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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 

Check out Jenny’s Facebook Page here!

Jenny Sweeney

Delicious desserts made by Jenny


Jenny’s beautiful garden


A chat with Amy Greenstein, Realtor

Posted on: March 24, 2017

Where are you working today / where are your appointments?

I am actually doing work at home today, I have to write up a listing contract, do last minute items for 2 of my closings next week and then I have an appointment to show houses in Chestnut Hill.

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

Most days, if I’m really busy, I’m sorry to say it’s a granola bar and maybe a yogurt. I try and eat healthy, but sometimes when you’re really busy, it’s hard. Sometimes I skip lunch altogether!

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

Depends on where I am. In Chestnut Hill it’s Green Soul, they have the best salmon salad! In Ambler, it’s definitely El Limon, it’s the closest I’ve found to actual food from Mexico, amazing burritos! In Mount Airy it’s Trolley Car Diner for best burgers, and in the Elkins Park/Jenkintown/Glenside area it’s the original Union Jacks, best wings I have ever tasted, although Gracie’s, the new place that just opened on Limekiln Pike is extremely good and kid friendly too!!

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

Free Time, What’s that? lol. I like to run/work out, go help out at my daughter’s Kindergarten class or bake, I LOVE to bake.

What does your perfect weekend look like?

Actually, I’d like to hang out with the coolest person I know, my 5 year old daughter Sydney. My husband and I like to take her to plays, museums or to the movies, her excitement about everything is contagious and puts us both in a great mood! If it’s summer though, we like to go swimming or hiking/camping.

iPhone or Android?

iPhone please!!

Where is your favorite place to vacation?

We like to go to my husband’s Father’s house in Baja, Mexico. It’s on the beach and so wonderfully idyllic, we come home completely refreshed!

What is your favorite dessert?

hmmm, that’s a big question, I am a huge dessert person and I love to bake. I would say carrot cake. I think I could eat an entire pan of it myself!

How do you organize your day?

I start the day with marketing, I make sure I spend at least an hour either blogging or updating my website and SOI, then onto my callbacks for the day, making appointments and then I’m off to the races either showing or going to listing appointments.

Tea or coffee?

Tea actually. I am allergic to coffee!

What is your favorite style of house?

I love old, historic houses. My favorite style is Old Victorians. I am a sucker for the round turrets and the different level roofs. If it has gingerbread on it, I’m a goner!!

Vacation Type: Adventurous or relaxing?

I would like to say relaxing, but I have a hard time doing that. I’m really an on-the-go person, so adventurous is really more my style. I love to try new things, places, new foods and anything else that sounds fun!

What is your favorite season of the year?

I am a Spring and Summer person. I love the warm weather! Puts me in a great mood and gets me up and running. I HATE the cold, although I like season changes, so I’m ok with Fall, but once the holidays are over I am DONE with the cold and I count the days until Spring.

Why did you decide to become a realtor?

I have ALWAYS loved houses. A lot of my family is in different aspects of the business so I was exposed to it at an early age. I was a touring musician for 20 years and when it came time to settle down in one place it was a no-brainer for me to just transition to Real Estate. I also have to say it was a no-brainer to come to Elfant Wissahickon as well. They treat us like family and I would never work anywhere else!

What is your favorite part of being a realtor?

I love the puzzles this job puts in front of you. In selling, the puzzle of finding the best way to market a property so that it goes quickly at the best price or initially figuring out what a client wants out of their Realtor, whether it be a friend/hand holder or a business-minded shark. In buying, I love the people-puzzle. Figuring out what EXACTLY they want in their perfect home and then finding it for them is so much fun for me. I hate sending people a bunch of properties that they have to wade through to get to the right one, so really figuring out what they think is best for them so I can vet through them first is always the most fun to puzzle out.

To contact Amy, call 267-226-3926 or email

Visit Amy’s Homepage here! Check out Amy’s Facebook account here!




