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Apartment Decorating Ideas

DIY Apartment Decorating Ideas

Moving into your new home is always exciting, especially when you get to decorate it.

Though the thought of having to spend more money on new furniture and decorations for your brand new apartment can be exhausting, and overwhelming. This is why getting inspired to craft some of your own decorations can be a great start and an opportunity to put your own spin on how your apartment turns out. Here are some of our apartment decorating ideas you can use for your brand new place.

Wooden Crate Television Stand

One of the easiest things to make from wooden crates would be a television stand. You can either make the TV stand longer with more crates or taller with 4 simple crates stacked on top of each other. Not only is this a television stand, but you can add decoration on tops of it like candles and plants – as well as storing pillows and blankets, or books inside. It will help alleviate storage in the space you are putting this crate stand, maximizing your space!

Don’t Forget About the Front Door

No home is truly a home without a welcoming without a mat on the outside, or a wreath hanging up. It also gives your entryway some jazz with customization that fits your personality! All you have to do is buy a simple doormat, whichever color you choose, and paint over it in whatever design you choose to. A great idea for painting a doormat would be what you love. For example, maybe you just moved from a different city and are missing home? Paint your hometown onto the doormat to always remind you of home. 

Paint Your Walls

If you’re living in an apartment and want to spice up your kitchen, a removable backsplash gives you pop without risking your security deposit. Not only can you give your kitchen a brand new look, but removable wallpaper could also be your next new best friend. It is also an easy and great addition to whichever room you choose to add it too. Accent walls can be a powerful design choice in your new home. They break up the traditional look of having four walls that are painted the same color. 

Wall Hooks

While some people may think wall hooks are boring, if you take your time with this DIY; you can choose your style and personalize it according to your design preference. These wall hooks or an addition of a wall rack in your entryway or in your bedroom is another great way to stay organized in your new apartment and add decor. They will bring a unique touch to the room with whatever pattern you choose to go for. 

Gallery Wall

Want to have your own art studio at home? Gallery walls can be a great and easy addition to your new home. It can be sentimental pictures, art or photos, drawings, and jewelry – the possibilities are endless. Two great ideas are keeping them the same color scheme, or thematically. It makes a statement on any wall you choose to add it to. The nice thing about gallery walls is they grow and change over time, leaving you up to be the artist of your home.

Floating Shelves

Regular shelves are a thing of the past. Not only are they heavy, but they take up way too much space. Floating shelves are easy to put together, and are a great addition to the decor. You can add books, plants, pictures; really you can add anything. You can add these shelves almost anywhere in your home. Another great addition would be in the bathroom and kitchen. For example, adding one of these floating shelves in your kitchen would be a great space saver since you can add cups and plates, coffee or a kettle, anything that would fit! 

Lazy Susan

No, we’re not talking about your aunt – Lazy Susan could be a quick and great addition to DIY your cluttered space because let’s be real; messy fridges can become nightmares. Install a Lazy susan and store your condiments, glass containers, or drinks in your fridge or pantry for extra space. You could even add one under your sink. It’s great for storing cleaning supplies and keeping the space tidy.

Cozy Den

You may have bought all the furniture you thought you needed, but it still doesn’t feel like home. A great way to make whatever space you’re looking to upgrade much more cozy and vibrant is by adding pillows, blankets, and rugs. Layering up your rug on top of each other also is a smart and simple way to give a room texture and take on another trend: pattern-mixing. If your new apartment has a neutral backdrop, a fun way to add to the addition of a cozy room is by incorporating an accent color. 

Accent Curtains

In addition to hanging things on your walls, this is also a thrifty way to add color to the room, and to keep the sun out when it gets too bright out. The right window treatments can add instant coziness to your new apartment. If you are stuck with boring plastic blinds, you can hang curtains right over them by mounting the curtain rod as close to the ceiling as possible and hanging fabric curtains right over it, giving the look as if the plastic blinds were never there. 

Healthy Eating in Philadelphia

Looking For Your 2020 Philadelphia Guide to Healthy Eating?  

Wanting to dine out on local fresh, healthy options? We’ve got your top places to eat clean in Philly.

Philadelphia’s Fishtown is home to many different cuisines, art, and music. It is home to an ever-growing destination spot for those who visit Philly. The restaurants here are some of the best places you’ll find in Philadelphia that you’ll want to bite right into — here’s where to go if you are looking to eat clean, tasty and locally sustained food. 

