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Neighborhood Profile: EAST OAK LANE

Posted on: July 22, 2013

History:  Settled in 1683, East Oak Lane, located at “The Northern Gates of Philadelphia”, is William Penn’s first neighborhood- his first “Green Country Town.” Rich with history, gorgeous architecture, green space and cultural diversity, this neighborhood is truly a jewel in the crown of Philadelphia.

Convenient to the newly restored Melrose Park Train station, Fernrock Subway Station and many bus lines- residents have access to all the City of Philadelphia has to offer, yet they enjoy the quiet and beauty of a suburban environment.

The vision of William Penn to create a pastoral oasis for city dwellers is shared by the residents of East Oak Lane. Neighbors are passionate about preservation of their beautiful landscaping and their rich Philadelphia architecture. This community comes together to celebrate their shared respect for the “quality of life” of all of its neighbors. As a result, East Oak Lane continues to attract Philadelphia’s great minds and talents who love to call this neighborhood their home.

Boundaries: Cheltenham Avenue at the north, Broad Street on the west, Godfrey Avenue at the south, and North 5th Street to the east.

Zip Codes: 19126, 19141.

More Information: East Oak Lane Community Action Association, Oak Lane Tree Tenders, Friends of the Oak Lane Library.

Schools: Ellwood School, Philadelphia High School For Girls, Central High School, St. Helena’s.

Public Transportation: Melrose Park Station, Fern Rock Station.


Welcome Kelly McShain Tyree!

Posted on: December 8, 2011

We’re pleased to announce that Kelly McShain Tyree has joined our group of dedicated real estate professionals.


Kelly McShain Tyree loves Philadelphia neighborhoods and has a deep passion to celebrate their unique offerings, preserve and showcase their diverse architectural character and intrinsic beauty. She believes by celebrating Philadelphia’s Old World craftsmanship and legacy of honoring our green spaces- we encourage renewal and community vitality throughout the City…

Along with her husband, Robert Tyree, and her brother, Devitt McShain, Kelly has restored architecturally and historically significant residential and commercial Philadelphia properties- winning an Interior and Exterior Homeowner Award from the Preservation Alliance of Greater Philadelphia for an East Oak Lane Victorian (c. 1895). As a member of the Advisory Council for the Pennsylvania Horticultural Society- she has also been working to green and beautify Philadelphia neighborhoods, gateways and corridors. Kelly is a fourth generation Philadelphian involved with real estate- her Great Grandfather, John McShain, and her Great Uncle John McShain Jr., were Master Builders in Philadelphia and Washington D.C. They built many Catholic Churches, University buildings (La Salle, St. Joe’s, Georgetown), as well as the Pentagon, the Jefferson Memorial, and the Kennedy Center.

Having lived and worked in NYC and abroad as a professional Stage Actress as well as an
Interior Decorator, Kelly offers a unique and joyful perspective to her hometown City and to her clients- both to those who are selling their homes, and those who are purchasing.

Kelly can be reached at Elfant Wissahickon Realtors’ Chestnut Hill office at 8039 Germantown Avenue, 215-247-3600.

Posted by Paul Walsh