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Afternoon Quick Hits

Monday, June 30th, 2014

The site of the Philadelphia Housing Authority’s proposed new headquarters in Sharswood is a mostly vacant lot, but the one business on the plot is proving to be a messy obstacle to getting the project going; “Condo king” and Greater Philadelphia Association of Realtors President Allan Domb makes another commercial acquisition; The conversion of a former synagogue into apartments in Bella Vista turns into an act of historic vandalism; and we’re fortunate to have a broker who appreciates the value of the indirect message as our sponsor, but our work is part of an overall marketing effort. Can independent reporting on local affairs survive without deep nonprofit pockets?;

A lofty plan on Ridge Ave. and a messy land dispute (The Philadelphia Inquirer|
Another Rittenhouse Square buy for Allan Domb (Philadelphia Business Journal)
Jewish Iconography Destroyed in Bella Vista Synagogue’s Residential Conversion (Hidden City Daily)
The Story on Urban Newsrooms Is Still Looking For Its Hero (Next City “Forefront”; subscription or purchase required)

Lunchtime Quick Hits

Tuesday, May 20th, 2014

One of Philly’s 10 FastFWD companies wants to turn vacant land into instant community assets by thinking inside the box; A plan to turn Fishtown’s Penn Treaty Park into a Delaware riverfront destination run into a buzzsaw of opposition from residents worried about the removal of six old growth sycamores planted at the park’s birth in 1893; Another New Yorker falls in love with Philly, and shows it by buying up its neighborhood shopping centers; and Mental Floss’ tour of city neighborhoods stops in Philly to explain how a bunch of those ‘hoods got their names. See you at “the place where we go to drink”?

SHIFT_DESIGN: FastFWD company makes pop-up buildings for vacant lots (|Philly)
A Matter of Modern Recreation vs. Historic Trees at Penn Treaty Park (Hidden City Daily)
Why a NY investor loves Philly neighborhoods (PhillyDeals blog|The Philadelphia Inquirer|
How Philadelphia’s neighborhoods got their names (Mental Floss)

ULI names finalists for first Willard Rouse Awards

Friday, May 16th, 2014
2013 Spruce St

AMC Delancey Group’s imaginative conversion of 2013 Spruce Street into apartments is one of the 28 finalists for ULI Philadelphia’s first Willard G. “Bill” Rouse III Awards for Excellence. Photo by the author

The Urban Land Institute Philadelphia (ULI) yesterday released the list of finalists for its first Willard G. “Bill” Rouse III Awards for Excellence.

The new awards program recognizes excellence in development in the Philadelphia region. Projects selected as finalists all serve as examples of ULI’s mission of providing leadership in the responsible use of land and creating and sustaining thriving communities. (more…)

Two new Carpenter Street townhomes complete; two more on the way?

Wednesday, May 14th, 2014

808-B/C Carpenter Street

Across the street from the 28-unit Mildred Court development on Carpenter Street in Bella Vista, just steps from both Washington Avenue and the Italian Market, are these two new townhomes, now on the market judging from the For Sale sign in front of them.

Well in front of them.

From what we are able to tell, these are the first two of what are supposed to be four homes on this site. (more…)

The inside and outside story on that 8th and Montrose project

Tuesday, May 13th, 2014
Aerial perspective of Mildred Court from the northeast

Aerial perspective of Mildred Court from the northeast

Yesterday, we reported on a huge new townhome development at Eighth and Montrose streets in Bella Vista whose provenance we could not quite determine from permit data on file with Licenses and Inspections.

Thanks to an alert reader — well, an alert reader involved in the project, Mike Izzo of the JKR Partners architectural firm — we can now give you more details about this development. (more…)

25 townhomes rising near Italian Market – but whose?

Monday, May 12th, 2014

View from 8th and Montrose streets

We’ve been keeping an eye on this project taking up much of the eastern half of the block bounded by 8th, 9th, Montrose and Carpenter streets in Bella Vista near the Italian Market for a while now.

At the end of February, this 25-unit townhome development with 25 off-street parking spaces was a series of foundations in the ground. Two and a half months later, it’s mostly completed or nearly completed shells – only five of the foundations that we could see had yet to be built upon. (more…)

A Buyer’s Market? Not In Center City

Tuesday, March 25th, 2014
Center City Market Action Report

Homes in many Philadelphia neighborhoods are selling faster and fetching better prices than they were one year ago.

