Family-Friendly Activities Near Philadelphia Properties

All the rave about Philly city living seems to always be about the nightlife and the good food, but, as a former preschool teacher who is looking to establish a life in Philadelphia, I wanted to find out about the family-friendly, children accessible attractions that this wonderful city has to offer.







  • Whether you’re revisiting these sites or taking the kids along for the first time, Independence National Historical Park is home to Independence Hall, the Liberty Bell, and the First Bank of the United States. You can read up on your history while your kids can collect stamps at various park sites and become an official Junior Ranger. On the border of Old City and Washington Square, check out the gorgeous real estate prospects and commercial real estate sites around the area.








So, it turns out this city isn’t just for adults, and that there are many things you can do with your little ones by your side. Makes for a good reason to make Philadelphia property investment and stay for awhile! Contact us if you’d like to speak about buying a home in Philadelphia near any one of these family-friendly attractions!

When is it the right time to move out and on?

The Move Home After College

According to TimeNewsFeed, 85% of college grads are moving home with mom and dad post-graduation. With high unemployment rates, recent graduates are trying the higher education route or attempting to save money by staying under their parents roofs. Higher undergraduate school loan costs, the unpredictable job market, and the high-cost of living are all good reasons to take a few years and prepare yourself financially for the responsibility that getting your own place requires.

I am a huge proponent of moving home right after college, if the option is available to you. No one could prepare me for what came next, no matter how many times they tried to warn me. Bills came like clockwork and the college years were the last years before I became a 9 to 5er. But, I eventually found myself being stifled by living at home, and I know a lot of others end up with similar sentiments. It’s important for you to recognize when you’re using your parent’s house as a crutch, and when it is time to move on.


Where to search for your new home


Ways to be Flexible and Within Budget

These are some ways that will allow for you to land in a place that fits most of your needs.


Have More Questions? Need More Answers?

Contact JG Real Estate today. Use the Live Chat option and we will do our best to help you find the place that you’ve been searching for. Or, feel free to give us a call at 215-467-4100 to speak directly. If you need help, the best way to get it is to ask!


From Frankford Avenue Drawing More Than A Dozen New Projects

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Frankford Avenue Drawing More Than A Dozen New Projects

Northern Liberties-based Domani Developers, about to break ground on Stable Flats at George and American Streets, has nearly a dozen projects completed, in progress, or proposed around the intersection of Frankford and Girard in Fishtown. Further up Frankford Avenue, Little Baby’s Ice Cream and the pizza shop Pizza Brain will be opening next spring. Filling in the middle of Frankford Avenue, the Pickled Heron, a BYO serving French fare, opened at the beginning of this year, and several other properties nearby have recently been purchased for commercial use.


Fifteen years ago, this corridor had essentially been abandoned. The commercial vacancy was “ridiculously high,” recounts Henry Pyatt, commercial corridor manager at New Kensington Community Development Corporation (full disclosure: I am an Americorps VISTA at NKCDC serving as Sustainable 19125  Project Coordinator).

Bike Stable, 1420 Frankford Ave. | Photo: Peter Woodall

Bike Stable, 1420 Frankford Ave. | Photo: Peter Woodall


“People drove really fast in order to get through here,” said Pyatt. Now recent Domani projects along Frankford near Girard–Stephen Starr’s Frankford Hall, Lola Bean Café, Amarita Yoga, Art Machine tattoo parlor–as well as Bike Stable and the long-established Johnny Brenda’s, have begun drawing foot and bike traffic up the corridor. Pyatt compares the effects of these businesses to that of a straw, sucking business up from Girard and onto Frankford Avenue.


What’s in that straw, sliding up from Girard to Master Street? Here’s a review:


Domani Developers has proposed a hotel at the currently vacant five-story building, which was originally constructed as a brewery at the turn of the 20thcentury. After a brief stint as a pickle factory, the building served as a frozen storage facility operated by Arctic Cold Storage Co. beginning in 1925. Developer Roland Kassis, of Domani, envisions that the hotel will be like The Jane hotel in New York, with rates starting at $80 and running up to a couple hundred dollars per night.

