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Sexy Digs In Fishtown and NoLibs!

October 1st, 2014 Shannon O'Donnell Comments Off

The NoLibs/Fishtown nabe is a happening area. It’s been continually on the rise for a few years, and it’s stuffed with adorable homes. Today, we’re showing off a handful of properties for sale or rent that stand out. Ready to be swooned by some NoLibs knockouts and heaps of Fish-y fab? Of course you are.

1.) 407-409 Poplar Street
4 beds, 3 baths, 3,500 sqft


This chic 4 BR 3 bath custom designed home built in 2008 has a 3,500 sq ft floor plan, a 1+car over size garage and multiple outdoor spaces including rear and side yards, a panoramic roof top deck, 2 bedroom walk outs and a living room balcony.


2.) 1039-55 Frankford Avenue # 207
1 bed, 1.5 baths, 850 sqft

Frankford Lofts Luxury Apartments is a 28 unit apartment building located in the trendy Fishtown neighborhood. All apartments have in unit washers and dryers, spacious closets and LARGE windows. Kitchens feature new, energy-efficient appliances, stainless steel appliances and beautiful granite countertops. Hardwood floors in living/dining areas while the the bedrooms have neutral colored carpeting.


3.) 201 Spring Garden Street
2 beds, 2 baths, 1,200 sqft

Each unit features: washer and dryer, central air and heat, hardwood floors, granite and tiles all throughout the apartment, huge 14 foot ceilings, amazing windows and light, and stainless steel appliances. The location is fabulous; just minutes from Old City or The Piazza.


4.) 1027-31 N. 4th Street # B
1 bed, 1 bath, 625 sqft


This light filled unit has central air and heating, washer and dryer in unit, great closet space and a shared courtyard. Great tree lined street with walking access to a variety of bars, restaurants, shopping, cafes, convenience stores, and much, much more. Easy access to public transportation and parking is available on the street.

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 S. 16th Street #4010 is exceptional, however. It recently hit the market with either a sale or lease option, priced at $1.88 million to buy or $9,000/month to rent.


This corner unit is all about the views. Specifically, 275 degrees of splendid, unobstructed cityscape, all spread out around and below you. Every room features walls of tall, wide windows to capitalize on the exquisite views.

The unit is a roomy 2-bedroom, 3-bath sporting a spacious 1,875 square feet of living space. Every possible upgrade has been lavished upon it, including upgraded mahogany diagonal flooring throughout home, custom lighting, and electric remote control sun shades on the windows.

The kitchen is a gourmet’s dream, with dining directly overlooking a wall of windows, the living room is immense, and there’s a bonus room to use as an office or den.

The master suite is designed to stun, with a massive walk-in closet and ensuite bath. The second bedroom is also roomy, a theme that continues through the entire home.

As if this home weren’t opulent enough, the pampering continues when you walk out the front door. Two Liberty’s world-class amenities are designed to envelope one in the good life. I’m talking private chauffeured driven Mercedes Benz car service, a 24-hour doorman, 24/7 concierge, valet parking, an Owner’s Club/lounge/media room, fitness center with yoga studio, infinity pool, personal trainers, massages, and Daniel Stern’s Signature Restaurant, R2L on the 37th floor overlooking the city.

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 Homes set the standard for exceptional living. Freshly and completely renovated, with wood floors, granite countertops, maple cabinets, and stainless steel appliances. Building amenities include a rooftop deck, sundeck, and 24-hour fitness center with premium equipment. Located between Rittenhouse and Logan Squares, you can’t beat the access to shopping, dining, and entertainment.

2.) One Bedroom: 231 N 3rd St.
1 bath, 560 square feet

Life is sweet at the Chocolate Works in Old City, located on what used to be Confectioners Row. Tall windows afford amazing views of Center City as well as plenty of sunshine, the living area is roomy and accommodating, and the loft bedroom is cozy perfection. You’ll love the design, the location, and just about everything about living here!

3.) Two Bedroom: 830 S. Howard St. #2
1 bath

A super pretty entrance off a gracious brick courtyard welcomes you home in this Pennsport unit! I love the brick building and, best of all, the one-car garage parking! You’ll enjoy the sliding door access to your own balcony, along with the roominess and the fact that a washer and dryer are included with the home.

4.) Three Bedroom: 2515 Carpenter St.
1.5 baths, 876 square feet

Hardwood floors and great lighting distinguish this Graduate Hospital unit, which is just the right combination of spacious and cozy. You’ll appreciate the convenience of an additional half bath! The kitchen sports beautiful wood cabinets and updated features.

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!


Hello, gorgeous!

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 sport three bedrooms and three full baths.

- The four story models will boast three bedrooms, a study, and 2.5 baths.

- Four corner units are available (obviously).

- Each home will have a finished basement and a one-car G-A-R-A-G-E… need I say more?


