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Meet Your Neighbor: Sculpere in Northern Liberties

Being a huge supporter of local businesses, I decided to take a few yoga classes at Cristina Espaillat's Sculpere Studio, an intimate space on North 2nd St and Poplar Streets in Northern Liberties. I have to say after the first om...I was hooked.

I love the pace of both the yoga (Cristina teaches Vinyasa, which means flow) and the Sculpere classes for my fitness level. Guys might not dig the Sculpere classes because there is a lot of ballet moves but even my better half Chris is really into Cristina's yoga sessions. He likes all of the warrior poses. Ha, ha. Such a guy!

You must visit Cristina's website for more information about her personal journey, the studio, and most importantly when the next class is for you! Sign up online. Let's Get Down! Downward Dog, that is.

Cristina's Yoga at North Shore Beach Club starts May 5th.


Reader Mailbag: Vacant Property Owners in Philadelphia

Kensington Fire

Photo credit: "Articsplash"

With the recent fire in Kensingtonthat took the lives of two of our firefighters, we think this email discussion from one of our blog readers may be of interest:

 Good evening Stephanie, I came across your blog while attempting to help a friend find commercial space for rent in Northern Liberties (specifically 710 N. 2nd St). For months, my friend has walked around the area, collected addresses, and tracked down vacant property owners but has been unsuccessful in obtaining space. The only time he was able to actually make contact with someone (200 West Girard), the developer was "unsure of what he wanted to do with the property" while it rotted away across from the brand spanking new Superfresh. I was honestly taken back when he shared his challenges with me. How can these owners be content with their abandoned structures when the Piazza is booming at the other end of the street? I know the business would be a great success in the area. Do you have any suggestions? Thank you so much! Rose

Thanks for reaching out to me. I want to first say that you, I, and a whole lot of people are asking the same questions. Why are these property owners hanging on to properties that they are not maintaining or putting to best use?  I personally believe many of the owners are experiencing a mix of circumstances preventing their property from being used to the full potential. Many owners may be holding off selling because they are waiting for "the right time" when they can sell at top dollar. Sadly, many property owners are still hanging on to sales numbers that were overly inflated during the Real Estate Boom in 2005-06.  Those people do not really put a priority on how their unused crumbling property impacts the community both on an aesthetic and economic level. Some folks simply do not have the money right now to develop property and/or they may not know how to develop the property. Many of these owners are inexperienced Real Estate Investors or from another generation, or perhaps from out of the city or state and have an “out of sight out of mind” mentality. Then there are the properties that are in process of being foreclosed on or are part of a sheriff sale or stuck in some other red tape of getting a home on the market and sold to a person with the means of developing it and putting it to good use. Even when a property is finally sold, the new owner has the right to sit on the property and sell it when the market rebounds and produces higher sales comps. It is unfortunate but property owners are not obligated to do anything with their properties other than maintain them and pay taxes.But as we all see that is dust in the wind as we recall all too recently the events that led to the recent warehouse fire in Kensington and the heartbreaking loss of life as a result of a complacent property owner. If you have money you can propose an offer to rent or buy a property if you can track them down but if they are not interested, then one or more of the above reasons may be why. My suggestion is that your friend concentrate on what is available, become part of the business community, and help make the neighborhood great with the available resources at our disposal. Because trying to wrap our minds around the behavior of these property owners is an unrewarding task when your energy can be put to best use working with people who are actively engaged in the life and economy of the community.

What are your thoughts?


OPEN HOUSES in Northern Liberties: April 28th & 29th 12-2pm



Saturday, April 28th &

Sunday, April 29th


902-904 New Market Street

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Here's your opportunity to tour two New Construction 3 Bedroom Homes with  private decks, yards, and incredible design from local award-winning architects, right here in Northern Liberties!

Here are some of the great features you’ll see on your tour:

  • Strand woven bamboo floors throughout
  • Designer kitchens with Whirlpool appliances
  • Exquisite tile work in baths and kitchens
  • 2 story factory size custom Jelwin windows
  • Master bedroom suite
  • Private decks and yards
  • 10-year tax abatement, all starting at $500,000.

If unable to tour this weekend, call us for more details: 215-400-2600 - Ask for Chris or Stephanie Somers

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Catch This: Fishtown Shadfest

The 4th Annual Shadfest is all set for Saturday, April 28th at Penn Treaty Park and we highly advise you not to miss it!  If you go every year, then you already know, but if you have never been, it is a great chance to see what one of Philadelphia's oldest riverside neighborhoods is all about and to celebrate all things fishy in Fishtown. Check out this year's musical lineup here (the York Street Hustle!) and sign up for the Kenzinger Challenge Run


Tip Jar: Be Flexible When it Comes to Settlement!

There are a lot of moving parts in a real estate transaction. That is why our Tip Jar for today reminds you to remain flexible when it comes to planning your settlement date when you buy or sell a home.

We see many delays in settlements these days for a number of reasons (which is another topic in altogether). Buyers and sellers should not make plans written in stone. Our suggestion for consumers is to avoid scheduling trips, important business meetings, and movers on the day of settlement. Leave yourself a few days of flexibility in case your settlement is delayed by an hour, a day, or even a week. If you are selling your home and buying a home with the proceeds the very same day, make provisions with all parties involved so a delay in one settlement will not have a detrimental impact on all of the "tie-in settlements" happening.

Like I said, there are many moving parts to a Real Estate and Mortgage Transaction. If you are considering buying or selling a home, use a Realtor and a Mortgage professional that has handled many transactions. Experience comes with time and hands-on experience. Be flexible! 


