“Let’s see, the listing says Northern Liberties. This place looks like Springfield circa 1980.”
It really doesn’t matter which one: Delaware County, Montgomery County or “The Simpsons,” the cognitive dissonance is the same. This home’s builder must have come to the sudden realization mid-project that he wasn’t building a rancher, but he’d gone too far down that path, so decided to stack its bedrooms on top of one another rather than spread them out like they should be in a well-behaved ranch home.
Thus this place looks, well, strange sitting as it does in the middle of one of Philadelphia’s first suburbs instead of one of its present-day ones. But once you get past that and the front door, you will be pleasantly surprised and richly rewarded with the features, comfort and space of this home.
Especially the outdoor space. There’s a large grassy back yard and patio off the main floor living room plus balconies on the back of both upper floors.
The one on the second floor is attached to a light-filled dining area (thank those large screen doors for that) and an updated, upgraded kitchen with stainless steel appliances including a chef-quality five-burner gas range, custom cabinetry, full tile backsplashes and granite countertops. The first of the home’s three bedrooms, equipped with an en suite bathroom, is also on this floor.
The other two bedrooms share a full bathroom on the top floor, and the one in the back has a balcony all its own. (There’s also a powder room on the first floor next to the large coat closet.)
For convenience, it’s hard to beat this home: it’s right in the heart of Northern Liberties, which means all of the neighborhood’s amenities — Liberty Lands Park, the shops and restaurants on 2nd Street, Liberties Walk and Schmidt’s Commons, and the Spring Garden Street and Girard Avenue corridors — are a short walk away.
THE FINE PRINT
BATHS: 2 full, 1 half
SQUARE FEET: 1,740
SALE PRICE: $414,000
OTHER STUFF: This home also has a one-car garage, making it an exceptional value for NoLibs. Its sale price was reduced by $10,000 on March 11.
410 Poplar St., Philadelphia, Pa. 19123
410 Poplar St., Philadelphia, Pa. 19123 [Todd Hovanec | Luminous Realty]