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Recent Blog Posts

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…)

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…)