7 Easy Ways to Spruce Up Your Home While Sheltering at Home

Everyone is spending more time at home right now. With so much time on our hands, it’s natural to want to spruce up our homes. While furniture stores and other retailers are closed, the good news is there are home improvement stores and online delivery to help us make the best use of this time and make some easy changes to freshen up our homes. Here are 7 ways to spruce up your home while sheltered in place.

  1. Outdoors – Big box home improvement stores are open and full of spring blooms; this is a great time to add color to your yard
  2. Update Your Kitchen – Kitchen trends have changed. Add some color to your space with modern paint or even a colorful appliance.
  3. Reimagine Your Living Room – With a little time to kill, try moving your living room furniture around for a fresh look. Visit a local big box store for decorative pillows, area rugs, frames, vases, and other décor details.
  4. Change Your Walls – An accent wall is an easy way to liven up your space. Invest a couple of hours to paint one of your walls a fresh color. Build a gallery wall with family or vacation pictures – anything that draws attention to the wall and interest to the room.
  5. Improve the Lighting – Simple things like installing new light bulbs or fixtures can really change the mood of a room.
  6. Plant a Garden – Whether inside or out, there’s no better time to try your hand at an herb or fresh vegetable garden.
  7. Clean and Organize – Take the time to finally tackle that cleaning project.

We’re all spending more time at home; as we appreciate our homes more, we can also take this opportunity to tackle some of the changes we’ve been wanting to make. If you like to know more about sprucing up your home contact us today.The MacDonald Team

The Best Places to Cool Off Around the Main Line Area This Summer

Ah, summertime around the Main Line: warm rays, blue skies, and hot temperatures. While we do enjoy all of the sunshine that comes with the season, sometimes you need a little relief. Luckily, the area has plenty of swimming holes, pools, and lakes perfect for cooling off!

Whether you’re willing to take a quick trip out of the city or prefer to stay close to home, here are a few of our favorite swimming spots around the Main Line.

Bellmawr Lake

A dock at a lake.

Located just 16 minutes outside of Philadelphia, Bellmawr Lake is one of the most popular swimming spots around the city thanks to its convenient location and affordable admission fee. In addition to the lake itself, there’s also a soft white-sand beach, beach volleyball courts, a water slide, horseshoes, and picnic shelters.

An added bonus: You can also grab a drink at the on-site beach bar, and enjoy a game of mini golf once you dry off!

Atsion Recreation Area

A man grilling by a lake.

Another short trip from Philadelphia (just 45 minutes away), the Atsion Recreation Area is home to Atsion Lake, a 100-acre body of water surrounded by beautiful sandy beaches. In addition to swimming in the lake, you can also rent canoes and kayaks from nearby Pinelands Adventure or hike around the two trails around the waterfront.

Feel free to pack a picnic and some cool drinks, and use the picnic pavilions and grills to enjoy some lunch. Other amenities around the area include playgrounds, athletic fields, and a concession stand. Be sure to get there before the park reaches capacity!

Clementon Park & Splash World

A girl in a water slide.

Part theme park, part water park, wholly fun—Clementon Park and Splash World is just outside of Philadelphia and offers tons of attractions to fill up your weekends. The water park has three different thrill ride slides, a giant wave pool. a lazy river, river rapids rafting, and a kids’ zone.

Since daily admission includes access to both the theme park and water park, why not hit up the rides after you dry off? From roller coasters to ferris wheels and everything in between, you’ll find plenty of rides for all ages.

Dilworth Park Fountain

People running through a fountain.

Located in the heart of the city, the Dilworth Park Fountain features a thin layer of water constantly replenished by three-foot-high bursts of water, interspersed throughout the large expanse of pavement.

The city uses rainwater collected on-site to keep the fountain filled, making it a fairly self-sufficient system. If you’re walking around the city and working up a sweat, then the Dilworth Park Fountain is the perfect place to get your feet wet and cool off!

Find Your Home around the Main Line

No matter the season, life around the Main Line is truly one-of-a-kind. If you’re thinking of buying a home here, take a look at our in-depth community guides to learn more, browse our buying resources, and use our specialized search tool to narrow down your options.

Once you’re ready to get started, just give our team a call!

Award-Winning Restaurants to Try around the Main Line this Month

A few days ago, the annual James Beard Awards were hosted, honoring the best chefs, restaurants, food journalists, and more throughout the United States.

The awards are some of the most prestigious recognitions in the culinary world, often referred to as “the Oscars of the food world,” and Philadelphia brought home one of the highest honors. From the Outstanding Restaurant winner to several top-ranking nominees, here are the top restaurants around the Main Line to check out this month!

Zahav

Chefs in a kitchen.

The big news of the awards’ night: Philadelphia restaurant Zahav took home the title of Outstanding Restaurant, making it the best restaurant in the entire country.

Specializing in Israeli cuisine, Chef Michael Solomonov has brought the flavors from where he was born to the city where he was raised. Grilled duck hearts, branzino, chicken shishlik, fresh laffah—the menu offers a variety of traditional flavors combined to make unforgettable dishes.

Vetri Cucina

Pasta.

Tucked in an intimate townhouse on Spruce Street, Vetri Cucina chef and Philadelphia native Marc Vetri snagged a nomination for Outstanding Chef. Although the award went to a Raleigh-based chef, Marc Vetri’s dishes at Vetri Cucina can’t be missed.

The restaurant’s specialty is handcrafted pastas and creative flavorful combinations, inspired by Vetri’s years of working in top Italian kitchens—not to mention the truly unique atmosphere.

