Archives: Manayunk

A chat with Deb Stanitz, Realtor

Posted on: February 3, 2017

What did you do before you became a realtor?

I am an Artist by training having earned my BFA and MFA and practiced as a sculptor primarily in welded steel, glass and light. For many years I designed and fabricated furniture as well as teaching Art at the University level. I loved helping students visualize their ideas and master the skills to realize those visions. How things are put together is a passion of mine, from conception/visualization through execution. In addition I have spent many years recreating my own home in Manayunk/Roxborough.

Why did you decide to become a realtor?

I love people and realized I could use these skills to help other people visualize their new home and assist them if realizing that dream. I love problem solving and I am very detail oriented, all very helpful attributes in navigating a Real Estate transaction.

Where is your favorite place to vacation or to relax?

Getting out into nature is a must for me, be that into the Wissahickon Gorge or the mountains of Vermont, Pennsylvania, Colorado or Peru. When I need a break I love going birding with my husband, Leo, sometimes just a day trip to some of the great birding spots near Philadelphia in PA and NJ or on an extended trip like Costa Rica. Yet, I still love to check out museums, other artist studios and gallery shows. It gives me pleasure supporting other artist by collecting their work.

What does your perfect weekend look like?

Leo is a fabulous gardener and has made our tiny garden an oasis. Photographing the textures, colors and natural wonders of his garden, the Wissahickon Park or other natural locations is how I stay connected to my visual creativity. I frequently use these photos in my marketing.

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

We enjoy Craft Beers and good creative food shared with friends. McMenamins Tavern in Mt Airy is a favorite of ours for years and recently we discovered The Pub of Penn Valley in Narberth.

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

Many early mornings a week you will find Leo and me power walking on Forbidden Drive or on the secluded trails of the Wissahickon Park. It is, also, important to me to nurture long time friendships and several early mornings each week I am on the phone with friends who live in other states. These friends have known me through many stages of my life some as far back as Jr High School and they represent industries as diverse as clothing manufacturing, aerospace engineering, a student of Ram Das, symphony violist, lawyer and psychologist. Getting support and perspectives from these areas of expertise is fascinating and enriching.

To contact Deb, call 267-235-7028 or email deb@elfantwissahickon.com

Deb Stanitz

Some of Deb’s photography work:

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Town By Town: It’s still hip, and still the place they want it to be

Posted on: December 8, 2014

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This week in Philly.com there was a cool article on Manayunk, with some nice quotes from Elfant Wissahickon Realtor, Keith Adams, discussing the neighborhood’s value to buyers looking for a Center City experience for far less money. Take a look at the full article HERE and feel free to reach out to us if you are looking for a home in the Manayunk area!


Kid Friendly Philadelphia: ROXBOROUGH / MANAYUNK

Posted on: October 7, 2013

Roxborough / Manayunk— Manayunk and Roxborough are family neighborhoods in Northwest  Philadelphia; Hilly enclaves along the Schuylkill River. Once a center of industry, with textile mills and factories, Manayunk is now a lively district dotted with bars, restaurants, nightclubs and plentiful shopping. Children are ubiquitous and families fill the row homes of modern day Roxborough and Manayunk. Below are some family friendly destinations in the area.

Parks/Playgrounds/ Pools:

Gorgas Park: The central park of the Roxbrough-Manayunk community. (6300 Ridge Ave.)

Allens Lane Playground: A wooded escape. (Allen’s Lane between McCallum and Green)

Pretzel Park: Formerly Manayunk Park, Pretzel Park overlooks Main Street in the middle of town. With a playground, dog park and many benches, Pretzel Park is operated by the Philadelphia Department of Recreation and often receives financial help from the neighborhood group Friends of Pretzel Park. The iconic metallic pretzel was installed in 2005. (Cresson St & Roxborough Ave.)

Houston Rec Center: Houston Playground has a wide range of programs for all ages. (900 Grakyn Ln.)

Kendrick Rec Center: Karate, Gymnastics, Zumba and More. (5800 Ridge Ave.)

Freedom Valley YMCA:  Pool, classes, camp for children of all ages. (19 W. Linfield Rd.)

Camp:

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

Attractions/ Things To Do:

Aikido Association of North America: Kids Classes Available (5836 Henry Ave.)

AmeriKick Karate: Karate Classes for All Ages (8500 Henry Ave.)

Manayunk-Roxborough Art Center: The Manayunk Roxborough Art Center (MRAC) is a non-profit educational institution which offers a full range of creative educational services to residents of the Manayunk-Roxborough community as well as the greater Philadelphia area. (419 Green Street)

Manayunk Sport and Social Club: Philadelphia’s largest organizer of adult coed sports. (Venice Island Rec Center)

Kid Friendly Restaurants / Stores:

Manayunk and Roxborough Kid Friendly Restaurants via Urban Spoon

Worn Yesterday: Kids Clothing (4228 Main St)

Game Stop: Video Games (8500 Henry Ave)

More Info:

Roxborough.us: All About Roxborough

Manayunk.com: All About Manayunk