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4th of July in Philly!

Independence day conceptHappy Birthday, America! Spending the 4th of July in Philly is the way to go and there are so many ways to celebrate this weekend, it can be a little bit overwhelming. So whether it's fireworks that rock your world, or you prefer something low-key on your yoga mat, we've rounded up some activities by neighborhood to make it easy-breezy.

Whatever you do, have fun, be safe, and Happy 4th from the Somers Team!

To start, there will be fireworks, and who doesn't love that? Here's a handy fireworks map from Visit Philly that shows when and where to get your fireworks action, from Penn Treaty Park and Sugarhouse Casino in Fishtown all the way to South Philly's best viewing spots. The fireworks kick off tonight with Wawa Welcome America's Philadelphia Orchestra Neighborhood Concert at Penn's Landing.

Here's the forecast for the weekend. Let's hope for the best!

Now, for a few alternatives.

Old City: History buffs and hoagie lovers should head to the All-American Celebration on the Mall and Wawa Hoagie Day. And don't miss the annual Independence Day Parade from 5th & Chestnut to Front & Market Streets.

Northern Liberties/Fishtown: Escape the Center City and Old City crowds for the 4th of July Jam at the Piazza with headliners the Roots. Or kick back with some brews at Yards Country & 'Cue Celebration for beer, food truck grub, live music, and brewery tours.

Center City/Art Museum: How about some yoga followed by beer? Join Maha Yoga's Jake for Brewmaha, a fun class that ends with beer tasting from Dock Street Brewery on the 3rd. Something more traditional? It's an all day Party on the Parkway on the 4th.



Now Renting: 2601 Pennsylvania Avenue

2601 Pennsylvania Avenue, Unit 825 is ready to rent in the Art Museum area of Philadelphia. This beautiful and spacious 1 bedroom condo for rent has an open living room/dining room layout. Hardwood Floors. Freshly painted. Newly updated kitchen with granite countertops and stainless steel appliances. Tiled bathroom. Washer and Dryer in the unit. Tenant only pays Electric! Amenities include Fitness Center, Gas, Water, 24-hr Concierge and shuttle bus. Across the street from Fairmount Park, the Art Museum, as well as many other museums and restaurants.

Now renting for $1,450 a month. Contact Sean Dundon at 215-888-1994 or email at [email protected]


OPEN HOUSE Bus Tour on Friday, September 21st & Saturday, September 22nd 12-5

We have an exciting Open House Bus Tour opportunity this weekend! As part of CityLIFT Philadelphia, the Affordable Home Tour event will include the below listings. Starting at noon, you can board a bus leaving every 30 minutes from the Convention Center, with the last tour departing at 3:30pm. Read the details here and register to join the tour. We hope to see you!

1745 Sepviva Street - Open House on Friday only from 12-5

Offered at $198,500

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2BR, 1 Bath Home in Kensington. This home features all new plumbing, electric, roof, high efficiency HVAC and hot water heater with Powervent. Home features stainless steel appliances, hardwood floors with cherry inlays and contemporary bathroom. Top to bottom, this is basically a brand new house located close to Palmer Park and Frankford Arts Corridor.

167 W Jefferson Street - Open House on Friday and Saturday from 12-5

Offered at $239,900

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3 Story Renovated Rowhome in Old Kensington. Solid hard wood floors throughout every room, new kitchen with 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 1st 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 there are good 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.

3027 Cambridge Street - Open House on Friday and Saturday from 12-5

Offered at $214,900

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2 Bedroom Home in the Art Museum. Features include modern lighting, original refinished hard wood floors, exposed brick, open stairs, modern kitchen and bath, as well as a nice size rear yard. The layout is open and has a contemporary feel with a straight through design. Bright, charming, cheery and affordable. All of the appliances are included with the sale of this property. The roof, electric and plumbing have all been updated and maintained.

If unable to tour these properties call Chris or Stephanie at 215-400-2600 to schedule your tour.

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OPEN HOUSES on Sunday, September 9th in Fishtown & the Art Museum Area

3027 Cambridge Street - Open House from 12-2

Offered at $224,900

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Come tour this beautiful move in ready 2BR home in the Art Museum section of Philadelphia with close proximity to Brewerytown, Kelly Drive and south of Girard Avenue. Home has lots of charm and unique features that include modern lighting, exposed brick, modern kitchen and bath, original refinished hardwoods and a nice sized yard.



