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Aug. 24, 2016

Philadelphia Neighborhood Flea Market List

Few things compare to walking a flea market. It's fresh air, and a slow leisurely walk, with lots to see and you never know!

 

If you're looking to get something for the house, or even if you're just looking to get out of it, we have your list here.

 

Look carefully and you'll see many Philadelphia flea markets are neighborhood events, with people more interested in cleaning house than turning a buck.

There are treasures, the rare find.

Art Star Pop-Up Market

Located on Penn's Landing at Spruce Street Harbor Park

The Northern Liberties s arts/crafts boutique pops up again at  this summer with a rotating selection of up to 20 hand-picked artists and craft vendors.

When: Every Saturday from May 14th to September 24th, 12pm-5pm.

Where: Spruce Street Harbor Park.

 

Philly Flea

This antiques market hopscotches around town all spring and summer, with the Roosevelt Mall Flea Market in Northeast Philly happening every Sunday through November 20th. Go here to dig for treasures, from mid-century modern furniture to crazy-cool knicknacks.

When: April 3rd through November 20th.

Where: Go here for a full schedule and locations.

 

Ardmore Antique and Vintage Market

Partnering with Phila Flea Markets, the Ardmore Initiative is bringing us their first outdoor antique and vintage market, a bi-annual event stocked with collectibles, estate jewelry, vintage clothing and accessories, and antique home furnishings.

When: Saturday, April 9th (rain date: May 28th), 8am-4pm. A fall market has been tentatively scheduled for Saturday, September 17th with a rain date of October 1st.

Where: Schauffele Plaza, 14 East Lancaster Avenue, Ardmore.

 

Clover Market

The juried market features over 100 vendors, which sell everything from vintage clothes and home decor to handmade goods like stationery, jewelry and ceramics. Clover loyalists needn’t worry about a same-old vendor lineup, either; the spring markets include over 180 vendors, 20 percent of which are new. Worth noting: Clover is adding a Collingswood market to its lineup this year.

When: Sunday, April 10th (Chestnut Hill); April 24th, May 15th, and June 5th (all Bryn Mawr), and June 19th (Collingswood); 10am-5pm.

Where: Go here for location and parking info.

 

A Whole Lot of Lulu Vintage and Handmade Market

This bi-annual flea market serves up an impressive mix of vintage, handmade and funky junk (hey, someone’s trash is another person’s treasure, right?), plus live music and entertainment for the kids. In any case, it’s worth the trip out to Phoenixville.

When: Saturday, April 30th, 10am-4pm.

Where: The parking lot at the intersection of Bridge and Main streets, Phoenixville.

 

Art Star Craft Bazaar

Now in its thirteenth year, the bazaar — the brainchild of the folks behind Art Star boutique in NoLibs — sets up shop at Penn’s Landing Great Plaza on Mother’s Day weekend, and again in Asbury Park at the end of July. Go here for the cutest, craftiest selection of gifts ever. Free to attend. Can’t make either weekend? Head to Spruce Street Harbor Park on Saturdays from May 14th through September 24th (12-5pm) to catch their pop-up market, and find them at the 2nd Street Festival on August 7th (12-8pm).

When: (Philly) May 7th-8th, 11am-6pm. (New Jersey) July 30th, 11am to 7pm and July 31st, 11pm-5pm.

Where: 101 South Columbus Boulevard (Columbus Boulevard between Walnut and Chestnut Streets) and Spruce Street Harbor along the Delaware River Waterfront, Philadelphia; Asbury Park: Bradley Park, Fifth Avenue between Kingsley Street and Ocean Avenue (use Convention Hall address for directions, 1300 Ocean Avenue, Asbury Park).

 

The Philly Mart

It’s Manayunk’s only open-air market, with 30 hand-selected vendors that sell primarily hand-crafted items, including textiles, woodworking, ceramics, artwork, jewelry and furniture. Plus: a rotating lineup of food trucks.

When: May 7th, 11am-5pm.

Where: The Venice Island Recreation Park in Manayunk, 1 Rector Street, Manayunk.

 

Punk Rock Flea Market

What sets this two-day market apart? For one, it’s indoors (which means no blazing sun to deal with) and each day of the event features completely different vendors, all of whom clamor to get in (this year, the 500 vendor tables sold out in one minute). Go here for offbeat items like instruments, records and, well, cool junk. $3 door donation.

