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Open House: Exploring Chestnut Hill and 8233 Seminole St.

Friday, January 31st, 2014

One of the most popular residential areas in Philadelphia, Chestnut Hill is just like a small town inside a bustling city. Located right on the outer edge of the Philadelphia, there are many different easy and affordable ways to travel into all of the action and excitement the city offers. With its own distinctive look and feel Chestnut Hill has many different gardens, parks, museums, and restaurants that make it sometimes feel like a city that is twice its size.

Chestnut Hill Real Estate Makes Its MarkExploring Chestnut Hill 8233 Seminole St by Philly Living

Chestnut Hill real estate has some of the best property available in Philadelphia, but none are more beautiful and impressive than this home located at 8223 Seminole St. This fully updated stone colonial home is located just a few blocks away from Germantown Avenue, which is the cultural home of Chestnut Hill. Upon entering the home there is an entry parlor with a sitting area that is equipped with formal living room and dining room, along with three fireplaces. The first floor also includes a luxurious sun room, a half bathroom, and a top of the line kitchen. The kitchen is absolutely immaculate, featuring granite counter tops, tile backsplash, stainless steel appliances, an abundance of cabinets, and butler’s pantry. Attached to the kitchen is a sliding door that leads to a one of a kind 2 tier deck with a pool.

The second floor houses the master bedroom, which includes a giant walk in closet and fireplace is a custom built bathroom. This master bathroom contains a glass shower, three sinks, and an oversized Jacuzzi tub that is sure to satisfy any home owner. Additionally, there are 5 other bedrooms in the home with three full bathrooms.

Chestnut Hill is also an amazing place to raise a family or to start your own. Offering two private first class day schools, a full 12 year elementary school, as well as the Chestnut Hill Academy for Boys, the Chestnut Hill real estate is able to provide your children with a top of the line home and education. Likewise, this home is also not far from many local attractions like Philadelphia’s historic Fairmount Park, the Morris Arboretum, and Pastorius Park, all of which are sure to keep you busy throughout the year.

 

Chestnut Hill Real Estate at Philly Living

Thursday, January 2nd, 2014

One of Philadelphia’s most historic neighborhoods is located in the northwestern corner of the city. Surrounded by Fairmount Park and laying adjacent to the Mt. Airy neighborhood is Chestnut Hill, one of the most beautiful and distinguished neighborhoods in the area. Germantown Ave is the heart of Chestnut Hill, as it is filled with cobblestone streets, antiques, shopping, and fine dining. Chestnut Hill is also home to Chestnut Hill College, The University of Pennsylvania’s Morris Arboretum, and the Woodmere Art Museum.

Top Properties in Chestnut HillChestnut Hill Real Estate at Philly Living by Philly Living

2 E Chestnut Hill Avenue - Sitting atop “The Hill” on Germantown Ave, which is the highest point in Chestnut Hill is this home that was built in 1863. What was originally built as a residence has also been used as a dental practice until 2012. This spacious house is 5,031 square feet and features a two room apartment and an 11 car parking lot.

 

32 Summit Street – Located on one of the most desirable streets in Chestnut Hill, this Italian designed house dates back to the mid 1800’s and is complete with Italianate architecture. Including front columns, soaring ceilings, and sweeping staircases this ordinate house is perfect for a family. With seven bedrooms and five bathrooms this 6,696 square foot house can accommodate almost any family. Surrounding the front entrance are several large rooms, including a living room, large dining room, and a great room equipped with large doors. Some of the home’s kitchen amenities include copper sinks and a butler’s pantry. The rest of the 1st floor is occupied by a luxurious home office and a laundry room.

 

9507 Wheelpump Lane – A beautiful stone colonial home that is located next to the absolutely beautiful Morris Arboretum, this house is perfect as it sits in a quaint neighborhood. With four bedrooms and four bathrooms this 4,045 square foot home has a newly renovated powder room and finished playroom, which is great for anyone starting a new family. Multiple fireplaces line the house, most evident in the elegant living room; also, this lovely, classic house contains a formal dining room and a breakfast room that leads out to the fenced in backyard.

 

7721 Saint Martins – A grandiose stone Queen Anne Victorian designed 3,600 square foot home that includes six bedrooms and three bathrooms. Located in the heart of St Martins, this home is in one of the most desired location in Chestnut Hill. The house is also within walking distance of all of the best shopping and dining that Chestnut Hill has to offer. The current owners of the home just recently replaced the roof, the heating system, electrical wiring, and the garage door.

