This Philadelphia neighborhood, adjacent to Center City, puts you in close proximity to Northern Liberties, The Art Museum area, Center City, and Temple University.  The Loft District, is close to I-95, 76, the Broad Street Line, shopping, restaurants, and night life.  This area is perfect for professionals and students seeking to find a loft or condo near Center City. Close neighborhoods include Art Museum, Fairmount, and Logan Square to the west, Chinatown and Washington Square to the south, and Northern Liberties to the east.

Addition on 13th Street Speaks to Changing Neighborhood

We couldn't tell you what purpose 334 N. 13th St. was originally built for, all we know is that this two story building has been home to a custom framing business for many years. At some point in its history, its windows were either eliminated or greatly reduced in size, but the original window openings have remained intact, so we can get a sense of what it might have looked like, originally. View from a few months [...]
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After Long Delay, Condo Project Coming on Buttonwood

Do we ever love a good zombie project. When we use this term, we're referring to projects that we covered long ago that never happened, and then years later they suddenly move forward, and it's as if they rose from the dead. Zombie project. Get it? This, exactly But let's not get distracted by amazing dance moves from the 1980s. Instead, let's turn our attention to 1325 Buttonwood St., a one-story garage that isn't doing anybody [...]
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Mixed Use Building With Green Roof Coming Next to Rail Park

The Callowhill neighborhood is loaded with potential, and it's definitely heading in the right direction, but there are still some areas that look pretty awful. The point where Ridge Avenue hits Callowhill Street is one such location, with some old warehouses, a tire store that tried to dress itself up with a mural, some vacant land, and a surface parking lot. Looking north Slight turn to the west Continuing the turn Turning further still, looking […]


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More Units Coming to Wood Street

We brought you to the 1000 block of Wood Street a couple years ago to tell you about plans for several new apartment buildings, noting at the time that the block didn't seem like such an intuitive location for development. With a location mere steps from the Vine Street Expressway, and a line of unattractive warehouses on the block, we weren't convinced that people would be eager to live here. Yet the Goldtex building is just a […]


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New Apartments Planned In the Shadow of the Willow Street Steam Generation Plant

It has come to our attention the a row of vacant lots in the Callowhill neighborhood could soon get developed, pretty much around the corner from the office/creative space reuse project we told you about the other day. Developers purchased 430-444 N. 9th St. earlier this year, paying half a million for the properties and further demonstrating the growing momentum in this neighborhood as the Rail Park moves closer toward becoming a reality. Redeveloping these parcels […]


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Haverford Bicycle Company Coming Back to Life

When we called your attention to 448 N. 10th St. a few years back, we assumed that somebody would eventually step forward to purchase the impressive structure, especially considering its proximity to the eventual Rail Park on the former Reading Viaduct. The other day, we passed by the building, which was constructed in the early 1900s as the home of the Haverford Cycle Company, and noticed a construction fence around the first floor. Wouldn't you […]


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With Rail Park on the Way, 990 Spring Garden Gets Renovated

The building at 990 Spring Garden St. was built almost ninety years ago, initially functioning as a warehouse for the Philadelphia Wholesale Drug Company. In its last incarnation, the interior of the building was chopped up into a collection of small office spaces, though the outside maintained a certain gravitas that we've always appreciated.  990 Spring Garden When Arts and Crafts Holdings bought the building last year, they brought a new vision for the property. The old […]


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What’s Happening at 12th & Spring Garden?

A couple years back, we told you about a blighted former auto repair shop at 1200 Spring Garden St. and wondered whether it could get redeveloped at some point in the near future. Oh, for a detailed history of this property from the profound and profane GroJLart, click here (RIP City Paper). To recount some recent history, investors bought the property back in 2008 for a little over $1M, shuttered the auto shop, put a chain […]


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Rent an Apartment at the Goldtex Building And Your Fantasies Will Come True!

Even if you don't follow the real estate market, you've surely noticed the Goldtex Apartments building, a former shoe factory at 315 N. 12th St., a block away from I-676. If you do follow the real estate market, it's likely that you recall the battles between developers Post Brothers and the trade unions during the conversion of the building from blighted embarrassment into shmancy apartment building. While some people might not like the contemporary look […]


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Sheriff’s Sale for Vacant Spring Garden Lot

A year and a half ago, we visited the intersection of 12th & Spring Garden and noted the vacancy at both the southeast and southwest corners. Today, it's pretty much the same story. On the southwest corner, there's a burned out gas station. On the southeast corner there's a huge vacant triangular parcel that used to be a lumber yard, and before that a brass works.  Blighted gas station The big lot Unfortunately, it seems […]


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