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Agent Stories: Adam Margent

When Solo Realtor Adam Margent left his hometown of South Orange, New Jersey to attend college at Philadelphia’s Temple University he fell in love with everything about this city and never looked back. He has lived in Philly for around twelve years now, first around Temple’s North Philly campus and now in Fishtown.     A few weeks back (read more…)

Featured Tenants: Doggie Style

     Caring for animals is second nature to Howard Nelson, co-owner of Doggie Style Pets, the popular chain of pet stores around Philadelphia. “Growing up we always had cats and dogs, and even a few wild animals”, Howard says. His sister rescued racoons and other wildlife, and that nurturing environment influenced the future direction of Howard’s life.     (read more…)

How Kevin Bacon’s Dad Changed Your Life

You might not think about Kevin Bacon very often, but if you live in Philadelphia, his dad likely influences your life nearly everyday. Edmund Bacon and his wife, Ruth Hilda Holmes, raised six children, including Kevin Bacon, in the city of brotherly love. Besides his role as a father to the future star, Edmund Bacon, architect, educator, urban planner (read more…)

Neighborhood Histories: Northern Liberties

The Northern Liberties neighborhood of Philadelphia was created by William Penn himself, only it wasn’t originally part of the city. The earlier Northern Liberties Township came from large tracts of rural land available in the area in the late 1600s. The “liberty lands” were allotted to settlers based on the size of their land purchase. Created as a less (read more…)

Agent Stories: East Falls Tour with Justin Cash Kopczynski

  When Solo Realtor Justin Cash Kopczynski and his wife looked for a place to call home in Philadelphia, their search quickly lead them to East Falls. The Chicago transplants rented a small apartment in Fairmount for a year before settling down in this picturesque hillside neighborhood just a few miles away from center city. We recently toured East (read more…)

Solo’s Ten Picks For Holiday Fun In Philly

When it comes to the holiday season, Philadelphia has no shortage of festivities. From the neighborhood light shows to official Center City holiday markets, if you are itching to celebrate, you will not have to look far to satisfy your festive winter urges. This week we decided to round up just a handful of the many, many holiday events (read more…)

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…)