Solo Team

New Digs: Love at First Sight at Kensington Yards

How many people can say that a window sold them on their new home? For Michael McTigue, the stunning circular cut-out window in his new Kensington Yards unit may have been the clincher. This compelling architectural detail is beloved amongst the Solo Real Estate crew, and we’re delighted to see such a great owner inhabit this special space. Old (read more…)

New Digs: Taking the Plunge in Point Breeze

    In 2017, Andrew and Michelle felt like they were growing out of their Queen Village apartment, but didn’t want to find another place to rent. When weighing their many options, including purchasing a first home, Andrew said, “If we’re going to live in Philly, let’s just do it.” The impulse to find a more permanent home combined (read more…)

5 Things Philly Renters Can Do for the Environment

  Think that sustainability initiatives are only for property owners? Think again! As a renter in Philadelphia, you can do a lot to reduce waste and promote sustainability. See our top 5 recommendations below.   1. Power your home with renewable energy   You might not know that PECO allows customers to choose the source of their electricity. Not (read more…)

New Digs: Shereen and Robbie Renovate in East Passyunk

    Getting a tour of Shereen and Robbie’s reconstructed rowhome in East Passyunk is like a life-size game of tetris. Moving through the large corner lot, you try to envision where walls were knocked down, how the staircase was moved, and where windows and whole rooms were added. After purchasing the home in April 2017, Shereen says they (read more…)

Is It Worth It? Ways To Green Your Home That Pay You Back

Greening your home is great for the environment, and oftentimes, for your wallet.  Many sustainable home improvements reduce monthly utility costs and make your home more comfortable. Some green home improvements can actually increase the value of your home when it’s time to sell.   But greening your home does require an investment. Fortunately, some greenovations are as cheap (read more…)

What Do Green Roofs Actually Do?

Ever wonder about the growing trend of creating green roofs? How do they work and what are the benefits? We spoke with Solo Real Estate owner Deborah Solo about her 10 years of experience creating green roofs, both on her own homes and for commercial properties.   A green roof is exactly what it sounds like: a roof topped (read more…)

Welcoming Rebecca Nichols to the Solo Real Estate Team

Solo Real Estate is excited to welcome Rebecca Nichols to the family, in more ways than one! Rebecca is our newest face around the office, joining Solo’s roster of insightful and enthusiastic relators. Please join us in welcoming Rebecca on board, and learn a little more about her background below. Joining the Green Team Rebecca is a native Minnesotan (read more…)

Blocks We Love: 800 Block of 10th Street

Located in the heart of the Italian Market neighborhood in Philly, the 800 block of 10th street provides a real sense of city history. If it weren’t for the mid-sized SUVs lining the street, one could just as easily image an early twentieth-century figure walking through one of the curved doorways that add such formal beauty to these townhouses. (read more…)

New Digs: New Construction Means New Possibilities At Kensington Yards

When Rebecca made the decision to put her money on Kensington Yards, she wasn’t even in the market. Rebecca had rented her Northern Liberties apartment through Solo Realty for fourteen years. So, she was eager to check out this ambitious project undertaken by ourselves at Solo, Bright Common Architecture, and Red Oak builders.     While this Philly educator had (read more…)

2126 Locust Street Renovation

When a fire at the building next door damaged Edward Grinspan’s property at 2126 Locust Street, he embraced the opportunity to renovate and reimagine the 8 (now 6) apartments. Grinspan poured thoughtfulness into every aspect of these truly unique apartments, all while preserving the original character of the building.    Grinspan self-describes as a “frustrated architect”. Thus, he approached (read more…)