Though Trulia lists 1639 Poplar as Fairmount/Art Museum, the intersection of 17th and Poplar is actually in Francisville. That neighborhood doesn’t get a lot of attention from brokers or, say, Travel & Leisure. But it continues to transform, leading to projects like this adaptive reuse of a historic Bell Telephone Co. building that was once in truly terrible shape. Below, the before and after:
Unit S3 in what’s now a boutique building called The Exchange has almost 1,100 square feet and 15-foot ceilings. As a corner unit, the ample space and good light may be worth the price despite the somewhat unconventional location. And when we say “unconventional location,” we mean, “tons of street parking for free.”
A look at a crime map show this stretch of Francisville is rather tranquil. But the building does feature remote-access building entry and individual security systems in each unit, just in case.
• 1639 Poplar Street [Concordis Real Estate Advisors of PA]