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Is Port Richmond the Next Hot ‘Hood?

The Inquirer makes a case for Port Richmond in this spotlight on one of our favorite neighborhoods.  But it's not just the awesome pierogi and Polish specialties that makes Port Richmond hot. The article points out something that we have indeed been noticing, that Port Richmond is getting younger, with its affordable pricing drawing in buyers, mainly in their late 20s and early 30s. Our own Chris Somers of the Somers Team was quoted in the article:

"The sections of [zip code] 19125 that are not really Fishtown still get more attention, such as East Kensington west of Frankford Avenue and north of York Street [Old Richmond]," Somers said. "[Yet] Port Richmond as well as Bridesburg attract the younger buyer, too, and the price points are quite affordable."

If you're looking for a great deal outside of Center City, all signs are pointing towards Port Richmond.

Curious about Port Richmond? Here are two amazing properties worth checking out. Both homes are priced under $190,000.

3226 Mercer Street

2817 Belgrade Street (shown above)

For more listings like this and more info on this "hot 'hood", contact the Somers Team.



Caught on Video: 1912 E Firth Street

Located in the fast developing area between Frankford and Front, 1912 E Firth Street is a single family 2 bedroom converted into two 1 bedroom private apartments. Enter in to a common hall/vestibule. The 1st floor has a living room galley style kitchen, full tile bath, a flex space and bedroom in the rear that exits to a cement rear yard. Built in wall A/C unit on the first floor and access the the full unfinished basement with laundry. The living room can be separated by hinged doors or opened to the rest of the first floor. The second floor has dual hinged doors that opens the living room up. Living room has bamboo floors. There is a full 3 piece bath and small kitchen, and rear bedroom with a window overlooking the roof of the first level which possibly could be made into a future deck. This can be an FHA transaction.

This one is a steal! Great investment opportunity! Only $65,000. Contact the Somers Team for more information.


Video from the Trenton Ave Arts Fest!

Just one of the many great activities in the Fishtown area that really brings the community together is East Kensington's annual Trenton Avenue Arts Festival. Coupled with the Kinetic Sculpture Derby, this event gets bigger and better every year. Highbrow? No. Fun? Yes.

Did you attend this year? What did you think?


Fresh Address: 2408 Amber Street

We introduced this new listing to you last week and this week we take a closer look at East Kensington's newest gem...

This is Where It's At: 2408 Amber Street is in East Kensington, near the Philadelphia Brewing Company, Walking Fish Theatre, Leotah's Place,  the East Kensington Neighbors Association, and Atlantis: the Lost Bar.

Come On In:  Step inside this 3 Story 3 Bedroom 2 Bath Home with a modern, open floorplan, full unfinished basement, and a fantastic yard. Priced at $199,900. This property features hardwood floors throughout, recessed lighting, with a spacious living area and dining area. The kitchen is enormous with solid 42" cabinets and a glass tile back splash, with polished granite counters and new stainless steel appliances included. The second floor has a laundry closet for a stack washer and dryer, a beautifully tiled full bath in the hall with a very large bedroom that can be used as the master bedroom. In fact, either the 2nd or third floor can be used as Master Bedroom Suites. The third floor has it's own full bath. Large closets in all of the bedrooms.

Contact the Somers Team to book your tour!

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All About Amber…and Harold! New Listings in East Kensington.

The action is on Amber Street this season as we welcome 3 new Amber Street listings to the fold. All are priced under $200K!

The best part is that if you're looking in Fishtown and East Kensington, there is a good chance that 1 of these 4 properties will be right up your alley. Why not book a tour to see all of them with us?

These properties are all near the Philadelphia Brewing Company, Walking Fish Theatre, Leotah's Place,  the East Kensington Neighbors Association, and Atlantis: the Lost Bar. Just a few of our favorites!  Now, let's check out the goods!

2406 Amber Street and 2408 Amber Street are both 3 Story 3 Bedroom 2 Bath Homes with modern, open floorplans, full unfinished basements, and fantastic yards. Both are priced at an incredible $199,900.

Next we have 2418 Amber Street, which is a Completely Renovated 3 Bedroom 2 Bath Home, again with a modern layout and rear yard, as well as 3 floors. This property includes a spacious deck for $159,900.

For our 4th listing, we venture off of Amber Street to nearby 2149 E. Harold Street, a charming 2 Story 2 Bedroom Home that is a great option if you are looking for a 2 Bedroom rather than a 3 Bedroom. This property is closer to the Memphis Taproom, with an open floorplan, basement, and yard. Is this your starter home at $110,000?

Contact the Somers Team to book your tour!

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Realtors Against Selling Properties in East Kensington/Fishtown

You read it correctly. Realtors AGAINST selling Real Estate. It is unusual, we agree, but sometimes you just have to say NO to development in order to embrace progress.

We are talking about saying NO to selling and developing a piece of land located at Emerald Street and Dauphin Street in the East Kensington neighborhood close to Fishtown. This parcel of land if sold will be developed into a townhouse. That alone is not the problem. The issue is that this land is located smack dab in the middle of a community park and green space! Developing this parcel will destroy the best use for this land which is a public park that serves, beautifies, and unites the community.

