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By Carolyn Roland-Historic Homes For Sale In Delaware and S. Chester County PA, Carolyn Roland, GRI, CRS
(Patterson-Schwartz Real Estate)
It had been a place I had always wondered about, and here was my chance last week to gain entry to the historic Library Company of Philadelphia at 13th and Locust. Imagine yourself in 1731 Philadelphia, with few books available to the public. Then along comes Ben Franklin and his friends who were members of the Junto, his “society of mutual improvement,” whom he convinced to pool their resources and purchase a collection of books. Each of the 40 members contributed 50 shillings.Today, a majority of Library Company members are shareholders who have purchased a share that has been passed through previous owners since the 18th century and a share can be purchased for $200. Along with the share, you get a complete list of all the previous members who have owned your share since 1731. (photo...
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By Hannah Williams, Expertise NE Philadelphia & Bucks 215-820-3376
(HomeStarr Realty)
   What a difference a day makes . Yesterday the temperatures were in the mid fifty degrees . Today it was around 12 degrees . That is a drop of forty degrees in one day with sub zero wind chills  . One of my clients said it was not too cold .She was the only person that said this .  To tell you the truth no way I was going outside unless there was a reason to . There was no houses to show or condos . Everything I needed to do I could do on the computer from home .  Early this morning I made a banana bread . This afternoon I made spicy chicken . So my place smells really wonderful . Cleo is curled up in a ball . The fireplace is going .Something about the cold weather that makes me want to cook .   The temperatures are going back up to the 30's tomorrow 40's by Wednesday and mid 50's by...
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By Hannah Williams, Expertise NE Philadelphia & Bucks 215-820-3376
(HomeStarr Realty)
 It is time to take look at Baker's Bay a Gated waterfront community located in the Torresdale area of NE Philadelphia. This is a very desirable area and if price right will not stay on the market long. It is a lovely community with two sections the midrise and the garden section. The Mid-Rise is an elevator building. There are some units that have river views. Even without a river view, these units are spacious, lovely and in high demand       The gardens have a different look and feel have private entrances and mirror their names There are some garden one-story units. there are also Townhouse units in the gardens. The garden gets their name from the beautiful gardens that surround the area.     Whichever you chose you have access to the clubhouse pools gym tennis courts and all the ot...
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By Hannah Williams, Expertise NE Philadelphia & Bucks 215-820-3376
(HomeStarr Realty)
  Let's take a look at Brookhaven Row Townhouse Values in the last ninety days ..as of January 10 ,  2019 . These spacious row houses are in the 19114  zip code and  conveniently located near shopping and Septa transportation .   You have Shoprite Food Market Shopping Center in walking distance There is an East and West side of Brookhaven .      Checking the Bright MLS there have been three Closed /Sold properties in the last ninety days .Closed/Sold :  3BR 1.5 bath 1376 sq' above grade  Fin Bsmt  Straight Tru -Price per sq' $173.88  Remodeled -wood ,ceramic and newer carpeted floors- fenced yard  Sold/closed price  $241,000   concession  $7230   DOM 8  west sideClosed /Sold : 3 BR  1.5 Bath  1386 sq' AG Fin Bsmt  straight Tru - Price per sq ' $170.63 gas stone fireplace ,garage , Close...
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By Steve Capriotti, Remax Access- Realtor, Philadelphia Real Estate
(Associate Broker)
A Guide to 5 Fruity Beers (So You Can Have the Fun Taste, But Still Appear “Rugged”)Sometimes you just don’t wanna drink a regular old beer, but you also don’t wanna order a cocktail. Or drink straight juice. You’re lookin’ for a lil’ suttin’-suttin’ in between. Maybe it’s just nice outside.…Look, I don’t know your life, but I do know that these beers are delicious (feel free to recommend others, of course):*Ahem*  Schofferhofer, Grapefruit Heifeweizen: this beer is a German gem. It’s fruity and light, and you can find it in beer gardens and your local Acme alike. The catch is that they’re only 2.5% alcohol, but that’s because they’re half juice (aka not just beer). If you’re looking for something refreshing and feel-good, but you gotta drive after this one, this is your guy.  21st Amen...