I’ve seen the plans, and these homes are super sexy. I’m talking wide-plank hardwood floors, kitchens trimmed to the max with stainless, wood cabinets, and granite, and a dreamy master suite with walk-closet and an ensuite bath featuring designer finishes and a dual vanity! The living room is open-plan. As an added bonus, each unit comes with a rooftop deck sporting gorg views of Center City all around.

Right outside your front door? Walking access to some of the hottest spots in the nabe, including Honey’s, PYT, Frankford Hall, Silk City, Memphis Taproom, Cantina Dos Segundos, Barcdade, Pizza Brain, Fette Sau, and Johnny Brendas.

More things to know:

- The developers have applied for a 10-year tax abatement.

- There will be a “small annual fee” for driveway maintenance; amount TBD.

- Finishing samples will be available in the developer’s office as of October 15th.


The artist’s renderings are in, and it’s plain to see that these homes will offer gracious living at its best.

Excited yet? You should be. If you want to know more or want to make sure that you are first on the list to score one of these sweet nests, get in touch with the boss man. Otherwise, keep checking back for updates!

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 hit of sunlight because there’s more pane for your money, so to speak. Plus, they look absolutely adorable when decking out the front of a home. I took a quick minute and found three examples of homes on the market with cute bay windows, so you have a visual reference for these swoonworthy details.

770-78 3rd Street #776 (Queen Village)
2 beds / 2 baths, 1,250 sq. ft.


Stately and brick-clad, this home was pretty enough without the extra bonus of the double bay windows!

Original Description: Located in the heart of Queen Village only steps away from the famous Dmitri’s restaurant… This spacious and unique condo has plenty of closet space and also a full basement for storage and laundry. New windows throughout new roof and plenty of unique detail make this condo feel like the perfect home. * This condo IS FHA approved.

2521 Parrish Street (Art Museum Area)
3 beds / 1 bath, 1,200 sq. ft.


This is a window that distinguishes itself for sure!

Original Description: Welcome home to this elegant, spacious and bright 3 bedroom Townhome in the sought after Fairmount/Art Museum area; situated directly across the street from the charming neighborhood gardens and within walking distance to everything. The current owner’s meticulous care is evident throughout this wonderfully restored and renovated home.

2024 Delancey Street #FL 1st (Rittenhouse Square)
2 beds / 1 bath, 1,200 sq. ft.


Just look at this one – the elegance you expect from Rittenhouse Square, with a great front view of Delancey Street. Heavenly!

Original Description: Located on Rittenhouse Squares Premier Block. This lovely 1bdrm plus den apartment offers a separate entrance PLUS PARKING grand open Living Room with soaring ceiling. A large Master Bedroom with beautiful hardwood floors and with a south facing bay window and a den/smaller bedroom with hard wood floors and with an original stained glass window. Unit includes a washer and dryer. Also features 1 car parking with access from inside the unit and extra storage space in the basement included.

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 space, it puts one more in mind of a standalone manse than a traditional townhome.

Rising four stories above Spruce Street, it stands out even among the fabulous millionaires’ nests for which the area is known.

Built in 1864, this home wears its Civil War-era pedigree proudly on its sleeve with original moldings, genteel arched doorways, and the kind of staircase that makes an impression! Don’t worry overmuch about too much climbing, though – there’s also an elevator with a dignified brass door.

The first thing one notices about this home: it’s absolutely flooded with bright natural light. Its tall windows reach high for the lofty ceilings, letting in all that warm sunshine.

Inlaid hardwood floors and elegantly coffered walls distinguish the living spaces, along with elaborately-detailed fireplaces.

There’s a picture book-worthy garden, accessible through French doors off the formal dining room. Sun-soaked and landscaped to perfection, it’s the perfect spot to sip tea, read a book, or simply daydream the afternoon away.

The galley kitchen is a gourmet dream, with spotless stainless steel appliances and plenty of room for eating in.

The master bedroom is a spacious luxury retreat, with “his and her” en suite baths, a bay window, and a sitting room, as well as near-endless closet space.

There are three other bedrooms, as well as a great room for bonus living space!

The rooftop deck offers southeast and western exposures, as well as sweeping Center City views. There’s plenty of room to cook out and entertain, which you’ll love to do on balmy evenings.

As an additional perk, there’s also a two-car garage!

This home was listed five days ago at $3,750,000. With its balance of classic beauty and fantastic amenities, I doubt it will last.

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 these could be just the home for you!

315 New Street, Apt. 222 (Old City)
2 bedroom / 2 bathroom, 804 sq.ft.


Why You’ll Love It: Southern exposures mean great natural light, beautiful hardwood floors throughout (with new tile in the kitchen!), high ceilings, exposed brick, updated kitchen and bathrooms. The BridgeView building boasts a 24/7 doorman, courtyard with gazebo, community rooftop deck, and great access to shopping, dining, entertainment, and commuting. Seller is offering a year of prepaid parking with an acceptable offer!

