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11Apr/110

The Walk of the Town: Philly’s Most Walkable Properties

Why is walkability so important? Well, I don't know about you, but I'd rather not spend all of my time in traffic - waiting, spending money on gas, stressing the environment, and sitting when I could be getting some exercise.

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So what's nearby? Are there schools, is there shopping, are there restaurants and parks? Is your neighborhood awesome? We feel so strongly about a property's Walk Score (which you'll notice in our listings) that we were recently quoted in the Metro newspaper in an article about residents preferring to walk.

According to Walk Score, "One point of Walk Score is worth up to $3,000 of value for your property. Read the research report."

Still not convinced? "The average resident of a walkable neighborhood weighs 7 pounds less than someone who lives in a sprawling neighborhood.1"

So, let's take a walk, shall we? We rounded up a few of our Most Walkable Properties in Philly. Since our city is already a pretty pedestrian-friendly one, we chose only those with the most impressive scores of 95 or higher.

912 E Passyunk Avenue has an impressive score of 95, and we can see why.  The Queen Village locale is close to popular pub the Royal Tavern (amazing sandwiches and impressive brews)  and within a few blocks of a Philadelphia Library branch, two PNC banks, a pharmacy, a Sweat Gym, 2 public elementary schools, Essene Market, several coffeeshops including the new Shot Tower Coffee, several BYOBs, and a bus route.

In Northern Liberties, it's a Walker's Paradise at 208 W Wildey Street912 N 2nd Street, Unit B, and 904 N 3rd Street, Unit B, all of which received a 95 and are very close to Liberties Walk, Liberty Lands Park, and the Piazza at Schmidts, meaning endless cafes, bars, galleries, and boutiques.  The fun architecture and artistic flair throughout the neighborhood will make your walk even more interesting.

We also have 860 Reserve at 860 N Leithgow Street, located right near one of our favorite walking stretches of Northern Liberties along 4th Street.  Legendary brunch spot Honey's Sit n Eat, City Planter, Cafe La Maude, the Random Tea Room, and Almanac Market are all just a few steps away.

We have so many 92 and 94 rated homes as well! Please contact the Somers Team for the Most Walkable Homes in Philly.

[statistics from walkscore.com]

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13Sep/100

3 Bedroom Home for Sale in Queen Village, Philadelphia w/ Hardwoods, Modern Kitchen, Deck & More

3 Bedroom Home for Sale in Queen Village, Philadelphia

Call The Somers 215-400-2620, RE/MAX Access, Northern Liberties, Philadelphia

1040 S 5th Street

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1040 S 5th StreetCome see this charming 3 bedroom home for sale in Queen Village.

When you enter the large living room it features hardwood floors with plenty of lighting and a hall that leads you to the ultra modern eat-in kitchen with stainless steel appliances. There are hardwood floors throughout this large three story home including the spacious finished basement with a laundry area with hidden access panels for utilities.

This home features:

  • central air
  • a newer roof
  • walk-in closets
  • large bathrooms on each floor.

The second floor has two bedrooms with an outside deck. Take a walk to the third floor for your retreat which features a bathroom with marble floors as well as a Jacuzzi and stand up shower.

We welcome your visit to this 3 bedroom home for sale in Queen Village.

Contact: Sean Conroy
Office: (215) 400-2643
Cell: (215) 479-3021

The Somers Team of Philadelphia

TheSomersTeam.com

215-400-2620

Remax Access, Northern Liberties

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10Sep/100

Fall Sprawl Savings from Northern Liberties to Queen Village

By next weekend, you will be deeply entrenched in the feeling of fall. So even though you want some new seasonal clothing now, we suggest you wait a week and take advantage of Fall Sprawl, "a shopping pilgrimage" that will spread the deals through Northern Liberties to Queen Village. Two really cool urban shopping districts with unique retailers, spunky coffeeshops/teahouses, and easy access from one neighborhood to the other.  Get your fix of art, furniture, clothing, shoes, accessories, and then celebrate your savvy selections with coffee, beer, and snack deals.

Here's how it works:

Participating boutiques will be giving 10% off to start with. Shop at any location and get a stick on your card each time you shop. 1 sticker = 15% off your next shopping destination and 2 stickers = 20% off at the shop after that.