Liberty Kitchen

Located in the heart of Fishtown, Liberty Kitchen is the newest addition to bring locally sourced products to their neighborhood. The market features a selection of locally produced and important artisan cheese by their in-house cheesemonger. On their menu, they offer fresh Hoagies, Charcuterie boards, Salads, and Mac and Cheese. They even have accommodations for vegan and vegetarian on their menu, like their Veggie Jawn. By far, it is one of the most up and coming locations in Philadelphia. Stop by and grab a delicious lunch or dinner, and be sure to check out their variety of fresh and local grocery options. Oh, and did I mention they are BYOB?

1244 N Front St

Honeygrow Test Kitchen

Ever wanted to visit a test kitchen to see behind the scenes of what goes into developing restaurants menus and trying out new kinds of food? Look no further, because the Honeygrow Test Kitchen is their own take on freshly made, easy to pick up, wholesome eats for the Fishtown neighborhood. A Philadelphia based start-up company, they carefully curated selection of items on the menu showcase some of their own favorite stir-fry and salads. In addition, they also sell experimental dishes they are always trying out, like their Blackened Bay Shrimp, to their Rose Citrus Salad (which comes with Green Tea noodles).

1601 N Front St

Bimini Juice Bar & Salad Bar

Stop by for a great easy time for those who love quick-service restaurants that serve fresh juice, smoothies, salads, and more with a focus on raw healthy ingredients. Bimini Juice Bar & Salad Bar has a large menu full of delicious salads, create your own wraps, smoothies, fresh-pressed juice, and hot specialty beverages. When you walk in, their atmosphere is light and cheerful, they put their fruit and veggies on display, so you know they are fresh. Some of the local favorites here are the Thai Chicken Wrap and a Dream Vacation Juice.

807 N 2nd St

Suraya

Voted as the “Best New Restaurant of 2018” by Philadelphia Magazine, ever since this multipart Lebanese Resturant was first revealed in 2017, a buzz has been surrounding Suraya ever since. Named after the grandmother of the two of the owners, the Lebanese market, restaurant, and garden are located in Fishtown. Suraya has become a local’s favorite date night destination, flocking over for freshly made pastries and man’oushe in the morning, then heading back over for dinner for Middle Eastern staples such as freshly made hummus, labneh, muhammara, and kebabs. 

1528 Frankford Ave

Da-Wa: Joseph’s Sushi & Ramen

If you think it’s difficult to find a decent sushi spot in Fishtown, you’ve come to the right place. This little gem is tucked underneath Girard Station on Front Street. Da-Wa offers authentic Japanese sushi and sashimi, along with the chef’s 21- course Omakase menu (Meaning the chef picks) and of course, ramen. If you’re looking to venture out your taste buds into Japanese culture, try the daily specials such as Kamasu (Japanese Barracuda), or Tachiuo (Japanese Beltfish). 

1204 N Front St

One-Shot Coffee

One-Shot Cafe specializes in serving creatively-crafter beverages, brunch, and house-made pastries all day, every day. They are a cozy home away from home to meet, work, or simply relax. Starting as a small coffee shop on Liberties Walk in 2005, One-Shot Coffee has become a staple in the neighborhood for your morning cup of joe. Their carefully crafted coffee drinks feature locally roasted coffee purveyors, such as ReAnimator and Rival Bros Coffee by the bag. They always serve a variety of vegan options as well as vegetarian options and housemade vegan sweets.

217 W George St

Front Street Cafe

Front Street Cafe brings the residents of Fishtown and other neighborhoods a refreshing menu featuring farm to table, locally sourced and organic New American cuisine. Their menu comprises primarily of plant-based options, vegan and vegetarian-friendly and many gluten-free options as well. Along with the restaurant, they also house a coffee shop, an organic juice bar, and garden seating. A unique addition is on the second floor upstairs, which is a private event space with live music. 

1253 North Front Street

Stock

This little modern classic restaurant is serving up a variety of classic Southeast Asian dishes. Stock in Fishtown is one of Eater Philly’s 38 essential restaurants in the city. From dishes such as Banh Mi and Pho to Lao-style Coconut Curry and Burmese Sesame Noodles, they offer up many vegan options you won’t want to skimp out on. The modern BYOB just opened up their second location in Rittenhouse, their setup is built on the fast-casual, order-at-the-counter format, opposite to Fishtown’s full-service approach. So if you are ever in Rittenhouse, their second location downtown shouldn’t be missed. 

