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SoPhilly Spotlight: Dance Party edition

If all your parties turn into a dance party (all the good ones do), then this week’s SoPhilly Spotlight might be the one for you.

This 3-bed, 1-bath home at 1636 S. Juniper St. is set up with a wide-open living room and a TV area where the dining room usually is. Maybe it’s just staging, but hell, why not keep it that way? You know, for the party.

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Or to preserve that little play area

It’s also pretty big at 1,308 square feet – but doesn’t have central air – and it’s going for $299,500.

From the listing, which misspells Passyunk, by the way, by Elfant-Wissahickon Chestnut Hill:

Fantastic opportunity to own in popular Passayunk Square!! Welcome home to this 3br, 1 bath brick row on a lovely block. Enter through the vestibule with original tile, leading into a spacious open floor plan. Large living room with built-in book shelves and dining area, both with hardwood floors and high ceilings…

Notice what looks like a window up there, where a built-in air conditioner used to be? Wait for it...

Notice what looks like a window up there, where a built-in air conditioner used to be? Wait for it…

That TV area we mentioned

That TV area we mentioned

…into a bright, renovated, trendy eat-in kitchen made for family dinners, with Caesar Stone counters, light wood cabinets, and tile floor with a door that leads out to a lovely paved yard, perfect for a weekend bar-b-que!

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Up the stairs to the 2nd floor gives you 3 good sized bedrooms, the master having large closets, and a full bath with slate backsplash, extra large shower head, built-ins in the shower and tile floors. This property is ready to move-in and make your own! Close to transportation, restaurants and shopping!! New roof, new water heater.

... and there's no little window.

… and there’s no little window.

But one of the bedrooms is connected to the master.

But one of the bedrooms is connected to the master.

So, is $299,500 a good deal or no?

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12 Responses to SoPhilly Spotlight: Dance Party edition

  1. Leanne March 21, 2014 at 11:06 am #

    I don’t necessarily think it’s a “good deal,” but based on location and certain amenities — 3 bedrooms, new interior, large/modern eat in kitchen, large yard — it seems competitive. The outside needs to be updated, which really is not that hard. If it were, it would probably be going for $315/$320 K.

  2. Aaron B March 21, 2014 at 3:47 pm #

    No central air, but I see at least one mini-split unit.
    Presumably at least one on each floor.

    On the other hand, an in-wall AC unit removed… and covered up with a fake window.
    Aesthetic choice or contractor shortcut?
    One wonders what other hidden treasures might be in store.

  3. Chris March 22, 2014 at 7:42 am #

    Why are you criticizing real estate prices in this flourishing area? I don’t understand. Don’t we want our home values to stay high and continue to increase? We should encourage this.
    Beware of Darrel Clarke’s plan to turn S. Philly into a giant project. THAT is what we should be criticizing!!!

  4. ProvWitout March 22, 2014 at 8:27 pm #

    I think its a little high.. But just a little… No central air and only 1 bath…. I’d feel better if it had a little powder room in there somewhere… Its a little street property… I personally believe that if the house on 1206 Snyder was listed in the $270K range, and that is a gem of a huge space, little street properties better not be lacking anything if they want to be listed higher than big houses on main streets…

    Another thing to consider is that people who can pay $300K for a house also own a decent car or two… Ya gotta assume at least one of the occupants of that 3 bedroom house are going to have a vehicle. So… Parking and tough maneuverability on little streets also makes it difficult to exist in that space for that price…

    • AnthonyG March 23, 2014 at 5:06 pm #

      Comparing Snyder Ave to the 16xx block of Juniper?? Apples to oranges!

  5. David G March 22, 2014 at 11:18 pm #

    I think this is a good deal- great block, great looking house, bigger than most small street two-stories, and above average yard. if this doesn’t sell pretty quickly, I’d be surprised

  6. adam March 23, 2014 at 8:33 am #

    I love that whole stretch of Juniper from Morris on up. I think the price is a little high but its a great location.

  7. Dan P. March 23, 2014 at 8:04 pm #

    It’s a solid house. A lot of nice details like the original hardwood floors on the first floor and the moulding in the living room and built in shelving that likely covers an old fireplace/vent. Nice size eat-in kitchen with fairly new, what seem to be Ikea, cabinets and fairly new tile floor. Basement isn’t finished and it has oil heat which some might like but others might have a problem with. Bedrooms are all pretty good size – including the back bedroom – with decent closet space. Carpeting on the second floor covers original hardwood which wouldn’t be too difficult to expose and finish. Nice, interesting little yard that has a gate right onto (I think) Watts Street enabling rear exit that put you basically at the entrance to the subway on Morris Street in about 20 seconds (also makes it easy to get a bike in and out for bike commuting). It’s not central AC but it has the ductless unit with the compressor in the breezeway outside and the exchange in the living room (whisper quiet)… could possibly expand that to the second floor with little difficulty. For someone whose budget tops out at $300k but who wants to be in the P-Square/EPX area, this is as good as its going to get (judging by the >$300k listings that seem to dominate the Washington to ~Morris, 9th to Broad area right now). It probably already has a good number of offers and wouldn’t be surprised if it went for $305k – $310k.

  8. Marsha March 24, 2014 at 10:01 am #

    In my opinion, Id rather pay less for more house on Snyder Ave than pay more for less house on Juniper. Snyder Ave near Broad St is going to get a lot better here in the near future.

  9. DaveFame March 24, 2014 at 12:46 pm #

    You can get the same house 500 feet west for 1/2 the price.

    • AnthonyG March 26, 2014 at 9:53 am #

      @Dave- of course you can. That’s kind of the whole point of “Location, Location, Location”!

  10. Monk March 24, 2014 at 1:58 pm #

    I think it is a fair price. 1300 square feet is large for a two story home in Passyunk Square, especially on a quiet non number street. I would be surpised if it does not sell quickly.

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