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The Secret Life of Buildings: Residential Courts

In our last Secret Life of Buildings post we tackled trinity homes. What we didn’t get around to mentioning are the residential courts that many houses of this style are nestled into. Residential courts are the smallest of the small streets, cartways, and alleyways that were carved out of William Penn’s Greene Country Towne in the 18th and 19th (read more…)

Fall Maintenance Checklist

Managing the care and upkeep of a property is no easy task. Homes have many moving parts which require ongoing supervision and maintenance to ensure that everything is working properly. When it comes to homeownership and property management, we believe an ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure. To prevent costly winter repairs, we recommend the following (read more…)

Neighborhood Histories: Fishtown

  Fishtown is a neighborhood that escapes definition in all ways. Its boundaries are disputed, its origins unclear, and its population in flux. Fishtown, a small neighborhood along the Delaware River northeast of Center City, can be difficult to define because it was originally merely a subset of the larger Kensington neighborhood. Today, however, Fishtown is a neighborhood in (read more…)

The Secret Life Of Buildings: Trinity Homes

A while back we touched on trinity homes in our blog post on Philadelphia’s own stock of tiny houses. This week we decided to take a closer look at the trinity house specifically to shed some light on the origins of this unique style. The style we’re dealing with here is the trinity house, sometimes also referred to as (read more…)

Featured Tenant: Thrive Pilates

In 2009 when Philly Power Yoga studio owner Steve Gold reached out to Hally Bayer about joining forces with a combined yoga and pilates studio, something in her said to just go for it. While at the time she had only met Gold briefly through a friend, she had been running her pilates studio out of her apartment since (read more…)

The Secret Life of Buildings: Common Philadelphia Brick Styles

Philadelphia is a city rich with architectural history, with many private residences dating back to the colonial era. And while homes have changed significantly since the city’s founding in 1662 (we’re particularly fond of indoor plumbing and electric wiring), one element of Philadelphia rowhomes remains little changed in over three hundred years: brick.   It’s no coincidence that homes (read more…)

Blocks We Love: 2700 South Street

If you’ve ever sat on the fence, unable to decide between bustling downtown living or a more relaxed neighborhood set up, the 2700 block of South Street might peak your interest. Philadelphia is such a great city because it settles somewhere in the middle of skyscrapers, high-rises, and all of the action they denote, and the low-rise, neighborhood scale (read more…)

Featured Tenant: Philly Power Yoga

Philly Power Yoga, nestled in a tall-ceilinged, historic building in bustling Rittenhouse, can be tough to spot at first glance. There are no window displays or fancy lights pointing passersby to the sunlit studio upstairs. But its members and devotees know just where to go. Every day, roughly 200 people ascend to the second floor of a building originally (read more…)

New Digs: The Penn’s Landing in Old City

This past Friday we stopped by Cindy & Chris Penn’s new digs at 144 Vine Street. On such a gloomy, muggy summer day, the facade of 144 Vine Street, tucked away in a corner of Old City, truly pops against a backdrop of grey skies. That’s because the building’s facade is an Isaiah Zagar original.   If you live (read more…)

The Secret Life of Buildings: Star Bolts

On a stroll through the streets of Philadelphia, you’ll likely spot star bolts somewhere along the way. In a city so rich with colonial history, these bolts could easily be mistaken for decoration. And while they certainly add a charming element to these brick homes, they’re actually working hard to keep the front walls of these houses upright.   (read more…)