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Just Sold: 2119 S. 13th Street, Philadelphia, PA 19148

April 17th, 2014 Frank L. DeFazio Leave A Comment

2119 S. 13th Street, Philadelphia, PA 19148

Just Sold: $261,500

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Well maintained duplex. first floor has one bedroom with laundry dry room and large yard. Second floor has two bedrooms, kitchen and one full bath. Nice deck overlooking yard.

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

888.308.1148  Fax

www.CenterCityTeam.com

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Just Sold: 165 Sigel Street, Philadelphia, PA 19148

April 17th, 2014 Frank L. DeFazio Leave A Comment

165 Sigel Street, Philadelphia, PA 19148

Just Sold: $159,900

Pennsport home offers brick front with large bow window, living room separate dining room, eat in kitchen with rear yard. Second floor houses master bedroom with closet, rear bedroom with closet, large bath with laundry area. Basement used for storage and mechanicals.

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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
888.308.1148  Fax
www.CenterCityTeam.com

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

Bigger, Bicoastal Made In America Will Again Rock Labor Day Weekend

April 17th, 2014 Shannon O'Donnell Leave A Comment

East Coast? West Coast? It ain’t a thing, baby.

Jay-Z’s groundbreaking Made In America festival is returning to the Ben Franklin Parkway this year for the third Labor Day weekend in a row. This time, however, the music’s going bicoastal. Touting the tagline, “Two Cities / One Weekend,” the festival will simultaneously rock Philly and Los Angeles on August 30th and 31st.

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Land of the free, Hov’ of the brave: Jay-Z chats up director Ron Howard during the filming of the 2012 Made In America festival documentary in Philadelphia. Photo: Billboard.com

The fest, which is organized by Live Nation, sponsored by Budweiser, and curated by Jay-Z, was the subject of a Showtime doc following the music industry renaissance man’s journey to bring an eclectic lineup of rock, EDM, hip-hop, pop, and R&B to Philadelphia. A huge success in its first and second years – attendance skyrocketed by 100% between 2012 and 2013 – all indications show that Young Hov’s dream of an eminently accessible, gender-inclusive community celebration of music will flourish once again.

Each city’s fest will feature a distinct lineup, neither of which has yet been announced. Last year’s bill featured Deadmau5, Nine Inch Nails, and Phoenix as headliners. Kanye West Jill Scott, Passion Pit, and Pearl Jam graced the stage(s) during the inaugural year. As for Jay-Z himself, reputable industry gossip has him joining his (sexy, fierce, wig-snatchin’, drunk-in-love, transcendent goddess) wife Beyonce – also a 2013 MIA mainstage act – on a 20-stop double headliner tour this summer. Will Madame and Monsieur Carter be gracing Philly with their combined badassery before Labor Day? It remains to be seen.

Two-day passes to Philly’s Made In America festival are currently available for pre-order on the MIA official website for $99.95.

Just Sold: 314 S. Iseminger Street, Philadelphia, PA

April 16th, 2014 Frank L. DeFazio Leave A Comment

314 S. Iseminger Street, Philadelphia, PA

Just Sold: $602,000

Why live in a narrow, vertical home when you can live in this 22 feet wide, 40 feet deep, 2bed/3bath home with spacious side yard and large roof deck that has been meticulously renovated and cared for. First floor contains living room w/ fireplace, dining area, large kitchen with high end finishes including built in sub zero fridge and side yard with plenty of space for grill and table. Venture to the 2nd floor via the STRAIGHT STAIRCASE (no spirals) and arrive at a large 2nd floor family room with adjoining full bath (easily converted to a 3rd bedroom) and guest bedroom with renovated en suite bath. 3rd floor features large master bedroom with private Bath, cathedral ceilings, exposed joists and 250sqft roof deck overlooking your quiet, private Washington Square West neighborhood. Everything in this home has been recently updated (exterior, roof, basement, electrical, chimney, kitchens, and baths) so you can enjoy years of maintenance free living! This home won’t last long.

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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

888.308.1148  Fax

www.CenterCityTeam.com

Visit the CenterCityTeam.com Philadelphia Condo Directory for luxury condos like the Residences at the Ritz Carlton, The Murano, 10 Rittenhouse, 410 at Society Hill, and the Western Union Building

 

The CENTERfold: A Light, Bright Loft

April 16th, 2014 Shannon O'Donnell Leave A Comment

You can’t beat factory conversions for personality, and this week’s Loft District stunner is no exception. Don’t take my word for it – just ask HGTV, which hand-picked 428-40 N 13th St 6C as a contender for a recent episode of House Hunters!

