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31May/110

Lots to Love

Are you on the hunt for right piece of land at the right price? We have three lot opportunities for investors along the Northeast corridor of Philadelphia.

4337-39 Bermuda Street is a lot for sale in the Bridesburg/Frankford Area. 37x100 w fence and curb. R10A zoning. All offers are presented with proof of funds. $69,900.

2306 E Venango Street is a 20X80  lot for sale in Port Richmond. R10A zoning. All offers with be presented w/ proof of funds. $39,900.

1101-1103 Berks Street is a desirable riverside Fishtown corner lot/land for sale. Ready for Development: 28x86. R10A zoning. $119,900.

For more information, please contact the Somers Team.

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30May/110

The New Race Street Pier Brings Energy to Philadelphia

Race Street Pier - Jazz BandStephanie and I took a lovely walk to the newly opened Race Street Pier this past weekend. Not only does it bring energy, it provides access to the River !

Before this was just a barren wasteland. Now it is a lovely, manicured, landscaped getaway of sorts: a little piece of heaven on Penns Landing where folks can walk out onto to the pier, next to the Ben Franklin bridge, enjoy a water ice, some music and a nice breeze.

It is a great addition to the City of Philadelphia ! Having another destination on the River is a great start of many things to come.

It will be a great summer !

 

Race Street Pier - View of Ben Franklin Bridge

Race Street Pier - Stephanie Walking

 

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27May/110

Are you Ready for an Upgrade?

Who doesn't love an upgrade? 837 N. 2nd Street, Unit 309 in Northern Liberties has more upgrades and improvements than we can even wrap our  heads around...this 2 Bedroom Condo has it all, from a personal balcony and rooftop deck to 2-car garage parking. Check it out!

  1. Added storage closet under the staircase.
  2. Upgraded to hardwood floors throughout even the utility closet.
  3. “California Closets” in both bedroom closets for maximum storage.
  4. Upgraded to Asko brand washer and dryer (under warranty until 11/18/2013).
  5. Dryer professionally vented to exterior of building.
  6. Replaced original circuit breaker.
  7. Installed new smoke detectors.
  8. Upgraded all bathroom exhaust fans with high quality low volume versions.
  9. Bonus medicine cabinets in master bathroom and hall bath.
  10. Sale includes 6 foot bath storage cabinet in master bath.
  11. Door hardware and fixtures brushed nickel finish.
  12. Upgraded vanity lighting in powder room.
  13. Ceiling and under-cabinet lighting in kitchen
  14. Roll-out, under-cabinet trashcan under kitchen sink.
  15. Anchor systems are in place  for wall-mount televisions in living room and master bedroom.
  16. Moen brand kitchen faucet.
  17. Penthouse roof access stairs with landing and extra closet and extension of HVAC and sprinkler systems.
  18. 2 Car garage parking.
  19. Will  be adding roof decking in June of 2011 (“Trex” composite decking).


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26May/110

Inside 860 Reserve…A Virtual First Floor Reveal

Are you ready to go inside 860 Reserve at 860 N. Leithgow Street? We have a  peek-a-boo preview of the virtual kind to show you. This virtual rendering reveals what the interior first floor of 860 N Leithgow Street will look like in July 2011 when the entire stand-alone single family home is completed.

Let's take a quick virtual tour at your chance to Own Your Own Block in the heart of Northern Liberties, Philadelphia.

You'll love the bamboo hardwood floors and dramatic staircase with skylights and highest quality, energy efficient Andersen windows & doors.

Inside the kitchen...Modern European style chef's kitchen with high-end stainless steel appliances, Kitchen Micro/Wall Oven ComboCooktop-36 Inch Natural Gas with Griddle by Fisher, imported Italian cabinets, Lenova Zero Radius SInk, custom granite countertops and there will be a beautiful glass tile backspash when it's all finished...There's still time to customize - get in touch!

Please contact the Somers Team for more information.

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Own Your Own Block: 860 Reserve.

Aerial View of Undisclosed New Project in Northern Liberties: 860 Reserve

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26May/110

Tip Jar: Knock Knock. Who’s There?

Knock Knock. Who's there? Boo. Boo Who? Don't Cry! Today's tip will cheer you up after that knock-knock joke.

Why did I start with such a groaner? To drive my tip jar point home. Unlike my knock-knock intro, your front door is no joke when it comes to the beautification of your home.

In Philadelphia, door decor is, for some people, somewhat of a status symbol, for others a way of communicating their personality, and yet for others their front door is a terribly neglected part of the home. Many people use their front doors to differentiate their home from other rowhomes on the block. It is not unusual to see people all over the city decorate their doors with holiday themes or even salvaging retro doors to create a unique and welcoming entrance. But there is nothing more sad than a neglected, paint-stripped, or plain old ugly door. Your front door needs love, too, and whether you realize it or not, it says a lot about you.

In case you need some help, here are a few tips to keep your front door from being a senseless victim of my knock-knock jokes.

1) Choose a unique color for your door, one that really pops.
2) Add a beautiful outdoor wreath made of natural weatherproof materials so it lasts.
3) Try decorative accessories such as stainless steel address numbers or a nice accent mailbox.
4) A custom door or salvaged door makes an amazing statement but is a bit more costly.

Related:

Tip Jar: Curb Appeal in the Concrete Jungle

[photo from our awesome Collins Street properties!]

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24May/110

How to Get More Views

The more views, the better, right?

Oh, we're not talking about your website. We're talking about what's really important - the view from where you live!

At 901 N Penn Street, R1905, the View from the Regatta Tower is fantastic. It's one of only three riverside communities in Philadelphia that offers a view of the Delaware River. If you want to wake up every day to gorgeous water views, then this 1 Bedroom, 1 Bath Luxury Condo is your 19th floor front row seat...

