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Fairmount New Construction: North Street Estates Framing Up

The new construction project currently happening in Fairmount is officially taking shape! The new townhouses, known as North Street Estates, are now framed and looking great. There is still a bit of the way to go but progress is in full swing.

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North Street Estates – Price: $859,900

Click here for a link to North Street Estates featured home: 1711 North Street

Find the perfect blend of luxury, elegance and comfort at the North Street Mews. One of 12 in this stunning community, this 18′ wide, 3,000 square foot home with 1 car parking features 4 light filled bedrooms, an office/den with 3 french doors, 3 full bathrooms, a half bathroom, finished basement, a roof deck, a yard and includes a variety of luxury finishes such as hardwood floors finished on site, built in speaker, solid core interior doors, video intercom system, and energy efficient dual zoned HVAC system. The home exudes comfort & style from start to finish, starting with its tiled foyer and spacious open first floor plan including living room and dining room with 10′ high ceilings. Continue through and enter the modern, exquisite kitchen with Stainless Steel Appliances, Custom Cabinetry (two options for layouts), quartz or granite counter tops and a large island running through to custom windows with a plethora of light! Next to the kitchen and ideally located is a well appointed powder room. Meander up the stairs to the second floor and enter into your spacious master suite which is truly a work of art, with its huge walk in closets, master bath, private toilet room and custom tiled shower with dual shower heads, all within a frameless glass enclosure, a soaking tub for pure decadence and double vanity to top it all off. Travel down the hall to your office/den with three french doors over looking the street scape complete with onsite finished wood floors. Stroll up to the 3rd floor and feel the spacious 3 bedrooms with wall to wall carpeting and the two full baths, one with a seamless glass shower and the other with a tub for convenience. From the third floor walk up the stairs to the pilot house which leads to an oversize custom roof deck with exception city views. The finished basement completes this home with its 9′ ceilings, laundry room and ample space. 10 year tax abatement being applied for. Audio/Visual package and roof deck are upgrades. Home can be purchased without parking.

 

New Construction Condos: 1434-36 Poplar Street

New construction in Fairmount has begun with the development of a 10 unit apartment complex located at 1434-36 Poplar Street.  This project is only blocks away from the North Street Estates new construction project in Fairmount, which will consist of 12 new townhouses with parking.

Expected completion is August 2015.  The units inside of 1434 Poplar Street will be available for rent while the 1436 Poplar Street units will be available for sale. More details to come as the project progresses.  This project contributes to the development growth in the Fairmount neighborhood.  Over the years, Fairmount has become a poplar North Broad Street neighborhood with new housing developments, restaurants and much more.

Check out the progress below!

 

Reasons Why Philly is #3 on The NYT’s Places to Go List

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The New York Times recently published a list of ’52 Places to Go in 2015.’ Right behind Milan and Cuba, the City of Brotherly Love came in at third place. How incredible is that?!

In the past couple of years, Philadelphia has increasingly developed and reinvented itself.  The City of Brotherly Love is no longer only known for its deep roots in American history but as a highly traveled destination for restaurants, attractions and entertainment of all sorts. Here is why Philadelphia made the number 3 spot:

1. Dilworth Park began construction and renovation in 2012 and reopened with its new look this past September. Located on the west side of City Hall, Dilworth Park is a great addition to attractions in Philadelphia. This park was once an ugly concrete slab of non-utilized space as well as an eyesore in Center City.  Today, the newly reinvented Dilworth Park boasts of an ice skating rink, outdoor seating, lawn space, a fountain and not to mention a delicious cafe by Chef Jose Garces. New entrances and elevators have also been created for underground access to the Market East station.

2. Spruce Street Harbor Park was a widely popular addition to the Delaware River Waterfront this past summer.  The temporary outdoor oasis attracted hundreds of guests with its colorful chairs and umbrellas, a floating garden area and The Blue Anchor featuring a casual menu with beer and cocktails.

3. The Schuylkill River Boardwalk opened in October 2014. The $18 million, pet friendly boardwalk runs from Locust Street to South Street, which has attracted residents and visitors in the past few months. It is a great spot to bike ride, jog or take a stroll to enjoy the gorgeous views of the Philadelphia skyline.

