Contrary to popular belief, not every house in University City is a sprawling Victorian. This right-size house in an ideal location just two blocks from Clark Park is perfect for a first-time homebuyer who’s not interested in taking on a project or dealing with overwhelming ongoing maintenance. Completely renovated in 2007, this porchfront rowhome is totally move-in ready, but with just enough options to add personal touches. The first floor, with pretty hardwood floors from front to back, offers a spacious open floorplan living and dining area, which leads to a nicely laid out L-shaped kitchen with room for a breakfast table or to add more prep space if there’s a hardcore chef in the house. Don’t miss the first-floor laundry closet: a game-changer if you’re used to trudging to the basement or the laundromat. There’s also a back bedroom on this floor, great for a guest room since there’s a full bath located in the hall, or use it as a den, playroom or media room. The small backyard has enough room for a grill or to let a dog out—but fear not, green thumbs, there’s plenty of front yard space for gardening options. Upstairs are three more good-sized bedrooms with nice closet space and a nicely appointed bathroom with classic white beadboard walls, dark wood vanity/mirror combo flanked by pretty sconces, and a ceramic tile shower surround. There’s easy access to local universities, the Grays Ferry Bridge and Woodland Ave trolleys, as well as neighborhood faves like Four Worlds Bakery, Guacamole and West Philly Community Acupuncture—and the West Philadelphia Tool Library is right around the corner for when you’re ready to get started on your first DIY project.