Nov 25
2013

Thanksgiving Break Updates and Safety Tips

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Thanksgiving Office Hours

Please note that the Equinox/TempleTown Office will be CLOSED on Thursday, November 27th and Friday, November 28th.  We will reopen for regular business hours on Monday, December 2nd.

If you would like to make rent payments when the office is closed, you may drop off a properly labeled check or money order in the drop box to the left of our front door or you may make your payment online through Equinox Resident Portal.  More on making rent payments here…

Renewals Reminder

Renewal Notices are now available to view on your Equinox Resident Portal.  To view your Renewal Notice, after logging in, go to “Documents” to view.  If you have any questions about your Renewal Notice, please contact our office as soon as possible.  Renewals are due by Friday, December 13, 2013.

Thanksgiving Break Safety Tips

Going home for Thanksgiving Break? Check out these safety tips for securing your house before you leave:

1. Be sure to lock ALL doors (top and bottom locks) and windows (on all floors).

2. Be sure all window guards are locked and secured.

3. If you live in a house, make sure to arm your security system. If you do not know how to use your security system, please email maintenance@templetownrealty.com to schedule a lesson.

4. Lock all bedroom doors.

5. Draw all shades; make sure all windows are covered so no one can look into your house.

6. Consider taking valuable items home with you (i.e. laptops, mp3 players, gaming systems, other electronics, jewelry, etc.)

7. If you have a trustworthy friend that will be staying in the area during break, have them check on your house periodically.

8. Have the Post Office hold your mail for the days that you will be gone. You can do this online here. Or have a friend that will be in the area hold your mail.

9. Leave all of your exterior lights on and consider leaving one of your hallway lights on.

10. If you live in a building with multiple apartments, talk to your neighbors about making sure that everyone keeps the building doors closed and locked at all times.

11. Make sure that the last person to leave for break has gone through this list!

Thanksgiving Weekend in Philly

Sticking around Philadelphia for Thanksgiving?  Not to worry, there is PLENTY to do here!  Check out this Roundup: Where to Spend Black Friday and Small Business Saturday in and around Philadelphia.  Our top picks:

• Art Star Holiday Market at Waterfront WinterfestPenn’s Landing, Blue Cross River Rink at Penn’s Landing, 101 S. Columbus Boulevard, November 29-January 5. Opening on Black Friday, this outdoor holiday market at Penn’s Landing’s Waterfront Winterfest pops up every weekend to help celebrate the 20th anniversary of the Blue Cross RiverRink. The Art Star Holiday Market is set to feature a rotating selection of vendors housed inside repurposed shipping containers. Browse items for kids, clothes, jewelry, posters, pottery and more.

• Christmas Village in Love ParkLogan Square, 1500 Arch Street, November 28-January 1. Channeling Germany’s open-air Christmas markets is Philadelphia’s own Christmas Village at Love Park, presenting guests with the best of American and European Christmas with food, drinks, shopping, carolers and more. The village is open for a full month, from November 28, Thanksgiving Day, through New Year’s Day. Shop ’til you drop at the dozens of booths at the Christmas Village on both Black Friday and Small Business Saturday.

• Macy’s Center City
Market East, 1300 Market Street. Macy’s flagship location in Philadelphia opens it doors at 8 p.m. on Thanksgiving Day this year for shoppers and will remain open through 10 p.m. on Black Friday. That’s 26 hours of shopping! Plus, the Macy’s Christmas Light Show and the Dickens Village make their 2013 debut at 10 a.m. on Black Friday.

 

 

Nov 12
2013

Meet Morgan!

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Hello! My name is Morgan Coacher and I am the newest member to the Templetown team. I will be interacting with tenants on a daily basis ranging in duties from those of a Leasing Agent to Administrative Assistant. In other words, I will be available to answer your questions and help when it is needed! I have lived in South Philadelphia for a few years so I am familiar with the area and can always recommend a great place to check out. Please do not hesitate to email, call me, or just stop by the office to chat!

