5345 Lindbergh Blvd – SOLD

This beautifully renovated home is in a great location just outside of University City. With rock-solid bones, contemporary upgrades and original charm, this house proves high-quality renovations don’t always come with a high price tag. The enclosed front porch is light-flooded and offers plenty of room for additional living space; it also sets the tone for the warm and welcoming vibe throughout the house. Head through a pretty original glass-paneled door into the living room, which is nice and wide and features refinished original hardwood floors with decorative inlay, recessed lighting and a custom built-in shelving unit that separates this space from the dining room. A breakfast bar provides an option for casual dining in addition to the spacious ceramic tiled designated dining area, and the kitchen features pretty wood cabinetry, spotproof steel Frigidaire appliances, mosaic tile backsplash, stylish gooseneck faucet and access to the partially finished basement. With plenty of room for storage and a separate laundry area, the basement also features cool built-in seating for bonus lounge space. Upstairs, you’ll find more gleaming hardwood floors in the bedrooms—where the seller took care to provide additional closet space where none existed while still keeping the rooms a useable size—and a stylishly renovated bathroom with skylight, ceramic tile tub surround with mosaic inlay and handsome vanity set flanked by stylish sconces. As for outdoor space, the front yard is great for exercising that green thumb, while the rear yard, accessed through the walk-out basement, offers the potential for two parking spaces as well as room for a grill and patio set. This still-affordable-for-now location is close to our favorite strip on Woodland Ave and right around the corner from Bartram’s Garden and the Grays Ferry Crescent Trail.

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

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548 S 54th St – SOLD

Looking for an investment property but don’t want to invest a lot of time? Are you ready to own your own home but could use help paying the mortgage by having a tenant? Either way, this fully renovated duplex is the perfect package, ready to go and wrapped up with a bow–or, more accurately, this developer’s signature green door. Totally renovated with a Euro-inspired design, high-efficiency mechanicals and appliances, and a sleek contemporary style, this property is the definition of turnkey. Both units were rehabbed with care, with better-than-builder-grade finishes like space-saving sliding doors on the bathrooms, sleek flat-front white cabinets mixed with stylish stainless steel, funky Edison bulb light fixtures and LG washer/dryer combo units. Unit 1 (currently tenant-occupied) is a spacious bilevel with two bedrooms on the lower level, but the good ceiling height and windows with deep sills make it so you hardly notice you’re below grade. There’s a huge closet in the landing between, and the master bedroom has enough room for a designated office or vanity space. This unit has exclusive access the rear yard, the perfect size for grilling and entertaining al fresco. The second-floor studio is bright and spacious and the open layout provides tons of options for furniture arrangement. Just past the kitchen is a large closet area with built-in shelving–add a privacy curtain and you’ve got a great dressing area. This property offers easy access to public transportation as well tons of dining and shopping options along both Baltimore Ave and the 52nd St strip.

  • $240,000 – SOLD
  • Duplex
  • 1,128 sqft

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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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5229 Walton Ave – SOLD

This beautifully renovated Cedar Park home has everything a homebuyer could ask for: great location, modern upgrades and quality construction with just the right touch of original charm. Enter into the open floorplan living area featuring unique wide-plank hickory floors, high ceilings with recessed lighting and a wall of windows along the dining area. The ceramic tiled kitchen features granite countertops; stainless steel appliances, including dishwasher, built-in microwave and a pro-style five-burner Frigidaire range; stainless steel undermount sink with gooseneck faucet; mosaic glass tile backsplash; a center island; and handsome Thomasville Shaker-style oak cabinets. The first floor also has a sunny mudroom with laundry hookups that leads out to the large backyard. The staircase with original banister leads to the second floor, which has brand-new neutral carpet throughout. The sunny front bedroom has two closets and its own en-suite bath, which is accessed via pretty French doors and has a large walk-in shower with ceramic tile surround with mosaic glass tile inlay and a pretty granite-topped vanity. The three-piece hall bath is also nicely appointed with ceramic tile, granite vanity and a window providing nice natural light. There are two other nice-size bedrooms with good closet space, and don’t forget about the ceramic tiled finished basement for additional living space. This quiet little block of Walton Ave is right off Baltimore Ave and is convenient to the 52nd St strip as well as Cedar and Malcolm X parks.

  • $179.900 – SOLD
  • 3beds/2baths
  • 1,380 sq ft

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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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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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