Habitat: Artsy, International Vignettes in Passyunk Square

Photo by Conrad Benner

Photo by Conrad Benner


Name: Julia Koral
Neighborhood: Passyunk Square

Where are you from, and why did you choose to call Passyunk Square home?
“I’m originally from NEPA (Northeastern PA.) I moved here in 1999 for undergrad at UArts. Two years after I graduated I made my way to Brooklyn for grad school, and returned in 2008 for my current job at Urban Outfitters — I work in the home office designing store displays. I have always gravitated to South Philly. It’s comfortable. It’s home.”

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Passyunk Square Townhouse Goes in a Week!

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It’s cute, it’s charming, and it’s in a neighborhood that’s just soaring with potential. The increasing growth of retail and young transplants suggests that the value of this 1,000+ square foot home will only appreciate, so why not? With three bedrooms, a basement for storage and laundry, and a bathroom and powder room, it’s the perfect neighborhood starter home. The backyard is a keeper as well, ideal for making s’mores and grilling burgers.

No surprise that despite the age of some of its fixtures and its less than exciting exterior, it has an offer in already. Keep that in mind, South Philly homebuyers.

Last asking price was $285,000.

Gallery below…

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What Is the Williamsburg of Philadelphia? Discuss.

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Photo of Fishtown by Liz Spikol

Gawker writer Max Read knows how to get people talking. Here are the words he wrote yesterday that got the comments section to explode:

Williamsburg and Bushwick, two Brooklyn neighborhoods, have become, for various reasons both accurate and not, a global icon of “hipness.” But it’s obviously not the only “hip” neighborhood in the world. What’s your city’s Williamsburg? And what’s its Bushwick?

And then, because people were getting a little confused, he clarified:

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Passyunk Square Home Sells in Three Days

This four-bedroom home at Sixth and Reed blazed right through the market. Was it the combination of Victorian details and updated appliances? Was it the rear patio? A bedroom with attached dressing room? A bay window? Decorative fireplace?

More than likely, it was all of those things along with the location, which could not be hotter these days. Original list price: $339,000

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New Listings in Passyunk Square: Home’s Facade Matches Nearby Condo’s Kitchen Backsplash

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Two homes in Passyunk Square are new to the market this week, and even though one’s a condo and the other is a single-family dwelling, they have something in common.

The two-bedroom condo at 12th and Bainbridge at Le Fleur has a kitchen with granite countertops, stainless steel appliances and a “beautifully tiled mosaic backsplash” (above).

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Noontime Headlines: Passyunk Square’s Cedars Crossing Seems to Be Finished

Valley Forge casino revenue is up [Inquirer]
Home price gains bring sellers off the sidelines [AP]
Thousands of borrowers to get mortgage payments reduced [CNN Money]
Cedars Crossing Looks to be Finished. And It’s Really Orange. [Naked Philly]
Fitz4 condos finally appear in Graduate Hopsital [Philly Real Estate Blog]
Timing is key as construction costs rise [phillyburbs.com]

Noontime Headlines: Passyunk Square’s Cedars Crossing Seems to Be Finished

Valley Forge casino revenue is up [Inquirer]
Home price gains bring sellers off the sidelines [AP]
Thousands of borrowers to get mortgage payments reduced [CNN Money]
Cedars Crossing Looks to be Finished. And It’s Really Orange. [Naked Philly]
Fitz4 condos finally appear in Graduate Hopsital [Philly Real Estate Blog]
Timing is key as construction costs rise [phillyburbs.com]

This One Will Go Fast: 3BR Non-Grandmom Home Above Passyunk Square for $235K!

We’re not telling tales out of school when we say that sometimes you need to wear some serious rose-colored glasses when buying in South Philly. The grandmom interiors can be rather staggering, leading to Google searches like “wood paneling solutions” and “carpet removal.” Not so with this house above Broad and Ellsworth, half a block from the Broad Street subway, close to the Passyunk Square Dog Park, and perhaps most importantly, not too far from American Sardine Bar.

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Passyunk Square: Philadelphia’s Up-and-Coming Neighborhood

A look at Philadelphia’s Up-and-Coming Neighborhood

Passyunk Square has exploded in popularity in the past five years, attracting young professionals and families in particular. Epitomizing the term “up-and-coming neighborhood,” it’s being populated with trendy bars and popular restaurants, grocery stores and boutiques especially, along East Passyunk Ave.

The neighborhood is bound by Broad Street to the west, 6th street to the east, Tasker to the south and Washington to the north. It has a colorful history—Washington housed his troops on the 800 and 900 blocks of Federal Ave for a time during the Revolutionary War. It’s also home to Philadelphia’s longest feud: the cheesesteak battle between Geno’s and Pat’s.

One of the draws of Passyunk Square is the access to the Broad Street subway line, which provides a quick commute to the sports stadiums and business district. It also draws young professionals looking for affordable housing, including large brownstones and charming trinities. Home prices still remain low in the neighborhood as compared to other neighborhoods in the city—medium home prices were $165,000 in the fourth quarter of 2010, as compared to $241,000 in the third quarter of 2012.

Learn more about homes in Passyunk Square.