Industry buzz is that the spring selling season is off to a slow start in Philadelphia. Yet local news reports say that agents nonetheless are optimistic about how the season will turn out.

So are we. If you are thinking of selling your Greater Center City home, now is a good time to act.

While a recent Zillow report ranks Philadelphia as one of the top 10 buyer’s markets in the country, many city neighborhoods are performing far stronger for sellers. According to Philly Living’s latest Market Action Report, median sale prices in Northern Liberties in February, for instance, rose 78 percent from the same month last year, and average days on market fell 44 percent. Other local markets, including Queen Village, Bella Vista, Hawthorne and Passyunk Square, are also performing strongly.

Center City District data show that the Greater Center City area – the territory between the rivers from Girard Avenue on the north to Tasker Street on the south – continues to experience a surge in population and that housing production has boomed since 2012. While many of these new arrivals are Millennials starting out in their careers, many are looking for homes to buy as well, stimulating construction surges in neighborhoods like Northern Liberties, Graduate Hospital and Point Breeze.

What does this mean for the home owner looking to sell? It means opportunity. With the help of an experienced Realtor (we happen to know one), a Center City homeowner can expect a positive outcome: a better sale price and a quicker sale.



Open House: Bella Vista’s Real Estate Opportunities

Thursday, October 31st, 2013

As Philadelphia real estate has continued to expand exponentially, construction sites are now a familiar sight in many Philadelphian neighborhoods. With so many contemporary changes, Bella Vista’s real estate is a refreshing property to walk through. Not only has the neighborhood been able to maintain a stronghold on its history, but it has also directly incorporated its strong ethnic past into its community as well. The neighborhood is drenched with family-oriented surroundings, making for a safe environment for Bella Vista’s residents. Open House Bella Vista Real Estate by Philly Living

Bella Vista’s real estate remains a popular option for Philadelphians thanks to the geographical sweet spot near the city limits. The close location affords Bella Vista’s residents easy ventures into the city while keeping the neighborhood mainly residential. For residents seeking a diversified culture, the oldest neighborhood is known to have a large melting pot of residents. The diverse population has a strong Italian culture at its heart with many other ethnicities calling Bella Vista home as well.

A Beautiful View Right Outside your Window

With Bella Vista translating literally to “beautiful sight,” the Philly neighborhood is free from a lot of the hustle and bustle of city life. Its tree-lined streets and small family-owned businesses make Bella Vista’s close-knit community one of a kind. Best known for the Italian Market, many residents and travelers shop at the large market. While the Italian Market operates as a diverse open-air hub, many other foodies trek out to Bella Vista to sample the authentic cuisines at generations-old restaurants. Even so, lots of residents flock to Bella Vista for great eats and great residential options. The neighborhood is perfect for anyone seeking a rich culture in a quiet area.

Many families call Bella Vista home and finding a great house in the neighborhood is easy to find with many real estate options. Most residents often look for close proximity to eateries and education to determine housing location. With so many options from historical homes to luxury condominiums, the choices seem endless. What better than a Bella Vista home that sits near most of Bella Vista’s transportation, restaurant, and shopping options? Families enjoy local conveniences that make for a great living experience. This 915 S. 13th Street home has all of the makings of a true American dream home: a 3-story tiered home with four bedrooms. With a spacious living/dining room and kitchen interior, the house has a private backyard patio attached downstairs for fun backyard activities. The second floor has a large bathroom with a laundry area and the first set of bedrooms with large closets. The third floor has two additional bedrooms to finish out the home’s spacious features. The home sits close to all of the excitement and culture Bella Vista has to offer.

With Bella Vista’s family-oriented community, the neighborhood has exciting leisure opportunities and small town charm. As a safe haven from the city, Bella Vista offers an intimate living experience for everyone to enjoy.

Mayor Nutter’s Philadelphia Neighborhoods Campaign

Friday, June 28th, 2013

Mayor Nutter Philadelphia Neighborhoods Campaign

Those of you used to all talk and no action from your politicians might want to sit down a minute. Mayor Michael Nutter has proven repeatedly that he is not that type of politician, and his recent endeavor to promote Philadelphia tourism through his Philadelphia Neighborhoods Campaign has been an excellent illustration of the sort of hands-on action we’ve learned to

expect from Mayor Nutter.