 

Keep Your Home Safe During Holiday Travels

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The holidays are a popular time of year for  burglaries due to home vacancy with holiday traveling.  Here are a few tips to help in keeping your home safe during the holiday season.

– Before beginning your holiday travels, ask trustworthy neighbors and friends to keep an eye on the house while you are away.

– Lock up everything. Every door and window in the home should be locked and secured. If your home has an activated alarm system, set it upon leaving.

– Turn off unnecessary heating/cooling systems. Depending on the climate of the area you live in, it is essential to keep the temperature of your home at a certain degree to prevent freezing pipes, etc.

– Indoor and outdoor lighting systems are a great way to deter any unwelcome visitors to your home while being away.  Motion sensor lights are a great source of lighting for exterior entry ways. As well as adding timers to indoor lighting.  Both are great features for keeping would-be burglars away.

– Put your valuables away. Before leaving your home, make sure all cash, jewelry, electronics, important documents, etc. are safely stored away and are not out in the open.

New Bike Parking Facility Coming to Broad Street

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SEPTA’s South Broad Street underground concourse.

South Broad Street soon will have a new bike parking facility courtesy of SEPTA’s concourse.  According to PhillyMag.com, the Bicycle Coalition of Greater Philadelphia has partnered with SEPTA in the development of a bike parking facility located in the underground concourse on the south end of the Broad Street Line.

This past weekend the announcement was made at the Philly Bike Expo by Becky Collins, SEPTA’s strategy and sustainability planner. If you are unfamiliar with the underground SEPTA concourse, it runs south of City Hall to the Walnut-Locust Station of the Broad Street Line, which also connects to New Jersey’s PATCO train.  The concourse is a long, unused concrete space that is typically very desolate.  This plan to install a bike parking facility will not only provide cyclists with a safe, covered parking space but increase the foot traffic in that section of the concourse as well.

According to the BCGP, it plans to enclose the bike parking spaces with a cage that bikers can lock with their own locks to insure security. There will be a small fee to park, which can be paid via a SEPTA key card (coming in 2015) or users can purchase a monthly pass. This plan is being modeled after a bicycle parking system originally implemented by the City of Boston.

 

 

 

7 Must-Do Tips for Home Buyers

Purchasing a home is a huge step, especially for first-time home buyers who are new to learning the process. RISMedia published an article highlighting the top tasks all home buyers must consider when looking into purchasing a new home.

Credit Score

Being aware of your credit score is hugely important when starting the home buying process.  Be aware of your credit history and check through it for accuracy.  Doing this ahead of time will save you from delays in the mortgage process.

Hire Real Estate Professionals

Purchasing a home is an exciting and stressful experience. Be sure to surround yourself with a team of real estate professionals that are dedicated in guiding you to success. This also includes mortgage lenders and title companies.

Get Pre-Approved

Before you begin searching for the home of your dreams, contact a mortgage lender and get pre-approved. The pre-approval will provide a financial scope on what you can afford in terms of mortgages.

Stick to your Budget

Do some research on what your monthly mortgage payment could be and factor that into other expenses.  Don’t look at or fall in love with a house you cannot afford.  It is important to be financially savvy through this process and understand the limits of your own budget.

Lease End Dates for Renters

If you are currently renting and looking to buy, timing your lease end date correctly is important. Go over the current lease agreement and talk with your landlord about the possibility of requesting an extension or terminating the lease early. Moving is a stressful process that requires forethought and planning.  Talking with your landlord early can save you some trouble.

Down Payment Assistance

Down payment assistance programs are available for first-time home buyers but are sometimes overlooked with the assumption programs only apply to low-income buyers.  Some lenders participate in programs that offer no-interest loans or grants for down payment assistance.

Get the house inspected!

A home inspection is one of the most important punch-list items to tackle while your home is under contract. This is one of the biggest investments you are making so it is important to be sure that the home is structurally sound without any outstanding issues.  Also, a final walk-through on the day of settlement is a must!

Schuykill River Boardwalk is Open!

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Photo courtesy of Philly.com ( ALEJANDRO A. ALVAREZ / STAFF PHOTOGRAPHER )

The Schuykill River Boardwalk has finally opened to the public today.  According to Philly.com, the $18 million boardwalk that runs from Locust Street to South Street is pet friendly and expected to attract residents and visitors.