When: Saturday, May 14th and Sunday, May 15th, 10am-5pm.

Where: 461 North 9th Street. (The old FedEx building located at 9th and Spring Garden streets.)

 

Golden Nugget

This indoor/outdoor antique market is open year-round, but the best time to go is from mid-April through early August. Go here for vintage furniture, home decor, jewelry, pottery and retro memorabilia. Free admission and parking.

When: Open every Wednesday, Saturday and Sunday, 6am-4pm; indoor market 8am-4pm.

Where: 1850 River Road/Route 29,  Lambertville, New Jersey.

 

Not seeing your favorite Flea Market Here? Add it to the comments below and we'll update it! 

 

Aug. 17, 2016

44% of Property Renters Have Bike Storage Needs

Philadelphia Property Manager Bike StorageIt is estimated that 44% of all property / home renters have bike storage needs and that is projected to increase steadily. Why is that important to property owners? 

For one: most renters polled say they would be willing to pay an extra $5-$15 more per month for a space to store their bike.

As a Philadelphia Property Management company; we see 1st hand how units with bike storage are considerably more rentable and that means property owners can select from a larger prospective tenant pool.

Bike storage also greatly reduces building wear & tear as wet tires go up and down stairs and rest on unit floors. Handle bars and greasy chains can get on walls.

Not every property can manage a bike storage space; but if it can it proves to a well worth it investment.

July 27, 2016

Philadelphia Farmer's Market List

Fresh, locally grown!


It surprises many that Philadelphia, like most major cities, is surrounded by rural areas. We're surrounded by farms that provide the food that feeds us. There is an abundance of fresh produce right here, close to your Philadelphia home.

Why eat food that has travelled far by planes, trainers and automobile to your home? Philadelphia area farms are well placed to feed us, but they also provide food for people all over the world.

It's one of the many perks of city life that much of our food doesn't travel far. 

Instead, it's farm fresh, which means it tastes better, lasts longer and might even require less pestcides before it reaches your mouth.

Farmer's Market support your local economy, they reduce your environemental foot print, provide you, and your family what's fresh and inseason now.  

Not to mention the theory that our bodies are in sync with what's in season now, in our own backyard. Including allergists that claim local bee pollination of your food is like a vaccine against allergies.

At any rate, farmer's markets are a great outing. Often kud, and even dog friendly and it's refreshing to look in the eye of the person that grew your food.

Here's Our List of Favorite Philadelphia Farmer's Markets

We promise to update it regularly so please help us your comments below.

Fairmount Farmers’ Market

Located in Fairmount at 22nd Street and Fairmount Avenue Open 3 Seasons, 7 p.m. on Thursdays

 

Headhouse Square

Located in Society Hill at 2nd and Lombard Streets

Open 3 Seasons,10 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Sundays

Dickinson Square Farmers’ Market

Located in Pennsport at Dickinson Square Park, at Moyamensing Avenue and Morris Street

Open 3 Seasons, Sundays 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Bring your kids and your dog. Dickinson Square is a city block sized park and playground.

 

Dilworth Plaza at City Hall Farmers’ Market

Located in the Avenue of the Arts Neighborhood at Dilworth Plaza at Broad and Market Streets

Open 3 Seasons, 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Wednesdays

 

Farmers’ Market at Christ Church

Located in Old City at Church Street in between 2nd and 3rd streets

Open 3 Seasons, 2 p.m. to 7 p.m. on Wednesdays

 

Fitler Square Farmers’ Market

Located in Fitler Square at 23rd and Pine streets

Open Year-Round, 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Saturdays

 

Fountain Farmers’ Market

Located in Passyunk Square at East Passyunk Avenue, at 11th and Tasker streets

Open 3 Seasons, 3 to 7 p.m. Wednesdays

 

Greensgrow Farmstand

Located in Fishtown at 2501 East Cumberland Street

Open May 15th to November 15the, 3 to 7 p.m. on Thursdays and 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Saturdays; November 15th to May 15th, 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. occasional Saturdays

 

