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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VICTORIAN

THE LURE: Extensive woodwork; period features like chair rails and moldings. Many have wrap-around porches or are semi-attached twins.

KEEP IN MIND: Jeff Block of the City Block Team/Berkshire Hathaway in Center City advises that omnipresent dark wood can “make the home seem like it has less light.”

WHERE TO LOOK: West Philadelphia, Mount Airy, Haddonfield, Cape May.




EXPECT TO PAY: $300,000 to $750,000-plus.

On the market: A 6BR, 3BA Victorian in Haddonfield, $659,000. Contact: John Kennedy, Coldwell Banker Preferred Haddonfield Office, 856-685-5600, ext. 5627.

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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.