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Featured Collaborator: Apiary Studio

“Have you ever heard the expression ‘a stitch in time saves nine’?” asks Hans Hesselein, the face behind the Philadelphia-based landscape architecture firm Apiary Studio tasked with designing and landscaping the courtyard at Solo Realty’s South Kensington development Kensington Yards. I haven’t, but as Hesselein explains the proverb to me, I realize that this philosophy of addressing a problem (read more…)

Keeps Getting Better With Age: Exploring The Fingerspan Bridge

Tucked into a trail along the Wissahickon Creek lies one of Philadelphia’s most intriguing and inviting works of art. At 59 feet long, the Fingerspan bridge connects two sides of a deep ravine, allowing visitors the chance to view the creek from a breathtaking vantage point.   In 1987, internationally renowned artist and PAFA alumni, Jody Pinto, developed the (read more…)

Blocks We Love: 1500 Block of East Montgomery Avenue

The stretch of Montgomery Avenue right off of Fishtown’s main drag holds all of the charm and historicism that one comes to expect from a Philadelphia street. Not only does this block provide a solid sampling of grand, three-story row houses with well-preserved architectural detail and ample trees lining the sidewalks, it also has, not one, but two notable (read more…)

Philadelphia Phases In The New With These Big Developments

Taking a step away from some of the major new developments gathering buzz around Center City – the monumental new skyscraper for the Comcast Tower and the contested Toll Brother’s plans for Jewelers’ Row are a few that come to mind – we decided to take a look at some other notable projects shaping our neighborhoods.       (read more…)

Gardening Tips for Philadelphia Rowhomes

Some Philadelphia rowhomes include small front yards and garden plots. West Philadelphia. Mount Airy, and Chestnut Hill (just to name a few) all boast some pretty stunning gardens. But many neighborhood homes have little to no greenspace. However, renters and homeowners in these dense urban areas can easily integrate a little more green into their homes and blocks. Vegetation (read more…)

Blocks We Love: 700 North Bodine

Tucked away amongst the bustling commercial corridors, looming new condos, and new construction in progress on just about every street, one could easily miss the 700 block of North Bodine Street, an iconic mainstay of historic Northern Liberties.   Originally known as Brook Street, this narrow, secondary street was built upon a former streambed. During a period of expansion (read more…)

Featured Collaborator: Bright Common

On an unseasonably warm February day in South Kensington, an old and quickly changing Philadelphia neighborhood, architect Jeremy Avellino makes quick mention of the temperature. Unlike many Philadelphians, saying things like “Nice day today”,  Avellino gestures towards the outdoors with some consternation. 62 degrees in mid February doesn’t bring a welcome relief from winter as much as means underscoring (read more…)

5 Things To Consider When You Decide To Reappraise

  When it’s time to sell your house or refinance your mortgage, reappraisal should be on your radar. Just because your bank appraised the house when you bought it doesn’t mean its value is the same — over the course of your ownership, many things could have happened to increase (or decrease) what it’s worth to lenders and potential (read more…)

Featured Tenant: Kei Sushi

The co-owners of Kei Sushi put the concept of family into everything they do. That is why they’ve built a small, close knit staff at their newly opened Japanese restaurant in Philadelphia’s Graduate Hospital neighborhood. This is also why the duo were drawn to this neighborhood in the first place, because everyone was so friendly and really made them (read more…)

Famous Artist Makes His Mark on a Northern Liberties Home

Tucked inside an interior wall of Victorian-era rowhome in northern Liberties lies a small but significant moment in Art History. In 1980, renowned artist Sol LeWitt visited the homeowners and fellow artists, Helen Herrick and Milton Bruton. The current owner, Erika Katz, with the help of Deborah Solo, purchased the home from Herrick and Bruton over two decades ago (read more…)