Former Arctic Cold Storage, possible boutique hotel, 1224 Frankford Ave. | Photo: Peter Woodall

Former Arctic Cold Storage, possible boutique hotel, 1224 Frankford Ave. | Photo: Peter Woodall


Near Frankford and Mercer, Domani plans to create a 300-seat theater for plays, live music, comedy shows, and dinner, and an indoor, year-round farmer’s market—think mini-Reading Terminal. Prospective market vendors includeBaker’s Street Bread, a flower vendor, and of course, local farmers. There are plans for a restaurant and bar to be located inside the market, and Kassis also says that the Liquor Control Board was amenable to opening a retail outlet. Next door, construction will start soon on a salon, dubbed “The Parlor.” The farmer’s market and salon will both occupy parts of the old B & B Dyers complex, which was erected in several phases between 1865 and 1890 as an alcohol and cologne rectifying facility. From the 1920s onward the buildings served as a textile dying and finishing plant, which shut down in 1989.


Domani has also proposed opening a shop for the boutique motorcycle manufacturer Hammarhead, which builds custom-made hogs that run $40,000 a head. The company’s founder and CEO, James Loughead, Ph.D., is an Assistant Professor of neuropsychology at the University of Pennsylvania.


And there is more to come. Domani owns several more potential commercial spaces along Frankford Avenue. According to Kassis, Domani will often sit on a property for a year or more until they find a tenant they believe fits in with their vision for the neighborhood.

Former B&B Dyers, possible farmer’s market & salon, 1337 Frankford Ave. | Photo: Peter Woodall

Former B&B Dyers, possible farmer’s market & salon, 1337 Frankford Ave. | Photo: Peter Woodall


A few blocks beyond the Domani properties, near Dauphin, Brian Dwyer and Joe Hunter will open Pizza Brain in a former flower shop, in conjuction with the opening of Little Baby’s Ice Creamnext door. Both will offer somewhat eccentric yet affordable fare.


Other indicators of future development include the recent sale of an old car wash at Norris, and Philadelphia Brewing Company’s purchase of the lot at Hagert located in front of their Brewery.

Frankford Hall, 1210 Frankford Avenue | Photo: Dan Cox

Frankford Hall, 1210 Frankford Avenue | Photo: Dan Cox


Lest it seems that the all this development is indistinguishable, I hasten to point out that the design, scale, and price points of proposed projects vary. The Domani projects near Girard will continue in the vein of the developers’ past projects on the Avenue, such as Frankford Hall, Amarita Yoga, and the Lola Bean. This means clear-coated brick, rough lumber, and other accents showing bones of old buildings, combined with more modern touches. It also means we can expect, at least to some degree, slightly higher price points. Further up the avenue, in a section of the neighborhood that still has a considerable number of vacant properties, a less flashy aesthetic has been maintained (even in the scattered residential development), with most businesses opening up in buildings in situ while offering products priced consistently with those of older neighborhood establishments.

1306 Frankford Ave. | Photo: Peter Woodall

1306 Frankford Ave. | Photo: Peter Woodall


Do these developments serve as a microcosm of larger demographic trends in Fishtown? Depends who you talk to. While Kassis says that his projects are both citywide destinations and neighborhood places, Pyatt confirms that there certainly has been an increase in real estate values in the area around Frankford and Girard, an upward trend that dates back to the opening of Johnny Brenda’s in the early 2000s. There’s no denying that the neighborhood is experiencing “growing pains,” but, he adds, “this is a market economy, not a controlled economy.”


Johnny Brenda’s co-owner Paul Kimport points out that the monolithic label of “gentrification” does not accurately describe recent changes in Fishtown: the housing stock and open space available for development are limited, he observes. These conditions foster a more restrained level of development, preventing the neighborhood from being dominated by new construction projects, as has been the case in nearby Northern Liberties.

Frankford Ave. & E. Palmer St. | Photo: Peter Woodall

Frankford Ave. & E. Palmer St. | Photo: Peter Woodall


As for predictions looking forward, Kassis believes that in three years Frankford Avenue–1990s progenitor of the strategy of using grass, trees, and wooden fences to manage proliferating vacant land–will be unrecognizable. Drag racing and short dumping of trash will be only a distant memory. Pyatt shares a similar vision, but does not believe that the flashier architectural characteristics of Domani’s projects near Girard, with their higher cost per square foot, will necessarily extend all the way up the corridor. Supporting this speculation, Pizza Brain, Little Baby’s Ice Cream, and the Pickled Heron have stationed themselves in existing buildings without extensive exterior renovations, allowing them to blend comfortably with the surrounding fabric of the neighborhood.


