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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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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5237 Walton Ave – SOLD

Here’s an opportunity to own a house on a great block where property values are continuing to rise—check the comps! This porchfront rowhome is in move-in condition and has some nice details, and even newer heater and central air; it just needs some elbow grease and cosmetic upgrades. Vestibule entry leads to the spacious living room with original hardwood floors with decorative inlay, pretty turned staircase and decorative fireplace. The spacious dining room also has hardwoods and leads to the modern kitchen with oak cabinets, dishwasher, stainless steel range and built-in microwave. The rear mudroom has a half bath and laundry hook-ups and leads to the large rear yard. The second floor has four bedrooms and a hall bath. The large basement offers plenty of storage space. This is a perfect candidate for an FHA 203K renovation loan.

  • $100,000 – SOLD
  • 4 beds/1.5 baths
  • 1,380 sq ft
  • Porchfront rowhome

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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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