Please note that this edition of “Around the Block” was originally published on Friday, 10/4/19. Open Houses have passed as well as many of the events listed under Fun Stuff in Philly. This e-newsletter debuted two new listings: 2108 Carpenter Street in the Graduate neighborhood and 312 S Philip Street in Society Hill (which is our Spotlight Property of the week). Please reach out to us if you’re interested in these properties or any property in Philadelphia. Click here to view all of our latest listings and recent transactions.
Volume 18: Issue 42 10/4/19
Your Weekly Dose of Real Estate News, Open Houses, Listings and More — by Jeff “City” Block
HomeLight is a national real estate referral company based in San Francisco, CA. Recently, HomeLight staff writer Christine Bartsch contacted me for a story entitled: “10 Tips for Selling Your Historical Charmer of a Home to the Right Buyer.” Christine knew that I had represented 100’s of historical homes throughout Philly, and I certainly enjoy discussing historical real estate, so I loved doing the interview. A few key points to historical real estate that are highlighted in Christine’s article:
“Homes that go for the absolute premium in Philadelphia are homes that have historic character, [and they also] have some modern upgrades, like an updated kitchen with high-end, stainless steel appliances and really gorgeous bathrooms.”
In other words, buyers are willing to pay the most for a beautifully renovated home with historical character. Homelight’s research found that “buyers will be 50% more likely to make an offer on a home with stainless steel kitchen appliances and sellers will see a 41.5% ROI on their investment.” (HomeLight’s Top Agent Insights survey for Q3 2019).
Pro Tip: My clients see that ROI with no money paid upfront thanks to Compass Concierge.
By the way, 312 S Philip Street, the Spotlight Property below, is a perfect example of all of this.
“Today’s buyer wants the beautiful floors, the high ceilings, the intricate moldings. But historic homes that have period furniture and heavy historic window treatments tend to look like cluttered museums, which can be harder to sell.
Sellers who want to get the most money for their homes need more modern staging with transitional furniture, and lighter, contemporary sheers on the windows. That way it’s easier to see the historic character that buyers will pay a premium for.”
So unless you actually live on Elfreth’s Alley, we should talk about the preparation and staging early in the process.
Prepare a list of improvements that itemizes the age of your systems and mechanicals such as electric, HVAC, and roof. Even if Ben Franklin once lived in your home, no one prefers knob & tube wiring or older systems of any kind. Moreover, “Disclosures need to be thorough on historic homes…. That way, the buyers know what they’re getting into when making an offer, and they’ll be more reasonable when asking for repairs or credits after their inspection.”
This is a really detailed article and is about a five-minute read. So if you like historical homes, you can read the entire piece here. And if you have a historical home and would like to discuss anything about it in more detail, please contact me at any time. Even if you may not sell for over a decade, I can provide valuable insight into improvements, renovations, and other modifications that will affect ultimate value.
I pride myself on providing expert real estate representation throughout the City of Philadelphia. And that means knowing my stuff – neighborhood by neighborhood, block by block and house to house.
BRAND NEW LISTING FIRST OPEN HOUSE: SUNDAY 12:30 p.m. – 2:00 p.m.
3 Bed | 3 Bath | Finished Lower Level | 2,500 SF | GARAGE PARKING $975,000
Pristine historic home (c. 1816), loaded with original character and spectacular light on one of the city’s most desirable, quiet, tree-lined cobblestone blocks. Fully restored with an ideal modern layout and a private patio. And the current owners purchased a dedicated, secure garage space (just two blocks away—at Head House Square).
This sunny home offers the perfect mix of character and renovation, plus an ideal location. Just blocks from all the best restaurants, coffee shops, entertainment, and shopping of Society Hill, Old City, Penn’s Landing, and all that Center City has to offer. 2 blocks from the superb Head House Square Farmers Market In the McCall School Catchment. Listed on the Philadelphia Historic Register.
The following listings areonly found on compass.com. This means they’re not yet listed on the MLS. As a subscriber to “Around the Block,” you’ll always know what properties are coming soon. Interested? Give me a call!
507 S 45th Street
University City (Spruce Hill)
4 Bed | 2.5 Bath
1807 Addison Street
2 Bed | 2 Bath | Parking
1500 Chestnut Street #19I
1 Bed | 1 Bath $235,000
1934 Dudley Street
2 Bed | 1.5 Bath
Fun Stuff in Philly
18th Century “Ghost Ship” Docks
at Race Street Pier
Look—It’s a boat! It’s a ghost. Well, it’s actually a super cool, three-dimensional light and water-based, free public art installation. You can see it Friday, 10/4 through Sunday, 11/3,
Wednesdays through Sundays from 7:00 p.m. to 10:00 p.m. (rain or shine). This holographic happening is especially mesmerizing to kids. Once the “oohs” and “ahhs” have quelled, take them to Little Baby’s Ice Cream next door at Cherry Street Pier. Detailed Ghost Ship info here. Photo: DRWC.com
Midtown Village Fall Festival Returns Saturday, 10/5
This always-fun festival draws about 50,000 people each year. They come for the food, they come for the deep discounts from cool, independent boutiques and they come for the eclectic vendors and crafters. This awesome outdoor event also boasts live entertainment, children’s activities, and cool places to just chill and take it all in (think seasonal hay and festive pumpkin displays). 13th and Chestnut. Noon – 8:00 p.m. More info here.
Get to Know Philly Foodworks
Philly Foodworks is dedicated to building a better network among local farmers/producers and consumers. They offer high-quality, sustainably produced food year-round. You can shop their online market a la carte and you can also customize items with a recurring subscription (membership). Philly Foodworks offers fresh produce, meats, cheeses, baked goods, pantry items, and prepared foods,—plus farm share boxes. Learn more about it here.
(The exhibition represents Wasserman’s personal portraits of residents and shop keepers in the 1980s that defined the cobble-stoned neighbor that he called home.) Produced by the Center for Architecture and Design each October, Philly’s local artists in multi-media are thrust into the National spotlight, fueling our city’s ongoing creative economy.
This Week’s Featured Listings
2004 Delancey Street
6 Bed | 5 Bath | 2 Half-Bath
264 S 9th Street
Garage Parking OPEN HOUSE: SAT 12:30 – 1:30 p.m.
4 Bed | 2.5 Bath
276 S 23rd Street Garage Parking Available
4 Bed | 3 Bath
312 S Philip Street Garage Parking
NEW LISTING OPEN HOUSE: SUN 12:30 – 2:00 p.m.
3 Bed | 3 Bath | Finished Lower Level $975,000
2138 Catharine Street Garage Parking
OPEN HOUSE: SAT 1:00 -2:00 p.m.
3 Bed | 2.5 Bath
2108 Carpenter Street
NEW LISTING FIRST OPEN HOUSE: SAT 12:00 – 2:00 p.m.
4 Bed | 2.5 Bath
304 S Juniper Street
OPEN HOUSE: SAT 11:30 – 12:30 p.m.
Avenue of the Arts
3 Bed | 3 Bath | Finished Lower Level
4710 Kingsessing Avenue
University City (Cedar Park)
6 Bed | 2.5 Bath $569,000
2024 Spruce Street #6
OPEN HOUSE: SAT 1:00 – 2:00 p.m.
1 Bed | 1 Bath $460,000
2401 Pennsylvania Avenue #2A2
1 Bed | 1 Bath
2219 S 18th Street
OPEN HOUSE: SAT 11:30 – 12:30 p.m.
3 Bed | 1 Bath
1324 Locust Street #505
Avenue of the Arts South
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