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Tip Jar: Let Master Keep You Under Lock and Key 24/7

I admit it. I am subject to the Master. The Master provides me with extreme strength, security, and protection 24/7. The 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 knock it till you've tried it. I am talking about my Master Lock Box. Not suggesting you read Shades of Grey! You can buy the Master at any Home Depotor Lowes for $25-$30.Realtors use Master Lock Boxes all of the time. They are not new to the scene. But  for non-Realtors, these "bad boys" are perfect to store an extra set of house keys or a spare set of car keys for emergency reasons. They can be hung in your garage, office, or work place. I rarely carry keys to my yoga class or when I go out for a night on the town. Even my cleaning person uses my Master to access my condo. I never lose my keys now because I put a spare set in my Master Lock Box.

So, if you are like me and are not very disciplined with your keys, let Master keep you under lock and key 24/7. Master Lock Box, that is.


N 2nd Street’s South Side Ghetto is Going…Going…

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 a year ago," she commented with a smile. After giving it some thought, I really had to agree. "What a difference a year makes!"

There is still some work that needs to be done, some lots still remain undeveloped, storefronts still need some love, but in general, great strides are being made. I don't know if the property owners, business owners, and developers in Northern Liberties know it or not, but a lot of us really wholeheartedly appreciate the hard work, preparation, and the chance you have taken in investing in Northern Liberties. I know I do and hope this message reaches you.

Below is the link to the 2nd Street blog we did 1 year ago and some of the changes we see today. N 2nd Street's South side ghetto is going...going...and soon to be gone!

Before...Trouble in Paradise: South Side Slums Bring Shame to Northern Liberties

Putting Our Muscle Where Our Mouth Is

And after...2nd Street Cleanup: Results!

What’s New on 2nd Street?



Meet Your Neighbor: At the Havana Room in Northern Liberties at North Shore

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 neighbor, The Havana Room. I think you will be pleasantly surprised by the cuisine (Cuban inspired) and the overall experience. Located at North Shore Beach Club in Northern Liberties. No membership required to chill at the bar or restaurant.


For Rent: 2424 Memphis Street

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 the eyes. The finished basement has a tiled floor and separate laundry and utility room along with a FULL BATHROOM. The yard can accommodate a picnic table and grill and still has room for storage alongside.

This is a great location, just steps away from 2424 Studios, Memphis Taproom, & Greensgrow Farm. Easy and quick access to I-95, the Blue Line and the 25 bus line. Ample parking in the neighborhood. Pets okay!

Rent it for only $1,500 a month. Contact the Somers Team for more information. 


Fresh Address x 2: 1619 E Hewson Street & 167 W Jefferson Street

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 Old Kensington.

Come On In: This newly renovated 3 story rowhome offers many wonderful features you will enjoy. Solid hardwood floors throughout every room, new kitchen w/ appliances and plenty of cabinets and counter space for cooking. The dining room and living room are combined in a completely open floor plan on the 1st floor. There is a rear powder room with bamboo style designer vanity and a first floor laundry area. The 2nd floor has 2 bedrooms that share a full bath. The 3rd floor is the incredibly tasteful master bedroom suite with walk in closet, room for a sitting area and bedroom set. The master bath includes a spa tub, beautifully tiled ceramic walls and floor, and a large vanity for storage. The master bedroom and bath have skylights and nice views of the Ben Franklin Bridge. This property has a full clean unfinished basement, new electric, new plumbing, and has central air conditioning. Gas heat and cooking.

Amazing deals at $90,000 (Hewson Street) and $249,900 (Jefferson Street). Contact the Somers Team for more information. 


The Somers Team on the Urban Sugar Plum!

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]


What’s New on 2nd Street?

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 North 2nd Street. Looking better and better every year!

Welcome Trophy Bikes, Chez Bow WOW, Brown Betty, and the (hurry up and open already) Circles Thai restaurant.


It’s Always Sunny in these Philadelphia Homes

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, frisbee, festivals, and more, we have 800 N Lawrence Street, C, a sunny loft space, and the more private Penn Treaty Village, complete with grilling areas, a jumbo screen, meditation pods, a walking track, resort-style pool and jacuzzi, bungalows, and a lounge. Now renting!

In Old Kensington, 146 Master Street is an extraordinary new construction 3 Bedroom Home with a private roof deck, striking views, and sun-filled rooms in a progressive bi-level layout.

Now slap on some SPF and come check out these brilliant beauties. Contact the Somers Team to book your tour.  And we mean it about the sunscreen, there are a lot of roof decks to check out!

[Photo credit of Johnny Brendas: [email protected]GPTMC.COM]


Tip Jar: Take the Stairs for a Change

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 divide the room into less formal spaces.

I would like to challenge current home buyers and home owners to take the stairs for a change. Consider making the staircase the centerpiece of your home rather than avoiding or ignoring it altogether. Here are a few ideas that really make a center staircase the most delighted part of the home.

1) Open the staircase up completely for that ultra modern feel.

2) Refinish old spindles by stripping them or painting them your favorite accent colors.

3) Swap out the old-fashioned decorative wrought iron for more industrial materials like the (see photo) staircase done by local artist Leo Razzi.

4) We've all see risers painted white but what about painting them different colors?

5) If you have a closed off wall on either side of your staircase, make it a half wall or get really creative and cut and finish small openings to be used as shelving or peek through windows.

6) Try adding some built-in shelving nooks.

[image via Silver Lining Decor]


Take Your Dog to Work Day: This Friday, June 22nd!

This Friday, Hyperion Bank will be raising money for the fifth year in a row for the Philadelphia 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.


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