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A chat with John O’Connell, Realtor

Posted on: October 11, 2017

Do you have a favorite new local restaurant or business that you are really excited about?

I’ve been trying the coffee at a new place in Germantown called “Germantown Espresso“. It’s very good actually.

What do you enjoy in your free time?

I cherish my free time, driven by the rude calculation that shows me how little of it I have.  In the summer I set great store by the simple things, like sitting in Julie’s treasured  garden and tending, perhaps whimsically, to the plantings, or setting out planless, on foot, in the old Wissy. Hanging with my wife and kids on a Sunday night is always something fun. What’s not to like? Reading late at night is another favorite. Come deep winter, you’ll find me watching old movies on the lighted box, cooking dinner and entertaining friends. I own several antique automobiles. Surprise: I am happy as can be playing with them under the hood. Sometimes, uncut and unhyphenated indolence wins the day.  

What is your idea of a perfect weekend?

I’m partial to taking my wife on road trips in one of our old cars, setting out (for example) early on an autumn morning with the top down, threading our way through the Poconos with no particular place to go, ending up contentedly at a village inn, staying the night after a cozy dinner by the fireside. 

iPhone or Android?

iPhone

Where is your favorite place to vacation?

I love Italy. Rome, Florence, Amalfi Coast, Capri – in that order.

What is your favorite dessert?

Any chocolate will do, whipped cream also.

Tea or coffee?

Mostly coffee/espresso, but I still love a good tea.

What is your favorite style of house?

The “PAID OFF” kind

Vacation Type: Adventurous or relaxing?

There are trips and then there are vacations. I prefer vacations.

What is your favorite season of the year?

SUMMER

Why did you decide to make real estate sales a career?

I cannot with confidence peer back through the mists of time and put my finger on exactly what underlay my decision to get into the selling of real estate. Long, long ago, this one! I would say, though, that the plunge was more or less the product of a personal evolution. In my early days I had worked as a contractor and developer, but tugging at me all the while was a raw and untrained—but authentic and powerful– love of art and music. Houses and buildings can be extraordinarily beautiful, from the deceptively noble row houses in the river wards to the Xanadu of Chestnut Hill. At some point, it struck me that the only way to actually live in a work of art was to make one’s home in a structure of beauty, either unmeant beauty or plain-to-see beauty, and that appealed to me. I say “live in.” It works for me just to broker the sale of a good house. It is also worth noting that real estate is one of only a few ways a common man can snuggle up to something like wealth. I have flipped my share of houses. End of confession.

To contact John, call 267-312-1925 or email john@elfantwissahickon.com

 

 

 


A chat with Neil Kugelman, Realtor

Posted on: September 22, 2017

What do you like to do in your free time – besides sell real estate?

Spend time with our family (brother, children, grandchildren, niece’s & nephews’ families); hang with our friends; listen to music; attend concerts; visit new places; plan vacations; attend Mason’s meetings; walk in the Wissahickon; do most anything outdoors in nice weather.

Where is your favorite place to vacation?

Ocracoke NC. You get there by driving down the Outer Banks and onto the ferry boat: INSTANT TRANQUILITY. I am both anxious and relaxed as the ferry pulls us onto Ocracoke Island. I can always close my eyes and imagine the beach in front of me; walking far into the water, yet my knees remain dry (enormous sandbar). This is my Beach Heaven.

What is your favorite dessert?

A good cannoli; crisp shell, gritty cheese filling…

What is your favorite style of house?

Queen Anne houses, with its mishmosh myriad of construction textures & colors, accents & appendages.

Why did you decide to become a realtor?

I had been commuting from our home in Germantown to my job as a store manager on Penn’s campus. It seems whenever the family went anywhere, I would point out the styles and architectural features of neighborhood housing to the wife and children. Finally my wife said, “Instead of selling five and dime s—, why don’t you sell something of big value – like houses?” The rest is history, 30+ years and counting.

To contact Neil, call 215-431-5095 or email neil@elfantwissahickon.com
Visit Neil’s Homepage here!


A chat with Jessica Gliwa, Realtor

Posted on: August 22, 2017

What do you like to do in your free time – besides sell real estate?

Spend time with my family and dogs, and go to the beach.

What does your perfect weekend look like?

Going to the beach until the sun sets.

iPhone or Android?

iPhone of course!

What is your favorite dessert?

Crème brûlée

Tea or coffee?

Coffee

What is your favorite style of house?

