Elizabeth Convery discusses the importance of considering personal lifestyle prior to purchasing a home.
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The fall brings the opening of the 2016-2017 seasons of performing arts to the city. The opening galas for the Opera, Orchestra and Ballet are just around the corner and opening performances follow. This season is shaping up to be one of the best Philadelphia has seen!
Opera Philadelphia begins its 42 nd season this week and the annual Opera Gala will be held at Dilworth Park this Friday evening. The new season includes Breaking the Waves and The Marriage of Figaro. O, Opera Philadelphia’s new opening festival spans twelve days, seven operatic happenings, six venues across the city and three world premieres.
The Philly POPS
For a VERY Fun twist on music, don’t miss thePhilly POPS season! The 2016-2017 season includes performances around Elvis, the jazz greats and a Sgt. Pepper Celebration. Don’t miss out on their Christmas Spectacular for a VERY festive twist to the holiday season.
The Philadelphia OrchestraRenowned for its distinctive sound, desired for its keen ability to capture the hearts and imaginations of audiences, and admired for an unrivaled legacy of “firsts” in music-making, The Philadelphia Orchestra is one of the preeminent orchestras in the world. The Orchestra is one of the many performing arts organizations that offer a Young Friends division. The Orchestra’s Young Friends receive exclusive offerings, including complimentary cocktails at Bar Volver, located in the Kimmel Center.
The Pennsylvania Ballet has been preforming at the Academy of Music for 53 years. The 2016-2017 season debuts this October with Cinderella and includes the holiday classic, The Nutcracker. This season’s opening gala, Princesses & Pirates, will be held at the Academy on October 7th.
Friends of the Avenue of the ArtsFriends of the Avenue of the Arts is a community group that showcases the events and performances along the Avenue of the Arts. The group hosts numerous outreach events to meet others who support the arts as well as coordinating tours and social events for members around the performances. The group also helps promote smaller theater groups around the city.For more information on VERY Real Estate or to join our mailing list to get content like this delivered straight to your inbox, contact us today.
Maybe your over-scheduled calendar isn’t completely to blame for your stress – maybe it’s something less obvious and far easier to fix!
- Your Clutter – There’s actually a scientifically proven link between the stress hormone, cortisol, and a “high density of household objects” like piles of laundry, a sink full of dishes, stacks of mail, or toys. In fact, visual clutter competes with our ability to focus and tires our cognitive functions over time. The same holds true in your office, so sparing a few minutes at the end of your day to keep your workspace tidy may have real health and productivity benefits.
- Your Unmade Bed – The simple act of making your bed is not only correlated with better productivity, a greater sense of well-being and more self-discipline, but turns out it’ll also keep you healthier.
- Junk Food – What you eat really does have a direct effect on our stress and anxiety levels. This game of willpower only gets worst when those delicious cookies are displayed – hide them, freeze them, or share them and be the office hero. Out of sight, out of mind.
- Financial Documents – Restrict these to one room, in a filing cabinet or office desk, rather than having them spread throughout the house. Your accountant will appreciate this, too.
- Your Work – Sometimes there’s no way to avoid bringing work home, but keeping it all on the kitchen table or coffee table day after day has a negative effect on your health. Keep it confined to an office rather than letting it stare you down all weekend long.
- Noise – Be mindful of how loud your television or music is because it turns out, more noise equals more stress.
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Melt your valentine’s heart with our VERY Romantic ideas for the upcoming weekend. From fun twists on the usual chocolates to restaurants that have the charm you’re looking for, VERY Real Estate has the ideas you need to make your Valentine’s weekend a success!
Sweeten the weekend with some special candies from Shane’s Confectionary in Old City or Lore’s Chocolates in Washington Square West. Blow her mind with specialty macarons from Old City’s ICI Macarons & Cafe or truffles from Flying Monkey Bakery in the Reading Terminal Market.
Don’t forget the flowers, with beautiful bouquets from Old City’s Petit Jardin en Ville or Sweet Pea in Graduate Hospital. Head over to Milner Jewelers on jewelers row to find VERY pretty items that will last longer than a week!
Take your sweetheart to a classic dinner at one of the city’s top restaurants. Lacroix, Audrey Claire or Barclay Prime in Rittenhouse are a few of our favorites. Vintage and Talula’s Garden in Washington Square West are delicious and have a great vibe. The Olde Bar in Old City will help set the romantic mood. With Valentine’s Day falling on a Sunday, brunch is also on the table.
You don’t have to go far to make it a romantic weekend. Book a stay at the Ritz Carlton, overlooking City Hall and Dilworth Park, the Hotel Monaco in the heart of Old City or at The Rittenhouse Hotel on Rittenhouse Square to make the most of the romantic weekend without the hassle of traveling.
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Here are some of our VERY favorite home hacks that will make life a little easier (and more fun). We’d love to hear from you – connect with us on Twitter and Facebook, and tell us about your favorite tips!
Bring the Spa Home
Remember how refreshed and relaxed you felt after being pampered at the spa resort last summer? What if you could recreate that every single day in the comfort of your own home? It’s easier than you think – all you need is a small bunch of eucalyptus and some twine, hang it upside down and tie it to your shower head. Steam from the shower will rise and voila…close your eyes and you can pretend your back in Bali (almost). This, plus more secrets to transforming your shower experience here.
