Juneteenth, Father’s Day, and new listings. If you’d like to discuss Juneteenth, Father’s Day, real estate or anything in this newsletter please send me an email: [email protected] This edition of Around the Block was originally published on Saturday, 6/19/21.
Relevant Commentary, all information Philly (real estate and otherwise), Open Houses, Listings, Happenings, and More — by Jeff “City” Block
First, while well overdue, I am honored that our nation now celebrates Juneteenth as a Federal Holiday.
Growing up and through most of my adulthood, I never even heard of Juneteenth or knew that there was a “Second Independence Day” celebration. It was not taught in schools when I was a kid, and I went to a very progressive school, Friends Select. FSS offered a meaningful and balanced education, which included many of the negative things that America did to our Indigenous peoples, Black people, and immigrants. But Juneteenth was never mentioned (and while there was a very good chance I would not have been paying attention if it was mentioned, I have asked some other classmates as well, and they confirmed my recollection). Over the decades, I’ve loved reading about current events, politics, and social issues, yet I had not heard about Juneteenth until recently. And I am so glad that I now have knowledge about this most meaningful event in our nation’s history.
This is a long-overdue recognition of our nation’s Second Independence Day. While our nation became independent from Great Britain in 1776, it was not until 1863 that all of our fellow Americans were freed from bondage (and 1865 before many of them even knew they were freed). And as we all know, the revulsion of outright racism continued for well over a century through Jim Crow and other horrors and still continues to this day. (I know that people disagree to what extent and in what form racism exists today, and there are so many nuances. Not looking to discuss that. Rather, I think we can all agree that Juneteenth is a special federal holiday and one that’s recognition is well overdue.)
I hope that moving forward, all American schoolchildren and all Americans come to understand the importance of June 19th. Learn more about it here.
Second, this weekend is Father’s Day. All I want to say here is that as important as my real estate business is and all of my clients are, nothing is more important to me than being a father to Ari & Ezra and a husband to Kristen. I love them so much, and I wish a Happy Father’s Day to all!
Enjoy the special weekend, everyone.
4200 Pine Street #503
Brand New Listing
Open House Thursday, 6:00 pm – 7:00 pm
1 BD | 1 BA | 707 SF | Lovely Courtyard Setting | On-site Parking | $329,900
Premier 1 bedroom penthouse-level condominium residence. Superior layout, condition, finishes & location! 1 car on-site assigned PARKING. Hardwood floors throughout. High ceilings. Open living & dining area with large windows overlooking landscaped courtyard & historic Trumbauer Mansion.
The living room is spacious and easily accommodates living, dining, and a nice office/desk area.
High-end open kitchen with Bosch & Jenn-Air stainless appliances, Blumotion soft-close drawers and cabinets, double-thick Meganite counter/peninsula.
Full bath with Caesarstone top, Kohler sink, Toto toilet, and soft close cabinets. Bedroom with large closet.
Ample closet/storage space, including a 210′ storage space (not included in sq. ft. listed above).
Located in the premier 4200 Pine Condominium, in one of the City’s most lovely and convenient locations. Solid wood doors throughout. Big wood framed double-hung, replacement windows; recessed lighting.
This lovely courtyard setting is one block from Clark Park and its fabulous Farmers’ Market, Clarkville, and Green Line. Easy walk to Vagrant Coffee, Baltimore Avenue’s Restaurant Row, Renata’s, Penn Alexander Catchment School, TacoTaco Mexican, Local 44 and the Bottle Shop, CVS, and so many coffee shops, restaurants, and shopping. Close to HUP, CHOP, Penn, Drexel, University of the Sciences. 10 minutes to Center City by car or bike and plenty of convenient SEPTA options.
Note: Superb condo association. HVAC just totally replaced June 2021. Seidel Video Intercom System. Parking Space #9, Storage Space #25.
Offered all summer is Ellen Reid SOUNDWALK which is available to anyone who downloads the free mobile app. Guests can use the app to listen to tones created for specific park locations (through September 30).
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 have them contact me.
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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