5338 Webster St – SOLD

Not too big and not too small, this well-loved classic West Philly porchfront rowhome is just right. On a pretty little block right off Baltimore Ave, this house is move-in ready but has plenty of room for the next owner to add their personal touches. There are classic original details throughout, like a leaded glass window, a tiled vestibule with transom window, and two decorative mantels with pretty vintage tile, along with improvements such as replacement windows, a newer kitchen and bathroom and some updated mechanicals. The first floor offers a large open living space as well as a dining area separated by an open archway. The spacious galley-style kitchen with ceramic tile flooring has cool black countertops and sleek black appliances to complement the light wood cabinets, which have undermounted lights, and butcher block island with stainless steel drawers for added prep space and storage. There’s plenty of room for a breakfast nook or to add another bank of cabinets if there’s a hardcore chef in the household. The large wood deck is the perfect spot to dine al fresco; below you’ll find raised planting beds, great for starting a vegetable garden, and a breezeway to store bikes and/or gardening tools. Upstairs in the front bedroom there’s a large bay window, a lovely original built-in mini armoire and fireplace with green tile. This room adjoins a smaller middle bedroom that would make a great nursery or dressing room and is followed by another smaller bedroom with three windows that make the room feel super light and airy. There’s a good-size bedroom in the rear with a large closet, and a ceramic tiled bathroom with wood vanity and cool beachy tones. The full basement has good ceiling height, a laundry area and plenty of room for storage. Not a quick flip and not a fixer-upper, this perfect starter home is conveniently located close to both the 52nd St and Baltimore Ave strips.

  • $150,000 – SOLD
  • 4beds/1bath
  • 1,600 sq ft

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615 N 57th St – SOLD

Build your investment portfolio with this turnkey Carroll Park property, or be a smart homeowner and live in one unit while having a tenant help pay down your mortgage. Fully rehabbed in 2008, this duplex has nice original details along with smart modernizations such as electric heaters where fireplaces once were—no need to worry about any PGW bills as both units are completely electric. The first-floor unit, with carpet throughout, has a nice-size front room with oversized window and two good-size bedrooms, a nicely appointed hall bath and ceramic tiled eat-in kitchen with direct access to the back yard. The second-floor unit has a large front room with original decorative mantel and bay window, a larger back bedroom with original built-in armoire, a slightly smaller middle room (but big enough to be a true bedroom) and ceramic tiled hall bath and eat-in kitchen. The basement has separate access to use for storage, or the potential to install laundry. This property is convenient to Lancaster Avenue and the 10 and 15 trolley lines.

  • $80,000 – SOLD
  • Duplex
  • 1,470 sq ft

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5236 Walton Ave – SOLD

Be the envy of your Pinterest followers as the new owner of this classic West Philly porchfront twin, which combines unique updates with vintage character. With recently refinished hardwood floors throughout, original details in every room, and quirky custom touches, this house is perfect for someone who doesn’t want to do work but isn’t interested in a cookie-cutter renovation. Enter through the original vestibule with gorgeous wood wainscoting and original tile floor into a large living room with high coffered ceilings, crown molding, stained glass and a beautiful mantel with intact original tile. The living room leads to a generously sized dining room complete with a pocket door, wall sconces and a unique built-in cabinet. The Euro-inspired eat-in kitchen features crisp white base cabinets, open upper shelving, butcher block countertops, stainless steel appliances, ceramic tile flooring and a custom-built sawmill-style island. The half bath off the kitchen is lined floor-to-ceiling with reclaimed wood and has the cutest little window. The fenced-in back yard has plenty of space for both grilling and gardening. A pretty turned staircase leads to the second floor, with a large back bedroom with original built-in armoire and crown molding, and an attached bedroom that would function perfectly as a home office, nursery or dressing room. The large front bedroom has a bay window, original mantel and a pocket door. The nice-sized fourth bedroom has a transom window and recessed wall storage. The bathroom combines classic hexagon floor tile and pedestal sink with reclaimed wood wainscoting and an industrial-cool aluminum tub surround. This quiet little block of Walton Ave is right off Baltimore Ave and is convenient to the 52nd St strip as well as Cedar and Malcolm X parks.

