Right Now: What $500,000 Buys in 5 U.S. Cities (and Philadelphia)

We always enjoy articles highlighting what kind of home a certain amount of money will buy you in a variety of  U.S. cities. This particular POST compares NY, Los Angeles, Atlanta, Austin and Chicago. We wanted to add some Philadelphia properties to that list, so here is what $500,000 will get you in our fair city:



114 E. Moreland Ave. Philadelphia, Pa 19118


520 Carpenter Ln. #2G, Philadelphia, Pa 19119


7111 McCallum St. Philadelphia, Pa 19119


440 S. Broad St. Unit 1504, Philadelphia, Pa 19146

According to Organic Gardening Magazine, Philadelphia is  “An urban area working to make their neighborhoods (and the planet) healthier and more sustainable.”

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Score: 15.686
Population: 1,450,000

Since 1974, Philadelphia Green, a pioneer urban greening program, has advocated for the development and care of community gardens and open spaces all over the city. The Mill Creek Farm has turned a once-vacant lot into a source of affordable organic food—and a model for sustainable living—in its low-income community in West Philadelphia. Helping to clean the Philadelphia air are the more than 25,000 residents that participate in PhillyCarShare, the world’s largest regional car-sharing organization.

The Philadelphia Flower Show is the world’s largest indoor flower show. theflowershow.com.


South Philadelphia began as a satellite town of Philadelphia, with small townships such as Moyamensing and Southwark. During the Industrial Revolution, the area saw rapid growth, in part due to mass immigration from Ireland. Its urbanized border reached that of Philadelphia. Along with all other jurisdictions in the county, South Philadelphia became part of the City of Philadelphia proper with passage by the Pennsylvania legislature of the city/county Act of Consolidation, 1854. The area continued to grow, becoming a vital part of Philadelphia’s large industrial base and attracting immigrants from Italy, Ireland and Poland and many other countries during the 19th and early 20th centuries, as well as Black American migrants from the southern United States during the Great Migration of the early 20th century. The immigrants and migrants became the basis of South Philadelphia’s unique and vibrant culture that developed over the next several decades.

Most of South Philadelphia’s communities are largely Italian American. There also continue to be many ethnic Irish Americans and African Americans. An increase in late 20th-century immigration has given South Philadelphia significant populations from Asia: Vietnam, Cambodia and Thailand; as well as from Russia and Mexico, and smaller groups from dozens of nations across the world. Today, many vendors at the Italian Market are of Asian descent, and Vietnamese and Thai restaurants are interspersed with historic Italian ones in the Market area. The recent revitalization of Center City Philadelphia and the subsequent gentrification of adjacent neighborhoods has led to dramatic rises in prices of housing in the neighborhoods of historic Queen Village, Bella Vista, and some other parts of South Philadelphia.

Many of the community clubs that create the annual Mummers Parade every New Year’s Day have traditionally been from South Philadelphia, especially those located on the largely Irish American S. 2nd Street (“Two Street”) in the Pennsport neighborhood. (From Wikipedia)

The neighborhood is bordered by South Street to the north, the Delaware River to the east and south, and the Schuylkill River to the west.

Zip Codes: 19145, 19146, 19147, and 19148

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Public Transportation

  • SEPTA’s Broad Street Line subway services South Philadelphia and provides quick access to Center City and North Philadelphia.
  • A number of SEPTA bus routes also serve South Philadelphia, ferrying commuters to and from Center City and its immediate suburbs.


When the weather gets hot, Philadelphia really comes alive! With more and more people coming into the city for the 4th of July Celebrations and the mounting summer festivals popping up, you should never be at a loss for something to do in the sweltering summer months! Here are a few hand-picked events happening in the upcoming months complements of VisitPhilly.com:

The Visit Philly Beer Garden Happy Hour Series: 12 Weeks. 6 Beer Gardens. Endless Good Times.

In order to take advantage of Philly’s wealth of awesome beer gardens, we’ve created a brand new rotating happy hour series called the Visit Philly Beer Garden Series. Launching on Friday, June 6 at Morgan’s Pier, and visiting a single beer garden each week through August, the pop-up happy hours will run from 4 to 7 p.m. on Fridays and include specials on food and local craft beer.

Spruce Street Harbor Park: A Pop-up Summertime Village on the Delaware River

From Friday, June 27 through Sunday, August 31, the Delaware River Waterfront Corporation transforms the Penn’s Landing Marina at Columbus Boulevard and Spruce Street into a pop-up summertime village with a beer garden, restaurant and more. The Delaware River Waterfront Corporation’s new jewel boasts all of the essential elements for a summertime revery — ample outdoor seating, local beer offerings and higher-end grab-and-go food available from a cargo container — and will be free and open to the public every day from 11 a.m. to 1 a.m. The pop-up spot also features a hammock garden, boardwalk, urban beach, fountains and a series of floating barges with lily pad water gardens.