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By Hannah Williams, Expertise NE Philadelphia & Bucks 215-820-3376
(HomeStarr Realty)
  What a wonderful tradition in Philadelphia when people smile and dance in the streets . Yes it is a Happy New Year's Day  in Philadelphia Pa . The Mummers are strutting their stuff down the streets of the City of Philadelphia  These bands prepare all year for this day .    Last year it was bitter cold .This year it will be in the sixties but very high winds are predicted .The winds will make it difficult for the fancy and the fancy brigade but nothing will stop these Mummers from strutting their stuff  The Mummers are pure sunshine .   The Mummers compete in four categories . They are the comic ,the fancy ,the fancy brigades , and the string bands .  It is one huge party in the streets of Philly . "When You're Smiling " is my favorite songs . You will find this attitude is contagious ...
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By Hannah Williams, Expertise NE Philadelphia & Bucks 215-820-3376
(HomeStarr Realty)
  Let's take a look at this Year 2018  Anita Clark will be back next year with great new tips for the New Year 2019  There are  little tips on your Facebook Business page do you use them ? One I check often is :Invite Friends Know friends who might like your Page? (Mine is on the right side of my page yours may be some where else find it ) Help more people discover your Page by inviting friends to like it .A pop up comes up with all the names of people who you know that have not have liked your page  invite them .You will be surprised how many people will respond  and like your page . Reciprocate when asked . It is good to have friends .   When checking  analytics I found the more likes you have the higher your Facebook Business page ranks    That is why it is so important when Anita as...
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By Hannah Williams, Expertise NE Philadelphia & Bucks 215-820-3376
(HomeStarr Realty)
 I recently read a post by Liz and Bill Spear called  Eyes Wide Open . It made me think so I checked and canceled a membership I had that was not bringing me any benefit's . Money that was not well spent and could be put to better use .  When doing so I was told I would be getting a call and email  to see why I was leaving. I would get a personal call to see what it would take to get me to stay  . Well no call or email but I did get an email saying they tried to charge my credit card (which thankfully thanks to Holiday shopping was denied ) would I like to use another credit card  card?  I quickly responded that I had canceled their service .     I was then instructed that they would send me an email with a link . It would only be good for 15 minutes to cancel .  I did this and typed in...
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By Carolyn Roland-Historic Homes For Sale In Delaware and S. Chester County PA, Carolyn Roland, GRI, CRS
(Patterson-Schwartz Real Estate)
 Yes, this morning we went up 458 feet to the viewing deck under the statue of William Penn at the top of Philadelphia City Hall, the largest municipal building in this country. The most stomach curdling part was the ride up in the elevator from the 7th floor. The door is glass, so you can see yourself hurtling skyward and passing the inside of the giant clock face which looks out over the city. I had only done this once before, and the inside of the clock still makes an impression. (photo Wikipedia)  But the biggest thrill is looking over the City of Brotherly Love from the building which was the tallest in the City until 1987 (when One Liberty Place, then Two Liberty Place were built-far right below).  Not only that, but the glass skylights gave us a view of the statue of William Penn...
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By Hannah Williams, Expertise NE Philadelphia & Bucks 215-820-3376
(HomeStarr Realty)
  This post is for cat lovers and just for fun . Those who read my posts know I own a Siamese cat named Cleo  I have discovered YouTube videos for cats . YouTube also has  video games for cats . I put the videos on when I leave the house or when I am trying to get work done on the computer and Cleo is being annoying .  I also thought it might be helpful to Endre Barath, Jr.  after reading his post about his cat knocking over the Christmas Tree he purchased for his wife Diane . Now keep in mind you need a TV that can not be knocked over. The cat may hit the screen with their paws as Cleo will try to  catch the string in this video  . I also thought  Ron and Alexandra Seigel may want to share this with their beautiful cat as well as Nina Hollander . There are also videos with mice, lazers...
