Things To Do in Roxborough & Manayunk | January 20-26, 2020

The week kicks off with honoring a great American and wraps up with beer and chowder. It might be the best week ever!

Thursday, January 23rd

Jackson Howard Music at The Goat’s Beard

Enjoy some live music and good food with Jackson Howard at The Goat’s Beard, 7:00 pm

Quizzo Thursdays at Hilltown Tavern

You won’t want to miss this week’s quizzo with a Philly connection- Fresh Prince of Bel Air is the theme! Hilltown Tavern, 8:00 pm to 10:00 pm.

Friday, January 24th

Jump, Jive and Jam

Get your little musical ones rockin’ and a-rollin’ with Jump, Jive, and Jam at the Roxborough Branch of the Free Library, 10:30 am.

Saturday, January 25th

Campfire Cooking

Want to cook your lunch over a roaring campfire on a chilly winter day? You can bring your own food or choose from the menu, plus you will learn some new recipes to use on your next camping adventure. Wissahickon Environmental Center, 1:00 pm to 3:00 pm.

Drag Brunch at Sona Pub and Kitchen

Grab a mimosa, some grub, and enjoy the show! Sona Pub and Kitchen, doors open at 11:00 am and show starts at 12:00 pm.

Founders Philly Freeze-Out

Chowder, beer, ice sculptures, a winter market AND live music…don’t miss it! Main Street Manayunk, 11:00 am to 4:00 pm.
Hard to believe the first month of the year is almost over. Have an amazing week!

17 Fun Things to Do in Roxborough | Philadelphia, PA

The sign and plants at Gorgas Park in Roxborough

If you want to explore Roxborough and find some great things to do, check out my list of 17 fun things to do in Roxborough, Philadelphia. The neighborhood has a great variety of things to do including great restaurants, places to get out and enjoy the outdoors, and some unique attractions that are worth checking out. Have fun exploring the neighborhood and be sure to sign up to get the weekly list of the best things to do in Roxborough & Manayunk. 

  1. Take a Hike in the Wissahickon

    One of the great things about living in Roxborough is the easy access to the Wissahickon Valley Park from just about anywhere in the neighborhood. Be sure to visit the Thomas Mill Covered Bridge, the fingerspan bridge, Devil’s Pool, and Valley Green Inn while you’re there. 

  2. Take the Kids to the Playground

    There are plenty of neighborhood playgrounds in Roxborough so it’s easy to get the kids out to play. There are playgrounds at Montgomery Field, La Noce Park, Wissahickon Neighbors Park, Kendrick Rec Center, Hillside Rec Center, Gorgas Park, Kelly Park, and Houston Playground. You can find spraygrounds at Houston Playground and Wissahickon Neighbors Park. 

  3. Visit Leverington Cemetery

    Leverington Cemetery is located in Central Roxborough along Ridge Avenue. The cemetery is open to the public during daytime hours. As you walk through you’ll notice a lot of names of neighborhood streets in the area. The cemetery dates back to 1645. It was almost sold to developers soon after WWII. A local family purchased the property and still operates the cemetery today.

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Buying a Home in Roxborough | Philadelphia, PA

Photo of the Gorgas Park sign in Roxborough

Buying a Home in Roxborough

Roxborough is a neighborhood in Northwest Philadelphia that offers easy access to the Wissahickon Valley Park, plenty of smaller neighborhood parks, a growing number of diverse restaurants, a wide variety of homes at various price points, and unique areas to choose from. The neighborhood also offers easy access to both Center City Philadelphia and the suburbs. If you’re thinking about moving to Roxborough and want to explore the area, check out this home buyer’s guide to Roxborough PA for a list of things to do and places to visit as you make your decision about buying a home in Roxborough. 

Living in Roxborough

If you’re new to the area, or just not very familiar with Roxborough, you can start by getting to know the lay of the land. Roxborough is bordered on one side by Manayunk and The Wissahickon Valley Park on the other side. The neighborhood stretches for several miles between the lowest point in the Wissahickon Valley Park near Kelly Drive and Ridge Avenue and the Montgomery County line further up Ridge Avenue.

Neighborhoods in Roxborough include Wissahickon, Central Roxborough, Upper Roxborough, and Andorra. Many locals say that Wissahickon and Andorra are their own separate neighborhoods apart from Roxborough but they all share the same 19128 zip code so we’re lumping them together in this post. When buying a home in Roxborough it’s important to explore each of these areas to see which is the best fit for you.

