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SEPTA’s Market-Frankford Line: 15 homes for sale along the El

Want to live along the El? Here are your options.

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Ah, the El. Technically named the Market-Frankford Line, this 13.6-mile-long rapid transit line is SEPTA’s busiest, stretching from 69th Street Station in Upper Darby to Center City, then shooting up toward Frankford Transportation Center. Its nickname “the El” comes from the fact that portions of the line are elevated.

But what does it cost to live along the line? Depends where you look. A recent report by Econsult Solutions found that housing values in certain neighborhoods along the El—think University City, Center City, Fishtown, and Kensington—have skyrocketed in recent years. Yet other neighborhoods near major transportation hubs like 69th Street and Frankford haven’t experienced the same jump in prices.

For a glimpse into the housing market along the El, take a look at these 15 homes. They’re all located just a few minutes away—or in some cases, one block over—from a station on the Market-Frankford Line.

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7543 Parkview Rd

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$154,900

Just outside of Philly’s city limits is this three-bedroom, two-bath home for sale in Upper Darby. The 1,349-square-foot house is located 0.8 miles from the 69th Street Transportation Center and on the market for $154,900. That comes out to $115 per square foot.

via Francis Kostick, Keller Williams Realty Group

324 N 61st St

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$169,900

It may not look like it from the outside, but this home near the 60th St. Station stop on the El is surprisingly large, with modern interiors hiding behind its vinyl siding. The five-bedroom, three-bath home recently underwent a top-to-bottom renovation and has all new mechanical systems. At 1,665 square feet, the home, located a half-mile from the El, comes out to $102 per square foot.

via Crystal Evans, Keller Williams Real Estate-Media

5006 Chestnut St

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$338,000

It pays quite a bit more to live closer into West Philly along the El. This home in Walnut Hill is a six-minute walk to 51st Street Station and an 11-minute walk to 46th Street Station. It’s a large home with four bedrooms, one and a half baths, and 1,706 square feet of space, including a front porch.

via Lily Wu, BHHS Fox & Roach-Bryn Mawr

4240 Pine Street

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$925,000

It’ll be a picturesque 15-minute walk to 40th Street Station from this Spruce Hill Victorian, but it’ll cost you. The hefty price tag buys this 3,170-square-foot home, which features a bi-level owner’s suite that’s been completely redone. The rest of the Victorian can be rented out to cover costs, since it’s already set up as two-bedroom and one-bedroom apartments.

via Jeffrey Block, the City Block Team

2200 Arch St

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$529,000

From this pad in the historic 2200 Arch building you will literally be able to see 30th Street Station from your house. Located on the 7th floor, the two-bedroom, two-bath condo’s an expansive wall-to-wall window looks out to University City and the city’s main transportation hub. It’s a quick nine-minute walk to the station.

via Jonathan Orens, Orens Brothers Real Estate Inc

1414 S Penn Square

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$1,625,000

Coughing up six figures is what it takes to live in the heart of the city and across the street from 15th Street Station at City Hall. Located in the Residences at the Ritz-Carlton, living in this three-bedroom, two and a half bath condo means access to a an indoor lap pool and large fitness center, as well as access to a chauffeur when the El just won’t cut it.

via Curt Bosson, AGC Realty, LLC

725 Chestnut St

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$1,800,000

Here’s a handsome condo in an equally handsome building, one block from the 8th and Market station. The three-bedroom, three and a half bath home takes up the entire second floor and stretches 3,600 square feet. Is storage a must? This condo has it, since the design accounted for “the abundance of wardrobes and closets,” per the listing.

via Bruno Pouget, Astoban Realty Group llc

10 Letitia Street, #203

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$399,900

Making our way over to Old City, here’s this two-bedroom charmer literally one-minute away from 2nd Street Station. There are 10-foot ceilings, exposed beams, hardwood floors, and big windows. It’s also a quick walk over to the Delaware River Waterfront.

via Elizabeth Convery, Very Real Estate

603 N American Street, #701

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$519,000

A three-minute walk to Spring Garden Station, this Northern Liberties penthouse in an Erdy McHenry-designed development has its own designer’s touch: The seller is an interior designer who has outfitted the space with architectural elements like walls made out of corrugated steel walls and reclaimed wood. The 1,562-square-foot condo has two bedrooms and two full baths.

