Just Listed: Contemporary Rehab in East Kensington
Looking for a comfortable, colorful, contemporary house for sale with a distinctive personality? Try this compact cutie for starters.
Every so often, a starter house for sale comes along that has so much style, I just have to showcase it here.
This is one of those starter houses.
On the outside, it looks like a typical two-story Philly rowhouse, only with a modern one-piece door and cream-colored paint on its stucco front.
Those two elements are subtle clues to what you’ll find once you walk through the front door.
And what you’ll find is a most original rehab. Stylish and contemporary, it takes the bones of this strong house and hangs a bit of pizzazz on them.
Basically, this house for sale consists of two open floors and a basement. The first floor consists of the main living area and a kitchen, with a spiral staircase connecting it to the second floor.
A grayish-blue accent wall punctuated by an exposed brick chimney adds color to the main floor.
So does the turquoise backsplash in the eat-in kitchen, which contains an island with bar seating.
In addition to the spiral staircase, there’s another unusual design element in this house. It announces itself on the main floor as an opening that runs across the living area just in front of the stairs.
That opening lets light and air in from the upstairs bedroom via a removable metal grate in the bedroom floor.
A sliding barn door made of reclaimed wood that matches the refinished original wood floor closes off the bathroom.
The bathroom contains a modern dual vanity and a floor-level walk-in shower lined with dark brown tile that also matches the barn door and wood floors.
Behind the main floor, a rear patio offers plenty of room for outdoor entertaining and relaxation—
and the patio connects to a side yard created out of the lot next door to this one. That lot is included with the purchase of this house.
There are laundry facilities and plenty of room to stash stuff in the unfinished basement, and plenty of shopping, dining and entertainment options within walking distance of your front door along Frankford Avenue. The Route 5 bus runs along Frankford Avenue too, and York-Dauphin station on the Market-Frankford Line is a 15-minute walk away.
THE FINE PRINT
SQUARE FEET: 704
SALE PRICE: $250,000
2558 Collins St., Philadelphia, Pa. 19125 [Noah Ostroff and Stacy Sanseverino| Philly Living | Keller Williams Philly]