 

Chestnut Hill Real Estate at Philly Living

Wednesday, November 20th, 2013

One of Philadelphia’s most historic neighborhoods is located in the northwestern corner of the city. Surrounded by Fairmount Park and laying adjacent to the Mt. Airy neighborhood is Chestnut Hill, one of the most beautiful and distinguished neighborhoods in the area. Germantown Ave is the heart of Chestnut Hill, as it is filled with cobblestone streets, antiques, shopping, and fine dining. Chestnut Hill is also home to Chestnut Hill College, The University of Pennsylvania’s Morris Arboretum, and the Woodmere Art Museum. Chestnut Hill Real Estate by Philly Living

Top Properties in Chestnut Hill

2 E Chestnut Hill Avenue- Sitting atop “The Hill” on Germantown Ave, which is the highest point in Chestnut Hill is this home that was built in 1863. What was originally built as a residence has also been used as a dental practice until 2012. This spacious house is 5,031 square feet and features a two room apartment and an 11 car parking lot.

 
32 Summit Street – Located on one of the most desirable streets in Chestnut Hill, this Italian designed house dates back to the mid 1800’s and is complete with Italianate architecture. Including front columns, soaring ceilings, and sweeping staircases this ordinate house is perfect for a family. With seven bedrooms and five bathrooms this 6,696 square foot house can accommodate almost any family. Surrounding the front entrance are several large rooms, including a living room, large dining room, and a great room equipped with large doors. Some of the home’s kitchen amenities include copper sinks and a butler’s pantry. The rest of the 1st floor is occupied by a luxurious home office and a laundry room.

 
9507 Wheelpump Lane – A beautiful stone colonial home that is located next to the absolutely beautiful Morris Arboretum, this house is perfect as it sits in a quaint neighborhood. With four bedrooms and four bathrooms this 4,045 square foot home has a newly renovated powder room and finished playroom, which is great for anyone starting a new family. Multiple fireplaces line the house, most evident in the elegant living room; also, this lovley, classic house contains a formal dining room and a breakfast room that leads out to the fenced in backyard.

 
7721 Saint Martins – A grandiose stone Queen Anne Victorian designed 3,600 square foot home that includes six bedrooms and three bathrooms. Located in the heart of St Martins, this home is in one of the most desired location in Chestnut Hill. The house is also within walking distance of all of the best shopping and dining that Chestnut Hill has to offer. The current owners of the home just recently replaced the roof, the heating system, electrical wiring, and the garage door.

Living in Chestnut Hill Philadelphia

Friday, September 20th, 2013

Located in Northwest Philadelphia, Chestnut Hill is one of the most vibrant and beautiful neighborhoods in Philadelphia. During the 18th century, Chestnut Hill was a popular summer vacation destination for many of the affluent residents of Center City. Sitting nearly 500 feet above sea level, the elevation relieved residents from Center City’s high temperatures. Today the area is still considered one of the most affluent areas of the city, and was named as one of the ten best neighborhoods in the United States in 2012. Known for its beautiful parks, gardens, and bustling Germantown Avenue, Chestnut Hill is one of Philadelphia’s most desirable neighborhoods.

Living in Chestnut Hill Philadelphia by Philly Living

Eat, Drink, and Play in Chestnut Hill

 

Chestnut Hill offers many great shops, restaurants, and pubs all within walking distance. Germantown Avenue is the hub of activity in the area, bursting with top quality restaurants, bakeries, and even hosts a local farmer’s market. Many of the area’s eateries support local Lancaster farmers and buy fresh and local foods.

 
Chestnut 7 is unlike any other restaurant or bar on Germantown Avenue. The restaurant is breathing new life into the after hour’s scene. This Chestnut Hill restaurant features a sophisticated scene to have a drink or a bite to eat without making residents travel into the city. Another neighborhood favorite is Campbell’s Place. A true American pub, the restaurant is located right atop Germantown Avenue, which is one of the more bustling streets in Chestnut Hill. With an amazing selection of draft beers and a wide array of delicious pub food, Campbell’s Place is an old fashioned bar that cannot be rivaled.

Explore Philly’s Natural Side

The crown jewel of Chestnut Hill is the Morris Arboretum, which serves as the official arboretum for the Common Wealth of Pennsylvania. Originally acting as John and Lydia Morris’ summer home in the late 19th century, the Morris siblings wanted to create something that would instill the beauty of the Victorian era, while also showcasing many plants procured from their travels abroad. After the Morris’ passing, the arboretum was passed down to the University of Pennsylvania. The University took control of the area and filled it with the rarest, oldest, and largest trees. A truly beautiful and natural site, this 92 acre arboretum is a must see while in this neighborhood in Philadelphia.

