Posts Tagged ‘old city’

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, December 18th, 2014

Old City Is Getting More Luxurious Mansions.

By: Jarek Cotto

When you think of Old City, you think of historic looking buildings, not modern mansions. But now, everywhere you look you see big and expensive homes rising from out of no where. Construction has been moving along on seven mansions on Church Street, four mega-homes on Walnut Street, and three huge ones near 3rd & Arch. All of these projects have large homes, high prices, and designs that make them stand out from the other historic architecture of the neighborhood.


You may think that this area has met its capacity on large homes, but you’d be wrong.  Eight new homes will be built at 230 Race St., a project called Bread Street Estates that we’ve mentioned before. Revolution Development Group is behind the project. They are the same developers renovating a mixed-use building on the 1500 block of Frankford Avenue. The project on Race Street is clearly of a different kind. According to their website, “These homes will contain luxury finishes, including Pella windows, Seimatic kitchens, Bertuzzi professional appliances, a home automation system, and other luxurious finishes necessary for today’s buyer. Each four bedroom, 3.5 bath, 4 story townhouse will have a private garage and a basement. The end units on Race St. will have 2 car garages. Each home will be approximately 2750 square feet.”

Twenty-two new high-end homes are coming to this neighborhood in a rather short time period. Several surface parking lots have been taken out of the equation in the process. Will the demand for so many luxury homes in the same neighborhood hold up?



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.

Thursday, September 11th, 2014

Awesome New Townhouses Are Coming to Old City.

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By: Jarek Cotto

Northern Liberties isn’t the only place that’s seeing action when it comes to construction. Old City is about to get three new, contemporary mansions right across the street from the Betsy Ross House at 240 Arch st. The foundations for these homes have already been poured, and construction is underway. This project has been dubbed the Ross Luxury Townhomes, and They will “reinvent the meaning of a luxurious city-living lifestyle” according to their website.

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The homes are being built just blocks from the oldest residential street in the country, Elfrethis Alley, and is adjacent to The Betsy Ross House. Old City is known for its “beauty, central location and stability of the neighborhood,” and in an area with much historical significance, it is no wonder that these homes will offer the best of the best for its deserving owners.

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The homes offer a full finished basement and boasts exceptional garage space. The second floor features a two story dining room with a large expanse of glass overlooking the green surrounding the Betsy Ross House. The third floor offers two large bedrooms each with their own bathrooms right inside, and the master bedrooms floor plan is more like a private oasis you can call your own. There is a private hot tub on the 5th floor, and the rooftop offers a brilliant view of the city. The amenities that come with these luxury townhomes are astounding as well. The fortunate few who will live in these homes will be steeped in quiet luxury. We are excited to see the outcome of this project. If you would like to learn more about this development, you can find more at


Wednesday, July 9th, 2014

The Taste of Brotherly Love



What is Art in the Age (of Mechanical Reproduction) all about? Well, they are a brick and mortar shop located in the heart of Olde City, at 116 North 3rd Street, that specializes in being a distillery for their spirit line, a clothing shop, and a small gallery.  The inside of the shop is curated to resemble a museum.  For First Friday events in Olde City, the shop does have rotating exhibitions and collaborations that feature their spirits.

Thier distillery produces a line of 4 spirits called ROOT, SNAP, RHUBARB, and SAGE. Each one is based on a recipe from early Pennsylvania settlements and is as close as possible to the original recipes, including using organic ingredients.  These spirits are pre-prohibition and all 80 proof.


-1700s called “Root Tea”

-Made with Sassafras, Sarsaparilla, Birch Bark, Wild Roots, and Herbs

-Root Beer is a non-alcoholic descendant of this beverage



-German Ginger Snap aka “Lebkuchen”

-Invented by German monks in the 12th century

-American in the 1600s in the Pennsylvania Dutch (really German)




-A Ben Franklin favorite, originally from China

-Made with Beets, Carrots, Lemons, Petitgrain, Cardamom, Pure Cane Sugar, and Rhubarb

-80 proof! That is delicious.




-Gardin Gin based on Thomas Jefferson’s Monticello gardens

-Made with Thyme, Rosemary, Lavender, Fennel and Sage

-The goal is to make craft cocktails inspired by a simpler time


The Art in the Age team is fantastic about sharing recipes that feature the four spirits. Their website has tons of ideas!

If you have not seen the shop, or tried any of these spirits- you must.  They are rich in Pennsylvania and  Philadelphia history – keeping the brotherly love of Philadelphia on the tip of our tongues.

