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What $500K Will Buy You in Norristown

One picture-perfect home on the north side of town, the very model of a modern center-hall Colonial.

1615 DeKalb St., Norristown, Pa. 19406 | TREND images via Coldwell Banker Preferred

Generally speaking, say “Norristown” to someone in the ‘burbs and you will most likely get a grimace in response. And that’s when the person’s in a good mood. The Montgomery County seat has had a down-at-heels reputation for some time, and as a Main Line matron might say, decent people just don’t go there.

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Those “decent people” are missing out on some very good housing values the highly accessible borough has to offer. This fine center-hall Colonial on its lovely north side is one of them.

Built in 1921, this classic was recently restored with several very nice upgrades thrown in. The hardwood floors, refinished this year, sparkle, and the rooms all have a much lighter and airier feel thanks to paint schemes that accentuate and amplify the natural light that pours through the home’s windows.

Ceiling fans throughout help cut down on your cooling bills in the summer, and additions on either side of the main floor rooms – a tile-floored sun room outfitted for use as a home office and a screened porch next to the living room offers an all-weather outdoor oasis.

The eat-in kitchen boasts plenty of cabinet space, an attractive tile backsplash and the latest appliances. Gas fireplaces grace both the living room and the den in the master suite.

That second-floor master suite has all the room in the world for your private enjoyment. Besides the den and TV room, it has an attractive tile bathroom, dressing room and closet. Four other bedrooms and two more bathrooms round out the top two floors.

Out back, an attractive brick patio was added in 2011. It looks out onto a spacious backyard that runs through to Willow Street.

There’s plenty of storage space in the walkout basement, and the high-efficiency climate control system includes zoned controls.

As this property is zoned for commercial use, you could turn the whole thing into an office if you wanted to. But why would you want to?

THE FINE PRINT

BEDS: 5

BATHS: 3 full, 1 half

SQUARE FEET: 3,800

SALE PRICE: $490,000

OTHER STUFF: This home’s sale price was reduced by $10,000 on Nov. 13. While this home has several historic homes for near neighbors, it does not lie within the boundaries of Norristown’s historic district, which means that you need not worry about submitting your alterations to the Norristown Historical Architectural Review Board for approval. We trust, however, that you would make them with respect for this home’s integrity, which its current owners have maintained.



1615 DeKalb St., Norristown, Pa. 19401 [Michael J. Eagle | Coldwell Banker Preferred]


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