308 East Girard Avenue

Sweet Green

If you’re looking to venture out of Fishtown for the weekend, Sweetgreen is your next best bet to healthy eating in Philadelphia. Located in the heart of Center City, its menu is focused on producing real food. They support small and mid-size growers who are farming sustainably and are transparent with their customers about what is in the food you’re eating, and where it comes from. If you step inside any Sweetgreen, you’ll notice how fresh the produce really is. On their menu, they have warm bowls, which typically include rice and whatever toppings you wish, salad bowls and make your own, which can include rice and salad.

924 Walnut Street, Washington Square West; 1601 Market Street, Center City; and 1821 Chestnut Street, Rittenhouse

Philadelphia Public Transportation Guide

Philadelphia Public Transportation guide 

Philadelphia is often rated as one of the most walkable cities in the country. However, if your destination is too far for a stroll, the public transportation system will get you exactly where you need to go – or really close. 

SEPTA, (Southeastern Pennsylvania Transportation Authority), has its faults but overall is one of the most efficient bus, subway, and rail systems in the United States. The maps and busy stations may seem daunting, but knowing the public transit system will make getting where you need to go easier and cheaper. Let this be your guide.

Subways

At $2.50 per ride and an additional $1 for a transfer, the subway system in Philadelphia is going to be one of the cheapest methods of transportation in the city. You can purchase tickets and or passes at any station or online.

There are four main lines, Market-Frankford Line (aka the El, the Blue Line), Broad Street Line (aka the Orange Line), Broad-Ridge Spur and the PATCO Speedline. All lines are controlled and operated by Southeastern Pennsylvania Transportation Authority (SEPTA), aside from the PATCO Speedline, which is operated by the Port Authority Transit Corporation. 

For your busiest and wildest weekends, the subway runs 24 hours on Fridays and Saturdays with service every few minutes. Here’s a breakdown of where each subway line will take you! 

Market-Frankford Line (aka the El, the Blue Line)

The El is arguably the most well known of the four subway lines. It runs underground for 3.6 miles and stops at 28 stations. This line travels between the 69th Street Transportation Center just outside of West Philadelphia and the Frankford Transportation Center in Near Northeast Philadelphia. 

If you’re looking to travel anywhere between Northern Liberties, Old City, the Historic District, Market East, the Convention Center and Chinatown, City Hall, Rittenhouse Square, University City, West Fairmount Park or Spruce Hill, the Market-Frankford line is your best bet. 

Broad Street Line (aka the Orange Line)

The Broad Street Line runs all day, every eight minutes Monday to Friday and every 10-12 minutes on weekends. It’s underground for much of its 10-mile length that stops at 22 stations between the Fern Rock Transportation Center in North Philadelphia to Pattison Avenue in South Philadelphia. 

The Broad Street Line is a Philadelphia Sports fan’s line of choice. The NRG Station (the final stop on the Broad Street Line) will drop you off steps away from the Wells Fargo Center, Lincoln Financial Field and other events around the stadium complex. This line also makes stops at other prime destinations near Broad Street, such as the Met (a concert venue), City Hall,  Rittenhouse Square, and Midtown Village.

Broad-Ridge Spur 

The Broad-Ridge Spur services eight stations and is 1.4 miles long. The short ride will bring you to Fern Rock, Olney, Erie, North Philadelphia, Girard, Fairmount, Chinatown, and 8th Street. The only stops that are unique to the Spur are Chinatown and 8th Street; The Broad Street Line also services the other six.

The Spur Line is a connector between the other three subway lines. It splits from the main Broad Street Line at Fairmount and goes south to 8th and Market Streets where passengers can connect to the Market-Frankford Line or the PATCO Speedline. 

PATCO Speedline

Trying to get down the shore? The PATCO Line connects Philadelphia with southern New Jersey and runs underground for 2.9 miles of its total 14.2-mile length. The line has 13 stations and travels east to west from 15-16th and Locust in Philadelphia to Lindenwold in New Jersey, where you can easily connect to NJ Transit to Atlantic City. This line conveniently runs 24-hours a day and only costs $1.40 for a one-way ticket. PATCO and SEPTA have separate fares and ticketing systems. However, you can buy SEPTA tickets at PATCO station vending machines to easily continue your travels. 

Regional Rail

The Regional Rail is the commuter’s daily routine. Leaving from 30th Street Station, Jefferson Station, and Suburban Station, Its expansive route connects the city of Philadelphia with all of its surrounding suburbs. To give you an example, Paoli, Thorndale, Malvern, East Falls, Manayunk, Chestnut Hill, Mt. Airy, Ardmore, Villanova, Swarthmore, Doylestown, and Downingtown are only some of the destinations serviced by the Regional Rail. 

