Area Real Estate News & Market Trends

You’ll find our blog to be a wealth of information, covering everything from local market statistics and home values to community happenings. That’s because we care about the community and want to help you find your place in it. Please reach out if you have any questions at all. We’d love to talk with you!

Jan. 6, 2019

Home of the Week: 5518 Warrington Avenue

Welcome to this beautifully rehabbed home with garage parking in Kingsessing! Found on a quiet residential street, this move-in ready home has features you'll simply adore, such as hardwood flooring and a keen attention to details throughout. The first floor offers an inviting open floor plan, which offers flexibility to accommodate any furniture layout you desire.

 

Next, imagine cooking your favorite meal in the fabulous kitchen, complete with stainless steel appliances, custom tile flooring, pristine countertops, mosaic tiled backsplash and gorgeous cabinetry.

 

Upstairs, find respite after a long day in the light-filled master bedroom, which includes an immense closet with French doors.

 

There are also two other delightful secondary bedrooms on this floor and a lovely hall bathroom, complete with tiled flooring, a custom tiled tub and shower and a sleek, modern vanity with mirror. Still need space? The generously sized walk out basement offers a solution to your storage needs, and includes laundry for your comfort and convenience.

The home is in a location that can't be beat, on a desirable block in an increasingly popular neighborhood, it is just a few blocks away from the Kingsessing Library and Rec Center, and within easy walking distance to public transportation so Center City is simply minutes away. Don't wait, contact Susanna Kunkel and take a look today!

Dec. 27, 2018

Ways to Keep Your New Year's Resolution

It’s that time of year again, with the new year comes new goals & new resolutions, but how long can you really keep them? If you set yourself up properly you can ensure you will uphold your New Year’s resolution all year long!

Start first with a simple idea; to go from not working out to your goal is to work out 6x a week can be out of reach. If you start small and work your way up, you’re less likely to stop along the way, or cave in completely.

Along those lines, it needs to be realistic. To have a goal of seeing every country this year is a bit far-fetched; however, if you make a goal of traveling to one new place this year, that can be more attainable.

Make a plan and map out a timeline. When you are able to meet smaller goals along the way, it is easier to reach your end goal without losing sight. If your goal is to travel; start with local places or put together a timeline of when you want to go and work backward taking into consideration cost, time away from work and other obligations, etc.

One of the most important ways to ensure you stick to your resolution is to have someone to hold you accountable. You’ve got a goal of working so many times per week but you’re tired after work or you’d rather hang out with friends (we get it!) but having someone check in on you to be sure you’ve worked out; or better, they work out with you, will result in reaching your goal. When you have someone who cares about you and your plan - it makes it much easier to accomplish!

Happy New Year, We Wish You a Happy & Prosperous 2019!

Posted in Real Estate Tips
Dec. 24, 2018

Philly Trivia: One in How Many Docs Across the US Were Trained in Philly?!

It’s flu season again & there’s no better place to be than in Philadelphia! Across the United States, what percent of doctors were trained in Philadelphia?

Philadelphia's tech industry is booming and combined with a large number of medical schools, it has become one of the country's largest hub for health care innovation. Numerous hospitals and research companies located in the region allow many students to secure post-education jobs though for those looking to branch out, many stay within the country.

Back to our trivia...1 in 6 doctors across the USA are trained locally!

 

So this flu season, rest assured you're covered with some of the nation's best!

 

Posted in University City
Dec. 23, 2018

Unique Fitness Classes in Philadelphia

January can only mean one thing in the fitness world: mayhem. People are coming off of overindulging and less of a strict eating and fitness schedule after the holidays; mix that with all of the resolutions and you’ve got the perfect storm of a packed gym or fitness center. Although it’s a madhouse, you can find some great deals during this time to encourage you to fight the crowds and get back into the swing of things. In addition, Philly has picked up some unique fitness studios and classes; here’s some out of the box ways to work out & have fun this year!

  • Buti Yoga: The name is intimidating, the class is not! If you’re into having a blast while you workout, this may just be the class for you. Offered at Tuck Barre & Yoga in Point Breeze this class skillfully blends tribal dance, deep core movement & engagement with traditional yoga practice. Not to mention, the instructor is motivational, encouraging and all about no judgement...you in?
  • SLT: Prepare to not be able to move after one class at SLT located about Free People on Walnut Street. It’s you versus the machine and just like any other fitness regimen, you get out what you put in! You will use the resistance from the machine to challenge your core, your glutes...muscles you had no idea you ever had!  

