Philadelphia Real Estate Blog

The CENTERfold: Pie In the Sky (Rittenhouse Square Home)

September 30th, 2014 Shannon O'Donnell Comments Off

It's hard to miss Two Liberty Place. Philadelphia's tallest skyscraper makes a statement, soaring towards the heavens all clad in mirrored glass. Its stature isn't the only thing impressive about it, either. Located in Rittenhouse Square, in the heart of Center City, and featuring unrivaled amenities for its residents, this is a residence that redefines luxury. So, basically, it wouldn't be a stretch to stick any Two Liberty Place condo in The CENTERfold - they are all pretty darn plush. 50...Read More

Rent In the Range: $1,250 – $1,500

September 29th, 2014 Shannon O'Donnell Comments Off

Today we're doing another Rent In the Range feature, this time with apartment homes listed between $1,250 - $1,500. I think it's always fascinating to check out what you can get for your money at different points around Center City. To that end, we're looking at a studio, a 1-bedroom, a 2-bedroom, and a 3-bedroom. Amenities, location, and square footage all vary, of course. 1.) Studio: 1815 John F. Kennedy Blvd. 1 bath, 410 square feet These pristine studios in The Sterling Apartment...Read More

Coming Soon: Luxe Fishtown Townhomes on Mascher St.!

September 26th, 2014 Shannon O'Donnell Comments Off

Coming in Spring 2015 is the most exciting new construction to hit Fishtown in just about forever! Frank just sent me the specs for a 20-home development that's breaking ground just before Halloween at 1326-46 Mascher Street... and it's pretty damn exciting. These townhomes will combine luxury and high quality, not to mention walking-distance proximity to the hottest spots in Fishtown and NoLibs. Here are the deets: - The homes will be either three- or four stories. - The three story models will...Read More

The Thursday Three: In Praise of the Bay Window

September 25th, 2014 Shannon O'Donnell Comments Off

If you've ever watched House Hunters or any other of those (hella fake) HGTV home-buyer-reality shows, you know that natural light is one of the most-desired selling points in a home. After all, you can knock down walls to create an open floorplan or slather your ugly kitchen in stainless, granite, and subway tile... but you can't - to the best of my knowledge - fake a favorable exposure. Bay windows make the best of a great view or a direct...Read More

The CENTERfold: “Fall” In Love on Spruce (Rittenhouse Square Home)

September 24th, 2014 Shannon O'Donnell Comments Off

Our first CENTERfold of autumn is a Rittenhouse Square townhome that will take your breath away! I know what you're thinking: "it's the Ritt, of course I'm going to be at least moderately impressed." And, I mean, yeah... that's true. But this one is - I promise! - something special. If your fantasy home daydreams include images of baronial splendor, 2102 Spruce Street has what you are looking for. With four bedrooms, a whopping eight bathrooms, and 5,700+ square feet of living...Read More

Center City Steals: Three Under $300k

September 22nd, 2014 Shannon O'Donnell Comments Off

I love doing roundups of homes that don't cost an arm and a leg. While it's true that Center City homes can be pretty pricey, it's simply not accurate to say that there aren't deals to be had. I was browsing homes newly listed this morning, and found a trio of likely nests, all with a great price tag - under $300k apiece, and all listed in the past week. If you have been looking for a bargain, one of...Read More

Weekend Open House Roundup 9/19 – 21: Southeast Center City Homes

September 19th, 2014 Shannon O'Donnell Comments Off

This weekend, we're heading down to southeast Center City (Bella Vista/Hawthorn, Queen Village, the Italian Market) for a look at some beautiful homes! Today's roundup includes five homes that you're going to love, and each is holding an open house this weekend. If you are actively shopping for a home, drop your plans and head over! 913 Federal St 3 beds / 2 baths, 1,640 sqft. $319,000 OPEN HOUSE: Sunday, September 21st: 2:00pm to 4:00pm Very spacious 3 bed, 2 bath home across from a...Read More

The Thursday Five: Gorgeous Center City Kitchens Under $600k

September 18th, 2014 Shannon O'Donnell Comments Off

They say that the kitchen is the heart of the home, and I'm a believer. From everyday family meals around the dinner table to holiday feasts, some of our best memories happen in the kitchen. Sounds sappy, but it's completely true! There's a reason that kitchen renos rank in the top five value-adds for those selling a home - we spend a lot of time in there, and nobody wants to stare at cracked and peeling Formica and crusty, avocado-green...Read More

Center City Rent In the Range: $1,500 – $1,750/month

September 17th, 2014 Shannon O'Donnell Comments Off

Everyone likes getting the most bang for their buck. To that end, I introduce Rent In the Range, a new feature aimed at showing off the range of rental homes one could acquire on a certain budget. Today, for instance, I'm going to show you a studio, a 1-bedroom, a 1-bedroom loft, and a 2-bedroom apartment, all within the price range of $1,500 - $1,750 per month. With this type of comparison, you can assess your needs and really figure...Read More

Do You Wanna Buy a High Rise?

September 16th, 2014 Shannon O'Donnell Comments Off

[That title was totally meant to be sung a la this earworm from Frozen, obviously. Special thanks to my nieces and nephews, who still haven't had their fill of the damn movie after almost a year!] There's a big ol' building for sale in Center City right now, and it's not even residential. 1515 Market St. is on the block, with experts thinking the 20-story behemoth could sell for as high as $85 mil. And why not? With a serendipitous addy smack...Read More