Archive for October, 2010

Friday, October 29th, 2010

Ready for Another 12 Months in Northern Liberties?

NL 2011Calendar LO1You will be when you pick up your Northern Liberties 2011 Calendar, available soon at local shops, bars, and restaurants. The theme for 2011 is “That was Then & This is Now” with historic photographs of our neighborhood.

Proceeds will benefit the Northern Liberties Clean & Green program, which promotes environmentally sustainable practices throughout the community. Activities include: tree planting, Christmas tree chipping, composting and rain barrel workshops, e-waste recycling, weekly street sweeping, and educational workshops on solar power and environmental responsibility. Through Clean & Green the NLNA has planted a hundred new trees, distributed over 1000 recycling containers, and successfully advocated for bike racks and solar trash and recycling compactors throughout our neighborhood.


Originally posted on The Philadelphia Real Estate Blog



Thursday, October 28th, 2010

Meet Your Neighbors: Borrowing a Cup of Sugar

70297_ca_object_representations_media_4610_hsp4One of our newest neighbors is bringing new meaning to “Borrowing a cup of sugar” from the house next door.

The SugarHouse Casino. Not what you would expect us to write about in our “Meet Your Neighbors” spot of our newsletter, huh? Well, this neighbor quite literally sits on one of the sweetest pieces of Real Estate in Philadelphia. They are located on the rivers edge overlooking the Ben Franklin Bridge to the South and the winding Delaware River bank from the North. SugarHouse’s waterfront view were held hostage for decades by an unmanaged, pollution ravaged, and ignored site that was once the location of a long forgotten sugar refinery in use from 1881-1984.

Ironically the news that SugarHouse was moving to the neighborhood was not so sweet, at least not according to the neighbors, community associations, and Casino-Free Philadelphia members who feared the worst would happen if a casino took up residence at the old refinery site. For the people who live in the riverside communities such as Old City, Northern Liberties, Fishtown, and Port Richmond, we had been looking at the SugarHouse site for the past couple of years with mixed emotions. Our SugarHouse neighbor was under a significant amount of scrutiny from the City of Brotherly Love.

With the many proposals, the city red tape, and countless protests behind them, the SugarHouse Casino opened their doors in October welcoming the community with open arms even though they were not overwhelmingly supported. We stopped by to check out the new neighbor. We thought we’d ask to “borrow a cup of sugar”. Since our office and home is a stone’s throw from the casino, we drive by often only to report that the parking lot seems to be filled with plenty of cars and people enjoying the entertainment being offered.

* 45,000 square feet of gaming floor

* A mix of the newest slot machines

* Live table games, including: o Blackjack o Craps o Roulette o Mini Baccarat o Pai Gow Poker o Three-card Poker o Four-card Poker

3 Restaurants


So, has everyone shaken hands and made amends with the casino? Well, not exactly. The community still launches negative comments about what the future holds for Philadelphia and criticism has been heard on the streets about everything from being a lackluster architectural specimen to failing to cater to a high end audience. The positive comments are from those that love gaming as a form of entertainment and from those that simply see SugarHouse as a riverfront pioneer with the revenue to build a walkway and bike path behind the casino that provides public access to the long forgotten majestic Delaware River. Perhaps The SugarHouse Casino development can be the catalyst that will really sweeten up Philadelphia’s most neglected feature.

We hope you enjoy our pictorial introduction of our featured neighbor. If you have not visited, we recommend it. Even if you do not gamble, you can make SugarHouse one stop as you tour Northern Liberties, Liberties Walk, and visit us The Somers at our office at 1033 N 2nd Street, 5th Floor of the oval shaped building in the Piazza.


A Riverside Retreat at…SugarHouse Casino

[image of Sugar Refinery via]





Originally posted on The Philadelphia Real Estate Blog

Thursday, October 28th, 2010

3 Bedroom Home in Fishtown.Renovated From Top to Bottom!

5768587a12302 E Albert St, Philadelphia, PA 19125


Beautiful property in Fishtown! Renovated from top to bottom!! First floor features spacious Living Room, formal Dining Room, and modern kitchen with ceramic floor and backsplash. Second floor has three large bedrooms and new ceramic hall bath. Full semi-finished basement with ceramic floor,powder room, and new heater. Freshly painted throughout, new C/A, and rear yard.

