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Two 'Grandmom' Houses: See the Potential Behind the Paneling

One of these two listings just says it straight out: The property is a "grandmom" house. The decor, the cabinets—so much is hopelessly out of date. But such sins can be forgiven (and ripped out) if you like the location. And you should: Houses in this area, particularly in East Passyunk proper, look like a pretty safe bet these days. Plus, there's the cannoli at Termini, the coffee at Black & Brew, access to public transportation, schools, a library, bars...in fact, House No. 2 has what we'd venture to say is one of the most remarkable home bars in Philadelphia. And that's considering a lot of bars.

HOUSE No. 1:


Location: 1638 S. Iseminger Street
Size: 2 beds, 1 bath, 1,116 square feet
The Pitch: "Wonderful 2 bedroom plus bonus room "grandmom" house in the heart of Passyunk Square. Original hardwood flooring under living room and master bedroom. Sitting room has beautiful original doors and archway. There are 2 bedrooms plus an additional room currently used as a sewing room/office. Original bath is in good condition with a retro vanity and new toilet. Water heater is 1 year old, new rubber roof has just been installed. Excellent opportunity! Won't last long!"
Price: $185,000 HOUSE No. 2:


Location: 804 Cross Street
Size: 3 beds, 1.5 baths, 1,025 square feet
The Pitch: "Cute Cozy house within walking distance of Passyunk Avenue and the Italian Market. Basement: Full, newer electric box and cable, semi finished w/notty pine walls, drop ceilings, vinyl tile floor, GHW heater, newer GHW tank, Tennessee stone wet bar. 1st floor: Lr, Dr combo w/newer carpeted floors and drywall walls, newer powder room, semi modern eat in kitchen w/wood cabinets, GD, eye level oven, ceramic tile floor, stucco rear. 2nd floor: 3 Br's, closets in the master and back rooms, semi modern ceramic tile bath. Home is clean and well maintained throughout."
Price: $179,900 · Science Says: Philly Has Highest Percentage of Home Bars [CPHI]