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22Jun/130

What $450K Can Buy You in Rittenhouse Square

Curious how far your money will go when it comes to buying your dream home? We like getting as much bang for our buck as you do. Here's what $450K can buy you in Rittenhouse Square:

$450,000: 1608 Addison Street - Absolutely chic dripping with style, Rittenhouse Square home situated on a charming street. This 2 bedroom 2 bath property is the epitome of style and taste and features hardwood floors, a romantic brick wood burning fireplace, and a beautiful private garden patio that can be accessed through French doors in the kitchen. We hope you like to cook because this kitchen has Bertazonni gas gourmet range, stainless appliances, beech wood cabinetry, and polished granite counters. So many unique and functional features to mention. The upper level bedrooms have crown molding, the master bedroom has dramatic vaulted ceilings and updated Elfa closets. This is a must see property that will not only provide you with the creature comforts you demand, it's located in the most desired neighborhood in Philadelphia.

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27Sep/120

Tip Jar: An Eater’s Guide to Philly!

Metro's Philadelphia Eater's Guide noted some of our favorite foodie destinations beyond cheesesteak purveyors... the often overlooked Philly is full of exciting new restaurant concepts and incredible chefs and dishes that don't often get the recognition that they deserve. So this week's tip? Eat up! Here's a few more places to check out next time you're in town:

In Northern Liberties and Point Breeze:

Circles is the beloved thai BYO that opened a location in Northern Liberties earlier this year, bringing the spice to another hot neighborhood. Try the seitan satay and the best pad thai in the city, then take a stroll over to the Piazza or Liberties Walk to cool off.

In Rittenhouse Square:

Vernick Food & Drink is worth checking out for their delicious "toast" creations, such as the fromage blanc and pickled cherries or the charred spinach and leeks. This bistro knocks out some beautiful dishes and craft cocktails, all with a great view of Walnut Street. Head to Rittenhouse Square or to the Franklin for an after-dinner cocktail.

In Fishtown:

Both Frankford Hall and Loco Pez rank high on our list for excellent scene-watching in the eclectic Fishtown neighborhood. And the food and drink are swell, too! The former is a funky beer garden with enormous pretzels and even bigger beers to work those biceps. The latter pumps out super cheap tacos and margs for a lively crowd. We recommend visiting earlier or on a weekday to get a seat, as wait times can be long on weekends.  Then experience the 14 Reasons to Live in Fishtown.

So welcome! We hope you can squeeze in a visit to one of these essential Philly eateries on your visit.

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14May/120

Shopping Party & Fundraiser at SA VA

Looking for something fashion-savvy to do this Wednesday? InLiquid and SA VA combine forces for a special Shopping Party & Fundraiser held at SA VA in Rittenhouse Square. Proceeds will help support programming at InLiquid.  Curious about InLiquid? Check out the video feature we did with Rachel Zimmerman last year.

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2May/110

PIFA Street Fair: A Little Bit of Paris in the Springtime

PIFA, Philadelphia International Festival of the Arts, ended a month-long celebration of the arts with a spectacular street fair that took over Broad Street from Chestnut to Pine Streets. A ferris wheel, a maze, live performers dressed as statues and trees, street painters, acrobats swinging from a trapeze, music and theater, and vendors filled the streets with a curious crowd.

Did you attend? What was your favorite moment?

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27Sep/100

Get Up Close and Personal with Center City Homes

Have you ever wondered what those Center City homes look like on the inside?

On Sunday, October 10, satisfy your curious side at the 52nd Annual Center City Residents’ Association Fall House Tour.  This is your chance to tour 12 different living spaces in the Rittenhouse Square and Fitler Square neighborhoods. The rain or shine walking tour begins at 1 pm and ends at 5 pm, and the $20 ticket includes a map.  It's a self-guided tour, so you can check out the houses at your own pace and preference.

