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Smell, Shop and Sip through these neighborhoods…

Passyunk Square, Queen Village and Bella Vista, respectively.

What used to be home to South Philadelphia Florists is now on the market. Including the 4 apartments in the same building. Located at 10th and Wharton, the asking price on this property is a pretty penny, coming in at close to $590K. All four apartments are included in the asking price but notes suggest that the floral shop could be sold separately. This location is a high foot traffic area as Pat and Geno’s are right down the block across from the active Capitolo Playground. So who wants to stop and smell the flowers?!

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Flowers on your mind?! Maybe you’d like to invest in a smaller space – formerly a flower shop and private residence. An ideal location right across from the singing fountain in East Passyunk, this listing iz zoned for commercial use  and could be used in a variety of ways (commercial on three floors, commercial on first and second with living quarters on the third floor, etc., etc…) Options are endless! This might be the best location in all of Passyunk Square! All it needs is your vision and some TLC. Please view more info on this listing or contact Larry Levin.

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If you’re a vintage and/or antique collector your weekend’s just got a little sweeter. Recently opened, Nostalgia is located at 704 s. 5th Street (5th and Bainbridge) and offers all ends of vintage memorabilia ranging from sunglasses to cameras. This boutique will also be showcasing local artists throughout the year along with many other in store events. Get your shop on before heading to the Good King Tavern for some drinks and french inspired eats.

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Located at 7th and Kater, Good King Tavern‘s recent opening has triggered some talk around the neighborhood. Offering some cuisine diversity, we feel this is a great addition to Bella Vista. So go ahead, take a Saturday to stroll and get your grub on while wearing your new vintage shades!

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Looking for Green Space in Philly? You may have to look up.

Rooftop gardens have been a hot commodity the last couple years. Especially in Philadelphia where land, green garden space and a backyard can be hard to come by. Looking back, the transformation of the rooftop at The Free Library of Philadelphia’s into a garden space seemed ahead of its time.


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Today, you will find more single family homes with green garden space on their roof, their deck, heck anywhere some sunlight may touch. Schools in the area have also started to adopt this trend as an educational and environmentally friendly way to teach young students the importance of green space in urban cities. South Philly High School (South Philadelphia) and Andrew Jackson Elementary (Passyunk Square) have jumped on the green train! While South Philly High has been fundraising, they have reached their first goal and continue to push for more feedback and funds. Looking out at a magnificent skyline view, just imagine the transformation this roof will take on.

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As for Andrew Jackson Elementary, they have already implemented their greenery and plan to celebrate their grand opening of their rooftop garden this Saturday (11/23) from 2-4pm. This rooftop launch will be an activity packed afternoon for the entire family. Offering some of Philly’s most renowned food truck vendors, games, crafts, live music, shopping and raffles. Join in with the Passyunk Square community and help support this beneficial project in helping Philly educate our communities on the importance of green living.

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Progress so far: These were posted not too long ago in preparation for this weekend. Keep the dirt coming!

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Passyunk Square is Booming!

Recently, the talk around town lies within Passyunk Square. New businesses, restaurants and events are popping up, enticing neighbors to come out and enjoy their community.

Coffee Dessert bar was pitched this week before the Passyunk Square Civic Association’s zoning committee. The idea to open a coffee shop and bakery at 12th and Ellsworth St. sure smells sweet! Serving Green Street Roaster’s coffee, this would most likely become a stop-and-go style cafe seating just over 10 people. 

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If you are searching for more of sit and eat style restaurant, than you may be pleased to welcome Porto to the neighborhood. At 11th and Wharton, this Portuguese influenced cuisine will offer breakfast, brunch and lunch. This space was completely renovated with state of the art appliances and vibrant decor. Be sure to stop in on Saturday and Sunday from 9-5 and don’t forget to BYOB! This is formerly the site of Carmen’s Country Kitchen and if you’ve been in the neighborhood long enough you what she put the “C” in. Let’s hope Porto can leave as lasting an impression on this space – BIG shoes to fill indeed!


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Ok, one more hot topic around the square and a celebratory one at that! Passyunk Square Civic Association is celebrating their 10th Anniversary. Their mission “neighbors helping neighbors” shines through as multiple improvements have been made for the community over the last decade. Implementing clean ups, community gardening, town watches, and school engagement, the PSCA surely has met their goal by enhancing the quality of life in Passyunk Square.

Join them Tuesday, December 3, 2013 from 7:00 PM to 9:00 PM at the Annunciation BVM Church Hall at South 10th Street, Philadelphia, PA 19147. Food and drinks will be provided while you network and hear remarks from active community members.