Fireworks and Fountains at Longwood Gardens: Celebrate Summer in a beautiful setting with some jaw-dropping fountains and fireworks!

The entire family will enjoy Longwood Gardens’ light and sound spectacular, a summer tradition at the internationally celebrated gardens. These extravaganzas combine lavish fireworks, stirring music and the celebrated colorful illuminated fountains of the 1,050-acre horticultural showplace created by industrialist Pierre du Pont (1870-1954). The result is an unforgettable display that lights the evening sky. Fireworks have been used at Longwood since at least 1907, the year after du Pont purchased the property. Each display typically attracts approximately 5,000 people. The fountains and fireworks are operated by carefully synchronized computer programs, and the music is chosen to complement the displays.

Wawa Welcome America! Fireworks: Celebrate Philadelphia’s biggest day of the year with some of the best fireworks you’ll ever see!

When it comes to celebrating America’s birthday, nobody rocks it like Philadelphia, America’s birthplace, and 2014—the country’s 238th birthday—will be no exception thanks to festive happenings before, during and after the Fourth of July. Celebrate during the Wawa Welcome America! Festival from June 28-July 4, a week of festive events, including the largest free concert in America starring Philly hometown heroes The Roots.

It wouldn’t be Independence Day without fireworks and this year there are several explosive shows happening in Philadelphia during the week of July 4th. Get the best view with our guides to watching the fireworks displays at the Philadelphia Museum of Art and the Delaware River, below.

PLEASE NOTE: All fireworks shows and events are scheduled rain or shine. In case of inclement weather, follow @July4thPhilly on Twitter and Wawa Welcome America on Facebook for up-to-the-minute information.

Upcoming Fireworks Shows

Philly 4th of July Jam & Grand Finale Fireworks

Date: Friday, July 4 | Where to Watch Map – Parkway
Fireworks: Estimated to begin around 10:30 p.m.*
Location: Benjamin Franklin Parkway between 20th Street and Eakins Oval
Concert: The week-long celebration culminates with the “Largest Free Concert in America” on the Benjamin Franklin Parkway. Enjoy performances from The Roots, Ed Sheeran, Nicki Minaj, Jennifer Hudson, Aloe Blacc, Ariana Grande and Vicci Martinez before the explosive fireworks finale over the Philadelphia Museum of Art.

Adventure Aquarium Waterfront Fireworks Spectacular

Date: Saturday, July 5
Location: Great Plaza at Penn’s Landing | Where to Watch Map – Penn’s Landing
Fireworks: Immediately following final performance, between 9:30-10 p.m.*
Concert: Enjoy a patriotic evening of music with the United States Army Marching Band “Pershing’s Own” followed by the Adventure Aquarium Waterfront Fireworks Celebration.

We all know that Philadelphia is a city of neighborhoods, but did you ever wonder how they were named? We found a pretty comprehensive list on Mentalfloss. Follow the link and enjoy!


The Mt. Airy Schools Coalition, Mt. Airy USA, and Elfant Wissahickon Realtors invite local realtors to visit Mt. Airy neighborhood schools.

MT. AIRY – January 2, 2014 – On Wednesday, January 8th, the Mt. Airy Schools Coalition, Mt.

Airy USA and Elfant Wissahickon Realtors invite local realtors to visit four neighborhood schools in northwest Philadelphia: Lingelbach, C.W. Henry, Houston, and J.S. Jenks.

Staff and volunteers at each school have planned a brief presentation that will highlight points of pride that make each school unique – such as the brand new tech lab where Houston students record weekly podcasts and the innovative STEM program (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics) at J. S. Jenks. The event is planned in collaboration with school staff and volunteers from each school’s Parent-Teacher, Home and School, or “Friends of” Associations.

School bus transportation will be provided to drive agents from school to school. Volunteers and staff will ride the bus with agents for additional Q&A’s en route.

For realtors, this first-hand knowledge will prepare attendees to better answer their clients’ questions about their local schools. “I think it’s important to get the agents inside the schools themselves. As Realtors, we’re looked to as a resource for information about the community; if you represent families with young children we should know what their options are,” says Christopher Plant of Elfant Wissahickon Realtors, who helped to bring this event together.

Attendees will also receive information on resources that realtors and families can use to access additional information about school options in northwest Philadelphia.

“We know that realtors can have a major influence on someone’s first impression of a community and its schools,” says Abby Thaker, Director of Educational Partnerships at Mt. Airy USA, which has convened the Mt. Airy Schools Coalition in partnership with East and West Mt. Airy Neighbors. “We’re excited about this tour as an opportunity to realtors to have more firsthand knowledge about many of the positive things taking place in our local schools.”