The Regional Rail will take you to the Philadelphia Airport from 30th street station in under 25 minutes. But, keep in mind, it stops running at midnight and starts back up at 5 am!

Pro tip: buy your tickets from a kiosk at the station! While you can purchase them on the train, your fare can go from $5.25/$6.75  to $7 or $8. But, if you are in a hurry and have to get on without a ticket, make sure to keep a card on you because they will not accept cash on weekday travel after 3 pm. Additionally,  $20 bills are the largest denomination accepted by the Regional Rail. 

Septa Buses

If you don’t live within walking distance to one of the subways or train stations, SEPTA’s bus system can get you there. The routes and stops are organized to connect on corners and at intersections, as well as with other bus terminals, and transportation centers. The bus routes cover many areas of the region from Germantown, Manayunk and Chestnut Hill to many surrounding suburbs.

Several “Night Owl” bus routes run 24 hours a day so no matter when you get off your train or out of work, a bus will be waiting to take you home! Your fare will be $2.50, exact cash only, your bus driver will not make the change.

There are over 300 routes and dozens of busses running through our city into neighborhoods and suburbs. Take a look at the bus stops and schedules here

Sometimes getting to one location may require multiple types of transportation. It can be tricky and stressful! If you’re still struggling to understand the easiest way to get to your destination, let SEPTA help; visit the ‘Plan My Trip’ portion of their site.

Where to Celebrate New Year’s in Philly

Where to Celebrate New Year’s Eve in Philly

A festive night like New Year’s Eve calls for a festive celebration — and Philadelphia hosts many of them to welcome the new year each year. We’ve included a few parties in the surrounding counties as well, in case you’re outside of the city for the holidays.

Franklin Square

If you have children, Franklin Square is the perfect New Year’s destination in the city. There is a New Year’s event on December 31st specifically for kids. With plenty of treats and crafts, you’ll be able to keep them entertained before grabbing dinner at one of the many great restaurants in Center City. 

While you’re on the block, check out the Museum of the American Revolution. One of Philly’s newest museums, they have an impressive collection of revolutionary-era weapons, items, and more.

New Year’s Fireworks in Philadelphia

If fireworks are your preferred activity to ring in the new year, check out Rivers Casino New Year’s Eve Fireworks on the Waterfront/. This is a free event, with a show at 6 pm and at midnight. This elaborate show on the waterfront is the perfect spot to watch the New Year’s fireworks! In addition to the midnight show, there’s one at 6 pm if you’re not looking to stay out late.

Cherry Street Pier

This pier on the Delaware is prime real estate for fireworks, and this year you have two events to choose from. The first is for kids at 5 pm with face-painting, hot chocolate, and more. There is also one and one for at 10 pm with music, drinks, and food!

NYE Live at Xfinity Live!

If you’re still celebrating the Eagles (hopeful) NFC East title, head down to Xfinity Live! In South Philly for their New Year’s party that starts at 9 pm.

Tickets give you access to the bar package, food, live music, bull riding, and dancing. Partiers also get a champagne toast at midnight.

Mummers Parade

This annual New Year’s Day parade has been going strong for 120 years! The annual parade features music, extravagant costumes, and floats, and is about as Philly as you can get. The parade will begin at 9 am at City Hall and end at about 6 pm.

Longwood Gardens Light Show

If you’re looking for something outside of the city, New Year’s Eve at Longwood Gardens may be the perfect spot to celebrate. If you’ve never been to Longwood Gardens, it’s a massive public garden with horticulture, tons of walking paths, and intricate fountains. At the end of December, you’ll find it delicately dressed in lights and other decorations for the holiday season. Click here for a complete list of start times, activities, and ticket prices!

For more New Year’s ideas in Philly and the surrounding areas, check out Google’s event calendar

Property Spotlight: 1851 Germantown Avenue

Prime Location:

There are three gorgeous units available within this property located at 1851 Germantown Avenue in Philadelphia. Germantown Avenue is a major roadway that conveniently leads directly into Fishtown, Northern Liberties, and I-95. Within walking distance, tenants have access to all of the necessities: grocery stores, pharmacies, banks and religious establishments.  

Updated Appliances:

Each unit provides a modern design coupled with luxurious amenities. All three of the available units are equipped with brand new kitchens and bathrooms that feature granite countertops, stainless steel appliances, and state-of-the-art marble tiling. 

