My father snagged a Burk Deed Restriction handout from last night’s Northwood Civic Association meeting. I’ve never been able to find anything on the internet about it and its such a shame because it’s probably the greatest asset that community has. I’m kinda fuzzy on the history so if a reader wants to correct me, feel free to leave a comment and I’ll correct it. As far as I know, all properties built within the deed restricted area are required to be single family houses. This forbids corner stores, duplexes and commercial properties. But from what I undertand, doctors are aloud to have their offices in their houses, that’s why you might see doctor signs up.
I had known that the restriction existed in the triangle of Oxford-Harrison-Castor, but I didn’t know there was one on some blocks west of Castor, I wonder how Pat’s Cafe and that auto shop were able to be built. Neast Philly recently reported that the Northwood Civic is planning legal action against any infringement on the deed restrictions which is sure to keep the neighborhood strong for years to come.
[PDF] burk deed restrictions