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A chat with Jan LeSuer, Realtor

Posted on: February 23, 2017

Where are you working today/where are your appointments:

It is an exciting beginning to the year, and my schedule today reflects that. I am spending some time at the office, but have already been to Ardmore, Mount Airy and Wyndmoor. Both listing homes and walking a client through the inspection process.

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

Tacos! Mi Puebla in Mount Airy, or El Limon in Conshohocken and Ambler. Pho is another lunch favorite. There are a variety of great noodle places on Adams Avenue off the Boulevard.

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

Banjara Indian Restaurant in Chestnut Hill. Martha and I love Indian food.

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

I try to swim laps everyday. In warm weather there is nothing more relaxing for me than getting out our 38 pound Kevlar canoe and hitting the lakes and rivers, birding along the way. We hike a lot up at the Pulpit and Pinnacle, near the Appalachian Trail, and further north too. But, my ideal heaven is a great meal, probably prepared by Martha and me, and long rambling conversations with friends with plenty of good wine.

iPhone or Android?

I have an Android. I am not an Android.

What does your perfect weekend look like?

Well, one of those two days I will be showing houses, which is always fun. At home, our granddaughter Cece will be joining us for a sleepover, with first a walk at the Morris Arboretum, and then Frozen and popcorn. The next day Martha and I will get the canoe out or head to the Shore for a few hours. Dinner is likely to be at Phil’s in Blue Bell. Incidentally, Phil’s has the best martinis in the area. You’re welcome.

What is your favorite dessert?

Crème brûlée. (Best I ever had was at the Angry Trout restaurant in Grand Marais, Minnesota one January, sitting just above a crystallized Lake Superior with a slim pane of glass between me and the 20 below weather outside. Ambiance is so much a part of dining, don’t you know.)

Where is your favorite place to vacation?

This is an impossible question to answer! I love both big cities and wilderness, and extremes in climate, so both hot places and very cold. I guess it depends upon the mood, whether we want laid back or something more intense. Probably our most successful have been to places like the Yucatan and Costa Rica where we can combine both.

Martha and I just got back from a week staying with friends and clients in the Florida Keys. One is the production designer for the Netflix series Bloodline and the other acts in the show with Sissy Spacek. Not only was the kayaking, snorkeling and birdwatching spectacular but going on the set to watch the acting and taping was amazing.

We really mix up the types of vacation. Over the years some adventures have taken me to Africa, Alaska, Hudson Bay, the Oregon Cascades, Costa Rica, and of course, Mexico. Martha and I love Isla Holbox off the Yucatan. Look it up.

My dad always wanted to see Tierra del Fuego, so for his 75th birthday I took him on a long tour of Patagonia, both in Argentina and Chile.

I have seen condors, scarlet macaws, and all kinds of wildlife along the way. I was up at Hawk Mountain one day this past November and saw 11 eagles, both Bald and Golden, in one day.  Last year Martha got us on a boat out of Cape May that took us to the Continental Shelf, 100 miles out for a day and a night to see pelagic birds unseen on land. It was tremendous.

What is your favorite season of the year?

I like the turn of the seasons, the transitional moments of the year.

What is your favorite style of house?

As I said, we just got back from the Florida Keys. While in Key West I became aware of “eyebrow” houses there. They have extended awnings that descend below the upper floor windows providing some longer hours of shade during the summer heat. They are just beautiful homes, with of course, lovely flora surrounding them.

Why did you decide to become a realtor?

I love people, all types, in all stages of life. There is not a better way to get to know people closely than real estate. The relationships, which are built out of an intense experience, can last and last. Every deal is different, the people involved have different motivations and vision. Guiding folks through either the process of buying or selling is exciting, and every day is new and completely different than the day before. Clients become friends and then clients again as they proceed through their lives. I have done many things in my life… Peace Corps volunteer, teacher, librarian, elected official… nothing has been as satisfying.

To contact Jan, call 610-952-6805 or email

Visit Jan’s Homepage here!

