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Weekend Open Houses: Big Houses, Big Price Chops

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This week we feature three large homes—all with beautiful period details—whose sellers have greatly reduced the asking price within the last month. That's something to take into consideration if you find yourself falling in love. A seller who's just finished agonizing over a price chop may be feeling frustrated by the process; you could ride in on the white horse of good credit and save the day!


Location: 1818 South Broad St. (between Mifflin and Moore) Size: 4 beds, 2.5 baths, 2,970 square feet

Price: $440,000

Price Reduction: $29,000

The Pitch: "Warm, wonderful & Grand 4 bedroom, 2.5 bath home with family room & office. Astounding character. Lovely patio with grapevine covered trellis that provides a charming natural canopy in summer. In the superb, convenient Newbold neighborhood & just 2 blocks from Passyunk Square. Huge space, dazzling light, 10-12 foot ceilings throughout, original hardwood floors & a perfectly renovated Eat-in Kitchen with granite counters, stainless appliances & vivid light-what a delightful place to gather with family & friends. This spacious home offers beautiful salvaged & handcrafted wood features, original stained glass & moldings, detailed & stunning original tile work, salvaged pocket doors. Separate dining room. Spacious family room. Modern baths. Large Master Suite. Ample closets & storage. And what a location-1 block to Ultimo Coffee, South Philly Tap Room & 2 blocks to Tre Scalini, Le Virtu, Chhaya, Pesto & so many of East Passyunk's best food, drink & coffee. 5-10 minutes to Center City, Whole Foods, etc."

Open House: Sunday, Aug. 5, 1:30pm-2:30pm


Location: 600 W. Phil Ellena Street (West Mt. Airy) Size: 6 beds, 3.5 baths, 3,848 square feet

Price: $554,000

Price Reduction: $21,000

The Pitch: "Picturesque 6 bedroom, 3.5 bath home on one of the most desired blocks in W. Mt Airy. Within walking distance to Weavers Way Co-op, nearby parks and regional rail. The spacious front porch leads to a porch wrapping around the front side of the house. Entering the house is a large foyer. Through French doors to the right is a large living room with fireplace. The living room leads into the dining room. The swinging dining room door opens into the pantry and leads to the kitchen. The kitchen has a vintage tin ceiling and special chestnut cabinets. From either the kitchen or dining room you can enter an oversize rear deck which overlooks the garden & Koi pond; a gardener~~~s delight. The second floor includes a master suite with a bedroom, living room with fireplace, and updated bathroom with a marble counter-top. The bath is connected to a walk-in closet with laundry facilities. This floor has an additional bedroom and full bath. The third floor has three bedrooms and a bath with a claw foot tub."

Open House: Sunday, Aug. 5, 1pm-3pm


Location: 3230 Midvale Avenue (East Falls) Size: 5 beds, 2.5 baths, 2,220 square feet

Price: $399,900

Price Reduction: $15,000

The Pitch: "Exceptional East Falls Twin located across from McMichael Park. As you walk up the private drive way to this home, the professionally landscaped gardens, flower beds, porch front, and back patio with brick pavers and a pergola provide an attractive exterior space. Other upgraded features of this great home are a brand new high velocity AC system; refinished hardwood floors throughout the entire home, new double hung energy efficient windows (except for decorative windows), plantation shutters, and completely remodeled and upgraded bathrooms. The master bathroom has been upgraded with waterwork stone tile, italian bath fixtures and an enlarged shower with a dual shower head and frameless glass door. The second bathroom has new subway tile on the walls, a reglazed claw foot tub and high end bath fixtures. The master bedroom has an enlarged walk in closet as well. This is an amazing 5 bedroom home that every East Falls buyer should see."

Open House: Sunday, Aug. 5, 1pm-3pm