  • Rock Climbing: Nothing new about this workout however it’s becoming more and more popular in Philadelphia. There are gyms popping up all over the city. Strap in and get to work, or not sure where to start? There are coaches at each gym ready to help you to reach your full potential.

  • Pound Fitness: Sweat, sculpt & rock out. Pound is the first fitness center where your full focus is to have a full-on jam session. There are classes for the young at heart, and now also for the kiddos!

  • Floating Yoga: Watch the sunset from the 28th floor of AKA in University City while floating on the 'pool in the sky.' It's a 2-hour private class held on select dates at this state-of-the-art facility. Reserve your board for the new year.

  • Pig Yoga: Ok puppy yoga has been a thing, so cute...but have you seen pig yoga?! At Tuck Barre & Yoga, this is exactly as it sounds, rolling around on yoga mats (very little technique) with little...and not so little piggy friends!

Posted in Point Breeze
Dec. 21, 2018

What's Happening in Philly: Holiday Edition

Winter began today just in time for the holidays next week and the following. Philadelphia is buzzing with all sorts of activities, events & holiday celebrations. Here’s just a quick overview of ways to get in the holiday spirit this weekend...that is if you haven’t left your shopping to the last minute!

 

Holiday Attractions in Philly:

Franklin Square Light Show

Macy’s Light Show

Christmas Village

Skating at Dilworth Park

Blue Cross Riverrink

 

Sunday’s Game vs. the Redskins: It’s make or break for the Eagles this weekend (don’t you feel like we’ve been saying that all season?!). This time it holds true, now through the end of regulation, this mentality will be on repeat, but we’re confident! With the reigning Super Bowl MVP at the helm, we’re feeling like it could happen...hey - we beat the LA Rams last Sunday night in their house plus the Redskins have gotten the short end of the stick when it comes to injuries this season (we can relate!) so it really is anyone’s ballgame but...Go Birds!

 

You had us at sweet treats, but BYOB mixed with sweet treats sounds even better! At Bredenbeck’s all weekend long there are gingerbread workshops and other ‘sweet’ classes to choose from; some family friendly, others...it’s parents night out!

 

Although you may not want to touch him, even with a 91/2 foot pole, the Dr. Seuss Classic, How the Grinch Stole Christmas musical arrived this week and is here through the weekend. Get in the spirit and grab tickets before someone steals your Christmas plans!

 

You think Carol of the Bells and what comes to mind more than the Trans-Siberian Orchestra? There are 3 chances to catch them this weekend starting tonight and ending tomorrow. So if you aren’t inundated with shopping, family coming into town or wrapping those gifts, treat yourself to this holiday spectacular!

 

Nothing gets you into the spirit more than getting into some spirits, ie. a Center City bar hop! Join other spirit enthusiasts at stops like U-Bahm, Tradesmens, Tinsel & more. There are drink specials, and festive cocktails to warm you up at each stop!

 

Cocoa, crepes & holiday cheer; all this and more at the holiday pop up at a.kitchen this weekend. The cocoa is courtesy of Eclat & the crepes are a special feature from a.kitchen’s Executive Chef, Eli Collins. If you are looking for cozy & comfort, we will see you there!


Get ready to enjoy some amazing food and great ambiance, but also prepare to loosen your belt a few notches...its Amis Trattoria’s Feast of the Seven Fishes both in Philly & their location in Devon. For more information or to book your spot, check out their website.

Dec. 10, 2018

Home of the Week: 901 N. Penn St, R307

You work hard all week; home should be a place where you can escape from reality and leave your worries behind. Between the gorgeous finishes in the condo, and the bountiful amenities available, 901 N. Penn St, R307 offers you a sanctuary!

This sun-filled condo is the epitome of move-in ready, and features: a large living area with floor-to-ceiling windows that capture the river views; an updated kitchen with stainless steel appliances and glass tile backsplash; a home office tucked off the living room; and a restful master suite with walk-in closet and spa-like bathroom with double sinks, walk-in shower with rainfall shower head, and convenient laundry facilities.

