Jan 22

Simple Meals: Stuffed Chicken with vegetables and baked potatoes

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A Simple Meal for Two: Grilled chicken breast stuffed with provolone cheese and vegetables and baked potato.

2 boneless chicken breasts
4+ slices of provolone cheese
olive oil
soy sauce
1 standard package of mushrooms
1 yellow or white onion
OR assorted vegetables of your choice
2 brown russet potatoes
sour cream

Rinse potatoes. Stab each potato a few times to allow air movement. Bake at 350 degrees for 1 hour, or until a fork can easily pierce the skin and the inside is soft. Serve sliced down the middle. Season with salt, pepper, garlic, a pad of butter, and a dollop of sour cream.

Rinse the chicken breasts and make sure to trim off any fat. Butterfly each piece. While the breast lays on the cutting board, lay your non-dominant hand over it to hold it in place and with the other slice through the piece as if you were slicing a bagel. Stop before cutting all the way through so that you can open the breast like a book.

Half each mushroom right down the stem. Lay these halves flat on the cutting board and thinly slice.

final product should look like this!

Cut off each end of the onion. Holding the onion in one hand, gently use your knife to cut through the first layer. You can then easily discard the outer layer to reveal a peeled onion. Cut the onion in half and then thinly slice.

Layer the sliced vegetables and cheese on one side of the open chicken breast and slather on some pesto. Pull the other side of the “book” closed over the filling and fasten with two toothpicks.

Your stuffed chicken breast should look similar to this!

Place the two stuffed chicken breasts in a deep glass, ceramic, or metal dish. Sprinkle the remaining slices of onion and mushroom over top. Drizzle olive oil and two dashes of soy sauce over the chicken and vegetables. Season with salt, pepper, and garlic. Bake at 350 degrees for about 30 minutes, chicken is fully cooked when it is an even white color throughout. (Place in oven after the potatoes have been cooking for at least 35 minutes so everything comes out together).

Jan 22

Simple Meals: Kitchen Staples

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This post will start TempleTown’s Simple Meals blog series. The series will include recipes for beginner cooks or cooks with limited time. To start things off, we will identify some key ingredients to have on hand to spice up your kitchen! These ingredients typically only have to be purchased once or very rarely, but are a huge benefit to have at your disposal. By making an initial investment in your kitchen, grocery shopping can be reduced to mere perishables. This makes grocery shopping easier when you have a specific meal in mind because you won’t have to worry about the little things you may need – you’ll already have them! Keep in mind, these are suggestions! Add and remove items as needed.

Herbs & Spices:

Garlic powder

Onion powder or minced onion

Black Pepper

Sea Salt










Soy sauce


Balsamic Vinegar



Olive Oil

Vegetable Oil

Pam non-stick spray

Dry Pasta

Parmesan Cheese

Minced Garlic

Bouillion – chicken, beef, or veggie

Lemon and/or lime juice





Jan 15

Open House: Studio and 1 Bedroom apartments for rent at 1430 W. Diamond Street

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Open House


Studio and 1 Bedroom apartments for rent from $630 – $650 per month.  Lease starting August 1, 2014.  Property features include:

  • Various floor plans available
  • Vaulted ceilings
  • Hardwood floors in select units
  • TempleTown laundry facility and bike storage on the block
  • Heat and water included with rent  (Residents pay for electric and cooking gas)


Wednesday, January 22, 2014 at 1:30pm


Meeting at 1430 W. Diamond Street, Philadelphia, PA 19121


Space is limited and we are only able to show apartments to guests that RSVP in advance.  To RSVP, please call or email Colwin at 215-232-3707 or colwin@templetownrealty.com.

Phone Number:
Email address:
Current School address:
How did you hear about us?:
Current lease end date:

These apartments won’t last so be prepared to submit a Rental Application and deposit if you see something you really like!  All apartments are rented first-come, first-serve and we are not able to hold apartments without a completed Rental Application and deposit.

For more information on our leasing process, check out our Off Campus Housing Guide.

