Archive for the ‘#HotProps’ Category

Friday, January 15th, 2016

Bristol Township;  A Secret Gold Mine

by: Elaine Kasavage
& Karley Cohen 
us-pa)brtThere are 50+ distressed properties currently in Bristol Township.  What do I mean by distressed? I mean these properties are being sold “as is”, as short sales and also bank foreclosures/REO’s.  What does this mean for all you investors?  You need to start looking in this area!  Bristol Township is a gold mine for someone who is looking to invest in properties and change a neighborhood around.  

In 1692, the area of Bristol Township was founded and originally named Buckingham Township, but in 1702 it was renamed Bristol Township.  When founded it was a highly agricultural area among wealthy Philadelphians.  1831 the Delaware canal connected Bristol to Easton growing the accessibility to surrounding areas.  Today Bristol is the largest municipality in Bucks County.

For the last 10 years I have been working at RE/MAX Access,  and focusing my business on investment properties.  I was searching TREND for a client, to help find a good deal in their price range and I came across all of these investment type properties in Bristol Township.

So, to all my cash savvy investors – imagine the potential of taking over the Bristol Township area with amazing renovations one property at a time.

Elaine Kasavage

Thursday, July 9th, 2015

Almost Four Dozen Homes to be Built on Front Street.

By: Jarek Cotto

The 700 block of Front Street has seen some great changes in the past few years. Four new homes on the northwest corner of Front & Fairmount are underway. There had been a community garden at this site for a while, but now there’s a row of uniquely shaped homes. The corner home has already been sold, and two others are  listed at $550K which is actually a pretty good deal for new construction in Northern Liberties.

There are some additional homes under construction to the north of this development. It was a large vacant lot before, but now a row of homes have risen in its place. In between the finished homes and the framed ones there’s a new row of foundations which will support even more row of homes.

According to OCF Realty, “this project is supposed to include a third row of homes to the north, on the other side of Olive Street. To date, no construction has started on those homes.” They speculate that the reason is because the developers may want to sell that part of the project to someone else rather than build it themselves. The land is for sale currently, along with approved plans to build eight more homes for $1.28M. There’s definitely an opportunity here for developers.

Almost four dozen new homes on Front street will be built with these projects combined, along with the other projects going on to the north. That doesn’t even include the hundreds of apartments over the two Pennthouse buildings at Front & Brown. With rapid development constantly happening in every nook and cranny in Northern Liberties, it’s a wonder that there are still even spots left to build on.

Friday, May 15th, 2015

Six New Homes Coming To Trenton Avenue.

By: Jarek Cotto

Trenton Stables is the name of the new six home project being built at the intersection of Blair Street and Trenton Avenue. AGA Developers are the ones behind the construction on this “flatiron-shaped” parcel. These are the same developers that have been building the Frankford Square project for the past few years. The homes are replacing a one-story building that was once a stable back in the day. Ironic isn’t it? We must say that it is a drastic improvement than what was there before.

Four homes are now framed out and will be finished by June according to the project website. These four homes will have a pretty standard layout, with a garage in the back facing Blair Street. According to the project website, “Home features include black-diamond brick exterior, rear garage, finished basement, gourmet kitchen with stone countertop, 4th floor master suite, roof-top deck, an open floor plan with hardwood flooring throughout. Buyers will be able to customize all finishes!” The remaining homes are still waiting to be framed. These will be much more unusual because the lot narrows to a point.

Don’t think there is still plenty of time left to purchase one of these townhouses. According to OCF Realty, “Three of the homes are already under agreement but the “corner” home is still available.” Even though it is oddly shaped, it will have 3,300 sqft of interior space along with parking. The homes are pricing fairly high near the 500’s but that should not be an issue to interested parties. Once this project is done, it will bring life back to the area.