Tickets may be pre-purchased with a credit card on the CCRA Website by clicking here or at one of the following locations:

Rittenhouse Hardware, 2001 Pine Street
Reilly Real Estate, 1737 South Street
Jomici Apothecary, 273 S. 15th Street
Pure Florist Design, 500 S. 22nd Street
CCRA Office, 1616 Walnut Street, Suite 705

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2Aug/100

Walnut Street’s Shiny New Apple Store

We had to see it to believe it, but Philadelphia's first Apple Store opened on Friday and has been buzzing all weekend with both the curious and the devoted. The location on the 1600 block of Walnut Street will pull in many shoppers and also boost sidewalk traffic along Rittenhouse Row.

As you can see, the blue shirted Apple employees are on top of it, meaning that there was rarely a line to be seen on Saturday.

The spacious store has high ceilings and slick silver walls lined with Apple goodies. At the rear of the room, the Genius Bar is waiting for you tech support needs. The Resident Geniuses are trained at Apple Headquarters. You can reserve an appointment with your Walnut Street Genius on the website.

Transactions are fast with small card readers that each employee is armed with, and they are like ninjas, quick to answer and even quicker to suggest and recommend products, services, and support.

So, there was one thing left to know. Does www.thesomersteam.com look good on an iPad? It did not take a Genius to determine that.

Apple Store
1607 Walnut Street
Philadelphia, PA 19103
(215) 861-6400


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6Jun/100

Sometimes When You Lose, You Win !

Sometimes When You Lose, You Win !

Several months ago I went on a listing appointment in the Graduate Hospital / Rittenhouse Square area. I thought for sure that I was going to be doing business with this seller, but she informed me that she decided to go with another Realtor. It was a little disappointing in that my presentation was crisp, the communication was great and the rapport between us was excellent. But when someone meets with 4 or 5 Realtors, your chances are obviously 20 to 25 percent. In this case, she went with the last Realtor she met with so maybe she was just worn down from meeting with so many folks.

In our business, this happens. You cannot let it get it to you for more than an hour or so. You just have to keep moving forward and do your best. In this case, she met with the top agents with the top offices in Philadelphia. Not that is any consolation, but sometimes I feel better that a seller chose to go with a top agent versus a newbie who probably overpromised and underdelivered. Although I do know some of our seasoned competition will also way overstate the listing price on their listing presentations and get longer term listing timeframes only to do price reductions in the coming weeks and months.

Sometimes When You Lose, You Win !

So not to get off track, I wished this seller well and told her that her condo would sell relatively quickly as it showed very well and was in a sweet-spot price point. I told her to feel free to contact me anytime in case something were to go wrong. And something did. In about 3 to 4 weeks after it was listed, she contacted me about being extremely unhappy with the Realtor she choose and stating that she should have listed with The Somers Team from the very beginning. Her current Realtor promised her that if she was unhappy that she could withdraw the listing anytime. They honored that request and we came in and listed the property, got it under a contract a few weeks later and it settled about a month after that. She was extremely happy !!!

She told me the reasons why she was unhappy with the prior Realtor, which there is no need to go into detail here with that. Bottom line is that client communication and paying attention to every detail really matters.

The moral of this story is that putting your best foot forward is what really matters. Sometimes when you lose, you win as the client will come back to you. Or that does not happen and a property will sell with someone else. But if you did your absolute best in your meeting, you were prepared, your pricing was spot-on, your marketing plan was flawless and so forth, that is what really matters. Folks will remember that.

Be proud with what you do !! Be passionate with how you do it !! You will not get every person that meets with you to do business with you. But chances are you will get most of them. And often times, you may not do business with them the first time around, but such as this case, the second time. And when their property closes with you, they are your client for life, as long as you treat them that way !

Please share your thoughts and experiences in a comment below.

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2Jun/100

Philadelphia Chutney Company Coming Along on Sansom Street

Philadelphia Chutney Company

Workers are keeping busy at the soon-to-open Philadelphia Chutney Company, which is taking over the old Remedy Tea Bar space at 1628 Sansom Street in Center City. Will the green paint and black awning be the next changes?

