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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139 N 50th St – SOLD

Awesome, fully occupied income-producing property in an appreciating area of West Philadelphia. All utilities are separated (including heat) and owner has made many improvements, including newer heaters, water heaters, Pex water lines, new fire escape, many vinyl replacement windows and new stucco in rear. First floor: large apartment with high ceilings and nice original hardwood floors, leaded glass windows and pocket door, in-unit laundry and two entrances allowing for three bedrooms. Second floor: another large 2/3 bedroom with two options for entry, pretty decorative fireplace and bay window, laundry room and potential for a balcony. Third floor: Bright 2-3 bedroom with front balcony, oak floors with inlay and in-unit laundry. On a lovely tree-lined block just minutes from the El and within walking distance to campuses. Check out the permits in the window of the twin.

  • $165,000 – SALE PENDING
  • Triplex
  • 3,065 sq ft
  • Separate utilities

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6213 Cobbs Creek Parkway – SOLD

Opportunity knocks! The owners found their dream home…then got a job overseas. This spacious home with beautiful original details throughout is just awaiting your finishing touches. Set up on a hill overlooking the park, the sun-drenched home features a huge porch, enclosed sunporch, attached garage and rear deck. In a serene setting convenient to SEPTA trolley line, library, four playgrounds, as well as ice skating, baseball and other Cobbs Creek Park activities. Enter into the living room featuring hardwood floors, crown molding, leaded glass windows and stone fireplace with woodburning insert, which leads to the large dining room, also with hardwood floors as well as a chair rail and wainscoting. A leaded glass door opens to the spacious eat-in kitchen leading to deck. Upstairs, you will find six spacious bedrooms—one with the potential to convert to a suite—and two full baths, with a clawfoot tub on the third floor. All exterior trim was repainted; full list of other repairs available upon request.

  • SOLD: $182,000
  • 6 beds/2 baths
  • 3,129 sq ft
  • 3-story Victorian
  • Garage

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