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Gorgeous 1 Bedroom in the Loft District!

1111 Mount Vernon Street, Unit 1 is one of the last 2 units available!

This is a first floor front, bi-level unit. Outstanding features include 13' ceilings, breath taking Baroque inspired molding on the main floor, new hardwood flooring throughout, contemporary open kitchen with access to the common courtyard (granite, stainless, Kohler, Pella insulated windows, recessed & designer lighting, high-efficiency GREEN heating and air conditioning etc.). There is a stunning full bath on the first floor (convenient for overnight guests) and on the lower level where there is the 1 bedroom suite with laundry area. This unit includes an extra storage closet in the basement. Common areas are professionally decorated and furnished. Off street 2 car parking is available for $100/mo rent or $15,000 purchase. Located a few minutes from Downtown Center City. The developer of this condominium building also developed 1309 N Lawrence Street, 19122. There is a 10 yr Tax Abatement. Price per sq ft is only $221 for this luxury unit!

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Play Hooky with me at The Institute

I met Charlie Collazo, his lovely wife, and two of the tapmasters at The Institute yesterday. Not an institute for higher learning... though I am sure I could learn a lot by hanging out with these guys. Charlie is the owner of The Institute, located at 549 N. 12th Street in the West Poplar neighborhood. I had driven past it a hundred times before but never popped in. I knew it was a cool place just by the exterior facade. Check out the video clip above. So, on my way back from picking up some things at the local CVS on Spring Garden Street in Northern Liberties,  I said to myself, “Self, let’s skip the rest of your chores and play hooky at The Institute.” 

I stepped in from the frigid 20 degree weather outside to be greeted by a warm cozy atmosphere and immediately found my place at the bar. The place has a super friendly vibe and the food that was coming out of the kitchen smelled incredible and looked like the ultimate comfort/stick to your ribs cuisine. Mmmm. One of the bartenders recommended a delicious beer (they have at least 16 on draft BTW) and the edifying conversation ranged from the prolific surge of real estate development in the neighborhood to discussing the local viral news story captured in Kensington (naked guy assaults bus).

West Poplar shares the same zip code but not the same characteristics as Northern Liberties. Whatever you call it makes no difference. It is the home of The Institute and I highly recommend you checking it out.

I want to thank Charlie and his people for making my visit memorable and if anyone ever wants to play hooky with me at the Institute, hit me up!


New Low Price in the Loft District!

This property has just been reduced! 536 N 12th Street is a charming 3 story 2 bath brick front home only a block from the Institute tavern and in walking distance to Lift Cafe as well as other cool and fun local venues popping up in the neighborhood. This home offers hardwood floors on the first floor, bright updated kitchen with tile flooring and a nice size private cement enclosed rear yard. Also includes central air, gas cooking, and there is a master bedroom suite with private bath and fireplace on the third floor. The second floor has 2 bedrooms and a hall bath. Full unfinished basement with laundry included. All appliances are included with purchase.

We welcome you to visit any time. Available immediately. Contact the Somers Team for more information.


Blatstein: Svelte and Unstoppable

Blatstein, looking svelte as ever, announced that Hard Rock International will be managing and operating the Provence Casino.

Bart Blatstein. Love him. Hate him. Maybe you don’t even know him. If it’s the latter, you must live under a rock. It does not really matter. One notion about Bart Blatstein that everyone can agree on? You can’t stop him from developing in Philadelphia.

On Wednesday evening, October 24th, at Tendenza on N 2nd Street in Northern Liberties, I attended the announcement party hosted by Tower Investments. They had gathered few hundred people including city officials, the press, and a mix of other people with some influence in Philadelphia to hear who was chosen to manage the casino portion of his Boutique Hotel and Casino development at the site of the acquired Inquirer Building at 400 N Broad Street, the Provence. This uniquely situated piece of real estate runs from N Broad to N 17th Street and is projected to create 5,000 new jobs for Philadelphia as well as some much needed revenue for the city.

I have to admit, the announcement party was upbeat and extremely pro-Philadelphia. People in the crowd were pleasantly optimistic and realistic. Most of the people I spoke to communicated to me a “big picture” understanding of the positive ramifications that this 700 million dollar project would have on the city. In essence, Blatstein is pioneering a vital infrastructure that will connect the Northern neighborhoods to Center City. As a Realtor looking at the disconnect between the commercial districts and the emerging "fringe neighborhoods" that encompass the Northern districts, I see this as a brilliant plan. The party attendees seemed to agree and held a quiet confidence in Blatstein coupled with the understanding of changes and challenges ahead.

Some won’t agree with my support of Blatstein’s visions for Philly, nor will they agree with how I vote this coming election, but that’s not going to stop me and it is not going to stop Blatstein either.



Now Renting: 1111 Mt. Vernon #2

Step inside...1111 Mt. Vernon Street #2 is now renting! This is a first floor rear, bi-level unit. Outstanding features include exposed brick, new hardwood flooring throughout, contemporary open kitchen with access to the common courtyard (granite, stainless, Kohler, Pella insulated windows, recessed & designer lighting, high-efficiency GREEN heating and air conditioning systems in each room etc.). There is a half bath on the first floor and a marble bath on the lower level where there is the 1 bedroom suite with laundry area. This unit includes an extra storage closet in the basement. Common areas are professionally decorated and furnished. Located a few minutes from Downtown Center City.

