Tag Archives: Fishtown

Investing in Philly? Consider Kensington

FROM TIME TO TIME, people ask me where to invest in Philadelphia real estate. (Sometimes they ask me where to invest in Brooklyn, and I say: “Philadelphia!”) But within Philly, I say Kensington, particularly the southern section sometimes known as … Continue reading

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Fishtown Jumping

Photo: Alexis Olsen THERE’S NO SHORTAGE OF CORNER BARS in Fishtown, a historically working-class Philadelphia neighborhood that has been steadily mutating, these past few years, into a more upscale one (so what else is new?) Some of those drinking establishments … Continue reading

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Max and Lexy’s Kitchen

MAJOR ACCOMPLISHMENT to report down in Philadelphia: my son Max and his girlfriend Alexis, who bought an 1870s house in Fishtown in June of last year, now have a beautiful, functioning kitchen. They’ve been working on it all spring and … Continue reading

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Diary of a Suddenly Busy Lady

LATELY, I’VE BEEN RUNNING hither and yon and back again. In the five days since my last post, I put 450 miles on my car — from East Hampton, L.I., to Brooklyn (108 miles), down to Philly and back (150 … Continue reading

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Renovation Progress in Philly

Five weeks ago AS I WATCH MY SON Max and his girlfriend Alexis renovate the 1872 house they bought last June, I’m reminded of a few eternal truths about renovation: It always takes longer than you expect It always costs … Continue reading

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High-End Philly Salvage

I WAS DOWN IN PHILADELPHIA Sunday, helping my son and his girlfriend tear up floorboards at the 1870s Fishtown row house they bought last June. But first, by way of procrastination, we had to have breakfast and check out the … Continue reading

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Chip Off the Old Block

WELL, I HOPE I’M SLIGHTLY MORE DELICATE THAN THE PHRASE ‘old block’ implies. But I use the expression because my 25-year-old son and his girlfriend just closed on an old house in Philadelphia, following my lead in acquiring vintage real … Continue reading

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