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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 out what you want – smaller with more amenities, or a more basic offering with room to spread out?

*All the following homes have one bathroom apiece.



Could this building get any prettier?


Arched doorways and a roomy layout… you’ll love showing this place off!


WIth generous, light-spilling windows, you’ll never want for sunshine!

1512 Spruce St. #Q
545 sqft.
Amenities/Features: Gated entry, fitness center, high speed internet-ready



The building’s exterior is contemporary and cool!


Those dark hardwoods? So sexy!


Between the sleek cabinets and the stainless steel appliances, this is a kitchen that literally shines.

988 N. 2nd St.
1,100 sqft.
Amenities/Features: Controlled entry, storm windows

263 N. 3rd St. Apt. A
700 sqft.


I adore the exposed brick and fireplace!


With two airy windows framing this space, it’s just the right spot for a bed.


The ultra-contemporary kitchen is a great fit for this loft.

Amenities/Features: Video intercom, community deck



Access to this homey walk-up is super convenient!


Spacious built-ins and gleaming hardwoods are visible in the living room.


I’m in love with the windowpane cabinets in the kitchen!

2446 Olive St.
832 sqft.
Amenities/Features: Deck

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.


This Center City high rise is up for sale. Any takers?

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 dab across from City Hall and close to the Ben Franklin Parkway, Avenue of the Arts, and the Convention Center, it’s a juicy cherry.

It currently house Temple U’s Center City campus, in addition to other tenants. It’s 87% occupied, which is pretty darn desirable for a building of its size. Nearby Two Penn Center, which is also 20 floors high and of comperable square footage, sold for $66 million in 2012 at 82% occupied. It’s right across the plaza from 1515 Market, so that’s not a half-bad comp!

The building was recently renovated, and its tenants are treated to lots of natural light. It also enjoys the benefit of being right across the street from the ultra-pretty Dilworth Park at City Hall, which gives visitors something gorgeous to look at and visit.

There is at least one sour note, though. From

Stockton Real Estate Advisors of Philadelphia bought 1515 Market in 2007 for around $75 million. By 2011, a CMBS loan on it was shipped to a special servicer and was listed in maturity default. It had a balance, exclusive of interest, default interest and late charges, of roughly $70 million.

Aww, this building is just looking for a little love. Got eight figures lying around?

The CENTERfold: 1424 Bainbridge St. (Avenue of the Arts Home)

September 15th, 2014 Shannon O'Donnell Comments Off

The Artisan townhome development (currently in its third building phase) is one of Center City’s most luxe. Tucked in the always-lovely Avenue of the Arts nabe, and with each unit costing at least a cool mil, this community combines killer location with super-sweet upscale living.

Today’s CENTERfold standout just went up for sale in the Artisan I community, a home that, at only seven years old, still boasts three years on its original tax abatement!

1424 Bainbridge St. is an oversized three bedroom / three bath unit with a whopping 3,300 square feet of living space. Gracefully straddling the line between classic and contemporary, its every little nook and cranny has been thoughtfully designed with the nicest materials and most upscale style to make a home that looks as good as it feel to live in.

On the main level, find the living room and laundry room, as well as a great room kitted out with a gas fireplace and two airy doors leading out to a large deck that was clearly intended for barbecuing and entertaining! There are shining hardwood floors throughout, as well as plenty of glowing natural light!

The kitchen is a chef’s dream, fully outfitted with everything a gourmet cook needs. Think: a Wolf range (plus a wall oven and microwave), SubZero fridge, and Asko dishwasher, plus countertops of granite and marble, a huge island (it can seat three!), and a walk-in pantry. All this, plus one of the sexiest glass tile backsplashes I’ve ever seen!

The lower level has a flexible bedroom/office, as well as a 650-bottle custom wine storage area and utility closet with storage in the family room.

Up on the third floor, you’ll find two more enormous bedrooms – the master suite, as well as a second made of combining two separate bedrooms together.

The master suite boasts a big, roomy walk-in closet, as well as an en suite bath that would put a spa to shame: it features a steam shower, double vanity, recessed medicine cabinets and custom cabinetry, as well as radiant heat floors.

