Where to Beat the Heat in Roxborough & Manayunk

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It’s so hot that the only thing we can talk about is how hot it is! Luckily, Roxborough and Manayunk are home to not only two public (and free!) swimming pools, we also have two great splash pads in the neighborhood. According to the City of Philadelphia, the official open times of the parks are Monday through Friday from 11am to 7pm & Saturday and Sunday from 12p-5p, (although we have found that these times tend to vary by location).
 

Wissahickon Neighbors Park Spray GroundSpraygrounds in Roxborough & Manayunk

Wissahickon Neighbors Park – Located at the corner of Hermit and Terrace, this is the smaller of the two spraygrounds, but still just as refreshing and fun as Houston. In addition to the splash pad, Neighbors’ also has a full playground, basketball court, and several checkers/chess tables.
 
Houston Playground – Houston Playground splash pad is located at 900 Grakyn Lane in the Andorra area of the neighborhood. The water feature is especially fun as it is shaped like Nessie, the Loch Ness Monster. There are plenty of benches for caregivers to take a break in the shade and there is also a an adjacent playground, plus basketball courts, a ball field and rec center.
 

Pools in Roxborough & Manayunk

The neighborhood pools are located at Kendrick Rec Center at 5822 Ridge Ave and Hillside Rec Center at 201 Fountain Street. Both pools are open 7 days a week from 12:00 pm to 5:00 pm. Free swim lessons are available at both pools, as well. 
 
If you want to venture outside of our neighborhood, Maureen Rayburn recently posted this article on her blog with information about other water parks in the city and suburbs. It does give a mention to Houston Playground as well as some other fun places to check out. One of our favorites on the list is Sister Cities Park, with the little stream and wading “pond”. 

Free Water Fun: Splash Pads and Sprinklers at Philly Area Parks

Worth the trip: If you have children on the younger side and are up for a drive, you can’t beat Duke’s Lagoon at Dutch Wonderland in Lancaster. The ultimate in splash pads, Duke’s features a pirate ship, spray nozzles, a giant tipping bucket, water table, multiple slides and a ton of fun to be had.
 
 
 

Behind the Scenes: Photo Shoot

By Jon Miller, Realtor®

Photo shoots for new listings are one of the things about my work that I love. There’s a lot of work that goes into getting a home ready to list and the photo shoot is one of the last things to do before a home goes on the market. It’s a pretty exciting point in the process, it’s kind of like when the curtain is about to go up and the show’s about to start. 

This morning I got to the house early, before my photographer, Rachael Balascak, arrived. I always do this because there’s always some last minute items to take care of. In an occupied home that often means moving trash cans from view, getting things off of kitchen counters, straightening blinds, and putting toilet seats down. In this case, the house is vacant but there was still work to be done like moving the handyman’s tools and paint out of the way, moving an exterior hose out of view of the shots, and taking down some curtains that were blocking some natural light from coming through. These are seemingly small things but I don’t want anything in the picture to be distracting.

The photos will be the first impression for just about everyone so they have to be perfect. That means working with a professional photographer, too. My photographer does amazing work, far better than I could ever do with my smartphone. Even if I had the equipment I still couldn’t take great photos. On our typical photo shoot we’ll start with a walk through the house and we’ll talk about any specific shots that we may have in mind. Usually that means a potentially interesting angle or some features of the house that I want to be sure are highlighted. Once she starts taking shots I’ll go along with her and make sure that everything in the shot looks good (ie, cables are hidden, blinds are straight, bedding is flat).

It’s a bit time consuming to hire a photographer and be there during a shoot, but the results are well worth the effort and it’s definitely a fun part of my work.

 

For Rent in Wissahickon!

5465 Quentin Street, Philadelphia, PA 19128

 

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The Home

5465 Quentin Street is a 3 bedroom home with central air, an updated kitchen, updated bathroom, and garage parking. The home features a rear deck accessible through sliding glass doors, an open kitchen with a breakfast bar, wood flooring on the main level. The finished basement offers additional space, access to the rear parking, and an in-home washer/dryer.

The Neighborhood

The home is located in the Wissahickon enclave of Roxborough, Philadelphia. Within just a few steps of the back door you’ll find a playground, ball field, and trail heads leading into the 1800-acre Wissahickon Valley Park with miles of trails for hiking and biking. The Wissahickon Train Station is .6 miles away, just about a 10-15 minute walk, on Ridge Avenue. Getting to Center City by train is just a 20 minute ride. 

Getting to shops and restaurants will also be easy. Within just a few blocks you’ll find some of the city’s best ice cream at C&C Creamery and amazing pizza and fresh pasta at A Tutti on Ridge Avenue. The Acme grocery store is a short trip up Ridge Avenue and a there’s a nearby Target on City Avenue. 

First Showings

Sign up to see this home on Saturday, June 8th 2019 from 9:00 am to 11:00 am.

Details

Available: Immediately

Rent: $1700/month

Term: Negotiable (12 month minimum)

Pets: Negotiable, additional rent of $50 per pet

Application Fee: $29.95 (non-refundable)

Application Deposit: $250 (refundable)

Move-in: Security Deposit, First Month’s Rent, Last Month’s Rent (plus Pet Deposit, if applicable) due via certified funds within 3 days of approved application.

MLS#  PAPH803768

 

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