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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…)

Blocks We Love: 500 South 45th Street

The 500 block of South 45th Street is nestled right between Baltimore and Larchwood Avenues in the Spruce Hill neighborhood of West Philadelphia. A section of the city known for its strong record on preservation of historic architecture and tucked right around the corner from West Philadelphia’s gem, Clark Park, the initial appeal of this block is readily apparent. (read more…)

Three Things I wish I’d known Before Renting My First Apartment

1. Have all Your Ducks In a Row Apartment Hunting can be daunting. Once you’ve determined your price point and ideal neighborhood, you and numerous others may compete for that same perfect spot. The summer is an especially busy season for finding a rental, and the market can get competitive. I missed out on a few great opportunities for (read more…)

Philly Public Pool Guide

Did you know that Philadelphia has more public swimming pools than any other city in the country? As the temperature climbs, that is definitely something to take advantage of as a Philadelphian.   With 70 outdoor pools (and 3 indoor), it’s more than likely that there’s one right around the corner from your house that you might not even (read more…)

Top 5 Ways to Save Space in a Philly Rowhome

We truly love Philly rowhomes. They’re remarkably efficient, lovely spaces to live. However, by design, they’re small and narrow and lack the amenities often found in larger, stand-alone homes: closets, windows, garages. Here are our top tips for maximizing space in small Philly rowhomes:   1. Create a Drop Zone     Without a drop zone, the floors and (read more…)

Progress Report: Kensington Yards Approaches The Finish Line

If you happen by Kensington Yards these days you’ll notice that building is moving along at a clipping pace. Solo Realty’s new construction development in South Kensington, a couple years in the making now, has rounded the corner and is heading towards the finish line.   Popping up right in the middle of North 5th Street between Thompson and (read more…)

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…)