Monthly Archives: April 2013

Big Bella Vista Rowhomes at Itty-Bitty Corner

Hidden away at the corner of Marshall and Clymer, just south of the 600 block of Fitzwater, we discovered two large new Bella Vista rowhomes going up.


JKR Partners is the listed architect of these handsome brick bad boys feature off-street parking–kind of important on a street too narrow to have any–and a mansard-inspired roof.

More details, including whether or not they were sold, as soon as we can get them!

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Big New Senior Center Going Up by Italian Market


If you’ve been to the corner of 9th and Washington in the Italian Market lately, you’ll have noticed some wood framing sticking up nearby. Take a turn at Ellsworth, a block south, and there it is.


This extremely large new Italian Market senior center is to be called the Cedars Villa, according to the on-site render. K&A Architecture is responsible for the design, and it will have 64 apartments, 25 parking spaces, a community garden, and did we mention that it’s oh-so-close to the Italian Market? Seriously, if you’re eligible, get over there and check it out, it’s awesome.

As it gets closer to the finish line, expect us to check back in on it every so often!

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Redevelopment in Bella Vista: Demolition, New Houses

This old Modernist commercial structure at the corner of Catherine and Warnock–1020 Catherine Street–is slated to come down and be replaced by four new Bella Vista houses, according to the demolition permit. Each of these houses would come complete with pilot house, roof deck, and its own garage. Harman Deutsch is the listed architect, which gives a good idea what these homes will eventually look like.

This is how the property looked like walking by yesterday. We’ll keep you updated with more information as and when wrecking balls arrive on the site.

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Bella Vista Renovation Next to Nebinger

Beautiful Sunny Bella Vista

A renovated rowhome is coming in Bella Vista at 633 Carpenter Street, next door to the Nebinger School, a half-block away from the Santore Branch of the Free Library, and a block away from Washington Avenue. Handled by De Simone Contracting, this renovation is a gut job of the original (ca. 1840s) structure, involving an entirely new façade and a vastly improved third story.

We’ll keep you informed as we get more information on this wonderful little project!

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New Townhomes Coming to East Passyunk

i goldberg warehouse east passyunk

Like whoa.

That big old building used to be the I. Goldberg company warehouse. At 13th and Chestnut, I. Goldberg is our fair city’s premier military surplus store. Back in their heydey they owned a warehouse at the corner of 12th and Latona Streets in the heart of East Passyunk.


And now it’s a pile of dirt.

According to our insider sources, the site was purchased for $825,000 in late 2011 and the new owner’s intent is for 12 to 13 townhomes selling in the range of $425,000 each. L&I’s mum on the matter, as are the locals at the watering hole, but QB3 is the listed architect. Rest assured, we will keep you updated with what we can find out when we find out about it.

east passyunk new construction


Now, if only a certain building down the street could see some love…

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Too Big? Too Small? Choosing the Size of Your New Home

Your home and rain guttersThough we’re past Superstorm Sandy and Winterstorm Athena, it’s still not too late to protect your home from damage. Now’s the time to consider making needed preparations to your home, from roof repairs and securing insulation to cleaning the rain gutters to make sure your home is safe to weather the storms. Surprisingly, clear rain gutters can do a lot to help your entire home, by protecting windows and doors, siding and even your home’s foundation from too much concentrated moisture.

Clearing your gutters of leaves and other objects requires the use of a ladder, so if you are afraid of heights or cautious about your abilities, you may consider hiring a handyman to complete this task. For those of you who enjoy the adventure of home repairs, however, clearing your gutters can be relatively easy if you follow the tips below.

  • Use a safe and solid ladder to reach your gutters. You will need to move the ladder frequently (do not try to stretch to reach far areas while standing on your ladder).
  • Wear protective gear, such as goggles and work gloves – you never know what you’ll find up there!
  • Use the right tools. A small hand shovel (even a plastic sand shovel) and bucket or disposable bag should be sufficient. You can also use a scrub brush as needed.
  • Test it out. Once the gutter is clear, use your garden hose to have a practice storm and track the flow of water racing through your cleaned rain gutter.
  • If all is well, your work is complete. If not, look closely at your drain pipes to make sure they are not clogged, as well, or evaluate is your gutter slope needs to be adjusted.

Clearing your rain gutters should be done at least once a year, depending on where your home is located. If you find your gutters require care more often, you may want to consider purchasing covers for them. For more tips on how to winterize your home, click here.

Going Green? Here are some helpful tips on how to winterize your home to be more energy efficient (and you’ll save money, too!)

What do I do if my car has been flooded?

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Low Rates & Quick Short Sales May Help Your Home to Sell

Low rates - time to sell your homeThe Primary Mortgage Market Survey® (PMMS) revealed on November 1st by Freddie Mac shows continued lowered interest rates, dipping below last week’s rates. This is good news if you are a home owner hoping to sell your home.

Combining those low rates with news of Freddie Mac’s announcement that delegation agreements have been signed with mortgage insurance companies allowing Freddie Mac servicers to approve short sales more easily, may create even more sales than expected in the coming winter months and keep homes at risk of foreclosure available to home buyers, too.