Jan 4

Now Hiring: Spring 2014 Marketing Intern

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TempleTown Realty is looking for a new Marketing Intern for Spring 2014!

Marketing Intern Job Description:

The intern will be responsible for varying tasks that support TempleTown’s marketing strategy, resident relations and overall leasing activities. A central part of the intern’s role will be supporting marketing strategies by helping with creating marketing projects, representing TempleTown at housing fairs, writing content for blog entries and newsletters, hosting open houses, etc.  Other duties include working with prospective residents through the leasing process and other administrative duties including answering phones, filing, etc.

Skills Learned / Experience:

The intern will have the opportunity to work at a small, entrepreneurial, fast-paced company and work side-by-side with the company’s managers. The intern will gain experience in all aspects of real estate marketing.  In addition to receiving feedback on marketing projects, the intern will leave with professional written and verbal communication skills. The intern will also obtain an understanding of marketing plans and techniques, as well as customer service initiatives. Finally, the intern will learn about the property management industry, including how the business operates.


College Credit:  If the student is participating in an internship for college credit, we are more than happy to complete evaluations or other forms necessary to assure credit is received.
Hourly Pay:  $7.25 to $8.50 per hour depending on experience
- 10 to 30 hours per week during office hours (Monday through Friday 9am to 4:30pm, open until 7pm on Tuesday and Wednesdays during Leasing Season)
- Position would start as soon as possible and would end between May and August 2014 with the possibility of continuation of the internship or part to full time employment upon completion of the internship period


The ideal candidate is an undergraduate student with strong oral and written communications skills, and good organizational skills. Candidates should be comfortable working as a representative and advocate of TempleTown Realty. It is essential that candidates are proficient in Microsoft Word, Excel, email, Facebook, and other social media sites. An interest in entrepreneurship, marketing, real estate and/or blogging is preferred.  Graphic design, website/blog development, and/or video production experience or knowledge is a plus. A laptop to use for work is required.

Potential for continuation of internship experience or part to full-time job offer may be available for the right candidate.

Application Instructions:

To apply, please send cover letter and Resume to Star Bocasan Little, Marketing Manager at star@templetownrealty.com.  No phone calls or office visits.


Dec 30

TempleTown New Year’s Guide

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Philadelphia is a great place to spend New Year’s!  Here is a quick list of things to do on New Year’s Eve and New Year’s Day!

Note to TempleTown Residents:  The office will be closed on January 1st and 2nd and will have limited hours on January 3rd.  We will resume regular business hours on Monday, January 6th.


Date:  December 31, 2013

Time:  6pm and 12am midnight

Cost:  FREE!

Description:  Ring in the New Year with fireworks!  There are 2 shows, one at 6pm and another at midnight.  Both are over the Delaware River.  Check out this handy map of places to watch!

More Info:  The Best Places to Watch New Year’s Eve Fireworks in Philadelphia


New Year’s Eve Parties and Events

Date:  December 31, 2014

Time:  varies

Cost:  varies

Description:  A pretty comprehensive guide to everything going on on New Year’s Eve around the city – waterfront celebrations, gala events, neighborhood bar celebrations, Center City bar parties, concerts, tours, all-inclusive passes and bar crawls – you’re sure to find something of interest!

More Info:  Roundup: Top Picks for New Year’s Eve Celebrations

Photo courtesy of uwishunu.com



The Mummers Parade

Date:  January 1, 2014

Time:  10am to about 6pm

Cost:  FREE!

Description:  A classic, Philadelphia tradition.  Kind of hard to explain but basically it’s a competitive parade organized by clubs in South Philly.  The parade starts in various locations in South Philly and goes up South Broad Street to City Hall.

Directions from TempleTown:  Catch a free “seat” along South Broad Street

More Info:  Guide to the 114th Annual Mummer’s Parade

Photo courtesy of uwishunu.com


Check out The Barnes Museum

Date:  January 1, 2014

Time:  10am to 6pm

Cost:  $10.00 with student ID

Description:  One of Philadelphia’s newest museums that features world-class art in an intimate setting, and it’s open on New Year’s Day!

