According to the folks who are selling 221 Fitzwater Street–and it’s a rare sale-by-owner offer–the property is special not only because of its more obvious perks but because of its location:
Big and handsome home on the ‘Delancey Street’ of Queen Village featuring 3 bedroom suites, 4 baths, one of Queen Village’s largest gardens, 3 working fireplaces and tons of living space!
It’s hard to compare any street to Delancey, given that Delancey is such a grand old thoroughfare with some of the most exquisite homes in the city. Indeed, almost any block of Delancey, from Society Hill to Rittenhouse Square, fits that description. Fitzwater, on the other hand, is a bit more hit-and-miss, but this particular stretch of that street is truly lovely. We’ll leave it to you to endorse or reject the comparison.
A recent report suggests that the number of first-time buyers is dwindling due to the number of people with student loan debt. But there are plenty of starter homes to be found in almost every part of town, including the ritzy ones.
There are very nice condos and co-ops that would be ideal for a single person or childless couple making their first investment. (They’re also good for suburbanites in search of an in-town pied-a-terre.) Sometimes such starters are found in the “downscale” part of a neighborhood, but when the neighborhood is Chestnut Hill, it’s not much of a hardship.
Here’s a rara avis: a foreclosed trinity in Queen Village, on Sixth Street between Catherine and Queen. It has two bedrooms and one bathroom, and is trinity-tiny at 624 square feet. Because it’s a Fannie Mae Homepath Property, the three-story home can be purchased with just 3 percent down with special renovation financing. Which is to say it’s being sold As Is.
The first floor has the living room with a fireplace and a rear patio (there’s also a shared courtyard in this gated community). The kitchen is in the basement level. The upstairs has the two bedrooms and the bathroom. Hardwood floors compete for aesthetic dominance with carpeted stairs.
As trinities go, this one is quite spacious: two bedrooms, two baths and more than 1,200 square feet. It’s also unlike other Philadelphia trinities in that it’s relatively new (built in 1960) and tucked within a “gated community.”
Now, were we in Miami–or at Naval Square–those words would have very particular connotations. But in Queen Village, it’s not so intimidating. It simply means there are other people and you and they are behind a gate.
This charming B&B for sale in Queen Village is an excellent example of the charm found in many of the neighborhood homes.
NEIGHBORHOOD WATCH: 5 Reasons to Live in Queen Village Bound by South Street and Washington Ave and Front and 6th Streets, Queen Village is the city’s oldest neighborhood, settled by the Swedes before the English even arrived, and home to the city’s oldest structure, the 1700 Old Swedes’ Church. After a period of urban blight [...]
What is now an utterly unique 4-floor home on Sixth Street between Bainbridge and Fitzwater was once a working firehouse. The 1850s-era 3,200-square-foot building has been completely transformed by a wacky and wonderful colorful facade and indoor improvements by an owner who won the 2010 “Friend of Philadelphia Fire Fighter’s Achievement Award.”