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Just Reduced: 2200 Arch St Unit #208, Philadelphia, PA 19103

November 11th, 2016 Frank L. DeFazio Comments Off on Just Reduced: 2200 Arch St Unit #208, Philadelphia, PA 19103

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Just Reduced for Rent: $2900/mo

CAN’T MISS this one-of-a-kind unit in a great building at 2200 Arch Condominiums! Fully equipped with 24 hour doorman, fitness center, and parking this building has it all! Not to mention its walkability to 30th Street Station, Rittenhouse Square, Art Museum and Trader Joe’s in just minutes! This New York style loft is one of the few in the building that has three bedrooms, all of which are private! The master suite on the 2nd level has its own full bath with marble vanity and tiling along with a walk-in closet. Jacuzzi tub in hall bath. Custom overhead track lighting throughout the entire unit along with a custom kitchen island sets this apart from the rest. Bosch washer/dryer in hallway and stainless steel appliances as well! Dramatic ceilings in the great room with breathtaking views of center city top it all off! Deeded one car parking with rental. Tenant pays electric, cable/internet. Move in fee $200 + $300 refundable deposit.

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Frank L. DeFazio, JD (previously licensed to practice law in PA/NJ)
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
Frank@CenterCityTeam.com
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What Should Lego Philadelphia Look Like?

November 11th, 2016 Shannon O'Donnell Comments Off on What Should Lego Philadelphia Look Like?

Who didn’t grow up playing with Lego bricks? This perennially-popular toy is a favorite with children and grownups alike… you can build just about anything, and the possibilities for creativity and self-expression are boundless. Surely you’ve seen massive displays made out of Legos – I know at Disney Springs I came face-to-face with a life-sized red dragon emerging from the water, all made of the buildable bricks. Lego has long been associated with thinking big, and now the company is inviting your input on its latest HUGE project – a model of the city of Philadelphia, to be installed at the new Legoland Discovery Center Philadelphia, coming in spring of 2017 to the Plymouth Meeting Mall.

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Lego bricks will come to life in a replica of Philadelphia, as seen in this example of a Legoland Miniland.

The Discovery Center’s Facebook page shared a ballot where entrants could vote for their favorite Philadelphia landmarks to be constructed in Lego bricks for the Philadelphia Miniland. According to UPI.com, “The page shared links encouraging residents to write in locations such as the Liberty Bell, City Hall and popular Philly Cheesesteak restaurants The Original Pat’s King of Steaks and Geno’s Steaks.” Just think of the possibilities! You could pick the Betsy Ross house or even your favorite SEPTA station. Philadelphia’s a big city, so there are plenty of potential landmarks.

The Legoland Discovery Center is intended for kids between the ages of three and ten. The new Philadelphia location broke ground in late October. The Miniland will be made of over a million colorful Lego bricks! It will be the centerpiece of a special place for kids that features “a world of creativity, color and building fun in the ultimate indoor LEGO playground.” There will be a 4-D theater, and building and play areas stocked with thousands of Legos for projects limited only by the imagination.

I’ll keep you updated when I find out more about which Philly landmarks make it to the Lego Miniland!

 

Protests in Center City Lash Back at Trump Presidency

November 10th, 2016 Shannon O'Donnell Comments Off on Protests in Center City Lash Back at Trump Presidency

Citizens of the United States are mad over the election of Donald Trump, as the sheer number of protests coast to coast showed yesterday and last night. Trump won the Electoral College, but Hillary Clinton won the popular vote, one fact that inflamed protesters. There is also the fact that Trump has made sexist, racist, and generally bigoted comments throughout the candidacy process.

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Anti-Trump protesters took to the streets of Center City to rail against the president-elect.

Protesters took to the streets of Center City around 7 in the evening, according to NBC 10. Some of the groups marching were Socialist Alternative Philadelphia, 15 Now Philadelphia, 15 Now Temple University, and Movement for the 99%. They were joined by other local groups and lone activists. Protesters said that they were united by feelings of unrest and anger at the results of the presidential election.

