On the Market: Traditionally Up-to-Date in Pennsport for $475K

This 100-year-old home retains all of its original charm and character while meeting the demands of 21st-century living.

1210 S. 3rd St. Philadelphia, Pa. 19147 | Bright MLS images via OCF Realty

You will, on occasion, run across traditional rowhouses in this city’s outlying neighborhoods that look about a century older than they are.

This traditional three-story brick townhouse in Pennsport is one of those: it was built in 1918 but looks like it would be right at home in 19th-century Society Hill.

And yet it should be evident the moment you pass through its vestibule that you’ve entered a 21st-century home.

Foyer and living room

What this traditionally charming home got was a makeover that brought it up to snuff for modern living while preserving its classic style.

Living and dining rooms

The main floor provides plenty of evidence of this. From its custom stained-glass vestibule transom to the fan window over the archway between the living and dining rooms to the crown moldings and chair rails, you’ll find plenty of traditional detail that nonetheless looks totally up to date.



This home has an unusual layout in that its galley-style kitchen has an ell at the back containing the pantry and fridge. This leaves room for a wine rack, beverage fridge and breakfast bar in the main kitchen and makes for a courtyard surrounded by the house on three sides.


It also creates space for a sunny deck on the second floor, accessed from that floor’s bathroom.


The bedrooms combine traditional detailing with modern amenities like walk-in closets. One features a reclaimed wood accent wall, and a second has built-in bookshelves.

Second-floor bathroom

The bathrooms are likewise classic yet modern, combining traditional dual vanities (and a clawfoot tub on the third floor) with glass-enclosed shower stalls in tune with today.

It not only looks beautiful, it’s beautifully situated too. Delaware riverfront shopping is just a few blocks away. You’ll also find a host of dining options all around you and a park and playground just up the block. SEPTA bus routes, including one that runs past your door, provide easy access to Center City and other nearby neighborhoods.





SALE PRICE: $475,000

1210 S. 3rd St., Philadelphia, Pa. 19147 [Eric Gerchberg | OCF Realty]