Carpet Dents Be Gone
Rearranging furniture? Pesky indentations in your carpets can make a rearranged room look like it wasn’t meant to be. Instead of waiting it out, place ice cubes on the indents and your carpet will spring right back to its old self.
To quickly cool a drink, wrap a wet paper towel around it and put it in the freezer for a few minutes. For more food hacks, like how to avoid chewy pizza crust when reheating, click here.
Eliminate the Shuffle
Paint your keys for ease of use – your house cleaner and/or babysitter will thank you!
Make it Sparkle
Make your glassware sparkle again by putting a few drops of tablespoons of vinegar on a dish rag…give it a wipe and any fogginess will disappear.
Create a second shoe closet with a shoe rack and hanging curtain.
Brighten and Broaden
Put a mirror behind a lamp. This magic trick causes the light of the lamp to bounce off the mirror, creating the feel of a brighter, larger room.
Bally sweater? A textured kitchen sponge can de-pill it. And, who knew – there are actually a lot of uses for kitchen sponges here.
‘Tis the season for static electricity. Yes, there’s static guard, but putting a safety pin on the inseam of your pant leg’s hem can also do the trick (without the weird scent). Another hint: if you run out of dryer sheets, place a rolled up ball of aluminum foil in the dryer for the same effect.
Use binder clips to more efficiently store items in your freezer (or pantry) by securing them to the wire rack, and save yourself the trouble of digging through piles of frozen food.
On the Hook
Hang your jeans on shower hooks for easier access.
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A decorative frame is for more than just photos – use it for a lovely cupcake tray. Or, mount it on the wall and use a dry erase marker to write your grocery list or notes on – a classy alternative to an ugly whiteboard.
Maybe the summer-like temperatures have you a little behind on holiday shopping, or maybe you’re still waiting to think of that perfect gift…whatever the case is, we’ve got you covered! While buying online is still an option, we’re approaching that questionable margin where things may or may not arrive in time. (So, what we’re saying is… don’t be that person who wraps a photo of the gift that was supposed to arrive in time!)
Check out the links below and set your game plan!
For the fashionista:
For the glamorous gal:
For the handsome guy in your life:
For your furry friends:
For the fitness fanatic:
For the aspiring chef:
For the aspiring wine connoisseur:
For the caffeine addict or social butterfly:
For the arts and culture aficionado:
For the host:
For the baby in your life:
For the foodie:
So many fantastic restaurants to choose from, but here are a few gems that your recipients may not have tried yet.
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‘Tis the season to be VERY jolly! Celebrate the holiday season around Philadelphia with great events like the Rittenhouse Tree Lighting, ice skating at Dilworth Park or Winterfest at Penn’s Landing. The One Liberty Observation Deck is open and a great spot for a selfie. Ring in 2016 with the city’s fireworks!
VERY Real Estate is all about what’s happening in Philadelphia and hopes our events calendar, VERY Happening, helps you catch the events everyone will be buzzing about. We hope to see you at some of these Happening events!
Rittenhouse Tree Lighting
When: December 3, 2015
Time: 5:00 PM
Where: Rittenhouse Square
Every year, locals and visitors pack the square for the ceremonial lighting of the Rittenhouse Square Christmas tree, which is typically more than 30 feet tall. For more information, click here .
Winterfest Tree Lighting
When: December 4, 2015
Time: 6:00 – 9:00 PM
Where: Penn’s Landing
Winterfest on the Delaware River Waterfront goes all out in lighting its tree with performances from the Philadelphia Youth Ballet and Philadelphia Symmetry Ice Skaters, as well as an appearance from Santa Claus. For more information, click here.
Deck The Alley 2015
When: December 5, 2016
Time: 3:00-7:00 PM
Where: Elfreth’s Alley
If you’ve ever longed to step inside the charming historic homes in Philadelphia, this event is for you. The residents of Old City’s historic Elfreth’s Alley, America’s oldest continuously occupied residential street, will once again open their doors for the annual Deck the Alley open house. For more information, click here.
When: December 9, 2015
Time: 8:00 PM
Where: The Kimmel Center
It’s a jam session, it’s a dance party, it’s a live show – and it always features the hottest talent on the scene! Sittin’ In is the free, monthly jam session at the Kimmel Center for the Performing Arts. Blending edgy horns, choice vinyl, cutting edge MC’s and soaring vocalists, each session is unique, led by a stellar lineup of guest hosts and their band of choice. For more information, click here.
Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer: The Musical
When: December 17 – 20, 2015
Where: Merriam Theater
Join us in celebrating Rudolph’s 50 years on television and come see all of your favorite characters as they come to life in the all new Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer: The Musical. It’s an adventure that teaches us that what makes you different can be what makes you special. For more information, click here.
New Year’s Eve
When: December 31, 2015
Ring in the New Year in style! Philadelphia offers fireworks at 6PM and 12 AM to celebrate the new year! Make a dinner reservation and enjoy the show. For more information, click here.
