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

September 11th, 2014 Frank L. DeFazio Leave A Comment

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

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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.

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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!

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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.

The CENTERfold: Every Little Luxury In Logan Square

September 3rd, 2014 Shannon O'Donnell Comments Off

Be prepared to fall hard for this gorgeous Logan Square townhome, located in Kings Court Mansion. With 4 bedrooms and 4 baths, as well as 4,341 square feet of living space, you are getting an abundance of roomy, open spaciousness so seldom seen in Center City.


For the money, 2132 Race Street is the epitome of livable luxury. This is a home that looks like a million bucks – or, rather, the $2,295,000 for which it is listed – but feels delightfully homey at the same time.


You can’t beat the location, first of all. This home is located on a street lined by mature shade trees, with a private, gated entrance. With a 4-car garage, there are no worries about where to park!


The open floorplan of the first floor shows like a dream! Sun-soaked and perfect for entertaining, you have a broad, open living room and a galley kitchen that overlooks it. If you are the type to have friends over for dinner, you can’t ask for better than this!

With gorgeous, vaulted ceilings and a double-sided fireplace that faces both the living room and deck, this is a combo living/dining space that both invites and delights.


From the living room, you can access the spacious deck through elegant French doors, and discover the ideal spot for either feting your loved ones or enjoying a private piece of heaven overlooking Center City!


The kitchen is a gourmet’s dream, with highest-end Viking/Wolf/Miele appliances, granite countertops and custom cabinetry. It looks as good as it functions, basically.


The rest of the main floor consists of a home office/additional room with private bath, as well as a gym. Climb a level (or take the double-sided elevator!) to the second floor and find the controls to the whole-home entertainment system, or head to the third floor for a peek at two bedrooms with full ensuite baths, as well as additional living space with a second family room.


This home’s master suite is a study in graciousness, with a dressing room, mondo-sexy walk-in closet, a marble-and-onyx tiled bathroom, and balcony!



The whole home features “Smart Home” technology controls, with video cameras at both entrances, along with a state-of-the-art security and sprinkler system. Three-zone heat and central air, a second gas fireplace, Brazilian cherry hardwood floors, vaulted ceilings… need I go on? The amenities just don’t stop.

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This townhome was built in 2006, and there are still about three years left on the original tax abatement! Schedule a showing today, before this dream home becomes just one more lofty Logan Square daydream.

PSA: Center City, You Are Better Than Sh!%%y Photos Like This

September 2nd, 2014 Shannon O'Donnell Comments Off

True story: Frank lets me write just about whatever I want. (He may change that policy after he reads this.) So when I compliment his practices on this blog, it’s solely because I feel like it.

I was browsing Zillow – as a real estate blogger does – this morning, looking for fodder. In my clicky travels, I came across this:


We need some Clorox up in here, STAT!

*As usual, I won’t specify where the offenders live. I’m nothing if not a classy lady.

No, you didn’t just stumble into a WTPhilly post. Why am I blowing up your screen with 614×447 pixels of foul-grouted ugliness, then? It’s to make a point: pictures matter. Truly. (Cleaning does as well, FYI. That should go without saying!)

You’ve read a zillion half-assed HGTV or other home improvement blogs on staging your home for sale, but no amount of strategic prettifying is going to do jack if the person helping you list your home floods the MLS with janky snaps of your dwelling. You don’t need to go all Annie Leibovitz on things, but hopefully your Realtor has an eye for the images that flatter your home.

Like people, most homes have a good side. The art of taking decent real estate pictures is, at its core, pretty simple: make sure there’s ample lighting, ensure that everything looks nice and neat, and shoot the angles that best show off the space. I’m no photographer myself, but I know when I see it whether someone’s put a bit of effort into making a home look nice, or if they are simply half-assing it. That photo above? For more than one reason, it should not have shown up on the listing… which, by the way, was for a fairly nice little house.

I called Frank out at the beginning because his listings always show their best side, thanks to great photography. That’s not to suggest that he has the corner on this market (although he’s pretty amazing… and not just because he pays me), but to point out a nearby example of what works. Because lawd almighty, that one above does not.

/end rant.

Rental Roundup: Fresh Meat Monday (9/1)

September 1st, 2014 Shannon O'Donnell Comments Off

Happy Labor Day, friends! In honor of a spankin’ new month, I have some spankin’ new rental listings for you. If you are hot on the search for a Center City condo, you know who has the goods. (Frank, obvs.)

All these listings have been posted in the past two weeks or so, meaning you should get in for a showing while the getting’s good!

