Five Starter Homes in Terrific–and Tony–Neighborhoods

A recent report suggests that the number of first-time buyers is dwindling due to the number of people with student loan debt. But there are plenty of starter homes to be found in almost every part of town, including the ritzy ones.

There are very nice condos and co-ops that would be ideal for a single person or childless couple making their first investment. (They’re also good for suburbanites in search of an in-town pied-a-terre.) Sometimes such starters are found in the “downscale” part of a neighborhood, but when the neighborhood is Chestnut Hill, it’s not much of a hardship.

Neighborhood: Rittenhouse Square
Building: William Penn House
Address: 1919 Chestnut St., #1011
Specs: 462-square-foot studio
Asking price: $115,000
This is one of two identically priced units located next to each other on the 10th floor of the William Penn House; the listing notes that you could combine this with Unit 1012 next door to create a one-bedroom, 924-square-foot apartment with two baths–and at $230,000 for the pair, you’d still get in on Rittenhouse Square living for a relative pittance. The William Penn House dates to 1970 and is a very well maintained building with lots of amenities, including a 24-hour doorman, fitness center and 25-meter rooftop swimming pool and deck with great city views. The monthly co-op fee includes all utilities to boot, and valet parking is available for an additional $80 a month. Since it’s a co-op, not a condo, however, your bid has to pass muster with your future neighbors first, which may be one reason the city’s few co-ops are such bargains: the barriers to entry are different. We wonder, though, what condition these units are in: both were listed in July 2011 for $150,000 each and remain on the market after price reductions of 14, 4 and 8 percent over the course of 2012. Four other similar studios in this building have just gone on the market at list prices of $139,000 to $140,000.

Neighborhood: Old City
bridgeview place condo
Building: Bridgeview Place
Address: 315 New St. #313
Specs: 468-square-foot studio
Asking price: $150,000
This condo has all the usual Old City style cues: high ceilings, exposed brick, big windows, recessed lighting. It also has a carpeted floor, a departure from the standard. It comes with a flexible room divider, an ‘80s-style kitchen with dishwasher and microwave, a tile floor bath–and a brand-new shared roof deck, nearly complete according to the listing. There’s also a 24-hour doorman and a private storage bin. The listing pitches this condo as a pied-a-terre or starter home, and it’s certainly priced right for those purposes. This unit went on the market in mid-June and remains at original list price.

Neighborhood: Society Hill
society hill starter home
Building: 19th-century Federal-style townhouse
Address: 413 Spruce St., #5
Specs: 487-square-foot one-bedroom, one-bath
Asking price: $163,000
This condo is in very good shape; it’s modern through and through on the inside, with a 1980s kitchen with breakfast bar, dishwasher, oven and fridge and a wood-burning fireplace. The bedroom has a color accent wall, and according to the listing, there’s plenty of closet space plus extra storage in the basement. Originally listed for $179,000, it had a 6 percent price reduction in March and another 3 percent reduction this month.

Neighborhood: Queen Village
queen village starter home
Building: Two-story townhouse
Address: 1016 S. Reese St.
Specs: 800-square-foot two-bedroom, two-bath
Asking price: $165,000
This is the sort of property that usually gets the word “charming” slapped onto its description, but that term is absent from the listing for this recently rehabbed traditional Philly rowhouse dating to around the First World War. Earth tones dominate the downstairs decor: beige walls, hardwood floors, light wood cabinets in the granite-countertopped kitchen. The larger-than-usual rear yard also has a natural wood fence. Things lighten up a bit on the second floor, whose bedrooms and bathroom are all white (save for the floors: hardwood in one bedroom, carpet in the second, beige tile in the bath). This may be the one real bargain of the bunch: it’s at the southern end of Queen Village, halfway between the Delaware riverfront and the Italian Market, and it comes with six to 12 months of off-street parking included. It has, however, been on the market a while: first listed for $180,000 in mid-October, it had a 3 percent price cut in late April and a 6 percent cut in mid-June.

Neighborhood: Chestnut Hill
chestnut hill starter home
Building: 1970 rancher
Address: 8008 Stenton Ave.
Specs: 2200-square-foot two-bedroom, two-bath
Asking price: $200,000
This home is on the Philadelphia side of the county line near Wyndmoor train station, so we may want to call its “Chestnut Hill” classification into question, but it’s in the right ZIP code, so it gets a pass. The house had been owned by a dentist whose office was in its basement, so a large family looking for a Chestnut Hill address or a buyer who could use either a home office or an in-law apartment might find this an attractive option. The house is in excellent condition with well maintained carpeting and hardwood floors. The basement has a two-car garage, its own entrance on the side and full-sized windows at its rear, so it can be adapted to just about any use. It looks like its owner is in a hurry to sell it; it went on the market in late April for $225,000 and its price has been reduced twice – a 1 percent reduction two days after it was listed and a 12 percent reduction in mid-June.