“Trump ran on a right populist platform propped up by racism, xenophobia, sexism, and anti-LGBTQ sentiments, but the Democratic Party clearly showed that it could not provide solutions for the problems facing the country,” an event organizer wrote. “This event calls for a united movement of the 99% to defeat the right and build real working class power. Joined together we can show that these racist, sexist, oppressive ideas have no place in our society.”

The protest started across from City Hall, then protesters walked for two hours down Broad Street, through Temple University, west on Lehigh and down 17th and Colorado streets. Police in cars and on bikes followed the mass of people, creating rolling closures on certain streets. Just to make it clear what they were about, protesters shouted “not my president” and “enough is enough.” Their chanting could be heard from blocks away.
UPenn students also organized in a solidarity march against Trump. About five hundred strong, they gathered to attend an open discussion on the university campus and unite in their concerns.

Election 2016: Time to Vote, Philadelphia!

November 8th, 2016 Shannon O'Donnell Comments Off on Election 2016: Time to Vote, Philadelphia!

By this time tomorrow – barring any Electoral College craziness a la Bush v. Gore in 2000 – the dust will have settled and America will have voted for a new president. Today is the big day, and nothing else matters… not the pollsters nonstop TV chatter, not the celebrity endorsements, not the brouhaha over e-mail leaks and lewd comments. Now is the time for all adult Americans to turn out and vote for their choice of this country’s next leader. Pennsylvania is considered a serious prize in this election, with 20 electoral votes, so believe me when I tell you that your vote matters.

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Today’s Election Day and it’s time to vote! Do you have your sticker yet?

Democratic presidential hopeful Hillary Clinton is obviously aware that Pennsylvania – and, specifically, Philadelphia – matters. Yesterday she made one final appearance in the City of Brotherly Love, a place where she has stumped repeatedly over the last few months, and the place where she accepted her party’s nomination at the Democratic National Committee. Clinton was joined by her husband, former president Bill Clinton, as well as current president Barack Obama, in an event that could only be called historic – where else could one get the chance to see two presidents and one very possible one all in one place?

The line to see the star-studded trio snaked two miles down the South Philly sidewalks, said CBS Philly. Thousands waited happily in the line, chatting with one another as they slowly moved towards the event. Even those without tickets who had no chance of getting in couldn’t help but be excited on this most exciting of days, the eve of Election Day. Polls show Pennsylvania swinging blue by a slim margin, a margin that Hillary and presidents Clinton and Obama are undoubtedly looking to widen. Only time will tell.

Now is the time to get out and vote! SEPTA nixed the strike, so you don’t have any excuse not to go. Whether you are pro-Clinton or pro-Trump, let your voice be heard.

Just Reduced: 4724 Silverwood St, Philadelphia, PA 19128

November 8th, 2016 Frank L. DeFazio Comments Off on Just Reduced: 4724 Silverwood St, Philadelphia, PA 19128

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Just Reduced: $231,000

Wonderful Single Family home in great condition w/fenced in yard and front porch. Walk-in to your cherry, bright living room which leads into a spacious dining room and kitchen. Some features in the kitchen include: cherry cabinets, dishwasher and new refrigerator. Laundry room with washer/dryer is on 1st floor along with a powder room. Enjoy a barbecue on your landscaped yard and covered porch. 2nd Floor: 3 bedrooms, 1 bathroom, cedar walk-in closet in hallway. Walk up a flight of steps to the 4th bedroom/loft. This location provides ample street and also off-street parking in the rear, close to Main Street and Ridge Avenue and the best Manayunk has to offer. Home is ready for you to move into.

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Frank L. DeFazio, JD (previously licensed to practice law in PA/NJ)
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
Frank@CenterCityTeam.com
www.CenterCityTeam.com
PA License # RS299840
Click Here to get your home’s value instantly for free!
Over 48 Million in 2014 sales!
2015, 2014 “America’s Best Real Estate Agents” a prestigious national award by Real Trends, Trulia and Zillow recognized in the Wall Street Journal

Transit Strike Ends in Time for Election Day

November 7th, 2016 Shannon O'Donnell Comments Off on Transit Strike Ends in Time for Election Day

Good news for the commuters of Philly who have been Uber’ing, walking, riding bikes, or stuck in gridlocked traffic for the past week – the SEPTA strike is (unofficially) over. TWU Local 234 announced on Twitter earlier this morning that a “tentative agreement” had been struck, and that bus, subway, and trolley service would re-commence later today.

