Checkmate in East Kensington? Broker Rearranges the Chessboard

Bishop Square | Renderings: KJO Architecture via The Somers Team; Photos via The Somers Team

Bishop Square | Renderings: KJO Architecture via The Somers Team; Photos via The Somers Team

I’ve gotten lots of pitches from real estate agents and others that lead me to ask, “What’s in a name?”

The answer, it appears, is, “Tens of thousands of dollars.”

Buyers are far more willing to pay top dollar for a property in a neighborhood they perceive to be desirable than in one that may also be on the rise but they know little about.

And so it is that The Somers Team touts its new, six-unit residential development, Bishop Square, as a hot property in Fishtown. Read more »

Hard Hat Tour: The Amperium

The future home of Riverwards Produce. Work on the apartments upstairs is further along. | Photos: Sandy Smith unless otherwise noted

The future home of Riverwards Produce. Work on the apartments upstairs is further along. | Photos: Sandy Smith unless otherwise noted

Over on Be Well Philly, Adjua Fisher was positively jubilant about the news that Riverwards Produce, which operated a pop-up produce market in Fishtown this past summer, will become a permanent tenant of the first floor of a converted firehouse at 2200 E. Norris St. starting sometime in March.

Over here on Property, I’m positively jubilant about the firehouse it’s going into.

So is its owner, Rory Scerri-Marion. In fact, he fell in love with it so much, he renamed both his real estate investment company and the building for the business that had occupied that first-floor space for 63 years.

But before we get to that part of the story, let’s rewind to this building’s beginning, which is why it’s on the city and national historic registers. Read more »

What $500K Will Buy You in Fishtown

1349 E. Oxford Street, Philadelphia, Pa. 19125 | TREND image via Space & Company Real Estate

1349 E. Oxford Street, Philadelphia, Pa. 19125 | TREND image via Space & Company Real Estate

It’s no secret that Fishtown is one of the coolest neighborhoods in Philadelphia, especially for Millennials or anyone looking for a hint of food and culture. Formerly known for its booming shad fish industry, this hip neighborhood has been recently dominated by a flood of new bars, restaurants and music venues that make it even more appealing to younger people looking to plant their roots in Philadelphia. But just how affordable is this colorful, urban neighborhood for aspiring homeowners?

With most properties falling between $200,000 to $400,000, but some stretching upwards to $800,000 or more, it seems there is truly something for everyone in this up-and-coming neighborhood. We searched for homes that fall right in the middle, around $500,000, and what we found was this: there is a pretty even distribution of properties between Frankford Avenue and Lehigh Avenue. Here are our top three picks: Read more »

Trinity Tuesday: “Buy ’Em by the Sack” in Fishtown for $899K

1037 Crease St., Unit E, Philadelphia, Pa. 19125 (one of five) | TREND images via OCF Realty

1037 Crease St., Unit E, Philadelphia, Pa. 19125 (one of five) | TREND images via OCF Realty

This week’s featured trinity isn’t a trinity.

It’s five.

If you’re looking only to move into a trinity of your own, you can skip this listing. But if you’re looking for some homes that will work for you along with a home of your own, these are very attractive candidates. Read more »

Cooking-Focused Food Market Opening in Old Fishtown Firehouse

2200 East Norris Street, the future home of Riverwards Produce market | Photo via Vincent Finazzo

2200 East Norris Street, the future home of Riverwards Produce market | Photo via Vincent Finazzo

There were some magical months this past summer when, every Saturday morning, I would wake up, make my coconut green tea, read a magazine, then get myself out of the house and over to the Riverwards Produce market, a tiny — but very well-stocked — weekends-only market on Fishtown’s Tulip Street, where the bill for all the produce I could want for the week, most of it local, never set me back more than $20. (And I am to produce what the Cookie Monster is to chocolate chip pastries, so that’s saying something.)

I repeat: It was magical. And then one day, like magic, it was gone. The market, which was intended as a temporary location anyway, while the guys running it gauged the neighborhood’s interest for a produce market in Fishtown, went “poof!” after the partners had a falling out.

But good news, my fellow Fishtowners: Riverwards Produce, now helmed by just the original founder Vincent Finazzo, has signed a lease on a new, larger space in Fishtown for a market that will be open seven days a week starting — hopefully! — in March of 2017. And the 2,000-square-foot space at 2200 East Norris Street will allow them to offer way more than just produce. Say it with us: HOOOOOORAY.

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Designer Style Without the Designer Price in Fishtown: $479K

2323 E. Susquehanna Ave., Philadelphia, Pa. 19125 | Photos: Plush Image for Lux Living and Custom Philly Homes

2323 E. Susquehanna Ave., Philadelphia, Pa. 19125 | Photos: Plush Image for Lux-Living and Custom Philly Homes

You may recall that showstopper of a home in Fishtown that we showcased back in June?

Well, Lux-Living, the design firm that produced it, is back with another one.

This larger home, an expanded trinity on a corner lot in Fishtown, is no less sophisticated than its sister, but this time, the home combines elements of traditional elegance with rustic touches that complement its modern feel. Read more »

A Pool With A View Proposed for Fishtown Mixed-Use Project

Rendering of the projecting pool proposed for 1220 Frankford Ave. by Morris Adjmi Architects

Rendering of the projecting pool proposed for 1220 Frankford Ave. by Morris Adjmi Architects

Developer Roland Kassis has tweaked and refined the design for his proposed boutique hotel at 1224 Frankford Ave., a project Fishtown residents enthusiastically supported when he brought the first set of renderings before the Fishtown Neighbors Association in February of last year.

The basic structure and elements of the project remain: a new industrial-loft-style building to the north of the existing building at 1220, whose Shepard Fairey mural will become part of the hotel’s interior. A co-working facility with a lounge in its partially sunken cellar in the 1220 building and a jazz club/cafe on the street floor of the new building. A new boutique hotel on the upper floors of the new building, and a members-only pool club on the roof of 1220. Read more »

Trinity Tuesday: Close to Everything, Far From the Crowd in Fishtown

1103 N. Lee St., Philadelphia, Pa. 19123 | TREND images via Zillow

1103 N. Lee St., Philadelphia, Pa. 19123 | TREND images via Zillow

This beautifully updated trinity in the southwest corner of Fishtown is a stone’s throw from the Frankford El, which you can see from your front door. Frankford Avenue’s happening restaurant and shopping scene is just a short walk away, as is a convenient shopping center in adjacent Northern Liberties. Yet you’ll feel like you stumbled into a small-town enclave when you walk down Lee Street and into the front door of this classic brick home.

Just inside that front door is the main-floor living room, which provides a cozy space to curl into. The contrast between the dark hardwood floors and the light that streams through your windows gives the impression that this space is bigger than it seems. The back door leads to a brand-new patio with plenty of space to relax and recline or entertain and dine while shutting out the world around you. Read more »

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