Spacious living:

The open floor plans within the units create a sizable environment that is perfect for entertaining guests. Additionally, the large bedrooms and bathrooms make for a comfortable living situation.

Amenities:

The luxuries of this property do not end with the design of the units. Tenants in any of the units will have their own washer and dryer and free access to the gym within the building. Street parking is abundant on Germantown Ave; you won’t have to park around the block or far from the building. 

Take a look below at the available properties within our 1851 Germantown Ave property.

UNIT #1 – 2 bedrooms & 2 bathrooms

Click here for a virtual reality tour of unit #1!

UNIT #2 – 1 bedroom & 1 bathroom

UNIT #3 – 2 bedrooms & 2 bathrooms

Renovation vs New Construction

When considering a new apartment or commercial facility for rent, it’s important to weigh the benefits between a renovated building and new construction. Renovations keep historic values alive while new construction destroys it. Additionally, new construction has proved to be less sustainable than pre-existing engineering and oftentimes is much less cost-effective.  

At GM Holdings, we appreciate the beauty and stamina that comes with the historic architecture of Philadelphia. We understand the obligation that comes with bringing an older, abandoned building back to its intended glory. That is why a great portion of our available properties are restorations and overhauls of historic buildings. Read on to further understand the benefits of renting/buying renovated versus newly constructed properties in the Philadelphia area.

Reconstruction holds intrinsic value

Rather than demolishing and rebuilding old and potentially historic buildings, renovating and rehabilitating them will provide a positive impact for the community and potential buyers. Historic and older buildings are assets to a community’s aesthetic. More often than not, newly constructed warehouses and apartment complexes will look out of place in a neighborhood with historical architecture. The culture of a community is preserved when they have a distinct presence of historical times and residents can take pride in the history of their new property.

Buildings and homes should reflect the history and style of its neighborhood and community. New construction not only looks out of place, but it also has significantly less architectural detail and charm that many older homes include. When renovating, the architect and builders can combine modern fixtures with the existing foundation. When blended with the exposed brick, stone or wood from the original building, our modern finishing touches from renovation are aesthetically pleasing and appealing to young professionals looking for life in the city. 

The benefits of renovations do not stop at artistic and cultural value. Our available restored properties offer durability that can not be found in today’s new construction processes.   

New construction

Many people believe that the older a structure is, the more structural problems it contains. However, this is not always the case. The houses and warehouses in Philadelphia are over 100 years old and are still standing solid. This speaks to the quality and durability of the original construction.

Current technology has produced a number of different materials and methods used for new construction. These components and practices are much less costly than traditional ones for construction companies, but their ineffectiveness ends up costing the tenants more money in the long run for repairs. When new apartment and office buildings in the city are not built with good-quality, durable materials they are not built to last; this leaves them fickle and prone to foundational problems. Conclusively, buildings that are built too fast and with much less emphasis on long-term quality are not the best route for potential buyers.

If not done properly, some materials used in new construction rot or corrode in wet weather or deteriorate in hot sunlight. When done cheaply and swiftly, some of the most important features within the new construction suffer. Plumbing, heating and cooling technology require time and proper materials; they are likely to fail after a while under any conditions, simply because they are not built to last anymore. Using the adequate materials, as they did for older buildings, can make a huge difference as to how long a building will stand and how often it will need repairs. This is why restoring historic buildings are a much safer bet; they have already been vetted by years of functionality. 

What you get is not necessarily what you pay for

Just because your brand new apartment or commercial space look state of the art, does not mean it is. As previously mentioned, new construction is being built with substandard materials and practices. They are put up at cheaper rates and finished faster than ever; plus, they are being rented and sold at exorbitant prices that do not reflect their physical value. The faults in new construction will ultimately cost you more in repairs than buying a structurally sound renovated space. In the end, with new construction, you are likely paying more for something of much lesser value both physically and historically. 

There is no need to splurge on brand new construction, in fact, you should not. As you can see, there are many more benefits to renting a renovated historic lot rather than brand new construction. Not only will you have the allure and charm from the original historic architecture, but you will also have the satisfaction of knowing that you are living and/or working in a space that is built to last. Check out all of GM Holdings’ available properties and see what our historic renovations in Philadelphia have to offer. 

Looking for Office Space in Philadelphia?

