Solo Team

The Alex Cactus

On November 3, 1984, when her son Alex was born, Deborah Solo received a Christmas cactus as a celebratory gift. For the next 30 years, the “Alex Cactus” bloomed every holiday season, and as the two of them grew, the plant’s health became a symbol of his own wellbeing. As long as the cactus was thriving, Deborah knew that (read more…)

The Secret Life of Buildings: DIY Basement Flooding Prevention Projects

If you’re a homeowner in Philadelphia, at one point or another you’ve probably experienced walking down your basement steps to discover a flood zone.   Unfortunately, Philly has a century-old sewage system that’s easily overwhelmed by heavy rainfall. When that happens, rowhouse basements are frequently left to bear the brunt of those inevitable water backups. According to the Philadelphia Water (read more…)

Going Solar: a series exploring clean energy in Philadelphia

Part 1: 6 Things You May Not Know About Going SolarPart 2: Solarize Philly This winter, we want to bring attention to solar energy. Our ‘Going Solar’ series will explore the ins and outs of going solar and the support available to go solar in Philadelphia. Part 1: 6 Things You May Not Know About Going Solar We’re beginning (read more…)

A Family Business: Q&A with Two Generations of Solo Real Estate

It all began with a department store on Chestnut Street that was once owned by Deborah Solo’s grandfather. In the 1940s, he decided to sell his share of the store, and purchase a few multi-unit buildings throughout Center City. After returning home from World War II, Deborah’s father began managing those properties. Little did he know then that he (read more…)

From Vacant Space to Protected Garden: Hawthorne Community Garden

In the Hawthorne neighborhood of South Philadelphia, Hawthorne Community Garden – aptly named – sits on Kenilworth Street, shaded by a generous tree canopy. Betsy Way, a transportation planner, first became involved with the garden in fall of 2015. After working in the New York City MTA for most of her career, Way wanted to move to a city (read more…)

Philly Wants You to Get a Sewer Line Warranty: Should You?

A clogged or burst sewer pipe is never in the plans. Yet, sometimes disaster strikes when you least expect it. One day everything seems fine, and the next, the street looks like a construction zone with jackhammers and machinery digging out a large hole in the asphalt. Somewhere underground, a pipe has burst, and now it may be the (read more…)

How Did That Get Built? Kensington Community Food Co-op

On the corner where Frankford Ave, Lehigh Ave and Coral Street meet, sits the Kensington Community Food Co-op. After nearly a dozen years in the making, KCFC opened its doors to the public on April 24th, 2019. The Co-op features a full natural foods grocery store with care for locally-sourced products, along with a gorgeous cafe serving coffee, kombucha, wine, (read more…)

Street Sheet: Germantown Avenue

A Brief History of one of Philly’s Most Historic Avenues  Germantown Avenue is one of the most recognizable streets in Philadelphia, and for good reason. Running diagonally, Germantown Avenue weaves and winds in a northwest direction for 6 miles from Center City through Chestnut Hill.  Culturally, Germantown Avenue is a stage of diversity. It moves through neighborhood after neighborhood, (read more…)

Fireball Printing: Renovating Upward in East Kensington

If you are an artist, designer, or small business owner in Philly, you’ve probably heard of Fireball Printing. This small business specializes in custom print jobs of all kinds: from postcards and stickers to large-format projects and archival art prints. Co-owners and husband-and-wife duo Paul Yavarone and Catherine Dentino have a mission to provide the makers of Philly with (read more…)

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…)