Thursday, November 6th, 2014

#HotProps: 4 on 6

By: Jarek Cotto

4 on 6 is a new, luxury construction project nestled in one of the citys hottest communities, Northern Liberties. This project includes 4 three story single family homes that were designed by an award winning architectural firm. It is a far cry from the vacant lots that were in the same place back in 2013. Like a phoenix rising from the ashes, 4 on 6 is the rebirth of something totally awesome.
These homes are located at 943-949 N. 6th St, and are appointed with the finest modern finishes. They sit on an 18’ by 19.5’ wide footprint and offer 2,325-2,450 square feet of living space. Soaring 10’ high ceilings are immersed in abundant natural light, and they offer 35+ foot deep rear yards.The first floor features an open layout with maple hardwood floors through out. The kitchens come with matte white Porcelanosa cabinets. The countertops are beautiful Quartz Master 1 ¼” “Carrara Bianco River” quartz countertops. Glass tile backsplash, under cabinet lighting, and a Kohler “Vault” sink with a Grohe “Concetto” chrome faucet also adorn the kitchen. All of the appliances are high end and come with a washer and gas dryer. The high end amenities don’t stop at the kitchen, the master bathroom and guest bath are also adorned. The prime location of these homes means that anything you could possibly need is right at your fingertips. It offers walkability, shopping, a plethora of cool cafes, dog parks, bars, and tons of entertainment and restaurants to enjoy. Two of these homes are already pending leaving just two left, so act fast.

RE/MAX Access sat down with one of the developers at Space Development Group, Eric Fox, for a short Q&A about himself and his work. Here is what was said,

RMA: Are you from Philadelphia?

Fox: I’m originally from South Jersey, a 15 minute drive from Center City.  Close enough to where I’ve considered myself from Philadelphia.  I’ve lived in the city for over 15 years.

RMA: How did you get into development?

Fox: I’ve always looked at old houses or buildings that have been neglected and romanticized about and envisioned what they could be.  The first house I owned was a 100+ year old row house that required extensive renovations.  When I was finished  someone stopped me and asked if they could buy it.  After a couple more houses as side projects to my life in the corporate world, I decided to turn my hobby into a career.

RMA: What are the other projects you have successfully completed?

Fox: I’ve renovated 30+ houses in Philadelphia.  My first development of a larger scale was the adaptive reuse of an old textile mill in Manayunk that I converted to 9 loft condos.  The largest project I was involved in was the conversion of a 125,000 square foot warehouse in Fishtown into 72 residential units with ground floor commercial space.  Over the past 5 years I’ve ventured into ground up construction of close to 30 single family houses across 4 different projects; The NINE on Tulip, Norris Point, The Palm and The 4 on 6.

RMA: What do you think new development means to Philadelphia?

Fox: I think all new development is symbolic of what Philadelphia has become.  Thinking back to the Philadelphia of the 70’s and 80’s, it’s hard to believe its the same city.  The amount and scale of development that has taken place over the past 5 years can be dizzying at times.  From civic projects such as Schuykill Banks, Race St Pier, and Dilworth Park to private, large scale luxury residential towers and office buildings, and anewly constructed and renovated houses that have transformed neighborhoods, Philadelphia has emerged into an international destination.  Thankfully we’re no longer only thought of as the city of cheesesteaks and the Liberty Bell.

RMA: How does a good relationship with a realtor facilitate your success?

Fox: A good realtor is a key component to my business.  The agent/developer relationship is more than putting up a “for sale” sign.  They serve as an adviser to the feasibility of a development project during conception, marketers of the project once started, an educator and consultant to buyers, and facilitator of the sales process once a house is under agreement.  Through all of this, my agent also serves as my therapist.

Look out for more developments from Eric Fox and The Somers team in the future. You can read more about this development at

Friday, October 24th, 2014

#Hot Props:What’s Going On At Hagert Square?


By: Jarek Cotto

Hagert Square is a major project from the folks over at Hagert Development LLC. It consists of 30 premium housing units on the blocks of E Hagert st. and E Letterly st. Half of the units, which have already been sold, are between 2403-2431 E Hagert St. The other half are between 2402-2430 E Letterly St, and four of these homes are already under contract.


The homes are on a 21.333ft wide footprint making them fairly sizable compared to other homes whose footprints are only 16-18ft wide. Here, you get the most bang for your buck. These homes come with 3 bedrooms and 3.5 bathrooms, or 2.5 if you opt out of a full bathroom in the basement- save $10,000! That is pretty cheap for a bathroom considering they can usually add about $20,000 to the price of a home.

The homes feature hardwood floors throughout and tiled bathrooms. It comes with all new, stainless steel appliances, except a washer and dryer. In the kitchen, you will have a choice between 3 types of quartz counter tops and 2 choices of cabinet styles. It has an open riser staircase with aluminum rails leading to the upper floors. The homes have a full rooftop deck great for those days that you have company over. It comes with high efficiency heaters and video intercom monitoring system. Two car parking is also available making it the only development in 19125 with 2 car parking under $390,000.


