PHG neighborhood guide: Newbold

Image Courtesy of Philly Mag

Image Courtesy of Philly Mag

Newbold is a fabulous neighborhood in Philadelphia known architecturally for wider homes than typical, brick facades, brownstone lintels and colorful antique doors. It’s one of many vibrant sections of South Philly and loosely runs from Tasker Avenue to West Passyunk Avenue, and west of Broad Street to 18th Street. Like all Philadelphia neighborhoods, you’re allowed to call home the neighborhood where your heart is.  Who needs stinking boundaries?  Commuting to and from Newbold couldn’t be easier with the Broad Street Line running parallel to it. Hop on at the Tasker-Morris Station and you’ll be downtown in no time. Here are two fabulous homes in the area and a few of our favorite establishments for you to frequent when you move there.

1713 S Dorrance St

1713 S Dorrance St

Located on a quiet, adorable, and tight-knit block in Newbold is 1713 S Dorrance Street. This fantastic two bedroom home features a host of updates including all brand new plumbing and sewer lines, new roof, new tiling in the bathroom and kitchen and a new washer and dryer. The first floor has a spacious, open layout and hardwood floors. Step inside the picture perfect kitchen, updated with a breakfast bar and all stainless steel appliances. Peek around the back to see a brand new fence and wooden pavers, which only add to the charming décor throughout the home. The large bathroom houses the over-sized stall shower and vanity and the large window floods the room with calming natural light. The bedrooms are spacious yet comfy, and provide plenty of closet space. Head downstairs to the basement which has new built in shelving, great for those who want a well-organized home.

1713 S Dorrance Street is part of the NeighborhoodLIFT tour. Wells Fargo bank offers LIFT programs that help to supply financial education and deliver down payment assistance to homebuyers. The PhiladelphiaLIFT tour is happening April 1 and 2, 2016. 

1911 Chadwick St

1911 Chadwick St

Not far from Dorrance Street is 1911 Chadwick Street. Check out this spectacular home artfully renovated just two years ago. It's a 3 minute walk from some amazing local spots and a 10 minute walk to Passyunk Square. This home has new high efficiency central air and heat, an open floor plan, first floor laundry, hardwood floors, enclosed private back yard, stainless steel appliances and a full sized basement for ample storage. It's got everything the modern urbanite wants and needs in their abode. The block is very charming and is shared by Miss Rachel's pantry, some architecturally neat-o garage-type buildings slated to become artist spaces or lofts, and high-end apartment living. 

Newbold has a ton of great haunts. First up, let’s find some coffee. Benna’s West is located at the corner of Broad and Dickinson Streets, and has great coffee and affordable delicious breakfast sandwiches. We suggest getting the egg and cheese on a baguette. It’s the perfect amount of wake up comfort food. Nearby is Ultimo Coffee Shop. It’s located at the corner of 15th and Mifflin Streets. They sell delicious baked goods from Metropolitan Bakery that pair perfectly with their coffee. You can also get beer to go here! How could it get any better?

Image Courtesy of Philly Voice photo by Thom Carroll

Image Courtesy of Philly Voice photo by Thom Carroll

Directly in between these two coffee shops, is Prep & Foxx. It’s a salon and nailery right at Broad and Tasker Streets. They ladies who own this stellar salon are amazingly talented, and so is their staff. Customer service is impeccable. They even offer you a complimentary beer, wine, or non-alcoholic drink while you’re getting your hair and nails did. Prep & Foxx has hosted several craft fairs, and community clean up days. They really take pride in the Newbold neighborhood.

Image Courtesy of Prep & Foxx Associates

Image Courtesy of Prep & Foxx Associates

Right around the corner at 15th and Tasker Streets, is Circle Thai. You will not find better Thai food in Philadelphia. The pad-see-ew is what dreams are made of. It’s take-out only, which just makes it better. No one will be judging you as you slosh noodles down your shirt while dining on the couch. You’ll be planning your next order from Circles as soon as you finish your meal.

Image Courtesy of Philly.com

Image Courtesy of Philly.com

Just up the block at Mifflin and Hicks Streets, is the South Philly Tap Room. The Tap Room is the neighborhood place to be. It’s been in business for 13 years, and never disappoints. If you’re looking for a good craft beer and tasty burger, then this is the place to go. 

Image Courtesy of PassyunkPost.com

Image Courtesy of PassyunkPost.com

We can’t wait to see you in April for the LIFT tour. We know you’re just going to love Newbold, and all it has to offer. Let’s be sure to grab a coffee at Benna’s after and explore the neighborhood!