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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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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4804 Paschall Ave – SOLD

This is not a cookie-cutter rehab by an investor looking to make a quick profit. The seller is a business owner who wanted to invest in the neighborhood that has been home to his headquarters for decades. The quality of the renovation is apparent from the curb; the exterior was meticulously painted to make the lovely details of the historic facade shine. But this is not just a cosmetic rehab—the house was a total gut renovation, with a brand-new roof, replacement windows, all new plumbing, wiring and HVAC. The interior renovation created a lovely open first floor, with recessed lighting all the way through, enough space for separate dedicated living and dining spaces and a nice-sized powder room with an elongated window, dark wood vanity and subway tile wall surround. The kitchen features clean white 42-inch cabinetry, black and white granite countertops with complementary white subway tile backsplash and Frigidaire stainless steel appliances. Just beyond the kitchen is a sunny bonus room with lots of possibilities: breakfast room, home office or playroom, for starters. There’s also a nice back patio leading down into a planting area—yes, you can live in the city and have a garden! Upstairs you’ll find three bedrooms, all flooded with natural light, and a deep linen closet. The spacious bathroom has a large white vanity, pretty ceramic tile floors and white subway wall and tub surround. Featuring clean lines, modern finishes and an open floor plan, this sweet house is welcoming and move-in ready. Trolley and bus lines on the corner go to Center City in less than 15 minutes, and it’s only a few blocks to Four Worlds Bakery, Guacamole Mex-Grille, West Philly Community Acupuncture, the Free Library, West Philly Tool Library, Comegy’s playground and the Kingsessing Rec Center. This is a rare opportunity to get University City-level finishes in a still-affordable-for-now West Philly location.

  • $159,900 – SOLD
  • 3beds/1.5baths
  • 1,394 sq ft
  • Tax abatement

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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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5237 Walton Ave – SOLD

Here’s an opportunity to own a house on a great block where property values are continuing to rise—check the comps! This porchfront rowhome is in move-in condition and has some nice details, and even newer heater and central air; it just needs some elbow grease and cosmetic upgrades. Vestibule entry leads to the spacious living room with original hardwood floors with decorative inlay, pretty turned staircase and decorative fireplace. The spacious dining room also has hardwoods and leads to the modern kitchen with oak cabinets, dishwasher, stainless steel range and built-in microwave. The rear mudroom has a half bath and laundry hook-ups and leads to the large rear yard. The second floor has four bedrooms and a hall bath. The large basement offers plenty of storage space. This is a perfect candidate for an FHA 203K renovation loan.

  • $100,000 – SOLD
  • 4 beds/1.5 baths
  • 1,380 sq ft
  • Porchfront rowhome

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1045 S Ithan St – SOLD

Attention first-time buyers and investors looking for a turn-key property: Featuring brand-new everything from top to bottom, this home is on a quiet block off Baltimore Ave and offers central air; recessed lighting; new roof, windows, electrical and plumbing; and wired for cable. No attention to detail was spared, from the solid oak front door to the crown molding on the first floor to the newly poured basement floor. Enter into the bright living room which opens to the side-by-side kitchen/dining area with exposed brick wall, stone tile floors and backsplash, maple cabinets, and stainless steel appliances, including dishwasher, side-by-side refrigerator and built-in microwave. The 2nd floor has neutral carpet, front bedroom with bay window, large rear bedroom, and good-size middle bedroom, all with good closet space. The hall bath has porcelain tile, a nice vanity with storage and a brand-new skylight. Also offering a spacious patio for cooking out and a large basement for storage, this home has it all.

  • SOLD: $75,000
  • 3 beds/1 bath
  • 992 sq ft
  • Porchfront rowhome

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