City Block Team Local & Open Houses–Discussing School Catchment Lotteries

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    CITY BLOCK LOCAL: Discussing Catchment Concerns 
    February 17th, 2017

    Inquirer Education writer Kristen A. Graham wrote an article (featured on on February 12th) regarding the Meredith catchment school overcrowding and a lottery being instituted for Kindergarten. Needless to say, this has neighborhood residents worried.  Not just catchment parents but also other home owners in the Meredith boundaries who wonder about how this will affect their property values.
    My neighborhood experienced a similar thing four years ago when the School District abruptly announced a kindergarten lottery for the
    Penn Alexander School catchment.  We had the same worries.  I had a son approaching kindergarten age, and of course everyone asked me about the neighborhood’s future property values.  Would it still sell for a premium? In University City, the answer turned out to be a resounding yes. 
    As with Meredith, Penn Alexander neighborhood parents and residents were unsure of what would happen. So were buyers, at first.  But then something interesting occurred.  Some parents looked for backup schools like TPS, Germantown Friends, and others.  And a few sent their kids to those schools.  Also, the District cracked down on attendees living outside the catchment.  And it was enough that in that first year, every neighborhood kid who wanted a spot in kindergarten got one.  And then the following year.  And the next and the next.  Every kid got in.  Issue solved.
    And property values were not affected negatively at all.  In fact,
    University City and the Penn Alexander Catchment continue as one of the very top hottest residential neighborhoods in the city.  The demand so exceeds the supply it is amazing.
    Moving forward, I look forward to continued success for the
    Meredith School and the neighborhood.  While there are, of course, some differences to the Penn Alexander situation, there are many more similarities.  If anyone would like to discuss in more detail, please contact me at any time.  And you can read Kristen Graham’s piece here
    And you can read a 2014 piece that I wrote about Penn Alexander


    4300 SPRUCE STREET, #B303

    Spacious 2 bedroom, 2 full bath residence in a
    premier University City building. 

     Ideal location. 4300 Spruce was completely rehabbed
    (all new systems) in 2008 with Tax Abatement thru 2018. 

    Open House this Sunday, February 19th: 12:00pm-1:30pm

    To schedule a private showing of this significant property, 
    please email

    FEBRUARY 19th

    723 Clymer Street
    Sunday, February 19th:

    Warm and wonderful 3 bedroom townhome on a best Bella Vista block. Bright and beautiful.


    1600 Arch Street,

    Sunday, February 19th:

    Spacious 1 bedroom condo with modern finishes in an excellent building and location.


    105 S. 12th Street, #204
    Sunday, February 19th:

    High-end loft condo in the heart of Midtown Village with a 100 WalkScore.
    Live in an amazing residence in the
    heart of it all.  


    4300 Spruce Street, #B303
    Sunday, February 19th:

    Spacious 2 bedroom, 2 full bath residence in a premier University City building. Ideal location.

    712 S. Bancroft Street
    Sunday, February 19th:

    Bancroft Green is the most sustainable luxury new construction in Philly, and this is the first Phase II resale of these long sold-out homes. 

    4200 Pine Street, #101
    Sunday, February 19th:

    Bright and beautiful 1 bedroom condo with big windows on 3 exposures and large private terrace in a serene courtyard setting.  One of the only University Condos you will ever find with PRIVATE OUTDOOR SPACE.

    Open houses subject to change and cancellation (when homes sell!).
    Please click 
    here to view up to date listing information.


    1725 Pine Street
    Significant renovated Rittenhouse Square 5 unit, income producing property. The owner-occupant of 40 years is an interior designer who has spared no expense and used the finest workmen to continuously maintain and improve this property over the previous 4 decades.

    23 S. 23rd Street, #3A
    Sunday, February 19th: 2:00pm-3:00pm
    14′ ceilings, an open floorplan, hardwood floors, and huge windows highlight this premier oversized loft 1 bedroom, 1.5 bath residence. In the luxury building–23. 

    1021 Lombard Street
    Warm and wonderful 3 bedroom plus office, 2.5 bath townhome in an awesome location.

    2328 Madison Square
    Wide townhome with good light and character and on one of Graduate’s most desirable blocks.

    4533 Osage Avenue
    Sun-drenched 4 bedroom, 2½ bath townhome with 2 splendid family rooms, several bonus spaces and nooks, a covered front porch and a huge garden.

     4617 Pine Street, #H605
    Gorgeous, spacious residence
    in the desirable
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    4843 Osage Avenue
    Spacious South-facing home on one of University City’s loveliest blocks. 2-car Parking (GARAGE and driveway) plus
    plentiful street parking.


    1518 North Street, #2
    Gorgeous, spacious, and oh-so-bright 3 bedroom, 3 full bath bi-level condo.

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