Italian for "beautiful sight", Bella Vista is one of the most popular neighborhoods in Philadelphia. Annual festivals in the neighborhood include the Italian Market Festival and the Bella Vista Festival of the Arts. Cultural events in Bella Vista are centered around public concerts, coffeehouses, the Mew Gallery, and Fleischer Art Memorial.  Only a short walk from Queen Village, Washington Square, Pennsport, and East Passyunk, Bella Vista a perfect destination for anyone who wants to be close to the hustle and bustle of Center City but wants a little more of a neighborhoody feel.

Arthaus on the Avenue of the Arts Is Looking Even More Move-in Ready

Every now and then, the timing of our site visits can be quite serendipitous, with our arrival coinciding with some sort of fun or cool event (Note: our definition of "fun" and "cool" might be biased towards this sort of thing). It had been a minute since we stopped in at the Arthaus, Dranoff Properties' new luxury condo tower at 301 S. Broad St. along the Avenue of the Arts. Rewind to almost a decade [...]
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Prominent Addition at 10th & Washington Reaches Full Height

Buildings can stand out from the crowd for many reasons. Extreme height, grand design, topographical boosts from a hilltop can all lead buildings to have a disproportionately large impact. When driving east on Washington Ave. the other day, we couldn't help but notice a large, yellow and green presence at 943 Washington Ave. off in the distance. In this instance, the location of this building near a kink at 11th Street on Washington Avenue, combined [...]
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Could Colorful Bella Vista Art Studio Become Multifamily Project?

We always keep our eyes and ears open when it comes to development, but it sure is nice when our amazing readers (that's you!) reach out with a tip. This is one of those times, as a reader recently gave us the heads up that the building at 829 Bainbridge St. could be undergoing a pretty big change sometime soon. This address didn't seem especially interesting upon first glance, but when we arrived on site, [...]
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A Pivot at 9th & Catharine, From Townhomes to Multi-Family

Last fall, we shared the news that plans were afoot to redevelop the rather underused property at the southeast corner of 9th & Catharine. A reminder, this property was historically home to Palumbo’s, a music hall slash restaurant slash event space slash privately owned community center, for over a century. A fire ended Palumbo's historic run in the mid-1990s, and Rite Aid moved to the site soon after. Like we said before, a retail pad [...]
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Rite Aid Replacing Rite Aid at 9th & Catharine

Palumbo's was a fixture for neighborhood life at the corner of 9th & Catharine for over a hundred years, starting in the late 1800s. It originated as a boarding house for Italian immigrants, eventually expanding into a restaurant, a music hall, and an event space which was home to countless events and gatherings over its many years in operation. Famous musical acts like Frank Sinatra, Sammy Davis Jr., and Mario Lanza entertained at Palumbo's per [...]
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Demolition Ongoing at 10th & Washington, Addition Seemingly Upcoming

We've covered 943 Washington Ave. a couple times in the past, wondering if and when this underused property might level up. Back in 2013, we discussed the history of the buildings at this site, sharing that they had been constructed by a coal company in the early 20th century before transitioning to an auto shop by the 1950s. As far back as we can remember though, these buildings were used for the sale of mattresses [...]
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Residential Conversion Coming Soon For Church of Crucifixion Parish Building

The Protestant Episcopal Church of the Crucifixion was organized in 1847 as the second predominantly African-American Episcopal Church in Philadelphia, settling into a church building at 807 Bainbridge St. in 1884. Architect Isaac Pursell designed the building, which doesn't come as much of a surprise considering that he designed countless churches in the area in the late part of the 19th and early part of the 20th century. The church was ravaged by fire and rebuilt to [...]
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New Buildings Change the Landscape on the 700 Block of Carpenter

Given its prominent Bella Vista locale, you wouldn't necessarily expect a whole lot of change on the 700 block of Carpenter Street. Despite experiencing a few huge projects in recent years, this neighborhood is incredibly well established and we simply don't see that many development opportunities around here. Sure, maybe the occasional one-off, but multiple projects on a single block is not the norm. And yet, three different projects have absolutely changed things on this [...]
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Long Vacant Italian Market Lot Gets Converted to Outdoor Dining

Waaaay back in 2011, we pointed out 1009-11 S. 9th St., a surprisingly vacant and (at that time) overgrown lot in the heart of the Italian Market. It was unbelievable that such a thing could exist in this vibrant pedestrian shopping area, and it was all the more frustrating that it looked so awful. We were further surprised when we learned that the property was owned by the Esposito family, which ('natch) owns the eponymous Esposito's Butcher [...]
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Bryant Coal Building at 10th & Washington Will Grow By a Few Stories

It was way back in 2013 that we wondered about 943 Washington Ave., a clearly reused industrial property that was home to a discount furniture store. We did a little digging and learned that the property had been used by coal interests since the late 1800s, eventually owned by the William Bryant Coal Company and used in concert with a large coal yard across the street. As downtown coal became less of a thing into the middle of the [...]
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