Archive for March, 2015

The Wooden Homes of Queen Village

Philadelphia homes for sale a little hump day history We are surrounded by history here in Philadelphia, especially in the neighborhoods along the Delaware River. One of the most elusive sights to behold is the wooden clapboard house, which were outlawed within the original planned city limits by 1796 due to the risk of fire. Southwark, today known as Queen Village, was not considered part of the city limits at this time. As you can see from the map below, circa 1804, the original city limits...Continue Reading!

Designer Models at the Residences at the Ritz

Philadelphia homes for sale impeccably furnished units at the ritz Last week we felt like royalty at our visit to the Residences at the Ritz for a tour of the newly furnished models. These models really got the designer treatment from top to bottom. I, for one, felt like I was walking through the pages of Elle Decor. As usual the staff was gracious, welcoming & pros at making us feel right at home. From what we hear, the 28 staff members really make living at...Continue Reading!

LEED Platinum in the Art Museum

Philadelphia homes for sale we love this home at 818 n. 27th street This fabulous home is the first completely renovated home in PA to earn the coveted LEED Platinum designation. The interior finishes are incredible - custom kitchen with built in everything, gorgeous windows, a breakfast room to die for & some of the most amazing outdoor spaces I've ever come across in a row home. Check it out! 818 n. 27th street details: 1,295,000 2 bedrooms, 2 full bathrooms, 1 half bathroom $6,519 annual taxes 1,919 square feet [gallery ids="9575,9576,9577,9578,9579,9580,9581,9582,9583,9584,9585,9586,9587,9588,9589,9590,9591,9592,9593,9594,9595"] search...Continue Reading!

Streamline the Buying Process

Philadelphia homes for sale 5 ways you can make buying a home easier Daylight savings is this weekend. Which means so many showings! Get yourself prepared. Home buying doesn't need to be stressful. Get prepared, stay organized & hire a Realtor you trust. 1. get pre approved You NEED to know your finances before you go out to look at homes. You need to understand down payments, mortgage programs & your price point. Here are 12 things to do & not to do when you are getting a mortgage. 2. sit down with your...Continue Reading!

Front Door Facelift

give your philly rowhome major curb appeal When you live in a row home curb appeal is as easy as giving your front door a makeover. Let's go over the recipe for success, shall we? 1. upgrade your front door & paint it a fun color Maybe you already have a fabulous front door, if you don't, switch it out for something with a little more pizazz. If you love the front door you have try giving it a fresh coat of paint [gallery ids="9474,9475,9477"] Check...Continue Reading!

Philly Street Names from Days Gone By

Philadelphia homes for sale did your street have a different name? Check out this old map of center city Philadelphia from 1807 before the surrounding neighborhoods were part of Philadelphia proper. Some of the street names look a little different. Market Street was High Street. Race Street was Sassafras Street & Arch Street was known as Arch or Mulberry Street. South Street was Cedar Street.   The Free Library has a really cool map feature you can access here. In 1843 Bainbridge Street had a section called Shippen Street. You can also see that...Continue Reading!

Setting Up An Entryway

Philadelphia homes for sale City homes don't have big foyers with the space for a big round table with a big floral arrangement or a large upholstered chair for getting your shoes off & on. In fact, they don't have room for much of anything, but that doesn't mean you  have to ignore the space completely. If your front door opens right up into the living room visually defining the "entry zone" makes a big difference even if its just psychologically. Setting up a small table or bench, a...Continue Reading!

Rarely Available in Rittenhouse

Philadelphia homes for sale  single family home on 17th between spruce & pine streets Completely renovated homes like this one at this price point are rarely available in Rittenhouse Square. Check it out. 340 s. 17th street details: $849,000 3/3/1 $8668 annual taxes 2,200 square feet 1 year pre paid parking [gallery ids="9433,9434,9436,9437,9438,9440,9441,9442,9443,9444,9445,9448,9449,9450,9451"] [DispletListing listings="yes" price_navigation_prices="750,1000,1250,1500" minListPrice="500" maxListPrice="5000" zip="19102,19103,19107,19147" property_type="Rowtownhouse"]Continue Reading!

Hello, March

spring is almost here Every March the market heats up (although we seem to have gotten an early start this year) & showing houses becomes so much more pleasurable. No snow boots to take off when you get inside, no frozen lockboxes, parking spots to spare (we're looking at you South Philly) & no icy conditions to navigate from property to property. In between showings, negotiations & settlements this is what we look forward to in the month of March in Philadelphia. what we're...Continue Reading!

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