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February 17, 2009

Are you considering a move into a Philadelphia condo?

Filed under: Center City Real Estate,Of Interest to Buyers,Real Estate: Condominiums — Center City Philadelphia Real Estate Agent @ 3:05 pm

Thank you for visiting our website, filled with information on Philadelphia real estate, with an emphasis on Philadelphia condos and co-ops. 

    
 
If you are considering a move into a Philadelphia condo-be it a Rittenhouse Square condo or Old City loft, finding the right unit that can cater to your new urban lifestyle is of the utmost importance! From Society Hill condos to Fitler Square condos, as well as condos in the Art Museum area or Washington Square West condos, CenterCityCondos.com covers it all! From a Philadelphia loft condo in the Queen Village neighborhood of downtown Philadelphia, to a Luxury Penthouse condo in Bella Vista….many condos can be found right here! Looking for  green condos, or that warehouse loft condominium? How about one of the many doorman condos with full on-site staff similar to a condo hotel? Philadelphia has a variety of real estate option in the condominium and co-op areas of ownership. Philadelphia has grown considerably in the past five years, and many new condos have given many Center City condo buyers a variety of options that didn’t exist in the downtown Philadelphia area a decade ago.

Our familiarity with almost every Philadelphia condo, condominium, and loft here in Center City, will hopefully help your Philadelphia condo search much easier!  Our Center City Real Estate team will do our best to help you with all of your Philadelphia Condo Real Estate needs! Be sure to check out our Philadelphia condo blog, as well as our Podcasts, in which we discuss a variety of topics dealing with condos in Philadelphia!

All the information you may need to know about Philadelphia condos can be found here on our site. We have agents that live in a variety of Center City neighborhoods…Kathy lives in Queen Village, Randy in Rittenhouse Square, Patrick enjoys his real estate in the Bella Vista section of town, Matt in the Art Museum area, John Eric in the Fishtown / Northern Liberties section, Jared lives in Society Hill, and finally, Mark and Jim live in the Old City section of downtown Philly.

We are happy you are here. Enjoy our site, and let us know if we can help you search for some Philadelphia condos! Our office at 530 Walnut St. in Society Hill is easily accessible, and you can email us 24 hours a day with questions and/or comments about the Philadelphia real estate market!

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

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February 12, 2009

Will carpeting kill my resale value?

Filed under: Center City Real Estate — Center City Philadelphia Real Estate Agent @ 11:18 am

Sometime yes. 

 

Sometimes no.


 
In a town that brought you the likes of Betsy Ross, and Ben Franklin, Philadelphia history sells. And every buyer asks if there are hardwood floors underneath the carpeting. Guaranteed. Historic charm, and hardwood flooring seem to go hand in hand. I am guessin’ George Washington didn’t have shag carpeting in his living room.

However, there is a place for carpeting. And that would be the master bedroom. I have dark chocolate brown low pile carpeting throughout my entire master suite, and I believe it is not only appropriate, but also an enhancement to the enjoyment of the “quieter” area of my Center City Condo.

A limited amount of quality, good looking carpet in a bedroom, or a guest bedroom will enhance that particular space. But carpeting needs to be used sparingly in order to garner a positive response from a buyer.

I have seen carpeting in kitchens and bathrooms. Talk about a death sentence. Who the hell would want that? Ditto for carpeting in living rooms, dining rooms, and family rooms. At least that seems to be the case for most Philadephia real estate buyers.

Carpeting will indeed kill your resale value if not modern, clean, and modest in terms of appearance and use. Most new Philly condos (new construction high rises) have finally begun to follow this trend, and I think the positive emotion such usage evokes is money well spent.

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

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February 5, 2009

The Philadelphian Condominiums

Filed under: Center City Real Estate — Center City Philadelphia Real Estate Agent @ 4:58 pm

A true variety of sizes, shapes and views make 2401 Pennsylvania Avenue a wonderful choice for condo buyers.

 

I have always been a big fan of the Philadelphian, located in the Art Museum area of Center City Philadelphia. One of the, if not THE largest condominium association here in Pennsylvania, “2401” has an indoor pool, and outdoor pool, limited garage parking, a supermarket, a restaurant, and a variety of shops located all under one roof! Many units have oversized balconies, with fantastic city or Museum views. The Philadelphian recently replaced all windows, and hvac systems! Stunning penthouse units, and according to www.2401.com, the building has a variety of clubs and social functions throughout the year. Penthouse units have dazzling ceiling height, and top-notch views!

Considering a move into Center City High Rise like this one? Give me a call, and let’s check out the value and size of some of the Philadelphian’s condos!

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

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January 27, 2009

Philadelphia condominiums with parking

Filed under: Center City Real Estate,Of Interest to Buyers,Real Estate: Condominiums — Center City Philadelphia Real Estate Agent @ 2:57 pm

 

Philly condominiums offer a wide variety of parking options. From on-site rental, to deeded parking, many Center City condo buildings do offer an array of possibilities.

