Real Estate

Inside Look: Boston's 'spite house' is for sale

Before the days of fences and ding-dong ditch, angry neighbors settled their disputes another way: They built spite houses. Characterized by their narrow, passive aggressive living quarters, spite houses were built for exactly that: To spite thy neighbor. They were often designed to block light...

Tuesday, April 4, 2017 - 4:16pm

Inside Look: Stellar skyline views in Point Breeze for $500K

For those looking for quick accessibility throughout Philly, welcome to Point Breeze. Walking to Center City, catching a bus to North Philly or cruising down Washington Avenue to West Philly is, well, a breeze from here.Especially if your budget is less than half a million.This sunny new...

Wednesday, March 29, 2017 - 2:30pm

Neighborhood Guide: Graduate Hospital

It’s got a bit of an identity crisis, the neighborhood bounded by South Street and Washington Avenue to the north and south, and Broad Street and the Schuylkill River to the east and west. Variously called Southwest Center City, Graduate (or Grad) Hospital, G-Ho, South of South or SoSo, this...

Tuesday, March 28, 2017 - 8:40pm

4 hot Philly neighborhoods to invest in now

Location. Location. Location. Whether you’re a first-time home buyer or just looking for a good investment, where you buy is as important as what you buy. Recently, buyers have seen double digit returns on investment in hot neighborhoods like NoLibs, Fishtown and Passyunk Square, but as these areas...

Wednesday, March 22, 2017 - 5:00am

Map shows America’s affordable housing shortage

Extremely low-income renters face a shortage of affordable housing in every single state and major metropolitan area in the United States, a deficiency of 3.9 million units, according to a report (h/tCityLab) by the National Low Income Housing Coalition (NLIHC). Nationwide, only about 35 affordable...

Friday, March 10, 2017 - 9:28am

Inside Look: South Philly Sicilian castle for $675K

They say the only thing you can't change about a home is its location. The rest? Gut it, restore it, paint it, knock it down, build it up,or whatever your heart desires.Then, there's this home – or castle, more like it.Just a stone's throw (literally) from East Passyunk Avenue, and built in a...

Wednesday, March 1, 2017 - 5:00am

Neighborhood Guide: Passyunk Square

Bordered by Broad and Sixth streets, Tasker and Washington, the neighborhood of Passyunk Square is, by turns, old fashioned and trendy. Once upon a time, East Passyunk Avenue, which bisects the neighborhood diagonally, felt a lot like a small-town main street. It was a place where mom and pop...

Wednesday, February 22, 2017 - 5:05am

Inside Look: Rooftop luxury in Fairmount for $450K

I know, Punxsutawney Phil told us we’d have six more weeks of winter. But with all the “alternative facts” we’ve been hearing in the last month, who’s to say that furry prognosticator isn’t taking his cues from a certain White House aide?It’s not even March 1st, but I’m willing to bet the gorgeous...

Wednesday, February 22, 2017 - 5:01am

Inside Look: Northern Liberties penthouse for $650K

An urban penthouse loft in the heart of Northern Liberties hit the market late last week, asking $639,000 for two bedrooms and two bathrooms.The uber-modernopen layout, on the top floor of the Cigar Factory at 1147 N. Fourth St., has all the hallmarks of modern city digs: Exposed brick and wooden...

Wednesday, February 15, 2017 - 3:31pm

Inside Look: Grad Hospital stunner for $800K

I'm not a modern kind of gal.When Boyfriend and I stroll our neighborhood, he consistentlypoints to blocky and gaudy newly constructed apartments, with second floor windows that push out beyond the facade. In South Philly, these are becoming too frequent a sight. TypicallyI'll groan, "That's not...

Wednesday, February 8, 2017 - 3:30pm

Inside Look: New luxury in Old City

Just blocks from Elfreth's Alley, the nation's oldest residential street, new construction is rising up in Old City.The modernBridge apartments, set to open in May 2017, provide first-class amenities and thoughtful modern design at Second and Race streets, offering residents the chance to find...

Wednesday, February 1, 2017 - 5:01am

Neighborhood Guide: Spring Garden

Don’t try to pigeonhole Spring Garden; it’s too varied. It’s neither preciously quaint, like some of the City’s historic neighborhoods, nor aggressively edgy. Spring Garden is rather the reflection of waves of growth and change throughout the years, with corner bars abutting Victorian mansions, and...

Wednesday, January 25, 2017 - 5:44am

7 tips for soundproofing an apartment

​Most of uswill neverget usedto the sounds of jackhammers, children screaming, or our neighbors getting a little too,um, frisky on the other side of our apartmentwall. But luckily there are several solutions that canhelp you muffle(or hopefully mute) theseurban intrusions — and they’re fareasier to...

Wednesday, January 18, 2017 - 1:54pm

Inside Look: Mediterranean villa on the Main Line for $1.2M

Skip the airfare: We found your Roman Holiday.Set against a lush greenery, this Mediterranean gem was built in 1935 by local architectJohn Irwin Bright in a classic villa style, which he observed spending years abroad in Europe to study French and Moroccan architecture. With arched doorways and...

Wednesday, January 18, 2017 - 5:00am

Inside Look: A country villa in Queen Village

With its classic red-brick exterior, and no-frills facade, you'd probably never look twice at this Queen Village. But one peek inside, and you won't want to look away.In French, the termtrompe l'oeilis used to describe an illusion in art, tricking the eye into seeing one thing, when it's actually...

Wednesday, January 11, 2017 - 5:01am

Inside Look: Lofty aspirations

A new year always starts off lofty, with big goals likelosing weight, saving money, quitting vices, prioritizing family, relaxing more, stressing less.But these threeloft apartments, flooded with sunlight and guaranteed to fill youwith oohsandaahs, aren't too big to dream of owning. In fact, they'...

Wednesday, January 4, 2017 - 5:00am

Inside Look: Industrial stunner in Northern Liberties

Northern Liberties has become an exciting place in Philadelphia– and not just for its nightlife and restaurants. The neighborhood gave way to block beyond block of brick rowhomes, which once housed skilled laborers who worked in factories along the Delaware river.But today, NoLibs looks much...

Wednesday, December 21, 2016 - 3:31pm

Are millennials done with Philly?

Millennials love Philly.Or at least, that's what we've been told over the last several years. Recent studies told us that Philadelphia is the ideal city for that fickle demographic born roughly between1982 and 1998, with its thriving job and real estate markets.In less than a decade, Philly saw a...

Tuesday, December 20, 2016 - 9:01pm

Inside Look: Prettiest homes this week in Philly

Industrial, modern, English countryside, Federal, Art Deco – Philadelphia is a mish-mash of architectural styles, each neighborhood brimming with history built into the bricks.This week, we scoured listings for the best Philly has to offer. They're just, well, pretty. Flooded with natural light or...

Wednesday, December 14, 2016 - 3:30pm

Inside Look: 3 more million-dollar listings in Philadelphia

It's time to revisit the most expensive properties for sale in Philadelphia. Prices are surging in the city, and the market is bouncing backafter the 2007 housing bubble burst and years of decline. In nearby cities – Boston, New York, D.C. – a one- or two-million-dollar home is nothing to shake a...

Wednesday, December 7, 2016 - 3:30pm