245 S 53rd St – PENDING

 

This classically-made, current-day-perfected twin just outside University City offers just the right square footage, whether you’re upgrading your home, downsizing back to the city or need a little extra space in the form a finished basement with full bath for out-of-town guests. Noteworthy details like the facade’s original architectural details (including the uber-charming front door overhang), enclosed porch with beadboard ceiling, a leaded glass transom, turned staircase with original banister, decorative fireplace and bay window maintain a true West Philly vibe, while the neutral-but-not-boring color palette and timeless finish selections complement any style. The cool, understated L-shaped kitchen features 42-inch gray Shaker-style cabinets, gleaming white quartz countertops and subway tile backsplash, and stainless steel Frigidaire appliances, including a five-burner range and French door refrigerator framed by a bonus bank of cabinets. There’s enough space out back for a grill and bistro set, but we think the formal dining room is the natural place for guests to gather. The original pine floors continue throughout the second floor with three large bedrooms—each generous room has ample windows, with a lovely bay in the master. The bathroom is appointed with tasteful finishes that will stand the test of time: a gray porcelain tile tub surround, sleek Shaker-style vanity and marbled ceramic tile floors. The basement’s good ceiling height, recessed lighting and handsome flooring make it a truly useable living space, topped off by a guest bath with a marble hex-tiled base and gray porcelain-tiled surround walk-in shower. This stunning renovation is super-convenient to University City and the Baltimore Ave and 52nd St retail corridors, and the El is just a few blocks away.

  • $220,000 – PENDING
  • 3bd/2.5ba
  • 1,350 sq ft
  • finished basement

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5731 Baltimore Ave – SOLD

Bright, spacious and with bedrooms for days, this soaring twin on a large corner lot with detached two-car garage (not a typo!) feels like a dreamy modern-day bed and breakfast. The slate-tiled enclosed front porch leads to the totally open sun-drenched first floor, where high ceilings and new hand-scraped hardwood floors are met with striking original details in a crisp black-and-white color scheme that feels simultaneously antique and contemporary. Check out the decorative fireplace and leaded glass window in the living room, upcycled built-in cabinet in the dining room, and even copper-hued radiators. The enormous kitchen’s open layout makes it an entertainer’s, cook’s or work-from-home-er’s dream alike—a large quartz-topped workhorse of an island with deep undermount sink is opposite classic white Shaker-style cabinets with butcher block countertops, open shelves and a subway tile backsplash framing a dramatic chimney range hood. The whole farmhouse-chic theme is topped off with warm slate tiles and stainless steel appliances, including a Haier fridge. The turned staircase with a unique transom is the gateway to six large bedrooms evenly spread between the two upper floors. Each has its own individual charm, from square bay windows, mirrored built-in armoires and oversized windows to garden views and dual closets. In both bathrooms you’ll find slate tile floors and Shaker-style white vanities; one features a classic clawfoot tub and the other a more modern soaking tub with subway tile surround. The L-shaped garden space is amazing for whatever your outdoor thing is—cookouts, gardening, hammock naps or maybe creating a doggy paradise. Baltimore Ave is right at your fingertips, while Cobbs Creek’s hiking and biking trails, baseball, basketball and ice skating rink are just a few blocks away.

