Get Outside And Enjoy The Weather!!!

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Eakin’s Oval, or just The Oval for the cool kids, is kicking off this season’s outdoor fun filled with food trucks, beer gardens, giant chess sets, and outdoor movies, all at the foot of the Art Museum stairs. The three day event is entitled “Farm Fest” will have a host of 4-Hish fun including but not limited to blues and rock acts, clogging, square dancing, and even a petting zoo. Plenty of food and drinks will help slake whatever appetites these activities may provoke including brews from Victory, Frecon Farms, The Other Farm Brewing Company. All the fun starts tonight 5-9, Friday 11-3 and again from 5-9, and Saturday 11-7. Full info here via Uwishunu.

Million Dollar Views For Much Less

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Outdoor space, the bane of urban highrise living comes at a premium. Throw in some amazing skyline views to remind you daily of how awesome it is to live in a thriving, dynamic city and pricing can get out of control. Listed at under $850k, this rocking 3 bedroom has multimillion dollar vistas, high ceilings and a mash up of industrial elements and warm reclaimed lumber make living inside enjoyable as well.

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Full listing here

My New Brooklyn To Philly 3.0 Video!

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It has taken me a minute or two to get the tone and the pitch of this presentation correct but here it is. Big thanks to Stratagem Pictures for standing by me to get it done! When I say Brooklyn…it is a state of mind about an overhyped and financially unrealistic world and not an actual place!

Watch the video link on Youtube below and let me know what you think! Call me anytime at 215.740.2339 or email at plantastic@gmail.com!

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mRwXj—SyA&feature=youtu.be

Why This Matters To Me

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It seems that you can’t turn sideways anymore without hearing a great story about how Philadelphia is changing for the better. Then, there are the detractors of this whole “getting better” enterprise. I sit squarely at the front of the “bring it on” team. I think progress is exciting. I don’t mean progress for the sake of progress but I believe the vast majority of new folks in town are just the type of optimistic, let’s get it done type of folk this town needs more of. They add to the already vibrant mix of socially, racially and culturally folk that have called this home for many years.

I will be at TEDxPhiladelphia all day on Friday March 28th. This will take place on the campus of Temple University where I began my Philadelphia journey before leaving for 14 years. I was one of the original organizers of this year’s events. I am proud of what we are about to achieve. We took an idea that was not moving forward in this town and made it work. We worked hard and raised over $185,000 through ticket sales, sponsorships, grants and gifts. We put together an impressive roster of amazing people. We scrambled to find what we thought was the cream of the crop of the over 500 speaker nomination submissions that we received. There were incredible people that we couldn’t fit into this program and this theme that were astonishingly qualified! We could have filled a week of programming. Nonetheless, what will step onto this TEDx stage today will be brilliant and noteworthy.

I am proud to call myself a Philadelphian. I know now that I will always call myself a Philadelphian. I want to be a fantastic part of Philadelphia’s future.

Let’s do this TOGETHER!

Christopher Plant

Philly Designer Sells Home With Personally Cultivated Furnishings

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Ever get the hankering to live in an Anthropology catalog but fear you lack the taste to pull it off? This recently pended listing comes with many of the quirky knick knacks and design features that will make your friends finally notice how cool you are. Admittedly, taste is a subjective thing, but one can’t help but notice the thought and effort that went into putting this home together. Located in an equally fashionable neighborhood, this East Passyunk 3 bedroom spent only a single day on the market before going under contract with an asking price of only $409,000!

Complete listing via Zillow

Housing Market Tips Back to the Seller…and That Is A Good Thing!

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The housing market in Philadelphia is tightening up these past few months. I have been party to fast transactions and, in some cases, multiple offer scenarios. It’s not just first time buyers either but a broad cross section of the market including commercial opportunities. This is a great problem to have. It means that consumers are feeling very comfortable with the long haul.

Philadelphia is an exciting place to be. There was an article in the NYT’s yesterday about the death of the Philadelphia local accent that caught my eye. Is this a natural occurrence brought on by the shrinking world of the internet or are there really so many new folks in town that the local vocal style is getting watered down? I tend to think that more people have a wider world view.

Anywho, this is a great time to re-up or jump in. Philadelphia real estate appears to be a smart investment at this time. It’s more than Bella Vista and Society Hill. It’s Brewerytown, Port Richmond, Germantown and a long list of emerging neighborhoods.

TEDx Philadelphia and Being The Dumbest Guy In The Room

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Sure it’s humbling but it’s also a great way to learn something. The March 29th conference of speakers will highlight some of the best ideas on the events theme “The New Workshop of The World”. At a recent party for the sponsors and speakers, hors d’oeuvres and ideas were passed around by some of the regions most informed and involved minds. There was an excitement about what is about to happen in Philadelphia over the next few years and this TEDx is emblematic of the convergence of ideas that this city is witnessing. The event is sold out but there are plenty of related engagements, viewing parties, and ancillary events to ensure the conversation will be city wide. Organizers had to sift through nearly 500 entries to narrow the field to 19, further proof that there are plenty of people in this city with bright ideas that are eager to contribute. This blog will be closely following events, check out the list of speakers at the link below.

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Workshop Of The World

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Philadelphia was once known as “The Workshop of the World” because of it’s bustling community of artists and crafts people. History seems to be repeating itself. John Rais, a metal fabricator who is featured in this Paperclips215 series entitled “Philadelphia’s New Creative Transplants”, exemplifies the personalities that are making Philadelphia relevant again in this space and the gravity that can surround a vibrant artisan community drawing not only other artists but paying customers seeking their talents.

Interesting Houses For Interesting People

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Renovations look like renovations look like renovations look like renovations, however there are a few flippers that realize that design choice can’t be limited to the on sale circular of your favorite big box home repairatorium. After spending just a few weeks in the market, home buyers quickly fatigue of the standard counter tops, back splashes, and cut rate stainless appliances. This home features lots of unique details with reclaimed lumber, salvaged materials, quartz counter tops, deep set window sills, open shelving, and loads of original character while adapting to a modern way of living with lots of open, airy, light filled spaces all for $289,000.

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Complete listing via Trulia

Move To Philly And We Could Make Beautiful Music Together!!

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Ex-Brooklynite cum Philly resident Peter Matthew Bauer released a single from his forthcoming album Liberation! Monday. “It touches on such subjects as growing up in a Hindu Yoga cult, Scientology, the city of Philadelphia, the God Shiva, the city of Varanasi, Richard Dawkins and Jorge Luis Borges, and was heavily influenced by the work of Roberto Bolaño & Elvis Presley” as quoted from a recent press release. Check out the single, Latin American Ficciones, the album is due to release June 24 and Peter and his band made up of “dirtbag greasers from Fishtown, Philadelphia and Austin, Texas” will be performing this Saturday at MilkBoy Philly.

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