How to Find the Perfect House in Philadelphia

Whether you’re in the market for an urban loft or a sprawling farmhouse, we’ve got the places where you’ll find them, the prices you’ll pay, and the perks (and drawbacks) you’ll want to keep in mind. Happy hunting!


THE LURE: “The materials—wood and stone—are authentic. It’s usually been around for 100 or 200 years. Aesthetically, they’re so beautiful,” says Kevin Steiger, of Kurfiss Sotheby’s International Realty, based in New Hope. “Now, it’s what everyone’s trying to duplicate.”

KEEP IN MIND: Rooms are smaller, ceilings are lower, homes are often close to the road, and air conditioning can get expensive.

WHERE TO LOOK: New Hope, Yardley, Newtown, Chester County.

EXPECT TO PAY: From a few hundred thousand to a few million dollars, depending on the age and condition of the home.

On the market: A 5BR, 3.5BA in central Bucks County, $1.095 million. Contact: Adam Shapiro, Weidel Realtors, 215-862-3542.

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