For Sale/Rent

Luxury for Less in East Falls for $379K

This traditional twin got an upgrade that retained all of this home's original character while adding some very nice features usually not found at this price point.


3564 Indian Queen Lane (twin on left), Philadelphia, Pa. 19129 | Bright MLS images via Higgins & Welch Real Estate

In the world of commercial projects, two words that often produce dread in project designers are “value engineering.”

This is when the green-eyeshade crowd take out their pencils and remove all the stuff that might make a project more than bare-bones.

If this well-kept and well-mannered twin in East Falls is any guide, “value remodeling” had a completely different meaning for this home’s owner.

Living room

That’s because, in upgrading this house, the people in charge of the project penciled in a bunch of nice features that you usually have to shell out about $100,000 or so more to obtain, and we’re not just talking about adding central air conditioning.

Dining room

Nor do we have in mind the beautifully refinished floors throughout this home or the handsome chandelier in the dining room.

Kitchen

We’re thinking more along the lines of the kitchen, where plenty of cherry cabinets, granite countertops, all-new appliances and breakfast bar ceiling were added while retaining the original tilework.

Master bedroom

Master bedroom alcove

And we’re thinking even more of the second-floor master suite. The bedroom now has storage galore in the form of traditional cabinetry in the main sleeping space and more contemporary closets and drawers in the office alcove.

Master bathroom

Then there’s the bathroom, which got a whirlpool tub and separate stall shower.

Laundry room

The rear porch has been transformed into a laundry room with workspace and plenty of windows overlooking the large backyard.

And you’ll find all this in a very convenient spot: both East Falls’ commercial crossroads and its Regional Rail station are a short walk away, as is one of the city’s best Irish pubs, Billy Murphy’s Saloon.

Now look at the sale price once again. And thank this home’s owner for knowing the difference between “cheap” and “great value.”

THE FINE PRINT

BEDS: 4

BATHS: 2 full, 1 half

SQUARE FEET: 2,200

SALE PRICE: $379,000

3564 Indian Queen Lane, Philadelphia, Pa. 19129 [Edward Welch | Higgins & Welch Real Estate via Zillow]