708 S. Perth Street, #A (Bella Vista)
1 bedroom / 1 bathroom, 667 sq.ft.


Why You’ll Love It: Three-level Trinity home with the advantage of additional basement level! Great location off Cianfrani Park, hardwood floors and fireplace in the living room, updated kitchen with Corian countertops, spa-style bathroom, security system, electric skylight, central air!

2401 Pennsylvania Avenue, #9A (Spring Garden)
1 bedroom / 1 bathroom, 1,262 sq.ft.


Why You’ll Love It: Oversized, gracious unit overlooks the Art Museum, with abundant natural light and great views! Huge living room with custom, built-in bookshelves and sliding-door access to a shaded balcony with breathtaking cityscape panorama, fully updated kitchen, and vast, airy bedroom. The Philadelphian offers a 24/7 doorman, optional pool and fitness center access, heaps of on-site amenities, and shuttle service all over the city.

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.
OPEN HOUSE: Sunday, September 21st: 2:00pm to 4:00pm


living room

Very spacious 3 bed, 2 bath home across from a park. Enter through vestibule with glass tile floor into living room with refinished random-width pine floors and high ceilings. Straight through to separate dining room with hardwood floors, large closet, and open window pass-through to kitchen. Large, retro eat-in kitchen just waiting for your own stamp. Rear exit from kitchen to large yard with beautiful garden and wall of ivy.

919 League St
3 beds / 1 bath, 1,116 sqft.
OPEN HOUSE: Sunday, September 21st: 12:00pm to 2:00pm

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Awesome opportunity to own a three bedroom house in Bella Vista/Italian Market area. This property is on a beautiful tree-lined street with easy access to public transportation, the Italian market, restaurants, Bella Vista, Passyunk Square, bakeries, and a short ride to Center City. Extremely well-maintained.

942 S 8th St
3 beds / 1 bath, 1,632 sqft.
OPEN HOUSE: Sunday, September 21st: 11:00am to 12:30pm



Located in Bella Vista within walking distance to the Italian Market, Passyunk Square and Queen Village, this home boasts 1600+ sq. ft. of charming, cottage-like space, complete with original and unique hardwood flooring and fixtures. First floor has an open feel with large eat-in kitchen, separate laundry room and quaint private back patio. Second floor has two bedrooms with ample closet space, and large full bathroom. Third floor is a spacious, open master bedroom with exposed brick wall, plenty of closet space, and offers the size to arrange to your own needs and taste. Features include new central A/C, new windows, and a basement for storage.

1011 E Passyunk Ave
2 beds / 1 bath, 1,173 sqft.
OPEN HOUSE: Sunday, September 21st 2:30pm to 3:30pm


living room

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The home is in excellent move-in condition with newer windows, newer central air, deck, exposed brick in living room, kitchen, entire staircase, and master bedroom.

517 Wharton St
3 beds / 3 baths, 1,904 sqft.
OPEN HOUSE: Sunday, September 21st: 12:00pm to 1:00pm



Completely renovated 3 bedroom, 2.5 bath abode with finished basement, separate dining room, all new kitchen and baths, beautiful wood floors and carpeting throughout, crown molding, chair rail molding and fantastic scale and light all located in the north end of Pennsport/Italian Market area! Security gate with custom door entrance. Located on a fantastic block, convenient to everything – don’t miss!

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 appliances all day (not even the most jaded NoLibs hipster has that much existential ennui!).

It’s a misconception that you need to spend big money to have a dreamy kitchen. Center City kitchens tend to be pretty sweet on the whole, and there are definitely sweet spaces to be found at every price point. Today, I’m showing off five awesome kitchens in homes that cost under $600k, because you should know that they are available. Let’s get cookin’, shall we?

666 N 8th Street

“The gourmet kitchen includes granite countertops, shaker style cabinets, glass backsplash, and stainless steel appliances. A half bath with tile floor off the kitchen. The large kitchen opens into the living space which gets great natural light.”


1500 Chestnut Street APT 10A

“An open-layout gourmet kitchen boasts POGGENPOHL cabinets stainless steel appliances rich granite countertops and a convenient breakfast bar.”


2206 Brandywine Street

“An impressive gourmet open kitchen with large island, glass tile backsplash, SS gas appliances, built-in wine cooler, beautiful black granite countertops overlooks the spectacular brick-paved garden!”


1824 Montrose Street

“The gourmet kitchen is complete with granite counter tops stainless steel appliances and a small breakfast bar.”


1352 South Street UNIT 210

“The gourmet kitchen has ample storage and is perfect for entertaining with its large granite island open to the living room.”

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