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An agreement between SEPTA and the transit union has ensured that all voters will be able to get to the polls on Election Day.

The news comes none too soon, as SEPTA and city officials had been fretting over the likelihood that the transit strike would prevent voters from getting to the polls on Election Day tomorrow. SEPTA previously announced that it was ready and willing to petition the courts to get transit moving again before Tuesday so that voters could do their civic duty.

“The City has a legal responsibility to ensure that Philadelphians can exercise their constitutional right to vote,’ SEPTA said in a statement announcing a requested injunction to force workers back behind the wheel. “Though there are extensive efforts to minimize the effect of any transit strike on Election Day, unquestionably, such an Election-Day strike will make it practically impossible for many Philadelphians to participate in this election.”

SEPTA’s 4,700 unionized workers have been on strike for six days protesting the terms of a new contract being drawn up with the Southeastern Pennsylvania Transportation Authority over issues like break allowances and pay rates. SEPTA provides an estimated one million rides to commuters every day, so the level of inconvenience for citizens of the City of Brotherly Love was off the proverbial charts.

SEPTA Chairman Pat Deon spoke favorable about the proposed agreement, which must be ratified by the union and approved by SEPTA’s executive board before it is finalized. “We believe this agreement is fair to our employees, and to the fare-paying customers and taxpayers who fund SEPTA,” Deon said. “It provides for wage increases, pension improvements, and maintains health care coverage levels while addressing rising costs.”

Just Listed: 1006 N 5th St Unit #1, Philadelphia, PA 19123

November 7th, 2016 Frank L. DeFazio Comments Off on Just Listed: 1006 N 5th St Unit #1, Philadelphia, PA 19123

1006 N. 5th St

Just Listed: $225,000

Bi-level 1 bedroom and 1.5 bathroom condo located in the Philadelphia neighborhood known as Northern Liberties. This trendy and quirky area contains a network of bars, restaurants and boutiques within the neighborhood (Girard Avenue and Callowhill Street North/South; the Delaware River and Sixth Street East/West). It is also located in one of the most coveted zip codes within the city limits.This property is newly renovated with a modern design and premium upgrades. This includes but is not limited to stainless steel appliances, reclaimed wood accents, imported Italian tiles and solid Absolute Black granite countertops. Enter the unit directly into the living room with adjoining kitchen presented in an open floor plan. This spacious first floor has soaring 12-foot ceilings with large casement windows and contemporary accents. Follow the spiral staircase to the sizable master bedroom complete with the ensuite powder room and separate laundry room. The bamboo hardwood present throughout the entire home ties everything together.The conservative price point as well as low condo fees are surprising for such a well designed property in a sought after neighborhood. The building is located close to all shops, cafes, and restaurants with public transportation readily available. The condo has a small outdoor common area accessible directly from the unit. The premium nature will offer the buyer a unique opportunity to use the condo as a primary residence or investment property.

 

Frank L. DeFazio, JD (previously licensed to practice law in PA/NJ)
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
Frank@CenterCityTeam.com
www.CenterCityTeam.com
PA License # RS299840
Click Here to get your home’s value instantly for free!
Over 48 Million in 2014 sales!
2015, 2014 “America’s Best Real Estate Agents” a prestigious national award by Real Trends, Trulia and Zillow recognized in the Wall Street Journal

Just Listed: 3420 W Queen Ln, Philadelphia, PA 19129

November 4th, 2016 Frank L. DeFazio Comments Off on Just Listed: 3420 W Queen Ln, Philadelphia, PA 19129

3420 W. Queen

Just  Listed: $299,000

Welcome to this charming West Queen Tudor Revival home on arguably the best block in East Falls, lined with mature Sycamore trees. This home features many upgrades such as a new kitchen, deck, and California Closets throughout. Enter through your large brick front porch into a spacious living room and formal dining room with original oak hardwood floors throughout. Finished basement with side by side washer dryer and one car GARAGE. Upstairs are three spacious bedrooms with great light exposure. This home is a short walk to the Regional Rail line, Kelly Drive and it’s trails, and close to many local restaurants, and downtown Philadelphia.

