4 Benefits of Townhouse Living

There are many components to consider when you are buying a house. How much can you afford? How many square feet are you looking for? What type of house is right for you? Do you want a single-family home or a townhome? Many people opt to buy single-family homes over townhomes, but there are so many benefits of townhome living. Here are four benefits of townhouse living that will make you think differently about townhomes.

1. Low Maintenance
Like many of our Judd Builders’ communities, Siena Place, our townhome community, is virtually maintenance free! Because everything is built new, you won’t have to worry about major upkeep with your new townhome. Siena Place also has a Homeowner’s Association (HOA) that takes care of some of the maintenance for you, like lawn care and snow removal, so you’ll have more time to yourself rather than doing house chores.

2. Community
When you live in a townhome, you are part of a tight-knit community environment. Townhouse communities are always welcoming and there are plenty of neighbors to make friends with as well. On top of that, Siena Place, Judd’s townhome community, is located in Packer Park, South Philadelphia, where there are always events, museums, and more to enjoy with your friends, neighbors, and family.

3. Safety
Townhome communities are shared by many people, which makes it an extremely safe and secure environment. Everyone that lives in the community wants to keep it safe. Knowing that your neighbors are looking after you will make it easy to live comfortably without any fear of intrusion.

4. Nearby a Great City
At Siena Place, not only will you live in a safe, close-knit community, but you will also live near the great city of Philadelphia. Siena Place is located in the heart of Packer Park, which is one of Philadelphia’s most desirable neighborhoods. Enjoy the benefits of living close to the city by indulging in the exciting fusion of style, culture, and entertainment that Philadelphia has to offer. Browse popular boutiques on South Street or dine at many of the family restaurants. You can visit the nearby stadiums to cheer on your favorite sports team! Siena Place offers sophisticated townhouse living in a convenient location with so much to do nearby, taking city living to an exciting new level!

Exciting April Events in the Philadelphia Area

Celebrate April and welcome spring this month by attending some of Philadelphia’s best events. With a great lineup of events in the Philadelphia area, you won’t want to miss out on any of the entertainment! From the spectacular Philadelphia Science Festival to the performing arts, check out these must-do events this April!

Noises Off
March 13th – April 29th
Get ready for the comedic chaos within the smash hit play, Noises Off! This play follows a cast of performers getting ready for their Opening Night performance, which is just hours away. Stumbling through the dress rehearsal, it seems like things couldn’t get worse! With love triangles unraveling and lines being forgotten, can this cast pull their act together? This smash hit comedy is a must see! It’s full of surprises and fantastic humor that the New York Post says, “[it’s] the funniest farce ever written!” Make sure to buy your tickets to this hit play, which is performed at the Walnut Street Theatre in Philadelphia. For more information, click here.

Subaru Cherry Blossom Festival of Greater Philadelphia
April 7th – April 15th
2018 marks the 20th anniversary for the Subaru Cherry Blossom Festival, which re-opens Shofuso Japanese House and Garden in Fairmount Park. You can enjoy citywide cultural celebrations, film screenings, kimono dressing, a 10k race, and demonstrations of traditional Japanese dance and martial arts!

Ur Mom Is Funny
April 14th
If you’re looking for a good laugh, look no further! Make sure to get your tickets to the monthly competition where local comedians team up with their moms to see who can get the most laughs. This event takes place at the Good Good Comedy Theatre on 215 N 11th St Philadelphia. If you want a fun, quirky, comedy event to keep you entertained, check out Ur Mom Is Funny.

Modern Times: American Art 1910-1950
April 18th – September 3rd
The Philadelphia Museum of Art is opening a major exhibition of works of the leading artists in the Jazz Age. Witness the way art was altered during an era where there was great technological and social change. Make sure to look for the stunning works of Georgia O’Keeffe, Horace Pippin, Marsden Hartley, Jacob Lawrence and more! For more information, click here. 

Philadelphia Science Festival
April 21st – April 28th
Returning this spring to educate, inspire, and engage the Philadelphia region is the Philadelphia Science Festival! This event is organized and led by The Franklin Institute, which has collaborated with 200 of the region’s premier science establishments. This festival offers hands-on events for kids and activities for adults to demonstrate the role science plays in everyday life! For more information, click here.

Penn Relays Carnival
April 26th – April 28th
Get pumped for the Penn Relays Carnival. Your weekend will be action-packed while you watch high school, college, and professional track stars compete at Franklin Field. This is the oldest and largest collegiate meet in the nation, with an average of one race every five minutes!

