A Colorful Original in Germantown for $275K

This large yet affordable twin has plenty of personality to go along with all that space. It's in a great location too.

414 Stafford St., Philadelphia, Pa. 19144 | TREND images via Elfant Wissahickon Realtors

Generally speaking, when a large home such as this one gets listed with a price tag under $300,000, it needs a good bit of work to bring it up to snuff.

Not this time.

This spacious twin on a tree-lined, brick-paved Germantown street is ready for you to live in right now. That is, it’s ready if your personality and the current owner’s are in sync, for this home has definitely been outfitted to suit that owner’s distinctive tastes over the years. In a neighborhood known for attracting nonconformists, this home definitely marches to the beat of its own drummer.

Part of an intact row of turn-of-the-20th-century Dutch Colonial twins on one of Germantown’s loveliest blocks, this home says “Pay attention!” the moment you lay eyes on its polychromatic exterior of peach, salmon, yellow, blue and brown.

The inside is just as colorful, what with the weathered blue accent color on the living-room window frames and baseboards, the salmon panels below the dining room chair rail, the pastel-colored bedrooms and the color riot that is the sunny eat-in kitchen.

That colorful kitchen is nonetheless warm and inviting, and its decor adds a touch of the rustic to an otherwise urbane home. (The same can be said for the second-floor bathroom.)

As currently configured, the home has been split into the two-story-plus-basement main residence and a two-bedroom, one-bath in-law suite or rental on the top floor. The top floor can easily be reunited with the lower floors to create one roomy residence for a large family.

The unfinished basement provides workshop or storage space, the front porch is downright neighborly, and the back yard includes a brick patio. You have the Wissahickon Park for a down-the-street neighbor, convenient shopping a few blocks away on Chelten Avenue, and easy access to Center City via SEPTA Regional Rail one block away.



BATHS: 2 full, 1 half


SALE PRICE: $274,900

OTHER STUFF: This home’s sale price was reduced by $100 on August 23.

414 Stafford St., Philadelphia, Pa. 19144 [Karrie Gavin | Elfant Wissahickon Realtors]