Philadelphia Real Estate Blog

New Pub/Resto Comes to Center City

March 5th, 2015 Shannon O'Donnell Comments Off

Joining the expansive, varied Center City eating and drinking scene is U-Bahn, described as "a new underground stop for all things local -- food, beer, and music." This shrine to "Philly street food" will also thrill those who love their beer. The pub will sport eighteen brews on tap between two bars. A custom tower will serve Yards Philadelphia Pale Ale, Brawler Root Beer and three draft cocktails, while the remaining taps will rotate between various Philadelphia homegrown brews, with an...Read More

Shop ’til You Drop At the Flower Show

March 4th, 2015 Shannon O'Donnell Comments Off

When you think about the Philadelphia Flower Show, what do you imagine? Do you think of simply strolling amongst beautiful flowers and literally stopping to smell the roses? Maybe you've heard of the extravagant, Hollywood-inspired displays at this year's show and are looking forward to feasting your eyes on all the prettiness. Little do you know, however, that there is so much more than bud-gazing to do at the Flower Show. Namely, there is some outstanding shopping!Spread over 10 acres,...Read More

Philadelphia Sells Schools For Cash

March 2nd, 2015 Shannon O'Donnell Comments Off

How does a city simultaneously solve the problems of school budget deficits and unused school buildings sitting empty? Easy - it kills two birds with one stone and sells the schools for cash. Such is the case in Philly, where the school district has netted $42 million in the last two years by selling off 12 former schools. As many as 14 additional properties have sales pending. A recent NBC10 article mentioned the sale of George W. Childs Elementary School, a...Read More

Philadelphians Asked to Open Homes For Papal Visitors

February 27th, 2015 Shannon O'Donnell Comments Off

With the Pope's visit coming up in September, Philadelphia is expecting a considerable lodging shortage. The number of pilgrims and out-of-towners coming to see the pontiff hold a Festival of Families and a Mass service on the Benjamin Franklin Parkway is expected to number in the millions, and it seems like every hotel room within two hours' distance from the city is booked solid. This isn't news - the lodging issue has been a topic of conversation since the Pope...Read More

Food Bloggers Tackle Center City

February 26th, 2015 Shannon O'Donnell Comments Off

Looking to whet your appetite, or just to indulge in some local food porn? You need look no further than 22nd & Philly, a food blog run by Center City couple Bradd and Kristy. The pair have built up a social media following out of visiting local restaurants and posting reviews with delicious-looking photos. Food blogging is a very 21st-century phenomenon, but is a platform with plenty of fans. Who doesn't like to drool over pictures of yummy eats? Now,...Read More

This Year’s Philadelphia Flower Show Takes Inspiration From the Movies

February 25th, 2015 Shannon O'Donnell Comments Off

Didn't get enough of Hollywood glitz this past weekend with the Oscars? Head on down to the Philadelphia Flower Show, which this year is taking its inspiration from the silver screen. With a theme of "Celebrate the Movies," the show will take visitors down a red carpet and into an Art Deco theater - all constructed of flowers. The Flower Show kicks off this Saturday, February 28th, and runs through March 8th at the Pennsylvania Convention Center. Visitors will enter the...Read More

Cell Companies Prepare For Pope’s Crowds

February 23rd, 2015 Shannon O'Donnell Comments Off

How exactly do cell companies prepare for the load of millions of people all using their phones at the same time? That's the quandary currently being worked out in Philadelphia, which is preparing for a September visit by Pope Francis. Upwards of two million people are expected to jam the Benjamin Franklin Parkway as the pontiff holds both a mass and a Festival of Families. It's logical to expect that these people will be snapping pictures like crazy and attempting...Read More

Ringing In the Chinese New Year In Philadelphia

February 20th, 2015 Shannon O'Donnell Comments Off

Chinatown is ringing in the Chinese New Year in high style this week! Yesterday marked the actual New Year, but a whole week of celebrations has been planned in Philadelphia's Asian quarter. Expect parades, dancing, and plenty of food to mark the occasion. On Sunday the Philadelphia Chinatown Development Corporation will host the Philadelphia Suns Lion Dance Parade. Organizer Weiling Wang promises that the parade will bring good luck to all that attend. A few days later the Corporation will host...Read More

Inside Channing Tatum’s Beverly Hills Home

February 19th, 2015 Shannon O'Donnell Comments Off

One can easily get jaded looking at pictures of beautiful homes all the time. After a while, you see a fantastic Hollywood mansion and it looks the same as just about every other one. An occupational ennui sets in, so to speak. It's the only reason I can fathom why the writers at Curbed LA decided to call Channing Tatum's new home "boring." There isn't actually anything boring about the home in Beverly Hills that Tatum bought with his wife, Jenna...Read More

“Rocky” Returns to Philadelphia!

February 18th, 2015 Shannon O'Donnell Comments Off

Philadelphia is known for plenty of things. We have the Liberty Bell, the cheesesteaks... and Rocky. There are few movie scenes as iconic to a particular place as the one in which Rocky (played by the inimitable Sylvester Stallone) runs up the steps of the Philadelphia Museum of Art as "Gonna Fly Now" plays in the background. Rocky, a champion boxer with an indomitable spirit, is the city's favorite fictional son. That's why it's so exciting that Sly Stallone is...Read More