Archive for August, 2014

Thursday, August 28th, 2014

More New Construction Coming to Girard.


By: Jarek Cotto

If you live in Northern Liberties, chances are you have walked by that lumber yard on 3rd and Girard. J.T. Riley Lumber Co. has been on the market for a while, and it was finally snatched up by a developer. What is planned for the space now is a massive, mixed-use property. In the works are plans to construct fifty-three new apartments, and ground-floor retail. The project will commence once the destruction of the current property is complete. Once this massive area is rid of its old buildings, a five story building with twenty apartments and 3100 sqft of commercial space will take its place fronting Girard Avenue.



Right beside this building, four-story triplexes will be constructed on 3rd and Orianna. The architecture of these buildings will be different from the property fronting Girard Ave. A total of thirty-six parking spaces are included in the construction plans. The spaces will be covered by a second floor courtyard that is accessible to residents according to OCF Realty.



KJO Architecture are the ones that did the design work on this new project. They have their hands in a lot of projects going on in the city. They are currently working on a 5-unit townhouse at 924-28 New Market St. Also in the works by them is a multi-family condominium building at 2555 Carpenter St. We can’t wait to see how this new project will work out. It will certainly look better than that old lumber yard wasting space.


Thursday, August 28th, 2014

Hot #HotProps: Ghost Sign House Edition

Ghost Sign House Beautifully Rehabbed


By: Elizabeth Flynn


You may have seen the article in Curbed Philadelphia profiling the rehab of 2661 Martha St. in Fishtown, where James Roletter uncovered a Ghost Sign while rehabbing the Fishtown property. After some research Roletter found that the sign was an advertisement for Snellenburg’s Clothing Manufacturers.

Snellenburg’s was at one time the largest clothing manufacturer in the world, and it used to reside right at that wonky intersection of South Street, Fifth Street and Passyunk Avenue.

Rolleter incorporated the Ghost Sign into the design of the rehabbed home, and the results are a beautiful blend of modern luxury fixtures and antique industrial style, with a nod to Philadelphia’s history as a major manufacturing center. Rolleter’s Ghost Sign House has also been featured on, which documents “faded advertisements from around the world,” but began in Philly.


One of RE/MAX Access’s enterprising agents, David Guido, has listed 2661 Martha St. in all it’s Ghost Sign glory, so we at the Access Philly Real Estate Blog are able to deliver the images of the finished rehab to our readership.

Here’s the property description in it’s entirety,

This Fishtown beauty has been completely remodeled from top to bottom starting with all new electrical, plumbing, & heating systems. Enter into living with exposed brick and recessed lighting. There are refinished original pine flooring throughout the home. The kitchen features custom cabinets, stainless steel appliances including a dishwasher, over the range microwave, & gorgeous granite counters. The 2nd floor features 2 spacious bedrooms both of which have ample closet space. There is a full 3 Piece bathroom with heated floors. Partially finished basement (bonus room) w high ceilings. Central air unit will definitely keep you cool on those hot summer days. Home also features custom made railing, private yard, powder room and laundry room on 1st floor. This one truly is a must see.

If you or your clients are interested in seeing the Ghost Sign House, you better hurry! I’ve heard rumors that an offer may already be in the works… Here are some more images to whet your industrial style loving appetite. Go see it in person before it’s off the market.

Listing Agent:

David Guido
1033 N 2nd St., 5th Floor
Philadelphia, PA 19123
P: +1 (215) 760-9196
Email Dave!

Wednesday, August 27th, 2014

FYI: books on books on books

by Karley Cohen

Even though technology is taking over, I love the smell and touch of a physical book.  Surprisingly enough there are still bookstores all over the city!  Here are 10 bookstores you should hit up.



The Book Corner 

Joseph Fox Bookshop

The Spiral Bookcase

The Book Trader

Headhouse Books


The Last Word Bookshop

Mostly Books

The Wooden Shoe

Molly’s Books and Records



Monday, August 25th, 2014

FYI: Teen uses explosives to “Take Out” Oriental food store.


By: Jarek Cotto Why did the editor of the Philadelphia Public Record use ethnic slurs such as “Chinky Winky” and “Me Too” in the August 21st edition of the free weekly tabloid? Find out what he says about it below. Should Pennsylvania destroy thousands of dollars of fine wine because of a bootlegger? A retired Philly police chief joins the protest in Ferguson wearing a sign saying “Police Chief Jackson all we want is the truth”. This isn’t the first protest he has been a part of either. A teen sets off an explosion in a North Philly take out joint. Watch the video below.

Saturday, August 23rd, 2014

Just Some Block Party.



Philadelphia area native, Drexel graduate and party host Gina Piccari let me in on the creation of the event “Just Some Block Party”.


Gina and her partner in crime Maggi have been throwing parties together just over a year. Together they throw a monthly party at Ortlieb’s, Blank Stare and Kitty Kitty//Bang Bang and Maggi throws one at The Dolphin called Sick Sad World in conjunction with the Factory Girls. Together they knew they wanted to throw a party that was huge, outside and would end the summer on a crazy note.

just some block party


During their early 20s they spent most of their time partying all over the city attending various parties, but they wanted to top anything they have ever been to over the years. Gina was throwing around this idea to her friend Adam Burten, better known as “Buttons”, owner and founder of Lost 18, a Philadelphia based party promotion company, and they got the ball rolling on “Just Some Block Party.”




lost 18

The first meeting happened and all of the masterminds were on the same page about what they wanted and, just as originally thought, with more forces and minds involved, Just Some Block Party was conceived.  In Gina’s words, “we wanted all our friends, and friends of friends, coming together to celebrate and have fun, listen to awesome music, dance, socialize and promote their art/music/work.” All of the friends and DJs Gina and Maggi reached out to were so supportive and excited to be apart of the event.

after party





Starting at noon on Sunday August 24th, this all-day block party will feature tons of amazing DJs, beer, and vendors. After the daytime portion of the event is over, the party will continue at The Dolphin until 2am, complete with drink specials and three awesome DJs: Magglezz, Sylo and Strawberry Mansion. Follow the crowds from Cantrell Street (between 5th and 6th) in South Philly, to the doors of The Dolphin at Broad and Tasker where you can get in for $3 with a block party wristband, or just $5 without one.