Directions from TempleTown:  Take SEPTA’s Bus 2 down N. 17th Street, get off on Callowhill Street, walk 3 blocks west to 20th Street.

More Info:  The Barnes Foundation

Photo courtesy of uwishunu.com




Dec 11

Renewal Notice FAQs

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What are my renewal options?

There are three Renewal Options:

Option 1:  Total Renewal - Renewing your Lease with all the same Lease Holders.

Option 2:  Partial Renewal - Renewing your Lease with some of the same Lease Holders with the addition of new roommates.

Option 3:  Transfer - Transfer to a different TempleTown Realty property.

When are renewals due?

If you wish to stay in your rental and renew your lease for another year, we must receive a commitment by December 13, 2013.

**Extensions will be granted on a case-by-case basis.  Please contact our office if you would like to request a Renewal Extension.

How can I get a copy of my Renewal Notice?

View your Lease Renewal Notice in Resident Portal now.

If you would like a copy of your Renewal Notice emailed to you, please contact our office as soon as possible.  You can also stop by the office to pick up a hardcopy of your Renewal Notice.

What if I’m not sure if I want to renew my lease yet?

If you are not sure if you want to renew your lease or not, we recommend contacting our office to request an extension so that you have more time to think about your renewal options.

What if I do not wish to renew my lease?

If you do not wish to renew your lease, then no action is necessary.  If we do not receive a signed renewal by the deadline, then your apartment will automatically be put on the market for 2014-2015 Leasing Season and will be available for tours for prospective residents.

Dec 6

Study Tips for Finals Week

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Simple Study Tips:

1. Alternate between subjects
When you have multiple classes to study for, be sure to alternate subjects to avoid boredom. This will keep your attention and minimize “spacing out.”

2. Take a break (more than you think)
By taking a quick stroll, grabbing a bite to eat, or chatting with friends for short spurts of time you will keep more alert and better retain information. Use this time to reflect on something other than your studies.
For example: study for an hour or two, take a 30 minute break, repeat. Find what works for you.

3. Review lecture notes daily
By quickly re-reading notes post class, studying will be easier later on.

4. Re-write your notes to help you remember the material

5. Break flashcards into small piles
By doing this, you are more likely to recall the information.

6. Sleep!
Let your information sink in!

7. Make To-Do Lists
Checking off completed items will make you feel accomplished, on top of keeping you on track. Prioritize!

8. Do (or Don’t) Study in groups
If studying with a partner truly helps your understanding of the material, go right ahead! However, let’s admit it – most of us get distracted. If this isn’t a successful tool for you be sure to avoid it. You will have plenty of free time to socialize after finals.

9. Change up your study location!

10. Eliminate all digital distractions
If you don’t need your laptop, leave it shut! Try your best to avoid surfing the internet and stay logged out of Facebook and Twitter. Most importantly, avoid texting. Perhaps you can limit yourself to checking you phone on the hour or strictly on your scheduled break time. Set goals for yourself, and stick to it!


Study Tools:
The most valuable tool to research for your papers and term projects at Temple is the Library website where you can use Summon to search all of the library’s content . TU Library
Stop in the Writing Center toget help on your papers and reports.
The Writing Center
The Business Communications Center

Dec 5

Renewal Notices for Current Residents

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Dear Residents of TempleTown Realty,

Thank you for choosing TempleTown Realty as your new home.  We have been happy to have you as a resident and we hope that you have been satisfied with your rental.  As you are aware, there is a great deal of demand for housing near campus so must begin our renewal process very early.

Your Lease Renewal Notice is now ready to view in your Resident Portal.

Your Renewal Notice includes information on your current Lease, the renewal rate should you decide to renew your Lease along with the appropriate forms.

If you wish to stay in your rental and renew your lease for another year, we must receive a commitment by December 13, 2013.
**Extensions will be granted on a case-by-case basis.  Please contact our office if you would like to request a Renewal Extension.

There are three Renewal Options:

Option 1:  Total Renewal - Renewing your Lease with all the same Lease Holders.