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  • Media Mike

    It should be an interesting run through camp. This was 100% not a starting job that was really in any jeopardy.

  • GumboGumbo

    Getting hurt during a contract year stings a little extra. I’ll be looking for Johnson and Benn to pick up the slack with Momah taking a few red zone snaps

  • ReggieKush

    Told y’all we should have drafted tavon austin

    • Media Mike

      @ #4? I can’t go with you there.

  • Engwrite

    Maclin won’t be easy to replace. No one in the roster fits the bill. The 2013 offense, except for the qb position was settled and should’ve been able to put up big points with either qb. Some of yesterday’s comments about Maclin took me by surprise. Some were disgusting, some bordered on evil. His accident represents a big loss for the team and a tragedy for the young man.

    • Media Mike

      I think part of the reaction to Maclin’s injury is that a lot of folks assume he wasn’t going to sign here in 2014, so they’ve already moved on. I only wish injury on true villains like Victor Cruz, Eli Manning, and/or Tyson Clabo.

      • Dutch

        My Brother has a dislike of Maclin, not that he wanted him harmed, but he thinks Maclin’s production is easily replaced I beg to differ. Johnson is a quality prospect but can he last over the middle in the NFL? Not that Maclin earns his money over the middle, but Maclin puts up respectable number year in and year out Maclin has number that mix well with some of the better No.1 receivers in the league. If the Eagles weren’t going to pay Maclin other teams would have. However, the new Offense maybe doesn’t need Maclin’s production being a run specific offense, but they could have used his threat to creating openings for other skill position running mates in the Kelly offense. Johnson is going to have to emerge as that other threat that can hurt defense if he’s not played honest.

  • B-West

    This could lead to more heavy sets with all 3 TE’s on the field. I wouldn’t mind seeing it. Casey lined up in the backfield with the RB and QB. Jackson out wide. Celek and Ertz on the line. Then shift Casey and Ertz all over the place prior to the snap.

    • Media Mike

      That would be interesting. Maybe they can do it week 1 and the highlight can be Ertz stepping on DeAngelo Hall’s neck as he goes 67 yards for a TD!

  • James Skip Carl

    Benn, momah, Salas and Shepard all can fill in for Maclin. He wasn’t a good blocker and never commanded safety help, he was average at best. His numbers aren’t very impressive considering the guy on the other side was double teamed and game planned for.

    • Dutch

      Maclin avg 65 receptions, Celek 54, Avant 50……….. It’s a mistake to disregard Maclin’s production for the Eagles. Maclin ranks among Fitzgerald, Calvin Johnson and other quality receivers in as far as producing consistently 65 receptions, 700 yds, and 7 touchdowns a season. Calvin Johnson racked up 2000 yds in receptions a stunning record last season, however he only scored 5 times, in comparison Cooper scored twice and produce 209 yds at his most productive time.

      The difference in talent between Maclin and Cooper someone trying to hang on in the NFL or make a team as Momah is trying to accomplish is so vast it’s not realistic to expect even a platoon of newcomers competing for a roster space to fill Maclin’s production void.

      • James Skip Carl

        Maclin played in a pass heavy offense, I just felt there was never anything special about him, he is a good player albeit not great and I can’t think of a starter on the offense who wouldn’t be harder to replace.

        • Token

          He was the only WR on this team who scored TDs. Ugh, whatever hes not a Eagle anymore. I guess people will have to see for themselves.

    • illadelphia21

      So that would be our receiving corp…DJax, Been, Johnson, Momah, Shepard, and Salas? Not hating but that doesn’t fill me w/ confidence.

  • Ray

    Hello Top 10 of NFL Draft.

    • JofreyRice

      Really? Man, I see Jeremy in a much different light, but you could be right. Solid player, all around, but really just an above average #2 receiver, to me. He put up some numbers, but considering the Reid/Morninwheg pass-centric offense, nothing that wows me. Had a knack for getting open in the redzone, so that will be missed, but I’m expecting a lot more TE involvement down there, anyway.

      At the end of the day, was he really that much better than a guy like Reggie Brown was?

