East Falls

 

History
East Falls is a neighborhood in Northwest Philadelphia. The neighborhood runs along a stretch of Ridge Avenue that is only a few miles long, along the banks of the Schuylkill River then extends northeast to Wissahickon Avenue. East Falls overlooks the multi-use recreational path of Fairmount Park along Kelly Drive, and is desirable for its central location, an easy commute to Center City. East Falls continues to develop, with new housing, retail space and recreation centers in production. It features two train stations, a number of bars and restaurants, illustrious mansions and some recently renovated housing.

East Falls is best known as the childhood home of Grace Kelly, actress and Princess of Monaco who grew up in a house at 3901 Henry Avenue. East Falls takes its name from its location on the east side of the Schuylkill River at the original line of waterfalls where the river descends from the elevation of the Pennsylvania piedmont to the coastal plain occupied by the main part of the City of Philadelphia, thus East Falls was in colonial times the highest point on the river navigable by boat and transfer point to the Indian path/colonial roadways which later became Ridge Avenue and Germantown Avenue. The falls disappeared when the river level was raised by the construction of the dam at the Fairmount Water Works, four miles downstream, but rocks still visible above the water show the location of the natural fall-line.

Before the arrival of European settlers, the Lenni Lenape Indians considered the lower Schuylkill River their home. The Wissahickon Creek runs into the Schuylkill here and today is included as a part of Fairmount Park, providing walking and bike paths along its banks. Wissahickon is a merging of two Lenape words: “Wisaucksickan” meaning “yellow-colored creek”, and “Wisamickan” meaning “catfish creek”. In the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries “catfish and waffles” was a favorite food at the many inns and taverns that ran through the valley, and a catfish still serves as the weathervane atop the Free Library of Philadelphia Falls of Schuylkill Branch. East Falls, so named in the nineteenth century, had earlier been known as Falls of the Schuylkill or Falls Village. In the 19th century, the Dobson Mills textile factory thrived there. (Wikipedia)

Boundaries
East Falls is located adjacent to Roxborough, Manayunk, Germantown and Fairmount Park.

Zip Code:  19129

What to See / Do

More Information

Schools

Public Transportation

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History: East Falls is a neighborhood in Northwest Philadelphia. The neighborhood runs along a stretch of Ridge Avenue that is only a few miles long, along the banks of the Schuylkill River then extends northeast to Wissahickon Avenue. East Falls overlooks the multi-use recreational path of Fairmount Park along Kelly Drive, and is desirable for its central location, an easy commute to Center City.  East Falls continues to develop, with new housing, retail space and recreation centers in production. It features two train stations, a number of bars and restaurants, illustrious mansions and some recently renovated housing.

East Falls is best known as the childhood home of Grace Kelly, actress and Princess of Monaco who grew up in a house at 3901 Henry Avenue. East Falls takes its name from its location on the east side of the Schuylkill River at the original line of waterfalls where the river descends from the elevation of the Pennsylvania piedmont to the coastal plain occupied by the main part of the City of Philadelphia, thus East Falls was in colonial times the highest point on the river navigable by boat and transfer point to the Indian path/colonial roadways which later became Ridge Avenue and Germantown Avenue. The falls disappeared when the river level was raised by the construction of the dam at the Fairmount Water Works, four miles downstream, but rocks still visible above the water show the location of the natural fall-line.

Before the arrival of European settlers, the Lenni Lenape Indians considered the lower Schuylkill River their home. The Wissahickon Creek runs into the Schuylkill here and today is included as a part of Fairmount Park, providing walking and bike paths along its banks. Wissahickon is a merging of two Lenape words: “Wisaucksickan” meaning “yellow-colored creek”, and “Wisamickan” meaning “catfish creek”. In the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries “catfish and waffles” was a favorite food at the many inns and taverns that ran through the valley, and a catfish still serves as the weathervane atop the Free Library of Philadelphia Falls of Schuylkill Branch. East Falls, so named in the nineteenth century, had earlier been known as Falls of the Schuylkill or Falls Village. In the 19th century, the Dobson Mills textile factory thrived there. (Wikipedia)

Boundaries: East Falls is located adjacent to Roxborough, Manayunk, Germantown and Fairmount Park.

Zip Codes:  19129.

What to See / Do: Laurel Hill Cemetery, East Falls Glassworks, East Falls Historical Society, East Falls Heritage TourSchuylkill River Banks.

More Information: East Falls Development Corp.

Schools: Thomas Mifflin School, William Penn Charter School, Agora Cyber Charter School, Elwyn Seedlings, Philadelphia University, Drexel University College of Medicine.

Public Transportation: SEPTA’s East Falls Station

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Where are you working today / where are your appointments?

Working from home but no appointments scheduled so far.

What is your favorite on-the-go lunch choice?

Salad or yogurt

Do you have a favorite new local restaurant or business that you are really excited about?

Wissahickon Brewing Company in East Falls. They are an up and coming business here in the area.

What do you like to do in your free time – besides sell real estate?

I belong to the East Falls Village so some of my free time is spent driving others to doctor’s appointments or doing their shopping. I like to garden in the summer time.

What does your perfect weekend look like?

Gathering with family & friends, especially at the shore during the summer.

iPhone or Android?

