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Sunday Open Houses – Rittenhouse Square

Check out this Sunday’s open houses in the Rittenhouse Square neighborhood of Philadelphia! Our featured open house was profiled this past week on PhillyMag.com!

Featured Open House: 252-56 S. 22nd Street, Philadelphia, PA 19103
$889,900
4 bedrooms/2.1 bathrooms
Interior SqFt: 2520
Open House: Sunday, April 19th from 2-3 p.m.

Situated on a beautiful Rittenhouse Square block, a gorgeous 3-story, 2,500 sq.ft townhouse. This 4 bedroom, 2.5 bath home features traditional living space with hardwood floors throughout, two wood burning fireplaces, tons of windows bringing in natural sunlight and a beautiful dining room. The nicely sized kitchen that leads to a charming outdoor patio – perfect for the spring and summer months! Located in a prime area only walking distance from Rittenhouse Square, University City, shopping, restaurants and cafes!

220 W Rittenhouse Sq 2D
$415,000
1 bedroom/1 bathroom
1:30-2:30 p.m.

 

 

1703-05 Rittenhouse Sq
$2,550,000
8 bedrooms/8.1 bathrooms
11:30 a.m. – 1p.m.

 

 

1425 Locust St 7C
$659,900
2 bedrooms/2.1 bathrooms
12-1:30 p.m.

 

 

325 S. Hicks Street
$575,000
3 bedrooms/2 bathrooms
11:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m.

 

 

130 S. 18th St 506
$495,000
Studio/1 bathroom
1:30-2:30 p.m.

 

 

2122 Spruce St #301
$259,900
1 bedroom/1 bathroom
1:30-2:30 p.m.

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.

 

 

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.

 

 

 

Just Listed: Norristown Area Commercial

Center City Listings is representing the seller of a Norristown Area commercial property located at 2522 W. Ridge Pike.

Property Address: 2522 W. Ridge Pike, Eagleville, PA 19403
$1,700,000
2014 Taxes: $32,834

3.85 acre property with great income earning potential – weddings, private events, catering, & attached 20 room motel – LIQUOR LICENSE included! Located in Jeffersonville, the”Gateway to Valley Forge”, just minutes from Route 202 for easy access. Large 36,000 square foot building with wrap around interior balcony. Dramatic entrance way with gorgeous windows, chandeliers, & outside patio. Minor TLC needed to return to the breathtaking ambience the property was known for in its heyday. Zoned to build 84 room hotel, potential to add restaurant or any retail business – the possibilities are endless. Large parking lot with 210 spaces. Located on well-traveled road, with brand new Wawa opening adjacent to location for increased visibility. Traffic count is exceptional. Property fronts Main Street and backs up to Jeffersonville Golf Course.

Scenic Abbey Lane lot in Gladwyne

Center City Listings is representing the seller of a beautifully, scenic 3.43 acre lot in Gladwyne PA.

Property Address: 1449 Abbey Lane, Gladwyne, PA 19035
$950,000
3.43 Acres
2014 Taxes: $19,034

Tranquil setting with panoramic views on a 3+ acre private setting in the most desirable location of Gladwyne. Take advantage of this rare opportunity to build the house of your dreams in this ultimate estate setting. This property’s excellent topography lends itself to many options, with mature trees and vast open areas to create the ultimate setting. Easy access to major arteries and only a 20 minute drive to center city Philadelphia. Public water, gas, electric, telephone and cable, all in place.

Please contact us if you are interested!