Gina, Maggi and Adam were not the only minds who put this event together, there were two others who were strongly involved.  These two were Mike Hans and Geo Brooke, also know as DJ OMGeo who is a well known DJ in the city and pulled together a lot of the talent that will be happening at the block party.   Lost 18 was also co-founded by Mike Hans and Lisa Leggieri beside Adam Burton.

If anyone is interested in volunteering or being a vendor please contact Adam at –  him and the rest of the event staff would love the help and hands. 


RSVP to both events here:

Block Party:

After Party:

Saturday, August 23rd, 2014

2410 E Firth Street Open House 8/24 @ 1-3

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Open House With Jennifer
Sunday 8/24
2410 E Firth Street

Follow’s board 2410 E FIRTH ST, PHILADELPHIA, PA 19125 on Pinterest.

Friday, August 22nd, 2014

3083 Chatham Open House Sun 8/24 @ 12:30-2:230

Open House With Marvin
Sunday 8/24
3083 Chatham Street

Follow’s board 3083 CHATHAM ST, PHILADELPHIA, PA 19134 on Pinterest.

Friday, August 22nd, 2014

Introducing #HotProps- Our New Listing Series

 #HotProps-  Sweet New Old City Listing!

315-17 B North Front St.

Philadelphia, PA 19106

The Ben Franklin Bridge

The Ben


RE/MAX Access is proud to announce our new feature #HotProps. Each week we’ll focus on one of our new, interesting listings acquired and expertly managed by one of our exceptional agents.

Our inaugural property is 315-7 B North Front St.– right in the heart of bustling Old City, Philadelphia. There’s no other neighborhood in Philly that maintains the close feel of a community while architecturally and historically embodying a true metropolitan lifestyle.

Handcrafted custom built-in furniture comes with the home including: entire master bedroom, built-in bookcase on the first floor, and built-in workbench in the very own, private, spacious garage. Never look for parking again!


Presented proudly by Bill Ndreu, who is available for showings with the slightest notice. 

Avdula Bill Ndreu RE/MAX Access Agent

Avdula “Bill” Ndreu: Super Realtor

Contact Info:

Cell: 856-701-3512  Email:

Gain all the advantages of Condo living without having to pay the fees in this great unit. Did you hear that? NO FEES!

There’s two bedrooms, 1.5 baths with interesting fixtures, his and her sinks, Italian-style tile downstairs, brand new carpeting upstairs, and beautiful marble throughout the master bath.

Soak up the nightlife, artistic events, and close knit community in Old City, while enjoying proximity to the rest of the city via The Market-Frankford El and easy access to all major highways. Here comes your exciting First Friday nights, your coffee by the waterfront on Saturday mornings, your quick jog to city hall, your short stroll to Nolibs. There are too many amenities to list!

Start your city life now in this sweet, swinging pad.


See it in person at the Open House! Saturday, August 23rd. 12pm-2pm!


Open House Bill Ndreu



Thursday, August 21st, 2014

Old Fishtown Church Gets Turned into Apartments.



By: Jarek Cotto

If you live in Fishtown, chances are that you’ve passed by the church on Columbia Ave. It is formally known as East Baptist Church and has been vacant for years, ever since the non-profit that owned it went bankrupt. According to OCF Realty, neighbors were trying to force the property to sheriff’s sale and they succeeded. A company named Metal Green Inc. purchased East Baptist Church for a staggering discount. The church was going for a reported $1.4M when the property was listed for sale back in 2008, but Metal Green Inc purchased it for $385K.


The developers intend on turning this church into fifteen apartment units. However, they need a zoning variance because the property is inappropriately zoned for a single family home. By zoning the property as a multi-family, they would be allowed sixteen units. Since they are only planning to build fifteen, they should be in the clear.

Hopefully things will go smoothly for this new construction project. The fact that they are reusing an existing building instead of demolishing it and starting fresh is great. Unlike many of the developers in the area who just tear down buildings and build over top of them, they will use the unique architectural features of this building to work for them. We are very interested to see how this new project will turn out.


Monday, August 18th, 2014

FYI: The Future of the Philly School District Looks Bleak.



By: Jarek Cotto

Depressing news from a Philadelphia School District meeting. The Superintendent says that they will not cut teachers’ wages, but without the new cigarette tax and cuts to teachers’ benefits, then there will be large lay offs in October. At least there is good news for all you trolley riders out there. All trolley services to center city are back on. The repairs on the tunnel have been made. There was violence in Love Park this weekend. A park ranger was punched in the face, stomped on, and spat on by a skateboarder. Police have release footage of the assault. The suspects are still at large. The Taney Dragons win the little league championship against Pearland East of Texas in a gripping 7 to 6 game. Find out more below. A new study done by Neilsen claims that people from Philly watch 5 hours and 44 minutes of television a day. See where we rank on the list.