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3rd and Chestnut: Breaking Ground for New Museum

3rd and Chestnut

Architectural rendering of Museum of the American Revolution. Photo courtesy of http://amrevmuseum.org/

Earlier this week on 3rd and Chestnut Streets in Philadelphia’s Old City neighborhood, a ceremony took place in honor of breaking ground for the Museum of the American Revolution. Opening in 2016, the new Museum set to grace Old City will feature artifacts and interactive exhibits of Revolutionary War history.

At the ceremonial ground breaking yesterday, over 300 people were in attendance along with United States Senator Pat Toomey, United States Senator Bob Casey, Pennsylvania Governor Tom Corbett, the Museum’s Founding Chairman H.F. “Gerry” Lenfest as well as other politicians and local dignitaries.

Exhibit design firm, MFM Design, has constructed the overall concept and design of the Museum.  The interactive exhibits will include real life accounts and personal stories of laborers, farmers and soldiers during that time.

According to the Museum of the American Revolution website, the building will consist of 32,000 square feet of space, which will also include two theaters along with the exhibits.

In April of this year, the design and architectural concepts were approved for the $150 million Museum.

In late 2016, the new Museum will join the other historical treasures of Old City including the Liberty Bell, Betsy Ross House, Independence Hall and many other historic sites.

Over the course of the spring and summer months, construction crews have been working on the early phases of demolition.  Since the intersection of 3rd and Market Streets is busy with both pedestrian and automobile traffic, the construction phases and eventual finished product of the new Museum will not go unnoticed.


Rittenhouse Rental: 2020 Addison St Unit B

Check out our new Rittenhouse rental listing located at 2020 Addison Street, Unit B!

2 bedrooms/2 baths

Charming 2 bedroom bi-level in Rittenhouse Square complete with hardwood floors, a den and outdoor deck. Spacious bedrooms, natural sunlight and two full bathrooms make this a great place to call home! Tucked away on a quiet tree-lined street and in walking distance from restaurants, cafes, and shopping in Rittenhouse.

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
2 beds/2 baths
2423 Olive Street
3 beds/2 baths
862 N 26th Street
3 beds/1.1 baths
2401 Pennsylvania Ave #18A1
1 bed/1 bath
859 N 27th Street
4 beds/2.1 baths
1718 Green St C
2 beds/2 baths
2429 Meredith Street
2 beds/1 bath
2714 Brown St
4 beds/2 baths
2401 Pennsylvania Ave 9B31
1 bed/1 bath
2401 Pennsylvania Ave 2C55
studio/1 bath
1713 Green St 4
2 beds/1 bath
700 N Pennock St 201
1 bed/1 bath
812 N 24th St
3 beds/3.1 baths
752 N Croskey St 
2 beds/1 bath
2515 Swain St
3 beds/1.1 baths
831 N 24th St 
5 beds/3.1 baths



Cut Your Moving Costs

moving costs

Moving into a new home is already a pricey expense for homeowners and renters.  According to the RISMedia article “Trim Moving Costs by Planning Ahead,” comparing moving company prices ahead of time will alleviate unexpected costs and allow you to compare rates.

It is also helpful to consider packing and moving heavier items yourself, since most moving companies charge by the object’s weight. Stocking up on packaging materials is a must. The costs of items such as boxes, tape and bubble wrap can add up. Buying these things in bulk ahead of time can save you money.

Another alternative is packing everything up yourself with a few friends and renting a U-Haul. Although it is more time consuming, you could ultimately save hundreds if you are on a budget.

Just Listed: Fairmount Condo Rental

We have a new rental listing! A gorgeous Fairmount condo located at 1931 Poplar Street, Unit A.

Gorgeous & modern condo in the Fairmount/Art Museum neighborhood! This condo boasts of 2 bedrooms, hardwood floors & carpeting and a sleek modern kitchen with Stainless Steel appliances. The full bathrooms feature beautiful subway tile and slate floors. Washer/Dryer in unit. Also, a charming back patio area that is perfect for an outdoor BBQ and entertainment with 1 car parking!

Please contact us if you are interested.

Just Listed: Old City Apartment

Old City Apartment

Check out our new rental listing in the Old City neighborhood of Philadelphia. The apartment is located at 234 N. 3rd Street, Unit 205.

Beautiful sun-filled 1 bedroom, 1 bathroom in the heart of Old City!! Full kitchen with breakfast bar, bright family room, laminate floor throughout. High ceilings, large walk-in closet in the bedroom, extra storage in the hallway! Storage in the basement for all your extra things!

Just Sold: Queen Village New Construction

Center City Listings represented both the sellers and buyers of a gorgeous, Queen Village new construction home!

