Tag Archives: PHILADELPHIA

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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BOOK REVIEW: Crash Boom! Rx for Real Estate Wealth

I’M NORMALLY EXTREMELY SUSPICIOUS of financial ‘gurus’ and of people who have their heads swayed by their often-dubious advice. But a new book by Greg Rand, a real estate entrepreneur who contributes to Fox News (maybe that’s why I hadn’t … Continue reading

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I Get Around

Fine row of 19th century storefronts, Northern Liberties, Philadelphia I’VE BEEN MOVING AROUND SO MUCH LATELY, my head is spinning. Hence the random assortment of images in this post. A few days after moving into my new apartment in Prospect … Continue reading

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Bright Top Floor 1BR in Prime Philly $975

UPDATE: This apartment has been rented. YOU WERE THINKING OF MOVING TO PHILADELPHIA, weren’t you? Or maybe you already live there and need new digs. The town is hot hot hot, so hot that the popular Brooklyn-based real estate blog, … Continue reading

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Stone Barns, 147 Acres near New Paltz $1.9M

HERE I THOUGHT I WAS HOT STUFF, owning a few ordinary properties. Then along comes an e-mail from Tyler Hays, who thinks in tens of thousands, hundreds of thousands, of square feet, and acreage in the hundreds as well. Tyler, … Continue reading

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Philadelphia Garden Clean-Up

YOU CAN TELL JUST BY LOOKING at this 20’x25′ backyard with its battered brick wall, which is attached to the rear unit of the double-trinity house I own in the Old Kensington section of Philadelphia, that the garden is a … Continue reading

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Sweet Shutters

East Hampton, N.Y. I LOVE SHUTTERS — louvered, paneled, pickets, cut-outs — though I’ve never really lived in a house that has them. My present cottage on Long Island is not gonna be the one. Shutters don’t make sense with … Continue reading

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