MORGAN COACHER, Leasing & Administrative Associate
EQUINOX MANAGEMENT & CONSTRUCTION
TEMPLETOWN REALTY COMPANIES
1535 N. Sydenham Street, Philadelphia, PA 19121
215.232.3707 (P) - 215.232.0769 (F)
morgan@equinoxmc.com

Nov 6
2013

Tips to $ave on utilities

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Save On… 

Water: 

  • Hand-wash pots and pans to free up space in the dishwasher
  • Minimize Shower time and turn the faucet off while brushing your teeth
  • Make sure the toilet is not running
  • Make sure faucets are turned all the way off/not leaking

Electricity: 

  • Hang your clothes to dry instead of using the dryer
  • Do a nightly sweep to make sure unused appliances and electronics are unplugged
  • Do a daily sweep of your apartment before leaving for the day to make sure unused appliances and electronics are unplugged
  • Turn the TV off if you’re not watching it
  • Use Compact Fluorescent Lightbulbs (CFL)
  • If your laptop is fully charged, make sure to unplug it!
    • Not only does this waste electricity, it kills the battery

Heating and Cooling: 

  • Use a Space Heater instead of your gas heat
  • After using the oven, leave it cracked to take advantage of the warmth
  • If you have drafty windows, line them with plastic for the season to better insulate
  • Let the sun in by opening shades
  • Set your thermostat to 68 degrees in the winter and 78 degrees in the summer
    • Set to “auto” as opposed to “on”
    • Turn off completely when leaving for an extended period of time
    • Dress warmer and adjust the temperature accordingly
  • In the winter time, NEVER turn your thermostat off.  The lowest temperature your thermostat should be set to is 65 degrees.  If you turn your thermostat off, your pipes may freeze and burst which will cause a flood in your apartment.

Nov 4
2013

Leasing Survey

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Attention TempleTown community!  Please take a minute to complete our Leasing Survey so that we may better serve you.  Our Leasing Survey is designed for people that live in the TempleTown area, or are interested in living in the TempleTown area.  If you are a current resident of TempleTown Realty, please complete our Resident Satisfaction Survey.

We appreciate your feedback as it has a direct influence on our decision-making.  If you have any additional questions, comments, or suggestions, please feel free to contact our office.

 

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Oct 29
2013

Resident Satisfaction Survey

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Attention TempleTown Residents!  Please take a minute to complete our Resident Satisfaction Survey so that we may better serve you.

We appreciate your feedback as it has a direct influence on our decision-making.  If you have any additional questions, comments, or suggestions, please feel free to contact our office.

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Oct 21
2013

Meet Eileen!

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Hello everyone! My name is Eileen and I am new to the TempleTown family.   I will be taking care of leasing and resident services. I cant wait to meet all the current and prospective residents!
I am fairly new to Philadelphia and am looking forward to this new adventure!  Please introduce yourself next time you stop in to our office. :)

Oct 18
2013

Halloween in Philly 2013

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Looking for something to do to celebrate Halloween? Here’s a few fun events going on in Philly – most are all ages with the exception of Nightmare on Broadstreet.

Take a 90 minute tour on a Victorian trolley, starting at 5th & Market and stopping by 20 different locations to hear ghost stories in Old City and Society Hill.

Supposedly, the thing to do in Philly for Halloween! Ticket prices range between $13 and $39 depending on the time slot reserved. Walk through a top notch haunted house in the infamous Eastern State Penitentiary. The actor’s costumes are unreal – there’s no way you will make it through without getting startled. Terror Behind the Walls runs until November 9th.

When: October 19th 2013 12-8pm
Where: South Street between Broad and 18th streets

An all-ages, free festival with food, beer, and live music. Some music acts include Clap Your Hands Say Yeah and Swift Technique.

When: Saturday, October 26th, 2013 9p.m.
Where: xFinity Live

Purchase a $10 wristband to receive $3 select drafts, $4 cocktails, $5 shots and $6 bombs. Each of the 5 bars will have a different theme:  Oz, Horrors of Wonderland, Chuckie’s Dollhouse, Zombie Apocalypse, and Rocky Horror Picture Show. Be sure to wear a costume; winners of the costume contest can receive over $10,000 in case and prizes.

When: Saturday, October 27th, 2013 2-8pm
Where: The Piazza, 3rd & Germantown

Enjoy drink and food specials at Kings Oak, Pyt, Gunners Run, and Max’s Brew Bar. An on-site artist will help you get into character to participate in the Zombie Olympics, Brain Eating Contest, Ugly Pageant, and Scariest Scream. Live music and vendors will fill the Piazza. Free and all ages!