711 Belgrade Street - Open House from 2:30-4:30

Offered at $299,900

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Tour this beautiful 3 bedroom 2 full bath home in Fishtown. You’ll enjoy walking through its spacious living and dining area, and kitchen with polished granite, custom cabinetry, and new stainless steel appliances. Other features include bamboo flooring throughout, recessed lighting, a modern open floor plan, 3rd floor master suite, large closets, and fantastic yard with patio and green space. Enjoy walking to some of Fishtown’s greatest hotspots just minutes away.

If unable to tour these properties on Sunday call us to schedule your tour at 215-400-2600 - Ask for Chris or Stephanie Somers.

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Tip Jar: Support a Vision!

The show “Visions of Arcadia” at the Philadelphia Museum of Art highlights 3 of the most influential Modern Artists and their process and perceptions of a mystical place called “Arcadia”. Arcadia is an “unspoiled harmonious wilderness” and more than just a place where naked bathers hang out near the woods. The notion of Arcadia is really a reaction to times, perceptions, and forward thinking of of the European culture in the 1900’s. The 1850’s through 1900’s were a time of significant growth in the economy due to advancements in agriculture and technology.

I could not help but to compare and contrast what is happening in my little microcosm of the art world in 2012 amongst my artist friends and acquaintances here in Philadelphia. The catalyst to the movements that inspired this amazing collection of art for “Visions of Arcadia” were actually commissioned works by wealthy patrons for their personal enjoyment in their homes. The housing industry was clearly doing very well at the time and I admit to being more than a little envious of the celebration of prosperity.

As a result of my observations of this special installation at PMA, I felt unusually sad. I was sad because when I look around my Philadelphia, I observe so many artists struggling to do what they were born to do. Artists definitely take the brunt of a weak economy and thrive creatively in a strong economy. “Visions of Arcadia” is evidence that this notion is true. The artists of today that have boldly devoted their lives to pursuing their real purpose make many personal sacrifices to do so. They are, in my opinion, the underdogs and pushers of culture in our city.  Developments in art and culture are stunted during economic downturns. So, “Visions of Arcadia",  though a celebration of a Utopia on Earth, showed me how important it is to acknowledge the art and especially "career artists" in our community. My resolve is strengthened more now than ever to support the arts and artists as best I can today, when they need it most.

In the last year I purchased original works from 2 local artists (Rebecca Jacoby and Nancy Blum) and have my hopes set on one more piece from another local emerging artist! I recently blogged about The PaperMill Artist Community and Karyn Vetter, the owner and manager of this radical Kensington outreach. Her contributions are noteworthy. As a volunteer for 2013's InLiquid Benefit, I hope my time provides benefits to the collaborators as well as the art community.  Volunteering is free for those who cannot contribute financially. And, if you have not supported the art community, I ask you to consider buying an original piece or donating to a benefit or sponsoring a local artist. If you love music or dance, there are plenty of opportunities to support these practices in Philadelphia.

So, get out there, get involved, and play a part in the art world in your community.


OPEN HOUSE: Sunday, August 12th 12-2 in Art Museum Neighborhood

3027 Cambridge Street

Offered at $239,900

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Stop by our Open House Sunday, August 12th from 12 – 2PM and see this beautiful move in ready 2BR home in the Art Museum section of Philadelphia with close proximity to Brewerytown, Kelly Drive, the Art Museum attractions and is south of Girard Avenue.

Some of the great features to enjoy in this home include:

  • Modern lighting
  • Open & contemporary
  • Original refinishing hardwoods
  • Modern kitchen
  • Modern bath
  • Exposed brick
  • Appliances included
  • Nice sized rear yard
  • Located in a neighborhood that has high real estate value
  • Major redevelopment and revitalization in this area

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

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Fresh Address: 3027 Cambridge Street

Today, we're heading to the Art Museum section of Philadelphia to take a peek at 3027 Cambridge Street.

