Everyone Wants to Live Next Door to Fergie

Can Philadelphia’s most beloved bar and restaurant owner claim credit for the intense interest this house generated as soon as it was listed? Or is it that Paul Curci and Liza Herzog’s home is simply quite gorgeous?

Curci was the publisher of Philadelphia City Paper for many years, and we asked for some inside scoop. Ever the newspaper man, Curci said via email:

“First of all, maybe a fun headline would be ‘Live Next Door to Fergie,’ as he is indeed my next door neighbor. We’ve been friends for over 20 years, so it was pretty funny when we moved next door.”

Curci and Herzog are obviously not fleeing the mild-mannered Irishman, and they do love their house–in particular, Curci says, the backyard garden with covered parking and the third-floor open space with 20-foot ceilings and skylights.

But as you might guess from the home’s chalkboards, the couple has three children under 5, which requires more bedrooms. Their new house, just a few blocks away at 10th and Clinton, is in the McCall catchment.

Kurfiss Sotheby’s Patricia Royston, who is handling the sale, says she had a huge response to this listing, though that’s not uncommon these days now that inventory is low. There were 18 showings in the first week, and Curci and Herzog had an agreement on day 8. A closing date is scheduled for May, pending all of the horrible stuff that buyers have to do.

Should the sale take a left turn, we will absolutely repost the photos and information about this beauty–along with Curci’s original headline.