Kelly Nickerson

A Real Estate Agent at Philly Apt, Inc.

Kelly Nickerson

Philly Apt, Inc.

A Real Estate Agent based in Bethlehem, PA

 
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Pet Friendly

Pet Friendly

Kelly Nickerson - Real Estate Agent

Allentown is a great place for any pet owner with plenty of pet friendly apartments and places to take your pet around town. All parks in the city are on-leash dog friendly as long as you clean up after your dog and they stay on leash at all times. The city also has a new dog park at Trout Park and is equipped with every amenity imaginable. There is a small creek that runs through the park that is a great place for you and your dog to cool down and a number of open natural grass areas to play. After your dog gets dirty at the park, he can be washed down at the dog wash station. The park also has biodegradable waste bags with an ecologically friendly compost for your pets waste. Trout Creek is definitely one of the premier parks in the country.

 
Recreation

Recreation

Kelly Nickerson - Real Estate Agent

Allentown is a perfect location for anyone that is a fan of the arts. The Allentown Symphony Hall is home to the allentown Symphony Orchestra and hosts a variety of musical and theatrical performances. The city is also home to the Allentown Band, the Marine Band of Allentown, and two other concert bands. the Civic Theatre of Allentown is known for its theatrical performances that utilize local actors and doubles as a theatre for art, independent films, and foreign films. Lastly, the Allentown Art Museum houses over 15,000 works of art and was recently expanded, making room for a larger collection.

 
Crime & Safety

Crime & Safety

Kelly Nickerson - Real Estate Agent

For the area, and compared to nearby large cities, Bethlehem is a very safe place to live. The overall crime index was more than 50% lower than Allentown’s crime rate and more than 33% lower than Easton’s crime rate. Also, the overall crime index is over 25% lower than the national crime rate. In order to best avoid the crime in Bethlehem, people should not rent in the low-income area of Pembroke Village neighborhood, as this is the area with the highest rate of violent crime. Property crime is obviously not as prevalent in these areas because they are lower income, so renters should be certain that their apartments are equipped with security systems.

 
Local Events

Local Events

Kelly Nickerson - Real Estate Agent

Bethlehem hosts a number of special events throughout the year, including Musikfest and SouthSide film Festival. Musikfest is a free music festival that attracts over a million people and includes some of the biggest artists of that year. The festival takes place in August and continues for ten days; including concerts, other arts performances, food, and various vendors. The SouthSide Film Festival is an invitational and non-competitive film festival that features independently made films from all over the world. The festival takes place in June and is open to the public for film viewings.

 
Restaurants

Restaurants

Kelly Nickerson - Real Estate Agent

Locals know that there’s much more to Philly’s excellent restaurant scene than just cheesesteaks (that’s not to say that they aren’t delicious). Bibou is a tiny French restaurant with a large reputation, In Riva is a great Italian pizzeria, and Barbuzzo is an acclaimed Mediterranean restaurant. For non-European eateries, there are restaurants that serve Indonesian, Brazilian, American, Middle Eastern, Chinese, Japanese, and so on. And, of course, for a cheesesteak, check out Cosmi’s Deli or Max’s Steaks.

 
Apartment Costs

Apartment Costs

Kelly Nickerson - Real Estate Agent

In Philadelphia, the price tags on apartments may be a bit higher than you’re used to seeing. However, that doesn’t necessarily mean they’re expensive. The cost of the average two bedroom apartment here is $1400 -- let’s compare this to other large cities on the east coast: the same two bedroom property averages $2590 in Boston, $3307 in New York City, and $2400 in Washington D.C. When you stack Philadelphia’s prices against these cities, they look cheap. And, if you only want a one bedroom in Philadelphia, the average price for that drops to $1804, and $1559 for the average studio apartment.

