Outdoors in Philly for the holidays, our current listings, and Philly happenings. What family activities have you been up to this season? I’d love to discuss. Please send me an email: [email protected]. This edition of Around the Block was originally published on Friday, 12/10/21.
Relevant Commentary, all information Philly (real estate and otherwise), Open Houses, Listings, Happenings, and More — by Jeff “City” Block
Outdoors in Philly for the Holidays
Wow, this is a busy time of year. Work is always busy, of course, but lately, I have been spending some amazing quality time with my family. Especially outdoors. Typically, we are indoors a lot more this time of year, but with the warmer weather and some indoor restrictions, we took it outside.
Over Thanksgiving weekend, Kristen and I (and the kids partially) hiked about 20 miles through the Wissahickon as Kristen finished up her 50 miles All Trails Challenge, which benefits the Friends of the Wissahickon. The family also participated in the Turkey Trot Fun Walk on Forbidden Drive, which benefits Face to Face and its mission of providing social services, meals, legal assistance, and health centers throughout the Germantown neighborhood.
By the way, our 14.5-year-old mini-labradoodle Gordon did the whole 20 miles with us. He was the only one in the family with more pep in his step after the walks.
Here are some photos I took while walking through the gorgeous Wissahickon.
Then I took the kids to Morris Arboretum for one of the Holiday Garden Railway Nights. We love the Morris Arboretum day or night, any time of the year.
Ok, then this past weekend the kids got their second vaccine jabs, and we laid low. But the plan is to get back out this weekend! Philly has so many awesome outdoor opportunities, even during December. Some in nature, some festivals and events, and some shopping. There is cool stuff listed below, and we had some stuff listed last week, and of course, next week as well.
I hope everyone is doing well, stays safe, and enjoys the weekend!
249 S 45th Street
5 BD | 2.5 BA | 3,348 SF | Lovely Front Porch | Large Rear Yard | $595,000
A significant home in the Penn Alexander Catchment. Very large, nice character, and one of the largest rear yards in University City. The serene rear yard is 100′ with additional green space beyond it. The entire lot is 196′, and includes an established front garden as well, leading up to the lovely front porch. The rear yard also has a deck and established garden (and cherry and peach trees).
On a great block, this home has the bones to be a premier Spruce Hill residence. When creating your home, here is what you will have to work with — 10′ ceilings on the 1st floor and 9’+ on the 2nd and 3rd. Original pine floors through some of the home. Exposed brick. Leaded glass, original character and a lot of cute and quirky details you would expect to find in West Philadelphia. 5 large light filled bedrooms plus a family room. 2.5 baths. Great windows and light throughout.
The kitchen (overlooking the deck and huge yard) is big and bright with lots of windows and offers a superb palette for the renovation. The dining area offers a gas fireplace that provides a warm glow to the exposed brick as well as really comfortable heat.
The 2nd floor has 2 bedrooms, a full bath, and a grand family room overlooking the rear yard.
The 3rd floor has a large, bright front bedroom, perhaps to be combined with the adjacent bedroom to create an awesome main bedroom suite. Big rear bedroom overlooking the rear yard. Skylight. Excellent closet and storage space throughout.
Big, dry basement.
This is an amazing home on a great block in the Penn Alexander Catchment. Within blocks of Clark Park and its phenomenal Farmers Market, Local 44, Bottle Shop, Green Line, ReAnimator Coffee and Knockbox Cafe, TacoTacoMexican (formerly Honest Tom’s), Tampopo, Pop Shop, Renata’s, Clarkville, Baltimore Avenue Restaurant Row, CVS, movie theater, and much more. Two blocks to the Penn Alexander School. Walk to HUP, Penn, CHOP, Penn Vet, Drexel, University of the Sciences, Presby, Science Center. 11 minutes to Center City by car and plenty of convenient SEPTA options. With a 95 WalkScore and 97 BikeScore.
Head to Philadelphia Brewing Company’s (PBC) beer garden for an outdoor art market hosted by PBC and gift shop Old Kensington Boutique. The market features 25 local artists, craft beer, food, a gift-wrapping station, and live music.
Over the course of five weekends from late November to late December Mount Airy Art Garage hosts its annual Holiday Art Market. Over the years artists have sold paintings, photography, sculptures, and much more. Only one weekend left! (December 18 – 19)
Northern Liberties’ Italian restaurant Figo has brought back igloos for patrons to dine and get cozy in while eating over a table-top fire pit.
Jeni’s Ice Creams is now open in Fishtown and is serving up scoops of Brambleberry Crisp, Gooey Butter Cake, and other seasonal treats.
Visit Philly’s pop-up holiday bar Tinsel where you can find extravagant decorations and festive cocktails.
Uptown Beer Garden has transformed into a Dr. Suess-inspired Christmas wonderland with indoor/outdoor food & drink, fire pits, and a cozy heated tent.
Craftsman Row Saloon has undergone its seasonal transformation to become “Philadelphia’s most festive Christmas restaurant.” On the menu will be holiday milkshakes and cocktails served inside of ornaments. And don’t miss the 5,000 feet of garland wrapped around the restaurant.
The Assembly Rooftop Lounge at the Logan Hotel now features a ski-lodge-inspired pop-up called Alpine Heights which features fire pits, cozy blankets, cheese or chocolate fondue, and warm cocktails (through February 26, 2022).
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