Archive for August, 2013

Easy DIY With Metallic Spray Paint

Philadelphia homes for sale Transform An Inexpensive Boring Glass Vase Into A Glam Flower Toting Vessel Even Philadelphia row homes with the most open floor plans aren't IDEAL entertaining spaces due to their narrow nature but with a little creativity you can make it happen.  I recently hosted a bridal shower for my boyfriends beautiful sister.  I was in charge of flowers & I wanted to transform some boring glass vases I had into something that went with her wedding theme of gold & purple....Continue Reading!

Most Expensive Townhome in Philadelphia?

Philadelphia homes for sale 1901 Delancey Street in Rittenhouse Square Weighs in at a Hefty 8.2 Million 1901 Delancey Street AKA 306 S. 19th Street is a 13,000 square foot mansion that includes another property at 1921 Manning Street with 2 garage spaces & what should be plenty of unnecessary storage space for one that owns 13,000 square feet.  It appears to have undergone an extensive renovation creating an open, airy, modern & very white space.  I think this might be the most expensive town...Continue Reading!

3 Uses For the One Plant You Need to Have

Philadelphia homes for sale Aloe Vera Plants:  Form Follows Function Aloe vera plants belong to the succulent family.  Succulents are some of my favorite plants due to their ease of care. In Philadelphia, they are best grown as a house plant.  They can be put outside in the warmer months to really thrive.  They need full sun & well draining potting mix.  They have minimal watering needs.  Let them dry out in between waterings & in the winter water, maybe, once a month. These gorgeous juicy looking green stems...Continue Reading!

Would You Want to Live in a Historic Philadelphia Church?

Philadelphia homes for sale Adaptive Re-Use of the Magnificent Frank Watson Designed Church at 27th & Girard Avenue We love projects like this that promote responsible development & look to keep the character in Philadelphia's historic neighborhoods.  This project would have been more lucrative for the developer if it had just been knocked down & a brand new apartment building been built in it's place.  This was not an option.  The developer is looking to completely preserve the original stone facade which limits the size...Continue Reading!

The Early Bird Gets The…..

Philadelphia homes for sale Prime Reservation During the Center City District Restaurant Week I really don't want to think Fall just yet, however, the dates have been set for Restaurant Week & we know how crazy it gets.  This year marks the 10th year of restaurant week & I can't help but think it draws many people in from the suburbs;  which is a great thing for our local businesses. This year the dates have been set for September 15th - 20th & September 22nd -...Continue Reading!

How to Make the Most of Summer Produce

Philadelphia homes for sale How I Learned to Preserve in Philadelphia I turn into a greedy little animal at a growers market & buy more than we could possibly eat.  I struggle with what to do with all of it; especially the abundance of fruit.  I was always scared of preserving (botulism...eek!) but dreamed of opening up some peaches in the middle of winter that didn't come out of a can. Luckily, my fear is gone because of a fabulous class I took with Marisa McClellan...Continue Reading!

Hey Philly! What Are YOU Doing this Weekend?

Philadelphia homes for sale Philadelphia Events Around Town August 8th - August 12th Thursday August 8th The Dell Essence of Entertainment Summer Concert Series Under the Stars is featuring Dru Hill, SWV & Bell Biv Devoe.  All my 90's kids know ALL about this.  Starts at 8 pm & tickets range from $25-$40. The Hunger Games is being screened under the stars at the Great Plaza at Penn's Landing.  Starts at 8:30. The Mummers Musuem in Pennsport is hosting free string band concerts under the stars every Thursday...Continue Reading!

Is Rittenhouse Square Getting More Luxury Condos?

Philadelphia homes for sale 1805 Walnut AKA the Alison Building Sold for 9.1 Million The Philadelphia Business Journal has reported that the Alison Building located at 1805 Walnut overlooking Philadelphia's favorite park in Rittenhouse Square has been sold.  The first 3 floors are commercial condominiums housing Barnes & Noble & were not part of the sale.  It is reported that floors 4-8 have been sold for the hefty sum of 9.1 million with a total of 31,902 square feet.  That equates to roughly $285.00 a...Continue Reading!

Shark Week Round 2

This Has Nothing to Do With Philadelphia.  Or Real Estate.  Or Your House. This was sent to me by Andrew Peruzzi.  We hope you enjoy it on this rainy Wednesday. Reading!

Planning on Buying a Home in Philly in 2013?

Philadelphia homes for sale Must Read Mortgage Advice... We help lots of people buy & sell homes.  We have seen the frustration first hand.  It is much more difficult today to obtain a loan than it was 5 or 6 years ago. We encourage ALL of our clients to read this Forbes article called "The Perfect Loan File".   It is the best thing to read so you understand WHY you are being asked over & over again for what seems to be the same thing...Continue Reading!