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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750 S 57th St – SOLD

First-time buyers, do not miss this gorgeously renovated property, which blends stylish new design with charming old details. Spacious and bright and located on a nice block just a few blocks from Cobbs Creek Park, this house has everything on your list of must-haves. Enter past the front garden through the heated enclosed front porch into the wide-open living/dining room with crown molding, recessed lighting, turned staircase and original hardwood floors with decorative inlay. The kitchen features sleek flat-panel cabinets, stainless steel appliances and contemporary floor tile and backsplash. A mudroom with laundry hookups leads to the nice-size rear yard. Upstairs, there is a large front bedroom with bay window and two more good-size bedrooms, all with neutral carpet and good closets. The bathroom also has nice contemporary finishes. The unfinished basement offers plenty of room for storage. All new plumbing, electrical, heater, water heater, main and porch roofs—move right in and enjoy the rest of summer!

  • $99,900
  • 3 beds/1 bath
  • 1,104 sq feet
  • Fully renovated rowhome

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921 Marlyn Rd – SOLD

Welcome to this lovely and well-loved home on a beautiful Overbrook block. This classic West Philadelphia rowhome with garage has charming original details, such as hardwood floors with decorative inlay, along with tasteful upgrades throughout. Enter into the heated enclosed front porch, which leads to the living room with turned staircase and stone woodburning fireplace. The dining room has a chair rail and crown molding and leads to the retro-cool kitchen with checkerboard tile floor, painted wood cabinets and newer stainless steel stove, dishwasher and refrigerator. A small mudroom leads to the huge rebuilt deck-imagine the entertaining you can do here. The second floor, also with original hardwoods, has two decent-size rear bedrooms and a large master bedroom with bay window. The bathroom is spacious and super-functional, with a separate tub and shower stall. The owners of this stylishly appointed home also replaced the roof and heater and added the beautiful landscaping; all you need is your furniture.

  • SALE PENDING: $128,000
  • 3 beds/1 bath
  • 1,500 sq ft
  • Classic rowhome

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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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6049 Irving St – SOLD


Why pay rent when you can own a home for less per month? Invest in your future with this lovely home on a quiet West Philadelphia block. Totally renovated in 1990, this porchfront rowhome has been very well-maintained over the years by a professional management company—the roof, windows, electrical, plumbing and heating have all been updated, carpets replaced and everything is freshly painted. Enter into the living room with refinished original hardwood floors with decorative inlay, a nice turned staircase and decorative fireplace; separate dining room; large ceramic tile eat-in kitchen with tons of storage space leading to rear yard. All three bedrooms are carpeted and have decent closets, with a nice bay window in the front bedroom, and the ceramic tile hall bath is in great shape. Clean unfinished basement offers plenty of storage space. This home is also great for investors: totally turn-key and available as a package with six other properties.

  • $65,000 $55,000 – Sold
  • 3 beds/1bath
  • 1,110 sq ft
  • Porchfront rowhome

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527 S 55th St – SOLD

Well-maintained porchfront rowhome with nice original details. Located on a lovely Cobbs Creek block, the house has four spacious bedrooms, hardwood floors throughout, a partially finished basement and good-sized backyard. Enter through foyer with original wood doors. The living room features oak parquet floors with inlay, large front window with leaded glass detail, decorative fireplace and lovely turned staircase. Formal dining room, also with parquet floors, leads to breakfast room and kitchen, which needs updating but is functional. Upstairs, there is a large front bedroom with bay window and large closet, a nice-sized rear bedroom with three windows, and two smaller middle bedrooms. The bathroom also needs to be updated but is fully functional. The basement has a laundry area and a separate partly finished space with a bar. This home is a great candidate for an FHA 203K loan, or just someone who is handy enough to do some cosmetic upgrades. Don’t skip this one!

  • SOLD: $71,000
  • 4 beds/1 bath
  • 1,608 sq ft
  • Porchfront rowhome

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