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13 great starter homes for sale in Philly

Not too big, not too small, just right

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Home values in Philly are at an all-time high, while single-family housing inventory is an all-time low. That said, it’s a tough time right now for house hunters, but especially first-time buyers.

But we're here to help: This map features 13 homes for sale right now listed in order of least to most expensive. They aren't too flashy or expensive, feature up to two bedrooms, and are pretty much move-in ready. In other words: They’re just right. Better yet, they’re all priced at or below the average price of Philly’s single-family homes, which is $198,000 (The median price of Philly homes is $158,000.).

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1. 2254 N Lambert St

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2254 N Lambert St
Philadelphia, PA 19132

$99,900

This handsome red brick rowhome in Strawberry Mansion neighborhood just underwent a major remodel from top to bottom. Today, it features a new kitchen (sans dishwasher) and roof, three bedrooms, and one bathroom.

via Tracy Slowik, How Real Estate

2. 2942 W Glenwood Ave

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2942 W Glenwood Ave
Philadelphia, PA 19121

$129,900

Right in Brewerytown a few block away from East Fairmount Park is this three-bedroom, one-bath home for sale. Beyond the yellow facade are hardwood floors, a recently renovated kitchen, and a backyard that with a little bit of work could make for a relaxing and shady hangout.

via Rebecca Rynkiewicz, RE/MAX Experts

3. 363 Daly St

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363 Daly St
Philadelphia, PA 19148

$167,000

In South Philly’s Wharton neighborhood you’ll find this brick home that, as the listing description puts it, “offers you all basic house needs for a great value.” The three-bedroom, one-bath home clocks in at 1,108 square feet, and there’s a small patio out back. Its location is also a short walk to Mifflin Square and a quick hop onto I-95.

via Tony Salloum, Keller Williams Real Estate-Media

4. 1015 W Rockland St

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1015 W Rockland St
Philadelphia, PA 19141

$169,900

Your money goes a long way in Fern Rock. This twin home totals 1,664 square feet, which comes out to $102 per square foot. Within that space are four bedrooms, two and a half bathrooms, a fireplace, bay windows, and a front porch. Plus, the home has been recently renovated, so it’s pretty much move-in ready.

via Ilya Rabovetsky, REDBLOCK Realty Inc.

5. 2564 Collins St

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2564 Collins St
Philadelphia, PA 19125

$175,000

Here’s a recently updated home available that puts you close to the all the action happening around Kensington and Fishtown. The two-bedroom, one-bath property is a cozy 664 square feet, but it has all the basics, including a back patio. Closet space an issue? There’s a basement with extra storage.

via Nicole Marcum Rife, Keller Williams Real Estate-Conshohocken

6. 5628 Carpenter St

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5628 Carpenter St
Philadelphia, PA 19143

$179,900

Located in West Philly not far from Baltimore Avenue is this three-bedroom, one and a half bath rowhome that was completely gutted and rehabbed within the last year. The 1,152-square-foot home has a brand new kitchen, three large bedrooms on the second level, plus a finished basement.

via Michael McCann, BHHS Fox & Roach-Center City Walnut

7. 1424 S 27th St

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1424 S 27th St
Philadelphia, PA 19146

$185,999

Here’s a three-bedroom home up for grabs in Grays Ferry, named as one of the neighborhoods to watch. Recently remodeled, the 1,070-square-foot property has new everything: A roof, hardwood floors, cabinetry, heating/cooling systems and more. There’s also a front porch and a back patio.

via Tyler Williams, RE/MAX Valor

8. 322 Carson St

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322 Carson St
Philadelphia, PA 19128

$189,000

In the hilly neighborhood of Manayunk, $189,000 buys this two-bedroom, one-bath home on the quiet side street of Carson Street. The small kitchen prevents too many chefs from squeezing into the kitchen, but everyone else can hang out on the back patio when you need the place to yourself.

via Antonio Atacan, Keller Williams Realty Center City

9. 226 E Cliveden St

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226 E Cliveden St
Philadelphia, PA 19119