4th & Lehigh Farmers’ Market

Located in Port Richmond at 4th Street and West Lehigh Avenue

Open 1 Seasons, from the beginning of July, 1 to 5 p.m. on Tuesdays

 

26th & Allegheny Farmers’ Market

Located in Bala Cynwyd at 26th and Allegheny Streets

Open 3 Seasons, 12 to 5 p.m. on Wednesdays

 

33rd & Diamond Market

Located in West Philadelphia at 33rd and Diamond Streets

Open 3 Seasons, 2 to 6 p.m. on Wednesdays

 

52nd & Haverford Market

Located in West Philadelphia, on Haverford Avenue and North 52nd Street

Open One Season, 1 to 5 p.m. on Wednesdays, starting the 1st week in July.

 

58th & Chester 

Where: 58th Street and Chester Avenue

When: Seasonal, 2 to 6 p.m. on Wednesdays, starting July 6th

 

Broad & Snyder Market

Located in South Philadelphia at Broad Street and Snyder Avenue

Open 2 Seasons, 2 to 6 p.m. Tuesdays, starting June 14th

 

Cecil B. Moore Farmers’ Market

Located in the Temple University Area at Cecil B. Moore Avenue between Broad and 13th Streets

Open 3 Seasons, 2 to 6 p.m. on Thursdays

 

Chestnut Hill Farmers’ Market

Located in Chestnut Hill at Winston Road between Germantown Avenue and Mermaid Lane

Open Year-round, 9:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. each Saturday

 

Clark Park Farmers’ Market

Located in West Philadelphia at Clark Park  43rd Street and Baltimore Avenue

Open Year-round, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Saturdays and 3 Seasons, 3 to 7 p.m. on Thursdays, beginning June 2nd

 

East Falls Farmers’ Market

Located in East Falls Under the Route 1 overpass, at Kelly Drive and North Ferry Road

Open 3 Seasons, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Saturdays

 

Frankford Transportation Center Farmers’ Market

Where: Bustleton and Frankford Avenues

When: Seasonal, 2 to 6 p.m. on Tuesdays, starting June 14th

 

Germantown Farmers’ Market

Located in Germantown at 6026 Germantown Avenue

When: Seasonal, 2 to 6 p.m. on Fridays, starting June 10th

 

Germantown Kitchen Garden

Where: 215 E. Penn Street

When: Seasonal, 9:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. on Saturdays

 

Girard & 27th Farmstand

Where: 27th Street and Girard Avenue

When: Seasonal, 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Saturdays

 

Gorgas Park Farmers’ Market

Where: Ridge Avenue and Acorn Street

When: Seasonal, 2 to 7 p.m. on Fridays

 

Grumblethorpe Youth Volunteer Farm Stand

Where: 5501 Germantown Ave

When: Seasonal, 9:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. on Saturdays

 

July 20, 2016

Philadelphia Dog Park Map Search

Here's the Scoop on Philadelphia Dog Parks

Yes, we meant the pun.

There is an ample pack of dog parks to choose from in virtually every Philadelphia neighborhood. It doesn't matter where your house, apartment or condo is in Philadelphia - There's likely a Dog Park within a easy 4 legged walk near by.  

But if your looking to buy a home and doing some research on the neighborhoods, here's a list of Philadelphia Dog Parks.

Should you buy a house based upon its proximity to a certain dog park? You bet!

Dog parks are highly social and that's where a lot of your neighbors meet. In fact you can judge a neighborhood by its dog park. Well kept, clean dog park means good neighbors. So before you decide to buy a home in a neighborhood, spend time in its dog park.

You can certainly find worse places to spend time in then your local dog park. Where else can you get to see people everyday, get to know them, and only know them as "Fluffy's owner".

More relationships begin at Phadelphia Dog Parks than at bars. Not only cheaper, but free and healthy. 

 

Our Top Ten Favorite Philadelphia Dog Parks

Schuylkill River Dog Run

Located in Fitler Square at 2500 Lombard Street, Philadelphia, PA 19103

Two fenced in dog park areas, for dogs of different sizes. Well lit, double gated, and ome shade can always be found here and a doggie fountain!

 

Orianna Hill Dog Park

Located in Northern Liberties at 900 North Orianna Street,  Philadelphia, PA 19123

A nice long dog run with plenty of ball chasing room. Double gated entrance and a great, active dog park community.