The format for the tour is based on the “caravan” model; each week, real estate agents travel to see new home listings as they come on the market. For this event, the schools replace the new listings. The tour will begin with coffee and breakfast donated by local favorite High Point Café, at Lingelbach Elementary School at 8:45; agents will then travel to C. W. Henry and Houston and conclude the tour at 10:45 at J. S. Jenks.

All real estate agents in northwest Philadelphia are invited to attend and are asked to RSVP to katey@elfantwissahickon.com.

Elfant Wissahickon Realtors is the leading independent real estate brokerage in Philadelphia, operating three offices in the city with over 70 agents, all dedicated to the highest professional standards and committed to the communities they serve. Visit them at www.ewrhomes.com

Mt. Airy USA is a nonprofit organization whose mission is to preserve, empower, and advance a vibrant and diverse community by stimulating development responsive to Mt. Airy. Mt. Airy, USA works towards its mission through four program areas: Housing Counseling, Real Estate Development, Commercial Corridor Revitalization, and the Mt. Airy Schools Coalition. For more information, call 215-844-6021 or visit http://gomtairy.com.


The American Street Corridor, an area in the Kensington neighborhood of Philadelphia, has been blighted and barren for decades. The area was once alight with industry, beginning in the late 1800’s when the Reading and Philadelphia Railroads routed through the area, spurring a lively commercial strip filled with factories and repair shops, freight yards and tens of thousands of busy workers. But all of that is gone and has been for quite some time. American Street has been the badlands for decades, a place you simply didn’t go.

Around 20 years ago, Philadelphia was awarded a grant through the Empowerment Zone program for $79 million. The money was split between blighted, post-industrial zones in West and North Philly and the American Street Corridor. The money has been budgeted annually to foster business growth in the area, slowly building the area back. The Amer­ic­an Street Em­power­ment Zone bound­ar­ies are Gir­ard Av­en­ue to the south, 6th Street to the west, over Dauph­in Street, and up 4th Street, to the north by Le­high Av­en­ue, and to the east by Kens­ing­ton Av­en­ue down to Front Street, along Nor­ris Street and down Frank­ford Av­en­ue.

Recently, this corridor, which lies adjacent to real estate hot-spots Fishtown and Northern Liberties, has benefitted from the growth of its borders. Everyone from tech companies to coffee roasters are popping up in the area.

Recently, a number of residential developments seem to be in the works, which is an exciting development for the corridor. Could this mean the American Street Empowerment Zone could be poised to be the next great Philly neighborhood? Stay Tuned!

Further reading:

A brighter future for the American Street Corridor

Uncertainty and Ingenuity On Kensington’s Industrial American Street

Reclaiming American Street

Philadelphia Empowerment Zone (EZ)








Philadelphia and the surrounding region is an area steeped in so much history. It has been said the ghosts of our founding fathers still wander the moonlit streets. We have it all– ancient prison ruins, narrow cobblestone alleys and creepy old cemeteries. Grab a lantern and come with us as we explore some of the region’s best Halloween options.

Visit Philly’s Top Halloween Happenings: A thorough list of hayrides, parties and haunted houses.

Uwishunu’s Top Halloween Happenings: Another compendium of fright-tastic fun.

Philadelphia Ghost Tours: A historic, candlelit tour through the streets of Philadelphia

Trunk or Treat: A new tradition of safe Halloween tailgating.

West Mt. Airy Flashlight Parade: Celebrate Halloween with a flashlight parade.

Halloween Pub Crawls: If imbiding is your thing, click the link!

Pumpkin Patches, Hayrides and Fall Fun: Enjoying the season doesn’t have to be a spooky affair.

Philly Screams: A large list of eerie fun with discounts.

Halloween Safety: Trick or Treating is a blast, but remember, safety first. Safe Kids Worldwide has some halloween tips.

Halloween Candy Buy-Back: If you prefer the hunt but can do without the haul, you can brighten the day of a U.S. serviceman overseas!


University City— We aren’t kidding around when we say University City is a family-friendly neighborhood. With a wide array of attractions, University City can be a kid’s kind of place. This neighborhood boasts many beautiful parks, a myriad of family-friendly destinations, and countless entertainment opportunities that can be fun for kids and enjoyable for the whole family. And, don’t forget, just beyond our boundaries lies Bartram’s Garden, the Philadelphia Zoo and the Please Touch Museum. So grab the family and head to University City! -University City District.


Clark Park: Established in 1895, Clark Park is in the heart of Philadelphia’s University City neighborhood. With more than 300 trees, the park covers nine acres. The park’s boundaries are Baltimore Avenue, Woodland Avenue, 43rd Street and 45th Street.

Drexel Park:  Both Powelton residents and Drexel students flock to this 2.5-acre oasis for its walking paths, benches and open green space, where picnics, Frisbee games, reading and sunbathing are the main activities. And that view—it makes a typical day in the park visually stunning.