$189,900

Here’s a stand-alone charmer for sale in East Mt. Airy. Clocking in a 1,188 square feet, the two-bedroom, one-bath home has a lot of character, not to mention a front and back porch and a fireplace. Built-ins and hardwood floors are throughout and there’s a long shared driveway on the side of the house.

via Kathleen Sheridan, Weichert Realtors, McCarthy Assoc-Northwest Phila

10. 4317 Disston St

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4317 Disston St
Philadelphia, PA 19135

$189,900

In Tacony, $189K buys this 1,440-square-foot twin with front and back yards. The 1970s charmer has been recently updated, but it has a lot of original character, too, from the hardwood floors with inlays to the staircase. Got a car? The property includes a two-car garage.

via Frank DeFazio, BHHS Fox & Roach-Center City Walnut

11. 2322 Greenwich St

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2322 Greenwich St
Philadelphia, PA 19146

$199,900

In Point Breeze, where homes are selling lot hot cakes and prices are on the rise, you can still nab a three-bedroom home for less than $200,000. Along with two full bathrooms, the 1,400-square-foot home has an updated kitchen with new appliances and a lovely little back patio.

via Trevor Deeter, Keller Williams Real Estate - Newtown

12. 1207 Foulkrod St

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1207 Foulkrod St
Philadelphia, PA 19124

$199,999

This home in the North Philly neighborhood of Northwood comes with five bedrooms and one a half baths. (Hey, some first-time buyers are in it for the long haul.) The property also has a wrap-around porch, a brick, built-in barbecue, and a driveway.

via Ryan Gehris, USRealty.com LLP

13. 616 Solly Ave

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616 Solly Ave
Philadelphia, PA 19111

$200,000

Up in Fox Chase is this recently renovated twin home that has three bedrooms and one and a half baths. Always wanted a yard? This 919-square-foot home has one for you, and a really big one at that. The home is also within walking distance of the SEPTA regional rail line, making for an easy commute to and from Center City.

via Carol Young, Keller Williams Real Estate-Blue Bell

1. 2254 N Lambert St

2254 N Lambert St, Philadelphia, PA 19132
via Tracy Slowik, How Real Estate

$99,900

This handsome red brick rowhome in Strawberry Mansion neighborhood just underwent a major remodel from top to bottom. Today, it features a new kitchen (sans dishwasher) and roof, three bedrooms, and one bathroom.

2254 N Lambert St
Philadelphia, PA 19132

2. 2942 W Glenwood Ave

2942 W Glenwood Ave, Philadelphia, PA 19121
via Rebecca Rynkiewicz, RE/MAX Experts

$129,900

Right in Brewerytown a few block away from East Fairmount Park is this three-bedroom, one-bath home for sale. Beyond the yellow facade are hardwood floors, a recently renovated kitchen, and a backyard that with a little bit of work could make for a relaxing and shady hangout.

2942 W Glenwood Ave
Philadelphia, PA 19121

3. 363 Daly St

363 Daly St, Philadelphia, PA 19148
via Tony Salloum, Keller Williams Real Estate-Media

$167,000

In South Philly’s Wharton neighborhood you’ll find this brick home that, as the listing description puts it, “offers you all basic house needs for a great value.” The three-bedroom, one-bath home clocks in at 1,108 square feet, and there’s a small patio out back. Its location is also a short walk to Mifflin Square and a quick hop onto I-95.

363 Daly St
Philadelphia, PA 19148

4. 1015 W Rockland St

1015 W Rockland St, Philadelphia, PA 19141
via Ilya Rabovetsky, REDBLOCK Realty Inc.

$169,900

Your money goes a long way in Fern Rock. This twin home totals 1,664 square feet, which comes out to $102 per square foot. Within that space are four bedrooms, two and a half bathrooms, a fireplace, bay windows, and a front porch. Plus, the home has been recently renovated, so it’s pretty much move-in ready.

1015 W Rockland St
Philadelphia, PA 19141

5. 2564 Collins St

2564 Collins St, Philadelphia, PA 19125
via Nicole Marcum Rife, Keller Williams Real Estate-Conshohocken

$175,000

Here’s a recently updated home available that puts you close to the all the action happening around Kensington and Fishtown. The two-bedroom, one-bath property is a cozy 664 square feet, but it has all the basics, including a back patio. Closet space an issue? There’s a basement with extra storage.