Photo by Kathryn Raines for Michael Garden

1121 Marlborough St

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$579,900

This Fishtown home calls itself a “mini-mansion.” Indeed, the home at 1121 Malborough Street clocks in at 3,140 square feet and features six bedrooms, one and a half bathrooms, and plenty of original character. It’s also 0.3 miles from the Girard Station—if you can avoid the lure of stopping by Johnny Brenda’s or Frankford Hall on your walk over.

Photo by Alcove Media for the Somers Team

2043 E Susquehanna Ave

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$479,900

A quick 0.6 miles from Berks Station in Kensington is this country-style renovated rowhome. The 2,225-square-foot home last sold in 2015 for $175,000 as a four-bedroom, one-bath home. Today, it’s been transformed into a three-bedroom, two-bath house, complete with farmhouse-style finishes.

Courtesy of The MacDonald Group

1905 E Cumberland St

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$419,000

Also in Kensington but closer to the Huntingdon Station (0.2 miles) is this brand new minimalistic home. Designed by local firm Interface Studio Architects and built by Callahan Ward, the three-bedroom, three-bathroom home is awash in white, with hickory floors, birch plywood finishes, and glossy kitchen cabinets.

Courtesy of Michael Garden, Space & Company

2868 Jasper St

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$99,900

Located 0.2 miles from the Somerset Station on the El, this three-bedroom, two-bath home was recently renovated. Today, the 1,103-square-foot home has hardwood floors, new appliances, and a finished basement. There’s also a backyard patio that could use a little TLC.

via Tim Brogan, Coldwell Banker Preferred-Old City

4203-7 Orchard Street

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$85,000

If you want to work a little for your future home, here’s a property in Frankford for you. The four-bedroom, one-bath home is located on three lots, which leaves enough room for a backyard with both a pond and an above-ground pool. The home, about 0.4 miles from the Erie Torresdale Station, will need a bit of TLC and a lot of elbow grease.

via Larry Levin, Coldwell Banker Preferred-Old City

1205 Allengrove St

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$198,900

The final stop on this home tour of the El is this four-bedroom, two-bath home, a five-minute drive from the Frankford Transportation Center. The 1,608-square-foot twin has spacious rooms, including a sunroom and what looks like a very interesting attic-like third floor with multiple rooms.

via Dennis John, Realty Mark Associates

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7543 Parkview Rd

$154,900

Just outside of Philly’s city limits is this three-bedroom, two-bath home for sale in Upper Darby. The 1,349-square-foot house is located 0.8 miles from the 69th Street Transportation Center and on the market for $154,900. That comes out to $115 per square foot.

via Francis Kostick, Keller Williams Realty Group

324 N 61st St

$169,900

It may not look like it from the outside, but this home near the 60th St. Station stop on the El is surprisingly large, with modern interiors hiding behind its vinyl siding. The five-bedroom, three-bath home recently underwent a top-to-bottom renovation and has all new mechanical systems. At 1,665 square feet, the home, located a half-mile from the El, comes out to $102 per square foot.

via Crystal Evans, Keller Williams Real Estate-Media

5006 Chestnut St

$338,000

It pays quite a bit more to live closer into West Philly along the El. This home in Walnut Hill is a six-minute walk to 51st Street Station and an 11-minute walk to 46th Street Station. It’s a large home with four bedrooms, one and a half baths, and 1,706 square feet of space, including a front porch.

via Lily Wu, BHHS Fox & Roach-Bryn Mawr

4240 Pine Street

$925,000

It’ll be a picturesque 15-minute walk to 40th Street Station from this Spruce Hill Victorian, but it’ll cost you. The hefty price tag buys this 3,170-square-foot home, which features a bi-level owner’s suite that’s been completely redone. The rest of the Victorian can be rented out to cover costs, since it’s already set up as two-bedroom and one-bedroom apartments.