Additionally, just some of the many luxury amenities Waterfront Square offers include: European-style spa offering massages and facials; a state-of-the-art fitness center with Yoga and Pilates classes; a semi-Olympic swimming pool (25 meters) with a poolside cafe; a riverfront sundeck with picturesque views of the Delaware River and Ben Franklin Bridge; a multi-function room that can use used for meetings and events; a landscaped park and dog run; putting green; walking/jogging trail; shuttle service to/from Center City; 24-hour security and access-controlled entrance; shuttle bus service; doorman and concierge services; on-site convenience store; and so forth.

There's even a bike rental station at the entrance to the community. And not that you'd ever want or need to leave, but should you choose to, you can be in Center City or New Jersey in just minutes.

But please, don't take our word for it. Contact Susanna Kunkel to schedule your showing of 901 N. Penn St, Unit R307, and come see for yourself!

Dec. 7, 2018

An Inside Look at Phillys Newest Social Club, Fitler Club

We know you all have been dying to hear more about the Fitler Club, which is totally understandable. It's one of Philly's newest social clubs, and from all reports it is set to be amazing! We were able to grab the owner of the Fitler Club and ask him a few questions about this exciting up and coming project: 

 

Being the owner and creator of the Fitler Club, what do you imagine seeing when you walk through the club when it’s members are enjoying all the amenities & what conversations do you foresee overhearing as you walk through?

I imagine seeing a diverse community of Philadelphia's leaders and influencers coming together to work, socialize and play - and enjoying all the various areas of the club while socializing, working out or conducting business.  
 
How did you decide on the space at 2400 Market Street?
As soon as I walked into the building, I knew it was Fitler Club - the views, the dramatic ceiling heights and the proximity and access to not just Center & University City, but the western suburbs, 30th St station and ease of access to NYC and DC make it the true new "Center" of Center City 
 
How do you envision the shared office space to work? This is such a creative concept since it allows for many different types of industries to come together under one roof - the networking and business ideas that will come of this will be revolutionary.
We plan to make our collaborative office truly "one-of-a-kind" - in addition to being the only shared workspace with direct access to a world-class lifestyle club, we plan to elevate the offering further through a combination of design, exclusive programming and events.  We will be "industry agnostic" and plan to curate a unique group entrepreneurs and small businesses, including non-profits which we plan to support by making space available through our philanthropic initiatives.
 

 

 

We read that the architect had to adjust the design sense from the LA feel to accommodate the history of the building. Can you explain a bit further the history of the building and how you and your team chose to preserve some of its history & charm?

2400 Market Street is a classic early 20th century industrial building. Perched on the river, it features unimpeded views in many directions and a wide open floor plan. We decided to play up the views, light and ceiling heights by leaving as much of the original concrete as was feasible exposed, while still creating beautiful and distinct zones for our multiple bars, restaurants, lounges and other social and work spaces. Each area will bring Philadelphia squarely into the present while paying homage to the fact that Philly is also a city steeped in tradition. 
 

 

 

How do you see members utilizing the event space? If for weddings/parties, will this be limited to members only or will non-members be able to rent this space?

We will have Philadelphia's newest and most unique event space with over 10,000 square feet of programming including a 4,600 square foot ballroom, breakout and board/meeting rooms, private dining, a screening room and our trophy room which features flexible meeting space perched above a bowling alley, private bar, billiards and other games. Members will have preferred rates for events, but we will allow companies, charities and non-members to book events in the dedicated event space as well.  

 

 

 

Will there be any opportunity for non-members to rent out space in Fitler Club (ie. movie theater, dinner reservations, hotel, etc.)

As described above, non-members will only be able to access our event space which contains our ballroom, boardroom and trophy room (along with indoor and outdoor pre-function areas).  
 

Will there be a cap to how many members are initially accepted? If so, how many members will be accepted at first? From there, how will it be determined when there will be more members added?

Yes - we can only accommodate a limited number of members when we open. We are nearing capacity for our initial target of 800-1000 members but anticipate that once we are open and stabilized, we will be able to admit additional members. 
 
What cuisine of food will be offered at the two restaurants, are both going to be overseen by Chef Kevin Spraga? Will both be open to all members or will one be predominately for investors and the other for members?
Kevin Sbraga will oversee two restaurants, two lounges and our catering and events menus. We will have world-class offerings in each with our signature restaurant featuring seasonal American cuisine for breakfast, lunch and dinner and our Back Bar restaurant serving as our gastro-pub. Both are open to our members only (along with their lucky guests!) 
 
As with many clubs, there are dress codes. What, if any, will be the dress code for members at Fitler Club? 
There is no formal dress code beyond what we are calling "occasion appropriate". We trust our members judgement!

