From the front, it would be hard to tell that the classic North Philly rowhome at 2032 North Hancock Street has undergone any kind of massive change. Apart from a new black door, and a new coat of paint on the first few feet of the facade, it looks pretty similar to its original state just a year ago.
But inside, the place has been transformed.
It was bought less than a year ago, in December of 2017, for $240,000 and was revamped under The Somers team. In their listing, the team wrote that design aspects of the space are meant to, “enhance the home’s natural beauty.”
A listing from last year shows the extent of the changes to the four-bed, three-bath home. The living room, which once saw dark walls, little lighting, and a closed floor plan, has been painted white and given a sort of rustic, farmhouse feel. It features a repurposed rectory front door, ceiling beams, exposed brick, hardwood floors, and an open floor plan.
A new bathroom sits behind two doors with large panes of glass in the living area (don’t worry, there are blinds), and the kitchen has been completely transformed, with cool grey cabinets, quartz countertops, and wood shelving that was repurposed from around the home.
Upstairs, the space follows the farmhouse aesthetic that it cultivated on the first floor, especially when it comes to the second-floor bathroom, which has a claw tub, vassal sinks, and exposed bricks in the wall. Exposed bricks and beams are common in almost all of the rooms on the upstairs floors, along with hardwood floors and contemporary light fixtures.
It’s all a far cry from the 1919-built home’s former life—first as a five-bed place, then as a four-bed home in desperate need of some upkeep. Now, with renovations and all, the home has nearly doubled in price and was just listed for $468,500. If you want to check it out for yourself, there’s an open house this Saturday from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m.
- 2032 North Hancock Street [Christopher Somers, Re/Max]
- 2032 North Hancock Street 2017 listing [Estately]