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Buildings Then and Now: From hospital to homes

Saturday, April 19th, 2014
The intersection of 18th and Bainbridge streets today. Photo by the author.

The intersection of 18th and Bainbridge streets today. Photo by the author.

Before Graduate Hospital was Graduate Hospital, it was a neighborhood that had historically been home to Philadelphia’s black middle class but had fallen on hard times since the 1960s. Many of the institutions that black middle class built remain — the churches, the Christian Street YMCA — but some, such as the Hotel Brotherhood USA, have changed purpose, and others, such as the Southwest-Belmont YWCA, have disappeared, their buildings awaiting a new future.

The nondescript block of townhomes that occupy the plot of land bordered by Colorado, Bainbridge, 18th and Fitzwater streets marked the first major redevelopment effort in the neighborhood. Built in the late 1970s, it was called “Fort Bainbridge” by some of its first residents, a nickname that arose in part from its compound-like appearance and in part from its location in what was then considered a rough neighborhood. These homes, however, also occupy the site of what was probably the neighborhood institution best known outside it — a world-renowned institution that, had it stayed in the neighborhood, might have imparted its name to it the way the hospital just across South Street from it did later. (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.



Townhouses for Sale in Philadelphia

Wednesday, August 28th, 2013

One of the largest and most historic cities on the east coast, Philadelphia is one of the most populated cities in the United States, and fTownhouses for Sale in Philadelphia by Philly Livingor good reason. The home of the Philly cheesesteak and Independence Hall, Philadelphia is full of shopping, delicious food, and excitement. With dozens of parks, historical attractions, bars, and nightlife Philadelphia can suit its self to any type of lifestyle. Made up of many flourishing neighborhoods, Philadelphia is an infusion of history, culture, and personality.

The Best Townhouse Developments in Philadelphia


Siena Place
Located in South Philadelphia Siena Place takes an exciting new look at townhouse living. Attempting to create a community that feels like a suburban neighborhood, Siena Place offers the best of suburbia inside the city. With plenty of green open space this townhouse development makes the perfect place to raise a family. Don’t worry about landscaping though, because professional landscape and shrubbery maintenance is provided. All of the attractions Philadelphia has to offer are all in close distance to the Siena Place, which means you will never have another dull weekend. All of the homes are three stories high, with brick facades, and are designed to appeal to new growing families. Even a few of the Philadelphia Eagles live in the neighborhood, making Siena Place the hub of South Philadelphia living.
Naval Square
To enter this neighborhood you must first go through grand historic gates. Naval Square which is located in between Fitler Square and Graduate Hospital is actually a prestigious National Historic Landmark, as many WWII battleships were created and housed here. The Naval Square is one of the best places to raise a child in Philadelphia, because this beautiful 20 acre gated community includes an outdoor pool, community sundeck, and plenty of areas for children to play. For adults Naval Square can offer a fitness center, community center, and other world class amenities. Naval Square has easy access to University City, Center City, and enjoys beautiful views of the Center City Philadelphia skyline. This allows for the residents of Naval Square to enjoy the best of both city living and suburban security.
Artisan Town Homes
Revitalizing a whole city block in the Graduate Hospital neighborhood of Philadelphia, the Artisan Town Homes are completely changing the outlook on this area. Stretching across a few streets these 28 luxury townhouse. The definition of luxury, the Artisan Town Homes are being sold for nearly $1 million each, bringing a new type of demographic to this neighborhood. The exterior of each home is made from metal, brick, and cinderblock giving each unit a distinct modern style. Providing amenities that no other townhouse development can, the Artisan Town Homes include a rooftop deck that delivers panoramic views of the city and the skyline. Although this is currently the only townhouse development in the area it should set the precedent and provide a new wave of luxury and privacy into the neighborhood.

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.

Philadelphia’s 10 Hottest Neighborhoods in 2013

Tuesday, April 30th, 2013
Top 10 Philly Neighborhoods

Top 10 Philly Neighborhoods

Market indicators foretell a buyer’s market continuing into 2013. Sales of homes in Philadelphia are growing slowly while inventory and price per square foot continue to remain steady, neither rising nor falling as the market slowly recovers from the housing market crash of last decade. This means that now is a great time to buy a house in Philadelphia.

