Archives: Roxborough

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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A chat with Patrick Walsh, Realtor

Posted on: January 27, 2017

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

In my free time I like to see live music as often as possible. Whether it be in a small, intimate club setting or an arena rock show, live music has always been something that I’ve been passionate about. I also enjoy exploring Philadelphia’s exploding culinary scene. There is a seemingly endless list of restaurants and bars that I have yet to visit, as new places continue to open so frequently.

What is your favorite season of the year?

My favorite season of the year is Autumn. This has a lot to do with living in/around Northwest Philadelphia. The foliage along the tree lined streets of East Falls, Mt. Airy and Chestnut Hill has always amazed me. Autumn in this area is truly breathtaking!

Tea or coffee?

Coffee. Always coffee.

What is your favorite style of house?

My favorite style of home has to be the old, stone Singles found throughout Northwest Philadelphia, in particular in Chestnut Hill and Mt. Airy. The sheer size and age of the homes are enough to impress, but most seem to have features unique unto themselves. They tend to tell a tale about the previous owners throughout the years, and I love the historic aspect of these properties.

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

I’d have to say my favorite on-the-go lunch choice is Green Soul in Chestnut Hill. They have an excellent selection of ready-to-go juices and smoothies, as well as delicious made-to-order wraps and sandwiches. I’ve also been known the frequent Chubby’s Steaks in Roxborough, trying to cut back, so delicious!

To contact Patrick, call 609-529-4080 or email patrick@elfantwissahickon.com

Patrick Walsh Patrick Walsh (photo f. blog)


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


Neighborhood Profile: ROXBOROUGH

Posted on: March 4, 2013

History:  Most of modern day Roxborough was once part of Roxborough Township which was incorporated into the City of Philadelphia following the passage of the Act of Consolidation, 1854. At this time Roxborough was the home of the areas wealthiest; the owners of the Manayunk mills. These mills didn’t just produce anything from textiles to plastic containers, they also produced exuberant fortunes for the mill owners, much of which was funneled back into the community. This money went into building build schools, parks, and even a large Victorian manor built for the area’s elderly women, The Roxborough Home for Women.

The commercial spine of the neighborhood is Ridge Avenue, which, as its name suggests, runs along the ridge between the Wissahickon Creek and the Schuylkill River. Most businesses are located on Ridge Avenue and most residents are within walking distance to it. Several coffee shops, like “Crossroads” a cafe built in an old shoe store, and restaurants, like local favorites Bob’s Diner and Roma’s Bakery, have opened recently, along with boutiques and yoga studios. (From Wikipedia)

Boundaries: Roxborough is bordered to the southwest, along the Schuylkill River, by Manayunk, to the northeast by the Wissahickon Creek section of Fairmount Park, and to the southeast by East Falls.

Zip Code:  19128

What To See / Do: Delaware Valley Opera CompanyManayunk-Roxborough Art Center, Wissahickon Valley

Dining, Shopping and Events: Explore Roxborough

Schools:  Public:  Roxborough High School, WB Saul High School, Cook Wissahickon, and Shawmont Elementary.

Private:  Roman Catholic High School and J.W. Hallahan High School

Public Transportation:  SEPTA’s Manayunk/Norristown Regional Rail line stops in the Wissahickon section of Roxborough, continues through Manayunk, and stops again at the Ivy Ridge station in Roxborough.

The neighborhood is also served by the SEPTA 35 Bus Route.

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