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6 perks of the concierge lifestyle

6 perks of the concierge lifestyle

Ever wonder what it would be like to enjoy the pampered luxury lifestyle afforded at 5-star hotels every day of the year? This dream isn’t nearly as far out of…

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6 tips for keeping your home cozy for fall and winter

6 tips for keeping your home cozy for fall and winter

With winter just around the corner, it’s time to make your Philadelphia luxury home a warm and cozy retreat. Here are a few tried-and-true ideas to get you started.

Ditch…

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High-end Philadelphia shopping guide: Getting to know Joan Shepp

High-end Philadelphia shopping guide: Getting to know Joan Shepp

As online shopping continues to curry favor in the marketplace, many retailers are rushing to shift gears and move product lines into cyberspace. At 1811 Chestnut Street, you’ll find a…

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How homeowner’s insurance differs for a luxury property

How homeowner’s insurance differs for a luxury property

Buyers who are new to the high-end real estate market are often shocked to find that their old insurance company is unwilling to insure their new home. But while not…

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Fun holiday activities in Philadelphia

Fun holiday activities in Philadelphia

Spend the holidays in leisurely shopping, classic comfort foods, eclectic entertainment and even take a spin on the ice. Philadelphia is never lacking for an excuse to celebrate.

Dilworth Park…

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The First-Timers Guide to Planning an Exquisite Weekend in Philadelphia

The First-Timers Guide to Planning an Exquisite Weekend in Philadelphia

Whether you’re new to town or playing host to visitors, here’s a simple guide planning an unforgettable weekend in the City of Brotherly Love.

Start with an impeccable meal

Getting…

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The best live music venues in Philadelphia

The best live music venues in Philadelphia

There’s something special about live music that’s difficult to explain. As Billy Joel lyrically quipped, “There's a new band in town, but you can't get the sound from a story…

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Your Guide to First Fridays in Old City

Your Guide to First Fridays in Old City

Exploring Old City’s vibrant art galleries, boutiques, shops, restaurants and cafés provides a sumptuous taste of nouveau Philadelphia. And there’s no better way to experience Old City’s unique flavor…

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Philly’s Most Prestigious Athletic and Social Clubs

Philly’s Most Prestigious Athletic and Social Clubs

“Members Only.” When you’ve made it to the top, here’s where you go to socialize and rub shoulders with those who can take you one step higher.

The Racquet…

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Philadelphia Private Dining Guide

Philadelphia Private Dining Guide

Whether you’re planning an intimate evening, a large gathering or a holiday get-together, a list of top Philadelphia restaurants offering private dining is a must have. All the ambiance…

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Luxury Lighting Guide

Luxury Lighting Guide

Legendary designer Charles Eames once said, “The details are not the details, they make the design.”

And when it comes to designing a truly luxurious space, the detail…

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How Technology is Changing Luxury Homes

How Technology is Changing Luxury Homes

Technology is rapidly altering how high-end homeowners view the most expensive properties on the market. Understanding how technology is changing luxury homes is now vital, for buyers, sellers and…

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Designing the Ultimate In-Home Library

Designing the Ultimate In-Home Library

Some symbols of success and sophistication never change. Even in our digital age, there’s something about an in-home library that radiates class.

A library as a whole paints…

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Why Great Architecture is Key to a Luxury Home

Why Great Architecture is Key to a Luxury Home

Architecture is at the heart of what makes the interior space of a home. Behind every great luxury home was an architect with a vision and a story to tell.…

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Then and Now: Shifts in Luxury Home Trends

Then and Now: Shifts in Luxury Home Trends

While certain aspects of luxury living are timeless (gorgeous views, stately historical architecture), today’s high-end Philadelphia home looks decidedly different than those purchased 20 to 30 years ago. As the…

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Philadelphia’s Five Original Squares

Philadelphia’s Five Original Squares

No city pays more tribute to its founding father than Philadelphia. William Penn’s 17th century vision of crafting a “greene Countrie Towne” continues to shape the city well into the…

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More Than a Walk-In: Creating a Stunning Closet

