SoPhilly Spotlight: Foreclosed ‘El Barto’ edition

The bitter former homeowners of this week’s SoPhilly Spotlight, a potentially gorgeous Castle Avenue home, were apparently fans of early “Simpsons” episodes.

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Says El Barto, as in Bart Simpson’s early graffiti tag. It’s too bad the pictures are so small.

Though from this sad tale of a home lost, a more uplifting story of a kick-ass pad could emerge.

1414 Castle Ave.1414 Castle Ave. is huge, more than 2,700 square feet, with 4 bedrooms, 3 bathrooms, going for $265,000. Just a block from the Tasker-Morris subway stop and a stone’s throw from the coming CHOP facility and rec center, this house is well-located, but man, does it need a lot of work.

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The old owners certainly left their mark
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But there are so many interesting details

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Plenty of buyer-beware warning in the listing, by Premier Real Estate, Inc.:

Fannie Mae Homepath Property. Rarely offered, 3 story, Victorian porch front, 4 bedroom, 3 bath, semi-detached twin style home. Stone front, hardwood floors, and original details. Owner occupants can purchase this property with as little as 3% down! This property qualifies for Special Fannie Mae Homepath Renovation Financing. Buyer is responsible for ordering the City Certification and all costs involved with all buyer inspections. Buyer pays 100% Transfer Tax.

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You could easily sink $100k into this home. Is it worth all that?

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