Wissahickon Neighborhood

The Wissahickon Neigborhood is the southernmost area in Roxborough. The neighborhood is served the The Wissahickon Train Station and Cook-Wissahickon Elementary School. It’s a mostly residential area however, like much of Roxborough, you’ll find a number of local businesses within the neighborhood. When you’re here, be sure to check out A Tutti Pizza and Terrace Street Bakery. You’ll find shopping nearby at Acme and Target, both are just short drive of 5-10 minutes away. You’ll find parks and playgrounds at La Noce Park, Montgomery Field (formerly Daisy Field), and Wissahickon Neighbors Park where you’ll also find a sprayground for kids in the summer. Of course, you’ll also find easy access to the Wissahickon Valley Park where you can enter at the 100 Steps, the corner of Sumac Street and Vicaris Street, or through a number of other trailheads in and around Montgomery Field. 

You’ll find a variety of homes in the Wissahickon Neighborhood including a number of beautiful Victorian homes. Many of the homes were built in the late 1800’s but you’ll also find a number of Airlites built in the 1940’s and 1950’s and several new construction homes, as well. Homes on the west side of Ridge Avenue tend to be smaller and closer together, very similar to homes in Manayunk.

Central Roxborough

Central Roxborough is home to the main business district in the neighborhood and landmarks like Leverington Cemetery, The Roxborough Pocket Park, and Gorgas Park. There are a number of great places to eat in Central Roxborough including Lennie’s Hoagies, Nikki’s BBQ at Tavern on Ridge, Taylor’s Cafe, Bob’s Diner, and The White Yak Tibetan Restaurant. In 2020, a new brewery is scheduled to open here, as well. 

There’s a wide variety of styles of homes in Central Roxborough though the majority are rowhouses and Victorian Twins. There’s a growing number of new construction homes in the area, as well. You can find a number of Airlite style homes behind the Acme grocery and in the Wissahickon Hills neighborhood across Ridge Avenue from Gorgas Park. 

Upper Roxborough

Upper Roxborough has a more suburban feel than most of Central Roxborough. The business district in Upper Roxborough includes a ShopRite and a Target Express. There are also some great local businesses in Upper Roxborough like The Secret Garden and R&R Produce. W.B. Saul High School is located in Central Roxborough on Henry Avenue. It has to be one of the very few places in Philadelphia where you’ll find a cow pasture. The school runs a farm share program and also has a farm stand where you can buy local produce. When exploring Upper Roxborough be sure to visit the Upper Roxborough Reservoir Preserve.

The majority of the homes in Upper Roxborough are detached singles and twins. Cape Cod and Colonial Style homes are common in the area, especially between Henry Avenue and Ridge Avenue. 

Andorra

Andorra is the most suburban part of Roxborough. Much of Andorra was developed in the 1940’s and 1950’s and the area was annexed by Philadelphia around that time. The Andorra Shopping Center is the neighborhood’s central shopping destination. The shopping center has an Acme grocery store, Kohl’s, Staples, LA Fitness, and more. Houston Playground is located in Andorra. The playground features a sprayground, ball fields, and tennis courts. The Roxborough United Soccer Club hosts their practices, games, and events at Houston Playground. 

Most homes in Andorra are single/detached homes and twins. You’ll find a number of suburban-style subdivisions in the area. It’s a popular area for those who want the suburban lifestyle but want to stay within the city limits. 

Homes for Sale in Roxborough PA

Roxborough is a large area with a lot of different styles and sizes of homes. Home prices in Roxborough can range from the $100,000’s to over $1,000,000. The average home price is about $300,000. Check out the newest homes on the market below.

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Taylor’s Cafe | Roxborough, PA

Taylor’s Cafe

My daughter and I have been making the rounds at local breakfast spots in Roxborough and Manayunk and one of our favorites is Taylor’s Cafe on Ridge Avenue. Though we’ve been a number of times I never got around to writing about Taylor’s, why we love it, and why you should check it out if you haven’t been yet. Taylor’s has been a mainstay on Ridge Avenue since it opened in 1960. The cafe has been under a number of owners since then. In 2011, the space was bought by Jay and Si Soon. The restaurant closed for three months for a complete overhaul. The cafe is now a bright and contemporary space with a diverse menu of diner classics and contemporary brunch fare. 

