Geary Estates Luxurious Bathrooms… The enormous master bath/SPA is one of a kind!!!! 1900-1918 Geary Street, Packer Park

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The master bath STANDARD features include: A Huge soaking tub, double vanity, granite countertop, seamless glass shower enclosure, extra-large walk in shower stall, beautiful tile,two huge windows and a lot of square footage!!

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Congratulations Geary Estates!! Yesterday was the 1st of ten settlements!! $527,900 sale price!

Yesterday kicked off the settlements of Geary Estates Town Homes in Packer Park!! our first closing involved a great group of Buyers and Sellers, a fantastic 3000 Square foot new construction home at a fantastic price, $527,900!!!

We have two more Geary Estates homes settling today and tomorrow!!!

Special Thanks to all who helped make the closing possible, including but not limited to; Olde City Abstract, Prudential Fox & Roach Realtors and their agents Jim Onesti & Mike Mccann and the Geary Estates Developement team!!  excellent work by all!!

Geary Estates Town homes are a once in a lifetime opportunity to purchase a 3-story, 3000 square foot new Construction home within the neighborhood boundaries of Packer park, South Philadelphia’s most desired location. other STANDARD features include; a 10 year tax abatement $820 a Year!!, 2-car parking, hardwood floors throughout, roof deck, rear yard, finished basement,granite counters, stainless steel appliances and much more!!  only 1 left! HURRY!!

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Who was Packer Park named after? Who was Packer Avenue named after? It was the same Bloke….

Who was our great neighborhood named after??        The answer is William Fisher Packer (April 2, 1807 – Sept 27, 1870) was the 14th Governor of Pennsylvania from 1858 to 1861. His father was James Packer from Chester County, Pennsylvaniaand his mother was Charity Packer. His ancestry was primarily Quakers from Philadelphia. When William was seven years old, his father died, leaving him and his four siblings to help run the house.[1]

WilliamPackerAt the age of 13, he began work as a printer’s apprentice at the Sunbury Public Inquirer and later at the Bellefonte Patriot. He also worked as a journeyman at Simon Cameron’s newspaper the Pennsylvania Intelligencer in Harrisburg.[1]

Packer studied law in Williamsport, Pennsylvania under future member of Congress Joseph Biles Anthony but did not practice, choosing instead to stay in the newspaper business.[1] In 1827, he purchased a controlling share in the Lycoming Gazette which he published until 1836. While working at the Lycoming Gazette, he began an early foray into politics as a major supporter of the construction of the West Branch of the Pennsylvania Canal. The state legislators in Philadelphia had opposed funding the construction and Packer penned an address to Philadelphia to raise public support for the project. The campaign worked and the Philadelphia delegation reversed their position to support the canal.[1]

Packer’s support for the canal did not go unnoticed and in 1832, he was appointed by the Canal Commission to serve as Superintendent of the canals.[1] The position was abolished in 1835 and Packer spent most of that year working for the re-election of Governor George Wolf and running for the Pennsylvania State Senate.[1] A schism in the Democratic Party cost Wolf re-election and Packer a Senate seat.

In 1836, Packer co-founded The Keystone, a Democratic newspaper published in Harrisburg. Packer, through the Keystone, was a supporter of David R. Porter for Governor against Joseph Ritner in the election of 1838. His support of Porter’s successful bid helped him earn an appointment to the Board of Canal Commissioners, a powerful post at the time.[1] After he was re-elected, Porter appointed Packer to the post of Pennsylvania Auditor General in 1842.[1]

After an unsuccessful bid for the Pennsylvania House of Representatives in 1845, Packer won a seat in Pennsylvania House of Representatives in 1847, rising to the post of Speaker of the House. Packer won re-election in 1848 and then successfully ran for the Pennsylvania State Senate in 1849, defeating Andrew Gregg Curtin.[1]

In the State Senate, Packer was an ardent supporter of railroad development in Central Pennsylvania, working towards the establishment of the Susquehanna Railroad.[1] At the time, state policy was to restrain railroad development in southern Pennsylvania which would benefit Baltimore rather than Philadelphia. The act to authorize the railroad connected the York and Cumberland Railroad to cities like Williamsport and Sunbury and increased their access to regional trade. In 1852, Packer became the first President of the Susquehanna, stepping aside after the line was consolidated into the Northern Central Railway.[1]

During the 1856 Presidential Election, friend and fellow Pennsylvanian James Buchanan ran for the Democratic nomination against incumbent Franklin Pierce and Senator Stephen Douglas. Packer worked hard for his nomination and election.[2] Buchanan won the nomination at the 1856 Democratic National Convention in Cincinnati, Ohio and went on to win the Presidency over Republican John C. Frémont and Know Nothing candidate and former President Millard Fillmore.

