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Recent Blog Posts

Blocks We Love: 800-916 South 47th Street

There’s no confusing West Philadelphia with any other part of our city’s urban core. And with brightly painted homes, leafy streets and a dizzying diversity of residents, few neighborhoods are as colorful – literally and figuratively – as this fascinating community.   While West Philadelphia has many different neighborhoods, few are as heterogenous or as popular as Cedar Park, (read more…)

Graduate Hospital Grows Up

Graduate Hospital, with its proximity to the Rittenhouse Square, downtown businesses and University City, has experienced remarkable growth over the past decade. However, new proposals are taking that growth in a bold new direction – upwards.   Philadelphia Real Estate Blog has reported that two new highrise developments (both slated for five stories) are being considered for Graduate Hospital. (read more…)

New Digs: Industry and Artistry in East Kensington

Buying a house is a huge financial decision. But it’s more than that too. Our homes and neighborhoods define who we are and the lives we’ll lead. In New Digs, our latest blog series, we speak with Solo clients about the lessons they learned finding a new place to call home.   The Milk Depot Lofts in East Kensington (read more…)

Blocks We Love: 2300-2348 St. Albans Street

In a city where most private gardens are tucked behind homes, few Philadelphians have the chance to display their green thumbs to the world. On the 2300 block of Saint Albans Street however, residents not only enjoy a lovely shared garden in front of their homes, but also use this unique space to teach their children about the natural (read more…)

Managing the Chaos of Moving Day

After careful searching and tough decision making, people often forget the final hurdle of getting a new home: Moving Day. Just those words alone can strike fear into people’s heart; however, with the help of Paul Benjamin at EZ Storage, we’d like to share a few key tips to keep your moving day under control.   First, it’s important (read more…)

Bike Share Program Coming to Philadelphia

Philly.com has reported that the City will launch its first ever bicycle sharing program some time in 2014. With similar popular programs in cities like Paris, Montreal and Berlin, Philadelphians and visitors alike will soon join other global urbanites who all have the chance explore their city via rented bicycle.   Final program details have yet to be flushed (read more…)

Blocks We Love: 743-772 South 4th Street

Zebra stripes, purple polka dots and snake skin are not patterns one expects to see on the brick and stone streets of Philadelphia. However, on a part of South 4th Street known as Fabric Row, rolls of brightly colored cloths stand out like the flags of this historically independent-minded community.   Stretching down South 4th Street from Bainbridge to (read more…)

Local Roots Anchor New Restaurant

Calling herself the “child of true Kenzos”, Cedar Point owner and executive chef Shannon Dougherty has roots that run deep in Kensington/Fishtown. She and partner Liz Petersen recently made the move up to this rapidly developing community to open a new restaurant offering locally-minded cuisine.   Shannon believes that in the restaurant business location is key. “We were working (read more…)

Blocks We Love: 2200-2232 Green Street

Located in the Fairmount neighborhood just blocks from Philadelphia’s collection of world-class museums, the ornate town houses and greenery of the 2200 block of Green Street make this community a work of art unto itself. Indeed, the street is a truly impressive example of the architectural and design legacy of Philadelphia’s industrial-era wealth.   On a block marked by (read more…)

Swamped by Litigation, OCCA Disbands

After four decades in operation, the Old City Civic Association (OCCA) has disbanded. The dissolution of the OCCA, a group known for its uncompromising efforts to preserve the historic character of its neighborhood, could mean big changes for both Old City and civic groups throughout Philadelphia.   While Old City has certainly seen its share of redevelopment and new (read more…)