Philly Tech Week
April 27th – May 5th
Bringing together the best and brightest minds in the city, Philly Tech Week brings more than 25,000 business leaders and tech geeks together to participate in over 100 events. There are a variety of programs and workshops to choose from, which highlight and celebrate emerging trends and innovations. With a vast array of activities, there is bound to be something for everyone! For more information, click here.

Don’t miss out on any of the fun this April. Make plans with your friends and family all month long and enjoy what Philadelphia and the region has to offer! If you’re looking to move into the South Philadelphia/Packer Park area, consider Siena Place, one of Judd Builders’ luxury new home communities!

Why Living in Philly is the Best

Location can be a deciding factor for many individuals when buying a home. Most families overlook cities while they are searching for their future forever home. However, Philadelphia is a city that has a lot to offer families looking to move. Over the last couple of years Philadelphia’s economy has been steadily improving, specifically in the education and healthcare sectors. There has also been revitalization in many different neighborhoods that makes Philly a great place to live. However, these aren’t the only reasons why living in Philly is the best. There are a multitude of attractions that make Philly amazing!

The History
When it comes to history, Philadelphia has a lot to brag about. Several firsts have taken place in Philly and its citizens take great pride in the history of the city. From being the birthplace of the nation to having the first American University to offer undergrad and graduate degrees, there is much more to Philly than cheesesteaks. The city shines a light on the historical importance that it played throughout American history. You can step back in time by visiting a multitude of historical buildings or landmarks found within the city. The Betsy Ross house, the Liberty Bell, and the Botanical Gardens are only a few of the attractions Philly has to offer.

Foodie Paradise
Yes, Philadelphians love their share of cheesesteaks, pretzels, and hoagies, but Philly is a foodie paradise that offers a vast array of good eats. From the Italian Market to top-notch 5-star restaurants, there is always a place to eat in Philly. If you are an exotic eater, you’ll absolutely fall in love with the array of flavors that the city has to offer.

Invested in the Arts
Rocky didn’t have to run up the steps to put the Philadelphia Art Museum on the map. Known for being one of the biggest museums in the country, it houses a wide range of paintings and artifacts that draw in thousands. The Art Museum plays a huge part in Philly culture as well as the smaller, but super unique Barnes Foundation. However, the city goes above and beyond when it comes to celebrating the arts. Many artists flock to the city and create a unique atmosphere that can’t be rivaled. In fact there are six top art schools in the area, making Philly perfect for any artsy type or those who appreciate the arts.

Families Embracing the City
Recently a lot of families have been embracing the city due to the numerous family-friendly activities it offers. The city offers great park systems, the perfect outdoor space for kids to run around and play. There is also a long list of museums including the Please Touch Museum and the Franklin Institute to explore with the whole family, making it the ideal for young families to explore and have fun.

Philly Loves Their Sports Teams
Everyone knows that Philadelphia absolutely LOVES their sports teams. Philadelphians are always cheering on our home teams throughout the year! From the Philadelphia Flyers to the Phillies, Sixers, and the NFL Super Bowl 52 champs Philadelphia Eagles (Fly Eagles Fly!), the city is always buzzing with Philly Sports Pride, which is always an electrifying feeling!

Considered the Best Place to Visit in U.S.
Recently, Philadelphia has been considered one of the best places to visit in the U.S. It’s no wonder! Philly has a long list of activities to participate in and places to tour. From historical landmarks to fantastic shopping and food you will never be bored in Philly. Whether you’re just visiting or if you’re considering moving to Philly, you won’t be disappointed.

Fun February Events around Philly

February in Philly has a lot more to offer than just Valentine’s Day celebrations. Make room in your schedule and plan on going to some of these fun February events in the Philadelphia area! From theatre and history to the always popular Philadelphia Auto show, there’s plenty to do during the month of February!

Philadelphia Auto Show
Jan. 27 – Feb. 4
Get up close and personal with the newest vehicle models that dealerships will have around the region at the Philadelphia Auto Show! Check out the automotive industry’s latest creations, innovations and designs. You may even have a chance to test drive select models! For more information, click here.

Black History Month in Philly
February 2018
Taking place throughout the whole month of February, many major attractions around the city will be celebrating Black History Month with special programming. Stay up to date with all the Black History Month events taking place with this guide!

