On the Market: Distinctive Rehabbed Twin in Germantown

Three bedrooms and loads of personality make this newly rebuilt twin house for sale a great place for anyone starting on the homeownership journey.

house for sale germantown rehabbed twin exterior front

78 W. Duval St., Philadelphia, Pa. 19144 | Images: Courtesy The Sivel Group, BHHS Fox & Roach Realtors, unless otherwise noted

Germantown has long welcomed those who march to the beat of their own drummers, so it should be no surprise at all that someone who dispensed with convention got their hands on this cute twin just off Germantown Avenue in the neighborhood’s northwest quadrant.

house for sale germantown rehabbed twin before photo

78 W. Duval St. in 2014. Google Street View image

The people who made this place over turned it from drab to fab by applying one part rustic style and one part funkiness to this two-story house for sale. Wood accents and splashes of color give the open main floor some verve.

house for sale germantown rehabbed twin living room

Living room

The staircase serves as the divider between the living room and the dining room.

house for sale germantown rehabbed twin dining room

Dining room

The dining room, staged here as a more casual family room, includes built-in banquette seating in its far corner.

house for sale germantown rehabbed twin kitchen


And in redoing the kitchen, the rehabbers opted to dispense with cabinets, save for a reclaimed china cabinet that sports the same blue color found on the staircase treads. Instead, they put in shelves above the farmhouse sink. They also put in a full-height subway tile backsplash beind the farmhouse sink and the range.

In back of the kitchen are a mud room, a powder room and a laundry room.

house for sale germantown rehabbed twin master bedroom

Master bedroom

Upstairs, the three bedrooms’ original wide-plank hardwood floors received fresh coats of paint. And each has a fan that helps circulate air to help your central air conditioning and heating work more efficiently. But where you might expect to find ceiling fans, here you find oscillating fans in the bedrooms’ corners.

house for sale germantown rehabbed twin bathroom


The upstairs bathroom’s barn door is yet another touch of rustic funkiness in this house for sale.

It also has a rear side porch, a landscaped front yard and a nice-sized backyard. And all of its systems are new.

Here you will also live amidst history. The Johnson House, a stop on the Underground Railroad, is around the corner from you in one direction on Germantown Avenue. Around the corner in the other stands Cliveden, site of the only Revolutionary War battle fought within the present-day Philadelphia city limits. Upsal Regional Rail station is about two blocks away, and you’ll find shopping and dining up the road in Mt. Airy and neighborhood retail close by in central Germantown.



BATHS: 1 full, 1 half


SALE PRICE: $245,000

78 W. Duval St., Philadelphia, Pa. 19144 [Jennifer Rinella and Amin Beyah | The Sivel Group | BHHS Fox & Roach Realtors]