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Fresh Address: The Philadelphian at 2401 Pennsylvania Avenue

It's the ultimate in all-inclusive getaways - Imagine a place where you can access your grocery store, bank, dry cleaner, gym, pool, library, spa, salon, diner, and pharmacy - without actually stepping outside. (Um, hello Winter 2011, you really made us all a bunch of shut-ins!).

This is Where it's At: And when you do decide to step outside - whether you're hopping into your car from the covered parking garage or hopping on the on-site bus service to head to Center City, or going for a jog along the Parkway - you'll be in one of the most breathtaking and historic areas of Philadelphia - the Art Museum.

What do you think? Do you have what it takes to be a Philadelphian?

Well, we have an amazing opportunity to live at one of the city's most impressive addresses. Stay tuned for our blog series on the Philadelphian, at 2401 Pennsylvania Avenue, our Fresh Address.


The Philadelphian: Philly’s Uber Convenient Condo.

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Spring Designer’s Tip by Busybee Design

Spring is all about re-connecting with your senses, so stimulate them with whimsy! For the new season, we automatically lean towards bold, energizing colors like turquoise, green, and bright pink. Wake up your room with these vibrant shades in the form of an eye-catching pillow, a striking vase, or a chair in a dazzling pattern or hue. Even the simple switch to a new light fixture can bring in color and also add playful architectural elements.

Another way to brighten up for spring? A new work of art can make you view any room in a new light. Go for something fun like this Papier-Mache Deer with Floral Antlers. Or try a custom piece from artist Parvez Taj. He can create the print of your dreams and transfer it to bamboo, aluminum, or canvas.

Wanna talk more about color? Talk to us! For color consults or to purchase these items, please visit Busybee Homestore & Design Center at 734 South Street.


Winter Designer’s Tip: Ruffle Those Feathers!

[images via stray dog designs]


Fixer Upper in Philadelphia: Fishtown

We have plenty of them around. They are all over Philadelphia. We call'em Fixer Uppers. The pros are doing doing it and even the amateurs are getting down and dirty fixing up the Fixer Upper in Fishtown.  It is all the rage.
We just helped one of our awesome clients, Michael, buy a Short Sale Fixer Upper property in Fishtown. It was a fantastic deal for him. His mortgage payments are going to be even less than what he was paying in rent! And his tax deductions as a homeowner are going to net him a big smile when he files his tax returns!

Michael settled on his Fishtown home last week and he already sent me a few photos from his Blackberry of the preliminary stages of his renovation.

Here's what "sweat equity" looks like BEFORE:

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Above: The formal "Breakfast Nook". There used to be outdated paneling covering the walls.
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Above: You can barely see the drop ceiling but it is there.  Say "bye-bye" to the old fashioned soffit.
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Above: The paneling in the kitchen covered this beautiful arched doorway. A long forgotten design trend that Michael will preserve.

Michael, good luck and congrats on the new home! We enjoyed working with you through the home buying process. We wish you well and look forward to more photos as you progress with your renovation.  And, if you need any assistance, The Somers have plenty of professionals we can refer to you if you should bump into a project that you need some help on!


Discovering Francisville

While it's so easy to refer to homes around the Art Museum section of the city as "the Art Museum area", we wanted to clear something up.

We have not forgotten Francisville!

We simply use the Art Museum as a point of reference for people who are new to Philadelphia or may not be aware of the smaller, distinctive neighborhoods in the nooks and crannies of Philadelphia (there are oh so many!).

So what exactly defines Francisville, you ask?

One of our readers recently emailed us to  let us know of a listing that is actually in Francisville, which is known as "East of Fairmount, further east of the Art Museum area and north of Spring Garden".  Boundaries for the neighborhood are Fairmount Avenue to the south, Girard Avenue to the north, Broad Street to the east, and Corinthian Avenue to the west.

We regret the error and fixed our mistake - you can check out the updated listing in Francisville here. We also added a Francisville category to our neighborhood categories.

The Francisville website calls it "Historic. Off the Grid. Unique. Diverse. Walkable".  It is all of those things and more. The neighborhood could soon be known as a prime destination for green housing, with plans for a LEED-certified housing development in the works. It's close to some of the city's best restaurants and coffeeshops (Osteria, Mugshots) and is extremely close to local universities and Center City, and of course, Eastern State Penitentiary, the Art Museum, and the attractions of the Parkway.

For more information about Francisville, contact Penelope Giles, President of the Francisville Neighborhood Development Corporation.

If you have any breaking news or ideas for coverage of Francisville, please let us know! We'd love to add more Francisville content to our blog.


OPEN HOUSE in Fishtown: Sunday February 27th 12:45-2PM – 1346 E Columbia Ave, Fishtown

1346 E Columbia Ave


Open House on Sunday, February 27th from 12:45-2pm – Come tour this 3 bedroom Fishtown home offering you a property that is just like new construction with a huge open first floor and the following features:

  • Very bright
  • Formal Living and Dining room space
  • Hardwood floors
  • Eat in Kitchen w/ high cabinets granite subway tile backsplash and breakfast bar
  • 1st floor powder room
  • 2 bedrooms with their own bathrooms
  • 3rd floor master suite
  • Beautifully landscaped yard
  • 10 year tax abatement

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Remax Access, Northern Liberties


Hear the Somers Team Live on Real Estate Radio this Sunday!

