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October 1, 2007

Center City Philadelphia Real Estate Snob

Filed under: Real Estate: Condominiums — Center City Philadelphia Real Estate Agent @ 4:01 pm

I, Mark Wade, of Prudential Fox and Roach REALTORS® here in downtown Philadelphia am a real estate snob.

I haven’t really hidden that fact over the years very well. I kinda’ think that I’m actually pretty groovy.  I have lived here in Center City Philadelphia for just over twenty years, and I have been a Society Hill REALTOR® for over eighteen years (I say that because my office is physically in the Society Hill area). I have never owned a lawnmower, a driveway, or a weed whacker.

I sometimes chuckle when I speak to, say, a mainline real estate agent who might happen to wander into town to show a Philadelphia Center City condo or loft listing of mine.  I chuckle because the first thing they ask is if there is parking on premises. Perhaps they are new to urban living. See! There I go again!!

My boss at Prudential Fox and Roach REALTORS® told me years ago that I was a real estate snob. I was aghast.  Certainly not I, I exclaimed!  Then it hit me. I’ve been known to tease those who own more than two cars, have more than three bedrooms, and drive more than four miles to go to the local grocery store.

I often believe my superior knowledge of the best streets to use to get to Rittenhouse Square condominiums somehow legitimizes my coolness. I know when to avoid Spruce Street, and when not to try to make my way around 13th and Pine Streets. Heck, I even go for days without seeing my car (at least when I parked it in a garage over near Fitler Square).  I have no time for massive amounts of traffic (urban Philadelphia surprisingly has little traffic as compared to say the Mainline area in the suburbs), and would never be caught dead on the Schuylkill expressway.

Though at times, I must admit that I am a bit envious of our suburban friends.

That couch in their living room…the one that is the size of my Lexus?!  I would love such a lounge destination. That thing you pull your car into…attached to their homes… the area that also holds the rakes, snow blowers, and the trashcans? I would love one of those!

There are very few Philadelphia condominiums with such a “roofed” luxury. And don’t even get me started about the size of the shopping carts they get to use when they go grocery shopping. They are huge! And did you know they sell lawn chairs and rent videos at their grocery stores out on the outskirts of life? They do! Not in my Philadelphia REALTOR® life. My grocery hand basket never holds enough, and I am sure there is not a lawn chair for sale within 15 miles of where I am sitting.

Looking for a Center City condo or loft or a Rittenhouse Square condominium? I can help you get the best price and terms.  Give me a call today at 215-521-1523 or drop me an email at

Mark Wade
Prudential Fox and Roach REALTORS®
530 Walnut St., Philadelphia, PA 19106


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