Rental parking- Most buyers will tell me that AS LONG AS there is guaranteed rental parking on the block, then this option is an acceptable substitute for actually owning a Philadelphia parking spot. I like the flexibility here, and such an approach will GREATLY add to the number of options you have when we are searching for your new condo.

Deeded Parking- If available, this arrangement has you purchasing a physical piece on property in which you have the rights to park. Means you have a separate tax bill as well. Usually you may buy or sell this parking spot with or without an accompanying condominium unit.

Assigned Parking: You pay for this too, but you do not get a deed. You are basically granted the rights to the use and enjoyment of a parking parking spot, usually located on-site. You may not separate this parking spot from your condominium unit, and such assignment is recorded somewhere in either the condo docs, or your deed.

Street Parking- For approx. $35 a year, you can purchase a Street Parking Sticker, and then be able to NOT have to feed parking meters, or move your car every two hours for the AREA in which your parking sticker is valid. IF you get one for the Old city area, because you live in Old City, this will not give the ability to park for free around Rittenhouse Square. I guarantee you that.

Parking does play a role in the value and desirability differently in almost every condo buying situation here in Center City.

Call me at 215.521.1523 or drop me an email at Mark@CenterCity.com, and let’s discuss how parking may affect you!

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

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January 22, 2009

Philadelphia Condos with Good Closet Space

Filed under: Center City Real Estate — Center City Philadelphia Real Estate Agent @ 11:13 am

Parking? $40,000

A one bedroom condo in hip Old City Philadelphia? $300,000.

Good closet space wherever you live here in Center City Philadelphia? Priceless.

Good closet space inside a Philadelphia condo is like a good wine. Coveted, hard to find, and treasured by all. With a high percentage of my buyers being of the “Empty Nesters” set, I find that their preference for good closet space can not be ignored. Downsizing from a larger home is traumatic enough in itself, without have the added turbulence of deciding what to keep, what to give away, and what to simply heap into a large pile, and burn.

There is one condo development here is town that many of my buyers find quizzical: The good sized two bedroom condo units do not have walk-in closets. Only the medium sized one bedroom condo units in the building have a walk-in closet. Odd, they say- and I can’t disagree.  Dockside in Philadelphia offers two healthy sized walk-in closets in their two bedroom condo units. I thought I was going to have a heart attack when I saw that act of generosity.

I do believe that the lack of closet space must be coming from some NYC consulting firms, used by local developers when putting up a new high rise condo building here in Center City. I know New Yorkers don’t seem to value kitchen size as much as Philadelphians, but could it be that they travel lighter as well, and don’t have as much stuff to store as we do? Who knows! But a bit more attention to good closet space by Philadelphia developers would be a huge help in their sales efforts here in Center City (in my humble opinion)!

I talk about a lot of stuff about Center City real estate.  Click onto my “podcasts” link on www.CenterCityCondos.com to hear me go “off” on everything that is Center City real estate!  

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

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January 13, 2009

Buying a Rittenhouse Square Condo?

Filed under: Center City Real Estate,General Real Estate,Of Interest to Buyers,Real Estate: Condominiums — Center City Philadelphia Real Estate Agent @ 4:44 pm

One thing buyers should be aware of when considering purchasing a Rittenhouse Square condo is whether or not they want to pay to actually live ON Rittenhouse Square. There is a huge difference between living on the Square, or living in the “Rittenhouse Square area”. 

It should surprise no one that realtors can sometimes stretch the boundaries of specific neighborhood by adding suffixes such as:   – area, -vicinity, and –adjacent.  And realtors aren’t the only ones guilty of such name dropping. Heck, for years here in town “Society Hill Furniture” was just off of Broad and Bainbridge Streets. Go figure. And there are even striking price differences between having a “Square View” and not being able to see Rittenhouse Square from your windows (for those high rises directly on the square).

So there are many interpretations of what constitutes a Rittenhouse Square Condo. It is my opinion that Center City “changes” block by block, with respect to housing/condo values, and what is most important is that you are buying or selling for what is appropriate for your little corner of “Rittenhouse Square”.

I am here to help you navigate the world of Philadelphia Real Estate. I can be reached at 267.237.3404 or at Mark@CenterCity.com.  Thank you!

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

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December 30, 2008

Your Philadelphia condo search

Filed under: Center City Real Estate,General Real Estate,Of Interest to Buyers,Real Estate: Condominiums — Center City Philadelphia Real Estate Agent @ 11:21 am

Let’s start by defining your needs. Do you have any pets? That is a great question to start with! Many condo buildings here in Center City Philadelphia have differing pet policies. Some allow dogs, buy have weight limits. Some have limits on the type/breed of dog they allow. Though I have never heard of a weight limit on cats, I am pretty sure most buildings would not allow you to bring a Tiger or a Lion with you :).