Jan LeSuer

Jan Hiking in Cascades

Jan- Hiking in Cascades

Elfant Wissahickon Realtors Congratulates 2015’s Top Producers

Posted on: January 21, 2016

Elfant Wissahickon Realtors recognizes its professional and successful agents for another record breaking year. The following are the company’s 2015 top producers!


Shauli David

Shauli David – Top Individual Producer (Center City and Company Wide)


Top Individual Producer,

Joanne Colino – Top Individual Producer (Chestnut Hill Office)


Top Prod Team VOL

Karrie Gavin Group – Top Producing Team (Volume)


Team Plant

The Christopher Plant Team – Top Producing Team, Under 5 Agents (Volume)

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Phila Moves Team

Philadelphia Moves – Top Producing Team, Under 5 Agents (Volume)

Top Producing Team – under 5 agents

Neil Kugelman Team – Top Producing Team, Under 5 Agents (Transactions)


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Mary Jo Potts and Associates – Top Producing Team (Transactions)

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Leah Strenger – Rookie of The Year (Volume)

Rookie of the Year Volume

Patrick Walsh – Rookie of The Year (Transactions)

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 Multi-Million Dollar Producers:

Keith Adams

Sean Adams

Rena Asher

Jim Benincasa

Marissa Brooks

Mary Louise Butler

Denise Chapline

Joanne Colino

Melinda Coughlin

Dominic Christopher

Shauli David

Neil DiFranco

Karrie Gavin

Connie Gillespie

Amy Greenstein

Neil Kugelman

Jan LeSuer

Janice Manzi

Jake Markovitz

Claudia McGill

John O’Connell

Nick Petryszyn

Christopher Plant

Mary Jo Potts

Wendy Schwartz

Deb Stanitz

Kristin Stever

Leah Strenger

Kelly McShain Tyree

Tiffany Wainwright

Patrick Walsh


Right Now: What $500,000 Buys in 5 U.S. Cities (and Philadelphia)

Posted on: March 10, 2015

We always enjoy articles highlighting what kind of home a certain amount of money will buy you in a variety of  U.S. cities. This particular POST compares NY, Los Angeles, Atlanta, Austin and Chicago. We wanted to add some Philadelphia properties to that list, so here is what $500,000 will get you in our fair city:



114 E. Moreland Ave. Philadelphia, Pa 19118


520 Carpenter Ln. #2G, Philadelphia, Pa 19119


7111 McCallum St. Philadelphia, Pa 19119


440 S. Broad St. Unit 1504, Philadelphia, Pa 19146

Philadelphia Fall Festivals

Posted on: September 12, 2013

Fall is a lovely time to be in Philadelphia. Along with the changing leaves and the crisp weather comes a superabundance of neighborhood and citywide festivals sure to satisfy any age group or interest. Below are some of the very best festivals Philadelphia has to offer:


Longwood Gardens Autumn Colors Festival

Dates: Sept 7th through November 24, 2013

Longwood Gardens celebrates the harvest season with Autumn’s Colors, a festive showcase of fall colors, giant pumpkins, unusual gourds and live concerts. Longwood’s landscapes glow with shades of yellow, orange, purple and red trees. Golden honey locusts and ginkgoes, scarlet sweet gums and sourwoods and ruby northern red oaks add bursts of color.

Campus Philly College Day

Date: September 28th, 2013

Philadelphia will welcome back thousands of college students during its annual Campus Philly College Day, a city-wide day of discounts, giveaways, entertainment and free admission to museums and more on September 29. Throughout the day, students will gain free admission to museums and attractions in Historic Philadelphia, Center City and along the Benjamin Franklin Parkway.

Manayunk StrEAT Festival

Date: September 21st, 2013

StrEAT is the kick-off of the five day Manayunk Restaurant Week on Saturday, September 29. Main Street will be lined with some of Philadelphia’s best food trucks with specialties ranging from ice cream to Asian delicacies.

