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Coloratura: A Celebration of Art & Music in Kensington


Looking for something interesting to tune into this weekend in Philly? Read on.

The Papermill Community of Artists present COLORATURA, a group celebration of art and music for an art and music extravaganza at the Papermill Gallery this Saturday, June 29th that will run for one night only from 7pm-midnight. The Papermill is located at 2825 Ormes Street in Kensington.

So what exactly are you in for? From the press release:

This unique exhibit includes over forty artists, five bands, and two live painters. Among these are artists are Eric Kennedy, Louise O'Rourke, Daria Souvorova, Marie Elcin, Joanna Mroczek, Marie Tosto, Eric Remer, J'Nell Jordan and Greg Slade (Washington, DC), among many others.  The night will come alive with a live soundtrack from musical acts Walter Foley and Friends, Sunset Recorder, The Dirty Soap Blues Band, Truant Minds, and Sweet Briar Rose.

Coloratura is defined in the Webster Dictionary as "singing with florid ornamentation", stemming from the Italian word meaning "to color".  The intended definition seemed a perfect marriage of expressive, colorful works of visual art and melodic musical ensembles, carefully selected and arranged to fit the diverse nature of the theme

Go check it out!


What $145K Can Buy You in Philadelphia

6216118B (1)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 $145K (or less!) can buy you in Philadelphia:

$132,500: 4523 Almond Street (pictured) - Immaculate property, very well-kept and recently updated home in Bridesburg. This 3 bedroom 1 bath home is situated on a great block that will make you feel right at home. Parking is always a breeze! Home boasts a modern kitchen, main floor mudroom/laundry and wall-to-wall carpet. The open layout on first floor provides for a great space - a very spacious and comfortable living and dining room. Kitchen has custom cabinetry and plenty of counter space. Upstairs has three large bedrooms with ample closet space and updated full bath. Rear yard is perfect for entertaining guests, summer bbq and/or pets. Full basement has a lot of room for storage.

$65,000: 2084 E Lippincott Street - Super opportunity for owner occupant or investor looking for cash flow on a great block. Meticulously maintained and updated three bedroom home. First floor has open layout with living room, dining room and updated kitchen. Kitchen has custom cabinetry with plenty of counter space. Enjoy the rear perfect for summer BBQ and/or pets. Bedrooms are decent sized with ample closet space. Convenient to public transportation and shopping. Full basement provides a lot of storage space. All mechanicals have been updated. Easy to show. Seller says make offer!

$50,000: 3341 H Street - Very well maintained 3 Bedroom 1 bath home with porch in the Kensington section of Philadelphia. This homes features three nice size bedrooms, a full sized living room, dining room, and tiled kitchen. New windows, carpet, and hot water tank. Stop by to check out all the new features this property has to offer.

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Listing Madness in Kensington!

Calling all investors! We've got a rush of new listings in West Kensington to kick off the week.

2317 N 5th Street: Take advantage of this price for this house in an up-and coming area. This 3 Bedroom Townhouse can be yours for only $55,000.

Need a garage with that? The garage next door at 2319 N 5th Street is also available. This 1st floor garage has a 2 bedroom apartment above, also priced at $55,000. This can be used as an owner occupied property for an investment. Make it a Package Deal! Get both 2317 and 2319 N 5th Street for $130,000.

Additionally, we have 2321 N 5th Street, a vacant 762 square ft lot available for $20,000.

Easy to see. We welcome all offers! Contact the Somers Team for more information. 


To Do: Kensington Community Food Co-op Brunch

Need brunch plans this Sunday? Join the Kensington Community Food Co-op for brunch at Circle of Hope Church to find out the latest updates on the community-owned grocery store coming to the Kensington area. Childcare will be provided. Please RSVP for the brunch here and share this with your friends and neighbors!

Hosted by members of the KCFC and CoH

Join us for a light brunch, music and an update on what the Kensington Community Food Co-op is doing to bring a community-owned grocery store to our area! A presentation on the plan, strategies, timeline, and how you can become a member will be provided.

