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Freelance Writer for Real Estate Blog and Social Media Marketing

Solo Real Estate, an independent Philadelphia brokerage, is seeking a freelance writer to assist with blog posts and social media marketing. Work can be done remotely, but we are seeking local candidates able to travel in and around Philadelphia. The position requires in person interviews with homeowners and other real estate professionals.   The ability to write engaging stories (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…)

New Digs: Brett & Nichole Peanasky

When Brett and Nichole Peanasky first came to Philadelphia, they didn’t necessarily have long term plans to stay here. Yet, by the time Brett finished graduate school, the couple were comfortable in the city and saw no reason not to extend their stay.   Eager to ditch their small Fitler Square apartment for an upgrade in the form of (read more…)

Agent Stories: Exploring Philly Arts Spaces With Niki Cousineau

Niki Cousineau approaches real estate the same way she approaches her practice as a dancer and choreographer – it’s all about space. Niki, a new agent with Solo, appreciates space in all of its forms. She brings this appreciation to her work as a realtor. Who better to help you find your next home than someone who sees the (read more…)

New Digs: Cory and Lauren Popp

Owning a home can serve as a huge point of pride, and occasionally, a source of stress. On the rainy February morning when we visited Cory and Lauren Popp at their newly purchased home in Newbold, they’d noticed flooding in their basement. “Deborah advised us to not purchase a house in this neighborhood with a finished basement, and I’m (read more…)

Kensington Yards Phase Two Groundbreaking

We at Solo Real Estate, in collaboration with Bright Common and Red Oak Development are so thrilled to announce the groundbreaking of Phase 2 of Kensington Yards. Building B will have a lot in common with the first phase of our project which is fully completed. Although, unlike the first building which incorporated an old, pre-existing structure with new (read more…)

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 raccoons 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…)