That Art Museum Area Victorian We Loved Might Soon Be Under Contract

833 N Woodstock St, Philadelphia, PA, 19130

833 N Woodstock St, Philadelphia, PA, 19130

Ooof, don’t kick yourself too hard! This three-story period beauty has just been listed as “contingent” on Redfin, which may soon mean that it’s no longer on the market.

Lest you forgot, exposed wood beams, stained glass windows, and original moldings and built-in armoire are just a few of the things the home offered potential buyers. More info here.

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Unappealing Rowhouse Backyard?

TREND photo via Redfin

TREND photo via Redfin

This beautiful house has a lot to recommend it, but it really jumped out at me once I got to the backyard space. I saw the above photo and thought, “That is completely brilliant. I’m ready to go over there and lie down with a book and some hot cider right now.” Because it’s hard to do much with these small spaces.

Here’s option 1 for your exceedingly tiny concrete backyard: You buy that teensy French cafe table and four playfully colored folding chairs to match, string paper lanterns around the periphery, and grow sage in a big pot. Then you tell everyone you can have a backyard in a row home, and when they come over to eat, everyone crowds around the table and laughs at the wobbling of the table, even though their drink has spilled into the sage four times already.

Or option 2:
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On the Market: Lovely Victorian in Art Museum Area

833 N Woodstock St, Philadelphia, PA, 19130

833 N Woodstock St, Philadelphia, PA, 19130

In addition to having retained its original moldings, wood floors, and entry hall bannister, this Woodstock Street residence has also managed to keep a built-in armoire in the main bedroom. Not too bad for a restored home built circa 1882.

The master bedroom also boasts exposed wood beams, built-in bookcases, and an expansive walk-in closet and laundry room. A beamed ceiling also hangs over the remodeled eat-in kitchen, which includes such details as butcher block countertops, double sinks and a new refrigerator. Additional custom shelving is in the home library/family room.

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Art Museum Stunner With Four-Car Parking for $1.6M

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Pretty sure I’m not the only one who would have loved to grow up here! This completely redone home (renovated in 2011) is a century-old, looks fantastic, and is within walking distance of the Barnes and various restaurants and coffee shops. But for some reason, although maybe some of you will appreciate this, it includes private 4-car parking (I much prefer public trans).
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Fumo’s Halfway House Digs: Quite a Distance From His Fairmount Mansion

Here we have the building where Sen. Vince Fumo will stay now that he’s getting out of prison. The Kintock Group halfway house is such a bland building, it could have been built in the 1950s or 2010–it’s hard to say. It may be a step up from prison, but the neighborhood is probably not as good. Kintock is at 301 E. Erie Avenue, and as the photo demonstrates, it’s pretty desolate ’round those parts.

It’s a shame (for him) that Fumo can’t go back to his 29-room mansion in the Art Museum area on its loveliest street for his halfway house incarceration. He tried to sell the home, but it languished on the sale market. First listed at $5.5 million in 2008, it went on and off the market through 2010 at the same price with zero bites. But the IRS pounced on Fumo when he sold it to himself and his son in 2012. Still, the Office of Property Assessment website lists the home’s owner as Philadelphia Archbishop Dennis J. Dougherty, of 1723 Race Street–aka, the Basilica–who passed away in 1951.

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