Property Address: 767 S. 5th Street, Philadelphia, PA 19147
Sale Price: $860,000
3 bedrooms/4.1 baths

Rarely available, Completely Upgraded, New Construction, in the heart of Queen Village!! This light filled corner property is perfectly designed with 3 bedrooms plus a finished basement/bedroom. 4.5 baths, 1 CAR PARKING, and an approximately 450 square foot roof deck with panoramic views from the Ben Franklin Bridge to the City Skyline! Enter into a stunning, sun drenched open first floor with 10′ ceilings, half bath and a state of the art kitchen!! The second floor boast two oversized bedrooms, two full baths and a laundry room! The third floor has a full Master Bedroom suite with walk-in closet, oversized seamless glass shower, Jacuzzi style bath and double vanity. This home has been fully upgraded with 8′ solid doors, hardwood floors, audio/visual throughout and security cameras at the front and rear entrances!! Tax Abatement Approved. Located in Meredith School Catchment.

New listing in Washington Square West!

Washington Square West

Center City Listings is representing the seller of a gorgeous Washington Square West condo on Spruce Street.

Property Address: 1008-20 Spruce Street, Unit 1008B, Philadelphia, PA 19107
1 Bedroom/1.1 Bathrooms
2014 Property Taxes: $3,270
Monthly Condo Fees: $744
Interior SqFt: 1,321

Bright and spacious 1 bedroom condo centrally located in Philly’s Washington Square West neighborhood. This tri-level unit boasts of gorgeous hardwood floors, 14 ft. ceilings and large windows that bring in natural sunlight along with a working fireplace. Beautifully updated kitchen and bathrooms. Large walk-in closet right off of the bedroom. Situated in a gorgeous building with an outdoor pool and courtyard. Walkable area with easy access to shopping & restaurants!

Please contact David Snyder from Center City Listings if you are interested.


Sunday Open Houses: Passyunk Square

Check out this Sunday’s open houses in the vibrant Passyunk Square neighborhood of South Philadelphia.

Passyunk Square is vibrant neighborhood located in South Philadelphia. This up and coming area has flourished with real estate and business development. Along East Passyunk Avenue you can find award-winning restaurants, boutiques and other small businesses.  Passyunk Square is a very walkable neighborhood with many amenities close by including the ACME supermarket, several special shops and restaurants.  Spend your day strolling along the Avenue, checking out the specialty shops and boutiques. Then Passyunk Avenue delightfully transforms into a great nightlife spot with some of the area’s top bars and restaurants.

Featured Open House: 1814 S. Juniper Street, Philadelphia, PA 19148
2 bedrooms/1 bathroom
Interior Square Ft: 1,024
2014 Taxes: $2,236
Lot Dimensions: 14 x 48

Located one block from Passyunk Avenue, this bright beautiful home has been completely renovated, boasting an open concept main floor. The kitchen has new stainless appliances, new oversized kitchen sink, new granite countertops, including granite peninsula with counter seating. The original inlaid hardwood floors have been restored and refinished. The finished basement has brand new wall-to-wall carpeting and plenty of extra storage. The second floor offers a generous master bedroom with custom built walk in closet. The fully tiled bathroom with oiled bronze finishes includes a Jacuzzi tub. Central AC, new roof, new plumbing, new electric make this the best deal in HOT Passyunk Square. The large yard includes corner planter.

Listing Description and Photos Courtesy of SRS Real Estate.

907 Greenwich Street
3 bedrooms/1.1 bathrooms
913 Federal Street
3 bedrooms/2 bathrooms
1313 McKean Street
3 bedrooms/2.1 bathrooms
1310 Tasker Street
3 bedrooms/1.1 bathrooms

If you are interested in purchasing a home, please contact the Center City Listings team today!

Trident Mortgage Update

Check out for this week’s Trident Mortgage update from Senior Mortgage Consultant, Jason Griesser.

There have been changes that brought strong economic reports regarding housing as well as some promise that employment growth is coming along, but that has now been met with escalating global conflicts in both the Middle East and Ukraine. Over the last few weeks the geopolitical events outweighed the domestic good news for our economy. When conflicts like these occur a flight to safely occurs where investors move their money into safer investments like mortgage bonds and US Treasuries. They “safe-harbor” their assets to protect them from possible economic fallout if the conflicts continue to escalate. The interest rates will remain in this lower level until some of the money moves back into stocks and other riskier investments. Until that happens our buyers should enjoy the ability to lock into these incredibly low rates we’ve grown so accustomed to the last few years. The more things change, the more they remain the same!
I also wanted to share two articles I read this week that I thought were interesting. The first is the impact of the younger generations on the jumbo mortgages and the second is a general article on the impact of supply (or lack thereof!) and demand in housing right now:
• Younger borrowers are entering the market for large mortgages, but jumbo lenders still depend on baby boomers…Read the rest of the story.
• New Housing Normal; Pent-up supply and demand…Read the rest of the story.

Trident Mortgage Rate Sheet 7-18-2014


trident mortgage update
Jason F. Griesser, CMB
Sr. Mortgage Consultant
NMLS# 137179
Ph: 215-440-2073 | Fx: 610-650-5611