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Phabulous Philly Home of the Week: 870 Independence Court

Sunday, June 29th, 2014

Living Room A

Think of this beautiful Queen Village home in a lovely townhome community as a huge serving of Capogiro gelato: Luxurious, indulgent, and surprisingly affordable given the quality of what you get.

Living Room B

From top to bottom, this home offers top-drawer amenities and attractive design, including a few real showstoppers.

The first of those showstoppers is the immense living room. With its 16-foot-high ceilings and fireplace, this room is a real showpiece.


So is the stylish kitchen, with its island with bar seating, granite countertops, mosaic tile backsplash and stainless steel appliances including built-in microwave.

Dining Room

The kitchen and dining area with its Juliet balcony overlook the living room.

En Suite Bedroom

2nd Floor Bathroom

2nd Floor Bedroom

Up one floor from the kitchen is the third floor with two bedrooms, one an en suite bedroom with walk-in closet and its own bathroom with tile tub and shower enclosure and floor, the other with a hallway bathroom, also with tile floor and floor-to-ceiling tile in the tub/shower.

Master Bedroom

Master Bathroom A

Master Bathroom B

Above this is one more showpiece: the huge master suite, consisting of the spacious bedroom, laundry room, dual closets and a spa-like master bathroom with Jacuzzi tub, tile floor, dual vanity and shower with glass enclosure.


Rounding out the suite is a private deck with gorgeous view.


Under it all is a finished basement that makes a perfect den or media room.


An elevator connects all floors from the tile-floored foyer, which also has a conveniently located powder room.

Powder Room

This home is in the Meredith School attendance area and close to South Street shopping, dining and entertainment and the Delaware riverfront.


This home has three bedrooms, three and a half bathrooms and 2,447 square feet of interior space. It lists for $659,000.

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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)

Progress report on Antiquarian’s Delight conversion

Wednesday, April 30th, 2014

Former B'nai Reuben Synagogue

Work is proceeding steadily on the conversion of the B’nai Reuben Synagogue, whose most recent incarnation was as an antiques bazaar, into 13 apartments.

Licenses and Inspections issued an alteration permit for the former home of Antiquarian’s Delight at 615 S. 4th St. in Queen Village in November 2013. In addition to the apartments, the building will have a leasing office on the ground floor, storage space for the tenants in the basement, and a penthouse for mechanical equipment. (more…)

Phabulous Philly Home of the Week: 314-16 Fitzwater St.

Sunday, April 27th, 2014

Living Room

You often see references to “custom homes” and “homes with personality” in real estate marketing copy. Then a real custom-designed home with personality comes on the market, like this two-unit Queen Village stunner designed by noted architect Cecil Baker, and those homes suddenly seem all the same.

Living Room 2


Start with the two-story-high living room, which features exposed brick, wood beam ceilings, hardwood floors, fireplace and huge windows that flood the room with light and offer a great view of the 40-foot by 4o-foot garden accessed through the double doors.

Dining Room


Behind the fireplace is a warm dining room. a tile-floored, eat-in kitchen and a spare room that makes a great den or home office. There’s also a powder room on the first floor.


Library 2

Floating above this first-floor space is a second-floor library with its own fireplace that overlooks the living and dining rooms, a full bath and a bedroom.

Bedroom Bedroom 2

Three more spacious bedrooms, a second bathroom, the laundry room and a large master suite with its own skylit bathroom, fireplace and garden view can be found on the third floor.

Master Bedroom

The home also includes a one-car garage and an accessory apartment that offers you the opportunity for rental income.

Master Bathroom

Located in the Meredith school district, this home is also close to South Street, Head House Square and shopping and dining options on nearhy Bainbridge Street and Fabric Row.

Master Bathroom 2

This home has four bedrooms, three and a half bathrooms, and 4,100 square feet of interior space, plus the accessory apartment. It lists for $1,270,000.

Front Elevation

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Fabric Row rehab adds apartments to existing building

Wednesday, April 23rd, 2014

614-16 S 4th

A mixed-use structure at 614-16 S. 4th Street, on Queen Village’s historic Fabric Row, is getting alterations.