I would say an old turn of the century brick row home because that is what I grew up in, and I really learned to appreciate the detail and craftsmanship since my father was a carpenter.

Vacation Type: Adventurous or relaxing?

A little bit of both.

What is your favorite season of the year?

Summer of course! I am a beach person.

Why did you decide to become a realtor?

I became a realtor while attending Temple University for communications. It seemed like a great career path for me. I love working with people and I love architecture and interior decorating so it just seemed right for me.

What is your favorite part of being a realtor?

I would say the fact that you never feel like you are doing the same thing every day.  You are constantly meeting new people and seeing different houses and learning something new every day.

To contact Jessica, call 215-913-3678 or email jgliwa@elfantwissahickon.com
Check out Jessica’s Facebook page here! Visit Jessica’s Homepage here!


A chat with Aileen Pasquel, Realtor

Posted on: August 4, 2017

Where are you working today / where are your appointments?

I have been working in various neighborhoods throughout the city, from Market East, Graduate Hospital, Art Museum Area, South Philly, and North East. Society Hill will be coming soon. I focus on the areas that will match my buyers needs. Certain neighborhoods have specific amenities to satisfy needs. Also, certain architecture only exist in certain areas. Then consider close to transportation and always price. With investors, there are other parts of the city to work within, depending on their end use.

What is your favorite on-the-go lunch choice?

Slice and a soda

iPhone or Android?

iPhone

Where is your favorite place to vacation?

Algarve, or any Mediterranean town. Love being in cities and beach towns.


Aileen strolling through the streets of Algarve.

What is your favorite dessert?

Chocolate

Tea or coffee?

Coffee in am, tea during the day

Vacation Type: Adventurous or relaxing?

I like to have a mix. A little beach or pool, something sporty and always a touch of art/culture

To contact Aileen, call 215-915-0044 or email aileen@elfantwissahickon.com


A chat with Christopher Plant, Realtor

Posted on: July 21, 2017

Where are you working today / where are your appointments?

Spring Arts, Mount Airy, Kensington and Chestnut Hill. A good bounce around the City.

What is your favorite on-the-go lunch choice?

Top of the Hill Market in Chestnut Hill and NomNom Ramen for downtown.

Do you have a favorite new local restaurant or business that you are really excited about?

Still can’t get over how much I enjoy Wm. Mulherin’s Sons in Kensington.

What do you like to do in your free time – besides sell real estate?

Walking and running the trails in the Wissahickon, movies with my family, exploring the City of PHL’s every nook and cranny. Still obsessed with everything HAMILTON!

What does your perfect weekend look like?

A good night out with friends, lots of family time, a little work and a fast day trip to the beach.

iPhone or Android?

Straight up iPhone and Apple across the board

Where is your favorite place to vacation?

Just had a killer snowboard trip to Powder Mountain in Utah in April that was epic.

What is your favorite dessert?

Salted caramel ice cream with chocolate bits, some fresh chopped almonds and chocolate sauce.

How do you organize your day?

Try to get up by 6AM, make coffee for my lady, get the dog out, get kids to school and then grab the day by the horns. I start at my new coworking space KISMET COWORK in Chestnut Hill and then hit the Elfant Wissahickon Realtors office to follow up.

Tea or coffee?

All coffee. Trying to drink less but it is a staple.

What is your favorite style of house?

One that I am helping my clients buy or sell! Mostly, I dig old houses with a good story but with a tasteful modern flourish.

Vacation Type: Adventurous or relaxing?

Adventure. I don’t really relax that well.

What is your favorite season of the year?

Summer. But I love the Fall. And the Spring. Winter is pretty awesome as well!

Why did you decide to become a realtor?

After buying my first house, I was HOOK, LINE, SINKER. It was a love affair.

What is your favorite part of being a realtor?

It sounds corny to say I love helping people shape their lives but that is the for real story!

To contact Christopher, call 215-740-2339 or email cplant@elfantwissahickon.com
Check out Christopher’s Facebook page here! Visit Christopher’s Homepage here!

 


A chat with Janice Smalley, Realtor

Posted on: July 14, 2017

Where are you working today / where are your appointments?

Working from home but no appointments scheduled so far.

What is your favorite on-the-go lunch choice?

Salad or yogurt

Do you have a favorite new local restaurant or business that you are really excited about?

Wissahickon Brewing Company in East Falls. They are an up and coming business here in the area.

What do you like to do in your free time – besides sell real estate?

I belong to the East Falls Village so some of my free time is spent driving others to doctor’s appointments or doing their shopping. I like to garden in the summer time.

