Happy Holidays. Please note that this newsletter was originally published on 12/20/19. The Eagles Tickets Giveaway Contest has ended and we’ll have an update on who won soon.
Volume 18: Issue 54 12/20/19
Your Weekly Dose of Real Estate News, Open Houses, Listings and More — by Jeff “City” Block
Finishing 2019 Strong
I’m taking a moment to reflect on a big year.
When I am not focusing on my clients and my family, I am working with my team to make sure we continue to provide Expert Real Estate Representation to every client.
By far, one of the best business decisions I made was to create the City Block Team in 2006. There’s something really gratifying about growing a team. We can better serve the needs of varied clients, and we have the ability to learn from each other, which inevitably fosters a culture of reciprocity, inclusion, and excellence.
When I started on my Real Estate journey nearly 20 years ago, I had no idea that I would eventually have the opportunity to mentor such amazing people, and to acknowledge, celebrate, and help grow the many talents that each team member brings to the table—and not just the settlement table. Also amazing is how much I learn from my team as well, from both a personal level and a professional standpoint. It makes us all better REALTORS and people.
n 2019, the City Block Team sold $80 Million in real estate. I always like to sell a lot of Real Estate, but most importantly, we are committed to providing the best real estate representation and 100% customer satisfaction. Helping our clients meet their goals is what it is all about. I could not be more proud of everyone on CBT. We all worked so hard helping clients and also adopting all of the amazing tools that Compass has rolled out like Coming Soon Listings, Compass Concierge, Bridge Loans, and Collections. All of these tools have enhanced both the client journey and added tremendous value for us agents as well.
This year, I thank CBT’s best ever admin staff Greg, Katrina (absent in the picture above), and Jami. And CBT’s awesome agents Missy, Melani, Martin, Deannah, Ian, Peter, Kendra, Asher, and Andy. Thanks for crushing it every day!
“Around the Block” will be back in 2020!
And one more thing. See below for ATB’s most popular recurring feature–the chance to win free Eagles tickets.
3 Bed | 2 Bath | Finished Lower Level | 1900 SF $350,000
Beautiful, contemporary, 3-story home on a quiet block in red-hot Germantown. 93 WalkScore and just one block from Ultimo Coffee. 3 bedrooms plus office/den. 2 full baths. Big rear yard. High-end ﬁnishes. Wide-plank hardwood ﬂoors throughout.
Compass has many Coming Soon listings in the Philadelphia area. Click here to see all of the current Compass Coming Soon Listings in
Philadelphia County. If you have any interest or questions, please contact me to discuss. Below are Coming Soon listings from the
City Block Team.
407 S 43rd Street
Penn Alexander Catchment $500,000
4623 Spruce Street
3.5-Story Twin $449,000
Fun Philly Holiday Stuff
Sunday, 12/22/19. The 1st Night of Hanukkah and the Biggest Eagles Game of the Year (so far that is). My wife always asks how there can be so many “Biggest Games of The Year.” My answer? That is the beauty of the National Football League. And that is the beauty of the chance to win FREE EAGLES TICKETS RIGHT NOW!!
One lucky ATB reader will win tickets to this Sunday’s NFC East Match-up between the vile Dallas Cowboys and our own Philadelphia Eagles. If the Birds win, they control the Division and just need to beat the lame NY Giants the following week to win the division and host a home playoff game!
The game starts at 4:25 pm (right around sundown to coincide with the start of Hanukkah.
Whether you celebrate or not, City Block Team is providing the 8th person to reply with two seats in Section 125 of the Linc for this Sunday’s game!
So Happy Holidays to all and may the Eagles be victorious like the Maccabees about 2,200 years ago.