For  more details, please contact the Somers Team.

Related:

Fresh Address: 901 N Penn Street R1905

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23May/110

One Time at Summer Camp…

One Time at Summer Camp...Not to be confused with the American Pie version of that story!  But seriously, one time at Summer Camp I learned how to swim, make my first gimp bracelet, and created memories for life.  There are plenty of interesting camps about town in Philadelphia. If it's a skill that your child wants to cultivate or something that just sounds like fun, there are programs for just about every personality type, at every price point. Check out some of the options that stood out to us:

For a Creative Edge in Fairmount...

"Theme-based studio experiences in both 2 & 3-D media balanced with trips to the art museum, art in the park, weekly special guest/event, Friday feasts, playground time, art scavenger hunts, and more." The Fairmount Arts Center offers art camp sessions all summer long, with 4-day camps running June 13 through September 2nd. Ages 4 - 12. Week-long, full-day camp: 9:00am-3:00pm - $385. Week-long half-day camp: 9:00am-Noon - $250.

Make em say Ommmm instead of Mommmm in Northern Liberties...

"Daily, positive, theme-focused yoga classes".  Healthy allergen-free snacks and their own yoga mat to keep, in a non-competitive environment could be a nice, refreshing change from the pressure-filled school year.  Kids Yoga Camp at Sankhya Yoga Ages 4 - 10. July through August, Mon-Fri, 9 - 12pm. $550.

Get their hands dirty in Old City...

"CLAY CAMP! Campers learn new skills, develop their creativity, gain confidence, and create unique pieces of art that can be used for years to come." The Clay Studio in Old City will hold Summer Clay Camp sessions throughout the summer, from June 20 to August 19. Ages 6 - 12. From $175.

Poolside at Portside...

The Portside Arts Center promises flexible dates and a diverse Summer Camp Program with "crafts, painting, drawing, drama and music coupled with math a science programs instructed by teaching artists, counselors and Jr. Counselors." You can check out the monthly schedule that lists the activities, which include Friday morning pooltime,  "Techy Time", and the Morning Stretch. Ages 5 - 12. From $25.

Summer for the Science Buff...

Science in the Summer is a program that will offer Genetics instruction in the Philadelphia area. The two-day Saturday programs are for 2nd through 6th grade students and are free if you register and are accepted - space is limited!

If you know of any local summer camps, feel free to let us know in the comments below!

Related:

Keep Your Kids Busy This Summer in Philadelphia

[image via Sankhya Yoga]

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23May/111

For-Rent Opportunity Knocking in Fishtown

If you have spent any time at all in Fishtown lately, you'd know that this neighborhood is having its moment: the new Frankford Hall beer garden on Frankford Avenue, the pleasant crowds at Greensgrow Farm every weekend, the new yoga studios and coffeeshops that line the streets. Fishtown is the place to be!

But you're not buying yet...That's okay! We've got a For-Rent Opportunity smack in the center of it all. Give Fishtown a try...we know you'll love it at $1,000 a month for a 2 Bedroom Home with an Updated Kitchen, a Large Deck, and a Patio.

2551 E Dakota Street is waiting for you. Please contact the Somers Team for details.

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23May/110

Fresh Address: 835 N 4th Street

 

Today's Address holds major curb appeal on one of the most desired blocks in the city. Welcome to 835 N 4th Street.

This is Where It's At: Set on 4th Street across the way from the always-bumping Honey's Sit n Eat on one of our favorite blocks in Northern Liberties. Get used to thinking "Honey's, I'm home."

Come On In: Step into the open living room with hardwood floors, which leads to a patio and yard with a beautiful paved courtyard leading to the deeded parking lot . 2 Bedrooms, 2.5 Baths, and oh so charming...

For  more details, please contact the Somers Team. Stay tuned for our upcoming blog posts on 835 N 4th Street, our Fresh Address.

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20May/111

Meet your Neighbors on the 800 Block of Hancock Street

One day a few of us folks who live on the 800 block of N Hancock Street decided we wanted to improve our block. Our block is like the ugly duckling of blocks mixed with warehouse conversions, new construction, and a mixed bag of unrelated facades. We decided that the ugly duckling look was not working for us so we formed the 800 Block of N Hancock Street Beautification Committee. To commence our work,  we met at Standard Tap over a few beers (to get our creative juices flowing, of course) and started to brainstorm and delegate and plan our beautification strategy.

Our first job was to tackle the trash, weeds, unmanaged facades, the construction debris, dog droppings, and overall mess on our street. This month was the clean-up. We got together to sweep, pick up trash, and pull weeds and add a few plants and planters we bought at  a neighborhood garage sale nearby.

Next, we will work on getting rid of the graffiti and freshening up with some painting. We have a few unattractive facades on our block. We are hoping to persuade the new gym Sweat to agree to a mural to beautify the rear of their establishment. Right now it is peeling paint and graffiti. We also are in the midst of getting permission from the owner of the empty garage on the corner of Poplar and Hancock to let us paint murals in the cinder block windows. It would absolutely transform that corner.

Then we will be adding a few more trees with the help of the NLNA's Clean & Green Committee and getting local artist Leo Razzi to create a permanent sculpture for the block. The sculpture is a bit extravagant but we love metal street art!

Meet the neighbors of the 800 Block of Hancock Street. Get motivated by their energy, enthusiasm, and sense of community. We hope to see the same type of movement take place throughout the neighborhood. Hint, hint, North 2nd Street!

Let's get inspired by these folks! Have you met your neighbors lately?

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