Fourth of July Housing Report: Elfreth’s Alley “Half House” Finally Sold

It’s not too often that houses come up for sale or rent on Elfreth’s Alley, the oldest continuously occupied residential street in the the nation. This three-bedroom 18th-century home is as enormous as Alley houses get, though its nickname is Half House because it’s so narrow. Prior owners apparently tired of the 18th-century footprint, as they built a two-story addition in 2007. The systems, thankfully, were modernized as well: The house has radiant, zoned heat and A/C.


Price-wise, this house has had a tortured history that’s almost as long as the history of the street. It was first put on the market in 2009 for more than $900,000 and saw 11 price reductions–and three changes in brokerages–before it recently sold for $420,000.

We wish the new owners a very happy first Fourth of July in their new home!

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  • Loke2112

    Had to stop reading as soon as I saw Ashley Fox.

  • Always Hopeful

    I was more worried or stunned about the remarks about the from NFL VP of officiating Dean Blandino: “We have to make sure teams understand that THEY don’t control the tempo, OUR officials do…”

    Huh? No one is buying tickets, or tuning in, to see the tempo the officials use to reset the ball after every down. I hope that THIS is not a problem this year for the Birds.

    Just made me think of how MLB umps and NBA refs have been a little out of pocket in past years. Not full blown ego-trippin’ but those comments don’t sit well with me.

    Maybe I should read the comments in context of the whole article…

  • ReggieKush

    Is it me or is almost every team switching to uptempo offense? I know the NFL is a copy cat league but damn

  • PhillyDon

    My only comment is that if the Refs think they control the game and they won’t change to accommodate teams who run a fast paced offense and think they are in control then The NFL needs to find ones who will do their job no matter what the pace is.

    “We have to make sure teams understand that they don’t control the tempo, our officials do,” said NFL vice president of officiating Dean Blandino.“We’re going through our normal ball mechanics, we aren’t going to rush [unless] it’s in the two minute drill.” This guy should be fired for a comment like that

  • Andy

    The refs absolutely shouldn’t allow the pace of the game to prevent them from making the correct call on the prior play. But for an official to say they dictate the pace of the game and the teams playing do not is absolutely absurd.

  • cliff henny

    Blandino can say this in off-season from his office, but we’ll see when it’s a live game. Ever been around someone who talks really fast, you end up talking faster. it definitely affects you, it’s very natural. Eagles moving faster getting to the line, waiting on refs, refs will naturally move faster. one major factor is it’s not a typical NFL offense, either. incomplete pass that bounces 20-30 yards down field arent part of the offense. kelly doesnt expect refs to rush around as they are spread out downfield to get officials back into position after setting new ball for play. but, to set the ball after a 5 yd run or 7 yd quick screne/slant doesnt take very long, even moving at a normal pace.

    • UKEagle99

      I don’t know how fast you typed that but the last thing I want in HD is to see a ref spread out downfield >_<

  • knighn

    “We have to make sure teams understand that they don’t control the tempo, our officials do,” said NFL vice president of officiating Dean Blandino. “We’re going through our normal ball mechanics, we aren’t going to rush [unless] it’s in the two minute drill.”

    Good job, Dean. You make all of the NFL officials seem like they’re pompous, fat, and lazy. Perhaps it’s time to bring back the replacement refs. Or perhaps you need to send your fat, lazy refs to training camp with the Eagles so they can get in shape too.

  • JamesDDl

    Make sure you read the WSJ article. A number of the comments lead you to believe that it’s just a couple of officials throwing their weight around. There is a lot more to it and it sounds like the NFL’s official approach to the pace of play could have an impact on what CK would like to do.

    • knighn

      Here’s why I don’t think so: the networks often take their breaks after TDs. A higher-paced offense should lead to more TDs and more commercial breaks. I believe the no-huddle is going to be used more extensively throughout the NFL… (not just the Eagles) and the Networks are going to make bank on all of those extra TDs. If it’s about money, those refs need to shut their fat faces and get running.

      • JamesDDl

        Read the article. The commercial breaks are part of the network/NFL contract and don’t change based on the number of scores. They are also regulated by the FCC. And it’s not about lazy refs – it’s about the NFL and the competition committee dictating the rules on how they want the games to be played and how that impacts the pace of play.

  • EaglePete

    remember this folks, its not up tempo throughout the game. Probably why Kelly is not too concerned. They do strive to get more plays in on a per game basis however, which this effects of course.

    “The Ducks use plenty of their superfast tempo, but they actually have
    three settings: red light (slow, quarterback looks to sideline for
    guidance while the coach can signal in a new play), yellow light (medium
    speed, quarterback calls the play and can make his own audibles at the
    line, including various check-with-me plays), and green light

    This change of pace is actually how Oregon constantly keeps
    defenses off balance. If they only went one pace the entire game the
    offense would actually be easier to defend. When the defense lines up
    quickly and is set, Kelly takes his time and picks the perfect play.
    When the defense is desperate to substitute or identify Oregon’s
    formation, the Ducks sprint to the line and rip off two, three, or four
    plays in a row — and it rarely takes more than that for them to score.”

  • Engwrite

    I am not sure how to get my head around this issue. Since it was discussed within the competition committee, it may be a reflection on the Patriots, ie., other teams trying to take a perceived Patriot advantage away, like when they legislated against corners making contact after the Pats manhandled the Colts receivers. Or, it may be a reflection on all the ink (or pixels) spent on the Kelly Oregon offense and the fear that the ‘superior’ NFL may have something to learn from colleges. A third possibility is TV. If the pace of the game is such that TV commercial breaks suffer in any way, the league will be very unhappy. TV is by far the biggest source of revenue and so the officials may be made aware of the need to call the TV breaks when TV wants them. Finally, I wonder whether refs will apply the same rules to the Eagles and the Patriots.

  • James Skip Carl

    The NFL is alot different than college being that the QB can listen to his headset, if their quick enough to the line then in essence the coach can call the audibles

  • Scott J610

    I think this refgate is muchado about nuthin. It will take time for receivers and the o-line to get back to the line after a play, probably as much time a ref will take. Kelly’s fast paced offense has more to do with a no huddle than players running around non-stop.

  • Patrick

    Please don’t reference Dan Graziano on this website ever again. He’s the worst columnist in the history of sports.

    • Nick

      What makes you say that?

  • Max Lightfoot

    At least Bill doesn’t need to sneak in a guy and surreptitiously tape everything.