More Than a Walk-In: Creating a Stunning Closet

Creating a living space that truly redefines luxury requires outside the box thinking. Or, in the case of today’s theme, “inside the closet” thinking. Today, there’s far more to closet…

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5 Reasons Philadelphia Luxury Real Estate Has a Leg up on New York

5 Reasons Philadelphia Luxury Real Estate Has a Leg up on New York

As two of America’s powerhouse East Coast cities, New York and Philadelphia have always enjoyed a friendly rivalry—from sports and food to a rich display of fine arts and culture,…

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5 Things to Look for in an Extraordinary Luxury Home

5 Things to Look for in an Extraordinary Luxury Home

When shopping for real estate, the axiom is usually quite simple: spend more, get more. But when shopping luxury properties, how does one compare homes that essentially “have it all”?…

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Spa-Style Bathrooms: Luxury That Lasts

Spa-Style Bathrooms: Luxury That Lasts

An itinerary of facials, relaxation and cucumber water doesn’t need to be limited to a weekend getaway when you can transform your own bathroom into an everyday spa. Inspired by…

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How to Set Up a Stunning Work-From-Home Luxury Office Space

How to Set Up a Stunning Work-From-Home Luxury Office Space

Whether you work from home part-time or are in need of a full-fledged luxury office just down the hall from your bedroom, simple upgrades can convert your workspace into a…

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Architectural Spotlight: Philadelphia’s 10 Most Iconic Buildings

Architectural Spotlight: Philadelphia’s 10 Most Iconic Buildings

Ask ten architecture aficionados to name their favorite buildings in Philly and no two lists that look the same. As with any art form, taste is subjective. One enthusiast’s masterpiece…

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Black Tie Charity Events & Galas in Philadelphia

Black Tie Charity Events & Galas in Philadelphia

Every year, Philadelphia plays host to a number of black tie galas designed to help charitable organizations raise funds and spread awareness about their causes. When planning next year’s…

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Along the Delaware: Old City, Society Hill & Queen Village

Along the Delaware: Old City, Society Hill & Queen Village

Fantastic “Delaware” inspired lifestyles await at Philadelphia’s most popular riverside neighborhoods. Old City, Society Hill and Queen Village each offer a distinctly different charm.

Take a moment to…

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Philadelphia’s Signature Street: Avenue of the Arts

Philadelphia’s Signature Street: Avenue of the Arts

Few cities in the country have a single street that defines them quite like the Avenue of the Arts in Philadelphia. It has grown to become the heart of our…

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Parks & Leisure: Where to Enjoy Nature in Philly

Parks & Leisure: Where to Enjoy Nature in Philly

The history of greenery in Philadelphia dates back to the early days of the city. Upon its founding, William Penn famously shared his plan for the future: a ‘greene countrie…

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300 Years of Architectural Mastery: History’s Role in the Philadelphia Real Estate Market

300 Years of Architectural Mastery: History’s Role in the Philadelphia Real Estate Market

You’d be hard pressed to find a city with more spectacular architecture from each period in our nation’s storied history than Philadelphia. From the visionary city planning of William…

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Philadelphia’s Most Prestigious Addresses

Philadelphia’s Most Prestigious Addresses

Living the luxurious lifestyle in Philadelphia is all about finding just the right home to suit your unique tastes and needs. From sparkling modern glass facade high rises to…

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Up & Coming Philadelphia Art Galleries

Up & Coming Philadelphia Art Galleries

Given that the oldest museum in the United States resides here, it’s safe to say that Philadelphia is a city that’s very much in touch with its artistic side.…

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Finding the Right Luxury Home to Suit Your Unique Style

Finding the Right Luxury Home to Suit Your Unique Style

Shopping for a luxury home in Philadelphia can be a challenging proposition. In a city so densely rich with history and stunning architecture, the relatively expansive supply of quality…

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Shaken, not Stirred: The Best Martinis in Philadelphia

Shaken, not Stirred: The Best Martinis in Philadelphia

While anyone can pour gin over vermouth, the modern martini has evolved into a statement cocktail best left expressed by a master mixologist.