What will set this Indian restaurant apart from others is its focus on organic ingredients and Southern Indian cuisine. There are plenty of Northern Indian curry houses in Philadelphia, and this will bring something new to the table. What can you expect from South Indian cooking? A greater emphasis on rice, a heavy dose of coconut and coconut oil, and plenty of curries and pickles.

The Chutney Company also plans a location on Temple's campus. Bring on the chutney.

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1Jun/100

A Little Bit of Mexico on the Square

Mexico on the Square

You're considering your lunch options in Rittenhouse Square when it hits you. Tacos. A nice, sunny spot in the Square. An hour of pure contentment. You drag your coworker to Mexico on the Square. They grumble that it better be worth it. You know it will be, so you just smile.

The former owners of Savoy Mexican Grill (the odder than odd taqueria/deli/flower shop that used to be at 18th and Spruce Streets) have moved over to 15th and Pine. They're calling it Mexico on the Square, and while it isn't exactly as close as their old location, the tacos are just a worthwhile. The free delivery and takeout only shop make their own tortillas in-store, and if you've ever had fresh tortillas, you know that the difference is major. You can also get your hands on burritos, tortas, sopes, tostadas, and flautas. Is your gang no on the board with Mexican food? They can choose from burgers, hoagies, and cheesesteaks, which are also on the menu. It's tiny, but the bright red bannered shop will not disappoint you.

Midtown Lunch Philadelphia recently took a look at the made-to-order goodness going on at Mexico on the Square. As though you needed further convincing.

Mexico on the Square
1511 Pine Street
215-732-1907

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28May/101

A Lush Summer in Philadelphia: Center City Sips

Center City Sips

Remember when you used to leave the office in time for happy hour? Now there's added enticement to get all of your work done on time, in the form of Center City Sips. The annual ode to happy hour is back with plenty of sips and bites to snag before 7 pm. Stay for dinner and receive a 15% discount.

You know the rules. The participating restaurants will feature special $4 cocktails, $3 wine, $2 beers and half-priced appetizers every Wednesday from June 2 through August 25.  This year, you can keep up with the deals via Twitter/CCDSips. They're already taunting us with deals. You can view the list of participating bars and restaurants and their special offerings at the CC Sips website.

Newcomer Cooperage in Washington Square West whips into the Sips fray with two inventive cocktails and all of their appetizers marked half off. The Johnny Be Good sounds like our summer drink.

Specials: Cooperage

Beer
Stella (Draught)
Miller Lite (bottled)

Wine
Shiraz
Pinot Grigio

Cocktails
Sangria Rose: Grapefruit & Rosemary infused Leblon, white wine & rosewater
Johnny Be Good: Pimms No.1, muddled citrus, cucumber, rhubarb bitters, ginger ale

Rittenhouse Square's Noble Cookery will be pouring quite nicely, with the rye whiskeyed LBJ, and the scrumptious chickpea fries that we love to dip in their housemade catsup.

Specials: Noble

Wine
Bridlewood Chardonnay, William Hill Cabernet Sauvignon

Cocktails
The Ladybird: vodka, fresh squeezed lemon, simple syrup, clubsoda, Peychaud’s
The LBJ: rye whiskey, fresh squeezed lime, simple syrup, clubsoda, Angostura

Appetizers
Chickpea Fries, Fried Chicken Wings

Specials: Chifa

Chifa, in Washington Square West, is your ceviche chill spot. Get your Vitamin C with a lychee sangria.

Beer
Cusquena, Peruvian Lager
Cristal, Peruvian Pilsner

Wine
Terranoble, Sauvignon blanc
Terranoble, Cabernet Sauvignon

Cocktails
Lychee Sangria: crisp white wine, lychee, orange
Chicha Morada: spiced rum, Peruvian purple corn, fresh pineapple

Appetizers
Ecuadorian Ceviche: fresh shrimp, yellow tomato gel, avocado
Pork Belly Buns: grilled pork belly, hoisin glaze, pickled daikon & carrot, togarashi mayo

[photo: centercityphila.org]

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