High Street Hospitality

A scallop.

Nominated for Outstanding Restaurateur, Ellen Yin of High Street Hospitality runs a number of eateries around the city, including Fork, High Street on Market, High Street on Hudson, High Street Provision, and A.Kitchen + Bar.

Coffee, pastries, and croissants. Roasted scallops, whole black bass, and potato gnocchi. Outstanding wines, Sylvetta arugula, and bison tartare. Each restaurant has a different specialty, with a focus on sustainability and local ingredients.

Royal Izakaya

Sushi.

Chef Jesse Ito, nominated for Rising Star Chef of the Year, is only 29 years old but has already made a name for himself on the culinary scene. His restaurant, Royal Izayaka, is known for its Japanese fare and inventive sushi combinations.

On the menu, you’ll find sushi like salmon skin rolls, yellowtail rolls, and salmon sashimi, as well as other dishes like yaki curry tofu, pork belly, and chashu buns.

Vedge

Roasted veggies being sliced.

If you couldn’t guess from the name, Vedge is all about vegetable-based dishes. Run by Chef Rich Landua, a nominee for Best Chef in the Mid-Atlantic region, Vedge has been serving up fresh dishes for almost ten years.

The Vedge menu is seasonal, and while it is vegetable-centered, even meat-eaters will find the flavor combinations to be mouthwatering. Applewood smoked tofu, asparagus carbonara, eggplant braciole, stuffed avocado—is it time for dinner yet?

South Philly Barbacoa

tacos.

The last Philly restaurant on the list of nominees, South Philly Barbacoa‘s Chef Cristina Martinez also snagged a nomination for Best Chef in the Mid-Atlantic region. An unassuming little restaurant near Passyunk Square, South Philly Barbacoa regularly boasts lines that wrap around the block.

With highly affordable prices, authentic tacos and tortillas, and a wholly unique atmosphere, you won’t want to miss the flavors and experience that South Philly Barbacoa offers.

Explore Life around the Main Line

Award-winning restaurants are just the beginning of what life around the Main Line has to offer. Big-city amenities, suburban peace and quiet, tight-knit communities, and so much more—don’t miss out on your chance to find a home here!

When you’re ready to get started on your real estate journey—or if you have any questions about the process—just give the MacDonald Team a call!

Historic Meets Hip in Center City, A Community in the Heart of Philly

Are you looking for a home in the heart of Philly that combines the city’s historic past with its sophisticated future? Stretching from the Schuylkill River to the banks of the Delaware, Center City is home to some of the most popular attractions in the Philadelphia.

Chic shopping centers, historic plazas, luscious city parks — they all find their home in Center City. Explore a little more about this one-of-a-kind neighborhood, and let us help you find your home here, too.

Old City

The Liberty BellA neighborhood within a neighborhood, Old City is located within Center City and is packed full of national history and waterfront attractions. For example, did you know that both the Liberty Bell and Independence Hall — not to mention places like the American Jewish History Museums and Constitution Center — are located in Old City? If you’re a history buff, then you can easily get lost for hours exploring this neighborhood.

If history isn’t really your scene, then Old City still has plenty to offer. The Delaware River Waterfront is home to tons of yearly events, stunning walkways, and a smattering of shops and restaurants. Check out a few of the can’t-miss sites and sounds along the Delaware River!

Rittenhouse Square

A city street in Philadelphia near Rittenhouse SquareWhen you live in Philadelphia, almost every part of the city has some sort of claim to historical significance, and Rittenhouse Square is no exception. A neighborhood that perfectly blends the historic with the modern, Rittenhouse is one of the five original squares mapped out by William Penn, the city’s founder.

Now known as upscale and exclusive, Rittenhouse Square is home to tons of top-notch restaurants, boutiques, and luxurious high-rise homes. Plus, the neighborhood is centered around a luscious city park, filled with cozy benches, shady trees, and immaculate landscaping. When you live in Center City, Rittenhouse Square is just one of the many attractions that are a stone’s throw away.

City Parks

A fountain in a city parkOld City and Rittenhouse Square offer a great blend of city amenities and small parks, but there are also plenty of stand-alone parks to explore in Center City. If you’re looking to lace up your shoes and enjoy a breath of fresh air, here are a few of the best parks in the area.

Dilworth Park is the latest edition in the city and has quickly become a hub for activity in the community. Enjoy the interactive fountain, on-site cafe, and active events calendar — featuring live music, festivals, and move screenings. For more of a traditional park experience, we recommend hitting the Sister Cities Park, which features gardens, ponds, and playgrounds.

Luxurious Homes

A modern loft in the cityIf the amenities of Center City aren’t enough of a highlight, then the homes will definitely grab your attention. Whether you’re looking for a historic brick-front townhouse or a modern high-rise loft, we can help you find your dream home in the heart of the city.

Homes in Center City offer exclusive features like hardwood floors and granite countertops, state-of-the-art appliances, exposed brick, and private balconies — not to mention some of the best views of the city. A few examples of amenities in the buildings include private parking and an automated parking system, expansive pools, modern fitness centers, and full spas.

Ready to see more? Explore a few of our favorite listings, and find your modern metropolitan home in Center City!

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If you’re looking for a neighborhood in the middle of big-city action that effortlessly maintains its historic charm, then Center City is the place for you. There’s truly no other place like it on Earth!

If you would like more information, have any questions, or would like to get started, don’t hesitate to contact the MacDonald Team today!