  • $209,900
  • 4beds/1.5baths
  • 1920 sq ft

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5806 Spruce St – SOLD

The best houses are the ones that have been lovingly cared for by their owners for a long time, and the pride of ownership of this Cobbs Creek gem goes all the way back to 1953. The beautifully maintained home combines its charming original details, like hardwood floors, doors and woodwork, with just the right upgrades, including a just-renovated kitchen and bathroom and replacement windows throughout. The large front porch offers plenty of space for a patio set, bike storage, planter garden or all of the above and leads to a vestibule with original wainscoting. The spacious living room showcases oak floors with decorative inlay, a pretty turned staircase and a decorative fireplace and leads into the formal dining room. From there enter into a separate breakfast area, a popular setup since it allows for an extra ‘flex’ space, leading to the compact but smartly designed kitchen featuring granite countertops, large stainless steel undermount sink with gooseneck faucet and new J&K maple cabinetry with crown molding. A new backdoor with integrated window shade leads into a small mudroom/pantry area and out to the good-sized paved yard with small inset planting bed. Upstairs you’ll find a large front bedroom with bay window, a bright rear bedroom with a beautiful original built-in armoire with mirrored doors, and two good-sized middle bedrooms. The stylish bathroom features a pretty vanity with great storage and ceramic tile flooring and shower surround with mosaic glass tile inlay. The large unfinished basement has laundry and lots of room for storage and houses a newer heater and brand-new Pex plumbing system. This great house is in a convenient location near schools, SEPTA, Morris Rec Center and shopping centers, and just a few blocks from Cobbs Creek Park, with its bike/hiking trails, baseball, basketball, ice skating rink and other activities.

  • $SOLD: 90,000
  • 4 beds/1 bath
  • 1,424 sq ft

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5410 Catharine St – SOLD

One of our all-time favorite builders has done it again: brought an older home into the 21st century with gorgeous renovations—LED recessed lighting, a sophisticated contemporary color scheme, a master suite, all-new kitchen and baths and of course new mechanicals—without sacrificing the hallmark charm of a classic West Philly home. This perfect balance of old and new begins at the foyer, which has the original wainscoting with fresh white paint, original marble threshold and new oversize gray ceramic tile. Original details abound in the living room: refinished original hardwood floors with inlay, staircase with original millwork, and an arched stained glass detail above the double windows. The large separate dining room has been opened up to the kitchen, creating a functional open floorplan suited for 2014 living. The kitchen is outfitted with granite counters with stainless steel undermount sink, gooseneck faucet and breakfast bar; a glass tile backsplash; stainless steel appliances and dark wood cabinets with sleek oversize hardware. Pass through the large mudroom to the back patio. Up the lovely turned staircase and to the rear is the master suite—a good-size bedroom with built-in storage and private bathroom with oversize vanity and stall shower with great tile work. At the other end of the hallway is the large front bedroom with bay window and large closet, and in the middle is a nice-size bedroom and full hall bath with linen closet. Don’t forget the great West Philly location—on a nice wide block super-close to both Baltimore Ave and 52nd St, four blocks to Malcolm X Park and now within the UPenn loan boundaries.

  • SOLD: $150,000
  • 3 beds/2 baths
  • 1,588 sq ft

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116 N 61st St – SOLD

Why rent when you can buy this move-in ready house? The current owner has brought this classic rowhome into the 21st century—you get details like nice original woodwork and hardwood floors with inlay along with recessed lighting, main floor laundry and a freshly renovated kitchen and bath. Enter through a gorgeous original double front door into the nice-sized living room wired for cable and ready for your wall-mount TV.  A lovely archway with pillars joins the living room to the dining room with built-in storage and a passthrough window to the kitchen with newer ceramic tile floor, cabinets and countertops, plus access to the laundry room. Upstairs is the spacious front bedroom with bay window, a decent-sized middle bedroom, and a large rear bedroom with two exposures. The hall bath has a huge skylight and clawfoot tub and has been updated with a new vanity and ceramic tile floor. The second floor also has new laminate flooring and ceiling fans throughout, plus the charm of the original woodwork on the large linen closet and the original banister. Don’t forget the location, which is super convenient to the El and the Market St and 60th St commercial strips. If you can come up with first and last month’s rent for a new apartment, then you can afford to buy this home; with FHA or other special financing, your down payment could be under $2,000.

