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Mixed-Use Italian Market Development Plans Presented

Photo courtesy of Google Maps.

Photo courtesy of Google Maps.

According to the Passyunk Post, developers presented plans for a mixed-use project at the Passyunk Square Civic Association meeting on Tuesday.

Midwood Investment and Development presented plans for a 5-story building that will consist of 18,000 square feet of commercial space, 70 apartments, 8 single-family trinities and an underground parking lot that will hold around 150 cars.  This development will grace the vacant lot of 9th Street and Washington Avenue.  The planned building will need to replicate and blend with the existing historic Italian Market buildings.

The apartments are planned to consist of one and two bedroom units, while 8 new trinity-style homes will face the Darien Street side of the project to blend with the existing homes on that block.

The project will take an estimated 18 months for completion. It is unknown as to when development will begin.


East Passyunk Gateway Project Breaks Ground Tomorrow

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Rending courtesy of PARC. A lighting option under consideration.


According to the Passyunk Post, the East Passyunk gateway project will have a ceremonial ground breaking event tomorrow. In January of 2014, renderings of the project were released. The project was delayed due to budgeting issues.

The Broad and McKean Streets location will be transformed into a space with seating and tables, improved lighting and landscaping. The original plans for a fountain have been scrapped.  This intersection is planned to be brighten significantly with lighting, which will draw even more visitors to the Avenue. The lighting will be colorful and create an eye-catching ambiance.

The Passyunk Avenue Revitalization Corporation plans to have the project finished by June.  This will give local residents and visitors an opportunity to enjoy the new space at the start of the summer months.

Over the last few years, East Passyunk Avenue has transformed into one of the most popular areas in the city with award-winning restaurants and thriving businesses. On any given Friday or Saturday night, the Avenue is packed with visitors enjoying the wide array of bars and restaurants.

Sunday Open Houses: Graduate Hospital

It is officially the first weekend of Spring even though the weather outside feels like winter. Check out this weekend’s open house in the Graduate Hospital neighborhood of Philadelphia!

Graduate students, professors, artists and medical health professionals are making this South Philadelphia neighborhood, which is also known as South of South, an up and coming residential area. Residents enjoy easy access to jobs in Center City, University City and Graduate Hospital on South Street.

1023 S 18th Street
2 bedrooms/2 baths


1927 Christian St A
2 bedrooms/1 bath


1605 South St B
2 bedrooms/2 baths


1812 Fitzwater Street
3 bedrooms/2.1 baths


1705 Montrose Street
3 bedrooms/1 bath


2414 Kimball Street
3 bedrooms/1.1 baths


1420 Pemberton Street
4 bedrooms/3.1 baths


2519 Kimball Street
3 bedrooms/1 bath


2555 Carpenter Street A
2 bedrooms/2 baths


1710 Rodman Street
3 bedrooms/2.2 baths


2555 Carpenter Street D
2 bedrooms/2.1 baths

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!


Fairmount New Construction: North Street Estates is Starting Up!

Despite the frigid January temperatures and the dreaded ice and rain encountered in the last few days, the Fairmount new construction project “North Street Estates” is gearing up and breaking ground this past week.

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In a few months, the vacant lots shown in the photos will be replaced with 12 luxurious townhouses.  The model home, 1711 North Street, is on the market listed at $859,000.  North Street Estates residents will enjoy the comfort of contemporary design, plenty of space and 1 car parking.  A 10 year tax abatement is also in the process of being applied for.

Here are the specifications:
4 bedrooms/3.5 bathrooms
Interior SqFt: 3000
Full, finished basement

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.

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Queen Village New Construction: 112-20 Christian Street #7

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A Queen Village new construction project is underway at 112-20 Christian Street, which will be known as the Christian Street Estates.

List Price: $1,250,000

Find the perfect blend of luxury, elegance and comfort at the Christian Street Estates. One of 9 in this stunning community, this 3,800 square foot home with 1 car parking features 4 light filled bedrooms, 3 full bathrooms, a half bathroom, finished basement, a roof deck and an elevator! Tons of space with gorgeous hardwood flooring throughout. Buyer will have the option to choose from a wide variety of hardwood flooring, custom cabinetry, tile and other finishes. Situated in the heart of Queen Village, one block from Shot Tower Park and walking distance from restaurants, bars, cafes and the Delaware River Waterfront. The 2nd phase of the project will feature a different layout, pricing and 2 car parking.

For further information on the project, contact Listing Agent David Snyder. The photos below show 3-D floor plans for Phase One.

Here is a brief description of the Queen Village neighborhood.

Queen Village hold the essence of a traditional Philadelphia neighborhood incorporated with a modern flare. Many of the homes are 19 th century trinities and modern townhouses. Residents enjoy the close proximity to the shops and entertaining nightlife on South Street. From 4th Street to 6th Street, grab a bite to eat at the renowned Famous Fourth Street Deli and shop at fabric shops along 4th Street’s Fabric Row.


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Sunday Open Houses: Point Breeze

Check out this weekend’s open houses in the Point Breeze neighborhood of Philadelphia!

