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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: 829 N 29th Street, #4

Searching for that special corner condo? 829 N 29th Street, #4 is a must-see!

This is Where It's At: Close to Fairmount Park's walking and biking trails in the Art Museum area,  this condo is convenient to Center City but so much quieter...Enter a garden courtyard and admire the historic facade that leads to a modern interior.

Come On In:  The foyer entrance has hidden storage and an enormous closet. A wide staircase extends to an open layout with a formal living and dining room and a huge gourmet kitchen that overlooks the entire 2nd floor. There are wide plank hardwood floors and granite counters with seating for 4-6 at the breakfast bar. Viking Appliances including range, bottom drawer refrigerator, dishwasher, and a built-in wine cellar refrigerator. There is a powder room with vessel sink on this level as well. The 3rd floor bedroom is absolutely enormous with room for a sitting area and room to spare. The master bath is equally impressive and there are multiple closets and a laundry room in the hall. Recessed lights, low condo fees, plenty of upgrades!

Get in touch with the Somers Team for more information.

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Halloween Fest & New Classes at the Fairmount Art Center

Just in from the Fairmount Art Center...there's more to do this Halloween than get scared out of your mind at the Eastern State Penitentiary. Here's something a little more kid-friendly.

Halloween Arts Fest

The 4th Annual! Join us October 31 from11:30am-1:30pm. Come in costume, craft, create, and creep!

Fall Session II: Starts the week of November 1st
School-Closed Camps: Oct. 29-Nov. 5 & beyond
Friday Night Workshops: Upcoming-Papermaking, Collage, & Book Arts

Classes fill fast so be sure to reserve your spot!
Click for details & online registration!

Fairmount Art Center
2501 Olive Street


Get Hands-on Help with Older Homes

Homeowner Workshops We blog about modern construction all of the time, but what if you're an aspiring owner of an historic home?  These homes may require a bit more attention than a new or updated home. The Preservation Alliance of Philadelphia is holding a series of workshops with hands-on demonstrations and visuals on how to restore and maintain older properties. All workshops will be held at the Coral Street Arts House in East Kensington.

In addition to the workshops, there will be lectures in Fairmount for further insight on historic home buying and owning.
All Fairmount workshops start at 6:30pm.

Location: Fairmount Community Development Corporation, 2206 Fairmount Avenue, Philadelphia

Energy Efficiency in Older Homes
-Wednesday, September 22 at 6:30 PM

Wood Window Maintenance and Repair
-Wednesday, September 29 at 6:30 PM

Flat Roofs: Repair, Maintenance and Replacement
-Wednesday, October 6 at 6:30 PM

Masonry and Pointing
-Wednesday, October 13 at 6:30 PM


Taste the Nation with Rybread Cafe’s Multi-City Sandwich Menu

Rybread Cafe, Fairmount, Brewerytown With a name like Rybread Cafe, you can practically taste the dark strong bread. The 23rd and Fairmount sandwich shop is new to the Fairmount and Brewerytown neighborhoods and it comes with a story that has some backbone to it. Owner Ryan has a background in architecture, a set of skills that we like to think is closely related to how well you can build a sandwich. That would make sense, right? After losing his job during the changing economy, Ryan set off for a road trip across the country for 7 weeks.

He ate quite a few sandwiches and then it hit him. With the cities he visited as sandwich creations on his menu, he developed Rybread Cafe.  Which locations inspired his sandwiches?

The NOLA with shrimp salad and greens

The Hollywood with hummus, cucumber, red onion, and shaved carrot

The Philadelphia with  genoa salami, hot cappi, prosciutto, sharp provolone, greens, tomato, onions, and vinaigrette.

The bread is such an important base that Rybread stocks the right breads for every occasion, with specific sandwiches calling for a soft sandwich bun, a thoughtful sourdough or a wholesome multigrain, or even a crisp baguette to carry the flavors. There are soups, salads, and breakfast sandwiches to round out the offerings.  Then there's the panini menu, that tributes such cities as San Francisco, Lake Tahoe, New York, and the Alexandria.  The latter two are both pressed on rye bread.

So next time you're biking through and lunch time is swiftly approaching, brake for some rye bread to bolster your afternoon ride.

Rybread Cafe
2319 Fairmount Ave.

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Things to Do in Brewerytown: Bike Fairmount Park


A French Fling in Fairmount

Bastille Day is one of our favorite events to celebrate in Philadelphia - who hasn't wanted to run away to France at one point or another? Luckily, the Bastille Day celebration in Fairmount indulges us on these whims each year.