Oct 9
2013

Top Music Venues in Philadelphia (5)

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Top 5 Music Venues in Philadelphia

 

Photo by Bethany Rees

1.The Blockley Pourhouse

location: 38th & Chestnut

     If getting groovy is your thing, this is the place for you. The calendar is always promising and littered with funky music. The venue is on the small side which allows for an intimate view of the stage from almost anywhere in the place. Some shows provide an 18+ section, but it tends to be more comfortable with the entire venue to your disposal at the 21+ events. This is the venue where you see top notch acts before they get too popular for a smaller venue. In other words, there’s nothing but talent playing here. Miss D, the ladies bathroom attendant, is a ball. If simply conversing with her sweet self isn’t enough, ask about her handmade knit tops she has hanging for sale. Additionally, The Blockley hosts a free Philadelphia Shakedown Flea Market one Sunday of each month. This is a great opportunity to check out the venue and purchase tickets at the box office free of service fees.

Upcoming shows to look out for:
10/19/2013 Orchard Lounge $12
10/24/2013 Jimkata $10
11/09/2013 Everyone Orchestra ft. John K (Further), Joel (Umphrey’s), Tim (Railroad Earth), Jen & Natalie (TAB) $21
12/04/2013 Matisyahu $35
12/12/2013 Future Rock $10

Photo by Matt LaRoche

2. The Mann Center

location: 52 & Parkside, Fairmount Park

     Easily the most picturesque venue in Philadelphia, The Mann Center is a large amphitheatre with a wooden pavillion-like overhang. Lawn seats are available at the least expensive rate where the view of the stage is still spectacular. The balcony boasts a birds’ eye view. The Mann grounds provide excellent views of the Philadelphia skyline. City Bisco 2012 was incredible; the venue grounds are perfect for a multi stage set up and really give the event a “mini festival” feel. This past September’s Steely Dan performance was spectacular! All types of music grace this venue, but only the good stuff! *The Mann Center is a “warm weather” venue, check the site in the spring!

3. The Union Transfer

Location: 1026 Spring Garden

          One of R5’s many venues, this one is especially aesthetically pleasing. Smaller than the Electric Factory but larger than the TLA, this venue has a grandeur about it that could be attributed to the beautiful woodwork throughout. Large dance floor, balcony with risers, two bars… what else can one ask for?

Upcoming shows to look out for:
10/10/2013 Bonobo and Paul Basic $20
10/13/2013 Gold Panda $14
10/19/2013 Cold War Kids $23
10/25/2013 of Montreal $20
10/27/2013 Animal Collective $30
10/30-31/2013 Man Man $20 per show
11/16/2013 Conspirator and Pigeons Playing Ping Pong $20

4. The Trocadero

location: 10th & Arch

          The Trocadero is the only 19th century Victorian theater still in operation in the United States. The standing room floor provides excellent views of the stage, as does the seated balcony. There are two bars, one upstairs and downstairs, the latter of which is more intimate. The Troc also offers a wide variety of music appropriate for any taste. Located in Chinatown, there is much to explore for snacks before and after the show.

Upcoming shows to look out for:
11/9/2013 Papadosio featuring the Malah and Earth Cry $20

Photo by Shoot People

5. The Electric Factory

location: 7th & Willow

          One of the classics! The Electric Factory is your standard standing room venue with a balcony for people of age. There is a bar upstairs and downstairs, but the upstairs provides some seating and risers for better views. The venue hosts musicians of all kinds and its size guarantees many faces for you to chat with. A great venue for a good time! After the show, take a walk up to Spring Garden street, hang a right and head on into Silk City Diner where you can purchase some delectable munchies and view more live music.

Upcoming shows to look out for:
10/3/2013 Zeds Dead, Paper Diamond, Green Lantern, and Branchez $40.90
10/4/2013 MOE. $40.40
10/31/2013 Infected Mushroom
12/03/2013 MGMT $35
12/05/2013 Lupe Fiasco $34
12/29/2013 Dark Star Orchestra $27.50
12/30-31/2013 Lotus NYE Celebration 2-Day pass $65; Individually $25

01/31/2013-02/01/2013 Dr. Dog $27.50 per show

Oct 2
2013

Access Fresh Produce living near Temple University

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Eating healthy in college is tough and although we are fortunate to have the Fresh Grocer (located at Broad & Jefferson) for necessities, it often does not supply a great selection of produce nor does it offer locally sourced products. Here are a few of my favorite places to shop close by:

 

Cecil B. Moore Farmers’ Market

hosted by The Food Trust
Located at Broad and Cecil B. Moore
Thursdays, 2 p.m. – 6 p.m.