"But they said it really loud

They said it on the air

On the radio whoa oh oh"

Have you guessed by now that the Somers Team will be featured guests on Real Estate Radio with host Paul Carson?

Listen in on Sunday, February 27th  from 9-10AM on WFYL 1180AM to hear our opinions on the Real Estate Market. You can also stream the show online at

We'll be sharing our predictions, advice for homebuyers and sellers, and addressing questions with the same candor and spark that you'd expect from us on the blog...So park yourself in front of the computer with your coffee or tune in during your commute and hear us out.

Who knows what we'll say...on the radio.


Tip Jar: Pheromones Sell Homes

Pheromones Sell Homes! Try this:

15-20 minutes before your Open House or before a showing, place a tray of prepared but uncooked cinnamon buns in the oven and bake. Let the aroma fill your entire dwelling. When they are fully baked remove from the oven, let them cool, and place them in clear view with napkins and a note that says "Welcome Home. Please Enjoy."

Your home smells amazing and there will be a special treat for the lucky visitor.

Cinnamon Buns do more than stimulate the olfactory nerve, the treat is strongly connected to memory and it has been linked to reducing depression, increasing libido (wink, wink), and creating an overall feeling of happiness!

Scented candles, oils and sprays are not as effective. You can find ready-to-bake Cinnamon Buns at your local grocer. Try it ! I am telling you...Pheromones Sell Homes!


Bathing Has Never Been So Luxurious at 2568-70 Collins Street

A European inspired bath with floating vanity made of zebra wood, striated white rectangular tiles and a pebble floor beneath your feet. This is the bath you have always wanted.

These two homes at 2568-70 Collins Street in Fishtown have all of the modern amenities that you need for some luxe lavatory living. Think of how much time you spend in your bathroom. Don't you deserve a smartly designed, peaceful environment to retreat to? The bathroom matters...and we're loving the look and feel of these Collins Street powder rooms.

Please contact the Somers Team for more information.


Leave the Burbs and Keep the Garage!

PBC Tour in Fishtown: A Closer Look at 2568-70 Collins Street

PBC Tour in Fishtown: Pretzels, Beer, and Collins Street


The PERFECT Deal – It is NOT an Urban Legend !

The PERFECT Deal - It is NOT an Urban Legend !

Have you ever had the perfect deal ? Where all the stars aligned ? Where there was very little drama or no drama at all ?  Where everything just worked out...  Maybe it was not real estate related but something else happened, a job situation, a relationship, where all the little factors and elements aligned where the end result was just right...

Here is our story:

The Perfect Deal - It is NOT an Urban Legend !

The Seller- Someone who "gets it", has a lot of experience in real estate and knows that a listing price needs to be priced right and knows his Fishtown market well for sold homes.

The Buyers - Have seen a lot of homes, looking for something special.  Just backed out of a deal that was a complete rehab where questions had come up with termite activity.   That house was just not for them.

The House- Very charming, 3 story, original details, perfect location in Fishtown, and just very special.  EXACTLY what the buyers were looking for and they knew it from the moment they stepped in.

The Somers - One showing for the property and done.  Both the buyer and seller were thrilled that we will able to match them together before we had a sign on the property.  They were a match made in heaven.

The Perfect Deal - Happy Valentines Day to Liz and Ben !

And.... while other deals had drama going on, this deal was as smooth as butter, the home inspection process was drama-free, the mortgage process was streamlined, no issues with an appraisal and the settlement was extremely relaxing and enjoyable.

At the walk-through, it was a pleasure to see the new buyers hug each other and see their smiles and joy.

And to top it off, it was Valentines Day !

Congrats to Liz and Ben ! We wish them all the best in their new home !


3 Bedroom Home for Sale in Old Kensington, Philadelphia – 2 Yr Old Brickfront Home w/ Attached Garage and More!

625 W Thompson Street

This 3 bedroom home for sale in Old Kensington is 2 yr old single brickfront home just north of Northern Liberties with 2 side yards, rear cement patio and fencing around boundary line. Rare opportunity to own a home with an oversized lot and an attached oversized garage!

1st floor features include:625 W Thompson Street

  • 1st floor bedroom suite
  • access to the garage
  • laundry closet large enough for side by side washer & dryer

2nd floor features:

  • cozy dining nook
  • fully loaded kitchen overlooking the dining and living rooms
  • Living room is bright and cheery with a storage closet for coats

The 3rd floor features 2 bedrooms with plenty of closet space, large full hall bath with linen closet and an additional closet for extra storage.

You will also find:

  • recessed lighting
  • stainless backsplash
  • modern cabinet pulls
  • alarm system
  • cable wired
  • close to the Piazza, restaurants & cafe's, public transportation

We welcome your visit to this 3 bedroom home for sale in Old Kensington.

The Somers Team of Philadelphia


Remax Access, Northern Liberties


Phone: 215.253.6818