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SoPhilly Spotlight: Character, charm and craftsmanship edition

This week’s SoPhilly Spotlight is a 4 bedroom, 2 bathroom Girard Estates home with “character, charm and craftsmanship.”


This 1,700 sq. ft. home is located at 2330 S. 15th St. For $269,900, this house could become your own unique home.

From the listing:

Character, charm, and craftsmanship are the keywords for this beautifully maintained home in the Girard Estates section of South Philadelphia.Get ready to fall in love.




Step inside to be greeted by the tastefully ornate vestibule, adorned by customized mosaic tile features, and interior double doors with stained glass inlay and matching transom windows as well as detailed finished wood trim.




The hardwood floors are gorgeous throughout the property along with the carefully selected chandeliers and stylized light fixtures. Natural light embraces this east facing home.



This place is too CUTE to specify every thing there is to love! Did you see the dutch door in the kitchen? The upper level contains three bedrooms and a laundry center.



The master, contains an original custom wardrobe built-in, and has a pass through to a second bedroom. An ancillary room currently serves as a laundry center and sewing room with closet antecedent to a third bedroom.



The basement with lavatory and cedar closet is finished, and contains a bar with full stainless steel sink and drying shelf below. Words don’t do this place justice.


The home is five blocks from the Snyder avenue subway station, 15 minutes from center city. East Passyunk is 6 blocks away, and there are at least two playgrounds and two spray parks within walking distance, Marconi Park, the CHOP community center and Guerin Rec Center. Some places are more art than property.


7 Responses to SoPhilly Spotlight: Character, charm and craftsmanship edition

  1. GE August 5, 2016 at 4:29 pm #

    2300 S 15th is not Girard Estate. Actually, only the homes built by the Girard Estate at the turn of the 20th century should be considered Girard Estate homes.

    • Justin August 8, 2016 at 8:49 am #

      Would that far south be considered Point Breeze? I guess realtors and developers had better start coming up with new neighborhood names now that Newbold is magically disappearing from everyone’s memory.

    • Joy August 8, 2016 at 10:05 am #

      I live in the area and I have no idea what it’s called. Here’s what I hear:
      Girard Estate
      West Passyunk
      I just say South Philly when asked.

  2. Constance August 6, 2016 at 11:15 am #

    The Zillow site states it’s off the market.
    I like that it has many original features especially that very cool tile in the bathroom. One thing I couldn’t figure out is the location of the 4th bedroom.

    • Tom August 12, 2016 at 12:12 pm #

      I am under contract on that house. I’m thrilled with the tiles, the doors, and the built-in upstairs!

      The fourth bedroom is really a pass-through room between the hallway and the rear bedroom.

      • Clark August 19, 2016 at 3:04 am #

        Congratulations, Tom, that’s a find. While strictly speaking not in Girard Estate, it belongs more to it, than any other place.

        I love the basement’s pine paneling. That would cost a fortune today. And the quality of the pine–I noticed some boards completely free of knots is astounding. They don’t grow trees like that, anymore.

        Mostly, the house is blessedly free of renovation disasters. The details you do have, thus, really “pop” out. One question: is the wood structure in the yard an outhouse? It’s the correct size to be one.

        Again, congrats and I hope you love living in your house as much as I do looking at it!

        Ps: I suspect ‘Girard Estate area’, in the same way that “Rittenhouse” is a moniker used to describe houses a block or two away, but nonetheless defined by the closest geographical landmark.

        • Tom August 23, 2016 at 2:20 pm #

          Thanks, Clark! It’s definitely a gem. The surviving details on all three floors are excellent, and I’m hoping to preserve as much as I can while making the house mine.

          The structure in the back yard is just a shed. My family and I have been joking that it’s anything from an outhouse to a beach-style outdoor shower. But no, just a place to lock away tools and such.

          I agree about the neighborhood naming. I’ve lived a little South and a little West of this house for about 13 years now, and I’ve heard it called Girard Estates and Marconi. Usually I just say South Philly West of Broad, or give cross streets, and people know what I mean.


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