Cryptocurrency in Real Estate: Manayunk Condos Being Marketed to Bitcoin Buyers

Images via Keller Williams

Images via Keller Williams

In what very well could be a first for the Philadelphia marketplace, four condos in Manayunk’s Falcon Condominium development are being marketed specifically to Bitcoin buyers.

Bitcoin, a digital “cryptocurrency” and payment system, has been slowly gaining some traction among Philadelphia-area businesses, including boutique shops, food trucks and, in the case of Philadelphia Brewing Company and Cavanaugh’s Rittenhouse, even beer.

The condos in Manayunk are being offered at a starting price of 795 bitcoins, which might seem like a drop in the bucket, but the current exchange rate is hovering around $430 to a single bitcoin. That puts the price of the 2-bedroom plus den units at $342,374 and change.

“This is just a different approach to offering real estate,” said Susanna Kunkel, listing specialist with Keller Williams and Philly Living, who is marketing the available units. “I want Bitcoin buyers to know they’re respected just like a cash buyer. They basically have the same buying power as the cash buyer.”

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Venice Island Transformation Receives 2015 Groundbreaker Award

Image via Buell Kratzer Powell

Image via Buell Kratzer Powell

Seems like yesterday that the Venice Island Performing Arts Center in Manayunk had its grand unveiling. Point in fact, it and its surrounding renewal, which involved infrastructure, landscape design, stormwater management improvements, were opened to the public just over a year ago. And now, believe it or not, the results continue to be sung praises.

Its latest prize? The 2015 Groundbreaker Award from the Delaware Valley Green Building Council.

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Manayunk Hosting Cocktail Week

manayunk-cocktaill-week-400The Manayunk Bridge trail opening is definitely the big news in Manayunk this week. But the “Place to Drink” is also living up to its name with Manayunk Cocktail Week. Happening now through Sunday, November 8th, nineteen bars and restaurants are offering $5 cocktails including the brand new Anastasi Raw Bar.

There is also are a series of events happening throughout the week, including a scotch and jerky pairing this evening (Wednesday, November 4) at Lucky’s Last Chance. Fidel Gastro, aka Marcos Espinoza will be offering samples of Side Project Jerky and flights of whiskey from 8 to 11 p.m. The pay-as-you-go event will feature whisky from Balvenie, Glenfiddich, and Monkey Shoulder. Also on hand will be a film crew to film a piece for the Guardian’s Side Hustle series that is featuring Espinoza and his jerky.

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Anastasi Raw Bar Opens Today in Manayunk

Holy Mackerel, Anastasi Raw Bar is open in Manayunk.

Holy Mackerel, Anastasi Raw Bar is open in Manayunk.

Anastasi Raw Bar officially opens today in Manayunk. Brother and sister Thomas and Mia Anastasi of the Italian Market’s Anastasi Seafood, Thomas’ in Manayunk and Pescatore in Bala, along with partner Frank Kemp have joined forces for this oyster bar and seafood grill at 4161 Main Street (the former home of Beast & Ale, Bisou, Gemelli, and MangoMoon).

Chef Ken Wallace, most recently of Vesper but with European experience that includes London’s The Fat Duck, is in charge of the kitchen. He’s preparing a seafood-focused menu that will offer daily oysters and chilled seafood favorites at the bar. Also look for a handful of meat and vegetarian options.

The bar will offer five beers, one cider and four wines by draft as well as wine by the bottle and glass. There will also be a list of oyster shooters that will be rotate seasonally.

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Tonight: Cocktails And Food Trucks In Manayunk (And Also Some Other Stuff)

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Know what those are? Those are tater tots. Those are tater tots from The Tot Cart, which will be on the streets in Manayunk tonight for their recurring Thursday night street party, Stroll The Street.

Sure, there’ll be artists and crafters, antiques, sidewalk sales and blah blah blah. But if you’re here, you care about two things most of all: the fact that there will be food carts, and the fact that there will be $5 cocktails to sip while you stroll.

Yeah, we’ve got the list, right after the jump.

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All You Can Eat Mussels in Manayunk

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Credit: Shutterstock.com

Starting today and running every Wednesday through the summer, Derek’s in Manayunk is offering unlimited bowls of Prince Edward Island mussels of $19.95. You get to choose between a winey-buttery white sauce or their spicy red sauce (or have both). The mussels are served with baskets of Derek’s hand-cut French fries.

It was a harsh winter for Northern Atlantic fishermen, they’ve been shut out of their mussel beds for two months but that means bigger and meatier mussels for you.

Derek’s does warn that they can run out, so get there early and enjoy happy hour as well. Happy hour runs from 4:30 pm to 6:30 pm and includes $3 for all draft beers, $4 select glasses of wine and a $5 cocktail of the day.

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5 Best Spots to Watch and Celebrate the Manayunk Bike Race

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Shutterstock.com

The annual Philly Cycling Classic could always use a little more cowbell. On Sunday, June 7th, thousands of professional riders from across the globe will gather in Manayunk to compete for a grand prize of $30,000. And this year, for the first time in the race’s 30-year history, women are taking center stage in the featured race of the day. The men’s race will start at 8 a.m., and the ladies take off at 12:30 p.m.

You’ll want to secure a good spot to witness this long-overdue history in the making, so we’ve rounded up a list of prime vantage points to view the race along the 12-mile circuit—from parties and prime picnic spots to a coveted position on The Wall.

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