Truly South Philly Christmas Experience
Through the Holidays
It’s called “Miracle on South 13th Street” and it reflects the electric vibrancy of the neighborhood itself. Decorations range from classic vintage to over-the-top modern styles. If you haven’t visited South 13th Street between Tasker and Morris, you’re missing a visual treat. Take a stroll after sundown, and you just might bump into St Nick himself. While there, grab dinner on Passyunk Avenue. It’s truly a South Philly holiday experience.
at the African American Museum
Kwanzaa is a celebration held in the US and other nations and lasts a week. The celebration honors African heritage and culture and is observed from 12/26 to 1/1. This holiday is based on 7 Principles, which you can find out more about on 12/26 from 2:00 – 5:00 p.m. (701 Arch Street). Expect make-and-take crafts, dance, stilt-walkers, an acapella chorus, storytelling, and more. There’s also a Kwanzaa sing-a-long for the kids.
It’s a tradition at Grey Lodge (6235 Frankford Ave). It kicks off at 4:00 p.m. and goes all night long. They celebrate Festivus the traditional, old fashioned way with all the trimmings including the beautiful unadorned aluminum pole, a meatloaf dinner, and Feats of Strength. There’s also an open mic for anyone who wants to air their 2019 grievances. Expect an Ugly Sweater Contest and also live festive music. Need a refresher on the origin and cultural observances of Festivus? Here you go.
Note: This is during the aforementioned “Biggest Game of the Year.”
Penn’s Landing Fireworks on NYE!
This fireworks show happens twice in one night—once at 6:00 p.m. for the little ones and then again at midnight (for those that stay awake until midnight). Optimal views can be had from anywhere at Penns Landing, including the Race Street Pier, Cherry Street Pier, Independence Seaport Museum, and more. See all of the choices here. Perfect for the entire family, consider partying it up at the Blue Cross RiverRink. Tickets are available here for skaters ($45) and spectators ($35) alike. There will be awesome live entertainment as well as access to the arcade and fire pits.
This Week’s Featured Listings
2004 Delancey Street
6 Bed | 5 Bath | 2 Half-Bath
264 S 9th Street
Parking OPEN HOUSE: SUN 1:00 – 2:00 p.m.
4 Bed | 2.5 Bath $1,395,000
501-503 S 45th Street
NEW LISTING 2-CAR GARAGE
University City Penn Alexander School Catchment
Purchase both sides of an adjoining twin $1,249,000 (Also available separately)
501 S 45th Street
2-CAR GARAGE NEW LISTING
Penn Alexander School Catchment
5 Bed | 2.5 Bath $699,000
(This property can be purchased with 503 S 45th Street)
503 S 45th Street
NEW LISTING Triplex
University City Penn Alexander School Catchment 6 Bed | 3 Bath
$550,000 (This property can be purchased with 501 S 45th Street)
2024 Spruce Street #6 REDUCED
1 Bed | 1 Bath
173 W Price Street
JUST LISTED BRAND NEW CONSTRUCTION 10-YEAR TAX ABATEMENT SPOTLIGHT PROPERTY
3 Bed | 2 Bath
240 W Penn Street NEW LISTING
BRAND NEW CONSTRUCTION
10-YEAR TAX ABATEMENT
3 Bed | 1.5 Bath
1934 Dudley Street REDUCED COMPLETE RENOVATION
2 Bed | 1.5 Bath
Finished Lower Level
2401 Pennsylvania Avenue #2A2 REDUCED
1 Bed | 1 Bath
1324 Locust Street #505
Avenue of the Arts
Studio | 1 Bath $120,000
Now Under Contract
109-11 Pine Street $1,700,000 276 S 23rd Street $995,000
2138 Catharine Street $925,000
4530 Locust Street $775,000 507 S 45th Street $749,900
2108 Carpenter Street $640,000
1665 Conklin Street $ 175,000
As always, please know that I’m humbled by and appreciative of your introductions and referrals. If you have a friend, colleague, or family member that is in need of expert Real Estate representation, please send them my way. Be assured, I will do my best to exceed their expectations! Thanks for taking the time to read this issue of Around the Block.
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