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
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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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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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5247 Walton Ave – SOLD

This beautifully renovated home is perfect for a first-time buyer who doesn’t want to do any work, but who also appreciates the charm and original details of West Philadelphia homes. The porch front opens into a large, bright living room with high ceilings, original oak floors and high baseboards. An oversize archway leads to the generous dining room, also with oak floors, and a spacious ceramic tile powder room. The large eat-in kitchen has pretty maple cabinets, granite counter tops and stainless steel range, refrigerator and dishwasher, and leads to a huge rear yard. Upstairs—also with original oak floors throughout—there is a rear master suite with large bedroom and private bathroom with stall shower, a large front bedroom, good-size middle bedroom and pretty hall bath. Brand-new roof and electrical. If you’re priced out of University City, don’t miss this great house just off the Baltimore Avenue corridor.

  • $129,900 – SOLD
  • 3 beds/1.5 bath
  • 1380 sq ft
  • Porch front row home

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