<iframe src="//www.googletagmanager.com/ns.html?id=GTM-PLKVN8" height="0" width="0" style="display:none;visibility:hidden">

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.


Apartment Construction Is Booming. How Will That Change Philly?

For more than a century, the city’s fundamental building block has been the rowhome. That may soon change.

house for sale updated wash west courtyard trinity front entrance

Just Listed: Updated Courtyard Trinity in Wash West

Classic and modern at the same time, and located in one of Center City’s nicest gated trinity communities.

driftway apartment preview

Luxury Apartment/Hotel Combo Begins Leasing in East Falls

The Driftway is the first luxury apartment building with hotel-style service and amenities in the Northwest Philly neighborhood.

house for sale cape may victorian twin exterior front

Just Listed at the Shore: Beach Block Victorian Twin Condo in Cape May

Still a traditional Cape May Victorian, but one that got done over in modern Shore style.

condo for sale rittenhouse square bi-level penthouse exterior drone shot

Bi-Level Penthouse Condo in Rittenhouse Square

High ceilings and large windows let the gorgeous sunsets fill this luxurious condo.

house for sale lake ariel lakeside contemporary exterior rear

Just Listed in the Poconos: Lakeside Rustic Contemporary in Lake Ariel

It has everything you want in a lakeside second home — including the furniture.

Life & Style

The Best Pennsylvania Road Trips to Take From Philly

Scenic vistas, nostalgic roadside­ stops and epic adventures — break out of Philly and see everything the Keystone State has to offer.

Life & Style

PA Road Trip: The River Road, From Bristol to Easton

You may know this iconic route as the way to New Hope — but with loads of history, natural landmarks, and even a chance to fete your inner child, there’s much more to discover.

house for sale avalon dunetiop exterior front

Just Listed at the Shore: Brand-New Dunetop House in Avalon

This house will top all the others in Avalon when it’s completed — in every way imaginable.

house for sale nazareth passive house exterior front

Extremely Minimalist House Outside Nazareth

Not only does this high modernist house lack ornamentation, but it also lacks a high electric bill thanks to its high-performance construction.

house for sale northern liberties architect's house exterior front

A Modern Architect’s House in Northern Liberties

Built for his own family, Shimi Zakim’s first solo project is now ready to house yours.

tawan davis homeownership promotion davis and spence in front of 2226 sigel st

How Tawan Davis is Turning Tenants into Homeowners

How to spread the wealth: Buy houses. Fix them up. Rent them out. Sell them to the tenants. Rinse and repeat.

house for sale stockton riverside exterior overhead

Rebuilt Riverside Redoubt in Stockton

A 1950s hideout got transformed into an elevated living experience seven years ago.

house for sale rittenhouse square rebuilt exterior front

Just Listed: Historically Sensitive Rebuild in Rittenhouse Square

A quality makeover whose attention to detail has already drawn an offer — but you could still make it yours.

house for sale society hill expanded trinity exterior front

Updated Expanded Trinity in Society Hill

Ho-hum on the outside, simple yet fine on the inside.