First-Time Find: No Hassles in NoLibs

Outfitted with modern appliances and upgrades, this unit, with its low condo fees and desirable location, makes for a beautiful first home.

800 N Lawrence St. #E, Philadelphia, Pa. 19123 | TREND images via Space & Company

800 N Lawrence St. #E, Philadelphia, Pa. 19123 | TREND images via Space & Company

“I’m a new soul, I came to this strange world…” French-Indie singer Yael Naim drones in her biggest 2008 hit single. Feeling like you can relate?

New Philadelphians looking for a place to call home for the first time can rest easy, as this condo-rowhome hybrid in Northern Liberties will make the transition to city living that much smoother. You can even bring along your little pup, as the unit is part of a pet-friendly condo community.

The unit is a unique condo with the feel of a classic walk-up rowhome and tons of curb appeal. You might be sold by that charming green door alone. Inside, the living room is a bright, open space with nine-foot ceilings and a cozy wood-burning fireplace. The eat-in kitchen is partially open to the living area through the breakfast bar and has cozy nooks for extra storage. Other great features include updated stainless steel appliances, plenty of crisp and clean cabinetry, a deep kitchen sink and a window just above where there’s room for a coffee station.

There’s a convenient half bath on the first floor, along with a coat closet for organized entrances and exits. And on the lower level, you can find two full-sized bedrooms with plenty of closet storage, a window in one room and access to the back patio from the main bedroom. The bathroom is incredibly spacious, perfect for those busy mornings when more than one person has to get ready. Other details include a shower/tub combo, tiled floor and updated fixtures. In the hallway, a combination washer-and-dryer saves space and an additional closet also provides more room for pantry and linen items. In addition, the quiet lower level is partially below ground where street noise is largely muffled.

The private back patio is a wonderful place to entertain guests or enjoy a home meal outside.

Not only is this home a beautiful first find, it is also very close to nearby shops, restaurants and markets (Walk Score: 95). And because it’s a condo, many of the maintenance chores you would otherwise have to do are taken care of by the homeowners association, which means less hassle for you. And because the HOA fees are low, the maintenance is also easy on your wallet.





PRICE: $284,900

OTHER STUFF: The unit has a Nest thermostat that provides remote control over the temperature and utility usage.


800 N Lawrence St. #E, Philadelphia, Pa. 19123 [Elizabeth Clark | Space & Company]