Six Units For Unusual Hicks Street Property?

Because Philadelphia has been around for so long, there are countless real estate quirks that have survived over the years as the city has evolved. We've covered some of them in the past, like the recessed home on the 2100 block of Fitzwater, or Harkens Place in Bella Vista. One oddity that we see play out pretty often is the 'rear property' phenomenon. What we mean by this is that some addresses occur twice in this [...]
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Prepare Yourself For Two Big Projects on the East Side of Pennsport

The new Target locations in town certainly make life easier, but every now and then we need to make a run to the big Target in South Philly. It was on our way back from such a run that we spied some relatively recently cleared real estate on Front Street, so we figured it was time to provide an update on a property we've covered a couple times before. A reminder, 1422 S. Front St. [...]
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More Details on Affordable Housing Coming to 8th & Thompson

It was almost a year ago that we drew your gaze to the northeast corner of 8th & Thompson, noting plans for a large residential development with 71 units on a parcel that was being used as a surface parking lot. Initially, we considered the possibility that this would be a market rate project, especially in light of the residential projects that have spread westward through South Kensington. But we then considered the presence of [...]
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Wanna Buy a Bar on Grays Ferry Avenue?

Have you always dreamt of owning your own eating and drinking establishment? Don't lie, you know you've thought about it at least once or twice. If such a thing grabs your fancy, you have options. You could find yourself a location, procure a liquor license, and build out the bar of your dreams. Depending on the size of the space, figure that'll set you back close to $500K, assuming you're starting with a vanilla box. Alternately, [...]
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Radnor Property Group Not Throwing Away Their Shot With CCP Project

440 N. 15th St. has a ton of potential, considering its large size, its permissive zoning, and its location just off North Broad Street. But it hasn't come close to living up to that potential for a really long time, as it's been used as a parking garage for the Inquirer building for many years. In 2011, before the Inquirer even made the move to Market Street, Community College of Philadelphia purchased the property with an eye toward expansion. It took [...]
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New Apartment Building Stands Out on Parrish Street

We were traveling up 16th Street through Francisville yesterday, and some new construction caught our eye on the 1500 block of Parrish Street. A new building is still getting framed out at 1533 Parrish St., and it's clearly visible from Ridge Avenue. View from 16th & Ridge Upon further consideration, we've covered this property in the past. A couple times, actually. Way back in the summer of 2011, the Philadelphia Boys Choir and Chorale was planning to relocate to [...]
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Sansom Street Lot Goes From Geriatric Center to Mansions

For roughly 60 years, the Sidney Hillman Medical Center stood as a Modernist landmark on the 2100 blocks of Chestnut and Sansom. You're probably aware though, that Sidney Hillman was demolished a few years back, replaced by the 2116 Chestnut apartment building. We were happy with the swap of the Modernist building for a contemporary building, but some preservationists preferred the old building. The rear of the property, which was previously the Charles Weinstein Geriatric [...]
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Development Galore at 20th & Mountain

Ralph Brooks Park, at the southeast corner of 20th & Tasker, underwent a massive renovation a couple years back, thanks to the efforts of Urban Roots and former Eagle Connor Barwin. In the time following that renovation, we saw increased development activity in the vicinity of the park, with tons of new construction on the 1900 and 2000 blocks of Fernon Street. Many of those homes have now sold, with prices in the mid-$350K range. Ralph [...]
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Tioga Trust Company Building Getting Renovated Soon?

Just last week, we were in the Tioga neighborhood, in the vicinity of Temple Hospital, and we noticed an interesting blighted building that ended up being a vacant old movie theater. Less than a block to the south is another distressed building that bears mentioning, a structure at 1700 W. Tioga St. originally built for the Tioga Trust Company. Today though, it's sitting empty and looks much worse for the wear. From a distance Better view [...]
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A Decade of Park(ing) Days For Philadelphia

Did you know that today is Park(ing) Day? Have you ever heard of Park(ing) Day? If not, don't be fooled by the name. Park(ing) Day is not a national holiday dedicated to making out as it was described in the 1950s, nor is it a special day dedicated to NIMBYs who only care about parking (that's Tuesdays in Fishtown, btw). No, Park(ing) Day is an opportunity for us to rethink parking spaces around town, as [...]
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