How to Find the Perfect House in Philadelphia

Whether you’re in the market for an urban loft or a sprawling farmhouse, we’ve got the places where you’ll find them, the prices you’ll pay, and the perks (and drawbacks) you’ll want to keep in mind. Happy hunting!


THE LURE: High ceilings, large windows, a wide-open industrial feel, exposed ductwork, exposed brick, exposed everything.

KEEP IN MIND: A lack of interior walls can be tricky: “If it hasn’t been divided up, it’s sort of hard to conceptualize rooms,” cautions Holly Mack-Ward, of Holly Mack-Ward & Co. at Coldwell Banker Preferred. “If you’re not design-
oriented, you might need some professional assistance in dividing the space into a home.”

WHERE TO LOOK: Old City, Northern Liberties, Chinatown, Callowhill, Kensington.

EXPECT TO PAY: $300,000 to $500,000.

On the market: A 3BR, 2BA on 13th Street, $719,000. Contact: Jesse Barnes, Coldwell Banker Preferred Avenue of the Arts Office, 215-546-2700.

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  • kimada

    The “colonial” house in Chestnut Hill that is pictured is really great, I love it, but it’s about as un-colonial a colonial as you could get. The architecture is probably something along the lines of regency with that metal roof (looks like it anyway) and the construction around the door, not to mention the windows. Which is to be expected in Chestnut Hill where architecture is (and apparently always has been) taken seriously, or at least just serious enough to avoid being cliched.