Featured Open House: 2209 Wilder Street, Philadelphia, PA 19146
3 bedrooms/1.5 bathrooms
Interior SqFt: 1,064
Open House: Sunday, January 18th 12-1pm
Fully rehabbed 2 story, contemporary home features 3 bedrooms and 1.5 bathrooms. This Point Breeze home also features exposed brick, beautiful hardwood floors and an open floor plan. The brand new kitchen boasts of modern back splash, microwave and dishwasher. The living room has recessed lighting and a half bath off the kitchen. Each bedroom features closet space. This perfect starter home is situated directly across the street from a garden.

2350 Federal Street
3 bedrooms/2.1 bathrooms
2115 Manton Street
2 bedrooms/1.1 bathrooms
1515 S. Ringgold Street
3 bedrooms/1.1 bathrooms
1942 Titan Street
3 bedrooms/1.1 bathrooms
1428 S. Bouvier Street
3 bedrooms/1.1 bathrooms
2022 Federal Street
3 bedrooms/2.1 bathrooms
2245 Greenwich Street
2 bedrooms/1 bathroom
1317 S. Chadwick Street
3 bedrooms/3.1 bathrooms
1721 Latona Street
3 bedrooms/2.1 bathrooms
2026 Manton Street
3 bedrooms/2.1 bathrooms

Condos Coming to the Curtis Center

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As reported back in June 2014 the Curtis Center, located at 6th and Walnut Streets, was purchased for $125 million by Keystone Property Group and Mack-Cali Realty Corp.

According to Philadelphia Magazine, the construction of luxury condos will begin this Spring on the 6th Street side of the building as originally planned.  Future condo residents will enjoy the scenic views of Independence Park and Washington Square. Fifty-five luxury units will be added to the Curtis Center, which has always been used for office space and events in recent years hosted by Cescaphe Event Group.

Rumor has it that a new restaurant, coffee shop, spa and gym will be opened along with the new condos. This will help attract more visitors to the Washington Square building.

The first phase of construction is expected to begin in the Spring.

The last time the Curtis Center underwent major renovations was in 1980. Philly.com reported that the building will transform from a general office space to a major ‘hub’ of Washington Square.

Open House Guide for Sellers

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The weekend is now upon us and many potential buyers will be out and about visiting open houses on Sunday. If your home is currently listed for sale, an open house is a great way to draw buyers in.  But before hosting an open house consult with your Realtor and take the following necessary steps to ensure a successful open house.

– Take advice from your real estate agent. Walk through the home together and take note of any suggestions for improvement the agent might give.  Most importantly, be open to critique.

– Make any sort of repairs or updates before hosting an open house. You want your home to look its best on Open House day. Take the time to fix leaky faucets, chipped paint or cracked tile.  Not only will this make your home more appealing, it will clear up any issue that may occur once the house is under contract.

– Get rid of the clutter. Removing unnecessary clutter will help potential buyers see the true beauty of your home. You don’t want an untidy or cluttered room to mask your home’s true potential.

– Eye-catching curb appeal will really get the attention of buyers as they approach the house. Planting flowers or adding window boxes can really dress up the exterior of the house.  If the exterior brick needs work, consider having it re-pointed.

– Properly cleaning and staging your home will go a long way with potential buyers.

– Work with your real estate agent in getting the word out about your Open House! Your agent will market the open house as much as possible to draw in prospective buyers.

– Another great tip for sellers is to take on a buyer’s perspective. Walk through your home without any bias and find things to work on. This will truly help in the sale of your home.

If you are looking to list your home for sale, do not hesitate to contact the Center City Listings team!


7 Steps to Consider Before Purchasing a Home

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Since the new year is now upon us, many people want to make changes and take new direction in their lives.  One of those changes could be purchasing a home in 2015. Before diving into the process, it is important to take certain steps to ensure that you are ready.

1. Credit Check

Check your credit reports  and scores with all three credit bureaus: Experian, Equifax and TransUnion.  Take this opportunity to carefully comb through each report to ensure there are no mistakes or red flags.

2. Increase Your Savings

A nicely sized savings will help in proving to a mortgage lender that you are capable of paying a mortgage that may be higher than your current rent.

3. Cut Spending

This step goes hand in hand with increasing savings. By cutting down on unnecessary expenses like dining out and online shopping, your savings will rapidly increase.

4. Neighborhood Research

If you plan on buying a home in a different neighborhood, start searching around the area and see if it is a right fit. Visit neighborhood restaurants or coffee shops to get an idea.  Also, check into transportation as well. The neighborhood may have great parking but less access to public transportation. Find a place that fits your needs.

5. Find A Lender

Talking with a mortgage lender and obtaining a pre-approval will give you an idea of where to start and how much you can afford.

6. Figure Out Your Budget

After getting pre-approved, figure out how much you are willing to spend by taking a look at your personal budget.

7. Attend Open Houses & Talk to a Real Estate Agent

Once you have the financial aspect figured out, start attending open houses in the area you want to live in and hire a real estate agent who will prioritize your needs.