Wildly imaginative and infused with…

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How to Sell a High-End Luxury Home

How to Sell a High-End Luxury Home

Brokering multimillion-dollar luxury home deals requires an entirely different array of skills and tactics. From how an ultra-high-end property is valued and priced to marketing, negotiating and staging strategies, every…

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Integrating Fine Art into your Home Décor

Integrating Fine Art into your Home Décor

No luxury home is complete without a collection of signature artworks to express the owner’s personal style and unique tastes.

Art creates order out of chaos and ties…

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Vacation Around the Corner: The Best Luxury Staycations in Philadelphia

Vacation Around the Corner: The Best Luxury Staycations in Philadelphia

In a city as grand as Philadelphia, you don't have to go very far in order to unplug, get a change of scenery and indulge in a few extra luxuries.…

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Drink With a View: The Best Rooftop Bars & Restaurants in Philly

Drink With a View: The Best Rooftop Bars & Restaurants in Philly

Drink with a View: Best Rooftop Bars & Restaurants in Philly Eating and drinking outdoors is one of summer’s greatest pleasures, and rooftop tables elevate the experience in more ways…

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3 Luxury Interior Design Trends to Take Notice Of

3 Luxury Interior Design Trends to Take Notice Of

We asked top Philadelphia interior designers what’s hot right now and found the following three concepts coming up again and again in conversation.

High-Lacquered Woods

Stately and polished, high-lacquered wood…

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Architect Spotlight: Michael Ryan

Architect Spotlight: Michael Ryan

Making a name for yourself in a city as rich with history and architectural mastery as Philadelphia is a feat seldom accomplished by today’s modern architect. Only those with a…

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The Best Antique Furniture Stores in Philadelphia

The Best Antique Furniture Stores in Philadelphia

Living within sight of the Liberty Bell, a stroll away from Independence Hall or a few blocks down the street from the National Constitution Center might just inspire you to…

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Fit and Fancy: Philadelphia’s High-End Health Clubs

Fit and Fancy: Philadelphia’s High-End Health Clubs

We love sharing our favorite eats with you, but we'd be remiss to not mention our favorite gyms and fitness clubs as well. For rain and snow, humid summers, strength…

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Treat Yourself: World-Class Spas and Salons in Philadelphia

Treat Yourself: World-Class Spas and Salons in Philadelphia

In a world-class city, there’s no excuse not to give yourself the world-class treatment. Look fabulous and feel rejuvenated after checking out these five spas and salons.

The Rittenhouse Spa…

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Essential Ways to Savor Summer in Philadelphia

Essential Ways to Savor Summer in Philadelphia

From brilliant beer gardens with easygoing vibes to an elegant evening of dining, and from music to fireworks and festivals, summertime in Philadelphia is full of eclectic activities. If you're…

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Red or White? Explore Philadelphia's Award-Winning Wine Scene

Red or White? Explore Philadelphia's Award-Winning Wine Scene

Philadelphia plays host to a multitude of American and international wines, making it easy to find the perfect pairing for any one of the city's delicious eateries. Whether you're looking…

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A Theater for Every Taste

A Theater for Every Taste

Theater fans, musical-lovers and performing arts enthusiasts will all find something that speaks to them in Philadelphia. With a wide variety of theatre companies and performance groups converged around Center…

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Judge a City by its Bookstores

Judge a City by its Bookstores

With a deep history and thriving arts scene, it's no surprise that Philadelphia is also saturated with literature. But don't take our word for it! Spend a weekend, or several,…

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Philadelphia's Urban Trails and Secret Gardens

Philadelphia's Urban Trails and Secret Gardens

Philadelphia might be one of America's largest cities, but with its five original park squares, hundreds of miles of trails and countless acres of unique gardens, it's far from a…

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Sweet Treats: Philadelphia’s Most Delectable Desserts