  • Explorer51

    Russell Shephard will be our Victor Cruz: both undrafted, similar size and speed, gets opportunity because of knee injury to a starter (Cruz replaced Steve Smith, remember him?). If Benn gets and stays healthy, he starts as #2 receiver but by mid-season Shephard shows his worth and takes over the spot. He just needs his own personal Nnamdi to build his reputation!

    • illadelphia21

      I don’t have that much faith in Shepard as of yet. But I dig what you’re saying and would welcome it.

  • James Skip Carl

    Titus Young

  • SoCalEaglesFan

    Maclin is a big loss but it would have been harder to replace Jackson. So we should count our blessings.

  • JofreyRice

    ugh, was hoping this would be the last of Riley Cooper. Crappy player. Big guy that plays small, and really no ball skills. Maybe Benn’s knee injury isn’t that serious, and he can push Cooper. I don’t think Damaris or Avant fit out there at all.

    If neither Cooper nor Benn can take the job, a name I’d consider is Donald Jones. He did a nice job blocking for CJ Spiller & Fred Jackson last year in Chan Gailey’s spread-pistol offense up in Buffalo. That offense features a lot of screens requiring solid blocking, as well as handoffs from shotgun. He’s still a very young player, and has flashed some receiving ability, but he didn’t fit what Marrone wanted to do when he took over.

  • GiveMeABreak

    DJ had “no” drops? I seem to recall several at least. #1 overall in 2014. Let’s hope someone other than Howie gets to make the pick.

    • illadelphia21

      Yes… he had no, as in 0, drops.

    • Andy124

      Damn, if you can remember anything else from 2014, winning lottery numbers, major sporting upsets etc, could you please let me know? Thanks.

  • Richard Colton

    what else can Roseman say? No way you make a trade to fill his spot in a rebuilding year.

  • GumboGumbo

    I think we’re gonna see Chip holding 3 fingers in the air a little more often than we thought initially.

    • nicksaenz1

      I wouldn’t be shocked if we kept four tight ends now because of this, or an actual fullback.

    • Media Mike

      Hopefully because he’s encouraging one the d-lineman to give Eli the shocker.


    Howie should offer mac an extension right now on the cheap

  • Explorer51

    Starting WRs for other NFC East teams: Victor Cruz, UFA from UMass; Miles Austin, UFA from Monmouth College; Pierre Garçon, 6th Rd from Mount Union College. So why can’t Russell Shephard, UFA from LSU (as fast as these three and almost identical in size to Maclin) be looked at by fans as a solid contender? I really think the unfortunate injury to Maclin will give this kid a longer, better look from the coaches.

    • G_WallyHunter

      hope you’re right… Vick pointed him out, hopefully he has something and it naturally emerges in the coming weeks

      • Explorer51

        Apparently, he was moved from the slot to the outside today; according to several of the writers who have been at practice, he’s looked good so far.

  • illadelphia21

    I don’t know what Roseman’s trying to prove this off season, but I don’t like it. It’s like the Nnamdi and Co. signings left him so butt hurt that he’s going in the extreme opposite direction. Major holes on D being filled w/ 2nd and 3rd tier players and injury prone guys.

    I can understand some of the offensive signings cause they provide depth. So you can use a quality 2nd tier type player. Yet still guys like Denario Alexander, who came into his own last season, were out there for the taking and he passes them over. And as BDAWKS said…”too many slot guys.”

    An ultra conservative draft w/o any meaningful movement, w/ the highest picks we’ve had in along time, to secure higher rated players or put the team in a better position for next years draft. Plus mininimal UDFA signings w/ only one guy (Shepard) to have any real hope for being more than just a special team player, or 2nd/3rd tier backup, in this league.

    Holding on to our “young talented players” who are on the last year of their contract and haven exactly lived up to their hype, instead of maximizing there trade value. Cutting Jenkins, which is all right in itself, (yet still a head scratched as we’re moving more toward a 3-4) yet leaving guys like Matthews and Hughes on the roster and bring in no real talent to push/replace them.

    And now this. For how much I didn’t think Mac lived up to his billing or drafted position…no matter how soft he was, he still was the best and only thing we had as an outside WR, next to Jackson. So instead of trying to go after someone better or comparable or even slightly not as good, we’re just going to spread the wealth and problem solved??? I’m not sold. After Mac there’s nothing but developmental guys in or recoeving corp. and Avant.