Find Office Space in Philadelphia

Locating commercial real estate available and choosing an office space that best fits your company’s needs can be an important and daunting task. A major expenditure of this type should not be rushed, and making a final decision takes comprehensive research and patience. You may choose to search for properties on your own, either in person or using the internet, or you can partner with a company like GM Holdings, LLC to help you through the process of finding your perfect office space in Philadelphia.

Determining Your Needs

Businesses each have their own unique needs to maximize productivity, which their office space will need to accommodate. The first step to buying or leasing a new office space is figuring out exactly what your company needs most. Not every company can utilize a space like the Sterling Paper Factory on Castor Ave, a massive 200,000 sq ft renovation project, but some larger companies may require significant square footage like this to conduct regular operations. Create a checklist of “must-have” features for your ideal office space, such as your budget, estimated square foot per employee, optimal location, accessibility to target customers, and workplace features like kitchens, conference rooms, loading docks, or green spaces. Remember to account for the future growth of your company when determining how much space you require to make sure that you don’t need to relocate as your business expands. If you find a place that satisfies all requirements but needs one or more of these workplace features, GM Holdings will work with you to develop custom build-outs to make the property your own.

Conducting the Search

Patience is the key to finding the best office space for you. The current commercial real estate industry is growing in Philadelphia, as a major tax abatement aims to stimulate and expand the office space market. Prices will be competitive, so leasers have the power to be selective. Ensure that you are looking at properties in multiple areas at multiple price points to develop an idea of which spaces will best fit your company’s needs. For example, if your company was looking for a 3,000 sq ft office, you would be inundated with options online and from real estate brokers. You could choose a custom-built space in a new office complex on Fox Street in Northeast Philly, as it offers competitive features and location. However, you could determine that an established updated warehouse of similar size in Northwest Philadelphia would best meet the needs you outlined, prioritizing price and proximity to I-95. Comparative research and a solid understanding of both what you need and what you can afford will lead you to the prime location for your new office. 

Choosing an Office Space

Before you can make your final decision, you’ll need to review and negotiate your lease. First, understand the three types of leases for commercial office spaces: Full Service, Net, and Modified Gross. 

  1. Under a full-service lease, the landlord is responsible for all expenses associated with the property, including taxes, insurance, maintenance, and any other services required for upkeep. 
  2. Net leases occur at three levels, dubbed net, double net, and triple net (NNN) respectively. Net leases require tenants to pay for property taxes in addition to monthly rent, while double net leases include both taxes and insurance. Triple net leases leave tenants responsible for tax, insurance, and maintenance, but often feature a lower rent charge to account for expected costs, evident in properties like this. This type of lease allows for the greatest tenant autonomy over the property. 
  3. Modified gross leases add a portion of monthly property tax, insurance, and maintenance costs to the tenant’s rent at a fixed rate, dividing the financial responsibility between the owner and tenants with no risk of hidden expenses or changing rates.

Once the type of lease is determined and monthly expenses are reviewed, you must negotiate the base rent, length of the lease, terms of use, reasons for termination, and future changes to the contract. By discussing and reviewing specifics about these items in your lease contract, you ensure clarity moving forward. 

Regardless of how you find it, new office space is a major investment for any business. It is sure to take time and effort to locate and negotiate a property perfect for your organization, and if you choose to enlist the help of a real estate management company like GM Holdings, LLC, we can ensure that we’ll be with you every step of the way to make sure you get the best deal on your dream office. 

Apartments with Parking in Philadelphia

Apartments with Parking in Philadelphia

Parking in any big city is a production. In Philadelphia, it’s an expensive, risky feat. For starters, the Philadelphia Parking Authority (PPA) are arguably the most well-organized governmental agency in the city. If your car is found parked a few minutes over your allotted time, there’s a good chance you’re going to receive a ticket. You can’t tell what the parking regulation signs are saying? You’re not alone! The signs are so jumbled and confusing, it’s like they’re trying to trick you. If you’re thinking about avoiding PPA and their tickets by parking in a public garage, you’re looking at $18-$40 in garage fees depending on where you are and how long you stay. PPA isn’t the only threat brought by parking on the city streets. Sideswipes, break-ins and getting stuck between two parked cars who don’t care if you have room to get out are all you have to look forward to. Read on to learn more about finding apartments with parking in Philadelphia.

The Solution

Lucky for you, we have a solution. Located at 3450 J Street, the J Street Lofts offer everything city dwellers could imagine in one building. The newly constructed lofts offer a large garage for residents to park. Keep your car off the streets and out of the overpriced public garages! When you sign on to lease an apartment in the J Street Lofts, access to the private garage is included in your rent. If you don’t own a car, you’re still in the right place. The lofts are just a couple blocks from the train station.