We were speaking to local Realtor and President of the EKNA Jeff Carpinetta when he mentioned a project he is working on that is close to his heart. Saving Emerald Park. Jeff explained to us his efforts to save the appropriately named Emerald Park and we understood that we to had an ethical and moral responsibility as fellow professionals and community activists to lend a helping hand.

We invited Jeff to speak to our entire office about saving Emerald Park at our most recent RE/MAX Access office meeting. Many of our agents work, live and or participate in this thriving community in some capacity. So, we opend the floor for Jeff to speak and educate us about what we can do to help. The plan is for EKNA to buy the lot from the private seller. So far the EKNA has raised a little over $17,000 for the purchase but they need about $15,000 more to close the deal. Our RE/MAX Access office donated $1,000 toward the cause.

Like the dazzling green gemstone, this green space is equally precious in the hearts and minds of this community. We encourage others to donate to Save Emerald Park even if it is $5. No donation is too small. Let our friends and neighbors in the  East Kensington community know we hear their outcry and support their cause to protect this cherished green space.


Save Emerald Park!

[photo via Save Emerald Park Facebook]


Save Emerald Park!

A section of Emerald Park in East Kensington has been placed up for sale. The lot, which runs in the middle of the park, is to be developed into a townhouse, if the community cannot save it.

The East Kensington Neighbors Association is asking that folks help them to purchase the lot and preserve Emerald Park.  You can donate today by emailing [email protected] or via the Paypal link on the EKNA website. Any amount helps!

[photo via EKNA]


It’s a Kensington Double Date: Kensington Kinetic Sculpture Derby and Trenton Ave Arts Fest

It seems like these two events have been going on forever, but it's only year six for what is possibly the most bizarre weekend event that Fishtown and Kensington has to offer. That said, we would not miss it. If you ever had any question that Philadelphians are a creative force to be reckoned with, this is 100 proof.


A Giant Caterpillar in Old City

Go for the Glory at the Kensington Kinetic Sculpture Derby


Memphis Taproom Officially Opens Its New Beer Garden And Hot Dog Truck

memphis-taproom-beer-garden-flyer-200uwMemphis Taproom To Officially Open Its New Beer Garden And Hot Dog Truck With A Launch Party This Saturday, April 23

Memphis Taproom is getting the beer garden season underway this Saturday when they officially open their brand new outdoor beer garden and adjoining hot dog truck.

It also happens to be the taproom’s third anniversary. So raise your glass to the neighborhood pub, enjoy a hot dog with some delicious toppings, and feel lucky, because the Beer Garden will be open through October, seven days a week.  Hot dogs and cans of beer will also be available for takeout. To top things off, Memphis Taproom will be showing Phillies night games outside via projection TV. We can't think of a better way to watch the game without being at the game.

Memphis Taproom’s Beer Garden and Hot Dog Truck Official Openings
Where: 2331 E. Cumberland Street
When: Saturday, April 23, noon (Note: in the case of heavy rain, the event will be postponed to Saturday, April 30.)
Cost: FREE to attend
More info:


The Memphis Taproom Goes Mobile

[previously posted on Access Philly]



Kensington for Dummies, Part II.

We're back to clear up your Confused-by-Kensington-itis. We discovered the ever-confouding West Kensington in Part I and now we're going to finish up with Kensingtons both Old and New.

Below West Kensington, you'll venture into Old Kensington, which borders Northern Liberties and is commonly referred to as Northern Liberties by those who are afflicted with Confused-by-Kensington-itis. We're all guilty of this at times -- Northern Liberties clicks with people who are new to the area and is closer to Center City. If we say "Old Kensington", sometimes it's harder to get people interested!

But Old Kensington is one of the coolest fringe neighborhoods in Philadelphia, and if you take a walk over there, you'll see why. Home to Crane Arts Center, some of the best taquerias in the city, and with more of an industrial vibe - it truly feels like it's on the brink of something big.  The borders for Old Kensington are N. 6th to Front Street, and Girard Avenue to Cecil B. Moore Avenue. It covers just about 2 miles and is almost a square.

View Old Kensington in a larger map

East Kensington (also referred to as "New") is what's left - East of Frankford Avenue to Memphis Street from Lehigh Avenue to York Street. It's a much smaller area and this is where the term Port Fishington comes up, because it's bordered so closely by Port Richmond and Fishtown. At 1.5 miles, East Kensington is tiny, another reason it often gets overlooked and misnomered to death. We could argue about it all night, but if you go east of Memphis, you're in Fishtown, and if you wander a little further north past Lehigh Avenue, you're on Port Richmond land.

View East Kensington in a larger map

And remember - You can always go ahead and ask your grandfather who grew up in Kensington. Whatever he says is probably true!

Now that you're in the know, pick a section of Kensington and go check it out for yourself! If you're looking for something cool to do, you can catch up on our Kensington posts for more ideas.


Kensington for Dummies, Part I.



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