The building, which contains retail space on the first floor and apartments on the two floors above, has been gutted and is being expanded at its rear. (more…)

Weekend Winners: April 18-20

Friday, April 18th, 2014
The Oval returns for a second season of outdoor fun with Farm Fest today and tomorrow. Expect more events like this every weekend from now through the late fall. Photos by M. Fischetti for Visit Philadelphia.

The Oval returns for a second season of outdoor fun with Farm Fest today and tomorrow. Expect more events like this every weekend from now through the late fall. Photos by M. Fischetti for Visit Philadelphia.

Farm-themed fun, flea markets and finery are on tap this weekend.

Friday, April 18

Down on the farm on the Oval: The first weekend of the 2014 season of the Oval brings a touch of the country to the city with “Farm Fest,” a weekend full of farm-ified food, music and activities for folks of all ages. This evening, visitors to the Oval can enjoy street fare from a variety of food trucks, beer from the Victory Brewpub Mobile Beer Garden, music from the Highwater Preachers and a screening of the made-in-Philly film Witness. Tomorrow, the festival has an Easter theme with plenty of kid-friendly events, including an Easter egg hunt, a petting zoo and tree-climbing. There’s also live clogging, blues-rock music and a food-truck feast.

Farm Fest at The Oval: 5 to 9 p.m. tonight and 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. tomorrow at Eakins Oval, 24th Street and Benjamin Franklin Parkway opposite the Art Museum. Free.

Saturday, April 19

Strawbridge’s comes alive again: We don’t think it’s a stretch at all to say that Franklin Flea, the emporium that made its debut last fall on the first floor of the former Strawbridge & Clothier department store, is actually channeling the ghost of Stockton Strawbridge. The family patriarch wanted his store to be a place of wonder and discovery, and that’s exactly what Franklin Flea offers with its eclectic mix of merchants offering vintage goods and original creations. Its six-week indoor season, which starts today, will offer a changing mix of sellers each Saturday, thus keeping the experience fresh with every visit. New this spring is the Franklin Stove, a food booth that will give a different local chef each week a chance to shine. Inaugurating that space today will be Eli Kulp of High Street on Market.

Franklin Flea: 10 a.m. and 5 p.m. today and every Saturday through May 24 at the former Strawbridge & Clothier, 801 Market St. Free to enter; merchandise and food as priced.

Sunday, April 20

A South Street tradition returns: Philly’s oldest Easter parade returns to South Street for the 83rd time today. Put on your Easter Sunday best and make your way to 5th and South streets for the start of the South Street Easter Promenade at 12:30 p.m. From there, the parade heads down South Street to the plaza at 2nd Street, where judges will choose the best dressed promenaders in a dozen different age and gender categories, not to mention best-dressed pooch. The festivities include live performances from the Philadelphia Freedom Band, Easter treats, a “Bunny Hop” and more. And it’s all over around 2:30 p.m., giving you time to enjoy Easter brunch.

The 83rd Annual Easter Promenade: Parade steps off from Passyunk Avenue and South Street at 12:30 p.m. and ends at the 2nd Street plaza. Free.

Queen Village: A Residential Neighborhood Guide

Tuesday, December 10th, 2013

One of Philadelphia’s oldest residences, Southwark’s Queen Village, has recently been through a renaissance that has transformed it into a more gentrified neighborhood. The hipster restoration gives way to an up and coming neighborhood with a contemporary 21st century energy. The Queen Village neighborhood still has plenty of charm, preserved by the picturesque boutiques and cultural festivals that wrap around the residential homes. Trees line the narrow street blocks for a homey feel and the waterfront location offers a world-class view for residents.

The neighborhood is perfect for the urban dwellers, young professionals, and families to set roots and call it home. Described as quaint and quietly upscale, living in Queen Village means living in a safe neighborhood with many child-friendly locations. One of the advantages of calling Queen Village Home is that the neighborhood thrives on walkability, and can be navigated easily on bicycle or by foot. Grocery shops, shopping areas and exciting nightlife are only a short distance away from your doorstep.

From Queen Village’s Bustling Nightlife Scene to Hot Cultural Attractions

Living in Queen Village PhiladelphiaFrom its evolution from Wiccacco to Queens Village, the neighborhood has been able to retain its historical roots while keeping up with the trends. Now, Queen Village is synonymous with a chic lifestyle. The neighborhood is peppered with many historical sites, galleries, and art exhibits to marvel at. One of the more notorious business hubs in Philadelphia is Fabric Row. Located on South 4th Street, Fabric Row is distinguished as one of the most prominent manufacturing centers of the world. The stores offer amazing material resources and many non-textile products.