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By Hannah Williams, Expertise NE Philadelphia & Bucks 215-820-3376
(HomeStarr Realty)
 Here are things you may have not known about me. You may also say why should I care . My answer is I really do not know but I will tell you  a friend of mine Kathy Streib asked me to answer these question . So here it is the cat is out of the bag   Age : There are some things you just don't ask a Lady Best Trait : My Smile Biggest Fear : Our Water will not be Clean to Drink Favorite Time of Year : Fall Favorite Drink : Water -- Early Bird or Night Owl : Night Owl Favorite Song : Dance of the Sugar Plum Fairies     Ghosts are they Real ? Spirits Yes I have been visited Hometown: Philly   (Philadelphia) In Love With  :Life Favorite Movie : Gone with the Wind Last Time I Felt Happy : Right NowNumber of Siblings : One One Wish : Good  Health Person You Call Most Often Call : My Sister Ques...
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By Hannah Williams, Expertise NE Philadelphia & Bucks 215-820-3376
(HomeStarr Realty)
    "If you have good thoughts they will shine out of your face like sunbeams and you will always look lovely". This is quote by Roald Dahl . Positive thoughts bring positive results . We were asked by my friend Carol Williams  (we also call each other sisters  ) to write  a post on a "quote " that inspires us . This quote by Roald Dahl is the one I choose .    There are many reason I chose this quote . I think this a magical quote . The truth is beauty comes from within us . Just as he says if you are thinking beautiful thoughts  it will shine through in your face and smile .   Negative thoughts and actions may make a person who is attractive look unattractive . No one wants to be around someone that always has a frown on their face or talks negatively about others . Have you met someo...
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By Hannah Williams, Expertise NE Philadelphia & Bucks 215-820-3376
(HomeStarr Realty)
 The Marverlous Mrs. Maisel Season 2  on Amazon Prime   Amazon Prime  offers wonderful entertainment . Their comedy series the Marvelous Mrs.Maisel won 8 Emmy Awards last Season and it is nominated again this year .  Just in case you missed all the announcements you can now watch this hysterical Prime Video Hit Comedy Series on Prime .   It is a laugh out laugh series of a Jewish New York divorced woman who decides to do stand up comedy . The Marvelous Mrs.Maisel  takes place in the days of Lenny Bruce when women just did not do this type of thing . Unbeknownst to her family Madge leads a secret life or does she? Here is a preview of Season 2  found on YouTube    Here is a preview if Season 1 in case you have not had the pleasure   If you enjoy the Video and do not have Amazon Prime Fir...
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By Carolyn Roland-Historic Homes For Sale In Delaware and S. Chester County PA, Carolyn Roland, GRI, CRS
(Patterson-Schwartz Real Estate)
For all you creative types out there, we are not talking your average Hallmark pretty gingerbread house, but one made by actual architects and architecture students that recreate famous Pennsylvania buildings such as Frank Lloyd Wright's Fallingwater (yes, the blue is falling water). Here is John Haviland's Eastern State Penitentiary in Philadelphia by Drexel University students.  Last year, University of Pennsylvania students recreated Frank Furness’ Fisher Fine Arts Library in gingerbread. All these pieces of art came from suggestions made in a post byPennsylvania Historic Preservation 
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By Hannah Williams, Expertise NE Philadelphia & Bucks 215-820-3376
(HomeStarr Realty)
 Call Santa Claus 951-262-3062 His Personal Number   You better watch out You better not Shout You better watch out I am telling you Why Santa Claus is Coming to TownHe knows if you 've been sleeping He knows if your awake He knows if You've been Bad or Good So be Good for Goodness Sake  Tell Santa what you want under the tree you now have his secret phone number   Here is his secret phone number just for you  Call Santa 951-262-3062   No worries he answers all calls personally   Be sure to call Santa Claus Put some cookies under the tree you are special here is his secret phone numberAfter you call Santa his Elves will send you a text message with your own phone number.   Call this phone number to hear your message with Santa to make sure your list is correct .This text phone number is...