Tuesday, June 3rd, 2014

Fresh & Fun – First Fridays

by: Karley Cohen Every first Friday of each month between 5pm and 9pm in the Old City section of Philadelphia, between Front Street and 3rd Street and Market Street and Vine Street, you will see tons of people roaming the area.  Why, you ask? Because it is First Friday! first-friday-600 First Friday began in 1991, and has been going strong since.  It is a time where the galleries in Old City stay open and showcase the work they are displaying.  There are also many Philadelphia local artists who show and sell their art and goods on the designated streets during the evening.  Having “street vendors” at First Fridays really enhances the community vibe in Old City.  The restaurants in the area are also open, with outdoor seating and specials, and there are just droves of people all over the place – it is perfect chaos! 61158_109086319251002_952759763_n Even though the event ends at 9pm, don’t worry! Right at 9pm there is a huge awesome queer dance party called Cut N Paste that happens every first friday at the secret little bar called the Bike Stop!  Bike Stop is located at 206 South Quincy Street – a short walk from Old City – so people can head on over when they are finished checking out all of the art. Cut N Paste was founded by  two DJ’s; Precolumbian and Nolita Selector a few years back – neither of them are Philadelphia natives, but they call Philadelphia home now and are making much progress and gaining lots of recognition with their unique party.  Each party has a different theme, and there is a “no tolerance policy” to make it a safe space for all who come.  Throughout the night, there are portraits that can be taken and a photobooth to get silly in with your friends.  The party takes up two or the four floors in Bike Stop and there is always a $5 cover. 1011002_10102130501699393_1506925267_n Don’t worry if you can’t make it to the Bike Stop on First Fridays for these super fun dance parties, Cut N Paste has a sister party called Sissy Hop, that is new to the scene, and it happens at The Dolphin Tavern every second Thursday of the month that Nolita Selector hosts .  The vibe for Sissy Hop is more of a soul throwback feel, but is just as fun! This Friday, June 6th is the First Friday of the month, so make sure you come on out and check out some of the rad art happenings in Old City and wander up towards Center City/The Gayborhood when you are finished to dance your pants off!

Thursday, November 18th, 2010

Parking Power in Old City

5285745We all know how valuable a parking space is. You don’t want to risk getting a ticket or leaving your car somewhere for a long period of time. So how do you achieve Parking Peace of Mind?

Your own 24-7-365 parking spot in Old City is waiting. Never worry about your car’s safety again at the Old City Parkominium at 231-235 N 2nd St. Your car will love you for this.

– Use it yourself if you live or work nearby.

– Sell it to someone who does.

– Build equity.

– Zero maintenance.

Condo Fee only $85/month. Taxes $85/year. A fantastic financing option is available at 4.25 percent. (10 years fixed / 20 year AM). Covered space: $20,000. Rooftop parking: $19,500.

Your parking worries just cruised away. For more information, please contact the Somers Team.

Originally posted on The Philadelphia Real Estate Voice


Wednesday, November 17th, 2010

A Bright Idea: Lighten Up, Philadelphia

mainIt’s a foggy, misty day in Philadelphia. How to brighten the outlook? With the power of electricity and design, of course. Lighting is so important in how a home looks, whether you’re trying to sell it or you just moved in. A new place may need completely different lighting depending on your windows and what direction you are facing. We looked to a few well-lit sources for lighting ideas beyond your typical dust-catching chandeliers and table lamps:

Classic Lighting Emporium has moved its Old City location over to Frankford Avenue in Fishtown, and it’s the place to be if you’re looking for antique lighting from 1860 to 1960. If you have antique lighting and are in need of restoration, this is the spot. Poke around the warehouse and see if you can find something that will light your fire.

Classic Lighting Emporium

1105 Frankford Ave.


Busybee Homestore & Design Center has opened its doors on South St. and they are letting in the light. We spotted some gorgeous arc floor lamps that really shine in larger spaces. We also saw some tall candlestick holders that would bring a warm glow to a long dining table, and plenty of candles so that you can spread the light wherever you wish.

Busybee Homestore & Design Center

734 South St.

If you’re looking for some modern light in your life, then Artemide in Old City has some Fall Specials just for you. Through November 30, a selection of LED, desk lamps, floor lamps, and suspension lights are marked down hundreds of dollars off of the list price.

Artemide Lighting

232 N 2nd St.


[photo via Artemide]

Originally posted on The Philadelphia Real Estate Voice


Friday, November 5th, 2010

A Work of Resonance This Evening in Old City

rebecca-jacoby-001-615x1024We have some truly talented clients out there, and local artist Rebecca Jacoby happens to be one of them.

You can check out Jacoby’s latest work, Resonances, at LGTripp Gallery this Friday, November 5th from 6 – 8:30. Resonances will be at the gallery through November 27th.


LGTripp Gallery Opening in Old City

Originally posted on The Philadelphia Real Estate Blog


Monday, November 1st, 2010

Own your Private & Secure Parking Space in Philadelphia’s First Parking Condominium

Private Parking Spaces in Old City, Philadelphia

Call The Somers 215-400-2620 RE/MAX Access, Northern Liberties, Philadelphia

231-235  N 2nd Street – The Parkominium

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ar128836031481105Own your private parking space in Philadelphia’s first parking condominium.

Not just YOUR VERY OWN convenient parking spot in Old City, this is Real Estate you can ENJOY now, and later SELL or LEVERAGE as collateral.  While your car is secure and easily accessible, your investment’s equity is growing. The Old City Parkominium provides full security and concierge valet services year-round, 24/7.  There is literally zero maintenance, a $83/mo condo fee, and 5 years remaining on the tax abatement (taxes only $85/year!)

Price Levels: Covered space: $20,000.  Rooftop parking: $19,500.

Financing options at 4.25 percent, with 15% down!  If paying cash, enjoy a yield of close to 6 percent, maintenance free!

Call Bob Wombwell, 215-839-9404 for appointment or further information.

Originally posted on The Philadelphia Real Estate Blog