 

Mario Lanza Park  

Located in Queen Village at Queen St, Philadelphia, PA 19147

Nicely shaded, with places to sit. Not one; but two entrances. One has a double gate. The other is a bit of a liability. 

Seger Recreation Center

Located in the Hawthorne Neighborhood at 1020 Lombard Street, Philadelphia, PA 19147

Double gated and plenty of human seats and shade. Adjacent to the playground so a good place for dog parents that also have two legged kids.


Columbus Square Dog Park

Located in Passyunk Square at 1200 Wharton Street, Philadelphia, PA 19147

Nicely sized and we'll maintained.

 

Penn's Landing Dog Park

Located on Penn's Landing at 1 N Delaware Ave Philadelphia, PA 19106

Water source for the dogs, benches for the humans and even shade. This dog park sees a lot of dog owners from the Pier 3 Condominiums and Pier Five Condo Buildings.

Palmer Doggie Depot

Located in Fishtown at 35 E Palmer Street, Philadelphia, PA 19125

Well maintained dog park with a double gate. But not much shade and no water source as yet.

 

Clark Park Dog Bowl

Loacted in West Philadelphia at Chester Avenue & South 43rd Street, Philadelphia, PA

What West Philadelphia does best is community and so goes the dog park here.

 

Triangle Dog Park 

Located in Port Richmond at 898 Aramingo Avenue, Philadelphia, PA 19125

Double gated entrance and events like Yappy Hour!

 

June 17, 2016

Philadelphia's Top Walkscore Neighborhoods

Philadelphia's Top Walk Score Neighborhoods

True, Philadelphia, born and raised, will probably never be able to tell their kids:  "When I grew up I had to walk to school uphill.......both ways!". 

But growing up, a mere short walk to an entire city's activities, resources and institutions, is an extremely rare thing, even in our country.

Owning a home in Philadelphia, has unheard of perks, even compared to virtually every other major cities. Philadelphia has an unparalleled park system, some of the best museums and restaurants in the world and an almost limitless amount of free, or low cost things to do. 

And when your Philadelphia house isn't an easy walk to something, it's very likely very close to public transportation. 

What Does It Mean To Have Such A High Walk Score?

It means, walk in high heels, on crutches, or barefoot in a snow storm - it doesn't matter. With many Philadelphia neighborhoods coming in with a walk score of 99, it means even if you're standing still - you're already there!

Philadelphia is a walk-able city with an overall walk score of 78 and that puts most every Philadelphia House within an easy walk to bus lines, parks, the Philadelphia Bike and Car Shares.

Philadelphia home owners literally have one of the largest cities at their toe-tips. And as far as cities go, Philadelphia is hard to beat!

Thousands of tourists can't be wrong as they flock from their homes to come see your everyday.   

In Philadelphia it's possible to walk to work, to a top university, or if you have a limp, you can hop to one of the top hospitals in the country. 

 

What Philadelphia Neighborhoods are ranked 99 in Walk Score?

Rittenhouse Square

Walking distance to 30th Street Station, University of Pennsylvania, Chop, JFK Boulevard and the Market Street Line makes Rittenhouse Square extremely walkable. But the restaurants, outside cafe's, shopping and life if Rittenhouse Square Park makes it 100.

Avenue of the Arts

The Avenue of the Arts Neighborhood stems off of the section of Broad Street called the Avenue of the Arts. With City Hall at its center, its as walkable as it gets. Located on both the Broad Street and Market Street Lines, an easy walk Avenue of the Arts is an way walk to Chinatown, the Reading Terminal Market and the nightlife of the Philadelphia Gayborhood.

Center City West

If Center City is in your Philadelphia neighborhood name, then you know it's a top walk score area. Not only is Center City extremely walkable; but has an easy access to many different forms of public transportation.

 

The 98 Walk Score Philadelphia Neighborhoods

Washington Square West

The Liberty Bell, Independence Hall and America's most historic neighborhood. The Washington Square neighborhood centers around Washington Square Park. Walking distance to Chinatown, Old City, the Market and Broad Street Lines.

 

The 97 Walk Score Philadelphia Neighborhoods

Center City East 

Center City Philadelphia is restaurants, coffee shops, shops and people watching. Center City Walk Score tops the charts.