James G. Kaskey Memorial Garden: A densely-planted botanical garden with trees, shrubs, flowers, ground cover, and grass; mulched paths and slate steps; wood and iron benches; branches, railroad ties, Belgian block, is a green space named the James G. Kaskey Memorial Garden. The garden and pond was originally created under the direction of Provost Harrison as part of the great transformation of the campus in the 1890s.

Penn Park: Penn Park, located east of the Highline and stretching from Walnut Street to South Streets, features both passive and active recreation and athletic components. Formal and informal play fields are framed and subdivided by canopy trees, lawns, and meadows.


Philadelphia Summer Camps: A blog dedicated to Philadelphia area summer camp programs.

Attractions/ Things To Do:

Shotokan Karate: South Philly Karate Classes for All Ages (222 South 45th Street)

University City Arts League: 40 classes for all age groups being offered including pottery nearly every day (for kids and adults), capoeira (for kids and adults) and a whole set of advanced classes for 4th graders and up.
For the fourth graders the advanced classes include Calligraphy, Graphic Design and Mixed Media and Collage. New classes for younger kids include yoga, and knitting and fiber arts. See the full After-school schedule. (4226 Spruce St.)

40th Street Summer Series: University City District, The Rotunda and Penn come together again this year to present the 40th Street Summer Series, a free family-friendly outdoor concert series in University City. For nine years, the Summer Series has hosted world-renowned performers on the green space at 40th and Walnut Streets, just behind the Walnut West Free Library. This year, the series will expand to five concerts on the last Saturday of May-September, complete with Give and Take jugglers, fire artists, face painting, balloon art, and more.

The Penn Museum: If you called its 12-ton Egyptian sphinx “one in a million,” you’d be right: it is just one in a collection of nearly a million objects at the University of Pennsylvania Museum of Archaeology and Anthropology (commonly known as the “Penn Museum”)—one of the world’s finest archaeological and anthropological museums.

University City Family Fun Card: a PDF with a number of family friendly options in U-City.

Kid Friendly Restaurants / Stores:

Hip City Vedge: 214 S. 40th St.

Little Baby’s Ice Cream: 4903 Catherine St.

Bliss Juices and Ice Cream: 4420 Walnut St.

Children and Infant’s Clothing Stores:

Happy Kid (200 S 52nd St)

Other Kid Friendly Stores:

Locust Moon Comics: (34 S 40th St.)

More Info:

University City District: All About University City

Passyunk Square / East Passyunk— Passyunk Square is a dynamic South Philadelphia neighborhood. The very best of old-school Philly paired with a new and exciting nightlife, the Passyunk neighborhood has much to offer for single people and families alike. From the rustic charm of the Italian market to the hip East Passyunk corridor, Passyunk Square is a place you’d be proud to call home. Below are some family friendly destinations in the neighborhood.


Palumbo Rec Center: Structured programing for children and adults of all ages, Indoor and outdoor Basketball courts, Softball field, Football field, Summer camp, and After School Programing. (700 S. 9th St.)

Columbus Square Rec Center:  Sports, Arts classes, camp for children of all ages. (1200 Wharton St.)


Philadelphia Summer Camps: A blog dedicated to Philadelphia area summer camp programs.

Attractions/ Things To Do:

AmeriKick Karate: South Philly Karate Classes for All Ages (1617 Snyder Ave.)

Fleisher: Art Classes in South Philly (719 Catherine St.)

Kid Friendly Restaurants / Stores:

Kid Friendly Restaurants:

Belle Cakery (1437 East Passyunk Avenue)

Capogiro Gelateria (1625 East Passyunk Avenue)

Favors and Flavors (1827 East Passyunk Avenue)

Ms. Goody Cupcake (1838 East Passyunk Avenue)

Rita’s Water Ice (1356 East Passyunk Avenue)

Zoey’s Yogurt Bar (1207 S. 9th Street)

Green Olives Cafe (1941 East Passyunk Avenue)

Karina’s (1520 E Passyunk Ave)

Marra’s (1734 E. Passyunk Ave)

Children and Infant’s Clothing Stores:

A Star Is Born (1821 East Passyunk Avenue)

Bella Baby Boutique (1842 East Passyunk Avenue)

Boystown and Girlstown (1708 East Passyunk Avenue)

The Painted Lady (1910 East Passyunk Avenue)

Sweet Alyssa (1817 East Passyunk Avenue)

Cloth (1605 East Passyunk Avenue)

Other Kid Friendly Stores:

Sammi’s Shoe Box (1918 East Passyunk Avenue)

South Philly Comics (1840 East Passyunk Avenue)

More Info:

Passyunk Square: All About Passyunk Square

Visit East Passyunk: All About East Passyunk