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My favorite pastime in Philadelphia…

Events, Things to Do, Travel Tips — By abbygordon on March 20, 2010 at 7:12 pm
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…is going to open houses.  Yes, it’s kinda weird, and realtors probably don’t like having to entertain someone who has no intention of buying the house, but it’s the best way I know of to get a sense of Philadelphia’s rich architectural diversity.  On any given Sunday (especially in the spring, when open houses seem to proliferate), you can visit a brand new Center City condo, complete with granite countertops and stainless-steel appliances; a 700-square-foot Fairmount rowhouse where a family of eight once lived; an enormous Victorian house in Germantown with a driveway and full garden in the back; and a classic West Philly home with inlaid wood floors and built-in bookcases.  And that’s only four!  Is it just the realtor gene in me that makes me drool when I think of the possibilities these varied spaces afford?  Perhaps.  But I do believe anyone with the slightest interest in history, architecture, investments, or even neighborhood demographics would have a similar experience.

Rowhouses in DC...No offense, DC, but Philly's are much more varied!

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