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New & Improved Roxborough-Manayunk Facebook Page

Managing a good Facebook Page is a constant learning process and there’s always some second-guessing about whether or not a page is taking the best direction. In 2019, I started a Facebook Page focused solely on living in Roxborough & Manayunk as a resource and guide for residents and newcomers. It turned out to be a fairly successful and fun project but it was a little overwhelming to manage that page and others. So, I decided to incorporate that page into one of my other pages in the hopes of being able to manage everything in one spot.

Unfortunately, I wasn’t happy with that move. It was too difficult to get the right information to the right people . . . those who live in, or want to live in, Roxborough & Manayunk. The other page was too broad. It was a mistake to delete the original page (a lesson learned the hard way). 

As we start a new decade, I figure that the best thing to do is to start a new Roxborough & Manayunk Facebook Page from scratch and to make it better than the last one. The new page will include a weekly list of the best things to do in Roxborough & Manayunk, profiles and recommendations of local businesses, places to check out in the neighborhood, and more. As a resident who loves living here, I’m looking forward to sharing insights and info about the neighborhood and connecting with other residents and fans of Roxborough & Manayunk. Please take a minute to visit (and Like) the new & improved Roxborough-Manayunk Facebook Page

Things To Do in Roxborough & Manayunk | January 6-20, 2020

I don’t know about you, but we are absolutely wiped out from the holidays. Here’s a light list of activities in the neighborhood to help ease us into to the new year.

Tuesday, January 7th

The King of Love

A theatrical tribute to Dr. Martin Luther King, written by Dice Raw who was inspired by the Nina Simone song The King of Love. Venice Island Performing Arts Center, 7:00 pm to 10:00 pm.

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Things To Do in Roxborough & Manayunk | December 31-January 5

Take advantage of the mild weather and check out these events in the neighborhood! 

Tuesday, December 31st

Countdown to Noon

Bring the family for dancing, snacks and a celebration of the New Year! Roxborough YMCA, 11:00 am to 12:00 pm.

New Year’s Eve Night

Looking for a more adult oriented way to ring in 2020? There’s no shortage of places to party:
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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What To Do Now if You’re Buying or Selling a Home in 2020

If you’re planning on buying or selling a home in 2020, now is a good time to start planning and to get ready. A lot of home sellers were waiting to list their homes until after the holidays so home buyers should see more homes on the market soon. Likewise, a lot of home buyers were busy during the holidays and home shopping may have been on the back burner. Things will get busier in January as sellers start to get their homes ready to list and buyers begin to make home buying a priority again. 

When Will Homes Go on the Market?

The chart below shows new real estate listings in Roxborough & Manayunk by month in 2019. Last year there were over 60 new homes on the market in both January and February, significantly higher than during November and December. The biggest increase from the previous month was in March. We should expect to see a similar pattern in Roxborough & Manayunk this year.  For sellers, that means that it’s time to get your home list. For buyers, it’s time to get ready so that you have everything you need in place before finding the perfect home. 

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Airlite Homes in Roxborough & Manayunk

Airlite Style Homes in Roxborough

Airlite homes were built in the 1940’s and 1950’s. These homes were designed and built for soldiers returning from WWII during the Baby Boom years. The vast majority of these homes are attached rowhouses, though some are twins, with three bedrooms and a garage. Some airlites have been converted into two bedrooms to expand the 2nd floor bathroom and/or the bedrooms. Airlites range from about 1050 square feet up to around 1350 square feet. On average, they’re close to 1100 square feet. Airlite homes are more common in Roxborough than in Manayunk. 

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Jennifer Barrile | Artist & Roxborough Resident

Jennifer Barrile loves painting scenes from Roxborough and Manayunk. “I love the Manayunk Trail Bridge. Being up high, seeing all the houses, the color, the textures. It’s just so gorgeous. I did a painting of that, looking up Green Lane. It’s just so unique. “I also enjoy painting in the Wissahickon Park. I did one of the Thomas Mill Bridge, the only covered bridge in Philadelphia.”

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What’s It Like to Live in Roxborough & Manayunk?

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Jon Miller, RealtorJon Miller is a resident of the Roxborough-Manayunk area and a Realtor® with Compass Real Estate. Each week Jon puts together a list of the best local events and activities which you can find here

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