5736 Addison St – SOLD

One of our favorite developer clients has nailed it once again with this Cobbs Creek charmer. A super-cute house with solid bones, this one looks and feels like a five-star Airbnb listing. The classic porchfront twin on a great little block features original hardwood floors with inlaid border on the main level, a tastefully updated kitchen and three nice-sized bedrooms with plush carpet. The main level has great flow between the cozy front room with a large front window, neutral gray walls, recessed lighting and a wide archway leading to the dining room with large windows overlooking the breezeway and a pretty powder room tucked away to the side, and the bright eat-in kitchen. Featuring crisp white Shaker-style J&K cabinets, stainless steel appliances including a GE five-burner range, granite countertops with stainless steel undermount sink, this stylish kitchen offers plenty of room for a bistro set for casual dining. The rear paved patio is a nice size, just enough room to grill and try your hand at a container garden. The second floor is just as sunny and warm as the first, with large windows, neutral carpet and some original details like the dual-mirrored closet doors in the rear bedroom and wood door with privacy glass in the front. Those two bedrooms are evenly sized and both have dual closets, so either could function as the master bedroom. And the middle room is a true bedroom—definitely more than just an office or an afterthought. The updated bathroom has contemporary finishes, pretty wood vanity and ceramic tile wall and tub surround. There’s a linen closet in the hallway as well as the full basement for extra storage. The allure of this home is more than just surface appeal; it has all new electric, plumbing, windows and heater. This fabulous house is in a convenient location near schools, SEPTA, Morris Rec Center, the Free Library and shopping centers, and just a few blocks from Cobbs Creek Park, with its biking and hiking trails, baseball, basketball and ice skating rink.

  • $139,900 – SOLD
  • 3bd/1.5ba
  • 1,110 sq ft

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5232 Beaumont Ave – SOLD

This totally renovated, extra-wide porchfront rowhome is the perfect first house. On a quiet one-way street just off the Baltimore Ave and 52nd St strips, this home is a great option for those looking for a convenient West Philly location without paying University City prices. Renovated from the inside out with new HVAC, plumbing, electric and windows throughout, this house is the definition of move-in ready. And thoughtful touches like pretty slate blue walls, honey-colored wood floors and ceiling fans in every bedroom make it warm and inviting, not stark white and sterile like so many other rehabs. The first floor is completely open with a nice flow from the living room into the L-shaped kitchen, with great cabinet space, stainless steel GE appliance package, granite countertops, deep stainless steel undermount sink and mixed mosaic tile backsplash with hints of metallic, stone and marble. There’s a powder room tucked away just off the kitchen and access to a nice-sized yard and finished basement for added living space. The second level has plush new carpet throughout, two rear bedrooms that overlook the yard and a front master bedroom with a large closet and two oversized windows. The hall bath is spacious with ceramic tile flooring and full-wall shower surround, soaking tub and granite-topped vanity with great storage. This home is conveniently located close to multiple bus lines, the post office, Cedar Park, the Kingsessing Rec Center and of course shopping and dining along Baltimore Ave and 52nd St.

  • $110,000 – SOLD
  • 3bd/1.5ba
  • 1,024 sq ft

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5229 Walton Ave – SOLD

This beautifully renovated Cedar Park home has everything a homebuyer could ask for: great location, modern upgrades and quality construction with just the right touch of original charm. Enter into the open floorplan living area featuring unique wide-plank hickory floors, high ceilings with recessed lighting and a wall of windows along the dining area. The ceramic tiled kitchen features granite countertops; stainless steel appliances, including dishwasher, built-in microwave and a pro-style five-burner Frigidaire range; stainless steel undermount sink with gooseneck faucet; mosaic glass tile backsplash; a center island; and handsome Thomasville Shaker-style oak cabinets. The first floor also has a sunny mudroom with laundry hookups that leads out to the large backyard. The staircase with original banister leads to the second floor, which has brand-new neutral carpet throughout. The sunny front bedroom has two closets and its own en-suite bath, which is accessed via pretty French doors and has a large walk-in shower with ceramic tile surround with mosaic glass tile inlay and a pretty granite-topped vanity. The three-piece hall bath is also nicely appointed with ceramic tile, granite vanity and a window providing nice natural light. There are two other nice-size bedrooms with good closet space, and don’t forget about the ceramic tiled finished basement for additional living space. 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.

  • $179.900 – SOLD
  • 3beds/2baths
  • 1,380 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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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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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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