The 96 Walk Score Philadelphia Neighborhoods

Logan Square

Logan Square has more than its fair share of Philadelphia Art Museums and sits on Philadelphia's network of parking walk and bike paths.

Bella Vista

The Italian Market and the Broad Street Line. Bella Vista is walkable to virtually all other high Philadelphia Walk score neighborhoods.

Fitler Square

A short walk to Rittenhouse Square, to University of Penn, Drexel, Chop and 30th Street Station. Filter Square is a quiet pocket that also is extremely well placed.

 

Honorable Mention in Philadelphia Walk Score?

Honorable mentions, Runner-ups....what would be the prize walk score neighborhoods anywhere else are listed here. 

Spruce Hill - 94

Northern Liberties &  Fishtown - 93

Cedar Park - 93

Graduate Hospital - 93

Queen Village & Pennsport - 92

University City - 92

Southwest Cedar Park - 92

Walnut Hill - 91

Fairmount - Art Museum - 91

South Philadelphia - 91

Powelton Village - 90

Point Breeze - 90

West Powelton - 90

Kensington - 89

North Philadelphia East - 88

Port Richmond - 85

Mantua - 85

Kingsessing - 82

Manayunk - 82

Germantown - 79

Grays Ferry - 78

Mayfair - 78

June 8, 2016

Places to Kayak Near Philadelphia

Where are the Best Kayaking Spots in Philadelphia?

Think about what made Philadelphia a great city in the first place?    Water!

Philadelphia has lots and lots of water.Top Ten Kayak Spots in Philadelphia

We're surrounded by it.

In fact, your home very well might be built on it. Many Philadelphia houses were built on creeks and wetlands. 

Many of the waterways that were relied upon by the Lenni Lenape Indians and early Philadelphia settlers have since been filled in, built upon and are homes to many of us.  

A sad thing to think about; but Philadelphia is still surrounded by water and when you step out of your house, its right outside your door.

So if your people came from the original Philadelphians, that made their way by birch-bark canoe, or early settlers that hunted, trapped and fished Philadelphia to survive - then kayaking Philadelphia is in your blood. Or if you are like the rest of us, you still might sleep on top of what was once a water-way and maybe that might explains your dreams of paddling on quiet Philadelphia area streams.

Interest in kayaking is growing in Philadelphia, by us and also by the large number of visitors to our fair city. You can do kayak yoga on Penn's Landing, take starlight tours on the Schuylkill River and even take a pint, from your kayak at a beer garden!

That's because many people think about kayaking from time to time, no matter where they live. Philadelphia just happens to be a city with advantages for those of us that paddle.

Philadelphia Loves Kayaking

What better way to beat the heat than making use of Philadelphia waterways? It certainly beats sitting in your house, gasping on recycled cooled air. Kayaking allows us to be outdoors, even in stifling hot weather; and kayaking is quiet, it calms us and gets us off the beaten path. Its wildlife, exercise and good for your soul.

With Philadelphia turning our attention to kayaking, there are more and more activities springing up. For a kayak community that keeps up with what's happening right now, go find them at: Kayak Philadelphia Community on Facebook. Its a pretty active and friendly group with regular meet ups. If its a kayaking activity in Philadelphia, its probably posted there.

Places to Kayak in Philadelphia and Near By 

The Delaware River

If it was good enough for George Washington to canoe across - its good enough for you!

Getting a Kayak in the Delaware River isn't the easiest thing to do, but once in, it's a neat place to be.

Many kayakers put in at Penn Treaty Park, where Delaware Avenue meets the start of Fishtown. There are large, bolder-sized rocks where the park meets the water. Penn Treaty Park has plenty of parking and its fairly close to the action along Penns Landing - including the fireworks, festivals and concerts. In fact, kayakers can often get a front row seat for free!

After dark, the lights of the Ben Franklin Bridge reflect off the ripples of the water, creating a truly magical feel. Like nature's grand ballroom. The Delaware River has several overgrown secluded piers and abandoned boats to explore that few people in Philadelphia will ever know about.

Schuylkill River

"The Schuylkill" is more than just a piece of Philadelphia road designed to torture your daily commute.