To-Do: NoLibs Spring Sidewalk Sale

If you happen to be in the Northern Liberties neighborhood this weekend, ahem, viewing houses, or you know, having lunch at Cafe Chismosa, well, stop by the NoLibs Spring Sidewalk Sale and get your shop on! One, it'll really convince you that this neighborhood is chock full of awesome and that you need to live here, stat, and two, who can resist a good deal?

From the event page:

Head down 2nd Street from Spring Garden to Girard and shop local boutiques. Some of your favorite Northern Liberties shops are teaming up for a Spring Sidewalk Sale on Saturday, April 28th from 11am to 7pm. Each store will be offering a special sale or promotion and refreshments - so it's not to be missed. We'll be there whether rain or shine, so gather your friends for a day of shopping and savings!

Participating Shops include:

Art Star / 623 N. 2nd St. - We will have a CLEARANCE rack & table w/ items marked up to 75% off!

Duke & Winston / 633 N. 2nd St.

Casa Papel / 804 N. 2nd St.

Concrete Polish / 716 N. 3rd St.

Arcadia / 819 N. 2nd St. - Clearance rack w/ mark-downs up to 75% off, New Spring Mark-Downs & (basil) Lemonade Stand (spiked or not!).

Once Worn / 910 N. 2nd St.

SWAG / 935 N. 2nd St.

Millesime / 1001-13 N. 2nd St.

Bloom / 1001 N. 2nd St.



Decked Out in Northern Liberties: 1015 N 4th Street

1015 N 4th Street is an amazing 3 Bedroom Home in Northern Liberties, at a new LOWER price of $359,900. Get a decked-out home in time for sunny warmer weather!

With two full baths, a finished basement, deck AND yard in one of the city's best locations, 1015 N 4th Street has just about everything to offer. This property was completely renovated 5 years ago. Some of the features include: Open floor plan, hardwoods throughout, marble tile baths, granite counters in the kitchen, a counter top bar, and a modern gas fireplace in the spacious dining room. There are two bedrooms with a shared hall bath on the 2nd floor and the master suite with sitting area/dressing area is on the 3rd floor. Access to the deck is also on the 3rd floor. 1015 N 4th Street has central air, gas heat and cooking. This large home is close to everything and has easy street parking. All appliances included plus alarm and intercom system.

Come check it out! For  more details, please contact the Somers Team.


Lunch VS Cafe Chismosa: Meet your Neighbor in Northern Liberties

When it comes to the question of where to go or what to eat during lunch hour, Cafe Chismosa is sure to please. Cafe Chismosa is a new eatery at 4th and Poplar. Cafe Chismosa is chicly decorated with a bold yet tasteful mix of eclectic, rustic, retro, and yummy. The menu hangs in the air over a refrigerated counter display filled with all sorts of delights including prepared sandwiches to go, marinades, and all sorts of goodness. And there was even home made banana bread and baked sweets for dessert. For breakfast, lunch, dinner or coffee, it certainly hits the spot. Fresh, unique, and healthy. Meet your new neighbor at Cafe Chismosa.


Relisted: Listings Back in Action

Did you miss them the first time? We have two listings that are back on the market and ready to sell!

First up...1506 S. 24th Street is a brand new and meticulously redone 3 bedroom home in the Graduate Hospital area. It has new hardwood floors on the 1st floor, a vast open floor plan with large living and dining rooms, a modern kitchen with glass back splash, stainless steel appliances, polished granite counter tops, new custom cabinetry, and access to the rear yard. The yard is a beautiful addition to this home with fencing and brick paver patio with professional landscaping. The 2nd floor has all new neutral color carpeting, a new 3 piece bathroom with storage vanity and spacious rooms. The master bedroom has ample closet space. Roof is new with transferrable warranty. Mechancis (electric and plubming) are all updated. Central air, in move-in condition and a fantastic opportunity! Great block, very easy parking. With the super low interest rates, why rent when you can own? Easy to show. This is a must see to appreciate. Make your appointment today!

Next, we have 2132 E. Dauphin Street, a lot opportunity in East Kensington/Fishtown.  This buildable lot is in one of the hottest areas for "Green" and "Sustainable" building applications in Fishtown. This lot can be sold with 2134 E Dauphin Street. Together they make a 27' by 60' footprint for 2 New Construction Homes. Close to Rocket Cat and Philadelphia Brewing Company, Ida Mae's and Memphis taproom as well as galleries and shops along the Frankfor Arts Corridor. This South of York Location is available immediately. Actual width of lot is 13 feet 10 inches.

For  more details, please contact the Somers Team.


Now Renting: 902-904 New Market Street in Northern Liberties!

Poplar Point is now for rent!

For $3,000 a month, live in luxury in an Original New Construction 3 Bedroom,  2.5 Bath Paradise at 902 or 904 New Market Street. Features include: 12' ceilings, strand woven bamboo floors throughout, designer kitchen w/ Whirl Pool appliances, exquisite tile work in baths & kitchen, recessed lighting package included, no-slam cabinetry throughout, master bedroom suite, 2 story factory size custom Jelwin windows, multiple flex spaces, modern vanities, seamless glass shower, private decks, private fenced-in yard, dual zone high efficiency heating & cooling, tank-less hot water heater, custom iron work inside & out, custom stone work & built-in planters, huge closets, 10" concrete walls, steel beam construction, and alarm system. Local developer & local award winning architect. Walk to the best Northern Liberties venues.

Ready for a tour? Contact the Somers Team.


Phone: 215.253.6818