The Story of The Neck: Philadelphia's Vanished Marshlands

We came across this interesting little article in Hidden City Philadelphia and it made us think of how far we have come as a city in so little time. Our now cosmopolitan city of high rise condos and world-renowned restaurants was once, not too long ago, a mere pitstop between much more exciting cities on the […]

Neighborhood Profile: MT. AIRY

History:  William Allen, a prominent Philadelphia merchant and Chief Justice of the Province of Pennsylvania, created his summer estate and mansion on Germantown Avenue at Allens Lane in 1750, and the area eventually took the building’s name, Mount Airy, as its own. Before this, the area which makes up the modern neighborhood of Mount Airy was […]

Lonely Planet Names Philadelphia in Top 10 U.S. Destination!

Lonely Planet put together a list of the top U.S. travel desinations for 2013 and Philadelphia came in at Number Four! See the post below from   4. Philadelphia, Pennsylvania Forget the cheesesteaks and tri-corner hat, Philadelphia is becoming known as an art capital. In addition to the world renowned Philadelphia Museum of Art, the […]

Neighborhood Profile: RITTENHOUSE SQUARE

History:  Rittenhouse Square is one of the five original open-space parks planned by William Penn and his surveyor Thomas Holme during the 17th century. By the late 1700s the square was surrounded by brickyards as the area’s clay terrain was better suited for kilns than crops. In 1825 the square was renamed in honor of Philadelphian David Rittenhouse, the […]

The Homestead Exemption Deadline is Approaching!

Just a reminder from a previous post we made regarding the deadline approaching for the Homestead Exemption. 1. The Homestead exemption will take effect for tax year 2014 and provides tax relief to homeowners. 2. Homeowners are eligible for a $30,000 exemption. For example, a homeowner with an assessment of $100,000 would pay takes on $70,000. 3. […]

Neighborhood Profile: CHESTNUT HILL

History: Chestnut Hill became part of Philadelphia in 1854 when the state legislature annexed some 129 square miles to the old city of Philadelphia, which occupied the land between the Schuykill and the Delaware Rivers. The village of Chestnut Hill lay ten miles north of city hall and served as a way station for travelers and […]

Real Estate Agents Expect Big Boost in Spring Sales

From Michelle Durham, CBS News: “Ask any real estate agent and they’ll tell you the last couple of years have not been the easiest, but things are poised for change in the upcoming spring market.  It seems the pendulum is starting to swing back in favor of the seller, but an improved, clutter-free home is what […]

Slideshow: What You Can Get For Under $300,000 Across The Nation

Each week, TODAY real estate expert Barbara Corcoran looks around the U.S. to see what homebuyers can get for their money.  This search goes from Dallas to Chicago in search of truly unique properties you can get the keys to for $300,000 or less. Click on the photo below for a slideshow of locations all […]