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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.

 

 

South Philly Area: Residential Growth and Rich Culture

Tuesday, December 17th, 2013

While many Philadelphia areas have been major growth, the South Philadelphia area has been one of the few neighborhoods surrounded by reminders of its authentic past. Living in South Philly, residents are able to see the characteristics from yesteryear carry over to the present today. Take a stroll down South Philly neighborhood streets to experience a beautiful neighborhood that has held onto many of its quirky 19th and 20th century roots. South Philly is enriched with many Italian-American and Irish-American families that have worked and lived in the area for generations. The affordable residential homes include neatly lined row homes and low-rise apartment complexes. The layout of the neighborhood reveals a clean architecture for family- friendly accommodations and a safe environment.

With immaculately maintained homes and flourishing family-run small businesses, the town reveals a quaint living experience to delight South Philly residents. Living in South Philly means eating some of the best Italian food in Philly and accessibility to interesting family-owned variety stores. Due to the unique demographic make-up of the neighborhood, cultural diversity is rich. While South Philly has remained mostly unspoiled, exciting new social changes have started occurring to the neighborhood. Community development is lively and many different ethnicities are starting to call South Philly home. This indicates a forthcoming revitalization in the area that will lay the foundation for a developing South Philly in the future.south-street-south-philly-real-estate

Visit Popular Locales for a True South Philadelphia Experience

 

South Philly is home to many popular locations and residential favorites. One of the most visited areas for South Philly residents is the Italian Market. Considered the commercial heart of the Italian community, the thriving marketplace features many grocery stores, cafes, butcher shops, cheese markets, and restaurants. Located in the Bella Vista area, South Philly residents enjoy close accessibility to this one-stop-shopping marketplace.

After grabbing a bite to eat, have a ball at the Philadelphia Sports complex. The stadiums are comprised of three current facilities. Wells Fargo is home to The Philadelphia Flyers, Philadelphia 76ers, Philadelphia Wings, and the Philadelphia Soul. The second facility, Lincoln Financial Field, is home to the Philadelphia Eagles and the Temple Owls. Rounding out at the last facility, the Philadelphia Phillies call the Citizens Bank Park stadium home. Be sure to choose a side and get your ticket to watch some exciting games!

Another South Philly must-see is the Philadelphia Navy Yard. Illustrious for its historical significance, the Navy Yard has undergone a transformation in recent years. Since the 1990s, the Navy Yard has morphed into a vibrant mixed-use hub. The Navy Yard’s everyday use has been resuscitated with booming businesses, residential developments, mass transit and waterfront amenities. With a large investment in the area, progress will not slow as the area continues to expand. One thing is certain; South Philly is an area with a lot of potential for growth and exciting changes over the next few years.

South Philly Area: Residential Growth and Rich Culture

Friday, November 22nd, 2013

While many Philadelphia areas have been major growth, the South Philadelphia area has been one of the few neighborhoods surrounded by reminders of its authentic past. Living in South Philly, residents are able to see the characteristics from yesteryear carry over to the present today. Take a stroll down South Philly neighborhood streets to experience a beautiful neighborhood that has held onto many of its quirky 19th and 20th century roots. South Philly is enriched with many Italian-American and Irish-American families that have worked and lived in the area for generations. The affordable residential homes include neatly lined row homes and low-rise apartment complexes. The layout of the neighborhood reveals a clean architecture for family-friendly accommodations and a safe environment.  Living in South Philadelphia

 
With immaculately maintained homes and flourishing family-run small businesses, the town reveals a quaint living experience to delight South Philly residents. Living in South Philly means eating some of the best Italian food in Philly and accessibility to interesting family-owned variety stores. Due to the unique demographic make-up of the neighborhood, cultural diversity is rich. While South Philly has remained mostly unspoiled, exciting new social changes have started occurring to the neighborhood. Community development is lively and many different ethnicities are starting to call South Philly home. This indicates a forthcoming revitalization in the area that will lay the foundation for a developing South Philly in the future.

Visit Popular Locales for a True South Philadelphia Experience

South Philly is home to many popular locations and residential favorites. One of the most visited areas for South Philly residents is the Italian Market. Considered the commercial heart of the Italian community, the thriving marketplace features many grocery stores, cafes, butcher shops, cheese markets, and restaurants. Located in the Bella Vista area, South Philly residents enjoy close accessibility to this one-stop-shopping marketplace.

 
After grabbing a bite to eat, have a ball at the Philadelphia Sports complex. The stadiums are comprised of three current facilities. Wells Fargo is home to The Philadelphia Flyers, Philadelphia 76ers, Philadelphia Wings, and the Philadelphia Soul. The second facility, Lincoln Financial Field, is home to the Philadelphia Eagles and the Temple Owls. Rounding out at the last facility, the Philadelphia Phillies call the Citizens Bank Park stadium home. Be sure to choose a side and get your ticket to watch some exciting games.

