This quintessential West Philly porchfront rowhome was lovingly renovated by its architect owner. And while it offers the same bells and whistles of the “new” houses selling nearby, it is by no means a flip—the house was renovated with the homeowner’s needs, not profit, in mind. The original details, like hardwood floors, unpainted woodwork, turned staircase and tiled vestibule with wainscoting, were preserved in the process of making updates: there is all new plumbing, a new roof and a totally renovated kitchen and bathroom. The main level is open and welcoming, with a large living room with decorative fireplace and leaded glass window that leads through a wide archway to the dining room, both with oak floors with decorative inlay. An original swinging door with leaded glass panel leads to the contemporary-cool kitchen with original pine flooring; crisp white cabinetry, appliances and countertops; three large windows; and a clever layout that gives a nod to the classic breakfast nook. Upstairs, the equally stylish bathroom has crisp white subway tile shower surround, hex tile floor and contemporary vanity. The front bedroom is the largest and has hardwood floors and a pretty round bay window; the rear bedroom has dual mirrored closets and would also make a great master bedroom. This room connects to one of the middle bedrooms, currently used as home office. Both middle bedrooms have decent closet space and great natural light and are waiting for the next owner to update with their own personal style—maybe finding more original floors under the carpet? There’s a good-size grassy backyard accessed via a small mudroom perfect for storing gardening tools. The large basement provides a laundry area and plenty of room for storage and, with its good ceiling height, makes a great workspace for the handy homeowner. With room to grow into, this perfect starter home is conveniently located close to both the 52nd St and Baltimore Ave strips.