  • $57,000
  • 3 bd/1ba
  • 1,118 sq ft

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1429 S 50th St – SOLD

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This is not the cookie-cutter rehab of an investor looking to make a quick profit. The seller is a business owner who wanted to invest in the neighborhood his headquarters has called home for decades. The quality of the renovation is apparent from the curb—the exterior paint was carefully done to make the lovely details of the facade shine. This porchfront rowhome has a large, open floorplan first floor with ample room for separate living and dining areas; a gorgeous kitchen with all the bells and whistles—granite counters, undermount sink, gooseneck pull-out faucet, Frigidaire stainless steel appliances (including dishwasher) and high-quality solid wood cabinets; a main floor granite powder room; large rear deck overlooking a good-sized yard. Follow the original banister upstairs, where you’ll find three good-sized bedrooms, all flooded with light and with good closet space. The marble-tiled hall bath has super-stylish vanity with tons of storage and a gorgeous granite top. But this is not just a cosmetic rehab; the house has a brand-new roof, replacement windows throughout, new PEX plumbing, all new wiring and new HVAC. Don’t forget the wood floors throughout. It’s even pre-wired for cable and has a security system installed. Trolley and bus lines on the corner go to Center City in less than 15 minutes, and it’s an easy walk to Four Worlds Bakery, Guacamole Mex-Grille, Whispering Leaves tea shop, the Free Library, West Philly Tool Library, Comegy’s playground and the Kingsessing Rec Center. If you’re looking for an affordable, move-in ready home, don’t overlook this opportunity to get in on the ground floor of this developing section of West Philly.

  • SALE PENDING: $119,900
  • 3 beds/1.5 baths
  • 1,260 sq ft
  • Renovated porchfront rowhome

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1441 S 50th St – SOLD

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This is not the cookie-cutter rehab of an investor looking to make a quick profit. The seller is a business owner who wanted to invest in the neighborhood his headquarters has called home for decades. The quality of the renovation is apparent from the curb—the exterior paint was carefully done to make the lovely details of the facade shine. This porchfront end-of-row has an oversize vestibule entrance with original transom; a large, open floorplan first floor with ample room for separate living and dining areas; a gorgeous kitchen with all the bells and whistles—granite counters, undermount sink, gooseneck pull-out faucet, Frigidaire stainless steel appliances (including dishwasher) and high-quality solid wood cabinets; a main floor granite powder room; large rear deck overlooking a good-sized yard. Follow the original banister upstairs, where you’ll find a large rear bedroom whose windows offer a Center City view, a good sized middle bedroom with bay window, and a large front bedroom—all with good closet space. The marble-tiled hall bath has a double vanity with a gorgeous granite top. But this is not just a cosmetic rehab; the house has a brand-new roof, replacement windows throughout, new PEX plumbing, all new wiring and new HVAC. Don’t forget the wood floors throughout. It’s even pre-wired for cable and has a security system installed. Trolley and bus lines on the corner go to Center City in less than 15 minutes, and it’s an easy walk to Four Worlds Bakery, Guacamole Mex-Grille, Whispering Leaves tea shop, the Free Library, West Philly Tool Library, Comegy’s playground and the Kingsessing Rec Center. If you’re looking for an affordable, move-in ready home, don’t overlook this opportunity to get in on the ground floor of this developing section of West Philly.

  • SALE PENDING: $125,000
  • 3 beds/1.5 baths
  • 1,680 sq ft
  • Renovated porchfront end-of-row

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621 S Conestoga St – SOLD

West Philly’s most popular builder does it again, bringing his trademark quality renovations and respect for original details to a nice Cobb’s Creek block. This classic porchfront rowhome was restored to its original beauty with all the right stuff updated. The lovely details—front door, coffered ceiling, hardwood floors, turned staircase, decorative fireplace, extra-wide woodwork, skylight and bench window seat—make this a warm and inviting home, while modern touches—kitchen with black granite counters, maple cabinets, GE stainless steel appliances, glass mosaic backsplash and undermount sink; new roof, heater, electric and windows; and a finished basement—make it worry-free. Forget the cookie-cutter rehabs out there; this is what a renovation should look and feel like. This home is nestled on a one-way street with front gardens boasting pride of ownership, and just a short walk to Cedar Park and Angora Park and convenient to both the Baltimore Ave and 52nd St corridors, public transit and a ZipCar location.

  • $124,900
  • 3 beds/2 baths
  • 1,260 sq ft
  • Finished basement

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