Property Features:

  • Brick Exterior
  • Central Air
  • Full Basement
  • Modern Kitchen
  • Rear Yard

For more information contact Steve Capriotti at 215-651-0702 or


Thursday, October 28th, 2010

Halloween Fest & New Classes at the Fairmount Art Center


Just in from the Fairmount Art Center…there’s more to do this Halloween than get scared out of your mind at the Eastern State Penitentiary. Here’s something a little more kid-friendly.

Halloween Arts Fest

The 4th Annual! Join us October 31 from 11:30am-1:30pm. Come in costume, craft, create, and creep!

Fall Session II: Starts the week of November 1st

School-Closed Camps: Oct. 29-Nov. 5 & beyond

Friday Night Workshops: Upcoming-Papermaking, Collage, & Book Arts

Classes fill fast so be sure to reserve your spot! Click for details & online registration!

Fairmount Art Center

2501 Olive Street

Originally posted on The Philadelphia Real Estate Blog


Thursday, October 28th, 2010

Ghostbusters in Philly…Who Ya Gonna Call?

haunted-houseWe’ll admit it. When Halloween comes around, showing houses has an added element of suspense and mystery to us. Especially in the older homes, where we wonder who has come before us.

The SPIRT of PA (The Southeast Paranormal Investigation and Research Team of Pennsylvania) has a list of Public Investigations and Private Residences on their website, all located in the Pennsylvania area. If you dare, try listening to some of the recordings at Fort Mifflin and Geddes Piper House. They are downright eerie. The Eastern State Penitentiary is probably the scariest supposedly haunted site we can think of in Philadelphia. The thought of paranormal activity, whether you find it fun, creepy, or absurd, is something that strikes us all at one point or another. Have you had any ghostly experiences or been in any haunted houses?


Haunted Houses, Thirsty Vampires, Wild Beasts…Just in Time for October!

Originally posted on The Philadelphia Real Estate Blog


Thursday, October 28th, 2010

New Construction in Fishtown: Meet the Builders Tour this December!

When there’s a chill in the air…Let us invite you to come inside for our December Meet the Builders Tour in Fishtown.


We’ll officially announce the date of December’s Tour soon, but until then, we can only promise that we are hard at work on what will be our best tour yet! Not only will we be touring the latest new construction in Fishtown, we’ll also get a taste of what the neighborhood is known for: fine beer. Who should attend?

  • Rehabbers and Investors looking for tips
  • Those who want to get to know the area
  • Buyers looking for more information
  • Curious consumers that want to be in the know

If you can’t wait that long, we’ve got a sneak peek opportunity for you. Remax Access will be hosting a Broker’s Open on November 4 at 2568 and 2570 Collins St., our 2 New Construction Homes in the Fishtown/East Kensington neighborhood. A complimentary lunch will be provided. Please contact the Somers Team if you would like to attend.

We hope to see you!




Originally posted on The Philadelphia Real Estate Blog

Tuesday, October 26th, 2010

1037 N 3rd St Has Lots of Potential

1037n3rd5Could this be your new home? 1037 N 3rd Street in Northern Liberties has Lots of Potential, and by lots, we mean the generous lot attached to the property that can be subdivided and sold by the new owner.

This 3 Story Brick-front Home is located next to the shops of Liberties Walk has 4 Bedrooms and a Private Yard with plenty of room for outdoor furniture, a garden and 2 car parking.

Just look at how far this lot stretches…and let your imagination go with it. What would you do with all of this yard space?

  • Start your urban garden
  • Convenient Parking
  • Backyard picnic area with grill
  • Ponds and fountains
  • Spruce it up and sell the space!


We checked out Apartment Therapy for some inspiration. Turn this lot into this (two photos from Apartment Therapy).


 There are so many things to do with an outdoor space, especially one that is this large.

For more information, please contact the Somers Team.