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By Hannah Williams, Expertise NE Philadelphia & Bucks 215-820-3376
(HomeStarr Realty)
 It is time to talk about Delaire Landing Condos  . The other waterfront gated community  This beautiful condo community is often shaded by it's sister community Bakers Bay .    Delaire Landing is  a beautiful waterfront community with so much to offer it's residents The park-like grounds are incomparable to any other waterfront community . Delaire Landing also has two pools  on the waterfront with a view of the Delaware River . You can watch the boats sail by while enjoying the sunshine and taking a swim  .    You can also enjoy the views while playing tennis . Let's not forget the observation deck where you can sit and watch the boats and ships sail down the River . Take a walk through the tall trees that may have seen George Washington when he sailed down the Delaware River to Delair...
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By Hannah Williams, Expertise NE Philadelphia & Bucks 215-820-3376
(HomeStarr Realty)
 It is that time to check what is happening in Bakers Bay gated waterfront condos . Once again there is a shortage of condominiums for sale . We will check Trend for the last time as we are converting and merging to Bright MLS a much more sophisticated version that spans many states and areas .It will also allow our clients to search in a portal .This portal will give them access to our information . It will enable them to search active listings without being frustrated .Many buyers search the Internet on third party sites only to discover the houses are sold or under contract . This portal search will alleviate this frustration .  Active : 2 BR 2 Bath  2nd floor unit in the Garden Section  1381 sq' fireplace chairlift   $159,900 Active : 2 BR  2.5 Bath  penthouse unit in MID Rise 2530 ...
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By Hannah Williams, Expertise NE Philadelphia & Bucks 215-820-3376
(HomeStarr Realty)
  I am grateful for my cat Cleo . As many of you who read my posts know how much I adore her  When I wake up in the morning she is either curled up at my feet or staring at me to get up She gladly follows me to the kitchen and patiently waits as as I make my coffee. As the coffee brews I get her bowl and pick one of her favorite flavors of Meow Mix wet food cups .  If I work from home she curls herself up next to me and the computer . If I go to the office I put on YouTube TV and she sits in front of the TV set and waits for it it to come on . When I return home she is crying or should I say meowing at the door until it opens that is unless she is in the bedroom then she comes running to greet me.  I have never had a cat .I always had dogs .Best thing about a cat is you do not have to w...
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By Hannah Williams, Expertise NE Philadelphia & Bucks 215-820-3376
(HomeStarr Realty)
  Walmart gave me great customer service. It took some doing but I received more then I bargained for. I am grateful for my 65" Sharp 4K smart TV. Last year my son-in-law, John, and my daughter, Johanna, purchased a 55'' Sharp 4K Smart TV for me on Thanksgiving. They knew how much I wanted that TV.  They love to shop after dinner at the big sale at Walmart - the Black Friday sale that now has been moved up to Thanksgiving night at 6pm. They have everything down to a science. Four of them go - my oldest grandson Ryan (17) and my oldest granddaughter Alexis (15) and John and Johanna. They know exactly what they are getting and where to go for each item ... Last year I wrote a post about the TV. Luckily they gave it to me the next day. When John took it out of the box the screen was shatte...
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By Hannah Williams, Expertise NE Philadelphia & Bucks 215-820-3376
(HomeStarr Realty)
  Today was the first snow of the season . I had to be in the office early this morning . A tech was scheduled to come in a put a program on my laptop . It was questionable when the snow would start .The tech had my laptop done quickly. We were talking and he was concerned  about  picking  up his children if there was an early dismissal . There were many schools closing early      I left the office about 10:45 AM and the fist snow flakes started falling . I took major highways as the minutes went by the heavier the snow flakes were . The roads were all pretreated so they were not slick yet . I was just worried about it turning to ice as that what they were predicting . I was lucky visibility was just starting to get a little white .    Driving was easy as the roads were treated and as I...
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