There's a river down there!
And as horrible as it is sitting on asphalt on top of it, the Schuylkill River is a serine peaceful place, making the name of the road above a true contradiction. There is a free dock at Walnut Street, in the Fitler Square Neighborhood and another one a drive past Boat House Row close to Fairmount.

Kayak to the docks of Manayunk hot spots, explore the island or the areas near the Philadelphia Water Works.

Brandywine River

The Brandywine is actually a creek that eventually adds itself to the Delaware River. Paddling on the Brandywine tends to be peaceful and tranquil as it moves slowly. Occasionally hard rains can get the Brandywine going; but otherwise its an easy going paddle. under the shaded and quiet canopy of the over-hanging trees.

Darby Creek

An easy place to put into Darby Creek is at the John Heinz National Wildlife Refuge near the Philadelphia airport. They maintain a dock for kayaks and canoes. Plus an easy place to park. Darby Creek is fairly secluded and wild life has its guard down. If you paddle quietly, and use the current, you will see plenty of American Slider and Snapping turtles, deer, cranes, ducks and the occasional American Eagle.

 

June 2, 2016

Your Perfect Philadelphia Home is For Sale - You Just Can’t Find It

1) Don’t Use a National Home for Sale Listings Search Site

Philadelphia Homes for Sale Map SearchWhat every real estate agent knows, that most home buyers don’t, is that the national sites of Home For Sale Listings carry a lot of misinformation.  

For one: some of the homes for sale on these sites aren't actually for sale. Some are fake home listings set up to scam unsuspecting home buyers and renters out of their money. These fake listings are often real homes, but owned by some unsuspecting home owner. But these homes are often not even listed for sale and they never were listed for sale by that home owner.

Another common issue is these non-local home search sites typically carry home for sale listings of homes that are no longer even available. They've long since sold. Your favorite house, or houses, on these sites often has been sold weeks and even months before to another home buyer. In fact, a large percentage of these homes listed for Sale are no longer available. 

Why would a site list a Home for Sale that isn't available?
National Home Listings Search Sites exist to capture your information for profit. Each individual page that you visit about a home for sale is an opportunity for them to cash in. Why take take down a high traffic site page, about an incredible property that home buyers really like, when it’s making them so much money? 

Between having to protect yourself from scams, and wasting valuable time trying to see homes that are no longer for sale, these home for sale listings waste valuable home buyers' time. 

Philadelphia Homes for Sale Listings2) Don't Search Homes for Sale By Neighborhood

Always search home listings by map search - or at least by postal code. This is easy to use functionality is usually found just by opening up the "Advanced Tab" seen on the right.

Who comes up neighborhood names anyways?
Real estate agents!

Philadelphia is a city of neighborhoods - that’s why we love it. But neighborhoods don’t have defined, official boundaries. What you think of as a neighborhood’s borders is different than what I think are the borders for the same neighborhood. And neighborhoods have more than one name. So chances are your name for a Philadelphia neighborhood is probably different than the neighborhood the real estate agent entered it into the MLS.

The MLS is the Multiple Listing Service where real estate agents enter their listings of homes for sale. Home Search Sites are directly fed the information that the agent entered about the home he is selling - correct or not. 

Take for example a home I sold on 8th street, near the Italian Market. To me this neighborhood is Bella Vista, but to someone else, it could be Queen Village. But remember its very close to the Italian Market, which is its very own neighborhood.

Now some Realtor, at some point, accidentally created a whole new neighborhood in the MLS by misspelling the word: “Italian” (I know!). What make this worse is that a Realtor that lives north, like say in Fairmount, might list homes for sale in these neighborhoods as "South Philadelphia"…. 

You get the point. If you run a search for homes for sale in Bella Vista, you will miss out on great homes for sale, that might be physically in that area; but have been listed very differently! 

3) Use Polygon Search of Home Listings for Sale

Queen Village Homes for saleA map search is really your best way to find your next home and a Polygon Search is even better!

What's a polygon map search?
Some sites, like the one you're on now, allow you to easily create a multi-angled map of home for sale listings. For shape it must include 3 points; but it can be as multi-angled, and have as many points and corners as you like. This will allow you to avoid having your search bring in in pockets you would like to avoid. To the left is a search we created which allows someone to search within the exact parameters of the Meredith School Catchment - which has a few angles to it. Pretty slick!