Are all ages welcome? 

YES! So long as they are accompanied by their parents, children are welcome at the club including our restaurants and screening room, as well as during designated hours in our pool and trophy room. We also have babysitting in the field house for when you need a few hours to escape!

 

Are members able to bring guests? 

Yes, members are able to invite guests to dine with them and enjoy our social spaces. However we won't be able to accommodate guests in our field house and spa.

 

 

 

We’ve read a projected opening of early 2019, is there a more concrete month or date for the grand opening? Will there be any soft launches for members to attend leading up to the grand opening? 

We are still on track for a first quarter 2019 opening - we can't wait!

 

Posted in Philly News
Dec. 3, 2018

Home of the Week: 1918 Catharine Street, Unit B

What's so special about living in Graduate Hospital, fondly called "Rittenhouse South"? Picture this: after finishing your morning jog, you swing by Ultimo Coffee, pick up a cappuccino and use the two block walk home to cool down.

Once there, you grab a quick bite to eat, then head upstairs to the master retreat. In the spa-like bathroom, you ease your tired muscles with a relaxing soak in the tub, then towel off and make your way to one of TWO huge walk-in closets to figure out the day's outfit. Given that you're working from your home office, comfy clothes are a no-brainer.

You put in a hard days work; after the workday is done, you head over to Sprouts Farmers Market with grocery list in hand, to pick up supplies for the dinner party you're hosting. Back at home, using the abundant counter-space available in the stylish gourmet kitchen, you put together a delicious spread that your family and friends are sure to love.

Once everyone has had their fill, the party continues up on the killer roof deck, where you toast the sunset and city views; there's a convenient wet bar in master suite's sitting area, so you don't have to trek to the kitchen when someone needs a refill! After a long week, you can choose to entertain on your roof deck or have brunch at Sidecar Cafe with friends.

Later meet for a drink at Chicks followed by a casual Italian dinner at L'anima - just a few of the neighborhood gems. Sounds too good to be true, right? At 1918 Catharine Street, you can enjoy the peace of mind that comes with new construction and a 1-year builder's warranty and a 10-year tax abatement. Contact Fred Capp to find out more about your next home!

Nov. 30, 2018

Where to Eat in Philly on Christmas Day

 

If your tradition is Chinese take-out - perfect - however there are a ton of other great restaurants open and ready to serve you and yours this Christmas Day. We’ve gathered our information from Open Table as to which restaurants were accepting reservations for Christmas. Be sure to call to book your reservation before showing up...you never know!

 

  • Parc: A classic French spot just off of Rittenhouse Park, i.e. the perfect place to celebrate Christmas, or just a beautiful winter day. If it’s a cold and white Christmas, we recommend the beef bourguignon. A warm and hearty dish, perfect to warm up on a cold day.

  • Del Frisco’s: Nothing screams the holidays more than a nice steak, right? I guess it depends on who you ask, but for us, this is a winner! All the delicious flavors of the holiday without having to cook.

  • Buddakan: So you’re in the mood for an Asian flare but don’t want to eat it in sweats on the couch while binge watching A Christmas Story? Buddakan is the perfect solution! You can get anything from noodles & rice to tuna pizza.

  • Urban Farmer: Steak Tasting?! Yes, as if you were on the fence before now - we think that was the hook line & sinker. If not, think fries, charred cauliflower & yukon gold potato puree… these sides are the perfect way to spend your calories this holiday!

  • Jones: Comfort food coming your way if you make a reservation for Christmas at Jones. Start with the Matzo Ball Soup to really warm you up & then head into your main which could be anything from grilled cheese & tomato soup to a full Thanksgiving Dinner (offered year round btw). And of course, indulge in dessert with items like warm apple pie, deep dish chocolate chip cookie, chocolate peanut butter pie & so many other scrumptious options!

  • Bank & Bourbon: Did someone say 3-course meal? At Bank & Bourbon, yes! Open on Christmas & offering three dishes plus an additional beverage pairing for each! Enjoy dishes like roasted root vegetables, market salad, country ham with black truffle whipped potatoes, filet, chocolate espresso custard, eggnog apple cranberry tart and more. Book ahead to reserve your spot!