Above that, there’s a droolworthy rooftop deck with meticulous green landcsaping, a hot tub, and ample space for hanging out or worshipping the sun! Can you just imagine drinking in the summer sunsets (and maybe a glass of good wine?) from four stories up while soaking your cares away?

In glorious addition to all this, there’s integrated surround sound, recessed lighting throughout, 2-zone HVAC, a security system with cameras, custom cabinetry and closets, and a heat exchange ventilation system in the basement! Plus… a two-car garage! Every littlest detail conveys an air of elegance and sophistication.

This stunning home is on the market for $1,199,000, and it won’t last at that price! CENTERfolds are always beauties, but not all are a great deal – this one is.

Weekend Open House Roundup 9/12 – 14: Rockin’ Rittenhouse

September 12th, 2014 Shannon O'Donnell Comments Off

This weekend brings us back to one of my favorite Center City neighborhoods, Rittenhouse Square! Not for nothing is Rittenhouse considered one of Philly’s best nabes – the homes are beautiful and meticulously maintained, the streets are lovely, and you are always within footsteps of world-class entertainment, dining, and shopping!

1725 Lombard Street
4 beds / 3 baths, 1,887 sqft.
Open House: Sunday, September 14th: 12:00pm to 2:00pm

Located on a block lined in shady trees, this home is spacious, lovely, and serendipitously located!

1640 Waverly Street
2 beds / 2 baths, 1,200 sqft.
Open House: Sunday, September 14th: 1:00pm to 2:30pm

This block won Philadelphia”s Most Beautiful Block Contest in 2013! When you see this home, you’ll understand how it happened.

1707 Pine Street
2 beds / 2 baths, 1,372 sqft.
Open House: Sunday, September 14th: 12:00pm to 1:30pm

New, new, new! This home has been elegantly and luxuriantly redone recently, with new hardwood floors, HVAC, paint, and crown molding.

1700 Addison Street
3 beds / 3 baths, 1,636 sqft.
Open House: Sunday, September 14th: 2:00pm to 4:00pm

Amazing home located on one of America’s prettiest blocks, as per the Huffington Post!

326 S 17th Street #3
1 bed / 1 bath
Open House: Sunday, September 14th: 12:00pm to 1:00pm

This top-floor unit sports sustainable bamboo flooring, as well as low condo fees and an unrivaled great location!

1814 Addison St
3 beds / 2 baths, 1,350 sqft.
Open House: Sunday, September 14th: 12:00pm to 1:00pm

This beautiful, high-end home is located on one of Philadelphia’s best blocks! Tree-shaded and quiet, you’ll love living here!

1839 Addison Street
2 beds / 2 baths, 1,440 sqft.
Open House: Sunday, September 14th: 12:00pm to 1:00pm

One of the prettiest homes on arguably the prettiest street blocks in the US, as per HuffPo! City luxury doesn’t get better than this.

Just Listed: 2000 Kater St A, Philadelphia, PA 19146

September 11th, 2014 Frank L. DeFazio Comments Off

2000 Kater St A, Philadelphia, PA 19146

Just Listed: $599,999

Move in ready, extra-wide, 2bed/3bath Graduate Hospital corner property with private, gated 2 CAR PARKING! This 20′ ft wide, 1700 sq.ft home is located on an ultra prime Graduate Hospital block and features open layout living/dining area, hardwood floors, and renovated kitchen with heated kitchen floors and slider access to rear deck and parking. Second floor houses two large bedrooms with California closets, master with en suite bath, large second bedroom, hall bath and attic access for additional storage. Large finished basement with full bath, laundry room, and storage room (with walk-in cedar closet) is perfect for a media room, playroom or additional sleeping area for guests (previously used as 3rd bedroom). Small annual fee for maintenance and upkeep of shared parking lot. Gated courtyard offers safe play area for families. Potential for deck off master bedroom. Parking accessed on 20th Street directly behind property.


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Frank L. DeFazio, Esq.

Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices Fox & Roach, REALTORS

530 Walnut Street, Suite 260

Philadelphia, PA 19106

215.521.1623  Direct

610.636.4364 Cellular

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Visit the Philadelphia Condo Directory for luxury condos like the Residences at the Ritz CarltonThe Murano10 Rittenhouse410 at Society Hill, and the Western Union Building

The Thursday Three: A Garden of One’s Own

September 11th, 2014 Shannon O'Donnell Comments Off

In any big city, green space is at a premium. Oh, sure, Philly has its public parks and gardens – and in Center City, with our squares, we are spoiled for choicer in that regard – but there’s something special about a bit of greenery that belongs to you. A garden of one’s own, if you will. There’s nothing like a patch of sunny earth to make a home feel complete, and that completeness is a feeling that you can – yes! – find right here locally.

Today’s Thursday Three showcases three homes with pretty gardens, and not a one among them costs a million (or even three-quarters of a million) dollars! Whether your fancy is cultivating pretty blooms, cooking out, or simply lounging in the sunshine, one of these might just be perfect for you.

1014 Addison St.


Seen from above, the graceful path of this flowery slice of heaven makes a pretty picture. I love the addition of ample potted plants to really fill up the space and create an image of denser greenery surrounding the pavers.


763 N. 24th St.


Wide and versatile, this garden is a warm-weather hangout par excellence! There’s plenty of space for both dining and relaxing, as you can see – and a nice, light-catching area that would be ideal for a small herb and veggie plot.


515 S. Juniper St.


With the city rising all around it, the very unlikeliness of this little garden is what makes it so lovable. A string of fairy lights on the fence would be the absolute finishing touch on this romantic retreat.

The CENTERfold: I Left My Heart In Washington Square

September 10th, 2014 Shannon O'Donnell Comments Off

There’s nothing that swoons me quite like a gorgeous old house, unless it’s a gorgeous old loft home. Guess what I found?


This is 227-31 S. 6th St. #2SW, and I’m pretty sure it’s my new favorite CENTERfold home. I know I’ve said that before, but I’M SERIOUS THIS TIME, GUYS.

This 2 bed/3 bath home overlooks Washington Square and features an enormous 3,510 square feet of living space! It’s got an outsized price tag to match: $3,355,000. I think you’ll agree that it’s worth it, though!

Original Description:
This Architectural Phenomenon Overlooking Historic Washington Square is 3 510 square feet of pure luxury surrounded by 19 custom crafted oversized Pella windows. Fourteen foot high beamed wood ceilings. Custom hand stained and laid hardwood floors. Exposed brick walls. Huge luxurious master suite with extraordinary closet space. Marble Master Bath with double shower deep soaking tub and Durivit sinks. Gorgeous private guest suite plus a large home office/family room with arched windows and south light. One fireplace 2 garage parking spaces storage gym and concierge. Enjoy direct elevator access into this home!

I am crazy for exposed brick and beams, so that right there was already a point in this home’s favor. I’m trying hard not to go all meme-speak here and tag this #thosearchwaystho… but hey, it just happened. Check out the way that the corridor goes straight through, with all the rooms off of it – fantastic.

The listing wasn’t kidding about those windows, either. Huge, airy, and positively full of natural light, they offer unparalleled views of the square below.

bedroom 2


Enjoy the pictures of my new favorite Center City stunner, and keep watching the CENTERfold for more gorgeous Philadelphia homes!

Just Listed: And Now, For Something Completely Different (Rittenhouse Square Home)

September 9th, 2014 Shannon O'Donnell Comments Off

Every now and then, the team lists something that is, as the title states, completely different. 1706 Locust St. is exactly that. For rent at $4,000/month, this Rittenhouse Square nest is wholly extraordinary.


Could this get any cuter? I think not!

This townhome is located above an organic sweets shop and cafe, which – if you ask me – sounds like a little piece of heaven.

Original Description:
Live only a few steps from Rittenhouse Square in this three level 3 bedroom 2 bathroom apartment. Private entrance on Locust Street leads to grand staircase to 2nd floor containing bedroom with en suite bathroom and separate living room. 3rd floor contains bedroom with en suite bathroom modern kitchen with stainless steel appliances and unique 2 story living/dining space. 4th floor contains loft bedroom. Apartment has 3 fireplaces and laundry room. Walking distance to Rittenhouse Square Fitler Square Park and Schuylkill River Running Trail. Enjoy all of Rittenhouse Square’s boutiques restaurants and nightlife!