via Jeffrey Block, the City Block Team

2200 Arch St

$529,000

From this pad in the historic 2200 Arch building you will literally be able to see 30th Street Station from your house. Located on the 7th floor, the two-bedroom, two-bath condo’s an expansive wall-to-wall window looks out to University City and the city’s main transportation hub. It’s a quick nine-minute walk to the station.

via Jonathan Orens, Orens Brothers Real Estate Inc

1414 S Penn Square

$1,625,000

Coughing up six figures is what it takes to live in the heart of the city and across the street from 15th Street Station at City Hall. Located in the Residences at the Ritz-Carlton, living in this three-bedroom, two and a half bath condo means access to a an indoor lap pool and large fitness center, as well as access to a chauffeur when the El just won’t cut it.

via Curt Bosson, AGC Realty, LLC

725 Chestnut St

$1,800,000

Here’s a handsome condo in an equally handsome building, one block from the 8th and Market station. The three-bedroom, three and a half bath home takes up the entire second floor and stretches 3,600 square feet. Is storage a must? This condo has it, since the design accounted for “the abundance of wardrobes and closets,” per the listing.

via Bruno Pouget, Astoban Realty Group llc

10 Letitia Street, #203

$399,900

Making our way over to Old City, here’s this two-bedroom charmer literally one-minute away from 2nd Street Station. There are 10-foot ceilings, exposed beams, hardwood floors, and big windows. It’s also a quick walk over to the Delaware River Waterfront.

via Elizabeth Convery, Very Real Estate

603 N American Street, #701

$519,000

A three-minute walk to Spring Garden Station, this Northern Liberties penthouse in an Erdy McHenry-designed development has its own designer’s touch: The seller is an interior designer who has outfitted the space with architectural elements like walls made out of corrugated steel walls and reclaimed wood. The 1,562-square-foot condo has two bedrooms and two full baths.

Photo by Kathryn Raines for Michael Garden

1121 Marlborough St

$579,900

This Fishtown home calls itself a “mini-mansion.” Indeed, the home at 1121 Malborough Street clocks in at 3,140 square feet and features six bedrooms, one and a half bathrooms, and plenty of original character. It’s also 0.3 miles from the Girard Station—if you can avoid the lure of stopping by Johnny Brenda’s or Frankford Hall on your walk over.

Photo by Alcove Media for the Somers Team

2043 E Susquehanna Ave

$479,900

A quick 0.6 miles from Berks Station in Kensington is this country-style renovated rowhome. The 2,225-square-foot home last sold in 2015 for $175,000 as a four-bedroom, one-bath home. Today, it’s been transformed into a three-bedroom, two-bath house, complete with farmhouse-style finishes.

Courtesy of The MacDonald Group

1905 E Cumberland St

$419,000

Also in Kensington but closer to the Huntingdon Station (0.2 miles) is this brand new minimalistic home. Designed by local firm Interface Studio Architects and built by Callahan Ward, the three-bedroom, three-bathroom home is awash in white, with hickory floors, birch plywood finishes, and glossy kitchen cabinets.

Courtesy of Michael Garden, Space & Company

2868 Jasper St

$99,900

Located 0.2 miles from the Somerset Station on the El, this three-bedroom, two-bath home was recently renovated. Today, the 1,103-square-foot home has hardwood floors, new appliances, and a finished basement. There’s also a backyard patio that could use a little TLC.

via Tim Brogan, Coldwell Banker Preferred-Old City

4203-7 Orchard Street

$85,000

If you want to work a little for your future home, here’s a property in Frankford for you. The four-bedroom, one-bath home is located on three lots, which leaves enough room for a backyard with both a pond and an above-ground pool. The home, about 0.4 miles from the Erie Torresdale Station, will need a bit of TLC and a lot of elbow grease.

via Larry Levin, Coldwell Banker Preferred-Old City

1205 Allengrove St

$198,900

The final stop on this home tour of the El is this four-bedroom, two-bath home, a five-minute drive from the Frankford Transportation Center. The 1,608-square-foot twin has spacious rooms, including a sunroom and what looks like a very interesting attic-like third floor with multiple rooms.

via Dennis John, Realty Mark Associates