Android

Where is your favorite place to vacation?

I do like Florida in the winter. Otherwise, I like wherever the cruise ship is taking me (smile).

What is your favorite dessert?

Coconut custard pie – yum!!

Tea or coffee?

Coffee

What is your favorite style of house?

Colonial

Vacation Type: Adventurous or relaxing?

Adventurous

What is your favorite season of the year?

Fall

Why did you decide to become a realtor?

Thought it was a good career move since I had always enjoyed looking at new construction and attending open houses for many years.

What is your favorite part of being a realtor?

I always feel a sense of accomplishment when I know that either my seller or my buyer is satisfied with the results of the transaction. Some “clients” are now called “friends”.

To contact Janice, call 267-496-9977 or email janicesmalley@elfantwissahickon.com
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Janice (sitting in the back) is enjoying the white water rafting in Denali, Alaska

The Philadelphia area is a wonderful place to live and work, a city of diversity and many unique neighborhoods. We have profiled many of the neighborhoods the Philadelphia area has to offer below. Click on the community names below for more information on each area:

Northwest Philadelphia

Northwest_PhillyChestnut Hill
East Falls
Erdenheim and Flourtown
Germantown
East Oak Lane
Mt. Airy
Roxborough

Center City Philadelphia

Center_CityFitler Square
Rittenhouse Square
Society Hill

South Philadelphia

South_PhiladelphiaGirard Estates
Graduate Hospital
Passyunk
South Philadelphia

West Philadelphia

West_PhiladelphiaUniversity City

North Philadelphia

North_PhiladelphiaBrewerytown
Fishtown
Fairmount
Northern Liberties

West Suburbs

Western_SuburbsBala Cynwyd
Lafayette Hill
Plymouth Meeting

(Source: Newsworks)

Sunday will be a banner day for home-tour enthusiasts in Northwest Philadelphia.

As part of Historic Germantown’s fourth annual private-home tour, dramatic home restorations will be eyed from 11:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

Barbara Hogue, executive director of Historic Germantown, said that the tour aims to showcase rehabbed architectural beauties built between 1890 and 1926 in Germantown, Mt. Airy and Chestnut Hill.

“Five of the six [featured] homes have really been brought back from the brink of despair,” said Hogue.

Among the homes is NewsWorks contributor Nicole Juday’s, which was featured in a New York Times story exploring how it suffered through a fire, a caved-in roof and menagerie of live-in critters before its current owners took on the task of restoring it.

The homes

What follows is a by-neighborhood rundown of Historic Germantown’s tour:

Germantown

– 4xx W. Price St. Designed by Hazelhurst & Huckel in 1890 for a prominent Philadelphia lawyer, this home features a dramatic porch and restored paneling that had been covered by previous owners for 60 years. Huckel went on to design Grand Central Station in New York City.

– 58xx Wissahickon Ave.: Designed and occupied by Philadelphia architect Joseph Miller Huston, Oaks Cloister started as a small and simple home/design laboratory. After winning the competition to design the Pennsylvania State Capitol in 1901, Huston started adding large and opulent additions to the property, including a ballroom and a below-ground beer hall.

Mt. Airy

– 65xx Lincoln Drive: Designed by architectural firm of Duhring, Okie & Ziegler in 1899, this home was built in an even-then historic colonial-revival style, but featured cutting-edge amenities like the “Kenney Flushometer” toilet. Current owners continue to bridge historic and modern tastes, restoring the home and decorating it with modern works of art.

– 3xx Pelham Road: Owned by a cigar-manufacturing magnate before his business went bust in 1914, it changed hands for many years before being bought by the United House of Prayer for All People of the Church on the Rock of the Apostolic Faith. Quirky paint jobs and gradual disrepair ensued until the current owners purchased the house in 2008.

– 1xx Pelham Road: Boyd & Boyd architects designed the property with technical flourishes big and small, from the carved Indiana limestone on the facade to the two-story bay windows. Occupied by Combs College of Music from 1964 to 1985, the house now shows no signs of its previous incarnation.

Chestnut Hill

– 4xx W. Chestnut Hill Ave.: Oldest of the six featured properties, and the only not to undergo a dramatic restoration, this home was built as a wedding present in 1926 and appears on the National Register of Historic Places. Built in the Norman style, the house merges interior and exterior spaces with a loggia, a screened porch, and a stone terrace guiding visitors to the outdoor swimming pool.

Tickets are $25 in advance and $30 on the day and are available by calling (215) 843-6333, or by visiting http://mtairylearningtree.org/historic-house-tour/. On Sunday, tickets can be purchased at Mount Airy Learning Tree, 6601 Greene St.

Tour proceeds will benefit Historic Germantown and Mt. Airy Learning Tree, a self-described “neighbors teaching neighbors” community-based non-profit corporation.

Separate tour in East Falls

Also on Sunday, the East Falls Community Council will lead the East Falls House Tour from noon to 4 p.m.

With stops at a former rectory and the 3580 Indian Queen Lane Officestickets are $15 in advance and $20 the day of the tour.

Attendees can head to the East Falls Presbyterian Church, 3800 Vaux St., between 11:30 a.m. and 2 p.m. to pick up the House Tour Program Book & Map