1404 S Hanson St

The word “unique” gets tossed around a lot, but few would argue that it perfectly describes this loft-style house in a rapidly appreciating section of West Philly. Truly one of a kind, this property brings to mind the quintessential Old City-style loft–with the requisite exposed brick, beams and ductwork, industrial-cool unpainted plaster walls and lofted bedroom overlooking the main level–but at a fraction of the cost. The main level is completely open, with a U-shaped kitchen featuring white quartz countertops, crisp white appliances and access to the large back yard. The sky-high ceilings above the kitchen provide tons of natural light, as do oversized windows throughout. Floating stairs lead up to the second floor, which consists of the large bedroom with good-size closet and an updated bathroom with classic white subway tile shower surround with decorative border and pretty six-paneled picture window. Conveniently located at the foot of the Grays Ferry bridge with quick access to South Philly; there are bus and trolley lines nearby that go to Center City in less than 15 minutes and it’s only a few blocks to West Philly’s best kept secret: the Woodland Ave strip with businesses like Four Worlds Bakery, Guacamole Mex-Grille, the Lil Pop Test Kitchen & Bakery, West Philly Community Acupuncture, Philly Homebrew Outlet and the West Philly Tool Library. For outdoor lovers, the west bank connector to Grays Ferry Crescent Park is expected to be complete next year, giving even easier access to bike and pedestrian trails, fishing piers and wildlife in the heart of the city.

  • $125,000
  • 896 sqft
  • 1bd/1ba

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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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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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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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5035 Upland St – SOLD

Do not miss this perfect starter home on a quiet block just around the corner from the Kingsessing Rec Center and library. Well-maintained and with nice original details, the house could use some cosmetic updates but is in absolute move-in condition. Enter through the enclosed front porch through unique double doors into the spacious living room, which has a pretty decorative fireplace, coffered ceiling and archway leading to the open floor plan dining room/kitchen with large pantry closet. The backyard has a porch leading down to a concrete patio and pretty garden. The second floor features a hallway skylight, large front bedroom with bay window and good closets, and two more bedrooms, all with ceiling fans. The hall bath has an original clawfoot bathtub and medicine cabinet. Featuring double-paned vinyl replacement windows throughout and a clean basement with plenty of storage space, this house just needs your finishing touches to make it shine.

  • $69,000
  • 3 beds/1 bath
  • 1,500 sq ft

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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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