A Farmhouse in Fishtown for $425K

The founder of Philly's premier urban farm made this historic house her own urban homestead, but you'll think you're living in the Pennsylvania countryside.
241-43 E. Wildey St., Philadelphia, Pa. 19125 | TREND images via Keller Williams Realty

241-43 E. Wildey St., Philadelphia, Pa. 19125 | TREND images via Keller Williams Realty

Every so often, a listing comes along that truly merits the word “unique.” This is one of them, for we’re certain you’re not going to find a home like this one anywhere else within the Philadelphia city limits.

One look tells you that this home on the riverward side of Girard Avenue in Fishtown goes back a while – back to the early decades of the 19th century, most likely, when most of the homes that lined the streets near the Delaware looked like this.

What it doesn’t tell you is that this home is the singular creation of Mary Seton Corboy, the founder of East Kensington’s Greensgrow Farm. Over the 15 years she lived here prior to her passing last year, she transformed what were originally two separate residences into one stylish, comfortable home with loads of personality.

From the four brick fireplaces — one double-sided — to the original wood flooring to the deep windowsills, this home exudes country charm, yet it’s also contemporary and stylish: check out the kitchen cabinetry, the large windows in the family room, and the upstairs roof deck.

The rear yard is lushly landscaped with a touch of urbane funkiness.

According to Curbed Philly’s post on this home, listing agent Joseph Fonash has priced it in hopes that its buyer will keep the property intact in its current form, for while this home exudes history, it’s not listed on the city’s historic register.

We suspect that, should he read this, Oscar Beisert will set about remedying that.

THE FINE PRINT

BEDS: 2

BATHS: 1 full, 1 half

SQUARE FEET: 1,438

SALE PRICE: $425,000



241-43 E. Wildey St., Philadelphia, Pa. 19125 [Joseph Fonash | Keller Williams Realty]

Greensgrow founder’s rustic Fishtown home lists for $425K [Curbed Philly]


Sandy Smith Home and Real Estate Editor @MarketStEl
ssmith@phillymag.com