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By Pam Parker Erie Times-News staff blogger
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Posts tagged ‘condo’
Posted: April 9th, 2013

The Union Square townhouses in Erie were photographed March 5. SAMI RAPP/The news that Fourth River Development LLC missed a $70,000 payment on the Peach Street condos brought up a lot of opinions — 76 and still counting – on my Facebook page Saturday. Yesterday,  Kim Green, the Redevelopment Authority executive director, announced one condo is sold, and the developers showed up to promise payment. All good news.

John Watson from the Pittsburgh-based developer Fourth River Development LLC knew it was important. “If public news of this created any questions, I wanted to answer them,” Watson said in the April 9 edition of the Erie Times-News article by Kevin Flowers. The group suffered a blow last year when the point man on the project died in a bicycle accident. To date, Fourth River has built seven town homes.

Comments on my Facebook page offered a lot of opinions that future developers might want to heed.

First the negative — it was bad. One Erie transplant, who has moved to Chicago, was bitter about almost everything Erie — jobs, rent, home prices and salaries. But in true Erie fashion, dozens of us rallied to defend our town. She finally took her battle to her own Facebook page.

Many folks questioned the location, the style and everything else about these town homes. What do people want? One reader — and I have heard this before — wants to rent a downtown condo. Before anyone scoffs, this is an idea worth pursuing, and I am sure there are a gazillion reasons to say no, but rentals in Lovell Place and Modern Tool have done well for decades. Decades, that is. I have worked with kids who live there and love their digs — some are no longer kids.

Marsha Marsh pointed out that downtown condos do sell, but it takes time. The Mercantile condos — built in 2009 — were marketed by Howard Hanna Real Estate and later by Marsha Marsh Real Estate. They did sell – all but two are sold. Prices ranged from  $85,000  – $160,000.

This downtown lifestyle is not the norm in Erie, but it is the norm in other cities. My daughter lives in Pittsburgh. True city folks love city life — and the seven units are no different than what I have seen in bigger cities. It is the first of 140 planned units in Erie. Will it work? My Facebook friends pointed out that that block needs an all-important grocery store, coffee shop and big-town draw to improve activity.

Matt Froehlich, of Coldwell Banker Select in Erie, supports the project and said that recent activity at the town homes has been helped by listing the units with an Erie real estate firm — something that should have been part of the original agreement.

One local couple already purchased a town home. I am impressed with all the folks who defended our city and defended the project.

Pam Parker is the editor ofLake Erie LifeStyle, Her Times and House to Home at the Erie Times-News in Erie, Pa. She is the mom of three and stepmom to three. 


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Posted: March 16th, 2013

Woodbriar LaneIn 20 years of writing for House to Home, I don’t think I’ve seen so many nice condos and patio homes on the market at one time until now.

The picture is of one of my favorites behind Erie Day School, but there are some for every price range and plenty are open tomorrow for viewing. Read my full story here. One thing to keep in mind about condos is some developments do not permit For Sale signs, so if you, like me, ride through neighborhoods and figure nothing is for sale — check with a Realtor because right now nearly every condo development in the region has a few for sale.

A shout out to all the folks who sent me their favorites. We couldn’t accommodate everyone, but I will be doing this again. You can create your open house tour here. If the condos you want aren’t on the tour, call a listing agent, get an appointment and check out some great places to live — in all price ranges.

Check out all of this week’s House to Home right here:

Shamrocks bring Irish home – Sue Scholz gives us the dirt on shamrock plants and the schedule for this weekend’s Home & Garden Expo.
Fun and feasts abound on urban farm – a toddler and her family truly live off the land … and love it.
The Whole Gang’s Here – multiple generations are living under one roof — a growing trend that affects home design.
Fabrics for the Future – jute and other natural fibers aren’t just for rope anymore — they are in rugs and more — and they look great
Patterns refresh furnishings – a little print brightens any room in a hurry.
Implement 5 must-have decorating tools – five quick and easy tools to update your home decor.
Liven up laundry rooms – not just cellar dwellers anymore, laundry rooms become part of the main living space — and look good.
Pam Parker has been writing about homes, home improvement and home décor for more than 20 years. She is the editor of Lake Erie LifeStyle, Her Times and House to Home at the Erie Times-News in Erie, Pa. She is the mom of three, stepmom to three and step-grandmom to one.
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