Combining the excitement or a city with the nature and landscape of a suburban landscape, Chestnut Hill is the perfect neighborhood for prospective home owners.

Mount Airy Real Estate: Chestnut Hill’s Outlook

Friday, August 30th, 2013

Today, most of Philly’s top selling areas have been within Center City’s city limits. The western and northwestern areas of Center City have taken off rapidly in real estate, while the other parts of Philadelphia has worked on attracting buyers to the area. As Philly continues to expand, so will the opportunities for an array of houses to compete for a place on the market.

Sedgwick Theater Mount Airy Philadelphia
On Germantown Avenue, down the cobblestone sidewalks leading to a variety of shopping areas, antique and dining food options, lays Mount Airy Real Estate. With a goal to expand The City of Brotherly Love, Mount Airy Real Estate has a singular goal of sharing its knowledge of real estate investment opportunities and tax benefit education with the public. The real estate agency especially specializes with first-time home buyers and first time investment buyers.

$1 Million Homes: Peeking inside these Chestnut Hill Mansions

 

Philly is reaping the real estate benefits of revitalization throughout the city. Chestnut Hill is no exception to the recent real estate boom. Mount Airy Real Estate has seen tremendous growth in this area, as the style of the area is highly sought after. The architecture in Chestnut Hill varies with its blended architecture, fluctuating from older Tudor styles, elegant Victorians to center-hall colonies sitting alongside newer contemporaries.The diverse housing expenditures rests between understated row houses to encompassing mansions, making Chestnut Hill a beautiful place to call home for many individuals. The neighborhood is normally typified as an affluent neighborhood. Its market value for some of its houses numbers within the millions, which is a testament to the prominent neighborhood and growing economic worth of the area. A home with a one million dollar price tag in Chestnut Hill contains as many as five bedrooms and two or more bathrooms. Future homeowners can expect a homey feel with beautiful and luxury features, including numerous fireplaces, libraries, an array of family rooms and multiple floors. The amount of square foot afforded will be generous, typically in the few thousand square feet range.

Something For Everyone in Chestnut Hill

Idyllically located within the northwestern corner of Philadelphia, Chestnut Hill is renowned for its rustic appeal and unspoiled historic preservation. The neighborhood is home to some of Philly’s local neighborhood charms. Fairmont Park wraps around Chestnut Hill, and adjacent to the neighborhood lays Mount Airy, Wyndmoor, Lafayette Hill, and the Montgomery County suburbs of Oreland.
Chestnut Hill has something for everybody, whether it is educational pursuits at the local universities, dining options at one of its many eclectic restaurants, or shopping possibilities at its upscale boutiques. Even with the hometown feel and the cultural activities Chestnut Hill offers, it boasts only a 35-minute ride away from Center City. One thing is for sure; Chestnut Hill’s growing neighborhood will continue to attract new buyers and will continue to stand as a grand illustration of one of the nation’s urban enclaves.

Mount Airy Real Estate: Chestnut Hill’s Outlook

Wednesday, July 24th, 2013

Sedgwick Theater Mount Airy PhiladelphiaToday, most of Philly’s top selling areas have been within Center City’s city limits. The western and northwestern areas of Center City have taken off rapidly in real estate, while the other parts of Philadelphia has worked on attracting buyers to the area. As Philly continues to expand, so will the opportunities for an array of houses to compete for a place on the market.

On Germantown Avenue, down the cobblestoned sidewalks leading to a variety of shopping areas, antique and dining food options, lays Mount Airy Real Estate. With a goal to expand The City of Brotherly Love, Mount Airy Real Estate has a singular goal of sharing its knowledge of real estate investment opportunities and tax benefit education with the public. The real estate agency especially specializes with first-time homebuyers and first time investment buyers.

$1 Million Homes: Peeking inside these Chestnut Hill mansions

Philly is reaping the real estate benefits of revitalization throughout the city. Chestnut Hill is no exception to the recent real estate boom. Mount Airy Real Estate has seen tremendous growth in this area, as the style of the area is highly sought after. The architecture in Chestnut Hill varies with its blended architecture, fluctuating from older Tudor styles, elegant Victorians to center-hall colonies sitting alongside newer contemporaries.

The diverse housing expenditures rests between understated row houses to encompassing mansions, making Chestnut Hill a beautiful place to call home for many individuals. The neighborhood is normally typified as an affluent neighborhood. Its market value for some of its houses numbers within the millions, which is a testament to the prominent neighborhood and growing economic worth of the area. A home with a one million dollar price tag in Chestnut Hill contains as many as five bedrooms and two or more bathrooms. Future homeowners can expect a homey feel with beautiful and luxury features, including numerous fireplaces, libraries, an array of family rooms and multiple floors. The amount of square foot afforded will be generous, typically in the few thousand square feet range.