Also- when you say you MUST HAVE parking- will on-site rental parking suffice? This little loop hole will certainly increase the number of available condos. May buyers get stuck (not making a judgment call here) on requiring a deeded or assigned parking spot with their unit, when they may not be familiar with the options they have for on-site, or even rental parking within say 50 feet of their front door. Knowing your options can really open up many possibilities in the Philadelphia condo market.

Finally, when buyers say they must have a three bedroom condo, I often ask if a two bedroom and den styled unit will be ample space. There are very few true three bedroom condos available here in town, and those that are available seem to really command a staggering sale price.

So let’s start by defining your true needs. You might find there are options and alternatives to what you believe you truly need and what you might find acceptable! I’m here to help buyers define their needs when searching for their next condo here in downtown Philadelphia! Give me a call at 215.521.1523 or drop me and email at Mark@CenterCity.com!

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

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December 2, 2008

Condos in Graduate Hospital Area~19146

Filed under: Center City Real Estate,Of Interest to Buyers,Real Estate: Condominiums — Center City Philadelphia Real Estate Agent @ 4:18 pm

As the Graduate Hospital area continues to grow and develop, one of the improvements a buyer might find is the addition of certain condominium developments in the area.

I would suggest that the most significant addition would be Toll Brothers development of Naval Square. A variety of condos and townhouse styled condominiums, set on approximately 8 acres, this gated community offers parking, a tax abatement, and a lot of green, open space- a rarity here in Center City Philadelphia. The Graduate Hospital area, defined by the boundaries of Broad to 26th Street, South St. to Washington Avenue, has also seen a wide influx of low rise/brownstone condo developments. Many unique opportunities exist for condo buying in the area, as many developers have built from the ground-up, on what had been vacant parcels strewn out around the 19146 zip code. Most buyers will find that the Graduate Hospital area does offer a lot for the money, and the proximity to Penn, 30th Street Station, and Rittenhouse Square are all advantages that the neighborhood offers.

                                       
Naval Square

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

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November 25, 2008

Fitler Square Condominiums

Filed under: Center City Real Estate,Of Interest to Buyers,Real Estate: Condominiums — Center City Philadelphia Real Estate Agent @ 5:21 pm

Condominiums in the Fitler Square area of Center City Philadelphia range from the loft building (251 S. 24th,  Locust Point), to high rise full-service buildings such as 2301 Cherry St. (River’s Edge) low rise converted brownstone style of living (2217-19 Delancey Street). Each building has its own style and offerings, and each different as night and day.

I find a lot of buyers ask for the Fitler Square area by name. Perhaps med students attending Penn, or many Rittenhouse Square area office workers, Fitler Square seems to suit a wide variety of tastes for condominium living. Here is one example of the types of condo living found in the Fitler Square Area:

Locust Point Condos

 

Fitlers Walk, at 24th and Locust Streets, offers a wide variety of condo styles, underground parking, a tranquil courtyard setting. From small one-bedroom units to very large townhouse style units. Great proximity to Penn, 30th Street Station, and University City. The new Schuylkill River Trail is a wonderful addition to the neighborhood. To learn more about Fitler Square condos,  give me a call, and let’s talk about the options that exist in the area!

Mark Wade

www.CenterCityCondos.com
Prudential Fox and Roach REALTORS®
530 Walnut St., Suite 260 Philadelphia, PA 19106

 

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November 18, 2008

The Hopkinson House Condominiums – 604-36 S. Washington Square

Filed under: Center City Real Estate,Of Interest to Buyers,Real Estate: Condominiums — Center City Philadelphia Real Estate Agent @ 1:35 pm

The Hopkinson House

A wonderful high rise located directly on Washington Square! A wide variety of sized units…from studios to a few large three bedroom units can be found in this Society Hill condo building. Rooftop pool, and underground on-site rental parking is available. Many of the condominiums in the building have balconies….either sun drenched south facing, or have a beautiful Washington Square View. A small convenience store is located on the first floor, along with laundry facilities in the basement, and a parking garage available for rent (when available). Hopkinson House was built in 1963 by renowned architect Oskar Stonorov of Stonorov and Haws and was built on the site of the First Presbyterian Church in the Society Hill section of Center City Philadelphia. All units at Hopkinson House are flats, and this Philadelphia condominium building houses studios, one and two bedroom units. The proper address is 604-36 S. Washington Square, and is located within the 19106 zip code. Known as a great value in Philly condos, the Hop House is wonderfully located directly on Washington Square. You can see more information by visiting my website, www.CenterCityCondos.com.

 

Mark Wade
www.CenterCityCondos.com
BHHS Fox and Roach REALTORS®
530 Walnut St., Suite 260 Philadelphia, PA 19106

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