 
Another South Philly must-see is the Philadelphia Navy Yard. Illustrious for its historical significance, the Navy Yard has undergone a transformation in recent years. Since the 1990s, the Navy Yard has morphed into a vibrant mixed-use hub. The Navy Yard’s everyday use has been resuscitated with booming businesses, residential developments, mass transit and waterfront amenities. With a large investment in the area, progress will not slow as the area continues to expand. One thing is certain; South Philly is an area with a lot of potential for growth and exciting changes over the next few years.

PhillyLiving Open House: South Philadelphia Real Estate

Wednesday, September 25th, 2013

For years tourists and residents of Philadelphia alike have traveled down to South Philadelphia for their world renowned restaurants and authentic Italian culture. Although it is historically known as the Italian section of Philadelphia, South Philly is now home to a blended community filled with different cultures and ethnicities. This neighborhood is littered with vintage clothing stores, boutiques, pubs, and of course amazing places to eat.PhillyLiving Open House: South Philadelphia Real Estate by Philly Living

 

South Philadelphia has many nationally and locally recognized restaurants including premier Mexican, Japanese, and Italian eateries. Obviously though, South Philadelphia is most famously known for its cheesesteaks. Pat’s King of Steaks and Geno’s Steaks are the two staple cheesesteak restaurants in the area, which are a must see. Other than great food South Philadelphia is also the current home to all of the stadiums for Philadelphia’s sports teams. Just minutes away from the exciting night life of Center City, South Philadelphia is a perfect location for any lifestyle.

The Top South Philadelphia Real Estate Available

Right near the high energy corner of 13th and Ellsworth is this 3 bedroom and 2 bathroom 1,558 square foot row home. The South Philadelphia home at 1169 S 13th Street is currently available at Philly Living for $369,000 and is the perfect location for any new family. Built in 1913, this home is filled with beautiful wood flooring, natural light, and classic character. Although the house may be a bit older, it is anything but old fashioned, as the newly renovated kitchen is equipped with all stainless steel appliances. The first floor is in a completely open format. Currently, it is structured with a living room, dining room, and the updated kitchen. The second floor has two bedrooms: one large front bedroom and a smaller room, which could be either a bedroom or office. There is also an alcove area and a newly renovated bathroom as well. The 3rd floor is what sets this home apart because it is entirely devoted to the master bedroom. This suite is fully equipped with a full sitting area, a large walk-in closet, and a new sleek master bathroom. The house also includes a basement with good ceiling height, a true rarity amongst South Philadelphia real estate.

 
1169 S 13th Street is only two and a half blocks from the nearest subway station, which is why it is a perfect home for commuters. Center city is only a few minutes away, so you will be only a few feet away from the lively heart of the city of Philadelphia. This house and location are perfect for any new family who doesn’t want to live inside the cramped city but would still like to be in an intellectually and culturally rich area.

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.

Spring Festival This Saturday on South Street

Friday, May 3rd, 2013

Spring Festival posterTomorrow – Saturday, May 4 – “the hippest street in town” will become even more of a playground from noon to 8 p.m.

During those hours, South Street from 2nd to 8th streets and 2nd from South to Lombard will be closed to traffic for the first-ever South Street Headhouse District Spring Festival, an afternoon-long celebration featuring food, music, crafts, shopping, fun for the kids, and more.

The street will also be a stage, with featured bands performing hourly on the main stage at 5th and South streets, a kids’ stage at 2nd and South featuring the School of Rock House Band and the Tune Up Philly youth orchestra, and other musicians and performers doing pop-up sets at satellite stages along the street.

Local restaurants and bars will turn out their best fare for the event – we’ll bet there will be specials – and hot dog emporium Hot Diggity will wheel out the mobile version of its South Street restaurant at the festival.

Discount parking is available at the lot on Columbus Boulevard at the foot of the South Street pedestrian bridge, and other area lots will also be open. Or save yourself the headache and take SEPTA to the event – or let Uber drive you there: the car service is offering users their first ride free with a special promo code for the event.

For more information about the festival, parking and the promo code, visit the South Street Spring Festival web page.

 

Celebrate St. Patrick’s Day at a Famous Philadelphia Pub Crawl

Friday, February 22nd, 2013

No city does St. Patrick’s Day better than Philadelphia, and there’s no better way to spend St. Patrick’s Day than with an old fashioned Irish pub crawl.  This March, grab your four-leaf clover, dress up in green, and take a tour of some of the best Irish pubs in Philly at one of these famous St. Patrick’s Day pub crawls.

