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Recent Blog Posts

The Secret Life of Buildings: Modern Row Houses

Jeremy Avellino, founder and design director of Bright Common Architecture and Design, has a passion for bringing row houses into the 21st century. “Philadelphia is an extremely rare and unique city with one of the highest rates of density in the nation. This density allows for sustainability and affordability,” he said.  Plus, one other thing at the top of (read more…)

Rehabbing Your Rowhouse

Bringing an older Philly rowhouse into the 21st century can be challenging. We want to make it easier and more affordable. With 70 years of experience, our agents at Solo Real Estate have managed multiple home renovation projects across the city so we’re sharing some insights on what to look out for in a rehab property, and what you (read more…)

From Renting to Buying

Renting is an excellent option until it is not. Your one or two-bedroom apartment suddenly no longer fits your lifestyle due to marriage, the birth of a child, or the realization that working from home opens the possibility of living just about anywhere. Perhaps in a neighborhood where parking does not require divine intervention, or simply because you want (read more…)

Flowers for all Seasons

Is love sustainable? We think so, especially if you express it this Valentine’s Day with fresh flowers or a gift certificate for seasonal bouquet deliveries from a local sustainable grower. In this article, we feature two women-owned businesses that are paving the way with local and sustainable flower farming, Jennie Love from Love N’ Fresh Flowers in Roxborough and Cassie (read more…)

Buying your first investment property in Philadelphia

Thinking of buying your first investment property? Philadelphia offers first time real estate investors excellent opportunities to create passive income streams while contributing to the improvement of its neighborhoods. We spoke with Alex Franqui, an agent at Solo Real Estate, to get the inside scoop on how to buy an investment/rental property, deal with contractors and circumvent management issues. (read more…)

Composting 101

Your food is natural and organic. You drive a hybrid car. So why is your garbage ending up in landfills, contributing to climate change? Perhaps you think composting is only for people who have yards large enough to grow veggies. Maybe your only plant is a cactus. Whatever your hesitation, we have tips on becoming part of Philly’s robust (read more…)

Meet Rebecca Nichols Franqui

Rebecca Nichols Franqui joined the Solo Real Estate team (and the family business) in 2018 after meeting her husband, Alejandro Franqui. She is originally from Minnesota but now calls South Philly home. Prior to joining Solo Real Estate, Rebecca received a Master’s degree in Environment, Politics, and Globalization from King’s College in London and worked with Habitat for Humanity. (read more…)

Sacred Spaces: Home Offices

Now that your home is also your office, schoolhouse, fitness center, restaurant, and entertainment center, how do you avoid clutter and maintain a sense of serenity?  We talked to the experts about how they do it and they shared some tips to help you set up your home office or WFH space in 2021.  Get Organized Consider hiring a (read more…)

The Secret Life of Buildings: Bay Windows

There is something irresistible about a bay window. Whether it’s the abundant light it brings into the home or the constantly changing views it affords from inside. As part of our “The Secret Life of Buildings” series, we’ve decided to explore the history of this unique architectural feature that adds value to buildings throughout the City, whether they were (read more…)

The Secret Life of Buildings: Row House Styles

Philadelphians love the row house as much as they love their cheesesteaks and water ice.  How did this unique architectural style take root and thrive for over 300 years? We will take a look at the origins and evolution of the row house, from working man’s home to opulent mansion. While the row house is synonymous with our City, (read more…)