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3Jan/130

Back on the Market! 901 N Penn Street

Rare opportunity short term rental. This Waterfront Square Condo offers luxurious waterfront living with 19th floor views. Stunning corner 1 bedroom 1 bath that can be rented fully furnished. With 1 car deeded parking and concierge service, you can spoil yourself at the indoor pool or on the exterior riverfront deck. Spa and gym are also at your fingertips every day. Live the inspired life and at a completely affordable price at Unit 1905 in the The Regatta Tower just pasg the The Light House building at Riverfront Square in Philadelphia. Short term rental opportunity fully furnished.

We welcome your visit. Now available for $1795 a month.  Contact the Somers Team for more information.

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13Jan/120

Relisted and it Feels So Good: 901 N Penn St R1905

901 N Penn St, R1905 is back on the market! Priced to please at $275,000.

This Waterfront Square Condo offers luxurious waterfront living with 19th floor views. For sale is a stunning corner 1 bedroom 1 bath that can be sold fully furnished. With 1 car deeded parking and concierge service, you can spoil yourself at the indoor pool or on the exterior riverfront deck. Spa and gym are also at your fingertips every day. Live the inspired life and at a completely affordable price at unit 1905 in the The Regatta Tower just past The Light House building at Riverfront Square in Philadelphia. We welcome your visit.

Contact the Somers Team for a showing. 

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17Aug/110

Is the Sky the Limit in Developing the Delaware Waterfront?

New Vision for Waterfront Piers: Jewels on a necklace?

Plan Philly provided another great recap of this past Tuesday’s meeting overviewing the Master Plan for the Redevelopment of the Central Delaware Waterfront. The plan is compared to that of a necklace, where the piers hang from the mainland like jewels from a necklace. A beautiful illustration and image, don’t you think? The ultimate vision is that once the jewels in this necklace are complete, opening the waterfront for public use, private developers will develop and improve areas around these jewels.

Victory is already being claimed.  The Philadelphia Live Arts Festival is moving forward with a dining and live entertainment venue across the street from the new Race Street Pier at the site of an old pumping station. Brilliant, I say!  The plan seems to be working! And as the domino tips, there are now rumors of other private developers making inquiries about neighboring Pier 9. Sky is the limit!

But before I float away into the nether-sphere, a good question was raised by Commissioner Patrick Eiding, President of the Philadelphia AFL-CIO. What about Jobs?  Unless these sites can employ thousands of people, what will sustain the vision long-term?

The answer is in the works. Read Kelly Patrick Gates' informative article to see what is being proposed to create more jobs for Philadelphia.

Related:

Discover the Philadelphia Waterfront

The Future Looks Bright for the Festival Pier

Reclaiming Philadelphia’s Waterfront

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5Aug/110

Discover the Philadelphia Waterfront

Curious about the Philadelphia Waterfront? There's never been a better time to live along the Delaware River.

Waterfront Square
901 N Penn Street
Philadelphia, PA 19123

This is located next to the new SugarHouse Casino site. There is an enormous amount of development planned for this side of the waterfront. Philadelphia is currently developing a piece of land just south of this high rise cluster on The Festival Pier on Deleware Ave and Spring Garden. The Race Street Pier is already a lovely walking park. On your visit to 901 N Front Street please check ot Northern Liberties, specifically the Piazza At Schmidt's marked by the HUGE Flat Screen TV and Liberties Walk in addition to the Race Street Pier.

Pier 3
3 North Columbus Blvd
Philadelphia, PA 19106

Piers 3 and 5 were once thriving ports for all kind of imported food, goods and exotic cargo. Today, to the South is Penn's Landing, famous for the site of the most amazing fireworks, the Moshulu Boat/Restaurant, the Spirit of Philadelphia Cruises, and The Philadelphia Seaport Museum. Across Columbus Boulevard is the Historic District of Old City filled with more galleries per block than any other part of Philadelphia. And let's not forget the shopping and dining and History! We recommend Old City Coffee to get your engines started, a visit to the Fireman's Museum after that, and some window shopping on North 3rd Street before lunch. You will not go hungry with all of the choices available to you (Mexican, Indian, Tapas, etc.) anywhere along Market and Chestnut.

The Residences at Dockside
717 S Columbus Blvd
Philadelphia, PA 19147

Directly across the street from Dockside is Philadelphia's renowned Queen Village, South Street, and all of the fine dining shopping and entertainment you can take in. I highly recommend checking out the Farmer's Market in Head House Square, grabbing lunch at Famous 4th Street Delicatessen (expect to bring back a doggie bag!), and walk it off along South Street while you do some shopping and people watching.

Related:

The Future Looks Bright for the Festival Pier

Reclaiming Philadelphia’s Waterfront

The New Race Street Pier Brings Energy to Philadelphia

 

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2Jul/110

Philadelphia Fireworks and Celebration over July 4th Weekend!

We hope that everyone enjoys their July 4th weekend in Philadelphia! Take a break, do not work too much (or at all), and celebrate our Nation's independence!   We left our schedule open this weekend as we take a much-needed holiday from the crazy world of real estate.   And in Philadelphia, the events are unlimited leading up to the July 4th party on the parkway:

June 24 - July 4 in Philadelphia:  Fireworks, Festivals, Concerts and More!