J Street Perks

The lofts include more than just exclusive parking and public transportation walkability. When you rent an apartment in the J Street Lofts you can expect numerous luxurious perks at an affordable price.

You’ll never have to worry about security in these lofts. There will always be a security guard in the lobby, 24 hours a day, 365 days a year. The building is accompanied by a large, outdoor patio that is perfect for entertaining your guests, meeting your neighbors or simply relaxing in the sun. Also available to all residents is a spacious gym equipped with cardio machines and free weights. 

Inside your apartment, you can look forward to spacious rooms with modern designs. The large windows provide ample natural light during the day and a stunning view of the city at night. 

Our Properties 

Safe, affordable and elegant. Take a look inside GM Holdings’ available properties that include private parking and many more amenities.

1822 E Glenwood Ave Unit 105 – Just Leased!

This gorgeous, clean-cut 1 bedroom apartment is conveniently located within walking distance to the train in a gated community. You can enjoy a spacious bedroom with a full bath, large closet space and windows for ample sunlight. Connected your grand living space is a full kitchen that has a bar style countertop and updated appliances. There is a large gated common outdoor area for all tenants to use as for entertaining, socializing or relaxing. Each lease comes with a parking spot in the gated lot for your convenience. All properties are under 24 hour security and surveillance for your comfort and safety. 

3450 J Street Unit 210

This stunning bi-level apartment allows you to stretch out. It offers a full kitchen with luxurious quartz countertops and stainless new appliances; perfect for entertaining friends and family. The exposed brick walls compliment the modern fixtures to create an elegant, industrial design. The large windows provide lots of natural sunlight in the living room. Upstairs on the second floor you will find a size-able bedroom that contains enough space for a king bed and an office desk. The bathroom on this level has updated appliances and a spacious shower.

3450 J Street Unit 201

Take a look inside one of our gorgeous units in the J Street Lofts. Unit 201 is an expansive 1 bedroom apartment that is located within walking distance to the train. Some of the many perks that come with renting an apartment in the J Street Lofts is the in-house washer and dryer and private parking. The unit also comes with access to the gym and large common areas both indoor and outdoor to meet all of your entertaining needs. The lofts are secured all day, everyday of the year by certified security guards, ensuring that you are able to and feel safe within your own apartment. 

If you or someone you know is struggling with parking at their home in the Philadelphia area, GM Holdings has the solution. Our gorgeous and affordable units have private parking garages as well as security guards and private gyms. Don’t miss out on these one-of-a-kind units, they are going fast! Call us today to schedule a showing or visit our website to view the rest of our available properties for rent: (215) 425-4475.

What to Consider When Moving to Philadelphia

What to Consider When Moving to Philadelphia

Living in Philly

 “City of Brotherly Love” is a fitting title for Philadelphia, a vibrant and welcoming community known best for its rich historical background and passionate sports fans. As the 6th largest city in the United States, Philadelphia offers a wide variety of opportunities and resources to residents and visitors alike. Moving to a new city can be a daunting task, but figuring out the right place for you can be easy if you ask the right questions.

Where Should I Look in the Philadelphia Area?

Philadelphia has a plethora of great neighborhoods, each of which offers distinct value to homeowners.

North Philadelphia features affordable, up and coming neighborhoods like Fishtown, Brewerytown, and Northern Liberties. Here, residents can find cozy new restaurants and breweries among the many newly renovated commercial buildings and living spaces that line the streets. 

The Center City neighborhood is truly the heart of Philly. Neighborhoods like Rittenhouse, Chinatown, and Old City attract visitors and homebuyers of all demographics with national historic sites, an extensive high-end shopping district, and a wide variety of culinary and entertainment options. The area is safe and easy to navigate on foot or using public transportation, is home to many of the largest employers in the city, and hosts several exciting events throughout the year, including Made in America and Center City District Restaurant Week. 

Despite the classic tale of the Fresh Prince, West Philadelphia is home to some of the most beautiful views in the city. West of the Schuylkill, Fairmount Park is the largest green space in the city. The park has over 2000 acres of land and stunning views of the Philly skyline from afar (We’d recommend Belmont Plateau!). The Centennial District boasts the Philadelphia Zoo, while University City acts as the central hub for young adults at Drexel University and the University of Pennsylvania. This area is an excellent option for young adults and nature lovers who want to experience Philly without sacrificing the outdoors OR their budget.