New Hope Arts and Crafts Festival

Dates: September 28-29, 2013 Sat 10-6 / Sun 10-5

The New Hope Arts & Crafts Festival highlights the work of premier artists and artisans specializing in photography, watercolors, oils, pastels, pen and ink drawings, silver and gold jewelry, ceramics, wearable art, glass, wood, sculpture and furniture. Exhibitors sell the works on display in booths lining Union Square.

Downingtown Fall Fest

Date: September 29th, 2013 12-4pm

Come for the local foods, crafts and entertainment and stay for the beer garden with craft brews from Victory Brewing Company during the Downingtown FallFest.

Chinatown Night Market

Date: October 3rd, 2013

It’s time for another round of Night Market Philadelphia, the roving outdoor food truck bazaar that visits neighborhoods throughout the city to dish up mobile eats, live music and crafts. Centered around 10th and Race Streets will be dozens of the city’s best mobile food vendors plus live bands, local artists’ crafts and much more.

Old City Seaport Festival

Dates: October 11-13th, 2013

Independence Seaport Museum is launching the Old City Seaport Festival, a weekend-long fest with Tall Ships, live music, crafts, vendors and activities along the waterfront plus refreshments from food trucks and a beer garden area on the museum’s outdoor second floor balcony.

Revolutionary Germantown Festival

Date: October 5, 2013 10am-5pm

On October 4, 1777, the Continental Army attempted to fight the British out of Germantown. Washington and his troops lost the battle and were forced to retreat to Valley Forge for the winter. Germantown commemorates the event on October 6 during the Revolutionary Germantown Festival with a battle reenactment, tours, food vendors and more.

Philadelphia International Dragon Boat Festival

Date: October 5, 2013

Stroll up Kelly Drive along the Schuylkill River for Philadelphia’s colorful annual celebration of an ancient Chinese tradition, the Dragon Boat Festival. The boats, festooned in brilliantly colored dragon heads and tails, are manned by teams of 20 paddlers and compete against each other in several heats throughout the day.

River City Festival

Date: October 5, 2013 12-5pm

The Fourth Annual RiverCity Festival is presented by the Fishtown Neighbors Association at historic Penn Treaty Park. The festival reinforces friendships in the community, promotes exciting local businesses and showcases everything that makes Fishtown stand out as a neighborhood with tremendous history and vibrancy.

Midtown Village Fall Festival

Date: October 6, 2013

The six-block outdoor party is back, with food samples from Midtown Village restaurants, sidewalk sales, handmade items from artisans and crafters and the “Little Villagers” family-friendly area complete with a free moon bounce, sidewalk chalk and pumpkin painting.

Chestnut Hill Fall for the Arts Festival

Date: October 6, 2013

Germantown Avenue is transformed into a festive outdoor arts and crafts marketplace at Fall for the Arts, with more than 150 artists displaying their works. Meanwhile, markets, restaurants and bars set up shop outside on the street serving festival-goers delicious eats and drinks. There will also be children’s activities, including face-painting and amusement rides, as well as live music on two stages and lots of alfresco dining.


Date: October 13, 2013

Don’t miss Philadelphia’s Outfest, a National Coming Out Day (NCOD) Festival that attracts more than 20,000 people to the region. The annual block party embraces the GLBT lifestyle and freedom. Philadelphia was one of the first cities to organize around NCOD on a large scale by creating a block party to showcase the many facets of the community.

Design Philadelphia

Dates: October 10-18, 2013

Approximately 200,000 people are estimated to explore the world of design during more than 150 events held throughout the city. Design Philadelphia aims to celebrate and promote Philadelphia as a design capital and destination. It’s awesome.


Date: Saturday, October 19, 2013 12-8
Time: Noon-8 pm

Rounding out the city-wide celebrations is the four-block South Street Bloktoberfest festival inviting guests of all ages to flock to the annual festival for beer, food and live music. Featuring multiple stages, beer from around the world and neighborhood resto’s and food trucks, the free-to-attend event marks its fourth year of beer chugging traditions.