  • $230,250 – SOLD
  • 6bd/2ba
  • 1,816 sq ft
  • 2-car garage

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5328 Locust St – SOLD

This renovated home on a pretty block is a perfect combination of bright, breezy and elegant, with a thoughtful and cohesive design that captures the best of old and new. The oohs and aahs start with the cearmic herringbone-tiled sunroom with floor-to-ceiling windows and pretty French doors leading into the living room, which has a white exposed brick wall and decorative fireplace. Original hardwood floors with inlaid border lead through to the dining room with on-trend light fixture, wainscoting and matching original mirrored corner doors—one to a coat closet, the other providing access to the partially finished basement with laundry area, half bath and interior garage access. The real showstopper is the stunner of a kitchen, with crisp white Shaker-style cabinetry (the upper half with glass panels to display the good stuff), unique white-on-white patterned tile backsplash, deep stainless steel undermount sink with gooseneck faucet, quartz countertops, stainless steel appliances, including an uber-stylish Haier fridge, and more herringbone tile floors. The original hardwoods continue upstairs through the hallway and into the three bedrooms, each bright and spacious with its own deep closet. The front is the clear master, with a large bank of windows highlighting the white brick accent wall. The gorgeous bathroom features a classic subway tile wall surrounding the vintage soaking tub, linen closet with original etched mirror door and a welcome burst of color in a teal accent vaulted ceiling surrounding the skylight, plus more of those herringbone floors we can’t get enough of. There’s a decent-size greenspace in the front of the house to exercise your green thumb, and two balconies off the kitchen ideal for container gardens. This home is super-convenient to University City and the Baltimore Ave and 52nd St retail corridors, and the El is just a few blocks away.

  • $240,000 – SOLD
  • 3bd/1.5ba
  • 1,280 sq ft
  • 1-car garage

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4744 Paschall Ave

Not too big and not too small, this home is just right: right size, right location, right style, right price. With tons of character and custom touches, like the retro-cool checkerboard floored sunroom with passthrough, exposed brick wall, painted black stairs with runner and signature red doors, this little gem is not to be missed. Located just off the Woodland Ave strip—West Philly’s best-kept secret—and right near the foot of the Grays Ferry Bridge, this home offers ease of access to all parts of the city without the high price tag of a Grays Ferry flip or a now-unreachable University City three-bedroom. The main level is open and airy with wide plank white oak floors all the way through, designated living and dining areas, and a half bath with a sleek and space-saving floating vanity. The kitchen at the rear features stylish and timeless finishes, like butcher block countertops, white Shaker-style J&K cabinets, subway tile backsplash, Kohler sink and stainless steel appliances including a slide-in Whirlpool range. Upstairs are two spacious and sunny bedrooms, both with ample closet space. The bathroom continues the timeless theme, with neutral porcelain tile floors, crisp white subway tile surround, floating marble-topped vanity and Grohe fixtures. There’s a nicely sized patio out back, perfect for a patio set and grill, and the property line extends beyond the fence—a great option for trash can storage or a bike rack. There’s additional storage space along with laundry hookups in the basement. Beyond all the pretty features, the seller has taken care of the ugly stuff as well, like replacing the sewer line out to the street, new plumbing and electric and of course a new roof. Local faves like Four Worlds Bakery, Guacamole Mex-Grille, the Lil’ Pop Test Kitchen & Bakery and the 36 and 11 trolley lines are just around the corner, and outdoor enthusiasts can enjoy the Grays Ferry Crescent Trail Park and Bartram’s Garden nearby.

  • $229,000
  • 2bd/1.5ba
  • 1,046

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907-09 S Conestoga St – SOLD

“One-of-a-kind” can be a cliche, but that’s really the best way to describe this farmhouse-chic house with a full side lot. Blending a funky personal style with lovely original details, the seller has created a home that’s warm and unique—and the additional outdoor space is an urban gardener’s dream come true. The enclosed shiplap porch, stone accent wall, original hardwood floors and floating wood staircase create an almost cabin-like vibe that’s balanced by the vintage charm of the jadeite-hued doors, tasteful kitchen finishes, and signature West Philly clawfoot tub and bay window. A decorative fireplace creates a cozy spot to gather in the living room, and there is easily enough room to create a separate dining area. The kitchen features classic white Shaker-style cabinets below butcher block countertops, a custom reclaimed wood wall accent, and a crisp white brick wall showcasing the stainless steel chimney hood and GE range. And don’t miss the fun original wallpaper peeking out from behind the fridge! Upstairs are two sunny and serene bedrooms in a nice neutral gray; the master features a deep closet and an inset perfect for a dresser or vanity. The slate-tiled bathroom is spacious and has a partially frosted window behind the tub to offer privacy without obscuring light. The finished basement features the same pretty slate tile, a convenient half bath and walk-out access to the backyard—add a wall and you’ve easily got a third bedroom for guests or a home office. The cemented rear patio is the perfect space for a grill and patio table, and the adjoining side lot offers amazing outdoor space even if gardening is not your thing—although it may be now. Located on a pretty little one-way block just below Baltimore Ave, this charming home is convenient to multiple bus lines, the 34 trolley and all the restaurants and retail along Baltimore, perhaps most notably Greensgrow West.