2564 Collins St
Philadelphia, PA 19125

6. 5628 Carpenter St

5628 Carpenter St, Philadelphia, PA 19143
via Michael McCann, BHHS Fox & Roach-Center City Walnut

$179,900

Located in West Philly not far from Baltimore Avenue is this three-bedroom, one and a half bath rowhome that was completely gutted and rehabbed within the last year. The 1,152-square-foot home has a brand new kitchen, three large bedrooms on the second level, plus a finished basement.

5628 Carpenter St
Philadelphia, PA 19143

7. 1424 S 27th St

1424 S 27th St, Philadelphia, PA 19146
via Tyler Williams, RE/MAX Valor

$185,999

Here’s a three-bedroom home up for grabs in Grays Ferry, named as one of the neighborhoods to watch. Recently remodeled, the 1,070-square-foot property has new everything: A roof, hardwood floors, cabinetry, heating/cooling systems and more. There’s also a front porch and a back patio.

1424 S 27th St
Philadelphia, PA 19146

8. 322 Carson St

322 Carson St, Philadelphia, PA 19128
via Antonio Atacan, Keller Williams Realty Center City

$189,000

In the hilly neighborhood of Manayunk, $189,000 buys this two-bedroom, one-bath home on the quiet side street of Carson Street. The small kitchen prevents too many chefs from squeezing into the kitchen, but everyone else can hang out on the back patio when you need the place to yourself.

322 Carson St
Philadelphia, PA 19128

9. 226 E Cliveden St

226 E Cliveden St, Philadelphia, PA 19119
via Kathleen Sheridan, Weichert Realtors, McCarthy Assoc-Northwest Phila

$189,900

Here’s a stand-alone charmer for sale in East Mt. Airy. Clocking in a 1,188 square feet, the two-bedroom, one-bath home has a lot of character, not to mention a front and back porch and a fireplace. Built-ins and hardwood floors are throughout and there’s a long shared driveway on the side of the house.

226 E Cliveden St
Philadelphia, PA 19119

10. 4317 Disston St

4317 Disston St, Philadelphia, PA 19135
via Frank DeFazio, BHHS Fox & Roach-Center City Walnut

$189,900

In Tacony, $189K buys this 1,440-square-foot twin with front and back yards. The 1970s charmer has been recently updated, but it has a lot of original character, too, from the hardwood floors with inlays to the staircase. Got a car? The property includes a two-car garage.

4317 Disston St
Philadelphia, PA 19135

11. 2322 Greenwich St

2322 Greenwich St, Philadelphia, PA 19146
via Trevor Deeter, Keller Williams Real Estate - Newtown

$199,900

In Point Breeze, where homes are selling lot hot cakes and prices are on the rise, you can still nab a three-bedroom home for less than $200,000. Along with two full bathrooms, the 1,400-square-foot home has an updated kitchen with new appliances and a lovely little back patio.

2322 Greenwich St
Philadelphia, PA 19146

12. 1207 Foulkrod St

1207 Foulkrod St, Philadelphia, PA 19124
via Ryan Gehris, USRealty.com LLP

$199,999

This home in the North Philly neighborhood of Northwood comes with five bedrooms and one a half baths. (Hey, some first-time buyers are in it for the long haul.) The property also has a wrap-around porch, a brick, built-in barbecue, and a driveway.

1207 Foulkrod St
Philadelphia, PA 19124

13. 616 Solly Ave

616 Solly Ave, Philadelphia, PA 19111
via Carol Young, Keller Williams Real Estate-Blue Bell

$200,000

Up in Fox Chase is this recently renovated twin home that has three bedrooms and one and a half baths. Always wanted a yard? This 919-square-foot home has one for you, and a really big one at that. The home is also within walking distance of the SEPTA regional rail line, making for an easy commute to and from Center City.

616 Solly Ave
Philadelphia, PA 19111