This is Where It's At: This beautiful 2 bedroom property is in an area undergoing major redevelopment and revitalization, on one of the last remaining streets that have not been over-improved in an area that has historically high real estate value. This quiet no-through-way street in the Art Museum section of Philadelphia is close to Brewerytown, Kelly Drive and the Art Museum attractions, positioned South of Girard Avenue.

Come On In:  This property is all about the charm and unique features! Some of those features include modern lighting, original refinished hard wood floors, exposed brick, open stairs, modern kitchen and bath, as well as a nice size rear yard. The layout is open and has a contemporary feel with a straight through design. Bright, cheery, and affordable. All of the appliances are included with the sale of this property. The roof, electric and plumbing have all been updated and maintained. This house needs nothing and is in move in condition! Watch your equity grow!

Priced at a steal of $239,900! Contact the Somers Team for more information. 


Tip Jar: Meet Your Nightmare Neighbor

This week, we strongly advise you to meet your nightmare neighbor.

Meet your neighbor, Eastern State Penitentiary, in the Fairmount section of the Art Museum. This historic attraction/museum is a frequented spot for tourists and local Philadelphians. Being an admitted glutton for the macabre, my tour proved to be a very stimulating experience. If you are a history buff, this place provides plenty of it and apparently Eastern State Penitentiary is believed to be haunted by the very prisoners that once walked the halls and sat in the prison cells you will see in my V-blog.  Visit Eastern State Penitentiary...if you dare, of course.

For more info about Eastern State Penitentiary, visit their website.


Fresh Address: For Rent!

What are you looking for in a rental? What is most important to you? Here are some of our incredible rental listings with features that today's renter is hunting for...

The Breathtaking View: 2401 Pennsylvania Avenue, 16A12, is a luxury high rise with beyond generous aerial views of the Art Museum from the spacious balcony.  The building includes an on-site spa, dry cleaner, pool, fitness center, library, bank, and it for $1,300 a month!

Penthouse Lifestyle: You want the ultimate in luxury without the huge commitment? Bachelor/bachelorette pad? Rent at the Penn Treaty Village Pennthouses, with 2 Bedrooms starting at $2,440 and 3 Bedrooms starting at $2,990.  This is living in a spa in Northern Liberties: meditation pod, spa shower system with jacuzzi tub, resort style pool, walking track, bungalows, and tons of green space, with plush amenities throughout.

The Ideal Neighborhood: 837 N 2nd Street, 310 just so happens to be situated in one of our favorite neighborhoods in Philadelphia, Northern Liberties. It is just steps away from all of the local hotspots, including amazing restaurants, boutiques, a bowling alley, yoga studio, Liberty Lands Park, the Piazza at Schmidts, Liberties Walk, and Super Fresh. We could go on and on...but trust us, this neighborhood is an easy sell and when buyers and renters choose Northern Liberties, this hip, friendly, exciting neighborhood is one of the major reasons why! Rent this 2 Bedroom with 2 Car Garage Parking and private deck for only $2,100!

The Right Price: Our rental listings are smartly priced, giving you a chance to rent high quality apartments and homes with excellent amenities, for a great rental price. Maybe you're not ready to buy, but that doesn't mean that you're not ready to live well!

Ready to Rent? Contact the Somers Team to come check out these properties for rent in person!


Relisted: Rent or Buy 2401 Pennsylvania Ave, 16A12

2401 Pennsylvania Avenue, 16A12, is back on the market!

It's all yours for $199,900 or rent it for $1,300 a month.

All utilities included w/ maintenance: unlimited fitness classes at the gym, free bus rides into town, 24 hr concierge, 2 social rooms, a library w/ a view, free bike dock and on-site shopping, pharmacy, dry cleaner, spa, diner and bank! Gym membership includes full use of the indoor & outdoor pools ($30/mo). Majestic Views of the Art Museum & Schuylkill River. Kelly Drive's jogging paths & biking trails are a stone's throw away. The interior of this studio includes new carpeting, hardwood kitchen floor, granite counters, stainless appliance, tile back splash, professionally fitted closets, built-in bed, a huge balcony with slider doors & aerial views year round. Rent includes all utilities, including basic cable. Elevator access to private floor, security entrance, elegant foyer,& extra storage.

Contact the Somers Team for more information.


Phone: 215.253.6818