We did say indulge. The neighborhood whips up French dinner and wine specials at participating Fairmount restaurants and bars, French film screenings, and the Bastille Day Street Festival, which culminates in the annual Storming of the Bastille.

From July 8 to July 11, it's like a mini fling in France.

July 8 - Fairmount French Fling Bar Crawl

The Belgian Café – 21st & Green
Bishop’s Collar – 24th and Fairmount
Bridgid’s Bar and Restuarant – 24th and Meredith Street
Jack’s Firehouse – 21st and Fairmount
London Grill – 23rd and Fairmount
Rembrandt’s – 23rd and Aspen
Urban Saloon – 2120 Fairmount Avenue

July 9 - Fairmount Goes French!

Have a French dinner and then prepare for an evening of cinema with the kids. Mugshots will be showing Beauty and the Beast at 7 pm and giving out free mini cupcakes with every French soda sold. The Eastern State Penitentiary will show Pepe Le Pew cartoons and the Hunchback of Notre Dame from 8 pm on.

July 10 - Bastille Day Street Festival

Tour the Bastille, watch the Fairmount Pet Shoppe Parade at 2 pm and the Tricycle Tour de France at 3 pm, and check out the many exhibits on Fairmount - including a selection of French books and wine and cheese tips. At 5:15 pm, there will be a Costume Contest.

Then, at 5:30 pm, it's time for the Storming of the Bastille. This year's Marie Antoinette will be played by Terry McNally, co-owner of London Grill. She'll declare "Let them eat Tastykake!" as thousands of Butterscotch Krimpet Tastykakes are sent flying into the crowd. Ah, a little bit of Philadelphia influence at last.

July 11 - French Champagne Brunch

Don't miss the French Champagne Brunch, an ode to all of your French-inspired favorites that you regularly brunch on, and try a bloody "Marie" at London Grill.

[photo credit: Eastern State Penitentiary]


Art in Fairmount That’s Not in A Museum? You Got It

Fairmount Arts CrawlFor one day only, you can find a Tuscan Sunset in Fairmount. OK, so maybe that Tuscan Sunset is the name of a cocktail with ROOT liquor that Rembrandts will be serving during the Fairmount Arts Crawl. Who isn't a sucker for a good sunset? It's the perfect start to an art-themed crawl.

Over 70 local artists will convene in Fairmount for the annual arts fair on Sunday, April 25. Each artist will present at a different venue, which encourages you to tour the businesses of Fairmount and see some really cool work in the process.  We went through the list and found quite a few interesting pairings:

There will also be live music, dancing, and fun things for the kids to do - check out the website for the complete rundown.

Fairmount Arts Crawl
Sunday April 25th, 2010
2 pm-6 pm

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Big Plans for Cafes in Fishtown, Brewerytown, Fairmount, and Headhouse Square

MugshotsWho doesn't love a cafe in their neighborhood?  We'll keep you posted on these soon-to-serve cafe additions to Philadelphia.

  • Brownstoner Philadelphia reveals that the former Allstate Insurance building on Girard Avenue at Day Street is going the cafe route. Brindle Cafe is the name of the new project that owner Scott Forman says will open in June. Another Fishtown coffee option? We'll drink to that.
  • Bodhi Coffee is coming to Headhouse Square in April and they'll be pouring Stumptown at 410 S. 2nd St. We wish Stumptown was a neighborhood in Philadelphia, because it would be a delicious community of coffee-lovers.


A Sunday in Fairmount Starts at Mugshots

Headhouse Square: Markets, Margaritas, and the Tango

A Cool University City Cafe with Live Music! Our Clients Rock, Literally!

One Shot Coffee Makes the Switch to Stumptown


What’s up with…Art Museum/Fairmount

Art Museum AreaThe Art Museum is a neighborhood built around and along the Parkway, with access to the city's museums, such as its namesake, the Philadelphia Museum of Art, and the Franklin Institute. It is host to many major events and parades and is a popular stretch for joggers and marathon-runners. The neighborhood around it is quiet and family-friendly, with access to the largest and oldest park in the country, Fairmount Park. There are many restaurants located on Fairmount Avenue, in addition to the popular Halloween and Bastille Day attraction, Eastern State Penitentiary. Center City Philadelphia is only a short walk away.

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