Just Listed: Kater Street Cool (Graduate Hospital Home)

September 8th, 2014 Shannon O'Donnell Comments Off

What sits on a corner, has a sexy case of the blues (door-wise, that is), and is about as light, bright, and spacious as you could hope for? It’s no riddle, really – the answer is 2000 Kater St. #A, located in hip GradHosp.


Can you tell I love the blue door? Because I totally do.

As far as Graduate Hospital homes go, this one is a standout. With two beds and three baths spread over an ultra-wide and roomy 1,700 square feet and plunked on one of the best blocks in the nabe, room to move will never be an issue.


At 20′ across, this home is extra-wide. It feels as roomy as it is!

Through the pretty cobalt front door you’ll find a vast living room, which gives way to a nice dining area and airy, gorgeous kitchen all kitted out with a breakfast bar, stainless steel appliances, and heated floors – everything freshly renovated. The first floor living areas are turned out with light, shining hardwood floors and spotless paint.


The breakfast bar and dining area are to the left, the sliding door to the deck is behind you, and the basement stairs are to the right.

Upstairs, you’ll find the two bedrooms, both equipped with oversized closets, and a large hall bathroom. There’s attic access for additional storage, and the master bedroom features an en suite bath.


The bedrooms are both spacious and airy, with teh same hardwoods as downstairs.

The fully finished basement offers fantastic additional space for living, work, or play. The current owners used it as a third bedroom, but you could easily utilize it as a playroom, home gym, or media room.


The finished basement is HUGE, and the laundry room is as convenient as it gets.

Out back, through a sliding glass door off the kitchen, is a rear deck perfect for warm-weather grilling, and then parking (accessible off 20th Street, right behind the property) for not one but TWO cars!

exterior 2

A back deck, gated courtyard, and double parking? It doesn’t get better than this.

Frank has this one listed at $599,999, so get in touch today and book a showing before this one is G-O-N-E.

Weekend Open House Roundup 9/5-7: North By Northwest

September 5th, 2014 Shannon O'Donnell Comments Off

Trendsetters, listen up! We’re taking a look at some open houses in northwest Center City today – arguably the hippest quadrant around. If you’ve been seeking a nest in red-hot Brewerytown, Fairmount, or the Art Museum Area, one of these beautiful homes could be just right for you.

922 N Bambrey St
2 beds / 2 baths, 648 sqft
Open House: Sunday, September 7th: 11:00am to 2:00pm
Adorable, cozy home in trendy Fairmount! I absolutely love that there’s a rear patio – outdoor space is the best. Also on my list of favorite things: a cute kitchen. This townhome has it. There’s also a full basement, which is ideal for storage. None of this is even to mention how close you are to everything here.

884 N Stillman St
2 beds / 1 bath, 840 sqft
Open House: Sunday, September 7th: 1:30pm to 3:00pm
Possibly the cutest house in Fairmount, seriously. From the cheery yellow downstairs to the tree-shaded back patio, I’m fairly certain this is about the prettiest thing I’ve ever seen! There’s lots of details original to the 1914 construction, but with all the modern updates you could want. I’d consider this a “must see.”

859 N 27th St
4 beds / 3 baths, 1,804 sqft
Open House: Sunday, September 7th: 1:30pm to 2:30pm
This home is as lovely and elegant as a fashion plate, with built-ins and crisp white crown molding galore. Three floors of gracious spaciousness fill the interior, which has been beautifully restored. There’s a back garden through French doors, the perfect space for entertaining. It comes with six months of prepaid parking as an added incentive!

2707 Cambridge St
3 beds / 3 baths
Open House: Sunday, September 7th: 12:00pm to 2:00pm
New construction! A 10-year tax abatement! A roof deck overlooking Brewerytown, easily one of Philly’s most exciting up-and-coming nabes! Complete customization options! It’s hard to speak about this home without abusing exclamation points, that’s for sure. Love the finished basement with heated tile floors, along with just about everything else going on here.

792 N Pennock St #1
2 beds / 1 bath, 1,030 sqft
Open House: Sunday, September 7th: 12:00pm to 1:00pm
This two-level condo in the Art Museum Area offers the best of city life with the quiet and privacy you crave in your personal enclave. It’s ready to shine with a bit of loving care, making it the perfect investment, or just a great bargain to turn into your dream home. I really love the airy light well, which sends sunshine down to the lower level.