These beautiful homes are close to GreensGrow Farms and next to restaurants like Cook and Shaker and Loco Pez. It is close to Planet Fitness over on Aramingo Ave., and it is close to El stops. You’d better hurry if you’re interested in one of these homes. They’re getting snatched up fast!


For More Info Contact:

steven osiecki broker/ owner of RE/MAX Access

Steven Osiecki
RE/MAX Access
1033 N. 2nd Street 5th Floor
Philadelphia,PA 19123
215 400 2617 direct
215 284 2892 cell
215 400 2650 fax
Steve Capriotti Realtor


Steve Capriotti
Associate Broker
RE/MAX Access
1033 N. 2nd Street 5th Floor
Philadelphia,PA 19123
215 400 2606 direct
215 651 0702 cell
215 400 2650 fax
Thursday, October 16th, 2014

#HotProps: Rent on the River with Pier 3 Condominiums

Views at Pier 3

Views at Pier 3

By: Jarek Cotto

Pier 3 Condominiums are in a prime location on the Delaware River waterfront. There is a luxury rental property currently available very close to Old City and Philadelphia’s historic treasures. This beautiful and conveniently located spot has a rich history and rad modern amenities. According to the Pier 3 website,

“In 1907, the City of Philadelphia established the Department of Wharves, Docks, and Ferries as a division of its Department of Commerce to meet the needs of the city’s growing foreign, inter-coastal, coastal and Delaware River trade.  Besides having regulatory power for the entire local urban waterfront, the new department oversaw the construction and maintenance of dozens of municipally-owned piers and port facilities in the early decades of the 20th century.  The Department of Wharves, Docks, and Ferries built Pier 3 North and its sister building Pier 5 North in 1922 and 1923 as the last component of this particular phase of improvements to the Port of Philadelphia.”

In 1984, it was converted to 172 apartments with covered parking available. It became one of Philadelphia’s most popular and sought after properties to live in after it was reorganized as a condominium in 1994.

Pier 3 strives to give its residents a bang for their buck! Living on the waterfront with a mind blowing balcony view of the Delaware River isn’t all this home has to offer. The condo fees include a 24-hour concierge, digital cable, an on-site parking garage, a heated indoor lap pool, updated fitness center, as well as snow removal and maintenance of the structure and all common areas. If you don’t think that’s cool enough, there is a more comprehensive list you can visit the amenities section of their website.

Great living space with 2 Bed, 2 Full bath, living room, dining space and full kitchen! Fantastic storage with two walk in closets. Large (floor to ceiling) sliding glass doors open to your personal deck facing the Ben Franklin Bridge. Enjoy dinner on this spacious deck overlooking the water and Marinas, or watch fire works from the comfort of your own home – perfect for entertaining guests! Very private space.


This professionally managed condominium has an active and responsive Board of Directors. It has also gained recognition as a Gold Star Community since 2010 by the Community Associations Institute as a result of achieving excellence in areas such as establishing and maintaining excellent standards, maintaining fiscal responsibility and stability, exerting architectural control, providing rules of enforcement, encouraging community involvement, and positively impacting the quality of life for its residents.


As you can see, the condo is beautiful inside and out.  That view is breathtaking and worth everything.  You can’t beat the location and everything the Condo at Pier 3 have  to offer.




Contact Bob Wombwell for more info!

Robert Wombwell, SRES
RE/MAX Access
1033 N. 2nd St 
5th Floor
Phila., PA 19123
Office 215-400-2600
Fax    215-400-2650
Cell  215-760-5828

Tuesday, October 7th, 2014

#HotProps 407 Poplar Street – Custom Fishtown Home

What used to be just another standard house in the mid 1960s, was turned into a beautiful custom home in 2008.  This gorgeous 4 bedroom, 3 bathroom home is back on the market, and won’t be for long!

4th and Poplar in 1959

4th and Poplar in 1959


 – 4 bedroom

– 3 bathroom

– 35,000 sq feet

– 1 car garage

– $850,000

– MLS# 6464753

Here is the property description, below.

