First-Time Find: Two Stories of Charm in Fairmount for $285K

778 N. Bucknell St., Philadelphia, Pa. 19130 | TREND images via Coldwell Banker Welker Real Estate

778 N. Bucknell St., Philadelphia, Pa. 19130 | TREND images via Coldwell Banker Welker Real Estate

Even though Philadelphia is known for its unique historical architecture, it isn’t every day that you find what looks like a tiny cottage nestled in between townhouses on a tree-lined street. Between its outside, with its captivating exterior of colorful doors and shutters and distinctive faux-mansard roof, and its rustic-yet-contemporary inside, this tricked-out classic Philly row home will have you feeling like you’ve finally found an exceptional needle among a row of haystacks.

Tradition and modernity blend together perfectly in this home, from the newly refinished hardwood floors throughout to the exposed brick walls and wood-beamed ceilings. Not only is this home a charmer from the street, but inside, you’ll find it’s truly worthy of its $285,000 price tag. Read more »

Five Starter Homes in Terrific–and Tony–Neighborhoods

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.

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Newly Listed: Lovely Fishtown Starter Home With Surprising Exposed Brick

The listing says this very sweet house has “an exciting floor plan” that packs in “a variety of surprises.” And that’s no lie: There’s an unexpected length of uneven, exposed brick next to the dining table; pressed concrete floors; a vintage stove; and a “tree-house room.”

But who needs surprises when the rest of the house is so lovely? The period details are knockouts from the first step inside the vestibule, with turquoise and white wall tiles. The hardwood floors are random-width and the wooden stairs, doorframes, indoor window, fireplace and built-ins have a distinctly Mission feel.

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