According to Pyatt, the next step in solidifying Frankford Avenue as a retail district is to string together the two main nodes of commerce on the avenue. He is encouraging this process along with the rest of the economic development Department at NKCDC by marketing available properties and entreating Frankford Avenue property owners to consider renovations amenable to commercial use during the zoning process.

Frankford Ave. & E Jefferson St. | Photo: Peter Woodall

Frankford Ave. & E Jefferson St. | Photo: Peter Woodall


Kimport adds that in order to maintain the neighborhood’s sense of place and avoid displacement in the long run, policy change is necessary to prevent the real estate market from inflating prices. “There needs to be land value-based taxation for Philly,” he says, “or speculators will keep it from being what it could best be.”


Beyond participation in the community planning process, in this neighborhood community zoning meetings serve as the last venue for input from residents hoping to influence local development proposals. Last week, the Fishtown Neighbors Association (FNA) community zoning meeting unanimously approved the two variances will allow Little Baby’s Ice Cream to open their scoop shop and ice cream manufacturing location on Frankford Avenue. After Little Baby’s scooped up their community approval, a proposed two-family dwelling on a single-family lot received an overwhelming vote of opposition on the grounds that it “didn’t fit with the neighborhood” and would increase density to the inconvenience of neighbors. If this meeting was any indication, the community is both embracing (at least some) new commercial development while attempting to maintain the qualities of the neighborhood that predated the commercial revival on Frankford Avenue.


The community zoning meeting for the proposed theater, motorcycle manufacturer, hotel, and farmer’s market have yet to occur. If you live within the Fishtown Neighbors Association boundaries and would like to hear more details about the projects and weigh in, keep an eye on for the announcement of the community meeting date and time.

Fishtown’s Finest

Fishtown’s Finest Finds

Fishtown, a Philadelphia neighborhood running directly alongside the Delaware river, has shown recent signs of gentrification including real estate values skyrocketing and parking becoming more and more elusive. Just north of Northern Liberties and Old City, there are tons of attractive aspects to owning Fishtown real estate. Being an up and coming area of the city, considered by the NYTimes as a “Rebirth Along the River”, many Fishtown businesses attract potential buyers and entice the residents to stay here for generations.












These are just some of the Fishtown attractions. It seems every month there is something else brand new popping up in the neighborhood. It’s no wonder that property values are soaring and that more and more individuals are looking for a piece of Fishtown real estate. For  listings in the Fishtown area and all over the Philadelphia region, please visit

Philadelphia Property Management Software

Philadelphia Property Management Software: How Appfolio Works

JG Real Estate uses Appfolio for our property management software. It is a web-based property management service that benefits both our agency and, more importantly, our clients.


What Works For Us:


But what sets Appfolio apart from the rest, at least for us, are the benefits that it offers to our clients.


What Works For You:


Our Favorite Aspects:


Appfolio is not the only site that provides the details listed above but it is the best in our opinion. It works for you and it works for us and it does so efficiently. Now that you know that we work with, feel free to read more about our Philadelphia property management services. Give us a call to discuss your individual rental property and the various options that we can offer you.

Philadelphia renters guide to garbage & recycling

Attention Philadelphia Renters




As a renter, it is difficult to keep track of when to put out the trash, especially if
you’re one to move around a lot. Be sure to ask the landlord or Philadelphia property manager what the day is for trash pickup and recycling. If you forget to do this, there is a very easy way to figure it out.





Trash must be placed in personal trashcans or plastic bags. These may only bePhiladelphia has specific rules on the right containers to dispose trash in and limits to
the amount of trash disposed.



If it’s time to get rid of the old television, or you need to dispose of a flat tire, make sure you follow the city’s guidelines.



Everything above is the same if you’re a business with private trash collection. However, you do need to know one following item.

Here’s to hoping for a clean and green world!