    I fully understand that we are rebuilding and that it’s going to take time…but this is starting to get ridiculous. We can’t/shouldn’t be ultra aggressive but that doesn’t mean the team needs to be ultra conservative either. And being conservative doesn’t equal being smart. Smart would be picking and choosing when to go hard and when to fall back. This whole offseason seems like way too much falling back.
    There I vented…I feel better now! Lol.

    • Being cheap (or conservative if you will) won’t win you championships but will keep your team profitable.

      • illadelphia21

        Not to mention, having a, for better or worse, loyal fan base that shells out cash no matter if you haven’t won a Super Bowl in forever.

    • Dominik

      “Plus mininimal UDFA signings w/ only one guy (Shepard) to have any real
      hope for being more than just a special team player, or 2nd/3rd tier
      backup, in this league.”

      What about Momah? Sure, he’s very, very raw, but upside is there.
      What about Wing? Great punter, but a head case.
      What about Tucker?
      Of course you can’t say: [insert name] is going to be a starter in this league. But you can’t say that about any UDFA. You can only hope for upside and these guys have upside. Will they pan out? Nobody can say that for sure. That’s why those guys weren’t drafted.

      • illadelphia21

        I was talking more in the sense of draft related. Thought Momah was just considered a free agent signing. I like him, but as u say…very, very, very raw.
        Tucker…not better than Shady nor Bryce and I don’t see the potential to be. I do like the way he runs and think he’s definitely PS material. Also w/ the way the RB position, around the league, is so saturated and has been devalued I wouldn’t put him in Shepard’s category.
        Brad Wing…come on man…it’s a punter, and a punter that’s currently get beat out by Jones. I don’t even count that.
        Why not Jake Knott??? I don’t know of too many UDFA LBs that have went on to have consistently good careers as starters in the NFL. But then again I haven’t looked it up either.
        From my view, most UDFAs that make a significant impact are skill players, whether it be O or D. I could be way off though. I’m tired off seeing other teams find these players and having our team hold on to guys that have very little chance to rise to those heights. Although I had a feeling about Bryce last year and he came through. Now he just has to keep it going and improve a bit more. I don’t have a feeling about an of these guys, except an underwhelming feeling…minus Shepard.

  • Wilbert M.

    I am having a vision of Terrell Owens on the field in green during the return of Andy and DonnieLowThrow. T.O. scores the winning TD and is carried off the field….

  • Max Lightfoot

    I suspect Maclin’s slot will be tag-teamed all season – there’s no one wideout on this squad who can easily replace him. But maybe one of them will emerge. Go Eags!

  • JamesDDl

    Makes sense. Considering a 3 year rebuild, there’s not any FA’s out there that they would want to add. Guessing that if they identify a young guy on another team that they think has long term upside in the system, they will try a trade – if things fall their way. Otherwise, I’m sure they will be happy to see if anyone on the roster can step-up. If someone does perform it gives them a lot more flexibility next year and when dealing with Maclin. Doubt they will spend any money this year, on this position.

  • nicksaenz1

    Damn, you might be getting that CM jersey afterall…

  • nicksaenz1

    Yeah can’t win them all. He has a great one on Dallas being dumb as hell for signing Demetress Bell.

    • illadelphia21

      I’ll look for it. I watched a couple of his vids last year, but forgot about him. He’s funny as hell though.

  • Kuney

    Some one else posted it but it is a great time to lock up Maclin for a discount. He’s a solid #2 with some yet untapped potential.
    Also if there is a silver lining it opens up a roster spot at WR to ensure we keep Momah and develop him. His potential is off the charts and besides the the QB competition, his development and progress is one of the story lines i want to hear about daily.

  • Owner

    Don’t be surprised if the Eagles make a move after the 53 man rosters are all set. There’s gonna be a lot of talent available.

  • JofreyRice

    Wow, easy to see why the kid was a 5 star recruit! Nice vision, COD & burst, and savvy use of blockers. I have a feeling he would have had a much different career with Chip Kelly than he did with Les Miles.

    I’d like to see him fill his frame out a little, but even as-is, I don’t think this kid makes it to the PS. If he keeps making plays in practice, they’re going to have to find a spot on the roster for him.

  • illadelphia21

    I’m starting to like the kid more and more I hear reports about him. Before I was thinking just PS him and let him develop. Now w/ each day and all the work he’s putting in (and if he shows it’s paying off) I’m all for seeing him get a shot to show what he can do on Sundays. I’m so hoping he can soak up everything avant teaches him. I’ve wanted, for years, to get a faster and more athletic upgrade to Avant. Hopefully this is the guy.