[Garden images via Apartment Therapy]


Monday, October 25th, 2010

What’s Brewing at Collins Street?

ar128277027600876Are you the kind of person who is always looking ahead for something new, something unique, something that will really satisfy your love of craft and functionality? Are you drawn to the energy of an emerging neighborhood, do you appreciate craftsmanship whether it be a building or a well crafted beer?

We’ve got something really cool to show you in the Fishtown/East Kensington neighborhood, and there’s plenty of delicious brew to be had while you’re there. This neighborhood is a haven for excellent beer and is the beer enthusiast’s playground, with Philadelphia Brewing Company, Atlantis: the Lost Bar, and Memphis Taproom all within a few blocks.

Now for the 2 New Construction Homes that puts you where the brew is…

2568-70 Collins Street is the location of two 3 Story New Construction Projectsresize with Garage Parking, Balcony, Yard, 3 Bedrooms, 2.5 Baths, and a 10 year Tax Abatement. Modern amenities such as the Fresca vanity at left. Both properties are priced at $275,00. That’s a deal we could drink to.

Wouldn’t it be nice…To spend your weekends cooking with fresh, local produce from nearby Greensgrow Farm? Have brunch at Memphis Taproom, enjoy several cups of coffee at Leotah’s Place, check out a neighborhood meeting at NKCDC and get to know your locals, then head on over to a homestyle Yugoslavian dinner at Jovan’s Place. You’re located right next to the Frankford Arts Corridor, which has undergone recent streetscape improvements should you fancy a leisurely bike ride.


Stay tuned for a peek at the interiors of these unique new construction properties as they near completion!

For more information, please contact the Somers Team.


Fishtown New Construction Project Nearing Completion – Don’t Just Imagine Living Here!

Welcome Leotah’s Place, A New Kensington Coffee House

Start Strawberry Season at Greensgrow Farm

Fishtown Real Estate – Urban Homes in the Philadelphia Fringe!

Thursday, October 21st, 2010

The Tea Party is in Northern Liberties!

img_1792-576x10242We always direct our neighbors to City Planter when they’re in need of urban garden supplies and decor, but even if you don’t have an outdoor oasis, the Northern Liberties shop is still a resource you can learn from.

If you didn’t know, City Planter holds workshops quite often at their 4th Street space, and the upcoming events for this season have a little something for everybody. Green space or not.

This Saturday’s Tea Party sounds particularly stirring to us. The Random Tea Room will join Sarah of City Planter to teach about tea and herbal infusions that you can grow indoors and dry yourself. The class is free, but you must RSVP for a glass and herbs.

Saturday, October 23, 11 am – Tea Party: Plants to Grow and Drink

Wednesday, November 17, 6:30 pm – Seed Paper Holiday Gift Tags

Wednesday, December 8, 6:30 pm  – Living Ornaments and Holiday Arrangements

You can RSVP to the events on City Planter’s Facebook page or by emailing

City Planter

814 N. 4th Street

215-627-6169              215-627-6169      


Creating an Urban Oasis? Think Local. Visit City Planter!

Originally posted on The Philadelphia Real Estate Blog


Thursday, October 21st, 2010

Totally Renovated Home in Castor Gardens!


6103 Frontenac Street Phila, PA 19149


Beautiful home totally renovated in Castor Gardens. Includes brand new state of the art kitchen with granite counter tops, all new appliances, beautifully ceramic tiled floor and spacious cabinets. Hardwood floors throughout. Bathroom newly refinished with new ceramic tiled floor. Three nice sized bedrooms with ceiling fans and plenty of closet space. Also features a carpeted semi finished basement. with separate laundry area, garage with brand new garage door in rear of house. easy parking also on street. New rubber roof!!! Up graded electrical system with new electrical panel and upgraded plumbing. Like a brand new house!. Great location close to schools, houses of worship, shopping and public transportation on nice residential street. Ready to move in !!!

Property Features:

  • 1 Car Garage
  • Beautiful Brick Exterior
  • Finished Basement
  • Ceiling Fans


Contact Steven Osiecki at 215-400-2617 or !