Little Big House in Port Richmond for $200K

Compact in space but big on style, this newly renovated home combines comfort, convenience and class in one very efficient package.

2844 Mercer St., Philadelphia, Pa. 19144 | Photos: QA Designs via Keller Williams Center City

“This is the one you’ve been waiting for!” begins agent Nicole Neff’s description of this dynamite rehab just down the street from Tacconelli’s in Port Richmond.

We didn’t even know we were waiting for it. But once we took a look at the materials and workmanship that went into this home, and the way it makes the most of its interior space, we decided that indeed, we had been waiting for something like this.

Main floor (living/dining room)

(Aside to Jumpstart alums in Germantown and elsewhere: Look at these pictures and take notes. Then talk with Neff, who can put you in touch with owner Max Pater, who rebuilt it. She also worked with Max on his redesign of this place. They should be able to tell you how to achieve this look while keeping the price reasonable. The renovation took a year but was worth every second of effort and every cent that went into it.)

Living room

Dining room

The first smart thing the owner did in redoing this home was making the staircase a central design element. Doing this preserves the feel of the open plan while allowing for differentiation of the spaces on the main floor.

Basement flex room

The next smart thing they did was use more sustainable materials. The hardwood floors are made of eco-friendly bamboo, and recycled pallet wood gives the finished basement flex room extra style and character.


The kitchen has a space-efficient galley layout and boasts the latest in kitchen tech, not to mention some nice extras like the built-in wine rack in the dining-room cabinets and the pot filler over the stove.


The main floor bathroom has a digitally controlled radiant-heat floor and touch-screen LED-lit mirror. The two bedrooms upstairs share a bathroom and have ample closet space.


One nice extra you can’t see is the Cat5 Ethernet wiring throughout this home – it’s all ready for your HDTV cable and data communications.

Rear patio

Then there’s its location: Great cafés, restaurants and bars surround you mere blocks away. And did we tell you it’s just one block from Tacconelli’s? Given how little you’ll pay for this home that’s big on style, you’ll be able to afford to dine out more often – but that kitchen’s mighty enticing, isn’t it?



BATHS: 1 full, 1 half


SALE PRICE: $199,999

2844 Mercer St., Philadelphia, Pa. 19134 [Nicole Neff | Keller Williams Center City]