Posts Tagged ‘Kensington’

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

Monday, October 27th, 2014

FYI: Hundreds Of Motorists Honor Deceased Philly Celebrity “Dirt Bike Rell”.


By: Jarek Cotto

The PPA has launched undercover “sting” operations against UberX, a company that provides transportation services like taxi cabs but for a cheaper price. They have been setting up UberX drivers by requesting a pick up, then towing their cars after they arrive. Why are they doing this? Read about it below.

SEPTA will go on strike. The only question is, when it will happen. SEPTA’s union voted unanimously for the strike, but have no idea when the actual strike will happen.

Hundreds of motorists come together to mourn death of one of Philly’s most popular dirt bike riders, Dirt Bike Rell, at Tindley Temple United Methodist Church. After the service, they all rode their dirt bikes and atv’s down Broad St. in honor of the slain dirt biker weaving in and out of traffic. Eventually, the police were called in to reestablish order and safety to the area.

The same Pathmark that someone was stabbed in while shoppers kept shopping was the scene of another incident. A woman came in screaming about being assaulted by a 19 year old man. That man was cornered by shoppers until the police arrived. More below.

The Pennsylvania House has approved a bill that would allow membership groups like the NRA to sue municipalities for having overly restrictive gun laws. Corbett is expected to sign.

Philadelphia has given its first marijuana citation to a man named Mike Whiter. The funny part about it was that it was completely intentional. Find out why he did it.

The Philadelphia Police Department has paid nearly $40 million dollars for police misconduct since 2009 according to a website that specializes in open records requests.

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
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.




Wednesday, May 21st, 2014

RE/MAX Access at the Kensington Kinetic Sculpture Derby

Sean Conroy- Realtor


By: Elizabeth Flynn


There are certain times when you’re in a moment that you know you are participating in an event that is going to become important historically. In the Philadelphia scene, the Kensington Kinetic Sculpture Derby is making its mark in our Philadelphia story. In so many ways, this wacky parade and party epitomizes how our city is growing and changing.




First, it is a collaborative dream of artists working together to do something that might seem like Harold and Kumar’s idea for a great Saturday. But as this wild parade of artists has grown (the event is in its fifth year) it has come to define the community.




The Kensington and Fishtown neighborhoods of Philadelphia have long been plagued with blight and urban decay spurred by the collapse of the industrial economy that birthed and grew those originally immigrant communities. But in recent years, artists like the creatives participating in this event have moved in and begun to refashion the remnants of  industrialism into a burgeoning community of artists and families and an artistic renaissance that’s even been acknowledged by the New York Times.




RE/MAX Access has been a part of the growth and redevelopment of Fishtown and Kensington since the beginning. Some of our agents are long time residents of these communities, children and grandchildren of the immigrants that built these areas and began these neighborhoods originally. We still live here and are in and out of these blocks on a daily basis.




Looking around at he crowd from his post at the mud pit RE/MAX Access’ chosen judge of the proceedings, Agent Sean Conroy could point to the former clients of his enjoying their view of the parade from their fabulous roof top deck.

Events like the Kensington Kinetic Sculpture Derby and the Trenton Avenue Arts Festival help build and grow these neighborhoods where RE/MAX Access has invested its time, hearts, businesses, and families. The success of Fishtown and Kensington as destination neighborhoods is proof that our instincts were right.




As these neighborhoods continue to expand and new local businesses open, hiring creative people to continue the momentum of embracing the historic culture of Philadelphia neighborhoods while building a new, vibrant, creative, communities; RE/MAX Access pledges to continue it’s commitment to real civil engagement and community involvement.




Your neighborhood is our neighborhood. We are Fishtown. We are Kensington. We are NoLibs. We are South Philly. We are West Philly. We are the Northeast, the Southwest, the Metro Area. We are RE/MAX Access. Call us and we’ll help you invest in Philadelphia.




Full Photo Gallery by REMAX ACCESS in Northern Liberties, Philly.

Tuesday, December 7th, 2010

It’s a Very Kensington Christmas


seusslandWhat makes a Very Kensington Christmas? Original art and wares from local vendors available at the neighborhood’s beloved urban farmer’s market, Greensgrow Farms.

Our very talented friend and client Rebecca Jacoby will be selling brand new drawings and assorted older work on paper.

For a full list of participating vendors, visit Inliquid.

Everything at the event will be priced under $199. Shown: Seussland 2, Ink & Marker on Paper, 14″ x 11″, $110


A Work of Resonance This Evening in Old City

LGTripp Gallery Opening in Old City


Originally posted on The Philadelphia Real Estate Voice

Friday, November 5th, 2010

Support Community Food and Dance with a Night Out at the Co-op

If you live or work in the Kensington or Old Kensington neighborhoods, come show your support for two local co-ops at this joint fundraiser: the Kensington Community Food Co-op and Mascher Space Dance Co-op. Enjoy food, wine, and performances by local dance artists and musicians in the historical loft space.

Night out with the Co-op at Mascher Space Dance Studio

Thursday, November 11th, 7:00 – 9:30

Mascher Space Dance Co-op, 155 Cecil B. Moore Ave, Philadelphia, PA 19125

Tickets are only $10 and space is limited, so buy your tickets in advance HERE.


Read more about the Kensington Community Food Co-op:

Hey Kensington, Get your Limited Edition Reusable Bag by Supporting Community Food

Ready for a Farmraiser Hoedown in Kensington?

Food Co-op Comes to Kensington

Originally posted on The Philadelphia Real Estate Blog


Friday, September 17th, 2010

Ready for a Farmraiser Hoedown in Kensington?

41591_151013418252948_3148_nThese days, there’s no need to travel that far to find a local farm. In fact, you don’t even need your car and you’ll be a block away from the Market-Frankford Line’s Dauphin train station. Kensington’s Emerald Street Urban Farm is throwing its 2nd Annual Farmraiser and Neighborhood Cookout on Saturday, September 18 from 2 pm to 9 pm. The event is sponsored by the East Kensington Neighbors Association (EKNA). All proceeds benefit the farm’s goal to supply the neighborhood with fresh vegetables.

Now, unlike a traditional farmraiser, this event will have pizza from the farm’s new cob oven and a full lineup of Philly bands:

Via Motive

TJ Kong and the Atomic Bomb

Sour Mash

Ross Bellenoit

Toy Soldiers


Put on your favorite pair of boots, some trusty denim and flannel, and come see how Kensington raises the farm roof.

Originally posted on The Philadelphia Real Estate Blog.


Thursday, September 2nd, 2010

Food Co-op Comes to Kensington


When you’re out and about this First Friday, take a break from art for a minute and turn your attention to food. The Kensington Community Food Co-op will be launching their membership campaign with a party at 2205 Frankford Avenue from 6 – 10pm. Take in 4 local bands and plenty of local beer all for the cause of local food. The KCFC will be discussing their project and membership opportunities. There is a $5 suggested donation. From the KCFC:

“Wouldn’t it be great to be just minutes from your favorite grocery store? Wouldn’t it be great to completely trust that your store has your best interests in mind? Wouldn’t it be great to have regular access to local fresh and organic foods at an affordable fair price? It will be great! A handful of your neighbors, people not much different than you, came together in 2008 with the mission to open a member-owned cooperative grocery store in the Kensington area.”

The Co-op is finally coming to fruition. See for yourself this Friday and lend your support, Kensington.

Originally Posted  on The Philadelphia Real Estate Blog