  • Red Owl Tavern & Square 1682: You could really make your holiday special with a staycation at either Kimpton Hotel in Philly. Check in and then hunker down for a long winter’s nap…or just an afternoon nap before walking (or taking the elevator who are we kidding!) to the hotel’s amazing restaurants. Both Red Owl Tavern & Square 1682 offer delicious options, both healthy & not so healthy!

  • XIX: The view alone is worth the reservation; however the food is outstanding to match. Offering a raw bar, meats & cheeses & more, you are sure to please everyone. If their Christmas display is anything similar to what they offered guests for Thanksgiving, it’s sure to be a treat!

  • PJ Clarke’s: New(er) to Philly & immediately welcomed; this is the perfect place to celebrate the holiday. It’s an eclectic mix of seafood, small plates, meats, pasta, burgers & more. If your family gets together but none likes to cook - this may be the reservation to book. You’ll find something on the menu for everyone from great grandma to the newest little addition!

Chart House: Immediately you think summer when you think Chart House however this is a stunning location to enjoy a cold winter evening. Overlook the Delaware River while indulging in a mix of seafood focused starters, a meat as a main & then a variety of delicious desserts. Of course this is just our suggestion, there is a full menu awaiting you and yours this season!

Posted in Philly News
Nov. 30, 2018

Where to Get in the Holiday 'Spirits'

Each year around this time we start to get in the spirit by decorating or playing holiday music...or both. This year, we thought there’s no better way to get in the spirit than by getting into the spirits! We’ve rounded up some of our favorite spots to cozy up by the fire, overlook an ice rink & just flat out get in the holiday spirit!

 

  • McGillin’s: Ready for the holidays? Then McGillin’s is the place for you to let out your inner elf! These halls are decked early for the season;  from floor to ceiling! Bundle up & head to McGillin’s!

 

  • Moriarty’s: If you’ve been to Moriarty’s in the past, you know it’s a warm spot with wings and beer - the perfect place to watch the Eagles on a chilly Sunday afternoon. Then Turkey Day comes & it’s game on - from the top of the bar, to every corner around the joint there’s greenery, ornaments stockings and more. It really is a site to see!

 

  • Parc: Nothing quite gets you in the holiday spirit like a charcuterie plate & a nice glass of bubbly. At Parc you get not just that but also a stunning view of Rittenhouse Square. The park will host its annual light night on November 27th at 5pm. From then on the park will be festively lit each night. And so will you if you indulge in the bubbly!

 

  • Rittenhouse Library Bar: Never been? Not surprising! This is a hidden gem just off of Rittenhouse Park, tucked away in the Rittenhouse Hotel. The reason we love this bar this time of year...well actually, there are quite a few! For starters, the the dim lighting and roaring fireplace simply make it feel like you’re sitting in your living room (sans the servers bringing you drinks). Next up, they have such a variety of drinks, especially seasonal drinks that will really get you humming jingle bells! Plus, it’s a tradition for us to walk through the park either before or after a drink at the Library Bar, so you’re immersed in holiday lights and the chill of the night.

 

  • The Lodge at RiverRink: This goes without saying; the rink is only here for the winter months & it’s full of holiday spirit! You can smell the fire pits from blocks away & immediately you anticipate sipping your drinks by the fires or inside the lodge on a rocker, or at a bench with friends! There’s only a few drinks to choose from, from what we recall from years past it’s warm drinks with your choice of liquor or beer. It may be different this year, but come prepared knowing you’ll be warming your belly with coffee & kahlua or cider & vodka!

 

  • ITV: Always a cozy & quaint bar but this holiday season, Nick & his team are taking it up a level. Christmas pop-up Miracle, which takes over bars around the world come holiday time is back for a second year! With special events, guest bartenders & a limited time holiday drink menu ITV should definitely be on your holiday bar bucket list! Miracle is popping up on Black Friday and will take over ITV through the end of December.

 

  • Brauhaus Schmitz: Of course, we immediately thought Oktoberfest when we hear Brauhaus Schmitz but really...Germany and Christmas go together like PB & J! The first weekend in December they host a Brunch with Santa as well as a Goose dinner complete with traditional carolers & a tree lighting. Details on the event & tickets here.

 

  • Walnut Street Cafe: With it’s sleek white & grey ambiance you don’t exactly warm up here, however, the large windows make it great for looking at all of the city lights, and who know...maybe even a flurry or a snow shower. We spent one morning enjoying brunch when the snow was falling and it felt like we were sitting inside of a snow globe; a true winter wonderland.