Get 3 stickers to get the special deals at the food establishments and continue to get 20% off at any participating locations thereafter.

Participating stores:

Northern Liberties

Bambi, 1001-13 N 2nd St (at the Piazza)

Millesime, 1001-13 N 2nd St (at the Piazza)

Arcadia,  819 N 2nd St

Casa Papel, 804 N 2nd St

Art Star, 623 N 2nd St

Soy Cafe, 630 N 2nd St (free large coffee or 1/2 off a smoothie)

700 Club, 700 N 2nd St ($1 off any drink)

Random Tea Room, 714 N 4th St (1 free boo chai)

Queen Village

Bus Stop

Trunk Show, 313 Bainbridge St

Headhouse Books, 619 S 2nd St

Essene Market and Cafe, 713 S 4th St (20% off cafe food and juices)

Fall Sprawl
Saturday, Sept. 18 - Sunday, Sept. 19
11 - 6 pm

Related:

Casa Papel:  A House of Paper in Northern Liberties

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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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23Feb/100

What’s up with…Queen Village

Queen villageQueen Village is a neighborhood tucked below South Street next to the Delaware River.  Along Fabric Row, the oldest and largest fabric district in the country, you'll also discover an addition of eco-conscious stores like health food market Essene, Juju Organic Salon, Bicycle Revolutions, and others.  There is a wide selection of fabric shops and textiles stores. The Famous Fourth Street Deli is a destination for local politicians and enormous sandwiches.

The quaint, peaceful streets of Queen Village make it a family-friendly choice.  it also draws in many artists. The homes here have a range of architectural styles, from 18th-century buildings to modern 21st-century construction. Many of the historic homes even have interior courtyards. The best part about Queen Village is that it is within walking distance to many Philadelphia highlights, such as the Italian Market, South Street, and Old City.

Read more about Queen Village.

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12Feb/100

The Barstool Olympics: A Little Bit of Canada in Philadelphia

Ready for the 2010 Winter Olympics?

Wherever you are in Philly, there's a Barstool Olympics event happening close to you. Starting today, through February 28, five bars will represent their neighborhoods in a competition to see who can sell the most $3 Molsons. We're sure they've been training hard all winter.

What exactly are these pubs striving for? There are no medals. The event is actually a fundraiser for the Fraternal Order of Police Survivors Fund, which goes to the families of officers lost in the line of duty. In addition to the Canadian beer special, each bar will be offering themed food specials (bring on the Canadian bacon and "curling" fries). The following bars will be slinging good-cause beers with much tenacity for the next two weeks:

The Swift Half Pub in Northern Liberties
New Wave Cafe in Queen Village
South Philly Bar & Grill in, you guessed it, South Philadelphia
Smiths Restaurant and Lounge in Rittenhouse Square
Kite and Key Tavern on Callowhill in Art Museum/Fairmount

So go support your neighborhood, your policemen, and your Winter Games spirit. May the best Canadian-beer-selling bar win.

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4Feb/100

First Friday in Philadelphia: Meet you at the Spa

First Friday is always a fine night for art in Philadelphia, specifically Old City, Northern Liberties, and Fishtown. But for those of us in need of a little more indulgence, there's plenty of that, too.

This and every First Friday, Spa East in Liberties Walk will have discounted spa services for anyone who wants to start the month off rejuvenated. That should be all of us.

From 10 a.m. to 10 p.m., there will be several specials, including:

Hot Rock Massage - 60 min $85
Spa-East Milk-Honey Hydrating Facial - $55
Chocolate and Champagne Pedicure - $35
Lavender Hot Oil Manicure $17.50

Spa East
1040 N. 2nd Street, Liberties Walk
Philadelphia, PA 19123
215-829-1009

According to Juju Salon and Spa in Queen Village, a VOP is a Very Organic Person. If you sign up for the VOP membership, you'll receive special discounts.

However, you can still get that extra pure feeling with the Valentine's Day special, which isn't very sinful at all...it just sounds like it. Try the raw chocolate mask with strawberry exfoliator, to refine and minimize pores. From February 13-14, the special treatment is free with any facial.

Juju Salon and Organics

713 S. 4th Street
Philadelphia, PA 19147
215-238-6080

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