West Philadelphia (or the more commonly used name, West Philly) is generally considered to reach from the western Schuylkill banks to Cobbs Creek. Because of the gently sloping hills of this area, the Center City skyline is visible from many points in West Philly. With a vibrant and storied history (including being home to a variety of uniquely ‘Philadelphian’ icons like the nation’s oldest zoological garden, the much-loved and long-running American Bandstand, a reference in The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air‘s theme song, and much more), the eastern side of West Philly is also known as University City.
West Philly is also home to a rich variety of historically significant styles of homes, ranging from subdued Queen Anne style to Colonial Revival and Arts and Crafts styles. Also noteworthy is the Market-Frankford ‘El’ Line, linking West Philly to Center City and northward.
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RELOCATING DO'S AND DON'TS
Making a move to Philly? Don’t make these mistakes.
DO PLENTY OF HOMEWORK.
Relocating is a big task. Possibly changing jobs, moving your belongings, finding new friends, planting new roots … it can be overwhelming. Do plenty of homework and learn what you can about the Philadelphia neighborhoods you’d like to live in, schools for your children, and things to keep you busy outside
DON’T BELIEVE EVERYTHING YOU ARE TOLD.
Believe it or not, some realtors would rather “tell you what will sell you” – instead of what you really need to hear. But not at Solo Real Estate. We tell it as it is. Just the facts. Only the facts. How else can you make an educated decision?
DON’T RELY ON THE WEB ALONE.
Yes, you can learn much from an internet search. But nothing is more trustworthy or valuable than word-of-mouth testimonials. Ask friends and family or coworkers who they trust as a realtor and rental agent, what schools are best, what the best restaurants are … and do not be afraid to get references, too.
DO SEE FOR YOURSELF.
One great strategy we see often, especially for people moving from other climates, is to examine your new destination by visiting at different times of the year. Are the winters too cold? Summers too hot? Is there anything more beautiful than Philadelphia in the spring and fall (sorry, we had to add that last one
DON’T DO IT ALL YOURSELF.
If you are being transferred, take advantage of your company’s moving services. If you are changing jobs, ask for assistance from your new employer. And do not be afraid to contact us. We are happy to help in any way we can.
DO GO SOLO.
Even if you are new to the area, you can think of us as an old friend. Family owned since 1951, we understand the value of honest and helpful customer service. Go Solo before you decide to go anywhere else.