Broadway Philadelphia’s Waitress at Forrest Theatre
Feb 13-18, 2018
Quick! Get your tickets to this uplifting musical and don’t miss out on Waitress! This women and pie powered musical is a must see at The Forrest Theatre. Combining music by Sara Bareilles and screenwriting by Jessie Nelson, you don’t want to miss your chance to see this musical!

Valentine’s Day
February 14
From romantic dinners to swoon-worthy events, enjoy Valentine’s Day with your special someone in the city! If you’re struggling to find an idea for great activities check out Visit Philly’s guide to The 35 Most Romantic Attractions and Activities in Philadelphia!

President’s Day Weekend
Feb 17-19, 2018
Enjoy a weekend of special programming and events for President’s Day this year. There will be plenty to do to celebrate our nation’s past presidents, which will make for a very fun weekend!

East Passyunk Restaurant Week
Feb 26 – March 9, 2018
Foodies get ready! Easy Passyunk Restaurant Week is back February 26th to March 9th for its 5th year. Make your reservations now and get ready to chow down on some delicious food at more than 24 different restaurants in the East Passyunk area!

Reading Terminal Market’s 125th Birthday
Feb 22 & 24, 2018
The Reading Terminal Market turns 125 years old this year and they are gearing up to host a 19th century gala to celebrate. Enjoy Victorian period costumes, Victorian décor, and more on February 22nd, the Market’s official birthday. Also, make sure to keep your eyes and ears open about any further celebration. The market plans to have a year-long celebration, which will easily extend the fun throughout 2018!

Broadway Philadelphia’s Something Rotten! at the Academy of Music
Feb 27 – March 4, 2018
This comedy musical has 10 Tony® nominations and is a huge hit among audiences and critics alike. Set in the 1590s, this musical tells the story of two brothers Nick and Nigel Bottom, who are desperate to write a hit play in competition against the widely famous play-writer Shakespeare. After hearing that the future of plays involve singing, dancing, and acting, Nick and Nigel Bottom set out to make the world’s first ever musical. Don’t miss your chance to see this wonderfully fun musical and get your tickets now!

Best Ways to Ring in the New Year in South Philly

Siena Place residents: where should you go and what should you do to kick off 2018 in and around South Philly? We have a few suggestions for you. So, say goodbye to 2017 and hello to the new year in style!

SugarHouse Casino’s New Year’s Eve Fireworks on the Delaware River Waterfront: Head to 101 S. Columbus Boulevard Philadelphia in the Historic District and enjoy FREE fireworks shows that start at 6 p.m. with another show at midnight. Just a short walk to Old City, Society Hill, and South Street, this event attracts thousands every year, making it the perfect event to bring the whole family along or celebrate with your friends!

NYE at Xfinity Live!
Ring in the New Year in style at one of the biggest parties in Philly at Xfinity Live. With an all-inclusive pass, you’ll have access to great live music, five bars, food, dancing, and of course a ball drop! Say goodbye to 2017 and hello to 2018 at Xfinity Live – general admission tickets currently cost $95, but price may vary as the date approaches.  Learn more here.

Tattooed Mom
Looking for a more low-key way to ring in the New Year but still have a great time? Check out the New Year’s Celebration at the Tattooed Mom. With no cover, half-priced draft beers from 10 p.m.-11p.m., festive cocktails, and plenty of New Year’s swag – you’ll have a great time.

Aquarium “After Dark” New Year’s Eve: If you’re willing to take the quick trip over to Camden, head to the Adventure Aquarium on New Year’s Eve from 8 p.m. to 1 a.m. Countdown to midnight with friends while enjoying cocktails, dinner, and a live DJ while witnessing the breathtaking skyline of Philadelphia, your top spot for seeing the midnight fireworks show. There’s a five-hour open bar, champagne toast at midnight, cocktail hour, cheese and crudité station, tapas station, dinner buffet and dessert all for one bundled price. You must be 21 or older to attend.

Blue Cross RiverRink Winterfest: This winterized riverfront park has an Olympic-size skating rink with spectacular views of the Delaware River, complete with lodge, winter garden, and Christmas tree. Relax with friends in the outdoor seating area in front of a cozy fire or warm up in one of the warming cabins. There’s also a kids’ lodge with arcade games to keep the little ones and teens busy.