  • $137,000 – SOLD
  • 2bd/1.5ba
  • 880 sq ft
  • side lot included

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25 S 53rd St – SOLD

This beautifully renovated home combines high-end finishes with custom touches and preserved original details, giving it the feel of a luxury hotel. Located just below little Ludlow St, this porchfront house is in a great location convenient to University City and public transportation; that extra block keeps it super close to the El but not in its shadow as the house number might suggest. This developer has a careful eye for detail, as evidenced by the wainscoting throughout, stylish light fixtures, crown molding, tray ceiling in the master bedroom and added bonuses like built-in surround sound. Espresso hardwood floors flow through the open floorplan into the kitchen, which is a real showstopper, featuring 42-inch J&K cabinetry with crown molding, a quartz-topped island with breakfast bar and deep stainless steel undermount sink and gooseneck faucet accented by a design-forward statement light fixture, Whirlpool stainless steel appliance package including five-burner range and French door refrigerator, and pretty pale sea glass tile backsplash. Just behind the kitchen is a great combo mudroom/laundry area leading out the nice-sized patio, and the sweet little powder room completes the first floor perfectly. The hardwood floors continue upstairs with three large bedrooms, all with ample closet space. Soothing blue walls, pretty gray porcelain tile floors and tub surround, and opalescent tile inlay in the hall bath continue the vacation resort theme. The master bedroom, with a pretty bay window and recessed lighting in the tray ceiling, has a private en-suite bath with extra-wide walk-in shower with pretty mosaic tile inlay; the double closets are complemented by the niche directly outside the bedroom that makes a great dressing area. The basement is finished for added living space and has separate storage areas in the front and back. With all new systems and mechanicals, a neutral color palette and smart design, this home feels luxe yet comfortable and is simply awaiting the new owner’s furniture.

  • $230,000 – SOLD
  • 3bd/2.5ba
  • 1,834 sq ft
  • finished basement

823 S 56th St – SOLD

This high-quality renovation on a lovely Cobbs Creek block has the same high-end finishes and luxury feel that you find in homes at twice the price. It checks off all the boxes—open floorplan, central air, finished basement, stylish yet functional kitchen, hardwood floors, new roof and windows, updated mechanicals, 10-year tax abatement (pending approval)—and then some: this house has bathrooms for days! Don’t miss the thoughtful custom touches, like the passthrough to the mudroom to allow more light in, fully wired surround sound throughout, Ring doorbell and gorgeous way-better-than-builder-grade light fixtures with Edison bulbs. Solid oak floors make up most of the main level, leading into the ceramic tiled L-shaped kitchen featuring crisp white Shaker-style cabinets with built-in wine rack, neutral granite countertops with breakfast bar, stainless steel undermount sink and stainless steel Frigidaire appliance package. Just off the kitchen is the bilevel rear yard, with a deck for entertaining and an area below for planting or storage. The cool gray color palette continues on the second level, which has plush carpet throughout. The middle bedroom in many homes is an afterthought; here it’s not only a decent size but has two deep closets. The master bedroom, at the front, also has ample storage space with dual closets plus its own en-suite bath with sleek modern vanity and walk-in shower with frameless glass doors. The rear bedroom has its own deep closet and gets plenty of light from the bay window overlooking the deck. There’s another full bath on this level, also with frameless glass doors and marble tile surround, plus a soaking tub and dual vanity. This home has two powder rooms as well, one on the main level and another in the fully finished basement. Great for additional living space or a guest room, the basement also has a tiled laundry area, and the mechanicals are tastefully hidden away. This charming home is in a convenient location just off Baltimore Ave near schools, SEPTA, Christy and Sherwood parks, the Free Library and shopping centers, and only a few blocks from Cobbs Creek Park, with its biking and hiking trails, baseball, basketball and ice skating rink.

