June 16, 2014

W.T.Philly – Errors By Owner

You need a seller’s agent. Trust me on this one. FSBO, or For Sale By Owner, may as well stand for “For Sure [a] Bad Option.” Here’s the skinny: we know that listing with a licensed agent almost inevitably results in sellers getting more money for their home. We know that Average Joe homeowners are likely to be snowed by […]
June 13, 2014

Weekend Open House Roundup (6/13) – NoLibs, No Problems!

As befits an open house roundup for the penultimate weekend of spring, I’m good and twitterpated. What, you may ask, has my heart all a’flutter? It’s these Northern Liberties townhomes! That’s not even dopey, kissy-faced real estate copy, my friends – these homes are really all that and more. Slip away from the celebrations of dads ‘n’ grads this weekend […]
June 12, 2014

The Thursday Five: Homes With Garden Space

Virginia Woolf wrote about the need for “a room of one’s own,” but latter-day Philadelphians know the real score: a garden of one’s own is truly where it’s at. Center City in particular is short on personal outdoor space. And while we may not worry any longer about scurvy, a lack of sunlight is undoubtedly bad for the health, both […]
June 11, 2014

Duplexes! Are These The Solution For Frugal Singles In Center City?

Duplexes can seems like – if you’ll forgive me speaking bluntly for a moment – the bastard stepchildren of real estate. Conventional industry wisdom holds that they are near-impossible to sell, and a real bear to rent and maintain. Who wants to buy one, right? Frank sent me a really cool little story piece entitled, “Single Guy Finds Duplex.” The […]
June 10, 2014

A Photo Love Letter: Shamelessly Gorgeous Views of Center City

I’ve wasted so much time playing with Google Earth over the years that I’m almost – but not quite, obviously – ashamed to admit it. There’s nothing like picking a location and wandering it quickly, safely, and comfortably from your own living room. I recently became hooked on the game GeoGuessr, which plops one in a random part of the […]
June 9, 2014

W.T.Philly – With Friends Like These…

UPDATE: ALL PICTURES REMOVED DUE TO THE FACT THAT SOMEBODY CAN’T TAKE A JOKE. …who needs to actually sell their house? Welcome to W.T.Philly, an occasional feature highlighting Center City real estate listings that make you say “…bzuh?” Last week, we checked in with a teeny-tiny Trinity home packed with lots of charm in a space that would make even […]
June 6, 2014

Weekend Open House Roundup: In the Grad Hospital Groove

Graduate Hospital has been topping lists of Center City’s hottest up-and-coming neighborhoods for the better part of the last decade. If that sounds like a long time to stay the freshest thing in town, know that it’s because G.Ho just keeps getting more popular! Hip, happening, and inhabited by an eclectic group of residents passionate about continued development, Grad Hospital […]
June 4, 2014

Hot and Fresh! 2056 Appletree Street

Is there anything as appealing as a two-day-old listing? Fresh, fetching, and unsullied by price decreases, lowball offers, or the tracks of uneventful open houses, a home freshly on the market is replete with potential and among the most desirable on the MLS. For your consideration, I present 2056 Appletree Street. Roomy, stylish, and ideally situated in Logan Square, I […]
June 3, 2014

Pictures of Pretty Condos: The Ellington

Like the swingin’ jazz legend with which it shares a name, The Ellington’s fame began in the 1920’s. This neoclassical grande dame at 15th and Chestnut has seen plenty of change throughout the last century or so: it started life as The Franklin Trust Building and was converted to apartments – and renamed the Pennsylvania House – in 2000. Six […]
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