Bella Vista Smart Buy: 917 Catharine St, a Grandma House With Potential

This Bella Vista house has plenty of South Philly hallmarks that might give a buyer pause. But they can all be negotiated with a good handyman’s special from Home Depot. For instance:

Mirrored doors! Wood paneling! Drop ceiling! Banister-like poles holding up the ceiling for no ostensible purpose! Linoleum floors! More wood paneling! Plush carpeting!

But, notice–the floors that aren’t carpeted are nice hardwood, which is a good sign. There are two separate entrances, a back yard, and though it’s listed as a three-bedroom, there’s also a “separate sitting area, great for an office or den.”

As for location, it simply couldn’t be better. Bella Vista is a mix of young and old, cool and traditional, cloistered and convenient. Friendly, too.




Bedrooms: 3
Bathrooms: 1
Square Feet: 1,222
Year Built: 1920
Last Sold: 1994 for $80,000
Asking Price: $339,500
Recent Price Cut: -$20,400
Listing: CBP/Frank Altamuro