Sandy Smith

Home and Real Estate Editor

Sandy Smith is Philadelphia magazine’s Home and Real Estate editor. A Kansas City native, he has called Philly home for more than 35 years. He reports on houses for sale, condos for sale, apartments for rent, new construction, development and trends in the Greater Philadelphia real estate market.


Broad Street Run, Festivals to Make a Mess of SEPTA All Weekend

Many buses will be detoured. Extra subway service will be implemented.


Early Plans for Finnigan’s Wake Unveiled

Will it go from pub crawl central to hip office space?


Renderings: City Hall Station Renovations

The heavy lifting won’t start until after the Democrats leave next summer. SEPTA promises it will be worth the wait.


Sharswood Residents Have PHA Deja Vu

Can the Housing Authority follow through on its pledge to transform the neighborhood ?


The Sad Demise of the Bill Cosby Legacy

Smith: What the allegations against the comedian mean to a black man who grew up idolizing him.

bart blatstein marketplace

Big Plans for the Marketplace Design Center

Future includes offices, apartments, retail and hotel.


MAP: Where Else do We Need 24-Hour SEPTA?

We asked them about getting to Manayunk, East Oak Lane and the Great Northeast.


Jeff Reinhold’s Restoration Fitness Regimen

The reopening of the former YMCA Annex was just the start of a bigger workout.


Confession: I’m Black, and I Used to Be Afraid to Walk Around Fishtown

Smith: African-Americans long knew to avoid this neighborhood. But times, and attitudes, are changing.


SEPTA Prepping for More Frequent Regional Rail

Infrastructure being put in place to improve off-peak service.


There’s One (Big) Problem With Amtrak at City Hall

Smith: It sounds like a great idea. But there’s this little engineering issue …


Postgreen Sneak Peek

The eco-friendly builder wants to activate the potential of Trenton Ave.


Everyone In Journalism Has an Agenda

Smith: We should be more up-front about it — because it’s a good one.

Gap-toothed townhomes on North 16th Street in Francisville

What’s With Those Gap-Toothed Developments in Francisville?

The city is the holdout property owner.

Expect crowded conditions on the Broad Street Line around this time every day during the convention. | Photo: Ben Schumin

Stats: Overnight SEPTA Trains a Hit

Ridership up 40-59 percent. Now if passengers could just board more quickly.