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New Construction Projects in Philadelphia

New Construction Projects in Philadelphia


When living in a large city like Philadelphia it can be difficult to see all the new and upcoming real estate construction. With the demolition of old buildings to the construction of newly renovated complexes, let LYL Realty give you the scoop on what’s to come!

Just North of Broad Street is the newly constructed six-story multifamily apartments on the corner of Callowhill. The development broke ground in early 2016 with co-partners Hanover Co. and Parkway Corp. The bottom of the building will contain retail opportunities. With construction almost complete, tenant applications are also being accepted. The hopes for these new apartments is to start bringing Center City’s density up Broad Street.

Further toward Center City is the renovation an old parking garage located in the Avenue of the Arts section of Broad. The parking garage will be turned into a Cambria Hotel and will hopefully bring more tourists and business partners to the area. Pearl Properties broke ground in 2016 and is expected to be finished early 2017.

How could anyone miss Philadelphia’s newest skyscraper? A project expected to open in 2017 is the new Comcast Innovation and Technology Center. The new building will stand 172ft taller than the previous Comcast Center and have a remarkable 59 stories. The building will be occupied by 200+ luxury hotel rooms, a vast amount of retail space, and a top floor restaurant with a view of the city.

After months of debate and fights with the zoning board, the Toll Brothers has revealed their proposal for a 29-story tower filled with condos and retail opportunities on Sansom Street. To start the construction of this massive building 5 historic buildings will be torn away but not forgotten.  It is too have a modern feel with brick and metal exterior to still keep the history of the street alive. The project is not expected to be concluded until 2019.

With the new construction going on, some have felt that the history of Philadelphia was being forgotten. In most cases, significant historic buildings are being salvaged or just renovated for different use. With the changing skyline of our city we are still excited to see where it all goes. But don’t forget, when it’s time to find a new place to live, whether you are looking to buy or rent, LYL Realty Group is here to help you every step of the way!

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Is being a real estate agent right for me?

Is being a real estate agent right for me?

Are you looking for a job that will keep you on your toes? If so, being a real estate agent might be the perfect fit for you! Let LYL Realty explain some pros and cons of the work that we love to do.

An important factor of being a real estate agent is that you become your own boss. You have control over your hours and movement. If you have a family, having this sort of flexibility can be very beneficial. On the contrary, most of your clients have 9-to-5 jobs which most likely has you working at odd times during the day to fit into their schedules. Weekends become full with showings and next thing you know, you’re working when everyone else is off.

Secondly, a nice perk of being a real estate agent is when the market is strong you can feel it. You’re not worried about your next lead because you know you have the extra cash coming in. You are not paid hourly but by the amount of time you invest in growing your clientele. When buying and selling real estate seems to be spreading like the gold rush, you’re loving every minute of it. Con: when the market fever starts to settle, it hits hard. During the slow season, agents are all scrambling for the same clients. Everyone is in more competition with each other. This job needs someone who doesn’t mind adapting quickly to different market situations.

Lastly, a pro about being an agent is that you are the expert. Your clients are depending on you to find them what will best suit their needs. You are the one who knows all the ins and outs of the surrounding area. They are depending on you to guide them with this major life changing decision. With this amount of trust you form very close relationships with your clients. The only stressful con about this is that you are trusted with someone’s life savings. Having such a heavy weight on your shoulders can make it heart aching when things don’t go as planned. Deals fall through and terms of sale change. You must remember that unhappy clients spread word just as fast as happy ones.

Being a real estate agent is a different job than most. It can be very rewarding and self-motivating. But don’t forget, when it’s time to find a new place to live, whether you are looking to buy or rent, LYL Realty Group is here to help you every step of the way!

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Different Historic Landmarks to visit in Philadelphia!

Different Historic Landmarks to visit in Philadelphia!

Philadelphia has so much to offer for any adventurer. The Betsy Ross House and the Liberty Bell aren’t the only landmarks that show this city’s history. Here are some of our favorite places that aren’t too far from you that are fun for anyone to visit!

East Park Reservoir

The East Park Reservoir or otherwise known as East Fairmount Park is a 37-acre artificial lake that once provided the whole city with drinking water. Unfortunately, it was decommissioned in the 1950s, but one basin is still used today! From the banks of the water you can perfectly see the city. There is recent activity of a Discovery Center being built for the youth of North Philadelphia adjacent to Strawberry Mansion. This project will provide environmental education and adventure programs.

Strawberry Mansion

Right from the reservoir you can take a short car drive to the Strawberry Mansion. Currently this is used as a music pavilion in East Fairmount Park.  Built in 1905, the mansion was initially used as a simple band platform. The implementation of the trolley system boosted the popularity of the mansion dramatically. Today it’s the largest Fairmount Park Historic House and it is filled with antiques and fine art all from the 18th and 19th century.

East Park Canoe House

This remarkable house was built in 1914 and is listed on the national register of historical sites. In the 1900’s it represented the Spanish Mission Revival architectural style which was very popular for the time. Unfortunately, the building was condemned in 2008. Soon thereafter, its restoration was led by the city. This place might seem familiar because it houses Temple’s very own Crew Team! You can go here to support the races or to  just get a view of the water.

Bartram’s Garden

Located in West Philadelphia, Bartram’s Garden is a beautiful 45-acre outdoor extravaganza. Being the oldest surviving garden in the United States, it attracts people from all over. With over 40,000 visitors each year, it is intended to continue John Bartram’s legacy of the joy of discovering, arts, and gardening.  Originally built in 1731, it was the family home for John Bartram and his wife. His fine intelligence led him to travel and take an interest in horticulture. He would bring back thousands of plant specimens, which led to an international plant exchange. The house soon began to attract attention and it never stopped. The house has been restored multiple times but the garden has remained intact.

There are so many cool historical sites that are affordable and convenient to discover! A simple day trip to discover your city can satisfy your desire for adventure and knowledge.  And don’t forget, when it’s time to find a new place to live, whether you are looking to buy or rent, LYL Realty Group is here to help you every step of the way!