Philadelphia Real Estate Blog

President Obama Visits Philly, Rallies Local Dems

January 30th, 2015 Shannon O'Donnell Comments Off

Society Hill hosted President Obama last night, as the president visited Philadelphia as part of the Democratic Party's annual retreat. The visit was significant as it comes days before Obama addresses America with his newest budget proposal. Part of what reports called his "pep talk" focused on the middle class, and Obama's plans to relieve some of their financial burdens. Other highlights of the talk included his plans to repeal vetoes against the Affordable Healthcare Act, increase jobs, and beef up...Read More

Just Listed: 1819 Gillingham St, Philadelphia, PA 19124

January 29th, 2015 CenterCityTeam Comments Off

1819 Gillingham St, Philadelphia, PA 19124 Just Listed: $149,900 Don't miss this complete gut rehab down to the studs! No expense was spared on this three bedroom, two full bathroom townhouse. Walk into the front door to the open floor plan with all new floors throughout. The living and dining areas are open to the kitchen with all brand new stainless steel appliances. There is a breakfast bar already built in! Off of the kitchen you will find a full bathroom and storage...Read More

Leighton Meester Lists Encino Home

January 29th, 2015 Shannon O'Donnell Comments Off

Leighton Meester is best known for having played snooty Blair Waldorf on the hit CW show "Gossip Girl." Blair, a gorgeous socialite, got up to no end of intrigues and schemes alongside her best friend Serena and on again/off again lover, Chuck Bass, but Meester herself is a lot more low-key. She's been wedded for almost a year to fellow actor Adam Brody (late of "The OC," another teen drama) and has a burgeoning career as a singer in the...Read More

Lyft Flouts Philly Ban

January 28th, 2015 Shannon O'Donnell Comments Off

Ready to ride-share? If you answered affirmatively, take note: Lyft is scheduled to start service in Philadelphia on Friday evening. The company, which competes with conventional taxis by pairing passengers with private drivers offering up space in their car, is a popular competitor of Uber. Interestingly, both ride-sharing services have been banned by Philadelphia's parking and transportation authorities. Lyft, however, seems not to care. Lyft is scheduled to begin offering business in Philadelphia as of 6pm this Friday, January 30th. People...Read More

Faith Hill and Tim McGraw Sell Part of Tennessee Parcel

January 27th, 2015 Shannon O'Donnell Comments Off

When you are trying to unload a large plot of land, sometimes the best thing to do is to break it up. That's the lesson learned for country supercouple Faith Hill and Tim McGraw, who have been trying to unload 753 acres of property in Franklin, Tennessee. Located just outside of Nashville, the property consists of several residences separated by miles of rolling green land, pastures, and spring-fed ponds. It's pastoral glory in a nutshell, pretty much. Hill and McGraw listed...Read More

Just Sold: 226 Lombard St, Philadelphia, PA 19147

January 26th, 2015 Frank L. DeFazio Comments Off

226 Lombard St, Philadelphia, PA 19147 SOLD FOR: $760,000 Luxurious 4 bed/3.5 bath townhome in SOCIETY HILL w/GARAGE, rear yard and roofdeck. Enter into ground level foyer with coat closet, powder room and entrance to rear bricked patio. Entertaining level features open layout with 12' ceilings, separate living room with fireplace, dining room, large eat in kitchen with stainless steel appliances, granite counters and 42" cabinets. Next level houses master bedroom complete with master bath and tons of closet space, and guest...Read More

Philly Homeowners Seek Riches In Pope’s Visit

January 26th, 2015 Shannon O'Donnell Comments Off

Pope Francis' visit to the United States later this year is a big deal, and a staggering number of people are expected to descend upon Philadelphia in September when the pontiff arrives. There are 65,000 hotel rooms within a 60 mile radius of the city. That sounds like a lot until one realizes that the number of folks anticipated to be coming into the city is in the millions, and that every room has been booked solid for some time...Read More

Just Listed: 1238 Callowhill St 302, Philadelphia, PA 19123

January 23rd, 2015 Frank L. DeFazio Comments Off

1238 Callowhill St 302, Philadelphia, PA 19123 Asking Price: 265,000 Tranquil, renovated, move in ready, 1 bed/1bath NY Style loft in the FHA approved Beaux Arts building. This 1010 sq.ft. condo features a great layout with tons of open space, lots of natural light, 10' wall of East facing windows that capture the morning sun, warm original golden maple factory floors. The bedroom area (divided from living space by custom wooden wall) features an unusually large walk-in closet and office nook. This...Read More

Hanging Out With Barbie In Los Angeles

January 23rd, 2015 Shannon O'Donnell Comments Off

Every little girl loves a Barbie doll. Some little girls, however, never quite outgrow their obsession with the terminally-smiley, impossibly-proportioned toy. Just think about those weirdos who spend thousands on surgery to look as bombastic and plastic to mimic Barbie's oversized bosom and teeny-tiny waist. On the other hand, not ever grown-up who loves Barbie is strange. Take, for example, 43-year-old Nicole Sassaman. Sassaman's love affair with Barbie began when she was little. The doll was a friend she could turn...Read More

Holding the Tip At a Fishtown Restaurant

January 22nd, 2015 Shannon O'Donnell Comments Off

For American diners, adding a tip at the end of a sit-down meal is as common as can be. Whether you tip 15% or 20% - hopefully not less - the expectation of a gratuity is omnipresent when it comes to dining in the U.S. Of course this isn't the case all over the world. Other nations (France, Canada) don't "do" tipping, mostly because they pay their servers and employees a much higher wage. While the minimum wage in the...Read More