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!

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THE LURE: High ceilings, original fixtures, fireplaces, ample square footage.

KEEP IN MIND: “You’ll be doing a lot of repair,” says realtor Dominic Fuscia, in Coldwell Banker Preferred’s Old City office. “Many don’t have central air, and if you’re going to add modern features, there’s a cost to that.”

WHERE TO LOOK: Society Hill, Rittenhouse, Art Museum/Fairmount.


EXPECT TO PAY: In Fairmount, $450,000 to $800,000; in Rittenhouse, $800,000 up to $3 million.

On the market: A 2BR, 2BA condo unit in a Center City brownstone, $875,000. Contact: Michael McCann, Berkshire Hathaway Home Services Fox & Roach, 215-440-8345.

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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.