Senior Vice President of Servicing and REO at Freddie Mac, Tracy Mooney, is excited about the news as it will allow distressed buyers to avoid foreclosure by making short sales a reasonable alternative. “We applaud the nation’s mortgage insurers for committing to work with us and our servicers to help more borrowers obtain short sales and other foreclosure alternatives,” she said. “By paving the way for more borrowers to avoid foreclosure, today’s announcement will support the housing recovery and help reduce taxpayer losses.” Learn more about Philadelphia’s housing market here!

Eligible buyers can currently lock in rates averaging 3.39% (.7 points) on a 30 year fixed rate mortgage or a 2.70% (.7 points) on a 15 year fixed rate loan as reported in the PMMS. The 5-year Treasury-indexed hybrid adjustable rates averaged 2.74% (.6 points) and the 1-year Treasury-indexed adjustable rates logged in at 2.58% (.4 points), showing consistent downward trends across the board. Find out your custom quote here!

If you are a home owner looking for a way to avoid foreclosure and are interested in a short sale, now is the time to sell your home. Contact me to discuss the new options made available with these announcements. I’d like to help in any way I can.  To find out more about the Freddie Mac announcement on short sales, click here.

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Philadelphia New Homes For Sale – 11.27.12 (Bella Vista, Queen Village, East Passyunk, Pennsport)

Here below are all new listings updated to the MLS for the past seven days. Zip codes focused on are 19106, 19107, 19147, and 19148. If you have any questions or comments about the information listed below, please feel free to call Larry Levin at 267.808.6565       

(source: TREND MLS; Courtesy of Larry Levin)      


Address and Neighborhood Bedrooms Bathrooms List Price Zip
Bella Vista
703 Clymer St. 4 1 $299,900 19147
770-78 S 3rd St. E 1 1 $257,900 19147
East Passyunk 
1261 Pierce St. 3 1.1 $285,000 19148
1901 S Camac St. 2 1.1 $269,000 19148
Old City
15 Appletree Ct. 3 2 $525,000 19106
Passyunk Square
1218 S 13th St. 5 4 $275,000 19147
1529 S 4th St. 3 3 $400,000 19147
1531 S 4th St. 3 3 $400,000 19147
1620 S Lawrence St. 3 1 $199,000 19148
Society Hill
241 S 4th St. 3 2.2 $1,195,000 19106
400-416 S 2nd St. 410B 2 1 $329,000 19147
1406 S 7th St. 4 1.1 $149,000 19147
339 Titan St. 4 1.1 $129,000 19147
Washington Square West
238 S 13th St. 2F 1 1 $219,900 19107
250 S 13th St. 12D 1 1 $429,000 19107
250 S 13th St. 2A 1 1 $215,000 19107
1211 South St. C 2 1 $279,000 19147
Queen Village
909 Annin St. 4 1.1 $200,000 19147
918 S 2nd St. 2 1 $195,000 19147

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Dickinson Square Park Brings New Life

In July, Dickinson Square Park reopened in the heart of Pennsport. The park was restored using 1.2 million in funds given by numerous entities. This includes the State Department of Conversation and Natural Resources, the City, the Parks and Recreation Department and former councilman DiCicco’s office.* The renovations brought new benches, play equipment, lighting, fencing, game tables, bike rakes, dog waste stations, and paving.  The park serves as an oasis for local families, children, and dogs to come together in a beautiful green space that is safe and sound.

Now, a few months later, Pennsport is beginning to see the ripple effects of positive development and growth that the park renovations brought with it. Surrounding area lots are quickly being bought and converted to new housing. Recently, lots at 1500 – 1502 South 4th Street were quickly acquired after being on the market for less than a month. This pair of lots were bought for $155,000.  Now, foundations are already laid out for what will be two single – family homes that will be put on the market for sale with asking prices between $420,000 and $430,000.

Dickinson Square Park provides one more positive reason why a family should move into these new homes. It’s great to see that hard work and city funds have a lasting impression on a neighborhood that only continues to grow for the better.

Note: Every Saturday in December, Dickinson Square Park will be having Park Clean-Ups at 9:00 AM.

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New Philadelphia Price Changes – 11.29.12 (Bella Vista, East Passyunk, Queen Village, Washington Square)

Here below are all new Philadelphia price changes updated to the MLS for the past seven days. Zip codes focused on are 19106, 19107, 19147, and 19148. 

If you have any questions or comments about the information listed below, please feel free to call Larry Levin at 267.808.6565

(source: TREND MLS; Courtesy of Larry Levin)


Address Bedrooms Bathrooms New List Price Township
Bella Vista
730 Montrose St. D 3 3 $450,000 19147
925 Kimball St. 0 0 $149,900 19147
708 Federal St. 3 1 $179,900 19147
East Passyunk
1323 Sigel St. 2 1 $215,000 19148
Italian Market
1155 S Delhi St. 2 1 $134,900 19147
Old City
214-18 New St. B 2 2 $339,900 19106
315 New St. 307 2 2 $330,000 19106
Passyunk Square
1515 S Camac St. 2 1 $209,000 19147
339 Titan St. 4 1.1 $129,000 19147
349 Dickinson St. 4 1.1 $229,000 19147
623 Hoffman St. 2 1 $82,900 19148
Queen Village
229 Fulton St. D 2 1 $330,000 19147
842 S Front St. 3 3.1 $910,000 19147
Washington Square
1130-32 Chestnut St. 2 2 $650,000 19107
Washington Square West
306 S 13th St. 1 2 2 $279,000 19107

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