 4) Select to Be Notified of Price Changes

Once you search for a home for sale, the better sites will allow you to save your search. Some sites will allow you to choose to be notified by email of when new homes come on the market.

And some sites will even let you choose how often to be notified: by month, week or daily. Some home search sites also allow you to be notified when a house reduces its asking price. Be the first to know when homes change in the market place, so you can be the first to see them. This way you can be the home buyer that buys the home before the other buyers even know it's available. Home buying is often first come , first happily-ever-after! 

5) Forget Realtors - they don’t know either. 

I would like to say this article makes you a real estate listings pro; but after reading it you might know more than the average Realtor. Realtors aren't often taught how to find homes for sale. 

6) If The Home Search Site Offers Help - Take It!

We take great pride in the intuitiveness and functionality of our Home Search Site and there is always a Realtor on our site to help users. Our team of agents are trained to help users to set up their own custom home searches or to create custom home searches up for our site users.

If the home search sites you are using offers you no cost help - put them to work for you!

May 25, 2016

Is Center City Losing Yet Another Diner?

Paul, from Paul’s Pizza, Announces He Plans to Retire

Last year, the word that Little Pete’s Center City location was closing made us all a little weak in the knees - like a death in the family or losing part of our childhood. Diners are just there; but when they’re suddenly not it bothers us more than we’d expect.
 

 

Diners are like the hardworking cousins from your dad’s side of the family....They weren’t there for every family dinner; but they were there for some. They were never fancy; but they did teach you how to spit when you were a kid and that was cool.

 

Like our cousins, Philadelphia loves our diners - especially the long standing ones. Change is good - except when it comes to diners! Diners need to stay exactly how they are and stay around forever. Breakfast, lunch and dinner - diners are reliable. That’s their thing. And after the bars close? Amazing!

 

In Philadelphia the only problem we have with diners is that you usually can’t get a proper Bloody Mary to nurse you through your hangover brunch.

 

And now another popular Philadelphia diner might be closing its doors? 

 

Paul’s is a hundred seat diner but it has no Bloody Marys. Plus it’s only open: Monday through Saturday, 7:30 am to 3 pm.

 

The owner Paul Bouikidis knows he owns a diner in the popular Society Hill / Washington Square West Washington Square West Homes for Saleneighborhoods, and he knows it sits next to medical schools, the Liberty Bell and Independence Hall.

 

 

He also knows the evening business draw of Jeweler’s Row; but with five grandchildren and at retirement age he just has no interest.

 

Besides Paul, the business is run by his wife Anastasia, and his son Guy who manages it.

 

They opened its current location in 1976 - which had to be an interesting time to open a Philadelphia restaurant so close to the Liberty Bell and Independence hall.

 

Starting in 1970 he opened his first places at 1336 Pine Street and then on 20th and Spruce Streets - both are recognized Philadelphia hot-spots.

 

From his mom’s spaghetti, he moved from Greece (to marry Anastasia), and learned to cook in a pizza shop. There is no question that Paul is still Greek. Even without the accent.

 

His regulars might be like family; but famous customers?

 

He doesn’t know their names. It doesn’t matter if they are the Mayor, professional ball players or well known actors….. It’s a diner, and what we love about diners is that they get the food out.

 

But It’s a warm feeling place and you feel genuinely liked here. They ask you how your feeling and they listen - I mean really listen. That’s something that might be missing once this building changes ownership.

 

In 1976 they rented the current space, the restaurant occupies at 716 Sansom Street and his family has been cooking for the area ever since.

 

Washington Square West Multifamily Properties for Sale

As the restaurant grew they were able to purchase the entire building - just in time as rents also were increasing as the real estate prices continued to grew in Washington Square and as Jeweler’s Row came into what we now know it.

 

Now Paul and Anastasia want to go back to Greece, and retire with family.

 

The 716 Sansom Street building is for sale and that includes the business that is being sold by Philadelphia Realtor Joe White. Its cost is $2.2 Million and includes the sub-level jeweler shop and five apartments above.

 

Philadelphia institutions like Paul’s Pizza might change from time to time; but new ones come as well. I guess we’ll wait and see what comes to 716 Sansom Street.

