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Susan Epstein, Home Buyer in Yonkers, NY

opinions please: N.16th St

Asked by Susan Epstein, Yonkers, NY Tue Jun 24, 2008

I am moving from NYC to Philly and looked at a place on N.16th between Wallace & North Streets. Some surrounding blocks looked fairly down-and-out but there seems to be a lot of building/rehabbing activity going on. I am a city dweller and familiar with urban life, but would like opinions on where that block & surrounding area stand now and where they seem to be going.

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16th Street between Wallace & North Streets is definitely up and coming. It would be a great opportunity to purchase in that area, specifically that block. If you are willing to hold on to the property for several years it would certainly be a great investment. If you ever get the chance take a walk or drive to the west between Wallace & North Streets toward 20th street. I would expect 16th St to look very similar within the next 5 years. If you have any questions or concerns feel free to give me a call at 203-215-8400.
0 votes Thank Flag Link Mon Jun 17, 2013
Hi Susan,

I just helped my clients buy a condo at 16th St. and Poplar. I can tell you about the area. Feel free to give me a call on my cell: 215-990-0186.


Carl Kabat
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0 votes Thank Flag Link Sat Apr 18, 2009

16th Street is a great street. While you may be a little too north for some peoples' comfort, in my opinion the area is perfectly safe (of course exercising the due care that should always be exercised in a city or a gentrifying area). Are you buying or selling? If you are buying, I hope that you are in it for the long term. As the whole market is depressed right now, it will take the "up and coming" neighborhoods more time to recover than the tried and true areas.

All the best.
0 votes Thank Flag Link Fri Apr 17, 2009

Philly's billion dollar Convention Center is expanding just south along Broad Street. Temple University keeps expanding toward Center City. The nearby abandoned Divine Hotel is becoming Condos with new towers planned. Premier developer Bart Blatstein purchased the PA State office building nearby at Broad and Spring Garden. He already has approval to start Condos, stores and townhouses this fall.

The 16th Street corridor is a ground zero for urban development. Many investors are actually buying further north because they see the future path. I am soon listing several homes for rehab in the area; needs vary from just cosmetics to complete shells.

If you want a heads up, contact me at I'm also doing a nearby Open House at 858 N. 20th on Sunday 11:30 til 1pm if you are in the area.

0 votes Thank Flag Link Fri Apr 17, 2009
The Spring Garden area that you are looking for is very up and coming. Retail and housing development is continuing to happen in the area. 1500 Spring Garden is continuing to attract businesses from other areas. The community college is also expanding
0 votes Thank Flag Link Sat Apr 11, 2009
There already has been tremendous growth in that area and there will certainly be more. Is a great up-and-coming area just a little bit east of the heart of the art museum area. Real estate that is very close to center city (which that certainly is) is great for marketability and resale.

Good luck with your quest and your goals.

For more helpful hints, visit our website at: and feel free to go to the Art Museum page
0 votes Thank Flag Link Tue Jun 24, 2008
Hey Susan,
i'm a urban dweller also and have lived in center city for a good number of years. i work in lending for a local bank and would be happy to advise you on real estate in center city philadelphia. It all depends on what your overal goal for the property in the next 5 to 10 years will be. you can reach me by email at or on my cell at 267-474-8050.
thank you,
Alina Kanevsky
0 votes Thank Flag Link Tue Jun 24, 2008
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