 
Recreation

Recreation

Kelly Nickerson - Real Estate Agent

People living here in Philadelphia have access to 10,334 acres of public parkland, and 9,200 of these acres are taken up by Fairmount Park, which is the largest landscaped urban park in the world. The city is also known for its rich history, and millions of tourists visit here every year to see sites like the Liberty Bell, National Constitution Center, or Independence Hall. Residents in the city are lucky enough to enjoy these places anytime they want. Or, if history isn’t your thing, Philadelphia is home to several successful sports franchises, such as the Phillies baseball team and the Eagles football team.

 
Public Transportation

Public Transportation

Kelly Nickerson - Real Estate Agent

It’s very easy to get around Philadelphia, especially if you don’t have a vehicle. One out of every four residents use public transportation, which is one of the highest rates in the country. The Southern Pennsylvania Transportation Authority provides bus, train, subway, and trolley access through Philly and its suburbs. Additionally, the city was rated the fifth most walkable city in the U.S. by Walk Score in 2011. It is also a hub for train and bus services from companies such as Amtrak, Greyhound, and Peter Pan.

 
Apartment Costs

Apartment Costs

Kelly Nickerson - Real Estate Agent

According to Areavibes, the median rental rate in Camden is 29% less than the state average and 14% greater than the national average. The average rental in Camden is most likely below the state average due to the influx of crime in the city, but greater than the national average due to the city’s proximity to Philadelphia. The average price for a one bedroom apartment of $733 is very reasonable compared to surrounding Philadelphia suburbs. When comparing average rent of two bedroom apartments with seven surrounding cities, the average rent of $1042 is less than the surrounding average of about $1100.

 
Public Transportation

Public Transportation

Kelly Nickerson - Real Estate Agent

Camden is home to the New Jersey Transit Walter Rand Transportation Center, which acts as a focal point for New Jersey Transit (NJT) buses, Greyhound buses, the PATCO Speedline, and River Line. The PATCO Speedline offers train service to Philadelphia, making it very easy for residents to reach the city for work or personal enjoyment. The NJT buses also offer service throughout the city and the surrounding suburbs and the River Line offers light rail service around the city as well. The easy access to the Greyhound Bus also allows residents easy and affordable access to major cities such as New York City and Washington DC.

 
Recreation

Recreation

Kelly Nickerson - Real Estate Agent

Pennsauken has 24 public parks, three sports complexes, and one swimming complex. The 24 public parks offer open green space for picnics and activities, with the majority of the parks equipped with playground equipment and basketball courts. Bethel Field has three softball fields and a playground, PYAA Main Field House has two football fields and four baseball fields, and Walt Nicgorski Sports Complex has a number of fields for soccer and baseball. The Municipal Swimming Pool Complex has three pools, a playground, two tennis courts, and a roller hockey rink. Along with these excellent facilities, there are a number of community sports teams and various other community programs.

 
Apartment Costs

Apartment Costs

Kelly Nickerson - Real Estate Agent

Overall, rental prices in Pennsauken are very reasonable for all types of apartments. The average price for a one bedroom apartment is only $801. When comparing average rent on two bedroom apartments with seven surrounding cities, the average rent of $1048 is less than the surrounding average of $1200. For a larger, three bedroom apartment, the average rental price is $1382. Considering Pennsauken’s proximity to Philadelphia, these low rent prices make Pennsauken a great place to rent.

 
Crime & Safety

Crime & Safety

Kelly Nickerson - Real Estate Agent

According to NeighborhoodScout, Upper Darby is an extremely safe place to live compared to state and national crime rates. The median violent crime rate for Upper Darby is around four times lower than the state and national median. The median property crime rate is even lower with a rate seven times lower than the national median and five times lower than the state median. Overall, Upper Darby is safer than 87% of the cities in the United States.

 
Public Transportation

Public Transportation

Kelly Nickerson - Real Estate Agent

Upper Darby is served by the Southeastern Pennsylvania Transportation Authority (SEPTA) transit system, giving residents access to downtown Philadelphia and the surrounding suburbs. There are a number of trolleys and bus routes that run through Upper Darby and the surrounding areas, giving residents access to the SEPTA terminal. Since Upper Darby is only about three miles from downtown Philadelphia where many people work, the commute is very short via SEPTA transit and is often much easier than driving.

 

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