 Only $1,250 a month! Contact the Somers Team for more info.


Your Summer Getaway: 1220 Buttonwood Street, Unit 106

As Philly heats up this summer, the coolest, loftiest part of town, that would be the Loft District, is simply breezy and chill.  Just a few blocks away from Center City, but still hidden enough to be zen...Your 2 Bedroom Getaway awaits at 1220 Buttonwood Street, Unit 106.

Welcome to this huge bi-level, loft style condo in the heart of the Loft District. Spacious and open, live/work, corner unit, bi-level LOFT located in Buttonwood Lofts. Enter through main floor into open kitchen and living room featuring Juliet balcony. The upper level is one large room with the kitchen, dining and living areas. Straight staircase leads to carpeted lower level bedroom area - this space is large enough to convert it into two bedrooms or one bedroom with a den. Lower level also features half bath with laundry. Lots of storage space. Gated parking included. Close to all public transportation.

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1 Bedroom Loft for Sale in Loft District – The Shoe Factory is Minutes from Center City!

1 Bedroom Loft in Loft District of Philadelphia

314-322 N 12th Street 507

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The Shoe Factory is a Center City dweller's dream being centrally located in walking distance to Jefferson Hospital, the Convention Center & Reading Terminal Market as well as a few minutes from Market Street.

The interior of unit 507 is spectacular. Inspiring views of the city day and night is the back drop for this true 1 bedroom 1 bath modern industrial mix. Features to admire are:

  • exposed brick
  • 12 ft ceilings
  • soaring industrial size windows
  • dark original solid hardwood flooring
  • a contemporary open floor plan

The architectural element of the cement columns only add to the historic elements in this refurbished factory loft. The kitchen is what you'd expect: Kohler faucets, GE Profile stove, Bosch dishwasher, Monogram refrigerator & shower fixtures are from Axor by Hansgrohe just to drop a few names. The bedroom is romantic with built-in cabinetry and spa inspired bathroom. 4 yrs left on Tax Abatement.

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Cinco De Mayo in Your Neighborhood

All Day Cinco de Mayo Fiesta

Philadelphians known all about independence, so we're right on top of celebrating Mexico's independence victory on May 5th. What's going on in your barrio? Read on.

Northern Liberties will see mucho margarita pitchers served, especially at Cantina Dos Segundos, where the Cinco de Mayo Art Show will feature work from DJ Luis Angel Cancel, Joey Knuckles of Philadelphia Eddie's Tattoo 621, Elena Nestico (DJ Lady Prowl), Daniel P Cordua, K Fish, and others. Drink that in while you're toasting with tequila.

Taco Riendo, the authentic taqueria titan of Old Kensington, is giving out complimentary Corona and tequila to customers. Their outdoor seating area should be the perfect place to tackle some salsa.

You'll want to see it to believe it, but the Cinco De Mayo Macarena Mob will hit the Piazza at exactly 6:30 pm, so make sure you're there.

Rittenhouse Square now has El Rey, Stephen Starr's Mexican diner, to raise a glass at on Cinco de Mayo.

For a real margarita without the typical boisterous crowd, you could ask for one at the Franklin Bar in Rittenhouse Square. You may not find it on the menu, but they KNOW.

In University City, you can always guarantee that there's a fiesta at Distrito. This Cinco de Mayo, they'll be celebrating all day. They're calling it "the best party north of the border...and west of the river." Doors will open at 11:30 am with drink and menu specials. DJs Adub and CSharp start at 9 pm. Don't forget your luchador mask.

Another Mexican favorite of ours is Jose's Mexican Food in the Loft District, perhaps one of the District's best secrets.

Can't make it out on May 5? Saturday's Cinco De Miro III at the Latvian Society is Miro Dance Theatre's aptly-named dance competition.  Think of it as Dancing With the Stars, Cinco de Mayo style.


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Sittin’ Pretty in the Piazza

Tenshi Beauty Bar

Natural makeup. We love it. And it suits the vibe of Northern Liberties, where one should never appear too made up. Less, as they say, is more. When it comes to salons, however, more is definitely more. We want to look casual here, but we do want to take care of ourselves. You never know who you'll meet at One Shot.

Owner of Salon Tenshi in the Loft District, Brandy DaVila, will bring Tenshi Beauty Bar to the Piazza this summer. DaVila's cosmetics line, Tenshi Cosmetics, is mineral-based, a natural and hypo-allergenic alternative. The beauty bar is scheduled to open on May 1. You can get a new makeup look at the counter there, but you'll have to visit the Loft District location for manicures, pedicures, and hair services. Or you can simply try Genesis Salon across the street after having your makeup done for a full day of it.

Tenshi Beauty Bar, the Piazza at Schmidts,  215-232-8090

Salon Tenshi, 537 N. 10th St

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What’s up with…the Loft District

Loft DistrictLoft District is an area of new development found north of Chinatown. There is a cluster of lofts and condominiums here replacing the rowhomes that you would find elsewhere. Many students and young professionals populate the area. Café Lift and Prohibition Taproom serve polished comfort food to locals, and Thoreau is a vegetarian BYOB that brings seasonal, healthful dining to the area. Chinatown and Northern Liberties are a quick bike ride away. Further down Spring Garden beckons the Silk City Diner, which hosts DJ nights and adds to the streetscape.

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Lenfest Plaza Coming to the Loft District

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