This effort on the Mayor’s part seeks to reintroduce Philadelphians to their city while offering those not living in Philly a peek at all the City has to offer. The tour takes Mayor Nutter through various Philadelphia neighborhoods by trolley. He visited fourteen “visitor-ready” Philadelphia neighborhoods that are considered excellent examples of the success of the Philadelphia revitalization efforts of his administration.

Mayor Nutter revealed the motivations behind the Philadelphia Neighborhoods Campaign, saying, “Great neighborhoods make a great city; Passyunk is one of the great neighborhoods in Philadelphia.”

Bella Vista – With its famous Italian Market, many Italian delis and cafes, Bella Vista is a family-friendly residential neighborhood with plenty of family businesses and amazing food to be sampled and savored.

Callowhill – Restaurants and music venues provide an active nightlife fueled by the local artist populations, making this Philadelphia neighborhood a hit for those seeking a bite, a drink, and live music.

Cedar Park – Multicultural eateries provide a sample of the world’s best foods in Cedar Park. A stroll through this neighborhood presents classic Victorian architecture and a true taste of Philly’s diversity.

East Passyunk – This Philadelphia neighborhood provides an array of the city’s most popular bars and restaurants, giving it an active day and nightlife. For a great steak or an excellent margarita, head down to East Passyunk.

Fairmount – Philly’s fine arts center, Fairmount features the Philadelphia Museum of Art and such historic sites as Eastern State Penitentiary. Fairmount is truly a Philadelphia neighborhood that capture Philly’s artsy character.

Fishtown – Fishtown may not have the most enticing name of all Philadelphia neighborhoods, but its history of involvement in the commercial fishing industry does not belie the many independent businesses and restaurants to be enjoyed on its narrow streets.

Graduate Hospital – Classic Philadelphia brick construction and myriad eateries and taverns make Graduate Hospital a Philadelphia neighborhood worth revisiting if you have not in some time.

Northern Liberties – Have we mentioned Philadelphians love their food? Northern Liberties is a Philadelphia neighborhood that has been on the up-and-up since the 90s, encouraging a great local dining culture and nightlife.

Pennsport – Donuts, delis, hoagies, and cheesesteaks are just the beginning of the authentic Philly offerings available in Pennsport. This neighborhood is considered up-and-coming thanks to a recent increase in those moving from the ‘burbs to Pennsport.

Powelton Village – Beautiful houses and local businesses with a lot of personality are what you’ll find in Powelton Village, a lovely Philadelphia neighborhood often overlooked by tourists.

Queen Village – For a more mature experience of fine dining and casual cocktails in a neighborhood that houses some of Philly’s oldest residences, visit Queen Village an upscale Philly neighborhood with an older population.

Spring Garden – Spring Garden is just north of the Benjamin Franklin Parkway, giving it a secluded, calmer feel. Its tree-lined streets and comfy cafes are excellent environments for a relaxing afternoon.

Spruce Hill – Capturing the big, bold character of West Philly, Spruce Hill is the neighborhood to visit. Full of eccentrics from artists to entrepreneurs and passionate athletes, this Philadelphia neighborhood captures Philly’s individualistic spirit.

University City – Home to Drexel University and the University of Pennsylvania, University City is the heart of academia in Philly, offering residents and visitors great parks populated with students and the Institute of Contemporary Art.

Confused about Philly neighborhoods? There’s a map for that

Wednesday, June 13th, 2012
Philadelphia Neighborhoods on Google Maps

The Philadelphia Neighborhoods project on Google Maps

In Philadelphia, neighborhoods matter. (Not that they don’t elsewhere.) They confer – or deny – status to residents and property, which is why (1) arguments over which blocks are in which neighborhoods can get heated (2) residents of neighborhoods as varied as Point Breeze and Southwark coined new names for their communities in the hopes of erasing perceived stigmas.

To help people sort things out, the Philadelphia Neighborhoods collaborative project launched on Google Maps seeks to delineate the boundaries of every Philadelphia neighborhood. Like a wiki, anyone can add to or edit it, which should ultimately make it a pretty accurate guide to what blocks belong where.

The project currently has two maps active. Users might want to use the second to mark subsidiary communities within larger neighborhoods, such as Spruce Hill in University City, the Devil’s Pocket in Southwest Center City or the Gayborhood (or Midtown Village) in Washington Square West. Just be prepared for others to challenge you once you define their boundaries.

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