This buyer’s market is causing a renaissance in various Philadelphia neighborhoods, and the resurgence of investment is reviving Philly neighborhoods that some would not expect. To take a closer look at what neighborhoods in Philadelphia are experiencing this market rebirth the most, we have compiled a list of the top ten hottest Philly neighborhoods.

Top 10 Hottest Philly Neighborhoods

Some of these up-and-coming Philadelphia neighborhoods may surprise you, but our research shows that each neighborhood on our list is experiencing interesting growth. While every Philly neighborhood has its own character, it shifts with changes in the housing market. Read on to find out the recent developments in Philadelphia’s top 10 hottest neighborhoods:

Lower North Philly – Lower North Philly is in the early stages of rebirth as this young neighborhood draws twentysomethings thanks to Temple University. This economic boost has provided for some commercial investment and a steady staple of restaurants and bars. As graduates stick around and invest in the neighborhood, Lower North Philly is likely to see continued growth.

Manayunk – The recent addition of cheaper residential lofts has given a jolt of life to this historic neighborhood that prides itself on its more than 100 historic buildings. The influx has given support to a thriving restaurant and wine bar scene that often takes advantage of the lovely scenery on the banks of the Schuylkill River. Manayunk is showing how historic Philadelphia can court modern buyers.

Graduate Hospital – Graduate Hospital is known for its low crime rates and excellent proximity to school resources, making it a huge draw for twenty- and thirtysomething single professionals, young married couples, and parent-child families. With walkability to many of Philadelphia’s best features and steady, even rising property values, Graduate Hospital will continue to be a Philadelphia neighborhood that draws long-term investment.

Fishtown – Hipsters have led the way in the Fishtown renaissance, driving the area toward a surprising influx of youthful energy and entrepreneurial spirit. The low prices attracted the younger twentysomething demographic in and a variety of businesses have arrived to meet their eclectic needs, including a Barcade and a dessert boutique. Odds are that Fishtown is primed for massive growth thanks to the low entry prices and influx of local economy-driven business.

Fairmount – The classic Philadelphia brick homes and tree-lined streets of Fairmount are drawing a younger crowd in 2013. The up-and-coming professional class is driving up property values and revitalizing this Philly neighborhood, catalyzing a boom in restaurants thriving in Fairmount.

In our next post, we will have a look at Philly’s top five hottest neighborhoods. Don’t miss out on these growing Philadelphia neighborhoods or the investment potential that they represent.

PlazaPalooza Coming to G-Ho This Weekend

Tuesday, April 30th, 2013

PlazaPalooza graphicPlazaPalooza is once again coming to Graduate Hospital this Saturday, May 4, from 1 to 7 p.m. Held in one of the triangles of Grays Ferry Avenue between South and Bainbridge streets, this year’s event promises to feature music from local bands New Pony, Tall Trees, Minas and the Clef Club Jazz Ensemble; beer from nearby Grace Tavern, and of course food from the establishments in and around the area. And, of course, what is a good street fair without something for the kids? Expect activities like a dunk tank, a fire truck, and more.

PlazaPalooza is great because it brings the community together, yes, but it also shows how the triangular intersection of 23rd/South/Grays Ferry could be better utilized as an expanded pedestrian plaza by reducing a lot of the redundant asphalt that currently covers the spot. This year, the fountain that exists at the intersection has been turned on and people regularly utilize the little amount of seating provided to enjoy the feature. The Triangles on Grays Ferry Avenue Gateway Project was formed to more fully promote pedestrianizing traffic triangles along Grays Ferry Avenue and 23rd and South Streets is one of their biggest priorities. Let’s hope events like PlazaPalooza continue to be a success and show how great the triangle can be if pedestrianized to its fullest. If the City’s Pedestrian Plaza Program wants to get in on the action as well, the more the merrier!

Philadelphia Magazine Names Philly’s Hottest Neighborhoods

Monday, April 8th, 2013

The Philadelphia real estate market is finally on the upswing, and many Philly neighborhoods have recently gone through huge transformations, bringing new housing, new restaurants, new shops, and new residents to the city. This month, Philadelphia magazine compiled its “Hot List 2013,” a listing of the 15 hottest neighborhoods in and around Philly. Here are just a few of the up-and-coming Philly neighborhoods that made the top ten.

