Please note that this edition of Around the Block was originally published on 11/22/19. Therefore, all Open Houses have passed and many of the events listed below have also passed. Each week, we repost Jeff’s newsletter and share the link on social media just incase anyone missed it. If you’d like to arrange a private showing of any of the properties below, just reach out to Jeff at [email protected] and we’ll get you all set up.
Volume 18: Issue 50 11/22/19
Your Weekly Dose of Real Estate News, Open Houses, Listings and More — by Jeff “City” Block
Eagles-Patriots Tickets Recap
As you probably know, last week was my annual ATB newsletter where I raffled off tickets to that weekend’s Eagles game. A few follow up thoughts on the ticket giveaway and the Eagles.
One thing that is pretty clear: ATB readers prefer free Birds tickets to one of my detailed discussions on Philly property taxes. Perhaps it will not come as a surprise that my open rate for the Eagles Tickets email was a lot higher than when I explain that the property tax rate is 1.3998% and the Homestead Exemption is $45,000. Though please note that my readers who learned about the Homestead Exemption from the ATB saved enough money to buy Eagles tickets and still have a few hundred left over.
Congratulations to Janine Wright, who won the Eagles-Patriots tickets last week. Janine is a client and long-time University City neighbor. Janine is also a huge Birds fan, so I am so happy she won. She took her friend (and fellow huge Birds fan) Sandy to the game. They had a blast [picture here]. That is the good news…
The bad news was the final score. The Eagles offense was offensive. When Jordan Matthews is your top WR target, things are not great. The D was solid, but we are now 5-5 with the 8-2 Seahawks coming to the Linc this week.
The Seahawks game is huge, but even if the Eagles lose this week and drop to 5-6, they are still the favorite to win the NFC East if the Cowboys lose to the Pats this week in Foxborough. The Birds would remain one game behind, with a home game left against Dallas and an overall much easier remaining schedule.
I have so much to be thankful for, and I wish everyone the happiest of Thanksgivings. Around the Block will be back on Friday, December 6th, 2019.
Exceptional quality; ideal layout; excellent space and light; up-and-coming Germantown neighborhood. 3-bedroom, 1.5 bath new construction home with a finished lower level, front yard, and rear yard. High Quality, Modern finishes throughout. Excellent light. Ample storage space. Hardwood floors, exposed brick. Open 1st-floor plan. Gorgeous kitchen.
The 2nd floor has three bedrooms (or two bedrooms plus nice office or nursery). Good closets. Tile full bath with linen closet and double vanity sink. Recessed lighting throughout. Large finished lower level with enough space for family room, home theater, exercise, and office.
Germantown is one of Philly’s hottest neighborhoods, and close to everything (Center City, East Falls, Manayunk, Mount Airy, Chestnut Hill).
Philadelphia Marathon (Road Closures!) and the Health & Fitness Expo
Runners will be taking over our city this weekend so be sure you’re aware of detours and road closures. The 26.2-mile race will start and conclude on the Ben Franklin Parkway.
The Health & Fitness Expo is a related (and free) event taking place at the PA Convention Center. It’s great to walk around, check out new products and learn some healthful tips and tricks at several seminars. The AACR Philadelphia Marathon is one of the largest events in the city. More than 30,000 runners are expected on 11/24.
Catch LumiNature at the Philadelphia Zoo. It’s Lit.
If you’re in the mood for an “electrifying nocturnal spectacle” (that is fully G-Rated), then you’ll want to check out LumiNature which is a highly visual and a totally cool immersive experience for all ages. You can purchase tickets ahead of time here. The sights, sounds, and music of this winter-only event are perfect for kids of all ages. Check out #luminature on Instagram. Pro tip: Wednesdays and Thursdays for discounted rates.
Local Thanksgiving Volunteering Opportunities
The Coalition Against Hunger has a great list of 2019 Holiday Volunteer opportunities. If you are interested in serving a holiday meal, you can find places that need your help, including Helping Hands for the Hungry, Bright Hope Baptist Church, and Keep Community Development Corporation. Opportunities exist on 11/23 (Saturday) as well as 11/28, 11/30, and 12/21. Item donations are also greatly needed at Broad Street Ministry. See detailed info here.
Holiday ArtStar Craft Bazaar at Rivers Casino (formerly Sugarhouse) 11/23 and 11/24
This is a great way to shop local from 11 – 5 both Sat, and Sun. It’s only
$3 from 11am-3pm, $2 from 3pm-4pm, FREE the last hour. Kids under 12 get in free all weekend. F
Expect over 80 craft vendors and a ton of handmade holiday gift ideas. See the list of all participating vendors here.
My biggest takeaway from this post: When did Sugarhouse change its name to River? I am not a casino guy, BTW, and have never even been to Sugarhouse/River.
This Week’s Featured Listings
2004 Delancey Street
6 Bed | 5 Bath | 2 Half-Bath
264 S 9th Street
Parking OPEN HOUSE: SUN 12:30 – 1:30 p.m.
4 Bed | 2.5 Bath $1,395,000
2138 Catharine Street
Garage Parking OPEN HOUSE: SAT 12:00 – 1:00 p.m.
3 Bed | 2.5 Bath
Finished Lower Level
507 S 45th Street
OPEN HOUSE: SAT 12:00 – 1:00 p.m.
University City (Spruce Hill)
4 Bed | 2.5 Bath $749,900
2024 Spruce Street #6
OPEN HOUSE: SAT 1:30 – 2:30 p.m.
1 Bed | 1 Bath
240 W Penn Street
BRAND NEW LISTING OPEN HOUSE: SAT 12:00 – 1:00 p.m.
3 Bed | 1.5 Bath | New Construction
1934 Dudley Street
2 Bed | 1.5 Bath $205,000
2401 Pennsylvania Avenue #2A2 REDUCED
1 Bed | 1 Bath
1665 Conklin Street
BRAND NEW LISTING 1st OPEN HOUSE: SAT 2:00 – 3:00 p.m.
3 Bed | 2.5 Bath
1324 Locust Street #505
Avenue of the Arts
4625 Pine Street #F310
BRAND NEW LISTING
University City (Garden Court)
3 Bed | 2 Bath $389,000
What’s the Estimated Value of Your Home?
Find out right now at
Now Under Contract
109-11 Pine Street $1,700,000 276 S 23rd Street $995,000
312 S Phillip Street $975,000
215 Headhouse Court $850,000
4530 Locust Street $775,000 1807 Addison Street $649,900
4602 Springfield Avenue $649,000
2108 Carpenter Street $640,000
304 S Juniper Street $575,000 4710 Kingsessing Ave. $569,000 4248 Regent Square $525,000 1500 Chestnut Street #19I $235,000 2219 S 18th Street $232,500
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