South Philadelphia offers a large variety of experiences and communities to homeowners. Containing the famous South Street, Italian Market, and sports complex, visitors and residents fully immerse themselves in everything that makes this city special. Grab a Jim’s cheesesteak, Chickie’s and Pete’s crab fries, or Ralph’s veal parmesan while exploring the diverse, progressive environment and gorgeous public and private art venues. 

Apartment Hunting in Philadelphia

If you’re looking to move to Philadelphia, or already live in Philly and are looking for a change of scenery, hit us up! We have beautiful apartments available in a variety of Philadelphia neighborhoods, including Harrowgate, Fishtown, and Northern Liberties. If you don’t see exactly what you’re looking for, contact us and we’d be happy to help you find your new Philly home.

Working in Philadelphia

Philadelphia is an industry leader in energy, life sciences, healthcare services, financial services, manufacturing, and many other critical fields. With the highest number of biomedical engineering degrees in the nation, as well as America’s top business school (Wharton at the University of Pennsylvania), Philadelphia is a booming economy with job opportunities in many industries. (https://selectgreaterphl.com/key-industries/).

 The Commute – SEPTA

Philadelphia is (unfortunately) not exempt from the challenges of densely populated urban environments, especially frequent construction and limited parking. Getting to work, or any destination, can be a daunting task in a new city, so understanding its public transportation options is vital. The Southeastern Pennsylvania Transportation Authority (SEPTA) consists of a regional rail system to nearby suburbs and destinations in the Great Philadelphia Area, public bus and trolley routes within the city, and rapid transit subway lines running North-South and East-West, intersecting at City Hall. Purchasing passes and tickets for these services is easy to do online and at the stations, so get busy finding your way around!

Education

For families with children, education is a significant factor when deciding where to live. Philadelphia has many school districts for K-12, along with exceptional universities for higher education pursuits. Central High School is one of Philadelphia Public School’s best within the city, along with Lower Merion School District outside of West Philly (alma mater of Kobe Bryant!). For exceptionally high achieving students, the Julia R. Masterman School is one of the most prolific secondary education institutions in the state (https://www.usnews.com/education/best-high-schools/pennsylvania/districts/school-district-of-philadelphia/julia-r-masterman-secondary-school-17216)

For college students, Temple University in North Philadelphia and the University of Pennsylvania in University City offer valuable higher ed opportunities in a multitude of disciplines and majors. 

Port Richmond Neighborhood Guide

Port Richmond Neighborhood Guide

Port Richmond is bounded by Frankford Creek and the Delaware River on the northern and eastern. Lehigh Avenue borders it to the south and Frankford Ave to the west. The neighborhood is primarily called home by blue-collar, family-oriented people who have lived there for generations. But, this quiet community is quickly evolving.  Read on to learn everything you need to know about the neighborhood in our Port Richmond neighborhood guide.

Port Richmond Cost of living

Because it is generally cheaper than Fishtown and much less crowded, it is quickly becoming a hub for young professionals that need to commute into Center City for work. The rental market is valuable in Port Richmond as many newly-renovated, one-bedroom apartments go for $800 a month. For example, The Loom Philly is a previously abandoned warehouse that has been restored and turned into contemporary studio apartments and small offices. 

If you’re interested in buying a home, you won’t have to shell out a lot of money. Also, the median sale price for a three-bedroom, one-bath home a mere $165,000, giving young families financial flexibility. 

Cultural Value

Another pull towards this community for young people is the cultural diversity. Maryann Trombetta, President of the Port Richmond’s town watch- describes the neighborhood as, “a diverse mix of immigrant groups (Polish, Irish and Italian) whose rich ethnic traditions and cuisines contribute to the area’s vibrancy.” All walks of life are welcomed and celebrated in this community. The mesh of ethnicities in Port Richmond has attracted many new faces who are looking for a safe haven in our seemingly divided nation. 

Things to do in Port Richmond

A walkable downtown has been created by new small businesses such as Bait & Switch, an award-winning seafood spot and the River Wards Cafe, joining established favorites like Tacconelli’s Pizza and Serpico, a fine-dining hot spot. You certainly don’t need a car to enjoy yourself in this neighborhood. You also won’t need one to get to work. The train and bus route will get you anywhere in the city in 30 minutes or less. With affordable housing, diversity and lots of great bars and restaurants, the easy public transportation system is the cherry on top of Port Richmond.