Graduate Hospital

New construction in Graduate Hospital. Photo: Jauhien Sasnou


#1: Graduate Hospital
With its high walkability and proximity to the city’s attractions, Graduate Hospital has quickly become one of Philly’s hottest neighborhoods. It is home to a high number of artists, and has a significantly lower crime rate than the average Philly neighborhood. Property values in Graduate Hospital have increased rapidly over the last year, attracting many investors and first-time homebuyers, including young professionals, young marrieds, and new parents. Between 2011 and 2012, the number of properties sold in Graduate Hospital increased by 23 percent.

Frankford Hall in Fishtown.

Frankford Hall in Fishtown. Photo: M. Kennedy for Greater Philadelphia Tourism Marketing Corporation.

#4: Fishtown/Kensington
Over the last few years, Fishtown has been seeing growth from all different demographics. Residents love that it has a city feel without the high city prices. Property values in Fishtown are rising steadily as it is becoming one of the coolest neighborhoods in Philly. From 1999 to 2011, the median household income in Fishtown increased by 37.1 percent.

Kimmel Center

The Kimmel Center on the Avenue of the Arts. Photo: B. Krist for GPTMC.

#7: Avenue of the Arts
Avenue of the Arts has recently seen a surge of high-end apartments, condos, and townhouses. Property values have risen to Main Line levels as it has become the Philly neighborhood of choice for edgy young professionals with cash to burn. The completion of the Kimmel Center in 2001 transformed the Avenue of the Arts into the city’s cultural center. Between 2011 and 2012, the number of properties sold in the Avenue of the Arts area rose by 21.3 percent.

Fairmount street scene

Street scene in Fairmount. Photo: Jeff Fusco

#8: Fairmount
In the past four years, Fairmount has become Philly’s suburban town in the heart of the city. Its lush trees and wide open spaces give it a small town neighborhood feel, while still being close to busy city life. Home prices in Fairmount have risen significantly over the past decade, as the area has welcomed a younger demographic, including first-time homebuyers seeking a wider variety of housing options. From 2011 to 2012, the number of properties sold in Fairmount has increased by 24.1 percent.

Bainbridge Club hosts holiday pop-up art show

Wednesday, November 28th, 2012
"Joy Vault" by Brian David Dennis (2010)

Brian David Dennis, whose sculpture “Joy Vault” (2010) is shown here, is one of the 15 visual artists and designers whose work is featured at the holiday pop-up art show at the Bainbridge Club.

Two artists living in Graduate Hospital, Kevin Broad and Meei-Ling Ng, have teamed up with the South of South Neighborhood Association and The Bainbridge Club to organize a weekend pop-up art show featuring a raft of local visual and performing artists just in time for holiday shopping.

The show opens with a reception this Friday, Nov. 30, from 6 to 10 p.m. at The Bainbridge Club, 1519 Bainbridge St. Along with an opportunity to meet the 15 visual artists whose works will be on display, guests can enjoy an evening of entertainment featuring the classic Japanese song stylings of Fumiyo Kobayashi Batta, poerty by Kyle Connor and straight-ahead jazz from Sam Borello and Scott Ziegler.

Additional performances, including film screenings and demonstrations of Chinese acrobatics, are scheduled throughout the show’s run, which continues through Sunday, Dec. 2.

Works by the individual artists will be available for purchase. The show is free and open to the public, and food and beverages will be available for purchase during the receptions and performance events.

For information about the event, visit its Facebook event page.

-Sandy Smith

Bloktoberfest returns to Southwest Center City

Thursday, October 11th, 2012

Beer Week not enough for you? Try the concentrated version, then.

This Saturday marks the return of Bloktoberfest, a one-day, four-block-long sudsy celebration of beer, food, music and Philly, to the South Street business strip west of Broad. From noon to 8 p.m., South Street from Broad to 18th streets will be turned over to craft breweries from around the country featuring their best beers, local restaurants and vendors selling all sorts of delicious food, and multiple music stages featuring both nationally recognized and emerging local musicians.

Co-sponsored by the South of South Neighborhood Association, the South Street West Business Association and Bella Vista Beer Distributors, the fourth annual Bloktoberfest also offers you a chance to hoist your mug for a good cause, as proceeds from the nonprofit event go to a variety of local charities.

Beer bracelets and more information about the event are available on the Bloktoberfest website.

-Sandy Smith

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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