1.) 2029 Montrose St. APT 302
2 beds / 1 bath, 900 sqft
Graduate Hospital, $1,650/month

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Gorgeously renovated unit in an elegant GradHosp brownstone – you’re going to fall hard for this one. With sleek, sexy stainless steel appliances, shining wood floors, and a muted, chic color scheme, there’s an fantastic ultra-modern vibe going on! The building is gated, and each unit is equipped with a video intercom for your safety. High-end finishes and meticulous attention to detail make this a home of which one could be proud.

2.) 542 Sigel St.
3 beds / 1 bath, 1,014 sqft
Pennsport, $1,200/month

Recently renovated, and it shows! I love the light, pretty hardwood floors, brightly updated kitchen, and stunning bathroom in this lovingly-tended unit. Spacious and airy in a fantastic location, this is a home that really has it all. Don’t miss the shaded back patio, which is the perfect place to chill out with a cool drink and relax after a long day.

3.) 159 Parker Ave. #A
2 beds / 1 bath, 1,000 sqft
Northwest Philly, $1,150/month

Hello, north Philly! This rental touts an included washer/dryer, garbage disposal, dishwasher, and central air, along with a roomy, comfortable layout. Pets are allowed with a pet deposit and additional rent per month. You can’t beat the location, which is close and convenient to shopping, dining, and the Ivy Ridge train station.

4.) 1133 Rodman St.
2 beds / 1 bath, 1,000 sqft
Washington Square West, $2,000/month

Newly renovated and conveniently located close to everything you might need, this WSW unit is squeaky-clean and available immediately! Paint, lighting, and floors are new, the gorgeous wood-burning fireplace is original. You’ll adore the back deck (also new!), which looks over an enchanting little patio that’s ideal for entertaining. Central air, garbage disposal, washer/dryer, and so much more.

5.) 38 S 3rd St. #5TH FL
2 beds / 2 baths, 1,000 sqft
Society Hill, $199/day

This one’s a short-term rental, which is a rarity to say the least! With lots of exposed brick and fascinating details (check out that arched doorway with folding doors to the bathroom in the second bedroom – swoon!), this home welcomes short stays that you’ll remember for a long time. There’s an open floor plan, plenty of living space, and central heat/air to keep you comfy both summer and winter.

Rent Chase Utley’s Penthouse at The Ayer for $17,500 per month!

August 29th, 2014 Frank L. DeFazio Comments Off

Philadelphia Phillie Chase Utley’s Penthouse at The Ayer hit the MLS for sale back in October 2013 at an asking price of $4.3 million with condo fees in excess of 4k/month!   Chase, and his wife Jennifer, purchased the condo in June of 2008 for $4.19 million (with a cool $1 mil down).  Unable to find a buyer, the Utley’s recently listed the penthouse condo for rent with an asking price of $17,500/month.

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Of course first, last and security are required!  Scroll down for more pics of the interior!  Check out the entire MLS listing here.

MLS Description

Now available for rent high atop the Ayer building, this rare tri-plex penthouse is a sleek haven in the sky, where unobstructed city views and designer finishes combine to create one of the finest residences in the city. The entire living space was architect-designed and is dramatic yet comfortable, able to accommodate the most private of individuals or those who enjoy entertaining. Dramatic arched windows to the south and west afford hours of sunlit warmth. A calming, contemporary palette of grays and blues and many custom design elements, including superb lighting, audio and Crestron systems, create a living environment to fit one’s mood and mindset. An expanded Bulthaup kitchen with a large island, Miele and Sub-Zero, including a full-size wine storage unit, opens to the main living space with a step-up formal dining room with terrace just beyond. An exquisite table, lit by a smoky quartz chandelier, was made to fit the room and is included. A study, made private with pocket doors, is on the other side of the kitchen. Reached by a custom-crafted stairwell with walnut treads and walls finished in Blue de Savoie marble, the lower level is designed for entertaining and relaxation. The media or second living room is served by a specially designed, “smoked oak” wet bar with Sub-Zero wine chiller, refrigerator and freezer drawers, Fisher-Paykel drawer dishwasher, ample storage and stainless counter and backsplash. Two en suite guest rooms are on this level, with one accessing a terrace. Reachable by stairs or private elevator, the top floor is where a cleverly designed main suite overlooks the main living room via a wall of glass. Two walk-in closets and a modern luxury bath complete this space. There is an additional en suite bedroom and a large laundry room on this floor. All windows in the home are outfitted with motorized window treatments with sun-shade and room darkening options. Two valet parking spaces are included with your rental as well as the 24 hour concierge and doorman services of the Ayer. First, last and security deposit are required.


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Frank L. DeFazio