further, when Mary sets her mind to something, you better watch out! She just recently passed the real estate exam on her first try after taking online courses at home. AWESOME! I think she has a bright real (3 comments)
After getting annoyed with all sorts of bashing in the media as a result of the tragic crime that occurred, this past week several of us from RE/MAX Access decided to make it a point to go PYT for lunch to show our support. Tommy Up, the owner of PYT, is a friend and fellow business owner who has been a part of the Piazza from its early days and thus a key catalyst to its success.
Like anything else, there are always growing pains. The NLNA has scheduled a meeting next week with Tower Investments, local politicians, the DA's (0 comments)
Get ready to tour a charming 1 BR bi-level Condo in an amazing location - walk to Honey's, Cafe la Maude, N 3rd, the Random Tea Room and lots of great Northern Liberties hot spots.
You'll love the gated entrance that leads to a private landscaped brick patio. The front door leads you right into the living/dining area and the kitchen and here's what else you'll see on your tour:
Tile flooring Cathedral ceilings Lots of windows that (5 comments)
Tip Jar: Adopt a Bad Girl - 06/14/12 01:43 PM
It was one year ago today that we adopted the light of my life "BG" or "Beej" which is short (sort for Bad Girl). When we met she was just a little patchwork of fur that I could hold in one hand (see photo). I remember the day I saw her cute little face in a cage hanging out with with her orphan friends at Chic Petique in Liberties Walk. It was love at first sight. When we took her home she was so bad! She got into everything. Needless to say BG still lives up to her name today, that's for sure! (5 comments)
The Historic Wireworks Condominiums in Old City offers a great 2 bedroom for Rent! This Old City location is fabulous, centrally located in walking distance to shopping, restaurants, and public transportation. 301 Race Street, Unit 313 is a bi-level unit featuring exposed brick, central air, laundry in the unit, and 2 entrances, one on the main floor and one on the 2nd floor which makes moving furniture into the upper floor a breeze. The kitchen comes fully loaded including a dishwasher, there is a security entrance with lobby, mail (0 comments)
OPEN HOUSE: Sunday 6/10 from 3-5PM at 1015 N 4th Street - 06/08/12 01:44 PM
With its new LOWER price of $358,500, 1015 N 4th Street is an amazing Renovated 3 Bedroom, 2 Full Bath Home in Northern Liberties that has a finished basement, deck and yard. We welcome your visit to our Open House on Sunday, June 10th from 3-5PM.
What can you expect to see during your visit? 3 bedrooms 2 full baths finished basement deck yard open & spacious floor plan hardwoods throughout marble tile baths granite counters & counter top bar modern gas fireplace dining room central air gas heat and cooking easy street parking all appliances, alarm and intercom system (1 comments)
OPEN HOUSE: Sat 6/9 & Sun 6/10 12-2PM at 1204 S Carlisle Street - 06/08/12 01:38 PM
Want lots to do without having to leaving your neighborhood community? From seeing a show on Broad Street, shopping in Center City to having a drink or great meal in Passyunk Square, 1204 S Carlisle Street give you that and so much more!
Stop by our Open House on Saturday and Sunday from 12-2PM and see this 2 bedroom, 1.5 bath home with many original and updated features. Here are some of this home's impressive features: Vintage vestibule with stained glass Loft space Expansive kitchen with bar bar, granite, glass backsplash and marble flooring Finished basement for additional living space (0 comments)
As Philly heats up this summer, the coolest, loftiest part of town, that would be the Loft District, is simply breezy and chill. Just a few blocks away from Center City, but still hidden enough to be zen...Your 2 Bedroom Getaway awaits at 1220 Buttonwood Street, Unit 106. Welcome to this huge bi-level, loft style condo in the heart of the Loft District. Spacious and open, live/work, corner unit, bi-level LOFT located in Buttonwood Lofts. Enter through main floor into open kitchen and living room featuring Juliet balcony. The upper level is one large room with the kitchen, dining (0 comments)
Tip Jar: Qualify for Homeowner Tax Relief! - 06/07/12 10:56 AM
Today's tip is for the homeowners out there. We received an important email about tax relief from Representative Michael H. O'Brien and wanted to spread the word! Last week, the Nutter administration announced that Philadelphia homeowners must apply for a homestead exemption by July 31 if they want to receive some relief from property tax hikes caused by his AVI plan. The General Assembly is currently considering legislation (S.B. 1301) to provide Philadelphia homeowners with a Homestead Exemption, which may reduce real estate tax bills after the property reassessment process is completed. Every Philadelphia homeowner should apply for this exemption! To qualify for the (1 comments)
2960 Hale Street is a 3 Bedroom Short Sale property located in Mayfair. This home features hardwood throughout, a sun room and formal living and dining room. There is a full partially finished basement and a 1 car garage with space in front of the garage for another car. The bathroom and kitchen need a little TLC. Amazing investment for just $89,900! For more details, please contact the Somers Team. (0 comments)
Our latest listing ready for the spotlight is in the heart of Port Richmond, 2999 Gaul Street. This is Where It's At: Welcome to the riverside neighborhood of Port Richmond, to a 3 bedroom end unit rowhome that is priced to sell. . Come On In: With some selective updating in just the right places, this property has the potential to charm and warm everyone who enters. Many of the original features remain in mint condition such as glass doors, a built in wooden hutch and closet, formal living and dining rooms as well as a vestibule entrance. There is an eat in kitchen that (1 comments)
Rum, Raisings, and Relics Sell Homes? - 06/01/12 08:34 AM
There are a lot of interesting customs and rituals that have been used by people all over the world to sell homes and provide good fortune to a home or homeowner. From the far East to West, apparently mustering up the mystical forces has been the go-to authority for hundreds, even thousands of years when it comes to Real Estate. Did you know that in Jamaica, pouring 3 capfuls of Jamaican rum in the corner of the home before it is even built will ensure good fortune to the builders, the home, and the future homeowners. I wonder if Captain Morgan's has the (2 comments)
Do This: Art for the Cash Poor 13! - 06/01/12 04:42 AM
It's Art for the Cash Poor season! The 13th annual weekend art sale is back with a NEW component this year: a preview party on Friday in partnership with the Food Trust and Night Markets. The preview not only supports InLiquid and the Food Trust, it also gets you first dibs on previewing and purchasing art as well as a raffle ticket to win 5 original works of art. With music and food, of course, provided by some local favorites such as Rustica and Little Baby's Ice Cream. See you at Crane Arts?
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