May 21, 2016

What Style is Your Philadelphia House Anyways?

Oh what a city Philadelphia is!

The people, the food, and our culture are what makes our city one of the largest, most desirable cities that stands in the world today. But everything standing has a foundation, and the taller the standing, the better the foundation.

And Philadelphia’s foundation of who we are is literally in the foundation of our homes. Our houses and how they were built, is not only our country’s history; but the history of who we are as Philadelphia. 

European Philadelphia architecture began in the 17th century, as log homes (and the occasional cave!); so Philadelphia as we know it began to emerge, around the 18th century as brick homes and buildings slowly began to replace the wooden houses.

 

Philadelphia Home Styles and Housing Architecture:

Georgian Style Homes

Society Hill MLS ListingsHere in America, this style of architecture refers more to homes built during a period of time, rather than a set of building traits. Philadelphia having established itself so early and having begun its brick-style home construction before most other cities, gives us several impressive examples of Georgian Style homes.  

Philadelphia Homes built between 1714 and 1830 are often considered this style of architecture.

On 3rd Street, in Society Hill, sets a beautiful example of a Georgian Home. 

Federal Style Homes

Society Hill Homes for Sale

Introduced after the first Georgian Style Houses were built in Philadelphia.

Federal style homes are houses developed in America during the Federal Era between 1780 and 1830, but mainly from 1785 to 1815.

Heavily influenced by ancient Greek architecture, Philadelphia Federal Styles homes are plain, flat surfaced, with occasional detail emphasized.

 

The Hill-Physick-Keith House in Society Hill is an obvious example. 

 

Greek Revival Style Homes

Homes for Sale Listings in Society HillThis style home began upon the Philadelphia real estate landscape the first half of the 19th century. Created from what those that actually saw Greek Architecture first hand or from the few books on the subject; Greek Revival stemmed out of a love of all things from Ancient Greece. 

Early Philadelphia as well had a deep appreciation for the once great Greek empire and we have our share of houses to show it. 

Thomas Jefferson, who lived in Philadelphia for a time, had a large role in introducing this style to the county. 

Victorian Style Homes

The 2nd Half of the 19th century gave us our Victorian Style Philadelphia Homes. Notable Architect: Frank Furnace. 

Philadelphia Condos

And Steel, and concrete gave Philadelphia its city-scape beginning in the 20th century with the addition of glass towards the end of the century. With it came the Philadelphia Condo - But we’re talking about your Philadelphia Home….what style is it? And what styles are your neighbor’s houses? 

Enter The Philadelphia Row House 

Philadelphia Realtor Joe White Homes for SaleThe row house, here in Philadelphia, or found in other cities, was introduced here in Philadelphia in the 17th century. Perhaps that’s why we do it so well? In fact, Philadelphia has more row homes than any other city and over 60% of our residents live in a row home.

As an economy, Philadelphia Row Homes gives us an advantage of extremely low costs of living. Our homes are built up, not out. Our house take a very low footprint on a very small amount of land. This allows Philadelphia to comfortably concentrate a very large amount of homeowners in a very small space.

Feel crowded? It’s not. Homes well organized and built going up allows us more parks, more public space than other cities and more tax dollars to support it all.

April 15, 2016

South Philly Jams

South Philly Jams South Philadelphia!
Music is coming to Weccacoe Park, in the Queen Village section of South Philadelphia, each Wednesday evening this spring and summer. The South Philly Jam, a neighborhood Meet-up group, will play folk, blues, R&B and rock tunes in the park. This group of amateur musicians fosters collaborative playing in a fun, informal acoustic musical culture.

The Jam Invites Queen Village amateur musicians and singers who can play any instrument at any skill level to join us. Queen Village neighbors who want to sing popular tunes are welcome to join in the fun.

Interested in joining the South Philly Jam? Players of acoustic 6 or 12-string guitar, uke, base, harmonica, percussion instruments, fiddle and singers are welcome.

The group meets in Weccacoe Park on the 400 block of Queen Street, the current entrance to the park is located at Queen and Lawrence Streets.  Map location Weccacoe Park. This music comes to Queen Village with the support of the The Friends of Weccacoe and the Queen Village Neighborhood Association, both groups working to make the Weccacoe Park a clean, green, and safe place for kids and adults.