Option 2:  Partial Renewal - Renewing your Lease with some of the same Lease Holders with the addition of new roommates.

Option 3:  Transfer - Transfer to a different TempleTown Realty property.

If you have any questions about Lease Renewals, please feel free to contact our office.

View your Lease Renewal Notice in Resident Portal now.

Dec 4

TempleTown Holiday Guide

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Holiday Lights

G. Widman

Macy’s Christmas Light Show at Macy’s Center City

Date:  November 29th – December 31

Time:  Seven days a week, every 2 hours.

Cost:  FREE!

Description:  Take a stroll through the classic Macy’s Center City and check out their yearly Christmas Light Show in the middle of the store.  The light show can be viewed from every level of the store so make sure to explore!

Directions from TempleTown:  Take the SEPTA Broad Street Line southbound towards Center City, get off at the City Hall stop.  The Macy’s is across the street from City Hall in between S. Broad & Market East.

More Info:  More Info available at VisitPhilly.

Holiday Attractions

Skate The Piazza!

Date:  December 2 – February 23

Time:  Monday/Thursday 4pm-10pm, Friday 4pm-11pm, Saturday & Sunday 11am-11pm

Cost:  $3 for per child, $5 per adult, $1 skate rental

Description:  For the first time ever, the Piazza will be providing some holiday cheer with a pop-up ice-skating rink!

Directions from TempleTown:  Walk to Broad & Girard, take the 15 Trolley eastbound, get off at the 2nd Street stop.  Walk southbound on 2nd Street, the Piazza is at the corner of 2nd & Germantown on your left hand side.

More Info:  More info at SkateatthePiazza.com

Holiday Events

Christmas Village in Philadelphia (Free!)

Date: Thanksgiving Day to New Years Day

Time: Sun. – Thur. 11am – 7pm Fri. – Sat. 11am – 8pm

Cost: Free

Description: LOVE park is transformed into a traditional German Christmas Market.

Directions from TempleTown: Take the Broad Street line south to the Center City stop. LOVE Park is located at 16th & JFK.

More info: Find a list of vendors here.

Holiday Shopping

Franklin Flea Indoor Market

Date: November 16, 23, 30 & December 7, 14, 21

Time: 10 am – 5 pm

Cost: Free

Location: 801 Market Street, Philadelphia, PA 19107

Directions from TempleTown: Take the SEPTA Broad Street Line southbound to the Center City stop; transfer to the Market Frankford line going Eastbound. Get off at 8th and Market. 

More Info: here.

Punk Rock Flea Market Holiday Edition

Date: Saturday December 14th

Time:  10am-5pm

Cost: $3 entry

Location: 9th & Spring Garden

Directions from TempleTown: Take the Broad Street line south to the Spring Garden stop. Walk East on Spring Garden to 9th street.

More Info: here.

Greensgrow Holiday Bazaar

Date/Time: Saturday, December 7th • 10–4, Sunday, December 8th • 11–4 Saturday, December 14th • 10–4 & Sunday, December 15th • 11–4

Cost: Free

Description: “Shop local, support local artists! We’ll have a range of fine art and crafts; jewelry, ceramics, wood working, accessories, green gifts, edible gifts, bath/body and lots more. There are 30 artists each day of the event. The farm will be bursting with evergreen swags, holiday trees, and more for all your December décor needs. Our trees range in size from tabletop to tall. We have great gift items like rosemary bushes, dwarf Alberta Spruce, mini-evergreens, cyclamens, amaryllis, Christmas cactus and paperwhite bulbs–easy to sprout indoors over the winter as well as edible gifts!”

Directions from TempleTown: Take the 3 Bus from Broad and Cecil to the Huntingdon Station

More Info: here.

Nov 25

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.



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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Monday - Friday: 9am - 4:30pm
Saturday - Sunday: Closed

*During Leasing Season (January - March), the Leasing Office is open until 6pm on Tuesdays with the last apartment showing at 5:30pm.

*For updates on weather closings, please check our Facebook Page.