What $500K Will Buy You in Fishtown

If you're a small family or looking to purchase a place on your own, Fishtown is full of great home options that might be just right for you. These three all fall under our target price to boot.

434 Belgrade St., Philadelphia, Pa. 19125 | TREND image via Coldwell Banker Preferred

We’re sure that there are some longtime Fishtowners who look on in astonishment at the prices homes in the southernmost of the River Wards are fetching these days.

But for a hot neighborhood, Fishtown remains relatively affordable: the current median listing price for homes in Fishtown’s 19125 zip code is $330,000, according to Zillow. This means that $500,000 gets you a decent amount of space in a newly or recently renovated home like the three featured here — all of which are priced under $500K. These homes are ideally sized for a young couple starting a family, and they’re convenient to all of the great eateries and shops that draw throngs to Fishtown most every night.

434 Belgrade St. (above) | 3 beds, 2 full, 1 half baths, 1,758 square feet, $475,000

This recently updated brick rowhome showcases classic style with contemporary flair. The main floor boasts traditional details like crown molding and wainscoting, and the staircase separating the living room from the dining room has an open feel. The kitchen and bathrooms have the latest of everything, and one of the bathrooms contains a laundry with a Bosch washer and dryer. Large windows and a kitchen skylight keep the home sunny, and the large backyard garden and patio offer even more opportunity to soak up the sun. The three bedrooms are large and have ample closet space, and there’s more storage space in the basement. Frankford Avenue’s delights are just a short walk away.

434 Belgrade St., Philadelphia, Pa. 19125 [Dominic Fuscia Team | Coldwell Banker Preferred]

1346 E. Columbia Ave., Philadelphia, Pa. 19125 | TREND image via Redfin

1346 E. Columbia Ave. | 3 beds, 3 full, 1 half baths, 2,016 square feet, $493,000

Here’s another classic brick rowhouse that’s been redone with a traditional take on modern style. Crown molding and baseboards ring an open-plan main floor that’s made for entertaining with its extra-spacious, up-to-the-minute kitchen. And when the weather’s good, you can take the party outdoors onto a huge back yard with a raised-bed garden and paved patio that’s just right for grilling and relaxing. This home also has a feature rare in older Fishtown homes: a full bathroom for every bedroom and a separate laundry room on the second floor. The top-floor master suite boasts a bedroom with a vaulted ceiling and a bathroom with a jetted tub and large shower. As this home’s around the corner from 434 Belgrade, it’s just as convenient to Frankford Avenue and local transit.

1346 E. Columbia Ave., Philadelphia, Pa. 19125 [Charles Davies | Redfin]

1714 Memphis St. #310, Philadelphia, Pa. 19125 | TREND image via Coldwell Banker Preferred

1714 Memphis St. #310 | 2 beds, 2 baths, 1,541 square feet, $465,000

Fishtown is more of a rowhouse neighborhood than next-door Northern Liberties, but it does offer options for those who love the loft lifestyle. This condo in the Memphis Flats building, just a few blocks north of the two homes above, is one of them. It has everything you expect in a loft apartment: high ceilings (11 feet), huge windows that flood the space with natural light, exposed brick walls and industrial-style concrete support columns that set the stage for its sleek, high-polish modern decor. A resident lounge and fitness center are common amenities, and this unit also comes with a deeded parking space and storage unit. The modest $435/month condo fee covers maintenance of the common spaces and facilities.

1714 Memphis St. #310, Philadelphia, Pa. 19125 [Mark Richards | Coldwell Banker Preferred]