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How's Pennsport, PA? Is this a good neighborhood to purchase?

Asked by Amanda, NY, Mon Feb 1, 2010

How's Pennsport, PA? Is this a good neighborhood for a family? I'm interested in purchasing a home on S 2nd St. Ideally, I'm looking for a safe and"up in coming" neighborhood that's affordable and convenient.

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Hi Amanda,

I agree with alot of what each answer provided. I would suggest taking the Somers up on their kind offer to speak with you about their experience living in Pennsport. Also, take a few trips down and get to know the area if you don't alreeady, speak with some locals, and see whats around. If you would like, i can set up an appt to go over the home buying process and to see whats available in the neighborhood.

Good luck!

Lorri Paster
Weichert Realtors
1 vote Thank Flag Link Mon Feb 1, 2010

I assume that you are referring to the Pennsport section of Philadelphia. I just put my buyers into a property in that neighborhood and they love it. It is definitely an upcoming neighborhood.

If you would like some more information, please feel free to call or email me. I am here to help.

Good Luck.


Timothy A. Bathurst
Keller Williams Real Estate
0 votes Thank Flag Link Wed Feb 10, 2010
I am a Realtor and investor buying distressed properties in South Philly in general and Pennsport in particular. I've completed over 200 renovation projects since 2003. I like it's proximity to downtown hot spots, it's character, potential and relative affordability. I've met several young professionals who are buying "semi-shells" and rebuilding them according to their taste and budget with general savings of over 25-30% ($50000-60000 in savings on a typical 3 bedroom townhome) as opposed to buying a "finished product"
On the downside- it takes a lot more time (about 1 year A to Z), planning and effort (especially if you are working full time or out of town). Overall, I think the financial benefits and fun of buying and rehabbing yourself far outweigh the downside.
So, look at some fix-er-uppers and talk to contractors. And, please, look at other great neigborhoods- Art Museum, Bella Vista, Fishtown, South Street, University City, etc..

Good Luck!!

Vic Trub,
Cloud9 Properties Ltd
0 votes Thank Flag Link Tue Feb 9, 2010
As you are relocating to the area from New York you may not know the conveniences that different neighborhoods offer. You can look up listings in your price range on the internet or an agent can email them to you but agents only market the home not the neighborhood.
The Somers are experienced in selling homes in the area and they have written a good blog about moving to Philadelphia. Philly has a lot to offer just like New York but homes are less expensive than in New York.
We have good restaurants,museums,sports stadiums,public transportation and shopping.
Web Reference:
0 votes Thank Flag Link Mon Feb 8, 2010

Like I promised below. This blog is for you !

Just for fun : )

0 votes Thank Flag Link Tue Feb 2, 2010
Hey Amanda,

I always tell people who may be relocating, to do their homework by checking crime statistics online or take a visit to the area at a few different times and days and check out the scene yourself.

I grew up in the area and what I may think of the area, you may not. First of all, South Philly in itself, is an experience. The streets are small so people just park their cars wherever they want and sometimes that means right in the middle of a street or up on a sidewalk.. I never ever got used to that and still can't. I still have family who live there. I myself prefer big streets and homes with driveways and yards however, you may not need a driveway or a yard or a garage. We all have different needs and opinions.

I always have issues with Realtors who like to give an opinion about an area because it's just that, their opinion and it could be considered "steering" which Realtors are not allowed to do.

Find a buyer agent who can send you properties via email and then come for a visit and view the area yourself. You can always stop off at the police district for the area and find out about crime statistics.

Also, when you say affordable, what is your idea of affordability? Yours and mine can be two totally different ideas. I never want to spend your money. : )

There are so many areas for you to explore.

I'd love to talk to you further about your situation. Feel free to contact me at or call me direct at (215) 669-0589.

You can also take a look at my website. I think you will find all of my tools helpful. I have my blog and also my video blog. You can also register for free to view all properties in the areas you are interested in.

Renee Porsia
Associate Broker
(215) 669-0589 Direct
(215) 358-1100 Office ask for Renee
0 votes Thank Flag Link Mon Feb 1, 2010
Amanda from NY,

Lately I have been in Pennsport every week or so for one reason or another either to show properties or to visit a local spot. Your question is actually an inspiration to me in writing a blog about Pennsport. This neighborhood is fantastic and there is definitely not enough being said about it's fine points.

Below I will leave a link for you that will lead you to 2 blogs we wrote where we mention Pennsport but I promise within the next week I am going to have more to say about this section of South Philadelphia. It is unique, family friendly, property values are now leveling off, there are places within walking distance which offers people a "village" type of warmth, and it is convenient to plenty of shopping on Columbus Boulevard or Center City.

Here are the blog posts I mentioned:

... and check out for a blog we will be writing just for you about Pennsport !

0 votes Thank Flag Link Mon Feb 1, 2010
It's great Amanda! I live in Pennsport and can help you with all it has to offer. First off, you gotta get the lingo down. We Pennsport locals call it "2 street" :) .There are a lot of great homes currently available in the area. Just give me a call 215.334.1806. I'd be happy to help.
0 votes Thank Flag Link Mon Feb 1, 2010
"Beauty is in the eyes of the beholder....."

Another individual's opinion may not conform to your personal criteria. Our recommendation is to plan a brief weekend visit to draw your own conclusion.

Good luck
0 votes Thank Flag Link Mon Feb 1, 2010
Hello Amanda,

What price range are you interested in?
This will help you http://www, .

This will help streamline your search criteria for your specific need.

Peter Lavelle
Citizens Premier Real Estate

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0 votes Thank Flag Link Mon Feb 1, 2010
It is one of the nicest neighborhoods in S Phila. My office is located in the area. Feel free to contact me anytime with any questions or to view some properties.
0 votes Thank Flag Link Mon Feb 1, 2010
Pennsport is a great neighborhood in South Philly that could definitely be called 'up-and-coming.' It has experienced a number of new restaurant openings it the past few years (The Witch, Ugly American, and Caffe Valentino to name a few). Home prices have also been steady in the Pennsport area, even over the past few years, and there isn't an oversupply of inventory, indicating that it's a neighborhood in high demand. I've even seen competing offers on a few properties in that area, a sure sign of a 'hot' area. Living on 2nd St., as you probably know, means living right in the heart of Pennsport so you'd have easy access to all that the area has to offer.

I'd be happy to talk with you more about Pennsport, homes for sale on 2nd St. and the Philadelphia home-buying process in general.

James Yoakum - Realtor
Brown McKinney Real Estate
1631 W. Cabot St., Ste. 100
Philadelphia, PA 19121
office: 215-825-2250 x.1002
cell: 267-496-7739
fax: 610-910-3046
0 votes Thank Flag Link Mon Feb 1, 2010

Pennsport/Queen Village is considered to be an up and coming neighborhood and there are some very nice homes in the neighborhood. You do want to make sure you have a buffer between you and South Street. I would need to know your price range and home criteria to get you a list of what is available. Any reason why you specifically want 2nd Street?

Dan Rich, CPA, ABR, CDPE
RE/MAX 440
0 votes Thank Flag Link Mon Feb 1, 2010
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