January 20, 2013

To volunteer contact, Amaryllis at [email protected]

*Suggested donations welcome

January 20, 2013 at 11:30am - 2pm
Circle of Hope
2009 Frankford Ave
(Frankford Ave. & Norrist St.)
Philadelphia, PA 19125
[image via KCFC]

Back on the Market! 1745 Sepviva Street

1745 Sepviva Street is back on the market! Welcome to this 2 bedroom 1 bath home in the Kensington neighborhood. This home features all new plumbing, electric, roof, high efficiency HVAC and hot water heater with Powervent. Home features stainless steel appliances, hardwood floors with cherry inlays and contemporary bathroom. Top to bottom, this is basically a brand new house located close to Palmer Park and Frankford Arts Corridor.

Ready for a new home for the New Year? Contact the Somers Team for more information. 


Video Recap: Philadelphia Open Studio Tours

This is a photo and video compilation of my tour of two of the open studio locations in Philadelphia. POST, short for Philadelphia Open Studio Tours, is a program of the Center for Emerging Visual Artists. As a huge art lover and supporter of the arts I highly suggest you visit two of the studios shown above, the PaperMill at 2825 Ormes Street in Kensington and the House Gallery located on 1816 Frankford Avenue in Fishtown. There are many more studios and galleries throughout Philadelphia. Contact POST for a directory.

The artists featured:

Luisa Velasquez

Elizabeth Hamilton

Armond MeKissick

Eric Remer

Karyn Vetter

Michelle Marcuse

Renny Molenaar

Henry Bermudez

Douglas Bermudez


Weekend To-Do: Philadelphia Open Studio Tours

This weekend, Philadelphia Open Studio Tours (POST) is heading to Fishtown, Kensington, and Northern Liberties.  The Fishtown/Kensington crawl includes stops such as 2424 Studios, Artspace Liberti, and The Papermill Community of Artists, as well as many other co-op spaces and galleries. In Northern Liberties, you'll hit up spots such as Concrete Polish and Casa Papel. There's so much to see, so make a day of it. Check out more information on the guided tours, which run from October 20-21st, here.

[image via POST]


To Do: Grand Opening of the Papermill

Don't miss this! You've heard about the Papermill here before, now go see it for yourself this Friday, September 21st.


OPEN HOUSE Sunday, September 16th 12-2 in Kensington

2041 E Susquehanna Avenue - Open House from 12-2

Offered at $225,000

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3 Story 2,000 SF 4BR, 2 Bath Victorian with large yard and basement. Lots of original features and updates throughout. 2 staircases that lead to the 2nd floor, formal vestibule, living room, sunken dining area and a large eat in kitchen, private cemented back yard, hall bath and 3 large bedrooms. 3rd floor has a private bath, huge closet and master bedroom with exposed brick.

If unable to tour these properties call Chris or Stephanie at 215-400-2600 to schedule your tour.

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Fresh Address: 2041 E Susquehanna Avenue

This Is Where It's At: 2041 E Susquehanna Avenue puts you in the artist haven of Kensington, close to Fishtown within a few blocks to galleries, fun cafes, and restaurants. Two blocks from the Market-Frankford line for quick transportation to Old City, Center City, and University City. Great location with tons to offer!

Come On In: Enter this huge 3 story home with large yard and basement. This 4 bedroom 2 bath Victorian offers over 2,500 sf feet of space. There are several original features, marble accents, oversized rooms, 2 staircases that lead to the 2nd floor, and the property has been updated. All of the rooms are in the process of being freshly painted. Enter in through a formal vestibule and walk into the living room. The dining area is spacious with plenty of room for furniture and a large eat in kitchen that leads to a very private cemented back yard. There is a staircase in the front of the home and one between the dining area and kitchen. The second floor has a hall bath and 3 large bedrooms. The 3rd floor has a private bath, huge closet, and master bedroom features a beautiful exposed brick wall.

Easy to show. We welcome all offers. Only $225,000! For more information, contact the Somers Team.


Phone: 215.253.6818