Something For Everyone in Chestnut Hill

Idyllically located within the northwestern corner of Philadelphia, Chestnut Hill is renowned for its rustic appeal and unspoiled historic preservation. The neighborhood is home to some of Philly’s local neighborhood charms. Fairmont Park wraps around Chestnut Hill, and adjacent to the neighborhood lays Mount Airy, Wyndmoor, Lafayette Hill, and the Montgomery County suburbs of Oreland.

Chestnut Hill has something for everybody, whether it is educational pursuits at the local universities, dining options at one of its many eclectic restaurants, or shopping possibilities at its upscale boutiques. Even with the hometown feel and the cultural activities Chestnut Hill offers, it boasts only a 35-minute ride away from Center City. One thing is for sure; Chestnut Hill’s growing neighborhood will continue to attract new buyers and will continue to stand as a grand illustration of one of the nation’s urban enclaves.

Confused about Philly neighborhoods? There’s a map for that

Wednesday, June 13th, 2012
Philadelphia Neighborhoods on Google Maps

The Philadelphia Neighborhoods project on Google Maps

In Philadelphia, neighborhoods matter. (Not that they don’t elsewhere.) They confer – or deny – status to residents and property, which is why (1) arguments over which blocks are in which neighborhoods can get heated (2) residents of neighborhoods as varied as Point Breeze and Southwark coined new names for their communities in the hopes of erasing perceived stigmas.

To help people sort things out, the Philadelphia Neighborhoods collaborative project launched on Google Maps seeks to delineate the boundaries of every Philadelphia neighborhood. Like a wiki, anyone can add to or edit it, which should ultimately make it a pretty accurate guide to what blocks belong where.

The project currently has two maps active. Users might want to use the second to mark subsidiary communities within larger neighborhoods, such as Spruce Hill in University City, the Devil’s Pocket in Southwest Center City or the Gayborhood (or Midtown Village) in Washington Square West. Just be prepared for others to challenge you once you define their boundaries.

Philadelphia real estate market: First quarter trends

Thursday, February 16th, 2012

Philadelphia Real EstateEven though the real estate market has been tumultuous for many recently, Philadelphia somehow seems to be doing much better compared to most other parts of the country. The local market has some activity, as in housing is being purchased and seeing increases. Additionally, construction of new single-family homes continues to go up, especially in the suburbs.

One point of prosperity in the Philly real estate market lies in the increase in existing home sales into December. December 2011 took in about five more percent of existing sales than December 2010 did. Sales from the end of last year thus far have been positive. This is something the housing market needs momentously. Thus far in 2012, there hasn’t been a significant increase in homes purchased but there is certainly a growing interest in property expected to take place. 

On the seller’s side, there is hope that rising apartment rental rates could drive some potential buyers back into the fold in 2012. The average rental rate for all Philadelphia apartments has gone up nearly eight percent in the last year alone. This equals an increase of nearly $80 in the past year alone. The thought is that those individuals or couples on the fence about renting and buying could take a more serious look at buying, especially with today’s mortgage rates.

Reports have shown that mortgage rates have been hitting record lows throughout the country, as well as here in Philadelphia, which is certainly inviting for potential buyers. Right now, a 30-year fixed-rate mortgage is coming with 4.007 APR. With mortgage rates being this low and rentals continuing to increase in price, there is hope that some buyers will begin to see the benefits of buying in early 2012.

Right now, Philadelphia’s top selling areas have remained the northwestern and western areas of Center City. However, other parts of Philadelphia have retained their value attracting buyers and keeping the market going.

Right now, the big issue the city faces is sale prices, specifically for sellers. It is important to note that even though sales prices have dropped in this area, they have not plummeted as much as other cities across the country.

 

Rittenhouse Square

Rittenhouse Square, in western Center City, continues to show strength

In the coming months, there is reason to be optimistic that these prices can get a small pickup. Median prices were down about six percent in December from the previous year, but this could have been expected. The months of November and December are generally regarded as slow months for real estate anyway, but the numbers shouldn’t have too heavy an impact on the rest of the first quarter of 2012.

A glance at the early trends in 2012 Philadelphia real estate is truly a mixed bag right now. Coming off the month of December is usually not pretty for any market; however, the Philly market has looked rather stable in the early part of the year. Regardless, it should remain to be seen if factors such as mortgage rates, rising rental rates and an increase in existing home sales can positively influence the market for both buyers and sellers throughout the first half of 2012. 

–By Emma Crawford, special to PhillyLiving.com

Five fun things to do this weekend

Friday, February 3rd, 2012

Besides brunch, that is.

