Tag Archives: Northern Liberties

Italianate Investment in NoLibs 619K

I THINK WE’D CALL THIS PAIR OF TOWNHOUSES ITALIANATE, or maybe Second Empire, with their mansard roof and curving window lintels. Whichever, they’re 1850s through 1880s, so pay no attention to the listing, which says 1930. The house for sale … Continue reading

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Rent This Quirky, Adorable Philadelphia Trinity House

IT WORKED BEFORE, SO I’M TRYING IT AGAIN. I rented my townhouse in Cobble Hill, Brooklyn, last month through this blog when six real estate brokers and Craigslist couldn’t do it. Now another of my rental properties is becoming available … Continue reading

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Philly’s Secret Gardens

This is adapted from my article in the April 2009 issue of Garden Design magazine. THE GREENING of Philadelphia goes back to 1683, when founder William Penn modeled its four park-like squares (still there!) on those of Europe’s “green countrie … Continue reading

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Philly’s Next Hot ‘Hood?

DID SOME SERIOUS HOUSE-HUNTING today in north Philadelphia with my son, Max, who is 23 and a woodworker. He was looking, I was advising, and I think we found something. The house is in Kensington, sometimes coyly called “Olde Kensington.” … Continue reading

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