SoPhilly Spotlight: You gotta start somewhere edition

Sure, it ain’t pretty and it’s tiny. But at $90,000 we’re thinking of moving in (OK, let’s not get ahead of ourselves).

This week’s SoPhilly spotlight is a 700-square-foot, 2-bedroom row at 1441 S. Franklin, a half-block between 7th and 8th, Reed and Dickinson. The block doesn’t even merit appearing on Google Street View.

Yeesh. Not promising

But hey, according to the listing, it’s:

A great opportunity to own a home and customize it to your liking.


This home has a brand new rubber roof 2012 installed.

Well, that’s nice.

Can be a three bedroom as there is an extra room downstairs.

That’s called a basement.

With a little TLC can be a wonderful home. Sold as is.

Yeah, no shit

But when you think about it, it’s really not far from everything: a couple blocks to the upcoming Fountain Porter and Watkins Drinkery. Buses run down 8th and up 7th. You wouldn’t have to deal with nosy neighbors because we’re not even sure anyone lives on the block. Your monthly payment including taxes and insurance would be like $550. What do you think? Could you do it?

Is that a side yard?
That’s not terrible, but you notice these pics were taken in 2010?
What a lovely view.
Is that the dining room?
Are the clovers part of the deal?
Notice, no pictures of the bathrooms. Hmm

One thought on “SoPhilly Spotlight: You gotta start somewhere edition

  • August 17, 2012 at 3:39 pm

    I live on the north end of 14XX S Franklin, and I can attest that it’s a great location. This block, maybe not the brightest in the neighborhood, especially compared to it’s charming older sister 14XX S Beulah, but it’s close to everything — within one block you have Fitness Works, Rite Aid, a dry cleaner, Termini’s, Cosmi’s, several bodegas, and a post office. within two blocks you have POPE, Acme, Watkins Drinkery, Benna’s, Capitolo Park, the southern tip of the Italian Market, and all that East Passyunk Ave has to offer. And, it’s less than a mile from Center City.

    Also, I love living on a dead-end block. The only cars that drive down our street are our neighbors’.

    Next, this is right on the outskirts of Dickinson Narrows — a skinny little holdout neighborhood bordered by booming East Passyunk, Pennsport, and Bella Vista. Unless you want to live in Dickinson Narrows proper, there aren’t a lot of places this cheap on the market in this area, and there are even fewer empty lots or vacants.

    Oh, and finally, my wife and I refer to our block as “Franklin Heights” — an irreverent jab at the ridiculousness of real-estate-agent invented names, Philly’s teeny neighborhoods, and the notion that adding “Heights” to the end of anything makes it fancy.

    OK, that’s the end of my pitch.
    If I had a spare couple hundred grand laying around I’d buy up the whole block.

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