Friday, June 11, 2010

Top Dollar Homes Sold In May

Center City, 19107:
$1,125,000  271 S 11th St, 3 bedroom, 3 full bath, 3800 sq. ft.

Society Hill, 19106:
$975,000  126 Delancey St, 4 bedroom, 3 full baths, 3000 sq. ft.

Center City, 19102:
$1,250,000  1425 Locust St 30A, Penthouse, 2 bedroom, 2 and a half bath, 2614 sq. ft.

Rittenhouse, 19103:
$5,850,000  1817 Delancey Pl, 5bedroom, 5 full and 2 half baths, 9,000 sq. ft.

Art Museum, 19130:
$598,085  1704 Green St., 3 bedroom, 3 full bath, 1 half bath, 2,160 sq. ft.

Graduate Hospital, 19146:
$680,000  2107 Bainbridge St, 3 bedroom, 2 full bath, 1 half bath, 2,721 sq. ft.

Bella Vista, Queen Village, East Passyunk, Pennsport, South Philly, 19147:
$785,000  747 E Passyunk Ave, 3 bedroom, 2 full baths, 1 half bath, 3200 sq. ft.

Northern Liberties 19123:
$540,000  135 W Laurel St, 3 bedroom, 2 full baths, 1 half bath, 2,096 sq. ft.

Fishtown 19125
$351,290  1714 Memphis St, loft, 1 bedroom, 2 full baths, 1,349 sq. ft.

Exciting East Passyunk

There is a lot happening in this South Philly neighborhood. As businesses in this district began winning Best of Philly categories, it was hard to not wonder what is going down there. Philadelphia magazine has done many features on this South Philly neighborhood.  Here is a list of just some of the businesses featrued:

Le Virtu, Best of Philly 2009, appetizer, fried, stuffed, olives,

JimmyStyle, home and gift boutique

Green Eggs Cafe, great food from local sources,

Fuel, a restaurant featuring meals with under 500 calories

Philadelphia Magazine also featured the neighborhood as a place to escape declining real estate values.
In February 2009, Lauren McCutcheon got a family of three's description of the neighborhood they call home:

The niche: Artsy, inexpensive, authentic. Home: Renovated two-bedroom row that’s about 80 years old, for $229,000 in 2006. Current est. value: $240,000. Who’s moving here: Post-grad-school couples, new families, hipster housemates — all lured by the promise of affordable, well-kept housing; easy subway, bus, bike and foot access to Center City; and old-school neighbors and a new-school civic association. “The face of Passyunk Square has changed vastly in the past five years,” says Nancy. Ethos: “We’re a conveniently located dot on the map — with a lot of energy,” she says. The already cuisine-rich corridor has become even more so, thanks to an influx of taprooms and tacquerias. Dining: Classic Italian: Franco and Luigi’s (“The ziti with chicken and artichoke hearts,” Nancy advises) and Marra’s, plus new Italian: Slice (“clam pie”) and Le Virtù, plus great Mexican (La Lupe, Acapulco) and purveyors (Ippolito’s Seafood, Artisan Boulanger, Cellini’s, Mancuso’s Cheese Shop, Faragalli’s Bakery). Shopping: Aside from some of the best tailors in the city, those food purveyors, and adorable vintage record and clothing shops, there’s not much. Nightlife: A casual pub scene includes microbrew-centric Devil’s Den, extra-casual Pub on Passyunk East (POPE), bustling Cantina Los Caballitos, and old-school Stogie Joe’s Passyunk Tavern. Coming soon: “Columbus Square Park has been selected for an excellent watershed program,” says Nancy. “The South Philly of 30 years ago would never have believed it could be part of such a modern experiment.” Still needs improving: Nancy sometimes wishes for “more of a police presence.” And public schools here have many young families saving up for private education.

Thursday, June 10, 2010


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Brittany Root, Realtor
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The Curtis Center, 601 Walnut St. Philadelphia, Pa, 19106
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