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Stunning, wide-open living space… everything you love about Big Apple lofts, combined with everything else that makes Philly way better. ;)

Glorious city views shine though northern and eastern exposures! Convenient, on-the-rise location puts you within a stone’s throw of SEPTA, Reading Terminal Market, and the planned Reading Viaduct Park. The Loft District / Callowhill is fast becoming Center City’s place to be, with an undeniably hip je ne sais quois that beckons the most youthful, artsy, and forward-thinking of Philly’s professionals.

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Steps lead to the mezzanine level.

The building was a garment factory in a past life, and this bi-level 2/2 corner unit bears unique, nifty reminders of this fact. Exposed ducts and joists crisscross high ceilings, leaving the living space open and full of sunlight. A reclaimed sliding fire door opens into the master bedroom. You get all the appeal of an almost 100-year-old home, with the sleek modernity of a stylish NYC-style loft.

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Pretty sharp for a building celebrating its centennial this year, yes?

There’s plenty of up-to-date creature comforts here. The kitchen is gleaming, and sports custom cabinets, concrete countertops, and brand-new stainless appliances. The master bath is equally tricked out with Italian tile, a frameless glass shower, and a double vanity.

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How amazing is this door? (The only answer is “very!”)

Oh, and did I mention that there’s parking? There is totally parking.

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Well hello, gorgeous.

This factory-fresh loft can be all yours for $379,000, with monthly condo fees of $202, parking fee of $50 / monthly, and annual taxes of just $1,800. Check out the video tour of these sexy digs here.

Just Sold: 169 Kalos Street, Philadelphia, PA 19128

April 15th, 2014 Frank L. DeFazio Leave A Comment

169 Kalos Street, Philadelphia, PA 19128

Just Sold: $235,900

LOCATION, LOCATION! Wissahickon twin , park & train station, right out your front door. Spacious, bright & move in condition. Double wide lot with plenty of off street parking and huge rear yard. Open floor plan on main level, hardwood floors in living room and dining room. Extra roomy eat-in-kitchen featuring custom built cabinets, laundry room off of kitchen and convenient new bath with tile floor. Nice sized bedrooms with plenty of closet space. Full basement for extra storage. Rare opportunity in a desirable neighborhood. Close to East Falls restaurants and Main Street Manayunk. Centrally located to major roads, college universities and Center City.

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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
888.308.1148  Fax
www.CenterCityTeam.com

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

 

Just Sold: 914 S. 20th, Philadelphia, PA 19146

April 15th, 2014 Frank L. DeFazio Leave A Comment

914 S. 20th, Philadelphia, PA 19146

Just Sold: $535,000

 

Beautiful, light filled 3 Bedroom, 3.5 Bath home with 1 CAR GARAGE in the Graduate Hospital area. A gallery like Hall leads to a first floor Bedroom/Office with an adjacent full Bathroom and French doors that access a private outdoor patio and tranquil rock garden. Off the Bedroom, a large Basement is ready to finish with high ceilings or ideal for storage. An over sized staircase off the main hall leads to the main living area featuring a Living room, Dining area, Powder room and Kitchen; the perfect layout for entertaining with high ceilings, hardwood floors and abundant natural light. Gorgeous L-shaped Kitchen with bar seating, Honey stained cabinetry, granite counters and Stainless Steel appliances. The third floors boasts TWO Bedroom suites and share a very convenient Laundry area. Each has their own full Bath, soaring vaulted ceilings, double skylights and ample closet space. Tax abatement: 3 yrs remain. Walk to local restaurants and cafes’!

 

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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
888.308.1148  Fax
www.CenterCityTeam.com

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

Get In the Swing With Jazz Festival This Weekend

April 15th, 2014 Shannon O'Donnell Leave A Comment

Have any plans this weekend? Let’s assume the answer is “yes” – the third annual Center City Jazz Festival is going down this Saturday, and you won’t want to miss the chance to take in all the best music that the city has to offer.

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Center City music lovers are in for a treat this Saturday. Photo: CCJF

Sixteen acts will be performing at four local venues over the course of six hours this Saturday, April 19th. One ticket ($15) gets you admission to Chris’ Jazz Cafe, Time Restaurant, Fergie’s Pub and Milkboy, where a diverse lineup of bluesy, soulful, jazzy geniuses will keep the music going from 1pm until 7pm. All the venues are within close walking distance of each other. Saturday’s forecast is looking cloudy, but dry – everything is in place for an amazing event.