In 1857, Packer was nominated as the Democratic Party Candidate for Governor. He was opposed by David Wilmot, author of the Wilmot Proviso which aimed to ban the expansion of slavery to territories acquired from Mexico, and Isaac Hazlehurst of the Native American Party.[3] The Panic of 1857 had crippled the nation’s economy, including the Pennsylvania iron industry. With strong support for tariffs in more normal times, the Panic increased Pennsylvania’s support for high tariffs, a stance which hurt the pro-free trade Wilmot.[3] The question of the day, however, remained the issue of slavery in Kansas. Packer forwarded a letter to his friend, President Buchanan, supporting the Kansas-Nebraska Act, but opposing an expansion of slavery in that state without a free and open process.[1] The split of the Republicans and Know Nothings made it difficult to defeat the united Democrats and Packer swept into office.[3]

In dealing with the economic crisis caused by the Panic, Packer vehemently blamed banks and the free issue of paper money over gold and silver coinage.[2] As part of a recovery plan, the Governor approved legislation to requiring state banks to limit the issue of paper currency to amounts covered by real security deposited with the state.[2]

In 1859, Packer sought to end the state’s involvement in construction and management of canals and railroads, selling off the state’s investments to the Sunbury and Erie Railroad.[2]

Governor Packer was a proponent of public schools and supported the new public school system with funds for teacher training. Packer also used his veto power to stop attacks on the new public education system by forces in the legislature.[2]

As his term came to an end, southern states had begun seceding from the union. Packer recommended that the nation’s differences be addressed in a national convention.[2] He opposed secession and, in his final address to the General Assembly, he stated, “It is therefore clear, that there is no Constitutional right of secession. Secession is only another form of nullification. Either, when attempted to be carried out by force, is rebellion, and should be treated as such, by those whose sworn duty it is to maintain the supremacy of the Constitution and laws of the United States.”[1]Packer retired from public life after the end of his term and died September 27, 1870 in Williamsport.

Slick Concrete Driveways Slated for Geary Estates Townhomes in Packer Park, South Philadelphia

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Just when you thought The Geary Estates homes couldn’t look any better!!

The developers will be pouring concrete driveways and rear yards for the first 3 of the 10 Packer Park colossal abodes. Settlements are scheduled for later this month with 9 of the 10 homes SOLD and awaiting their new residents.

These 3000 square foot New construction homes have a stellar line up of Standard Features including but not limited to PARKING, Roof Decks, Rear Yards, Wide Plank Hardwood floors throughout, Granite counters in the Kitchen and Baths, Stainless Steel appliance packages, Finished basements, designer lighting, soaking tubs, walk in showers with glass surrounds, 10 year tax abatement’s and much more..

By the end of the 1st quarter on 2013 all 10 Geary Estates will be sold and settled, many of them above $500,000. What does this say about Packer Park? Well, we feel that if there were enough quality, 3-story homes Like Geary Estates with 4 bedroom possibilities, no one would ever move from Packer Park. There is no reason to!! Take into consideration that 6 of the 10 GE Homes were sold before the developer even started digging!! That success is just unprecedented!!VIEW 2

P.S. Don’t Forget to register now for our 2013 Real Estate broker Bus Tour of Packer Park!!bus1

Packer Parker’s Say Yay, for Nutter..

nutter picAnd Packer Park has spoken once again… Many of you have responded to our recent poll 1st mentioned in our Blog Post from 11/26/12, asking “Is Mayor Nutter doing a good job?”

Mayor Nutters approval rating among surveyed Packer Park residents is a solid 51%.

51% in baseball is fantastic, but 51% in Politics is just good enough….

many residents feel that Mayor Nutter has demonstrated that he is Intelligent, Committed and a good representative of our city.

The Poll Results are as follows:  “Is Mayor Nutter Doing a good job?

Yes 51%

No 41%

Neither or I don’t care  8%

As usual, Thanks to everyone who participated. see you around Packer Park soon….