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30Jul/100

Rain or Shine the 2nd Street Festival will go on !

Philadelphia, PA (19123) Weather Forecast

Rain or Shine the 2nd Street Festival will go on !

Meet The Somers at the Remax Access Tent and enter to win FREE Phillies Tickets and a gift basket full of Phillies stuff. In fact, "you're all winners" because Remax Access will be giving away FREE gifts to everyone who visits their tent on Sunday the 1st. We hope to see you there!

Sunday August 1st, 2010 / 12 PM - 9 PM
Northern Liberties
ADMISSION IS FREE!

The 2nd Street Festival will take place on Sunday August 1st on the main drag of 2nd Street in Northern Liberties, between Girard Avenue and Spring Garden Street, and will include Liberties Walk.

The festival will be free to attend and will feature 3 stages of live music, over 60 local vendors, and children's activities Businesses located on 2nd street will have attractions such as Exit Skate Shop, who is organizing a game of S.K.A.T.E.

The festival will feature 4 beer gardens located at Standard Tap, North Bowl, Dos Segundos, and El Camino Real. The beer gardens will feature selections from Yards, Stoudt's, Pabst Blue Ribbon, and Miller Light. Jameson and Jose Curevo will be featured in all bars and restaurants in Northern Liberties.

Children's activities and moon bounce will be near Rita's Water Ice, and carnival games in the North Bowl Parking lot and in front of the Standard Tap.

Live music will include performances from Black Landlord, Chuck Treece, Adam Arcruagi, and DJ Sets by Dennis Wolffang, Ian Saint Laurent, and Frosty.

For more information, go to nolibs.com
To volunteer, email [email protected]

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30Jul/100

What’s Life in Old Kensington Like? A Client Writes in.

A few years ago we helped client Taylor Picone buy a gorgeous Factory Loft at the Steel Factory in Old Kensington. He wrote in to thank us and to let us know that life in Old Kensington has been very exciting and  extra convenient to all of his favorite spots. Thanks, Taylor!

Dear Somers:

Thanks for taking an interest in hearing from the local folks about the neighborhoods in the area. So far my past two years in Old Kensington living in the Steel Factory Lofts has been a great time. The area has really begun to flourish and there is never any shortage of great places to eat, drink, socialize, and take part in the ever exciting events of Northern Liberties and Fishtown. The Piazza at Schmidts is host to a variety of restaurants and bars from the classy Apollinare, to the great food at Darling's Diner 24 hours a day, and there is always a great seat at PYT to watch the Phillies game on the Jumbotron. Just across the street is Liberties Walk, host to great shopping and one of the best coffee spots in the city, One Shot Coffee, which is a great place to stop before or after your professional quality hair cut at DNA Salon just next door.

Not to be forgotten are all the great local Fishtown bars that each offer their very own unique personalities and plethora of drinks. Visitors to Philadelphia should never pass up the opportunity to see really Philly culture at The El Bar on front street where they can grab a quick Philly Special (Beer and a shot of whiskey for $3) while cheering the in season Philly sports team to victory. Looking for local live music? Try a night at Johnny Brenda's on Frankford and Girard, always a host to great local artists and some pretty famous ones, too!

A great location for Temple students with plenty of public transportation assets within walking distance that within minutes can get you to downtown Philadelphia with access to museums, South Street, Boat House Row, and plenty of other sites.

Overall, living in the Old Kensington/Northern Liberties area comes with all the perks and culture of a tight nit local Philly community while providing you great access to popular tourist areas. A combination of great food, drinks, scenery and people. The budding community of Old Kensington/Northern Liberties is a great place for any age and any profession.

Respectfully,

Taylor E. Picone
1st Lieutenant, FA

Here are two awesome opportunities right now in the Old Kensington neighborhood:

3 Bedroom New Construction Home for Sale in Northern Liberties – 2,205 Square Feet of Luxurious Living Space

Attention Developers! Rare Opportunity to Build 17 Homes in Northern Liberties

Explore more about Life in Old Kensington. Ready to search for Old Kensington properties?

