Washington Ave south side
Broad Street west side
W Passyunk Ave north side
18th Street west side
Of late there’s been much talk over this new investment opportunity called “Newbold“, down in the South Philly 19145-46 zip and “Newbold South” the area from Passyunk Avenue to Wolf Street. This area has historically been part of Point Breeze, however residents who have recently moved to the area have given it the name of Newbold as part of an ongoing revitalization effort. The neighborhood derived its name from the previous name for Hicks Street.
Unsexy a name as it is, it (finally) gave some ambiguously defined neighborhoods in the area a much needed identity other than just, uh, South Philly, which real estate philistines STILL insist on calling Center City South….yeah, and Kensington is north Northern Liberties!!
With luminary Stephen Starr having bought the Broad Street Diner, the gang at SPTR (that’s, uh, South Philly Tap Room for those of you just sinking your teeth in) putting a coffee shop at the corner of 15th and Mifflin, and Noah’s Ark bar at 16th and McKean undergoing an overhaul to a micro brew-and-burger taproom (Station Bar & Grill) in it’s own right, well, you can fill in the blanks. Add that the area is served by major SEPTA routes in either direction and that pretty much seals the deal.
Hope this shines a new light on a very desirable South Philly neighborhood and buyers out there will finally get what all the fuss is about. Me, I’m personally banking on ‘Bold to be the next big thing down under (Washington Ave. that is).
Great Examples of Homes for Sale in Newbold:
One of our readers was kind enough to contribute to the topic. How great is that.
The area of Newbold to which you refer to in your Philly Pretzel piece was named by John Longacre, the owner of the Taproom. It is common knowledge he alone created the name and is the sole reason Newbold ever became a reality. He started a 501C3 nonprofit back in 2003 called the Newbold CDC way before anyone ever heard of the place. In addition, he purchased over 30 houses in the area, renovated them and sold them for dollar for dollar what he had in them. He also mandated that members of the Taproom Staff move to the area if possible. This guy paid people to sweep the streets of Newbold daily for over 2 years. He met with the police Captain constantly and begged for increased police presence in and around Newbold.
He works closely with Newbold South Civic, which falls under the parent Newbold CDC 501c3 and promotes the area tirelessly. He even hosted realtor information events at the SPTR in an attempt to show them his vision for the area. His defined perimeter only extended as far north as Taker because the entire vision for Newbold was to create a neighborhood out of a place that had no identity. He did not want to impede on PT Breeze or any other already existing neighborhood.
I know John very well and am amazed how quiet he has been regarding his creation blossoming into reality. This guy is a community leader like no other. I moved to Newbold as a direct result of his efforts.