Sweet Treats: Philadelphia’s Most Delectable Desserts

Sunday morning treats, hellacious workday pick-me-ups, indulgent date nights, midnight cravings and celebratory moments—Philadelphia exceeding satisfies your sweet tooth with a variety of classic and unique desserts for every mood…

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Delicious Bites: Center City Culinary Gems

Delicious Bites: Center City Culinary Gems

We’ve already mentioned Washington Square’s impeccable coffee spots and the famous Zahav's, but Center City is filled with so many delicious food options that we couldn't help but share a few more special…

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The President Next Door: A Glimpse of Society Hill

The President Next Door: A Glimpse of Society Hill

Imagine living in a neighborhood where James and Dolley Madison's house was for sale. If the idea catches your fancy, take a stroll through historic Society Hill and marvel at…

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Four Reasons to Raise a Family in Fitler Square

Four Reasons to Raise a Family in Fitler Square

Be Zoned for Philadelphia’s Top Schools

Fitler Square has become a haven for everyone from college students to empty nesters -- anyone looking for a quiet corner to call home…

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Art Galleries and Mediterranean: Old City Beyond the Liberty Bell

Art Galleries and Mediterranean: Old City Beyond the Liberty Bell

Independence Hall, the Liberty Bell, the Betsy Ross House, Elfreth's Alley -- for first time visitors to Philadelphia, these are all must-sees; but what do you do in Old City…

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Treat Your Eyes: Logan Square’s Best Museums

Treat Your Eyes: Logan Square’s Best Museums

Next door to the Art Museum district and bordered by the grand Benjamin Franklin Parkway, Logan Square is the ideal location for enthusiasts of the fine arts, high culture and…

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Art Around the Art Museum

Art Around the Art Museum

The Philadelphia Museum of Art hosts a collection of hundreds of thousands of paintings, sculptures and other pieces, including iconic works like Paul Cezanne's The Large Bathers and Vincent van Gogh's Sunflowers. It…

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Coffee and Cafes in Washington Square

Coffee and Cafes in Washington Square

Philadelphia's Washington Square, a shaded 6.6 acre urban oasis near the nation's birthplace at Independence Hall, has been the focal point of the city's celebrated past for more than 300…

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Philadelphia's Most Beautiful Neighborhoods

Philadelphia's Most Beautiful Neighborhoods

With so many spectacular neighborhoods to choose from, shopping Philadelphia real estate can be trickier than selecting which dish to eat at your favorite 5-star restaurant. A landmark city with…

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The Best Lunch Spots in Rittenhouse Square

The Best Lunch Spots in Rittenhouse Square

The true beauty of owning Rittenhouse Square real estate is discovering that the finest of Philadelphia’s daytime eateries reside a hop, skip and a jump from your doorstep. Tempt your…

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Timeless Luxury: The Historic Ayer Condominium

Timeless Luxury: The Historic Ayer Condominium

It would stand to reason that America’s “oldest advertising agency” would house itself in a building offering the finest architectural distinctions of the day. N.W. Ayer & Sons, the firm…

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4 Things to Remember When Choosing an Architect

4 Things to Remember When Choosing an Architect

When it comes to prestigious Philadelphia addresses like 1706 Rittenhouse Square and the Ayer Building, every property is unique. And unique properties require the unique talents of a gifted architect.…

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The 10 most expensive homes for sale in Philly right now

The 10 most expensive homes for sale in Philly right now

There's no doubt about it: Philadelphia's housing market is on the move. Reports reveal that homes haven't been this hot since before the housing market went kaput. And just this…

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Philly’s 10 most beautiful homes of 2016

Philly’s 10 most beautiful homes of 2016

It's time to make up a bunch of awards and hand them out to the most deserving people, places and things in the real estate, architecture, infrastructure, and neighborhood universes…

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You Can’t Top This: 3 Levels of Luxury, 360-Degree Views, $7M

You Can’t Top This: 3 Levels of Luxury, 360-Degree Views, $7M

The building we now know as the Lanesborough was built in 1929 as the home of the Haverford Club and the Yale Club. Today, it’s home to choice luxury condos,…

