Fourth of July Housing Report: Elfreth’s Alley “Half House” Finally Sold

It’s not too often that houses come up for sale or rent on Elfreth’s Alley, the oldest continuously occupied residential street in the the nation. This three-bedroom 18th-century home is as enormous as Alley houses get, though its nickname is Half House because it’s so narrow. Prior owners apparently tired of the 18th-century footprint, as they built a two-story addition in 2007. The systems, thankfully, were modernized as well: The house has radiant, zoned heat and A/C.


Price-wise, this house has had a tortured history that’s almost as long as the history of the street. It was first put on the market in 2009 for more than $900,000 and saw 11 price reductions–and three changes in brokerages–before it recently sold for $420,000.

We wish the new owners a very happy first Fourth of July in their new home!