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News & Views About Real Estate in the Greater Philadelphia Area

Succeeding in real estate isn’t quite as easy as the agents on “Million-Dollar Listing” or “Selling New York” sometimes make it look. Balancing the fun of seeing beautiful homes and Continue reading

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A spectacular ocean-front property in the Montecito area of California topped the list of luxury sales in April for Sotheby’s International Realty offices. The 3.55-acre property sold for Continue reading

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Yes, you really do need to do this to your dishwasher once in a while. Photo courtesy of repairclinic.com.

It’s easy to find tips on what to spiff up before your list your home for sale. Clean your windows; de-clutter your attic, basement, garage and closets; get rid of dead houseplants; and keep your home looking spotless. Here at Kurfiss Sotheby’s International Realty, our agents frequently Continue reading

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Starting in Tinicum Township in Upper Bucks, this video will guide you through several Delaware River communities, Central Bucks County and provide you a peak into some great towns like Doylestown, Newtown and Washington Crossing in Upper Makefield township. Enjoy the 3 minute ride.

Delaware River Communities in Central Bucks

Tinicum Township homes feature beautifully restored stone farm houses where families enjoy the goodness of nature and move at a slower pace. The Tohickon Creek flows along the southern edge into the Delaware at Point Pleasant. From there summer visitors can take a lazy ride from River Country past the Black Bass Hotel in an inflatable tube on the river. A shuttle will pick you up just south of Lumberville, return you to your car where you can tour modern estate homes in Solebury Township. Try to include a visit to Dilly’s Corner for ice cream or the Center Bridge Inn for a glass of wine.

Just a mile west of the river is the Carversville Inn where diners can step back in time and enjoy a meal of venison or slow roasted prime rib over a bottle of wine with friends. Just a little south is New Hope, Washington Crossing and Yardley and you can read more about each of these river communities here .

Modern Estates and Historic Homes Blend Well in Doylestown

This central Bucks County community is the county seat and a cultural hub. The Michener Art Museum, Mercer Museum and the Moravian Tile and Pottery Works are all within walking distance of downtown Doylestown. Surrounding the borough are spectacular vintage estates and historic stone farm houses that that date back to the late 1700’s. On the other end of the spectrum are modern executive homes with open floor plans , cathedral ceilings and a kitchen designed for a professional chef.

Give us a call if you are looking to visit any of these areas and wish to schedule a private viewing.

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Honeystone at 500 Huston Road

Time is running out to bid on the magnificent Main Line estate in Wayne at 500 Huston Road. Preview it any day between 2:00 and 4:00 pm. This property has more than $10 million in it, evident from the construction and materials — it’s a home that is and will always be a classic. There’s no reserve for this auction, so it may be an opportunity to own a well maintained, exceptional residence for a fraction of what it cost to build. See a video and learn more here.

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Center City Philadelphia realtors descended on the newly staged penthouse at The Ayer building on May 20 with listing agent Melanie Stecura hosting the event at the 4500-square-foot triplex.

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Designer Gretchen Kubiak of Black & Poole just completed staging the Ayer penthouse.

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“River View Estate” in Virginia

A property that originally was part of George Washington’s Mount Vernon estate was the most expensive property sold in March by Sotheby’s International Realty. River View Estate is 16.5 acres located 10 miles from Washington, D.C. It sold for $18,600,000. 2014_03_SS_LR

In exclusive Pelican Point in California, a property consisting of a main residence with six bedrooms, seven and one-half baths and guest residence with three bedrooms, four and four half baths, surrounded by resort-style grounds, was the second highest priced property to sell in April. Sold for $14,700,000, It has panoramic views of coastline, ocean, Catalina Island and a golf course.

In third place is a designer home on Long Island that fronts the ocean. On 2.5 acres with 10,000 square feet of living space, it sold for $14,400,000.

See the entire list of top luxury sales for March here.

 

 

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This Video is an overview of the top neighborhoods located in the city of brotherly love. William Penn would have been pleased to see his vision of Philadelphia developed into the vibrant city it has become.

Business Travelers Love Philadelphia

This high energy metropolitan hub links our nation’s capital in Washington DC to the south with the fashion and financial center of New York City buy rail. Global travelers love Philadelphia since the airport is so easy to navigate. Fine dining, world class cultural activities and affordable residential neighborhoods all combine to creating a perfect blend for the weary traveler.

In previous posts we focused on other neighborhoods in Philly and have linked to them below. This post will highlight two communities that require your attention.

Northern Liberties Lofts, Hot Spots and The Piazza

Northern Liberties has been revitalized into a very happening place to live for the under 30 crowd. The Standard Tap, Yards Brewing Company and of course The Piazza are some of the hot spots for this younger crowd in the evenings. As for dining, our favorites are The El Camino Real for Tex Mex, the Green Eggs Cafe for breakfast and Modomio for a casual Italian fare.

Luxury condominiums line the water front and spacious art deco lofts in Northern Liberties are the highlighted properties for young trendsetters.

Chestnut Hill Stone Homes and The Morris Arboretum

Looking for a taste of suburbia while still living in Philadelphia? Old Philadelphia money can be seen throughout Chestnut Hill in the form of beautiful stone mansions around the Morris Arboretum, Chestnut Hill College and the Wissahickon Valley sections of town. The cobblestone section of Germantown Ave is where old meets new money and local residents enjoy locally sources American fare at Rollers Flying Fish, artesian breads at Baker Street Bread Company and a hand dipped cone at Bredenbeck’s Ice Cream Parlor.

Links to Other Philadelphia Neighborhoods We Highlighted.

What is your favorite neighborhood in Philly? Let us know below.

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Society Hill was home to our colonial aristocrats, early politicians and international business tycoons when Philadelphia served as the nation’s capital. Today it is still one of the upscale neighborhoods in Philly that caters to the region’s trendsetters. Charming and intimate are words to describe the tiny alleys, cobblestone streets and Georgian style homes that line this section of town. In addition to the historical significance of this community, luxury lofts and modern high rise condominiums boarder the eastern and western edges of Society Hill. Take a peek at this video to set the scene for what it is like today. Continue reading

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The Philadelphia Museum district plays host to some of the region’s most exciting events and destinations. Take a peek at this video for an overview of the region and then we will take a closer look below.

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