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Hall-Wister House from 1771 returns, asks $520K

It originally hit the market in April 2016

A two-story brick rowhome with shutters and a dormer.
The Hall-Wister house is back on the market for $520,000.
Photos courtesy of the Eric Fox Team

When the 246-year-old Hall-Wister House in Society Hill hit the market last April, Curbed readers were enthralled with its history and well-preserved details. Yet the home has yet to have found a buyer.

But now, after spending a few months off the market, the idyllic 2-bedroom, 1.5-bath rowhome is back with a smaller price tag. It’s listed on the National Register of Historic Places and was built in 1771 for prominent businessman William Wister.

Despite its age, the home has been incredibly well-preserved, changing very little both inside and out. Some of the original details include random-width pine floors, built-ins, and two working fireplaces, one of which is in a bedroom.

So what’s keeping the home from selling? Perhaps it is the property’s small stature—it clocks in a 918 square feet. But as we noted before, there are two private outdoor spaces: A patio out back with a fountain and a small balcony off the second level.

The home is on the market for $520,000. It originally listed for $549,000.