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Weekend Open Houses: Fishtown, Bella Vista, Queen Village

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The weekend open house slog is nigh, and we're here to help, as always. Have a listing we should know about? Hustle!

Location: 440 Belgrade Street in Fishtown
Size: 3 beds, 2.5 baths
Price: $399,900
The Pitch: "Amazing new construction three-story home for sale in the heart of Fishtown! This home is one-of-a-kind. Crafted with master workmanship and impeccable transitional design, there is no other home like it. Dark hardwood throughout, Gas fireplace, big open kitchen, granite counters, upstairs washer/dryer, huge backyard, 3 walk-in closets, double crown molding, Energy efficient appliances and features, finished basement, incredible master suit with French doors that lead to an amazing top deck balcony with center city views. Everything in this home is top notch from its soothing spa like bathrooms to its high style design. 10-year tax abatement? is pending. Co listing agent is related to Seller."
Open House: Sunday, Jan. 20th, 2-3pm
Our Take: Unappealing exterior (aside from the mail slot) but many nice interior touches, including crown molding. It's only doors away from what Philadelphia Weekly named one of the city's best dive bars, and has a backyard plus roof deck. Don't get carried away about that pending tax abatement, though. They don't always come through.

Location:416 Bainbridge Street Size: 4 beds, 3.5 baths 1,500 square feet

Price: $599,000

The Pitch: "Historically Certified Gem! Extra Wide - Large Living Room - Terrific Eat in Kitchen with Separate Dining Room - Powder Room and Wall of Glass overlooking the Beautiful Landscaped Garden - Full Basement - Mechanicals and Lots of Storage + Direct Entrance from Outside. 2nd Floor: Large Front Room with Bath - Hall Area - Middle Room with full Bath. 3rd floor: Front Room with Kitchenette Area - Middle Room with Bath + a Great Large Rear Room with Wall of Glass and Doors to a Terrific Large Deck."

Open House: Sunday, Jan 20,, 1:30-2:30pm

Our Take: This is one half of the former Shippen Way Inn B&B, which is now being sold as two smaller properties instead of one property for $1.3 million. Both halves have open houses this weekend at the same time. Here's what we had to say about the property as a unit: Shiver Me Timbers, the Shippen Way Inn Is for Sale!

Location: 727 Clymer Street, between Fitzwater and Catherine
Size: 3 beds, 1 bath, 1,168 square feet
Price: $379,900
The Pitch: "Fantastic 3 bedroom, 1 bathroom home on an award winning tree-lined block in beautiful Bella Vista! Enter this charming abode into an open living room with tile floor, bay window and dining area with closet and exposed brick wall. Newer kitchen with nice white cabinetry, corian countertops, nice appliances and a door to a small yard! Straight wood steps lead to the 2nd floor, offering a front bedroom with hardwood floors, 2 windows, plantation shutters, ceiling fan and walk in closet. Rear spacious full tile bath. Door off hall to rooftop with deck potential! 3rd floor hosts 2 bedrooms with hardwood floors, windows and closet. Storage basement? with mechanicals and laundry area. This wonderful home is located on one of the finest blocks in Bella Vista, don't miss!"
Open House: Sunday, Jan. 20, 1:30-2:30pm
Our Take: Hmm. Seems a little squished in there—just one bathroom?—though the owners have certainly made the most of things with a creative use of paint. This is also a great location—that little block is a real sweet spot in Bella Vista.