5823 Pine St – SOLD

Not all flips are created equal, as this super-charming home proves. The definition of move-in ready, this house offers all the modern comforts like an updated kitchen, finished basement, recessed lighting and all new mechanicals while maintaining its West Philly charm with original hardwood floors, turned staircase, round bay window and classic front porch. The vestibule, with original doors, wainscoting and unique parquet flooring, opens into the large living room with leaded glass window and oak floors with decorative inlay. A separate dining room with original built-in corner cabinet is accessed through a wide archway, making it feel less formal, and flows directly into the open kitchen with granite countertops and breakfast bar; Pioneer cabinets with crown molding; stainless steel appliances, including a five-burner Frigidaire range; oversize undermount stainless steel sink; and a one-of-a-kind backsplash with a mix of porcelain, stone and sea glass tile. Just off the kitchen is a sweet little half bath and access to the finished basement with porcelain tile floors, a laundry closet and extra storage space at the front. The second floor features four sunny bedrooms; the two in the middle are smaller but both decently sized and with good closets and brand-new carpet, while the front bedroom has hardwood floors, a bay window, large closet with storage space above and an additional corner closet. The rear bedroom, only slightly smaller than the master, has carpet and dual closets and benefits from windows on two walls. The stylish hall bath has a skylight, large white vanity with drawer storage, and a deep soaking tub with full-wall porcelain and sea glass tile surround. This fabulous home has great outdoor space and is on a quiet block convenient to schools, SEPTA, the Free Library, shopping centers and Cobbs Creek Park, with its biking and hiking trails, baseball, basketball and ice skating rink.

  • $159,900 – SOLD
  • 4bd/1.5ba
  • 1,558 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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4916 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. There’s also a huge rear deck leading down into a planting area—yes, you can live in the city and have grass! 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. This sweet house, with its charming storybook exterior and clean modern interior, 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.

  • $165,000 – SOLD
  • 3beds/1.5baths
  • 948  sq ft
  • 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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516 S Conestoga St – SOLD

REDUCED to sell this year! At this new price, this house is the definition of “bang for your buck” and was renovated throughout with special care to preserve the property’s original charm. Upgrades include recessed lighting, crown molding, new Bruce hardwood floors downstairs and neutral carpet upstairs, nice ceiling fans, new boiler and water heater, new windows, new roof and electric. The enclosed front porch, which makes for a great sitting room or bike storage, opens to the spacious living room with decorative mantel and turned staircase. Beyond that is the good-sized dining room that opens to the kitchen. Talk about form meeting function: The kitchen has cherry flat-panel cabinets, cool glass tile backsplash, sleek GE stainless steel appliances and stylish stainless and glass vent hood. The heated mudroom has hook-ups for convenient first-floor laundry and opens to the deep backyard. Upstairs are three sunny bedrooms with good closet space and a spotless bathroom with working skylight, rain showerhead, marble tub surround and wall tile, and a pretty pedestal sink. This home is nestled on a one-way street with front gardens boasting pride of ownership, just a stone’s throw from Cedar Park and Angora Park and convenient to both the Baltimore Ave and 52nd St corridors, public transit and a ZipCar location.

  • SOLD: $114,900
  • 3 beds/1 bath
  • 1,215 sq ft
  • Fully renovated

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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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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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