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!

Home_Design_Sidebar_08HISTORIC TOWNHOME

THE LURE: They’re Philadelphia classics. “People like them because of features like traditional crown moldings, pine floors, marble or detailed oak fireplace mantels and wide baseboards,” says blockbuster realtor Mike McCann. “Many times the exterior will have the historical or restored working shutters, flower boxes, brick sidewalks and a lamppost.”

KEEP IN MIND: These homes are old—so­metimes hundreds of years old—so there may not be central air, electric wiring may be out of date, and there may still be lead-based paint. And any exterior changes must be approved by the historical commission.

WHERE TO LOOK: Society Hill, Washington Square West, Rittenhouse Square, Queen Village, Art Museum.

EXPECT TO PAY: In Center City, $600,000 to $1.2 million.

On the market: A 4BR, 3.5BA townhome in Society Hill, $2.8 million. Contact: Frank DeFazio, Center City Team, Berkshire Hathaway Home Services Fox & Roach, 215-521-1623.

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