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Frank L. DeFazio, JD (previously licensed to practice law in PA/NJ)
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
Frank@CenterCityTeam.com
www.CenterCityTeam.com
PA License # RS299840
Click Here to get your home’s value instantly for free!
Over 48 Million in 2014 sales!
2015, 2014 “America’s Best Real Estate Agents” a prestigious national award by Real Trends, Trulia and Zillow recognized in the Wall Street Journal

Frustration Mounts as SEPTA Strike Enters Day 3

November 3rd, 2016 Shannon O'Donnell Comments Off on Frustration Mounts as SEPTA Strike Enters Day 3

Frustration is the name of the game for commuters in Philadelphia, who are being stymied by a lack of transportation options while SEPTA remains on strike. The Southeastern Pennsylvania Transportation Authority is not operating its buses, subways, or trolleys while workers strike over what they say are unfair wages and working conditions. Meanwhile, residents of the City of Brotherly Love are stuck with limited options to get themselves and their families to work and school.

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In this CNN photo, 38-year-old Nafis Mumin rides his young son’s bike to work during the SEPTA strike.

CNN reports that traffic has been gridlocked nearly ’round-the-clock as more cars take to the streets than would usually. Parking is nearly impossible to find. And that’s for the lucky folks who actually have their own cars. Area taxi and Uber drivers are reporting a high level of frustration in their fares, people who don’t have the time to sit in traffic or the money to be paying to get around. One local cab driver, Syed Badshah, has seen at least two customers ask to be let out early because the rising meter was getting too high for them. He says he did offer to turn off the meter and get them to where they needed to go.

Meanwhile, classrooms at area schools (including Temple University) sit half-empty as some students simply cannot make it to class. SEPTA operated school buses for the Philadelphia school system; with the union on strike, parents are left scrambling for ways to get their kids to school in seemingly-impossible traffic – or resorting to not bringing them at all. As for the collegians, they face the same challenges as workers.

Some are turning to long bicycle rides as the alternative to getting around the city. Philadelphia has stocked its bike-sharing stations with more bikes than it does usually, but some folks are turning to what they already have, including bicycles belonging to their children.

Concerns about Election Day, just five days away, have been widespread. SEPTA says that it will petition the courts to force workers back to the job if it means getting voters to the polls.

Anne Hathaway Drums Up Hillary Votes in Philly

November 2nd, 2016 Shannon O'Donnell Comments Off on Anne Hathaway Drums Up Hillary Votes in Philly

There are currently six days to go until the United States presidential election, and both candidates are pulling out their big guns in an attempt to sway undecided voters, and to get decided voters out to the polls. For Hillary Clinton, she was backed by some Hollywood  star power in the form of actress and Oscar-winner Anne Hathaway, who was in Philadelphia campaigning for the Democratic nominee today.

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Anne Hathaway was surrounded by fans today as she made a stop at Temple University in support of Hillary Clinton.

The lovely and talented Hathaway embarked on a four-stop campaign route in Philly today, starting the day off at Temple University. University students, many of them decked out in Clinton gear (including “I’m With Her” tees) gathered in throngs to get a peek at the actress, and many lucky ones got to snap selfies with Hathaway. When asked about the importance of this year’s election, Hathaway gave some eloquent soundbytes:

“Elections are always important. Choosing who represents you in government is always important. For me in particular this year, whomever is our president is going to choose a Supreme Court Justice, at least one, possibly up to three, maybe even four — well, they’re not going to choose them, they’re going to nominate them.”

Hadas Kutnits of KYW Newsradio asked an unnamed rally attendee if they were fazed by Clinton reeling in a big Hollywood star for support. The response spoke volumes: “I mean, I’m already supporting Hillary Clinton. I think it’s really powerful that she does use her voice to stand up for really important issues because some celebrities haven’t said anything regarding the election and I think this election’s too important to sit out.”

All signs point to the presidential race in Pennsylvania being a tight one. The Keystone State’s twenty electoral votes would be a real prize for either candidate, especially Donald Trump, who is lagging slightly in national polls. Polling in Pennsylvania shows a stark divide, with urban voters in Philadelphia and Pittsburgh favoring Clinton, while those in the suburbs are tending to lean red.