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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…)

How You Can Get Your Hands On A Philly Tree

Did you know that there are not one, not two, but three programs through which you can get a free street and/or yard tree for your property in Philadelphia? Make use of all of these amazing benefits of trees in your neighborhood that we’ve outlined above in our infographic by signing up for one of the amazing tree planting (read more…)

Blocks We Love: 2000 Delancey Street

Walking down the 2000 block of Delancey Street can feel like taking a stroll into the 19th Century.  Or maybe a movie set. The stately homes, all built by 1870, have changed very little since their original construction. Perhaps for this reason, the 2000 Block of Delancey Street is the most filmed residential block in the city, boasting scenes (read more…)

Progress Report: Kensington Yards Fuses The Old With The New

In the market for a home but torn between wanting something old or new? In a city exploding with new construction, but also bursting at the seams with its large stock of historic homes, the conflict in choosing between the two is understandable. Here at Solo Realty, we might just have created the perfect solution with Kensington Yards.   (read more…)

Featured Client: Germantown Kitchen Garden

Driving along the bustling 5300 Block of Germantown Avenue, it’s hard to imagine that tucked into a small side street lies a thriving urban garden and plant nursery. Germantown Kitchen Garden, located at 215 E. Penn Street is a flourishing ½  acre farm providing produce and plants to the surrounding neighborhoods. Customers who make their way to the weekly (read more…)

How-To: Recycling in Philly

One aspect of sustainable urban living that we try to highlight is recycling. Did you know that in Philadelphia, not only is recycling a fairly simple process, not much different than throwing out your garbage, it can also hold rewards for both the environment and yourself?   The city has supplied recycling bins to residents since 1993. While the (read more…)