“This chic 4 Bedroom 3 bathroom custom designed home built in 2008 has a 3,500 sq ft floor plan, a 1 car over size garage and multiple outdoor spaces including rear and side yards, a panoramic roof top deck, 2 bedroom walk outs and a living room balcony. Enjoy the modern up scale design throughout and features such as an open steel staircase with solid wood tread, oversize windows throughout, hardwood floors throughout, a lower level storage room, media inspired room with tons of natural light, with a full bathroom on the lower level and laundry room with side by side washer and dryer. The main level entrance leads you to the eat in chef kitchen, and rear yard access. The eat in kitchen has Wolf appliances, 6 burner gas range with exhaust hood, dual convection oven with warming tray, Subzero lower drawer freezer compartment built into the refrigerator, Asko dishwasher, polished granite counter tops, plenty of pantry space, mocha flat panel cabinetry, and an open area large enough for a banquet size table and a sunken living area. The 2nd level living room has a vent less gas fireplace and a walk out balcony. The next level is the Master suite with a spa aerated soaking tub, glass enclosed shower, a wall-mount under-counter vanity. A large walk-in custom fitted closet. The master bedroom is enormous with French doors leading to a private deck. The next level features a large bedroom with a private deck, built in closet and plenty of windows. On the following floor there are 2 rooms, a den/study and a large bedroom, this rooms share a hall bath with 2 wall mount under-counter vanities and a shower/tub. Finally the roof top level has hard wired speakers, a gas line for a grill, and dramatic views of the Center City Philadelphia. Recessed lighting, hard wired speakers inside and out, dual zone HVAC and about 3 years remaining on tax abatement. Location is amazing because it is in walking distance to all that Northern Liberties has to offer including parks, restaurants, and social venues.”

For More Information  Contact:

 Chris Somers

1033 N 2nd Street – 5th Floor

Philadelphia PA 19123

Cell: 267-694-3707


Sunday, October 5th, 2014

Price Reduction On The Jewel Of East Passyunk!


1026 Cross St- The Jewel Of East Passyunk


1026 Cross St.


by Elizabeth Flynn

You may have noticed all the press (here, here, and here!!!!) that Bruce Stranix and RE/MAX Access have been getting over our sumptuous listing, 1026 Cross Street- known throughout South Philly (and Google) as The Jewel of East Passyunk.

Why is everyone going gaga over this property? Because it is truly unique and full of lovingly customized details. You’ve heard about the wine cellar, the elevator, the custom bar and game room, the panoramic views from the huge roof deck, the ginormous fridge, the luxurious fixtures, etc. It has 4 spacious bedrooms, 5 bathrooms and approximately 5200 sq ft of living space! It even comes with a 2 car garage.

As if all of that wasn’t enough, its PRICE has been REDUCED to just $1,150,00!  For more information call Bruce Stranix or RE/MAX Access today before this offer gets snatched up!


Wednesday, September 24th, 2014

#HotProps: 1240 N. 4th St. Brings Luxury to South Kensington.



By: Jarek Cotto

1240 N. 4th is one of South Kensingtons premier residential homes. It’s just a stones throw the hustle and bustle of Northern Liberties. The first recorded sale of this home was in February 1986 to a lady named Gladys Lopez for $8,300. Over the years it has been purchased by different companies with the goal of renovating and flipping the home for a profit.

In January 1996, Inner City Rehabilitators Inc purchased the home for $10,000 and flipped it in 2003 for a profit of $20,000. The next purchase was not until 2005 when the home was sold to its current owners for $300,000 after it was expertly renovated.

This enormous increase in property values illustrates the trajectory of home pricing in the microcosm of Nolibs and Philadelphia on a larger scale.

The story of this home shows how rapidly development and gentrification have been advancing in this area for years.

 RE/MAX Access’ own Christopher Somers is the listing agent for this South Kensington gem.


1240 N. 4th st., Kitchen



Here is the full description from

“Welcome to this stunning and modern 4 bedroom, 2 bath home that was expertly renovated in 2005. Property located in rapidly developing South Kensington and is a stones throw from Northern Liberties, the Piazza, Taco Riendo, Crane Arts building and all the great restaurants in the area. Step into the first floor into the open grand living room and dining room, refinished hardwood flooring and plenty of room to entertain. Kitchen is expansive and modern with high end cabinets, counter-top and stainless steel appliances. The kitchen leads out to a nice patio area for grill and table with chairs, perfect for summer bbq and/or pets. Take the stairs up to the second level that has two large bedrooms, laundry and shared bath. Third floor is expansive master bedroom suite complete with full bathroom. Don’t miss out on touring the deck with amazing city views off of the master suite. All mechanicals updated in 2005. Great comps in the area and new construction in every direction. This is a must see and easy to show”

If you are interested in checking out this beaut, schedule your showing right away because it might not stay on the market for long.




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!