245 S 53rd St – PENDING

 

This classically-made, current-day-perfected twin just outside University City offers just the right square footage, whether you’re upgrading your home, downsizing back to the city or need a little extra space in the form a finished basement with full bath for out-of-town guests. Noteworthy details like the facade’s original architectural details (including the uber-charming front door overhang), enclosed porch with beadboard ceiling, a leaded glass transom, turned staircase with original banister, decorative fireplace and bay window maintain a true West Philly vibe, while the neutral-but-not-boring color palette and timeless finish selections complement any style. The cool, understated L-shaped kitchen features 42-inch gray Shaker-style cabinets, gleaming white quartz countertops and subway tile backsplash, and stainless steel Frigidaire appliances, including a five-burner range and French door refrigerator framed by a bonus bank of cabinets. There’s enough space out back for a grill and bistro set, but we think the formal dining room is the natural place for guests to gather. The original pine floors continue throughout the second floor with three large bedrooms—each generous room has ample windows, with a lovely bay in the master. The bathroom is appointed with tasteful finishes that will stand the test of time: a gray porcelain tile tub surround, sleek Shaker-style vanity and marbled ceramic tile floors. The basement’s good ceiling height, recessed lighting and handsome flooring make it a truly useable living space, topped off by a guest bath with a marble hex-tiled base and gray porcelain-tiled surround walk-in shower. This stunning renovation is super-convenient to University City and the Baltimore Ave and 52nd St retail corridors, and the El is just a few blocks away.

  • $220,000 – PENDING
  • 3bd/2.5ba
  • 1,350 sq ft
  • finished basement

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4744 Paschall Ave

Not too big and not too small, this home is just right: right size, right location, right style, right price. With tons of character and custom touches, like the retro-cool checkerboard floored sunroom with passthrough, exposed brick wall, painted black stairs with runner and signature red doors, this little gem is not to be missed. Located just off the Woodland Ave strip—West Philly’s best-kept secret—and right near the foot of the Grays Ferry Bridge, this home offers ease of access to all parts of the city without the high price tag of a Grays Ferry flip or a now-unreachable University City three-bedroom. The main level is open and airy with wide plank white oak floors all the way through, designated living and dining areas, and a half bath with a sleek and space-saving floating vanity. The kitchen at the rear features stylish and timeless finishes, like butcher block countertops, white Shaker-style J&K cabinets, subway tile backsplash, Kohler sink and stainless steel appliances including a slide-in Whirlpool range. Upstairs are two spacious and sunny bedrooms, both with ample closet space. The bathroom continues the timeless theme, with neutral porcelain tile floors, crisp white subway tile surround, floating marble-topped vanity and Grohe fixtures. There’s a nicely sized patio out back, perfect for a patio set and grill, and the property line extends beyond the fence—a great option for trash can storage or a bike rack. There’s additional storage space along with laundry hookups in the basement. Beyond all the pretty features, the seller has taken care of the ugly stuff as well, like replacing the sewer line out to the street, new plumbing and electric and of course a new roof. Local faves like Four Worlds Bakery, Guacamole Mex-Grille, the Lil’ Pop Test Kitchen & Bakery and the 36 and 11 trolley lines are just around the corner, and outdoor enthusiasts can enjoy the Grays Ferry Crescent Trail Park and Bartram’s Garden nearby.

  • $229,000
  • 2bd/1.5ba
  • 1,046

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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

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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5345 Pine St – SOLD

This spacious porchfront home on a lovely tree-lined block was totally renovated in 2009 but maintains that classic West Philly charm. Starting with the wainscoting and transoms in the vestibule, and through the large living room with turned staircase and decorative fireplace with pretty green tile, to the formal dining room with French doors, this home offers hallmark Victorian details along with the bonus of being updated and move-in-ready but not a cookie-cutter flip. At the rear, the eat-in kitchen is spacious and well-laid out in a classic L-shape, featuring warm wood cabinetry, a brand-new Amana stainless steel range and plenty of opportunity for some easy updates to make it your dream kitchen. There’s also a convenient first-floor powder room with pretty pedestal sink and ceramic tile floors, as well as access to the back deck with paved patio below. The second floor features stylish new carpet and a spacious ceramic-tiled bathroom with a cute nook behind the shower, perfect for hanging bathrobes. The master and middle bedrooms feature beautiful bay windows, and three of the four bedrooms have great closet space–nobody’s perfect but there’s a deep hall closet to pick up the slack. The basement has extra-tall ceilings and is framed out for an additional bathroom, making it a great candidate for finishing in the future. On one of the greenest blocks in West Philly, this home is convenient to the 52nd St commercial strip and just a short commute to the 34 trolley line, Cedar Park, Dock Street, Amari’s, Vix Emporium, Taco Angeleno and everything Baltimore Ave has to offer.

