On the Market: Compact Classic Rehab in Fairmount
This classic two-story Philly rowhouse got a top-to-bottom makeover that makes efficient use of every square inch of space.
Have you outgrown that cute trinity you bought a few years back but don’t think you need a full-blown three- or four-story rowhouse yet?
Fortunately, Philly rowhouses come in S, M, L and XL, with a growing number of XXLs scattered here and there.
This fine specimen on a tree-shaded Fairmount street is an M. It’s a classic early-1920s two-story row house for sale that got a 2010s makeover recently.
That makeover transformed its main floor into a single open-plan space that gives you maximum flexibility and makes entertaining easier. As you can see in the photos above, the current owner switched the traditional living area/dining area order around so that the dining area gets the gas fireplace — which, by the way, combines a classic mantle with a modern stone tile surround.
The galley kitchen spans the rear of the main floor. It has plenty of granite-topped counter space, loads of storage space and a pass-through serving window over the sink.
Behind the kitchen is an attractive rear patio that’s big enough for you to entertain friends outdoors in good weather.
Upstairs, you’ll find a roomy master bedroom in front, a handsome tile bathroom in the middle, and a second bedroom in the rear.
Downstairs, you’ll find a finished basement that makes a great rec room, media room, gym, home office, playroom or storage room.
And around you, you will find that it’s easy to walk to a host of local amenities: Restaurants, bars and quirky shops on Girard Avenue in Brewerytown. Fairmount Park and Lemon Hill mansion. The Art Museum. Fairmount Avenue restaurants. And for the places you can’t walk to easily, SEPTA’s Route 15 trolley runs along South College Avenue, just above your house, and several SEPTA bus routes operate on Parrish, Brown, Poplar and 29th streets.
THE FINE PRINT
SQUARE FEET: 960
SALE PRICE: $389,000
OTHER STUFF: All the controls on this house’s first floor— thermostat, light switches, dimmers and security system — can be controlled using your smart speaker (Google or Alexa). You can check this house for sale out at open houses on Saturday, Feb. 23rd, and Sunday, Feb. 24th, from 1 to 3 p.m.
860 N. Stillman St., Philadelphia, Pa. 19130 [Stephen Dougherty | Dougherty Group Real Estate | Coldwell Banker Preferred]