Fall, our current listings, and Philly happenings. If you’d like to discuss real estate or anything in this newsletter please send me an email: [email protected]. This edition of Around the Block was originally published on Friday, 9/24/21.
Relevant Commentary, all information Philly (real estate and otherwise), Open Houses, Listings, Happenings, and More — by Jeff “City” Block
Wednesday was the first day of fall, and I loved this Inquirer article about the autumnal equinox. The most interesting piece I read this week for sure. Three facts I learned from the article (with some further research on timeanddate.com):
Each day as we approach the autumnal equinox from the summer solstice, the minutes of light we lose (compared to the previous day) increases until we hit the equinox, and then it slows as we approach the winter solstice. The difference is not really noticeable day-by-day but is very noticeable during the seasons as a whole. For example, between the summer solstice on June 21st and the following day, the amount of daylight differential is 3 seconds. Between the autumnal equinox and September 23rd, it is 2 minutes and 36 seconds. Then by the time we get to winter, the difference between the amount of light on Dec. 20th vs the 21st is 1 second. I find this fascinating. (If everyone else already knew this then my bad).
At the moment of the equinox, which was Wednesday 9/22 at 3:20 pm (EDT), the sun is exactly over the equator for an instant. At the summer solstice, the sun is directly above the Tropic of Cancer and at the winter solstice directly above the Tropic of Capricorn. Again, as I write this, I feel everyone else may already know this, and if so, please don’t blame my grade school (St Peters) and high school (Friends Select). This is all on me. I was not paying attention.
Based on our latitude, Philly never has a day when we have exactly equal day and night. But we get close. And it is coming up this weekend! On Sunday (9/26), daytime will be 1 minute and 26 seconds longer than night. Enjoy those 86 extra seconds of light because you will be saying “Erin Go Bragh” before our next day with more light than dark. Yes, it will be March 17th before that happens again (this last tidbit was not in the article, but also from timeanddate.com).
Thank you to Anthony R Wood for this most informative and enjoyable article.
Now a few more personal thoughts on fall.
The fall real estate market is generally short and may not start when people think. One thing I can tell you for sure is it does not start after Labor Day. In fact, the last week of August through the last week of September and maybe even into early October is typically a slower time for residential sales. The fall market generally picks up between 10/1 and 10/31 depending on the year. Mid-October through early December is typically the strongest fall market. I am absolutely not saying you should not list or buy a home in September. As always, I would typically recommend listing when you are ready to list and buying when you find the right home. Just that statistically, this is when the fall market typically falls (pun absolutely not intended).
I love fall. Certainly not a unique position. Just saying that I love it. Once the leaves begin to turn, I get so much joy every day when I drive to and from work along Lincoln Drive. I actually find this drive beautiful every day of the year, but in the fall, it is truly breathtaking. The drive to work is not mundane. It is incredible.
The start of the Eagles season. The Sixers and Flyers beginning to ramp up. And the end of the Phils season, whether because of an exciting playoff race, or a merciful ending to a dreadful 162 games. Or in the case of this season, a little bit of both. I love it all.
Some of our City’s best weather!
Enjoy the season. Have a great weekend. Beat Dallas.
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7111 is comprised of very spacious 1, 2, and 3-bedroom residences, each of which has different layouts and features, including high ceilings, original hardwood floors, and exposed stone and beams. All residences have big windows, open floor plans, excellent space and light, spectacular finishes, ample closets and storage, and hardwood floors throughout. 7111 Germantown Avenue is an adaptive reuse of a historic church annex with all new systems and a newly added, beautifully designed 4th floor. Residences start at $395,000, and there are different price, size, layout, and outdoor options all the way up to magnificent #404 at $1,095,000.
7111 Germantown Avenue is a premier, highly sustainable condominium address in the northwest section of Philadelphia, developed by an award-winning development team. With visually compelling original character and space, along with stunning modern finishes, 7111 Germantown Avenue is easily accessible to so many restaurants, cafes, retail, parks, shopping, library, and more. 5-minute drive to the Wissahickon Valley and miles of wooded trails. 5-minute walk to two SEPTA regional rail lines. And, of course, a quick ride to Chestnut Hill, Center City, Manayunk, and the Main Line. Floorplans available for all units.
Last Friday, the iconic Eastern State Penitentiary introduced a new version of its Halloween celebration called Halloween Nights.
Halloween Nights features 15 attractions, including two haunted houses. Also offered is four immersive walkthrough experiences, four themed bars and lounges, two live performances, and special effects.
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