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July 10, 2008

Lofts at Bella Vista

Filed under: Of Interest to Buyers — Center City Philadelphia Real Estate Agent @ 3:51 pm

Bella Vista Lofts is a nine story condominium building located on the corner of 11th Street and Washington Avenue. I visited the other day, intruigued by the Pods they have built onto of the building, which they refer to as Villas. My curiosity was not only satisfied, but I was really amazed at what I saw. The lobby was done in a hip modern style, the units themselves clearly were priced well, and the Villas were unlike any other Penthouse condos in Philadelphia. I was impressed, to say the least. All units in the building offer indoor parking, and get this- for an extra $10,000 or so, you can purchase a lift, and turn your parking spot into Two car parking!

That was a really nifty idea, as many Center City condo buyers have more than one car, and the cost to garage both cars was easy, assessible, and not too expensive. What a great idea! The ceiling height in the garage allowed for such a novel approach. In fact, the ceiling height throughout the buiding was nothing short of phenomenal.

The dollar per square foot asking price on the two bedroom units was around $277 per square foot…and this includes parking! Again, I was very impressed with not only the finishes, but the hip, kinda’ modern and urban feel of these Philadelphia condos! With polished cement floor, and oversized windows, fantastic ceiling height, and the level of finishes throughout make the units very appealling. And it appears that the developer didn’t scrimp on the finishes either. The kitchens and baths were not only modern, but unlike the run-of-the-mill contractor grade stuff that we see in similar price ranges.

With a front doorman, extra wide hallways, and again, fantastic ceiling height and oversized unit windows, it was hard NOT to get excited about what I was seeing. The Penthouse units were a great mix of the Hard/Soft loft as the space was open, generous, and even the closets were of good size. The Villa Units (which I like calling POD units) were really amazing. If you are in the $1M plus price range, and you are looking for a different style of luxury Penthouse condo living here in Center City, then you are going to want to make sure you at least see these units, as there really is no substitutability anywhere around town for these homes. Two and a half story living, with three (count ’em…three!) outside spaces- each one bigger than the next! And the finish level was admirable! The Lofts at Bella Vista are now going to be #1 on my showing adgenda to new buyers whom I introduce to the Philadelphia condominium market.

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

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May 1, 2008

So, you have parking with your new Philadelphia Condo?

Filed under: Of Interest to Buyers,Real Estate: Condominiums — Center City Philadelphia Real Estate Agent @ 2:41 pm

Congrats…you are in a minority! A good minority to be in, as parking, regardless of cost, has proven to be a great amenity for resale. But a lot (TONS) of realtors are WRONG when they advertise “Deeded parking”. Or they tell their buyers that the parking is “deeded” when indeed that is not the case. Parking can be described in the condo docs, and on one’s deed as “assigned” or as a LCE (limited common element) with the full right of use and enjoyment to unit # whatever.

Which is preferred? Some Philadelphia Realtors incorrectly assume that deeded parking with a Philly condo is preferred. I would argue otherwise. You see, with deeded parking, although you can sell your condominium off to whomever, you have to hope whomever also wants your parking space.  If the potential buyer of your Rittenhouse Square Condo doesn’t want your deeded parking space you are left with the headache of deciding whether to reject their offer because it will leave you with a parking space that will do you no good when you move into your Old City Loft.  Not to mention you’ll be stuck paying taxes on that space you won’t be using because you not only pay taxes on your condo, but you have a separate tax bill for that “other” deed…the one for your parking space.

An assigned condo parking spot has no separate tax bill, as the condo and the parking are on one deed. Really, in my eyes, whichever way the parking is set up by the declarant (the condo developer in most cases), will not affect the value of your condo. The value is in having parking in the first place. But please be aware when you hear the words “Deeded parking”…as your parking space may not be deeded at all. If I had my choice….I would choose NOT to have deeded parking, rather assigned parking to my unit, whose rights of ownership transfer to whomever buys my Philadelphia condo.

Please feel free to leave a comment on this post.  I’d love to hear your thoughts! 

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

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