Alongside popular venues, Queen Village also enjoys a close proximity to Center City, sitting south to the popular neighborhood. However, Queen Village residents won’t have to travel far to get an amazing range of retail shops and eateries. Near Queen Village lays South Street, which is affectionately known as one of Philly’s hippest streets and makes for a popular hangout spot. With more than 300 stores and restaurants available for the picking, the possibilities for a night out are endless.

Likewise, if a night out is not what you seek, there are plenty of cultural opportunities to take in for viewing as well. One of Philadelphia’s popular art galleries is Philadelphia Magic Garden, a beautifully mosaicked art environment featuring art from Isaiah Zagar. Dubbed a “bohemian wonderland,” the artist purchased and renovated buildings, putting his artwork on the walls. His largest work is for display with mosaicked gallery spaces and a sculpture garden that covers half a block on South Street. The art pieces comprise of glass bottles, bicycle wheels, folk art statues, and embedded text within the walls. With such a large array of home and nightlife options available, living in Queen Village has never seemed better.

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.

Relocating to Philly? Here’s some advice

Friday, June 15th, 2012

Center City Philadelphia at night

With cheesesteaks, the World Champion Phillies and a show that gives you a glimpse of what life can be like if you run a bar (maybe not your typical bar) in the city, it’s no reason that more and more people are starting to call Philadelphia home. As the 5th largest city in the United States, Philadelphia is home to more than 1.5 million people, and another 4 million people in the Greater Philadelphia metro area. Residents include young and old professionals, mega sports fans, university students and just about any other type demographic you can think of.

Before you get here, it is important to realize that there are four main areas of Philadelphia, all of which would be perfect places to plant your roots. Below, we will describe each of these boroughs in an effort to help you decide which one you would feel most comfortable in.

The Four Districts

The first is Philadelphia’s downtown area, known to the locals as Center City. Like most downtown business districts, Center City is where you’ll find most of the city’s tallest buildings and major employers. Center City is also where many professionals live and socialize among historical row houses and trendy store fronts. Professionals living in Center City will enjoy active nightlife, trendy restaurants, and excellent shopping.

Second on the list is South Philly. This area is home to the Philadelphia Navy Yard, the Philadelphia Sports Complex, and the Italian market that may be responsible for some of the city’s best Italian food (if you are an Always Sunny fan, this may be the area for you).

One of the most popular parts of Philadelphia is University City. As you can probably tell by the name, this neighborhood in West Philadelphia surrounds Drexel University and the University of Pennsylvania and is mainly where students attending one of these colleges reside.

The last district on our list is Mayanuk. Much like University City, this area is full of university students. Temple University and Penn students may find this neighborhood near the Schuylkill River super convenient.

Now hopefully you have chosen which section of Philadelphia you are going to relocate to. And while that is a relief, now comes the hard part, actually moving. There are many steps one must take to ensure a smooth move, but one that most don’t consider (and may be the most important) is renting a Philadelphia storage unit.

Many of these residents use Philadelphia self-storage for additional space at an affordable rate. Living in any of the regions mentioned above will more than likely require the convenience of a storage unit. For example, in Center City, residents have trouble finding parking so they use self-storage for keeping their vehicles. If you’re a student at one of the many colleges and universities located in University City or Mayanuk, you may find it easier to access a storage unit located nearby than cramming all your belongings into your dorm or apartment.

When choosing self-storage in Philadelphia, you may be tempted to save money by reserving a unit in another suburb away from you. However, remember that this option is usually only practical if you have access to transportation and won’t need to get into your storage unit frequently. Compare facilities prices online and weigh cost vs. convenience to make sure you are getting the best deal. Your goal should be to find the right unit in the best location for the lowest price, simplifying your moving experience to a tolerable level.

This article was written by Matt Schexnayder. Matt is on the SpareFoot marketing team and writes for the SpareFoot blog. SpareFoot is the largest online marketplace for self-storage with more than 5,000 facilities listed nation-wide. 

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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