 

Greensgrow Farms

Located at 2501 E. Cumberland Street 19125

How to get there:
Take the 39 bus from Broad and Dauphin
Take the 3 Bus from Broad and Cecil to the Huntingdon Station
OR take the Broad Street Line South, transfer onto Market-Frankford Eastbound and get off at the Huntingdon Station

Photo Courtesy of Greensgrow Farms

What they offer

 Farmstand

Thursdays, 3p.m.-7p.m.
Saturdays, 10a.m.-3p.m.

 Summer AND Winter Farmshares

Your choice between a Meat, Vegetarian, or Vegan share. A Meat share includes 5-7 produce items, a choice of one protein, and a meat. Vegetarian shares get an additional 2-4 produce items. Shares are picked up from Greensgrow biweekly starting in December and ending in April. Each share starts at $425 which translates into about $40 per pickup. There is also a cheese and coffee share add-on option.

 

Door to Door Organics

“Door to Door Organics partners with farmers to bring fresh, organic produce and natural groceries right to your doorstep.”

The perks: extremely customizable and you schedule delivery when it’s convenient.

What they offer:
Local Farm Box
Organic Produce Box: fruits, veggies, or both
*Recipes – you can browse recipes and then purchase all the ingredients you need to prepare them
*Browse a full scale grocery store of organic, local, and non-GMO goods

Reading Terminal Market

 

Monday – Saturday 8a.m.-6p.m.

Sunday 9a.m. – 5p.m.

The Reading Terminal Market is an absolute smorgasbord – aisle after aisle of delicious food prepared and ready to be devoured or purchased for consumption at home. Some notables:

 Fair Food Farmstand

“We carry a wide variety of products from a number of farms throughout the southeast Pennsylvania region. We emphasize local, organic and artisanal foods from small-scale farms including vegetables, fruits, humanely raised meats and poultry, eggs, cheese, and dairy.”

 Kauffman’s Lancaster County Produce

Farm fresh produce, jams, jellies, and crafts.

 Iovine Brothers Produce

“Local produce, organic produce, specialty gourmet items, everything you would hope for in a produce market, and much much more…”

 OK Produce

Fresh produce, herbs, nuts, and specials

*Great “Dollar Bags”

Teens4Good Farmstand

Located at 8th & Poplar
Wednesdays, 3p.m. – 6p.m.

 

Liberty Lands Park Farmers’ Market

Hosted by the Food Trust
Located at 3rd and Poplar
Thursday, 3 p.m. – 7 p.m.

Aug 28
2013

Labor Day Weekend in Philly

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Welcome back to school!  What are your plans for the Labor Day Weekend?  Why not explore what Philly has to offer!  Check out our top picks from uwishunu’s Guide To Labor Day Weekend in Philadelphia:

1.  Made in America

August 31 and September 1. The Benjamin Franklin Parkway comes alive with music during the second annual Made in America festival in support of the United Way. Musician and festival co-presenter Jay Z enlists help from big-name acts, including his wife Beyonce and rockers Nine Inch Nails, to bring two days of celebration and musical surprises to the City of Brotherly Love.

2.  Brooklyn Flea Philly

September 1, 10 a.m.-5 p.m. The Philadelphia outpost of the loved Brooklyn Fleahas received monumental traffic all summer long. This Sunday, September 1, visit the open-air market, located at the Piazza at Schmidt’s, for vintage goods, food and handmade items aplenty.

3.  PHAIR Open-Air Market

August 31, 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Browse everything from handmade jewelry to vintage furniture to street food at PHAIR open-air market located at 23rd and Arch Streets. Spend your Saturday shopping local goods from a variety of vendors.

4.  Barbeque

If there’s one meal that’s synonymous with Labor Day weekend, it’s barbecue. With the smells of hamburgers fresh off the grill fading to a memory in the colder months, don’t miss the opportunity to enjoy some summer barbecue (preferably outdoors) this weekend. Check out our barbecue roundup for our favorite spots.

5.  Pay-what-you-wish at the Philadelphia Art Museum

Explore the Philadelphia Museum of Art’s collection all weekend long, and on Sunday, September 1, enter the museum at whatever price you choose as part of its first Sunday promotion.

TempleTown Realty
1535 N. Sydenham Street
Philadelphia, PA 19121

Leasing Office Phone: 215-232-3707
Leasing Email: rentals@templetownrealty.com

Maintenance Office Phone: 267-519-2825
Maintenance Emai: maintenance@templetownrealty.com

Fax: 215-232-0769

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Saturday - Sunday: Closed

*During Leasing Season (January - March), the Leasing Office is open until 7pm on Tuesdays and Wednesdays with the last apartment showing at 5:30pm.

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