  • Yup

    if Foles gets the start… think Chip could throw in some hurry up – wildcat – zone read?

  • Max

    Damn. Dude was a beat

  • Jonathan R. Henry

    I waited two and a half minutes to watch him actually throw a pass. lol. But good highlights. Nice arm too.

  • Dominik

    Does anyone know what his problems at LSU were? It’s possible that he found the good work ethic here, but why would you let a talented guy with good work ethic sit on the bench for the most of the time?

    Like him, though. A few weeks back, I thought PS (altough there would be the risk that someone grabs him). With the reports coming in and Maclins injury, why not give him a roster spot? Maybe he is raw, but he has some talent and seems to have a very good work ethic so far.

    He would have the size to play outside, too. But doesn’t seem to have the frame and maybe not the skill set for it.

    Shepard showed also that fans can quickly forget some miscues (like his stupid comments after the draft) if they get the message that he’s working hard to improve. I’m looking at you, Williams. ;)

    • Adam Banks

      I think it was just a case of him choosing the wrong team and getting tried out at so many positions he could never make his mark at any of them. It reminds me of the Lane Johnson situation it just didn’t pan out like it did for Lane and Oklahoma

  • I like him.

    I know he was happier than a kid in a candy store when M. Vick said nice things about it. I home he continues to progress…he definitely seems determined to do so.

  • Johnny Domino

    Shepard had me scrambling for my roster a couple of times, definitely made an impression. So did Polk.

    There was somebody on crutches with a boot on the sideline, was that Benn?

    • Joe Jones

      I think that was BJ Cunningham. Benn’s issue is his knee.

      • Johnny Domino


    • theycallmerob

      I agree, those two stood out yesterday to me as well. Getting to see all the DL, and OL/DL battles up close, I was very impressed with (1) Curry’s hands (not size, but his use of them), (2) Soap’s strength, (3) Bamiro’s speed/athleticism, relative to his size.

      I can’t remember if it was on this site or BGN/IgglesBlitz, but there was mention last week of Lane Johnson not only knowing his calls, but those for the rest of the line. Stoutland chastised him at one point for calling out the RG’s responsibility, even though he was correct. I saw some of this yesterday as well- LJ was very vocal. He definitely understands defensive fronts (granted, he played QB for years, and even DL)

  • docboy

    I’m getting visions of wr reverse pass-options dancing before my eyes…

    • BDAWKS

      yeah if andy and marty were still here outsmarting everyone with there trick plays could see it 3 and inches wr reverse pass

  • Explorer51

    As I mentioned in a few posts this weekend, both Miles Austin and Victor Cruz were UFAs; they got their chance because of an injury to a starter (Roy Williams and Steve Smith, respectively). This kid Shephard’s measurables are good and now it looks like his intangibles are as well…so maybe it’s his time? As much as I hated to see this injury to Maclin, the fact that it happened in the first days of camp will allow his potential replacement(s) a full pre-season to win the job. With a new set of coaches, a talented, hard working UFA might have as good a shot as anyone.

  • Mugshot Magoo

    Those two need to get a hotel room.

  • ICDogg

    Interesting timing for such an endorsement.

  • Rick H

    This is one of the unspoken but very problematic issues with Mike Vick. He is a legend to these guys but they don’t play well with him because they are in awe. The problem is “THAT” Mike Vick is long gone!!! Plus Vick knows this and senses it and tries to live up to the hype. He has the right intentions but… He therefore attempts to be superman or whatever but he is not even close to it and bad things happen on the field. He never was taught the position as he grew up. They just let him use his incredible ability to win games even with Atlanta as a pro. Now it is too late unfortunately. It makes for an overall bad situation in the huddle and in the lockerroom… It just doesn’t work.

  • Philly0312

    My god..nice to know our second strongest arm on the team plays wr

  • PaoliBulldog

    I live in NOLA, and while Les Miles draws some criticism for his play calling, etc., nobody can deny his ability to find talent. I thought Shepard was a great FA signing, and even before Maclin’s injury, I thought he had a great shot at contributing this year. And if he shows what I think he can, 2014 will be even better.


    by those hi lights looks like chip may have found his qb of the future

  • Ray

    Why didn’t this guy not play QB in college, great zip on the ball, nice spiral, good reads through his progressions n plays? Hes also an athletic guy? hmm but either way, still rooting for this guy to show the Eagles he can perform come game time, hope we lights up the defenses in Pre-season, good luck sheppard,