HAPPENING: All Month
When: September 19, 2015 – February 15, 2016
Where: Franklin Institute
Experience 2,000 years of Vatican history at The Franklin Institute. See more than 200 works of art and historically significant objects that together form a great mosaic of the history of the Church and its impact on art, history, and culture. From the sights and sounds of the grand Basilica to a touchable cast of Saint John Paul II’s hand, embark on a journey through the ages of artistic expression and religious iconography. For more information, click here.
Franklin Square Holiday Festival
When: November 12 – December 31, 2015
Where: Franklin Square
Experience the magic of the holidays and celebrate traditions new and old at the Franklin Square Holiday Festival. Dazzle in the more than 50,000 lights as they shimmer, dance, and illuminate the Square in alternating shows every 30 minutes (4:30 – 8 pm) during the Electrical Spectacle Holiday Light Show; warm up with comfort food, local beers, and hot beverages at Ben’s Bites & Brews. For more information, click here.
Made in Philadelphia Holiday Market
When: November 21 – December 27, 2015
Where: Dilworth Park
For the first time this holiday season, Dilworth Park will host a market showcasing local artists, crafters, confectionaries and designers. In white, festively lit tents, topped with Original Herrnhut Stars/MyBrilliantStar, holiday shoppers can find unique gifts and special holiday foods. For more information, click here.
When: November 27, 2015
Where: Penn’s Landing
Ice skating under the Ben Franklin Bridge, hot chocolate and the beer garden and lodge will entertain you during the winter months! For more information, click here.
One Liberty Observation Deck
When: All year
Where: One Liberty Place
The best view of Philadelphia is finally open! Head 883 feet up and take that selfie! For more information, click here.
The events listed in VERY Happening are not sponsored by or related to VERY Real Estate. Times, admission and locations are subject to change without notice. For questions about a particular event, please follow the “More Information” link provided.
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There are many reasons to be excited now that the fall season is in full swing: the changing leaves, crisp air, and cheer of the holidays ahead. Beyond that though, fall and winter can also prove to be a great season for homebuyers.
Here are a few reasons why buying a home now could mean a bigger bang for your buck if you’re willing to bundle
up a bit while on the house hunt.
- Leftover inventory: Sellers tend to put their homes on the market for the first time in the spring, listing it at the highest price point, which means price reductions are likely by this point in the year.
- Motivated sellers: Sellers who put their homes on the market now (or still have it on the market) during this time of year are typically more serious about selling – otherwise they would wait to list (or re-list) until spring. They want to get the listing off the market so they can enjoy the holidays uninterrupted, which means they are more flexible with buyers during negotiations and the closing process will likely move more quickly.
- Less competition: Families who have young children want to be in a new home by the start of the school year so they are no longer shopping for homes at this point – they’ve either made their move or are staying put. That’s a huge segment of buyers out of the market, which means less competition.
- Realistic view: The best way to determine whether you really love a home is when the weather conditions aren’t at their best. The distraction of beautiful foliage and sunshine often times causes buyers to overlook flaws or things they would not normally settle for. Plus, the home inspection will reveal a more accurate picture of the home so that you don’t get stuck with unexpected expenses down the road.
- Tax perks: If you close by December 31, you can deduct mortgage interest, points, and property taxes when you file in the coming year.
- Lower moving costs: Home inspectors, moving companies, and contractors generally want to drum up business during the winter since demand is low. As a result, you’ll be able to take advantage of lower prices and special promotions.
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It’s the perfect time to take advantage of the last few weekends before the holiday rush and winter set in. We have a list of VERY Crisp fall getaways that are sure to delight.
If you’re looking for a scare, head to Gettysburg, PA. Spend the weekend at The Gettysburg Hotel, established in 1797, or the Inn at Lincoln Square. Book a ghost tour at Gettysburg Ghost Tours and make sure to visit the battlefields. The battlefield offers a range of activities from ranger guided tours to campfires and kid-friendly activities. A great dinner recommendation is Food 101, but it is a BYO, so come prepared! You can enjoy one VERY Spooky weekend!
The Philadelphia area has quite a few vineyards that make great day trips to tour and discover local vineyards. The South Jersey Wine Trail and Chaddsford Winery are two great choices. Chaddsford Winery has Trick or Treat pairings through November 1, pairing their local wines with locally made Halloween goodies. Visit the vineyards and enjoy a VERY Boozy time discovering new wines. Connect with UBER to commute safely.
There are many orchards in the area, but a favorite of ours is Linvilla Orchard. It’s a quick drive from Center City, and offers visitors the chance to pick apples, take a hayride through the farm, visit the pumpkin patch and visit the farm store. The farm store offers pre-picked apples and VERY Tasty baked treats.
There are many daytrips you can take and enjoy the beauty of fall. Red Buffalo Ranch in Collegeville offers horseback riding lessons and guided tours. The ranch offers a Western Weekend package, which is perfect for city slickers.
Wissahickon Valley Park is the perfect option for a late fall hike. The park offers over 50 miles of trails to explore, many with breath-taking views. Enjoy being VERY Outdoors while the weather’s still cooperating.
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