Before the Bridge Music Festival

Date: October 12, 2013 12-10pm

Before the Bridge continues the long time tradition of Collingswood’s support of independent music, bringing artists from as far away as Brooklyn and Virginia.

Downingtown Friends Fall Festival

Date: October 12, 2013 9am-4pm
Celebrate fall with a full day of music, delicious foods, activities for children, as well as plants, crafts, and a silent auction.

Philadelphia Film Festival

Dates: October 17-27, 2013

Now in its 21st year, the Philadelphia Film Festival is 11 days of cinematic splendor, with more than 250 screenings of independent, feature, documentary and short films.

As Seen on On the market: Mt. Airy mansion for $1.3 mil

Posted on: April 22, 2013

A historic Mt. Airy mansion is on the market for $1.3 million. (Hillary Petrozziello / Staff Photographer)

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Lauren Mennen,


Thirty years ago, Carol Schwartz had a vision.

She and her husband, Elliot, were going to move into the Mt. Airy Mansion located at 7360 Huron Lane. But there was one problem: It wasn’t on the market yet.

A decade later in 1993, after Carol Schwartz kept an eye on the French Normandy-style home and became friendly with the owners, the house was finally for sale.

Elliot Schwartz was reluctant at first about purchasing the property when his wife approached him. His three kids were grown and were either graduated from college or about to graduate. He and his wife didn’t need all that space.

But it didn’t take a lot of convincing for Elliot Schwartz to purchase the 8,300 square foot home located in the French Village of the popular northwest Philadelphia neighborhood. He appreciated the beauty and the history of the home, and he wanted to make his wife happy.

“She would tell everyone ‘this is my dream house, this is the most special place I’ve ever seen,’” Elliot Schwartz said.

Elliot Schwartz soon fell in love with the home as well, and the couple, who owns the Carol Schwartz Gallery in Chestnut Hill, moved in.

The Schwartzs enjoyed the home together for the next two decades, until Carol Schwartz lost a battle to thyroid cancer and passed away in October 2012.

Now Elliot Schwartz, who had 20 years of wonderful memories in the home with his wife, is ready to scale down to a smaller property. He has put the home on the market for $1.3 million.

The fond memories isn’t the only thing Schwartz cherishes about the home. Schwartz, who refers to the home as a “treasure” said much of it is irreplaceable.

The home, with 6 bedrooms and 5 and a half bathrooms was built in 1931 by Mellor, Meigs, and Howe. The famous architects also constructed the PSFS Building in 1932, which was the country’s first International style skyscraper.

All around the home you’ll find original wood carvings, and even an iron fireplace in the living room designed by famous blacksmith Samuel Yellin.

“You can’t replace this,” Schwartz said. “You can’t replace Yellin, you can’t replace the craftsmanship, the way everything is done. No matter what you spend, you can’t replace it.”

The home, which is nestled in the woods on a calm street with just four other homes nearby, also has many other features including a library with original wood paneling and fireplace, a spacious family room, and an eat-in-kitchen. The outside features include a large courtyard, landscape garden, heated indoor pool, and a three car garage.

The home is close to both Fairmount Park and Germantown Avenue, where there are a ton of restaurants and shops.

Schwartz said his home for the past 20 years has been more than just a house to him, and feels he will pass the torch to whoever the next homeowners are.

“It’s a special story and a special house,” he said. “It’s going to go to someone special. Someone has to appreciate it and love it like she [Carol Schwartz] did.”

Check out a gallery of the property HERE






Distinctive Home – 9265 Germantown Avenue

Posted on: October 16, 2012

We’re proud to announce the first listing of the Regan Costello Team through Elfant Wissahickon Realtors: 9265 Germantown Avenue, available at $1,195,000.

For floorplans, more information and photos, please click here.  Karen Regan and Michala Costello can be reached at, or 215-247-3600.