The Jazz Festival was the brainchild of trombone maestro Ernest Stuart, who raised over seventeen thousand dollars in Kickstarter crowdfunding to inaugurate the event in 2012. In many ways, the festival is still very much a work in development. Last year, the festival encompassed multiple days and a handful of headliners. This year, organizers opted to winnow the fest down to a single day, with a bumper crop of local and independent artists that represent what Stuart calls “real jazz.” Whether you are a major musical enthusiast out to revel in real talent or a jazz newb, the event aims to furnish a master class in outstanding tunes.

As the years go on, it will be interesting to watch the Jazz Festival find its footing and develop new traditions. In the meantime, here’s to an Easter weekend that’s sure to bring some swing to the spring.

Big Lights, Center City

April 14th, 2014 Shannon O'Donnell Leave A Comment

A gaggle of futuristic digital signage might soon be its their way to Center City.

Catalyst Outdoors has drafted legislation that would create a “digital district” of “urban experiential displays,” or UEDs. This is, as close as I can guess, fancy developer-speak for “really fancy 3D billboards.” Natalie Kostelni, Catalyst rep, cheerily informed press late last week that the signs would communicate news, public service announcements, and advertising – mostly the latter.

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Insert your own “Days of Our Lives” joke here: an artist’s rendering of a Market Street UED is plenty shiny and in-your-face. Photo: Catalyst Outdoors

There are two ways of looking at the UEDs. On one hand, they are kind of a garish exemplification of rampant consumerism and blazing light pollution – and the NIMBY crowd are already hot on that bandwagon, trust – but, on the other, the displays are undeniably really cool. Artist renderings showed three initial launching points for the signs: a musical staff mounted above the Avenue of the Arts, a massive globe atop a two-story hand jutting from the sidewalk of Arch Street and a giant-sized hourglass perched on a parking garage ledge on Market Street.

Thanks to boundless creativity and the magic of computer animation, the messages displayed can be made to swirl, flash, drip (through the hourglass), and undulate in high-res full color. The whole shebang is, inarguably, a bit lurid in a Times Square-y kind of way. The architectural snobbery society is pretty much “hell to the no” on the issue, but c’mon… old/new fusion is A Thing, and I’m sort of digging the combo of historic facades and flashy signage We’re an international city, and maybe this is one of those “get with the times” wake-up calls.

It remains to be seen whether the City Council will be wooed by the whiz-bang innovation of the UEDs, which would cost a cool $2 mil apiece but, as per the proposal, generate millions for Center City businesses over the course of the signs’ lifespans. It’s important to note that council members are, as of right now, keeping mum on the matter – nobody has yet agreed to formally introduce the legislation. If Catalyst gets the green light, Philadelphia would be the first city in North America to feature the displays.

Are we not info-tained, Center City? Let’s hear what you have to say about this whole “digital district” thing.

Just Listed: 428-40 N 13th St 6C, Philadelphia, PA 19123

April 12th, 2014 Frank L. DeFazio Leave A Comment

428-40 N 13th St 6C, Philadelphia, PA 19123

Asking $379,000

Stunning, bi-level 2 bed, 2 bath corner unit with PARKING located in a former garment factory in the Loft District. This meticulously renovated, 100% custom, top floor loft features breathtaking city exposures facing North and East, high ceilings, exposed ducts, exposed joists, beautiful hardwood flooring, exceptionally appointed living and entertaining spaces and two walls of over-sized windows that flood the condo with natural sunlight. Gourmet kitchen boasts new stainless steel Whirlpool appliances, custom cabinets,industrial lighting and island with concrete counters. Main level bedroom features reclaimed fire door, and en suite full bath with double vanity and washer/dryer. Mezzanine level bedroom overlooks the living space and features custom hardwood wall, and a spa-like bath with frameless glass shower, double vanity, 12 x 24 Italian tile and designer fixtures. This unique home is perfect for entertaining and located in a neighborhood featuring Café Lift, Bufad, and Prohibition Taproom. Building has direct access to planned Reading Viaduct Park. Easy access to major highways, Spring Garden stop of the Broad Street line, SEPTA, Reading Terminal Market and all of the restaurants, boutiques and nightlife Philadelphia has to offer. Some furnishings available for purchase. Garage parking fee $50/month. Low condo fess of $202/month and low taxes of approx $1800/year. Home recently featured HGTV’s House Hunters!

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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
888.308.1148  Fax
www.CenterCityTeam.com

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