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Incredible Lanesborough penthouse with 4 terraces asks $7M

Incredible Lanesborough penthouse with 4 terraces asks $7M

A 3-story penthouse in the Lanesborough at 1601 Locust Street has hit the market to the tune of $7,000,000, offering jaw-dropping skyline views from nearly every room, including the bathrooms.…

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Jawdropper of the Week

Jawdropper of the Week

If you’ve been to Newport, R.I., you’ve probably done the famous Cliff Walk and toured some of the “cottages” the Robber Barons built as summer getaways at the height of…

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Power Brokers: Inside the Lives (and Homes) of Philly’s Million-Dollar Real Estate Agents

Power Brokers: Inside the Lives (and Homes) of Philly’s Million-Dollar Real Estate Agents

Jules is … betwixt. A word about Jules: He’s rich. You have to be to get a showing at the Ayer, the 1929 luxury condo building that faces Washington Square,…

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2015 Awards!

2015 Awards!

As a Berkshire Hathaway Home Services Fox & Roach Realtor, it's a tremendous honor to be recognized as the number one individual agent in the region, and number nine nationally…

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Thank you Angie Carrion and Philadelphia Magazine for noting my magnificent new listing, 607-613 Pine Street

Thank you Angie Carrion and Philadelphia Magazine for noting my magnificent new listing, 607-613 Pine Street

Much like the museum-like Delancey Place residence we featured last week, today’s jaw-dropper is a home with a unique relationship to art: the Society Hill dwelling was originally owned by…

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Thank you James Jennings and Philadelphia Magazine for featuring the sale of this notable property

Thank you James Jennings and Philadelphia Magazine for featuring the sale of this notable property

Former Phillies ace Cliff Lee has had an interesting week. For starters, the club declined his $27.5 million option for 2016, buying him out of the deal for $12.5 million…

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Thank you James Jennings and Philadelphia Magazine for featuring the sale of this exquisite home

Thank you James Jennings and Philadelphia Magazine for featuring the sale of this exquisite home

Need another sign that illustrates just how hot the luxury housing market is at the moment in Philadelphia? Steve Burke’s incredible
Delancey Street mansion finally sold this week. The double­wide property at 1817 Delancey Street had been under contract for about a
year, and it looks likes the head man at NBC Universal (and Comcast’s Chief Operating Officer) sold it for $4.3 million.

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Home Run Listing!

Home Run Listing!

Equisite New Listing located at 1706 Rittenhouse Square Street! Exclusive Condominium with Full Floor Residence in the Heart of Historic Rittenhouse Square. Direct Elevator Access to the Most Spectacular Views…

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1817 DELANCEY

1817 DELANCEY

This spectacular double-wide Town-Home is located on one of Philadephia's most desirable blocks. Exquisitely renovated to retain its old world grandeur while adding all of today's luxurious amenities, the home…

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Endless Opportunities

Endless Opportunities

When it comes to real estate, Laurie Phillips redefines the industry standard for excellence by combining impeccable style with exceptional services. Coming from a background in design and fine arts…

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Luxury by Design

Luxury by Design

LAURIE PHILLIPS BFA '78(Painting/Drawing) remembers the early days of her career as one of Philadelphia’s top luxury-property real estate agents like they were yesterday. And they weren’t easy. “I was…

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A Taste of Philly

A Taste of Philly

The most surprising thing about Philadelphia is that everyone seems to hail from somewhere else. Not Poland or Puerto Rico, but New York, Boston, Texas. “It is such a wonderful…

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Homes in move-in condition selling quickly and at healthy prices

Homes in move-in condition selling quickly and at healthy prices

You may be surprised to learn that things are already shifting away from the extreme buyers' market of the last few years. Quality homes in move-in condition in Center City…

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Council agrees to postpone AVI - we need to get mayor nutter on board

Council agrees to postpone AVI - we need to get mayor nutter on board

Dear Neighbors, Friends & Colleagues, After weeks of intense debate, City Council came to the same conclusion as the 20 civic associations in the Tax Fairness Coalition: that the new…

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