Franklin Square Holiday Festival & Electrical Spectacle Holiday Light Show: Located at 6th and Race Streets, this is the place to be for festive lights, winter delights, and holiday cheer all throughout the historic Franklin Square. The main feature is the Electrical Spectacle light show with 50,000 twinkling lights and holiday music to accompany your holiday shopping, dining, and more. Best part is, it’s free! Enjoy the LED lights that dance to the music, a treat everyone will enjoy young or old.

Siena Place is not far from any of these events. Make your plans now so you don’t miss out! And if you want to be part of Siena Place, contact Judd Builders to learn more.

Wonderful Philly Events Coming to Town this Holiday!

All located in South Philly or Downtown Philly, all these amazing events are guaranteed to entertain and spread holiday cheer! Perfect for any Siena place residents, the events below range from classic holiday celebrations to interesting exhibits and fantastic plays. There’s something for everyone! Even Judd’s other communities can get in on the fun! If you live near The Reserve at Creekside or Lehigh Valley take a day or weekend trip to enjoy the wonderful festivities that Philadelphia has to offer.

Franklin Square Holiday Festival featuring the Electrical Spectacle Light Show
November 9 – December 31, 2017
Great for the family, The Electrical Spectacle Holiday Light Show exhibits 50,000 flickering lights set to music every thirty minutes between 4-8pm on weeknights and 4-9pm Friday and Saturday. Other festivities going on during the show are: Saturday with Santa, holiday train rides, food and drink, and mini-golf.

Christmas Village in Philadelphia
November 18,19; November 23 – December 24, 2017
For the 10th year the German-style Christmas Village returns to JFK Plaza with 80 booths that offer some of the best finds ever. Enjoy edible and drinkable treats and entertainment while you browse booths for a handful of trinkets you’ll fall in love with.

Macy’s Christmas Light Show
November 24 – December 31, 2017
Taking place every two hours, experience the whimsical light show during store hours. You could also take a walkthrough tour of the second floor’s Dickens Village that ends with a chance to meet Santa and get a picture, making it the perfect family holiday outing!

Blue Cross RiverRink Winterfest
November 24 – March 4, 2018
This popular attraction returns for the fifth year guaranteeing a wonderful time for anyone who goes. Dust off those skates and get ready to have some fun! Enjoy the amazing view of the Ben Franklin Bridge and cozy up beside the fire pits! Or grab a bite at Lodge Restaurant and Bar, Franklin Fountain Confectionery Cabin, Chickie’s & Pete’s, and more!

Terracotta Warriors of the First Emperor at The Franklin Institute
Now through March 4, 2018
Explore the story, craft, and science behind the Terracotta Army at The Franklin Institute. With Philadelphia being one of the only two cities hosting this exhibition you’ll want to visit the thousands of life-sized warrior sculptures that guarded a tomb of China’s first emperor while it’s in town. Also don’t forget to check out the 170 related artifacts like weapons, ceremonial vessels, and gold ornaments that will also be on display until March 4th.

Coffee and Tea Festival
December 2-3, 2017
Get on that coffee grind and enjoy the Coffee and Tea Festival December 2-3! This annual festival is held in the Greater Philadelphia Expo Center and there is a lot to check out. With more than 50 exhibitors, tastings, gift bags and more, you don’t want to miss out on this festival!

Pennsylvania Ballet Presents George Balanchine’s The Nutcracker
December 8-31, 2017 (Select Dates)
Enjoy one of the most iconic scores and dance tradition this holiday and purchase tickets to see The Nutcracker performed by the Pennsylvania Ballet. This unforgettable holiday experience is elegant and enchanting and there is a sensory-friendly performance on December 27th, perfect for the kids!

The Color Purple at The Forrest Theatre
December 12-17, 2017
The Color Purple hits The Forrest Theatre for a six-day stint from December 12-17th. As a part of the Kimmel Center’s Broadway Philadelphia series, this novel turned musical is a must see!

History in Philadelphia

Philadelphia

Some of the many reasons why Philadelphia is such a great city, is all of the history that has been built on it. There are endless places to visit in Philadelphia to learn about America’s history, no matter where you are in the city. Here are a few that are the most popular with the most astounding pasts:

1. Independence Hall is known as the birthplace of American Democracy and is located on the site where various important events occurred that have shaped America throughout history. Over the years it has grown into a National Historical Park since the Declaration of Independence was adopted there on July 4, 1776.

