They just don’t make them like this anymore. This quintessential West Philly twin has beautiful original details throughout and is big enough to give you room to spread out without being a three-story behemoth you spend all your time and money maintaining. You’ll be charmed from the start—the sweet enclosed (and heated!) porch with beadboard ceiling opens into a vestibule with gorgeously detailed, unpainted millwork, funky retro wallpaper and terra cotta hex tiled floor. The living room has oak parquet floors with decorative inlay, a leaded glass front window, coffered ceiling, decorative fireplace, bay window with more leaded glass and a turned staircase with pretty curved banister. The hardwood floors continue through a wide archway into the large dining room featuring a unique triple window. The kitchen could use some updating for a more 2016 “look,” but it’s 100% functional as-is and has cabinet and counter space for days, including a butler’s pantry that leads to a laundry room with half bath. This mudroom area leads out to the covered back porch overlooking a decent-size yard. On the sunny second floor, the large front bedroom is a showstopper: It’s got an exposed brick wall with a gorgeous custom-fabricated decorative oak fireplace and a bay window with original bench seat with storage below. The back bedroom is almost as large and has an unpainted original mirrored armoire. Along the hall are two more good-sized bedrooms, one with built-in bookshelves, and a dated but spacious bathroom ready for a cosmetic facelift—perhaps inspired by its awesome Moroccan-style floor tile? The basement has a to-die-for cherry red mid-mod fireplace, vintage bar and its own half bath—throw down some shag rugs and you’ll have the ultimate lounge. This in-high-demand pocket of University City is a stone’s throw to the Baltimore Ave strip and within the UPenn forgivable loan boundaries.
- 1,800 sq ft
- $298,000 – SOLD