For fireworks information:

Penns Landing and Art Museum Fireworks in Philadelphia

Philadelphia Fireworks

[Credit: G. Widman for GPTMC]

Happy 4th of July!

 

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14Jun/110

Reclaiming Philadelphia’s Waterfront

"Make big ideas work," Mayor Michael Nutter told the crowd last night at the Festival Pier meeting to discuss the future of the Philadelphia waterfront.

It may take a long time for Philadelphia to reclaim the many miles of cut-off space that is the current Delaware River waterfront, but the ball is already in motion. Just look at the recently opened Race Street Pier and know that more development is on the way.

Last night's meeting set out to share the Delaware River Waterfront Corporation's Master Plan with the public for review. The highlights include new development and programming that will connect the waterfront to its residents, with walkability, sustainability, and Philadelphia personality all major guidelines. Areas of focus will include Spring Garden, Penn's Landing, and Washington Avenue.

You can download a copy of the plan here.

What would you like to see on the waterfront?

Related:

The New Race Street Pier Brings Energy to Philadelphia

[photo via delaware river waterfront corp]

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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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7Jul/100

Condo Source: Waterfront Square

Waterfront Square Condominiums puts you on the Delaware River and right by the action in Northern Liberties, Philadelphia's 5-minute community of independent shops, art galleries, concept restaurants, and creative events. However, combine the stunning views, a health club/spa, and an on-site putting green, and you may not want to leave.

The History: According to PlanPhilly,  "the site, vacant since the Riverfront Restaurant and Dinner Theater closed in 1993, will house 950 units when all five buildings are complete. The complex was given the William Penn Award of Excellence for Best Architectural Design in 2005."

The Goods: 24/7 gated entry, valet & self park options, concierge services, shuttle, oversized sundeck, indoor/outdoor pool, saunas, European spa, state-of-the-art fitness center, Philly’s largest green roof, fenced dog runs & jogging trails. Units feature 9-10’ ceilings, spacious floor plans, floor-to-ceiling windows offering extraordinary views of the river, bridge, city, & grounds, private, glass-railed balconies, island kitchens, natural stone countertops, GE Profile appliance package, Bosch W/D, hardwood flooring in living spaces, & marble clad baths with Kohler fixtures & frameless glass shower enclosures.

In the Neighborhood: Anything you want is within reach. Go bowling at North Bowl,  pick up groceries the Palm Tree Market,  or enjoy any of the neighborhood's restaurants in minutes. The Piazza at Schmidts and Liberties Walk are a short walk away.

Read more about Philadelphia condominiums with our Condo Source.

Waterfront Square
7 North Columbus Boulevard

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8Jun/100

A Promising Week for Philadelphia Planning

art museumLast night's meeting at the Festival Pier revealed details of the Central Delaware Master Plan. Accessibility, building development, and a visit from Mayor Nutter all gave hope for a riverfront gathering space that would appeal to Philadelphia's burgeoning identity as a green city.

Yesterday also saw ground breaking on a project that will transform the Ben Franklin Parkway.  Streetscaping is under way with an addition of greenery and lanes that will be shifted along the Parkway for a more organized boulevard. Plans for the Rodin Museum courtyard include restoration and landscaping.  Sister Cities Park will receive an entirely new plaza.  According to the City of Philadelphia blog:

“Work will soon be underway, from JFK Plaza to Eakins Oval, to remake the Benjamin Franklin Parkway as a great urban thoroughfare worthy of the cultural treasures that sit along it,” said Donald Kimelman, managing director of Pew’s Philadelphia Program. “The exciting designs for the Rodin Museum and Sister Cities Park, as well as the parkway streetscape itself, are a testament to the creativity, hard work and cooperation of the Philadelphia Museum of Art, the Center City District, the Pennsylvania Horticultural Society and the state and city governments. Those of us in the philanthropic community applaud their efforts and eagerly await a transformed parkway.”

Ready for more good city planning news? Temple's Rail Station will also receive some fine-tuning with a mixed-use development set for 9th Street between Berks and Norris Street. It'll include 164 apartments and retail space, which we know is needed in North Philadelphia and the Temple University area.  How's that for awesome?

Alright, Tuesday: make things happen.


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5Apr/100

Headhouse Square: Markets, Margaritas, and the Tango

Headhouse SquareThere's always something happening in Headhouse Square. The historic street market that was once a firehouse is now host to a farmer's market and other community events, like the Annual Easter Promenade and the Day of the Dead Celebration on South Street.  Bordered by excellent restaurants like Pizzeria Stella and Xochitl and neighborhood institutions like the Society Hill Dance Academy, the Square is always busy with pedestrians heading to and from Old City, South Street, Queen Village, and beyond. For family fun, grownup margaritas, or a leisurely stroll, Headhouse Square is the place to be.

The Food Trust's Headhouse Square Farmer's Market is almost here, with a season kickoff on Sunday, May 2nd.

Pizzeria Stella

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