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Recent Blog Posts

Harvest 2020: Home Gardening Addresses Hunger and Food Insecurity in Philadelphia

Although it has been a cold, wet, and strange spring, summer is just around the corner. At Solo Real Estate, we are proud supporters of the Pennsylvania Horticultural Society (PHS), for all that they do for our state and city communities, and for the way they encourage a greener world. The spread of COVID-19 has given us all an (read more…)

Reopening Real Estate in Philly

For those looking to buy or sell a house this spring and summer, many of the recent restrictions on real estate have been lifted. While we are thrilled to continue serving the buyers, sellers, and renters in Philadelphia, we want to recognize new guidance for the reopening of real estate as we continue to prioritize the safety of our (read more…)

New Digs: The Perfect Fit in Queen Village

“As long as it had stairs, we were impressed,” said Patrick, looking back on his family’s home-buying process one year ago. Kate and Patrick had called New York City home for 15 years, but after having a baby, the couple decided they needed more space than their apartment in Brooklyn allowed. Close friends in South Philadelphia had been trying (read more…)

Setting Up the 2020 PHS Flower Show “Riviera Holiday”

This Saturday is the opening day of the 2020 PHS Philadelphia Flower Show, “Riviera Holiday.” For nine days, visitors to the Flower Show will be immersed in the sights and scents of the Mediterranean Riviera through garden displays, floral arrangements, design concepts, and more. Set-up Begins in the Philadelphia Convention Center We visited the site of the Flower Show (read more…)

From Carbon Reduction to Job Creation: The Philadelphia Energy Campaign

In our “Going Solar” series, we wrote about Solarize Philly, a citywide program from the Philadelphia Energy Authority (PEA) to help Philadelphians go solar. Solarize Philly helped 654 households and businesses go solar since 2017, but the program is only part of PEA’s 10-year initiative to create 10,000 jobs and to invest 1 million dollars in clean energy and (read more…)

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…)