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Broad and Washington May See Some Changes.. We Hope!

Recently, a new proposal was heard for the huge vacant lot that sits at Broad and Washington, on the edge of Bella Vista and Passyunk Square. Remember the days of tents and Cirque du Soleil? Elisabeth Garson, a freelance creative director started with a big idea last year. A large scale, outdoor food and flea market with music and activities from March through September.

This proposed project “The Philadelphia Arts Market”, will host craft and flea market vendors, Philly’s favorite food trucks, a stage for local musicians, designated fitness areas and more. The mission is to create weekend ‘must-do’ activities for locals and visitors. Businesses can become engaged through sponsorships and funding while this attraction will be targeting families, young and old. This space is to be viewed as a weekend hot spot making use of this abandoned, eye sore lot.


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Two alternate sites were mentioned in case this proposal is denied; one at Columbus and Reed and the other at Columbus and Oregon. Broad and Washington seem much more centralized that we are excited to follow this proposal. We hope to see this space transform into a weekend landmark for these neighborhoods.  To view more information on Elisabeth and her proposal click here.

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New Philadelphia Price Changes – 12.15.12 (Bella Vista, Passyunk Square, Queen Village, Washington Square)

Here below are all new price changes updated to the MLS for the past seven days.

Zip codes focused on are 19106, 19107, 19147, and 19148.

(source: TREND MLS; Courtesy of Larry Levin)

If you have any questions or comments about the information listed below, please feel free to call Larry Levin at 267.808.6565.

Address Current Price Beds Baths Zip
Bella Vista
1340 E Passyunk Ave $239,900 3 1.1 19147
804 S 6th St D $219,000 2 1 19147
837 Kater St $322,800 2 1 19147
911 S Schell St $180,000 2 1 19147
1105 Kimball St $369,900 4 2 19147
Passyunk Square
1125 Pierce St $315,000 3 2.1 19148
613 Gerritt St $149,900 2 1 19147
731 Morris St $244,500 4 3 19148
934 Greenwich St $254,900 3 1.1 19147
525 Cross St $182,900 3 1 19147
623 Hoffman St $75,900 2 1 19148
Queen Village
120 Bainbridge St $870,000 3 2.1 19147
807 S 5th St $403,000 3 2 19147
822 S 3rd St $449,900 3 2 19147
921 S Fairhill St $247,500 4 1 19147
Society Hill
217 Spruce St $1,595,000 6 5 19106
Washington Square West
410 S 11th St $560,000 3 2.1 19147


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South Philadelphia Restaurants Reign Top 50

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Philadelphia Magazine just released their Top 50 Restaurants in the city. Some of the favorites, including the top spot, are found in South Philadelphia. The list has been known to create some controversy, purposely-favoring newer spots over the older and tried but true. Philadelphia Magazine Editor in Chief Tom McGrath admits that this may be true writing:

”I’ve occasionally heard criticism that our lists skew towards newer places, ignoring some great restaurants that have been around for years. I’ve never done the math but I suspect there is some truth in that – if only because part of what we give credit for is how current a restaurant is when it comes to food trends, and how it’s pushed Philadelphia’s food scene forward.”

With nine of the top ten restaurants being in Washington Square and South Philly, we can conclude that our zip codes are where the food scene in Philadelphia is flocking. When reading the addresses, the words South and Passyunk continue to pop up. Passyunk Avenue has become a true foodie’s destination, lined with superb gastronomical laboratories that continue to expand our culinary horizons.  Live Love Philly has listed Philadelphia Magazines Top Ten here with some shout outs to our other local favorites that made the list.

  1. Stateside – 1536 East Passyunk Avenue – 215.551.2500
  2. Marigold Kitchen
  3. Vedge – 1221 Locust Street – 215.320.7500
  4. The Farm and Fisherman – 267.987.1555
  5. Le Virtu – 1927 East Passyunk Avenue – 215.271.5626
  6. Sbraga – 440 South Broad Street – 215.735.1913
  7. Fond – 1537 South 11th Street – 215.551.5000
  8. Amis – 412 South 13th Street – 215.732.2647
  9. Vetri – 1312 Spruce Street – 215.732.3478
  10. Bibou – 1009 South 8th Street – 215.965.8290

16. Will – 1911 East Passyunk Avenue – 215.271. 7683

23. Tashan – 777 South Broad Street – 267.687.2170

28. Jamonera – 105 South 13th Street – 215.568.1027

46. Federal Donuts – 1219 South 2nd Street – 267.687.8258

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