Karrie Gavin

Karrie is a native Philadelphian, local guidebook author, and a Realtor at Elfant Wissahickon in Center City. Karrie knows more about the city of brotherly love than just about anyone, and she shares that knowledge with her real estate clients and with her readers. She lives in South Philly with her husband, their son, and their beagle.


Karrie is author of , a guidebook to Philadelphia published by Avalon Travel and sold nationally and internationally. Her writing has appeared in magazines including Philadelphia magazine, Philadelphia Home & Garden, Philadelphia Wedding, Pennsylvania Wine & Spirits Quarterly, AAA World, and US Airways magazine, and in the anthology , published by Seal Press. As former editor of Campus Philly, she was responsible for maintaining a website, weekly newsletter, and print guide to Philadelphia for local college students.


Karrie majored in English at Penn State University and earned a Master's degree in Journalism at Temple University, where she was also an adjunct instructor of public speaking. Her education about Philadelphia continues every day in her work as a real estate agent for Elfant Wissahickon in Center City, and she loves using her local knowledge to help match her clients with the best neighborhoods for them.

Karrie Gavin

Philadelphia is the fifth largest city in the country. Yet it is a city of neighborhoods, where many people, like myself, have been rooted for generations. It is cozy and manageable and you can walk across it from river to river in under an hour, yet it offers all of the culture you'd hope to find in a major city. Philly is a place where you will never run out of things to do. From its rich history to its amazing arts, dining, shopping, and sports, Philly has everything. Some come to visit for the cheesesteaks, Liberty Bell, and Rocky Balboa. Others for the great schools, jobs, or affordable housing compared to other major East coast cities. And for some, Philly is just home. But whatever the reason you have found yourself in Philadelphia, there is so much to discover here. I look forward to sharing all of my tips and insights, and to picking up a few new ones in the process.

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