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30Jul/100

Attention Developers! Rare Opportunity to Build 17 Homes in Northern Liberties

110 x 141 sq foot plot of build-able land in the Northern Liberties Area

171-79 W Jefferson Street

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Calling all Developers! We have a RARE opportunity for you to build 17 new construction homes, apartments, or condos on this 110 x 141 sq foot plot of build-able land in the Northern Liberties Area.

Currently there are several successful and high-end homes and condo conversions on the same block such as the (SOLD OUT) Steel Factory Lofts and smaller developers improving homes at Jefferson and Hancock Streets. Located in walking distance to shopping, public transportation, entertainment at The Piazza, the Crane Arts building, and minutes from Center City. There are no existing plans or zoning approvals. Owner is very motivated !  All offers will be submitted.

Discover more about Life in Northern Liberties

TheSomersTeam.com
215-400-2620
Remax Access, Northern Liberties

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30Jul/100

3 Bedroom New Construction Home for Sale in Northern Liberties – 2,205 Square Feet of Luxurious Living Space

3 Bedroom New Construction Home for Sale in Northern Liberties

1353-57 N Mascher Street

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Are you thinking this is just another Northern Liberties area New Construction Property on the market offering the "same old, same old" builder grade cookie cutter stuff? Then think again ! This project will challenge that thought.

This Luxury New Construction gives you 3 bedrooms, 2 full baths, a powder room, a electronic controlled attached garage with inside access, and private roof decks with views of the city. Other standard amenities that are included with these 3 Luxury New Construction Homes  are: a fully loaded media room, 14 foot ceilings, an open progressive layout, balconies, decks, bathrooms with custom tile, gourmet kitchens, quality materials, and expert craftsmanship that raise the bar for new construction in Philadelphia. There is an expansive 2,205 sq feet of living space. All of this at an amazing value.

Located in walking distance to Northern Liberties, the Crane Arts building, shopping, public transportation and mere minutes to Center City. Development is booming all over the immediate neighborhood. Why just settle for a home when you can own something spectacular. There is a 10 year tax abatement and no condo fees.

Discover more about Life in Northern Liberties

TheSomersTeam.com
215-400-2620
Remax Access, Northern Liberties

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29Jul/100

2 Bedroom Spacious Condo for Sale in Northern Liberties – Close to Everything w/ 2 Car Garage Parking

2 Bedroom Spacious Condo in Northern Liberties

837 N 2nd Street Unit 310

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Located in walking distance to restaurants, coffee shops, local entertainment, and minutes from Center City. This is hands down, one of the best spots to live in Northern Liberties.

Garage parking for 2 cars, 2 large bedrooms, 2 .5 large bathrooms, and a private deck. Hardwood floors throughout on both the first floor and the second floor of this spacious condo. Contemporary kitchen with granite and stainless steel, breakfast bar. This is a corner unit so there is plenty of natural light. Many of the closets have been professionally fitted.

There are 5 years left on the Tax Abatement and this condo has roof rights to build a roof deck. Enter in at 2nd Street and the garage is electronically controlled with exits at Poplar and N Hancock.

Discover more about Life in Northern Liberties

TheSomersTeam.com
215-400-2620
Remax Access, Northern Liberties

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29Jul/100

1 Bedroom Loft for Sale in Loft District – The Shoe Factory is Minutes from Center City!

1 Bedroom Loft in Loft District of Philadelphia

314-322 N 12th Street 507

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The Shoe Factory is a Center City dweller's dream being centrally located in walking distance to Jefferson Hospital, the Convention Center & Reading Terminal Market as well as a few minutes from Market Street.

The interior of unit 507 is spectacular. Inspiring views of the city day and night is the back drop for this true 1 bedroom 1 bath modern industrial mix. Features to admire are:

  • exposed brick
  • 12 ft ceilings
  • soaring industrial size windows
  • dark original solid hardwood flooring
  • a contemporary open floor plan

The architectural element of the cement columns only add to the historic elements in this refurbished factory loft. The kitchen is what you'd expect: Kohler faucets, GE Profile stove, Bosch dishwasher, Monogram refrigerator & shower fixtures are from Axor by Hansgrohe just to drop a few names. The bedroom is romantic with built-in cabinetry and spa inspired bathroom. 4 yrs left on Tax Abatement.

