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October 2007

October 25, 2007

What are these “flexcars” I see driving all around downtown Philadelphia…….and what can they mean for Center City Loft and condo buyers?

Filed under: Real Estate: Condominiums — Center City Philadelphia Real Estate Agent @ 2:49 pm

For years, I have been trying to convince my husband to move with me back to Center City and sell that bulky truck of his.  I mean, we really could get by on my much more fuel efficient Hyundai Accent, especially if we bought one of the many Philadelphia lofts currently on the market….one with a view of the city skyline and walking distance to everything!  Our conversations about moving into town always include where we would park both of our vehicles, or how we would cope, being a two car family. 

Well, I have found a way for us to have our cake and eat it too!  It’s called “Flexcar” and depending on how often you use it, the rates start at just $3 an hour.  And the best part is that you can use a different car every time.  They have everything from a Fuel efficient Honda Civic to a Ford F150 pickup truck to a sporty BMW.  Flexcar pays for gas, parking, maintenance, and insurance.  These cars are stored conveniently all over parking garages here in the City of Philadelphia – From parking lots at 5th and Spruce Streets, to 23rd and Pine Streets,  and are becoming increasingly popular in other cities such as Atlanta, San Diego, Seattle, and Washington, DC, just to name a few.  You just sign up for a membership for just $35 per year and call or logon to to reserve your vehicle and it can be ready for you to pick up at a local garage in minutes or hours or weeks depending on how far in advance you’d like to or need to make your reservation!  And depending on where we are headed we can reserve the vehicle that will suit us best for each particular trip.  

So, the fact that our potential the new Philadelphia loft may only come with one parking space isn’t such a problem anymore.  Center City loft owners probably don’t need 2 cars and thanks to flexcar they can actually probably get by without being a two car family.  How many Center City condo owners actually even see their cars on a daily basis anyway?  Think of all the money you can save on car payments and insurance and gas and repairs…..think of how much more often you can go out to dinner or shopping or how much more money you can invest in your retirement fund or your child’s college fund or how much nicer a loft you can buy with all that money you’ll save!!!!!  🙂

If you are interested in living here in Center City Philadelphia, you might want to try out this great new trend of using a flexcar.  Visit our website at and take a look at our new listings of homes, condos, and lofts and see how close they are to the convenient locations where you can pick up your flexcar…….maybe I’ll see you soon picking one up at the garage in either Fitler Square, Rittenhouse Square, or Old City, Society Hill…..wherever!  And you can always call Mark Wade directly at 215-521-1523 or send him an email at to find the Center City condo that best suits you!

Nicole Noguer
Office Assistant for
Mark Wade
Prudential Fox and Roach REALTORS®


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