First-Time Find: Get In on the Ground Floor in Port Richmond
As Fishtown continues to rise in popularity, the first waves of change are lapping up against the next neighborhood upriver, Port Richmond.
Port Richmond has many of the things that make Fishtown great: residents who care about the community, interesting shopping and dining, easy access to the rest of the city and great housing stock.
Like this two-story rowhome on a prime corner lot.
The years have been very kind to this home, whose owner has taken excellent care of its details, from its original wood-and-wrought-iron cornice to its hardwood flooring (most of it also original) throughout. Its corner location means it gets lots of natural light, and its open main floor gives it a feeling of spaciousness.
The eat-in kitchen beyond the living-dining room has been updated with tile walls and backsplashes, butcher-block countertops, historically appropriate white cabinetry and modern appliances including a ceramic-cooktop stove. In back of the kitchen, an attractively landscaped patio offers room for outdoor relaxation and entertainment.
Upstairs — take a moment to admire the mint-condition period staircase handrail as you head up — you will find two bedrooms and a modern bathroom done in cheery color schemes. The bathroom and the rear bedroom both boast their original wainscotting.
You’ll find laundry facilities in the full unfinished basement.
Around you are several great spots to dine and shop within walking distance, including the River Wards Cafe coffee shop, the Mercer Cafe, a family-owned diner featuring a menu of fresh, seasonal breakfast and lunch fare, and the legendary Tacconelli’s pizzeria. Nearby SEPTA transit routes will take you to Fishtown and points beyond, and the Allegheny Avenue interchange on I-95 is also close by if you own a car.
THE FINE PRINT
SQUARE FEET: 896
SALE PRICE: $150,000
OTHER STUFF: Ceiling fans in every room will help you save on your heating and cooling bills.
3011 Livingston St., Philadelphia, Pa. 19134 [Christopher Somers | The Somers Team | RE/MAX Access]