Discover more about Life in the Loft District

TheSomersTeam.com
215-400-2620
Remax Access, Northern Liberties


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28Jul/101

Condo Source: River’s Edge Condominiums

Overlook the Schuylkill River with style at the River's Edge Condominiums in Logan Square. These unique  townhouse condos have their own courtyard and a private garden and common roofdeck perfect for gazing out at the city skyline.

The Goods: Amazing views of Center City, University City, and the Parkway. Full-size eat-in kitchen with stainless steel appliances. Hardwood floors.  Deeded parking.

In the Neighborhood: The River's Edge is walkable and convenient to 30th Street Station and University City for commuters and students. The Logan Square neighborhood is grand and gorgeous, set off of the Parkway and all of its fountains and cultural attractions. Fairmount Park and the Schuylkill River Trail beckon the nature lovers and active runners and cyclists.

River's Edge Condominiums

2301 Cherry Street

Read more about Philadelphia condominiums with our Condo Source.

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28Jul/100

Candid Video: The Somers & Their Buyer Tour South Philly Home For Sale

It was a sizzling late afternoon in Philadelphia when we met up with first time home buyer, Kristen. We set out on a journey to find a property that she could call her own. We had already shown Kristen what her budget of $150,000 would get her in the neighborhood of Fishtown. Kristen, like many buyers, could afford a higher mortgage but wanted to stay under budget just to be safe.  So, after our exploration of Fishtown where she saw a home she really liked, she was ready for round 2. We headed to South Philadelphia, in the neighborhood of Graduate Hospital, where a similarly priced 2 bedroom was waiting for us.  With our mini camcorder in hand, and our client Kristen, being ready, willing, and very cool (I might add), let us shoot some candid footage of her tour of this Graduate Hospital home. We were curious to find out what our first time buyer's impression would be.

Would Kristen be wooed by Graduate Hospital's proximity to Rittenhouse Square and the subway?

How would the Fishtown property compare?

We were curious to find out what our first time buyer's impression would be.

Are you a first timer? Get in touch. And don't forget to stop by our first time home buyer's session to find out if you qualify for a grant to help with buying costs.

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28Jul/100

Battle the Heat with the 90degreez Fashion World Tour

This event is right in tune with our current state of weather. The 90degreez Fashion World Tour brings an evening of fashion, art, music, and networking to Old Kensington to benefit the youth of the Kensington South neighborhood and the Kensington South NAC, a nonprofit organization that helps to improve the neighborhood.

On the runway, look for couture inspired from Brazil, Uganda, and other countries, with designers Genuine Gentlemen, Atal Stella Uganda, Eye Innovations eyewear, and others. Hip hop gospel artist TWyse will perform. The event will also tap its global potential by offering a live streaming video broadcast from 90degreez.com.

90degreez Fashion World Tour
July 31, 6pm
Crane Building, 1400 N. American Street

For questions call Marilyn or Cynthia at 215-427-3463. You can also call 90degreez at 215-200-0652 or visit www.90degreez.com

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27Jul/100

Go Vertical at Philly’s Only Rock-Climbing Gym Right Here in Northern Liberties

There's a rock climbing gym in Philadelphia? Really? Oh, but surely it's on the Parkway or in Center  City. What? It's in Northern Liberties?

When you blog enough about Philadelphia neighborhoods, you begin to think you know where everything is.

So when you find out that Philly does have a rock climbing gym and it is along the Delaware River on the Fishtown-Northern Liberties border, you feel like you should have known about it. Why aren't you a regular height-defying rock climbing marvel by now?

Right behind Yards Brewing, off the beaten path, stands Go Vertical, an indoor rock climbing gym and climbing school with over 250 rock climbing routes, bouldering, walls ranging up to 50 feet, and 13,500 square feet of climbing surfaces. There are classes every day for beginners, so don't be intimidated. And don't be worried, you'll be wearing safety equipment and the entire gym floor is made of shock absorbing foam.

Next time we think we've exhausted all possible Northern Liberties entertainment options (and there are MANY) we'll remember that just because we live here, doesn't mean that there aren't some surprises still waiting.

Go Vertical
950 N. Penn St.
215-928-1800

Discover more about Life in Northern Liberties. Ready to search for Northern Liberties properties?

[image via Go Vertical]

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