  • 3bd/2.2ba
  • $209,900 – SOLD
  • 1,380 sq ft (not including basement)
  • 10 yr tax abatement

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5345 Pine St – SOLD

This spacious porchfront home on a lovely tree-lined block was totally renovated in 2009 but maintains that classic West Philly charm. Starting with the wainscoting and transoms in the vestibule, and through the large living room with turned staircase and decorative fireplace with pretty green tile, to the formal dining room with French doors, this home offers hallmark Victorian details along with the bonus of being updated and move-in-ready but not a cookie-cutter flip. At the rear, the eat-in kitchen is spacious and well-laid out in a classic L-shape, featuring warm wood cabinetry, a brand-new Amana stainless steel range and plenty of opportunity for some easy updates to make it your dream kitchen. There’s also a convenient first-floor powder room with pretty pedestal sink and ceramic tile floors, as well as access to the back deck with paved patio below. The second floor features stylish new carpet and a spacious ceramic-tiled bathroom with a cute nook behind the shower, perfect for hanging bathrobes. The master and middle bedrooms feature beautiful bay windows, and three of the four bedrooms have great closet space–nobody’s perfect but there’s a deep hall closet to pick up the slack. The basement has extra-tall ceilings and is framed out for an additional bathroom, making it a great candidate for finishing in the future. On one of the greenest blocks in West Philly, this home is convenient to the 52nd St commercial strip and just a short commute to the 34 trolley line, Cedar Park, Dock Street, Amari’s, Vix Emporium, Taco Angeleno and everything Baltimore Ave has to offer.

  • $190,000 – SOLD
  • 4bd/1.5bd
  • 1,504 sq ft

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5345 Lindbergh Blvd – SOLD

This beautifully renovated home is in a great location just outside of University City. With rock-solid bones, contemporary upgrades and original charm, this house proves high-quality renovations don’t always come with a high price tag. The enclosed front porch is light-flooded and offers plenty of room for additional living space; it also sets the tone for the warm and welcoming vibe throughout the house. Head through a pretty original glass-paneled door into the living room, which is nice and wide and features refinished original hardwood floors with decorative inlay, recessed lighting and a custom built-in shelving unit that separates this space from the dining room. A breakfast bar provides an option for casual dining in addition to the spacious ceramic tiled designated dining area, and the kitchen features pretty wood cabinetry, spotproof steel Frigidaire appliances, mosaic tile backsplash, stylish gooseneck faucet and access to the partially finished basement. With plenty of room for storage and a separate laundry area, the basement also features cool built-in seating for bonus lounge space. Upstairs, you’ll find more gleaming hardwood floors in the bedrooms—where the seller took care to provide additional closet space where none existed while still keeping the rooms a useable size—and a stylishly renovated bathroom with skylight, ceramic tile tub surround with mosaic inlay and handsome vanity set flanked by stylish sconces. As for outdoor space, the front yard is great for exercising that green thumb, while the rear yard, accessed through the walk-out basement, offers the potential for two parking spaces as well as room for a grill and patio set. This still-affordable-for-now location is close to our favorite strip on Woodland Ave and right around the corner from Bartram’s Garden and the Grays Ferry Crescent Trail.

  • 3bd/1ba
  • $110,000 – SOLD
  • 960 sq ft

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