The Schuykill River Development Corporation expects a decent amount of traffic on the boardwalk in the coming months. It is a great spot to bike ride, jog or take a stroll and enjoy the gorgeous views of the Philadelphia skyline.

Art Museum/Fairmount Open Houses

Check out this Sunday’s open houses in the popular Art Museum/Fairmount neighborhood!

This Philadelphia neighborhood offers its residents easy access to Fairmount Park, where many enjoy jogging, biking and skating along the scenic paths of Kelly Drive and West River Drive. The Art Museum/Fairmount area offers its residents several amenities such as the regattas held on the Schuykill River and the historical beauty of the Federal Mansions throughout Fairmount Park. The Philadelphia Museum of Art houses some of America’s greatest collections of art. The grounds of the museum also serve the neighborhood as a backyard, an entertainment center and a quiet spot where you can relax and enjoy views of the skyline and river.

1913 Green Street Unit 1
$615,000
2 beds/2 baths
12:30-2pm
 
2423 Olive Street
$409,000
3 beds/2 baths
1:30-2:30pm
 
862 N 26th Street
$534,900
3 beds/1.1 baths
12-2pm
 
2401 Pennsylvania Ave #18A1
$335,000
1 bed/1 bath
12-1pm
 
859 N 27th Street
$475,000
4 beds/2.1 baths
1:30-2:30pm
 
1718 Green St C
$345,000
2 beds/2 baths
12-2pm
 
2429 Meredith Street
$284,000
2 beds/1 bath
12-1:30pm
 
2714 Brown St
$529,000
4 beds/2 baths
12-2pm
 
2401 Pennsylvania Ave 9B31
$239,900
1 bed/1 bath
1:30-2:30pm
 
2401 Pennsylvania Ave 2C55
$168,500
studio/1 bath
1-3pm
 
1713 Green St 4
$294,900
2 beds/1 bath
12-1pm
 
700 N Pennock St 201
$259,900
1 bed/1 bath
12-1pm
 
812 N 24th St
$849,000
3 beds/3.1 baths
1-2:30pm
 
752 N Croskey St 
$359,900
2 beds/1 bath
12-1pm
 
2515 Swain St
$419,000
3 beds/1.1 baths
1-3pm
 
831 N 24th St 
$719,000
5 beds/3.1 baths
12-1pm
 

 

 

Dilworth Plaza Plans for September Re-Opening

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Photo courtesy of the Center City District website.

Dilworth Plaza has been under construction since 2012 and will now reopen with its new renovations in September. Located on the west side of City Hall, Dilworth Plaza was never the ideal tourist attraction.

Now after a long stretch of renovations and construction, Dilworth Plaza will officially be a great use of space featuring benches, trees, lawn space, a fountain, cafe’ and other appealing amenities. New entrances and elevators have also been created for underground access to the Market East station.

Another awesome new feature of Dilworth Plaza will be the ice skating rink. In the winter months, the fountain will transform into a full ice skating rink.

The grand reopening will be a three day event featuring all of the new amenities the Plaza has to offer.

Celebrating the 4th in Philly!

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Photo courtesy of VisitPhilly.com

Philly July 4th Celebrations!

There are tons of events going on throughout the city this weekend.  Philadelphia is the birthplace of independence and freedom. So what better way to celebrate July 4th weekend than staying in Philly?

Here is a roundup of events taking place on this holiday weekend. Hopefully, the impending hurricane down south does not affect our weather forecast in the city!

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The Benjamin Franklin Parkway will be hosting a free concert from 7-11 p.m. featuring The Roots, Nicki Minaj, Jennifer Hudson, Ariana Grande, Aloe Blacc and other artists. This event sponsored by VH-1 is known as the “Largest Free Concert in America.”  A fireworks finale right near the Philadelphia Museum of Art will cap off the night.

The Independence Day Parade will commence on 6th and Chestnut Streets at 11 a.m. on July 4th.

The SugarHouse Casino located at 1001 N. Delaware Avenue is also holding its own July 4th celebration festivities with a free concert series on July 4-5 starting at 6 p.m.

Penns Landing is hosting an event for all ages on July 4-6. The Super Scooper All-You-Can-Eat Ice Cream Festival that benefits the Joshua Kahan Fund for pediatric cancer research. This event requires a $7 donation for each participant.

The above only covers a few of the many events and activities going on in Philly throughout the weekend.