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February 25, 2010

Is Exposed Brick soooo over?

Filed under: Center City Real Estate,Of Interest to Buyers,Of Interest To Sellers,Real Estate: Condominiums — Center City Philadelphia Real Estate Agent @ 4:03 pm

Like fanny packs, scrunchies, and “been there, done that”, the use of exposed brick in many Old City lofts is getting out of hand. Are buyers sooo over exposed brick that a decorating intervention needs to happen here? Though I personally like exposed brick, I like mine with a twist. I like mine painted.

I will never forget the time I walked into the 2nd floor condo at 131 Cuthbert St. and saw that the two owners had taken a pair of corner exposed brick columns, and painted them medium-darking gray. I thought I was going to have a stroke. It was so gorgeous. Really stunning! And everyone who came into the condo (we are talking EXPERIENCED Center City realtors, who have seen it all) was also really blown away by the simple addition of paint to exposed brick.

So think outside the box. Go big or go home. Just do it….. And other trite ad slogans. I encourage you to give your buyer something he or she isn’t going to see anywhere else.
Worse case scenario is you hate it, and end up painting it white (or pale powder blue). Oh, and painted exposed brick should never be done in a high gloss. EVER. I’m just sayin’.

Mark Wade
Prudential Fox and Roach REALTORS®
530 Walnut St., Suite 260 Philadelphia, PA 19106

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