  • $190,000 – SOLD
  • 4bd/1.5bd
  • 1,504 sq ft

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5736 Addison St – SOLD

One of our favorite developer clients has nailed it once again with this Cobbs Creek charmer. A super-cute house with solid bones, this one looks and feels like a five-star Airbnb listing. The classic porchfront twin on a great little block features original hardwood floors with inlaid border on the main level, a tastefully updated kitchen and three nice-sized bedrooms with plush carpet. The main level has great flow between the cozy front room with a large front window, neutral gray walls, recessed lighting and a wide archway leading to the dining room with large windows overlooking the breezeway and a pretty powder room tucked away to the side, and the bright eat-in kitchen. Featuring crisp white Shaker-style J&K cabinets, stainless steel appliances including a GE five-burner range, granite countertops with stainless steel undermount sink, this stylish kitchen offers plenty of room for a bistro set for casual dining. The rear paved patio is a nice size, just enough room to grill and try your hand at a container garden. The second floor is just as sunny and warm as the first, with large windows, neutral carpet and some original details like the dual-mirrored closet doors in the rear bedroom and wood door with privacy glass in the front. Those two bedrooms are evenly sized and both have dual closets, so either could function as the master bedroom. And the middle room is a true bedroom—definitely more than just an office or an afterthought. The updated bathroom has contemporary finishes, pretty wood vanity and ceramic tile wall and tub surround. There’s a linen closet in the hallway as well as the full basement for extra storage. The allure of this home is more than just surface appeal; it has all new electric, plumbing, windows and heater. This fabulous house is in a convenient location near schools, SEPTA, Morris Rec Center, the Free Library and shopping centers, and just a few blocks from Cobbs Creek Park, with its biking and hiking trails, baseball, basketball and ice skating rink.

  • $139,900 – SOLD
  • 3bd/1.5ba
  • 1,110 sq ft

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5410 Osage Ave – SOLD

This classic porchfront rowhome has lovely contemporary updates that blend perfectly with its original details. From the inside out, the seller has taken care of the hard stuff, like all new wiring and heating systems, along with aesthetics like refinished hardwood floors, new trim and doors, updated kitchen and new half bath plus laundry room. The main living area is cozy yet open, with an oversized window and a modern take on a turned staircase with a unique peek-a-boo window into the kitchen. The kitchen is the real showstopper. With sleek, industrial-cool accents, it still manages to feel homey and welcoming, patiently waiting for its first dinner party. This design mag-worthy space features dark butcher block countertops contrasting with white Shaker-style cabinets, a concrete-topped center island with extra cabinet storage, stainless steel appliances including a GE range with dramatic architectural-style hood, dual-basin farmhouse sink and full-wall subway tile backsplash. At the rear of the house is the new half bath with pedestal sink and full-size washer and dryer. There’s a small rear patio, offering enough room for a patio set or a grill and container garden. The second level has three bedrooms all comparable in size—no home office/dressing room-only option here. The front features a pretty bay window and adorable shuttered storage space, the middle has handy built-in shelving, and the rear has a beautiful original built-in armoire. The updated bathroom has a subway tile shower surround, pedestal sink and pretty gray ceramic tile flooring to complement the neutral blueish-gray walls. The basement has good standing height and provides additional storage space. This home is convenient to the 52nd St commercial strip and just a short commute to the 34 trolley line, Cedar Park, Dock Street, Amari’s, Vix Emporium, Taco Angeleno and everything Baltimore Ave has to offer.

  • $145,000
  • 3bd/1.5ba
  • 1,080 sq ft

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5861 Osage Ave – SOLD

Not all flips are created equal, and one of our favorite developer clients hits it out of the park yet again with this Cobbs Creek house. Staying true to the home’s original character, this rehab provides all the creature comforts and upgrades without feeling cookie-cutter or prefab. The fresh facade and classic porchfront welcome you into an open living and dining area with pretty wide-plank hardwood floors, recessed lighting and large front window. The nicely laid-out kitchen features white quartz countertops with porcelain tile backsplash with sea glass subway tile inlay, Shaker-style cabinets and a stainless steel appliance package including Frigidaire Gallery five-burner range and Samsung French door refrigerator and bottom-drawer freezer. Don’t miss the bonus living space in the finished basement, where the addition of a half bath makes it work for a guest space. There is extra storage space as well to keep bulky seasonal items out of sight. On the second floor, the master bedroom at the front of the house has a lovely bay window, new carpet that continues throughout this level and good closet space. The other two bedrooms are similar in size and have nice original five-panel doors; the rear bedroom has dual closets. There’s a hall bath with porcelain tile flooring and shower surround with a pretty sea glass tile inlay, deep soaking tub and dark wood vanity. The rear yard has plenty of space for a grill and patio set and maybe even a fire pit for the colder months. In additional to all the lovely finishes, the home also has completely new mechanicals and all new windows. This fabulous house is in a convenient location near schools, SEPTA, Morris Rec Center, the Free Library and shopping centers, and just a few blocks from Cobbs Creek Park, with its biking and hiking trails, baseball, basketball and ice skating rink.

  • 3bd/1.5ba
  • $139,000 – SOLD
  • 1,360 sq ft

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5232 Beaumont Ave – SOLD

This totally renovated, extra-wide porchfront rowhome is the perfect first house. On a quiet one-way street just off the Baltimore Ave and 52nd St strips, this home is a great option for those looking for a convenient West Philly location without paying University City prices. Renovated from the inside out with new HVAC, plumbing, electric and windows throughout, this house is the definition of move-in ready. And thoughtful touches like pretty slate blue walls, honey-colored wood floors and ceiling fans in every bedroom make it warm and inviting, not stark white and sterile like so many other rehabs. The first floor is completely open with a nice flow from the living room into the L-shaped kitchen, with great cabinet space, stainless steel GE appliance package, granite countertops, deep stainless steel undermount sink and mixed mosaic tile backsplash with hints of metallic, stone and marble. There’s a powder room tucked away just off the kitchen and access to a nice-sized yard and finished basement for added living space. The second level has plush new carpet throughout, two rear bedrooms that overlook the yard and a front master bedroom with a large closet and two oversized windows. The hall bath is spacious with ceramic tile flooring and full-wall shower surround, soaking tub and granite-topped vanity with great storage. This home is conveniently located close to multiple bus lines, the post office, Cedar Park, the Kingsessing Rec Center and of course shopping and dining along Baltimore Ave and 52nd St.

  • $110,000 – SOLD
  • 3bd/1.5ba
  • 1,024 sq ft

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