What does your perfect weekend look like?

Gathering with family & friends, especially at the shore during the summer.

iPhone or Android?

Android

Where is your favorite place to vacation?

I do like Florida in the winter. Otherwise, I like wherever the cruise ship is taking me (smile).

What is your favorite dessert?

Coconut custard pie – yum!!

Tea or coffee?

Coffee

What is your favorite style of house?

Colonial

Vacation Type: Adventurous or relaxing?

Adventurous

What is your favorite season of the year?

Fall

Why did you decide to become a realtor?

Thought it was a good career move since I had always enjoyed looking at new construction and attending open houses for many years.

What is your favorite part of being a realtor?

I always feel a sense of accomplishment when I know that either my seller or my buyer is satisfied with the results of the transaction. Some “clients” are now called “friends”.

To contact Janice, call 267-496-9977 or email janicesmalley@elfantwissahickon.com
Check out Janice’s Facebook page here

      

Janice (sitting in the back) is enjoying the white water rafting in Denali, Alaska


A chat with Cherryblossom Harrison, Realtor

Posted on: June 30, 2017

Where is your favorite place to vacation?

France

What is your favorite dessert?

Crème brûlée

Tea or coffee?

Coffee, of course

What is your favorite style of house?

Anything Victorian

Vacation Type: Adventurous or relaxing?

A nice mix of both relaxing and fun

What is your favorite season of the year?

Autumn

Why did you decide to become a realtor?

I decided to turn my passion for history and old homes from a hobby into an occupation

To contact Cherryblossom, call 267-974-1223 or email cherryblossom@elfantwissahickon.com
Check out Cherryblossom’s Facebook page here

 


A chat with Andon George, Realtor

Posted on: June 5, 2017


To contact Andon, call 305-962-9606 or email andon@elfantwissahickon.com
Check out Andon’s Facebook page here! Visit Andon’s LinkedIn account here!

Photos from Andon’s trip to Belize!
     

Andon George – Rookie of the Year 2016!
From left to right: Andon George, Bob Elfant, and Mary Jo Potts


A chat with Miriam Mosquera-Martinez, Realtor

Posted on: May 12, 2017

Where are you working today / where are your appointments?

Working from home. Looking to schedule my next showing appointments.

What is your favorite on-the-go lunch choice?

Apples & Almonds

Do you have a favorite new local restaurant or business that you are really excited about?

Brazuka Restaurant Cafe

What do you like to do in your free time – besides sell real estate?

Spending Time with Family, Exercising, Gardening.

What does your perfect weekend look like?

Lots of showings, Open Houses

iPhone or Android?

iPhone

Where is your favorite place to vacation?

Costa Rica

What is your favorite dessert?

Flan

How do you organize your day?

Prioritizing

Tea or coffee?

Coffee

What is your favorite style of house?

Victorian Style Historic Homes

Vacation Type: Adventurous or relaxing?

Adventurous & Relaxing

What is your favorite season of the year?

Spring & Fall

Why did you decide to become a realtor?

I love the idea of being of help to others!! I also love homes. I believe every home has something unique about it. Old homes, new homes, rehab homes, all homes.

What is your favorite part of being a realtor?

Every day, every house, every client is a new experience. These everyday new experiences make Real Estate an exciting career!! You never want to stop and you want to keep going.

To contact Miriam, call 610-639-4397 or email miriam@elfantwissahickon.com 

Check out Miriam’s Facebook Page here!

miriam-martinez

Photos from Miriam’s trips:

  

 


A chat with Jenny Sweeney, Realtor

Posted on: April 24, 2017

Where are you working today / where are your appointments?

Sundays seem to be my busiest day. I am working the floor schedule at Elfant Wissahickon this morning, showing an apartment in Germantown at noon and taking a client to see a great modern ranch in Flourtown this afternoon.

Do you have a favorite new local restaurant or business that you are really excited about?

Favorite new restaurant is Jansen, The owner is a good friend and neighbor.

What do you like to do in your free time – besides sell real estate?

I was a Chef for 25 years before I became an agent, I cook a lot, do yoga and hike in the Wissahickon.

What is your favorite style of house?

My problem is I love all types houses! The shabbier the better for me.

To contact Jenny, call 215-527-2012 or email jenny@elfantwissahickon.com 

Check out Jenny’s Facebook Page here!

Jenny Sweeney

Delicious desserts made by Jenny

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Jenny’s beautiful garden

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