2. The Betsy Ross Home was the birthplace of the American flag, where you can wander through the tiny 1740 home today. You can find out why Betsy took on the responsibility of creating America’s first flag presented by George Washington.

3. The National Constitution Center holds on of the most influential and significant documents in all history. The National Constitution Center explains the document through various displays, videos and exhibits that will entertain and fascinate you.

These are just a few of many amazing historical sites located in Philadelphia. Taking a day to go to any of these places with family and friends is the perfect way to stroll around the city and learn about the foundations of our country. Siena Place is conveniently a short drive from center city, all of the sites mentioned, and more!

Philadelphia Named the First World Heritage City in The U.S.

Philadelphia, USA - December 14, 2014. Night traffic on South Broad Street in downtown Philadelphia with City Hall in the middle and people walking on sidewalk. Philadelphia is the largest city in Pennsylvania, attracting tourists with historic landmarks like Independence Hall and City Hall.

This past month of November, Mayor Nutter of Philadelphia announced that the city has been named the first World Heritage City of the United States! Philadelphia has been granted this title by XIII World Congress of the Organization of World Heritage Cities in Arequipa, Peru and it comes as the result of a two-year campaign. It is predicted to increase the City’s international stature as well as give new growth in order to influence tourism and commerce in the area.

Mayor Nutter proudly announces this designation and mentions that Philadelphia is being mentioned for its many contributions to the United States.

Philadelphia’s case to become the first World Heritage City in the U.S. involved many factors throughout history. It was given considering the city is the location of Independence Hall, in which America’s Founding Fathers signed the Declaration of Independence and altered history to create this nation in 1776. Also it is where the United States Constitution was written and signed. Now as the fifth largest city in the United States, Philadelphia joins 266 other World Heritage Cities in the Organization of World Heritage Cities.

A couple months ago, the Global Philadelphia Association and the City of Philadelphia invited more than one hundred leaders to compare ideas and tactics that could be fulfilled after the World Heritage City designation.

Why Philadelphia is Perfect For the Winter and Holiday Season

visit philly during the winter season

During the winter and holiday season, Center City Philadelphia becomes a winter wonderland filled with festive decorations, events and activities to be apart of! There are various reasons why Philadelphia is the place to be this time of year:

In December, Philadelphia is decorated with all sorts of colors, lights and decorations, making anywhere you go pleasantly beautiful. Rittenhouse Square’s holiday lights cast a cheerful shine on anyone nearby after it gets dark.

There are plenty of holiday shows to catch in the city during this season. In the Macy’s department store across from Philadelphia’s City Hall has a four story holiday sound and light show every two hours! Each show will feature the Wannamaker organ, which is known to be the largest playing pipe organ in the world with 28,677 pipes, wow!

Ice skating is always a fun winter activity to enjoy with friends and family. Head over to the Rothman Ice Rink set up in Dilworth Park in front of City Hall for a day or evening out gliding on the ice! And don’t worry, you are able to rent skates at the rink if you don’t have your own.

Let’s not forget about the traditional Philadelphia Mummers Parade on New Years Day. The parade is all day up Broad Street to City Hall from South Philadelphia with bands and costumed mummers. It’s a fun event to enjoy to start off the new year!

Judd Builder’s community Siena Place is located in South Philadelphia, just 17 minutes from Center City where you can enjoy all of these fun winter activities! Take your friends and family to see the winter wonderland of the beautiful city of Philadelphia and enjoy all of the festive and seasonal treats it has to offer.

Reopening of The Blue Cross Riverrink

bluecross riverrink

The Blue Cross Riverrink Philadelphia winter attraction is back in season starting November 27th! Blue Cross Riverrink takes ice skating to a whole new level being extremely large in size overlooking the Delaware River and converting into a beautiful winter wonderland atmosphere. As Penn’s Landing will be a transformed into a festive cold weather waterfront park, Blue Cross RiverRink Winterfest is ultimately a cold-weather version of the summertime Spruce Street Harbor Park and warmer weather attractions held there.

The rink is open 7 days a week, including holidays, from November 27th to February 28th 2016. A lodge and winter garden with a heated tent, holiday decorated trees, fire pits and comfortable seating will also be available nearby.

Close to Judd Builder’s community Siena Place, this family friendly attraction is a perfect winter hangout to take your children and the rest of the family to! It’s great to be able to enjoy the seasonal wonders of the city of Philadelphia.