There’s never a lack of good things to do on a weekend in Philadelphia. This weekend, of course, one of them is First Friday, the monthly gallery-hop/street fair that takes place all over Old City. But we’ve written about that before as well. So assuming that as Item One, here are four other events you might want to check out:

2. and 3. Get your groove on. Make tonight an all-night dance party! Start with this month’s Art After 5 event at the Philadelphia Museum of Art, featuring homeboy DJ Cosmo Baker. He may live in Brooklyn now, but he remains true to his Philly roots, spinning a mix of hip-hop, disco, funk, R&B and reggae. And when you need to take a break, there’s cocktails, light snacks and supper, and a stupendous collection of art all around you. Then head down to South Street for Sex Dwarf, Robert Drake’s long-running dance party featuring those choice New Wave hits that got you through the ’80s in one piece. (Missed that decade? All the more reason you should go.)
Art After 5: 5 to 8:45 p.m. at the Philadelphia Museum of Art, 26th Street and Benjamin Franklin Parkway. Free with Museum admission.
Sex Dwarf:  9 p.m. to 2 a.m. at Fluid, 613 South 4th Street. Free before 10 p.m., $5 after 10.

4. C’mon over to the dark side. Bikinis, bikers and blackness are all on the bill of this month’s Secret Cinema program, which celebrates the outlaw biker ethos of the late ’60s and early ’70s. Opening the night is “Trailer Trash,” a collection of carefully selected trailers for some of the classics of the genre: “Wild In the Streets,” “Devil’s Angels,” “Mondo Teeno,” “You Only Live Twice” – wait, isn’t that James Bond? – and more. These set the stage for the evening’s feature, “The Black Angels” – Laurence Merrick’s 1970 mashup of the biker flick and the blaxploitation picture in which rival biker gangs make turf war and race war one and the same.
Secret Cinema: Saturday, Feb. 4, at 8 p.m. at International House, 3701 Chestnut Street. Tickets $9, students/seniors $7, International House members free.

5. Go for Baroque with Maniaci. Tempesta di Mare, Philadelphia’s baroque orchestra, goes cross-cultural this weekend with “Italians in Vienna,” a concert featuring works written by Italian composers imported to Vienna by the Hapsburg court. Joining the chamber players once again is tenor Michael Maniaci, hailed by the Toronto Globe and Mail as “one of the greatest singers of his generation,” who last performed with Tempesta di Mare in 2006. Pre-concert talks by Wendy Heller of Princeton University fill you in on the cultural ferment that made Vienna such a happening place in the Baroque era.
Tempesta di Mare: Saturday, Feb. 4, at 8 p.m. (talk at 7 p.m.) at Arch Street Friends Meeting, 320 Arch Street, and Sunday, Feb. 5, at 4 p.m. (talk at 3 p.m.) at the Presbyterian Church of Chestnut Hill, 8855 Germantown Avenue. Tickets $25 and $35, seniors $20, students $10, school-age children (grades 3-12) free. 

–Sandy Smith

Highlights from the Philly Living Market Action Report, 4th Quarter 2011

Monday, January 23rd, 2012

On the whole, it’s still a good time to buy if you are in the market for real estate in Philadelphia. But some market conditions are beginning to trend more favorably for sellers as well.

That’s our reading of the data in the latest Philly Living Market Action Report.  Our quarterly guide to real estate market trends in Center City and surrounding Philadelphia neighborhoods offers grounds for cautious optimism in the months to come. While sales volume is down for the quarter relative to the previous year, it is up significantly from the previous month and quarter, running counter to the usual end-of-year downturn. The average selling price for homes in Center City and environs rose significantly from last quarter and one year ago, while the median selling price fell slightly in both cases. This suggests that buyers on the whole are still looking for value, even though a few opted for properties at the upper end of the scale.

In terms of prices, the highest prices continue to be commanded in the city’s two most desirable neighborhoods: Rittenhouse Square (19103) and Chestnut Hill (19118). Worth noting, however, is a continued, sustained upward trend in median selling prices in Southwest Center City and Point Breeze (19146), reflecting especially increased activity in the latter neighborhood.

Inventory continues to decline, offering the prospect of better prices for sellers in the months to come, but days on market rose slightly, suggesting buyers are still waiting sellers out. Sale price-to-list price ratio also dropped slightly from last year and last quarter but held steady from the previous month.

For full details on activity in Philadelphia’s neighborhood housing markets, request a copy of the latest Market Action Report at phillyliving.com/report.

Philadelphia street scene by Adam Jones, Ph.D., used under a Creative Commons license

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