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Official Saint Paddy’s Pub Crawl Philadelphia
Sunday, March 17, 3 p.m.-11 p.m.
Begins at Red Zone, 35 South Second Street, Old City

The producers of the world’s largest pub crawl, pubcrawls.com, presents Philadelphia’s “official” St. Patrick’s Day pub crawl.  Hang out in Old City’s best pubs, meet new friends, and enjoy drink specials like $1 (12 oz.) draft beers, $2 bottle beers, $3 well drinks, and $4 Irish whiskey.  Register for only $10, or paint the town green with 3 days of pub crawls with a special all-access pass.  Only $20 gets you access to the Happy Hour St. Paddy’s Day Pub Crawl on March 15, the Saint Paddy’s Day Luck of the Irish Pub Crawl on March 16, and finally the Official Saint Paddy’s Day Pub Crawl on March 17.  You can even add on a Saint Paddy’s Day T-shirt for an additional $10.

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Running of the Micks
Saturday, March 9, 12 p.m.-11 p.m.
Begins at Finnigan’s Wake, Third and Spring Garden Streets, Northern Liberties

“Drink, ride, and run up the Art Museum steps,” Rocky-style, at the wildest pub crawl in Philadelphia.  Visit Philly’s hottest bars and enjoy live music, contests, and drink specials for 11 straight hours.  Finish off the evening with a historic run up the Art Museum steps.  General admission is only $15, and special VIP access, including an open beer bar, is $80.

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Erin Express
Saturday, March 9 and Saturday, March 16, 12 p.m.-6 p.m.

Philly’s number one St. Patrick’s Day celebration is presented by Cavanaugh’s Restaurant and Sports Bar in University City.  Get absolutely free bus transportation for six whole hours, and visit the Erin Express “depots,” including Mill Creek Tavern, Smokey Joe’s, The Blarney Stone, Westy’s, and many more.  Buses run in a continuous loop every 15-20 minutes, so there is no starting or ending location.  Best of all, there is no registration charge!  All you have to do is show up at one of the depots, buy yourself a drink, and hop on the next bus.

Fall in love with the color of East Passyunk

Tuesday, October 23rd, 2012
The "singing fountain" in the 11th-Passyunk-Tasker triangle

The “singing fountain” in the 11th-Passyunk-Tasker triangle

In the past decade, East Passyunk Avenue has gone from a tired strip stuck in the 1970s to South Philly’s hottest resto-zone, and the new additions keep coming. This past warm October weekend, with POST (Philadelphia Open Studio Tours) occurring, has brought city and suburban dwellers east of Broad to shop, stroll and smell the roses.

East Passyunk herb garden

An herb garden grows along East Passyunk Avenue

During the Fall season, no other neighborhood provides such a beautiful and bountiful display of plants and flowers. A few blocks south of Washington stands two murals embracing a garden filled with aromatic thyme, oregano, basil and rosemary stems snaking outside the fence for foodies like myself to snatch. Summer brings vegetables for sale during the weekends. The smell of cheesesteaks and fries is quenched with the aromatic scent of fresh herbs and flowers.

Urban Jungle, 1526 E. Passyunk Ave., has been providing a great deal of community greening efforts to the East Passyunk area. The Passyunk fountain area sports a number of noticeable improvements made over the past three years: new trees, tiles, tables, benches and fence removal. Walking down East Passyunk, a surprising amount of plants and greenery can be attributed to Urban Jungle’s efforts. This includes the bamboo and rooftop garden at Paradiso, the green wall at Le Virtu, the façade at Tre Scalini, irrigated window boxes outside Black ‘n Brew and planters outside Izumi, to name a few. Every year, Urban Jungle holds a fundraiser flower sale for the Passyunk Square Civic Association (PSCA).

The outdoor garden at Le Virtu

The outdoor garden at Le Virtu

The courtyard adjacent to Los Caballitos at 1651 is one of the most civilized courtyards for dining in the city. Nearby residents have also been especially busy beautifying their exteriors by planting asters, roses, chrysanthemums, mums, ornamental cabbages and geraniums alongside bamboo and broadleaf greens. The fall colors glisten in warm sunlight.

Flowers in front of an East Passyunk Crossing home

Local residents also contribute to the panoply of colors and scents now on view along and around East Passyunk Avenue

In addition to creating a more beautiful urban landscape, planting and cultivating greenery may decrease the adverse effects of global warming. Buildings, concrete, asphalt, and the human and industrial activity of urban areas have caused cities to maintain higher temperatures than their surrounding countryside. This increased heat is known as an urban heat island. Planting shrubs, flowers and trees not only helps to shade cities from incoming solar radiation, they also increase evapotranspiration, which decreases the air temperature. Trees and plants can reduce energy costs by 10 to 20 percent. Enjoy the warmth and color and take a stroll down East Passyunk.

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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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