If you're familiar with Philadelphia and its many neighborhoods, then you are definitely familiar with Graduate Hospital
; a tiny, well-defined neighborhood in South Philadelphia (or Southwest Center City, it just depends who you ask).G-Ho
, Grad Hosp
, and South-of-South
are all common names for this nabe, but the real success of Graduate Hospital was kickstarted by Naval Square
almost 10 years ago. Toll Brothers purchased this abandoned Naval Academy
which also happened to be the country's first, back in 1988 as a
portfolio project. But it wasn't until 2005 that the first new homes
were built and sold in this gated community.Fred Glick
and I created some
informative videos on Graduate not too long ago, so if you haven't seen
them before I've posted the links below for you:Graduate Hospital - Part 1Graduate Hospital - Part 2Graduate Hospital - Part 3
Although Naval Square ignited G-Ho's real estate success, it was the
efforts of individual investors/developers who really moved it forward.
Philadelphia's older neighborhoods consist of rowhomes, twin homes, and
the like. Which means there are many more homes/parcels on 1 city block
than on 1 suburban block. Which also means that you need a lot of
like-minded people on board if you want to turn things around. They
banded together, and now South-of-South is also known as one of
Philadelphia's top family-friendly neighborhoods.
What was once known as an undesirable place to live due to the threat of a new expressway cutting across its core, has since become one of the most popular neighborhoods in the city
is a great place to start if you are unfamiliar with G-Ho.