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10 Starter Homes for Sale in Philadelphia

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Home values in Philly are at an all-time high, and all research says it's prime time to buy in this city. But for first-time buyers, one of the hardest part of the house hunting process is actually starting the search. We're here to help: This map features 10 homes for sale right now that aren't too flashy or expensive, feature up to two bedrooms, and are pretty much move-in ready. In other words: Just right. Better yet, most of them are $250,000 or less.

Note: These homes are listed in order from least to most expensive.

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1. 5917 McCallum Street

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5917 McCallum St
Philadelphia, PA 19144

$109,000

You can't beat this price for a 2-bedroom, 1-bath home that is still well-maintained. The home is in Germantown, a lovely neighborhood that's still in city limits, and it's 824 square feet. There's also a small back patio and a new roof.

2. 3364 Frederick Street

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3364 Frederick St
Philadelphia, PA 19129

$169,900

Over in East Falls, this 2-bedroom, 1-bath home clocks in at 783 square feet. It lacks central air, but otherwise everything is in pretty good shape for a first-time buyer or new family. Plus, it's mere walking distance from the many bike trails and Kelly Drive, and there's a south-facing backyard.

3. 5242 Sansom Street

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5242 Sansom St
Philadelphia, PA 19139

$174,900

This is by far the biggest starter home for sale on this list, so it may come as no surprise that it's in West Philly, where smaller price tags can often buy you a ton of space. The recently renovated home features three bedrooms and 1.5 baths, and all of the systems are brand new. So is the roof. It's also just a few blocks from the El.

4. 2404 E. Harold Street

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2404 E Harold St
Philadelphia, PA 19125

$177,000

Here's a 2-bedroom, 1.5-bath home in the increasingly hip neighborhood of Fishtown. It clocks in at just 706 square feet, but it's been recently rehabbed and it has a backyard. It's close to a Wawa and a short walk to Greensgrow Farms.

5. 4702 Mansion Street

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4702 Mansion St
Philadelphia, PA 19127

$180,000

This 2-bedroom, 1-bath home is in Manayunk, and it's actually two combined lots. That means plenty of outdoor space for pets, kids, entertaining, etc. First-time buyers looking for some R&R might like to know that it's also on a quiet dead-end street.

6. 1552 S. Capitol Street

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1552 S Capitol St
Philadelphia, PA 19146

$183,900

This 2-bedroom, 1.5-bath home is located in the rapidly gentrifying Point Breeze. It was last rehabbed five years ago, and it looks pretty move-in ready. Kitchen might need some work, but that's a project that be can be saved for later.

7. 2024 S. Darien Street

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2024 S Darien St
Philadelphia, PA 19148

$194,900

In East Passyunk, where the median list price of homes are just under $300,000, this renovated 2-bedroom, 1-bath home is waiting for a buyer. It's undergone four small pricechops since first listing in January. But you can't beat the location: It's a block or two from the Bok building and a short walk to the Broad Street Line and the foodie-friendly East Passyunk Avenue.

8. 1901 Green Street #2

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1901 Green St
Philadelphia, PA 19130

$210,000

It may be one of the most expensive starter homes on this list, but this 1-bedroom, 1-bath condo is located in one of the most sought-after neighborhoods in Philly. Plus, it's located in the historic J.J. Morton house, and there's an individual storage unit for each condo. The median list price of homes in the Fairmount/Art Museum area is around $325,000.

9. 438 Fulton Street

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438 Fulton St
Philadelphia, PA 19147

$250,000
This adorable Trinity in Queen Village is ideal for the duo looking to try that whole Tiny Homes movement. It's a cozy 538 square feet and features one bedroom and one bath, but as any Trinity-fan will tell you, the price tag buys you an entire house. Plus, there's a private back patio.

10. 405 S. 17th Street

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405 S 17th St
Philadelphia, PA 19146

$349,000

Before balking at the price tag, remember: This Trinity is located in Rittenhouse Square, home to the many multi-million dollar penthouses in the sky. So for less than $400,000, you can buy a 2-bedroom, 1-bath rowhome that even comes with its own city mural.

1. 5917 McCallum Street

5917 McCallum St, Philadelphia, PA 19144

$109,000

You can't beat this price for a 2-bedroom, 1-bath home that is still well-maintained. The home is in Germantown, a lovely neighborhood that's still in city limits, and it's 824 square feet. There's also a small back patio and a new roof.

5917 McCallum St
Philadelphia, PA 19144

2. 3364 Frederick Street

3364 Frederick St, Philadelphia, PA 19129

$169,900

Over in East Falls, this 2-bedroom, 1-bath home clocks in at 783 square feet. It lacks central air, but otherwise everything is in pretty good shape for a first-time buyer or new family. Plus, it's mere walking distance from the many bike trails and Kelly Drive, and there's a south-facing backyard.

3364 Frederick St
Philadelphia, PA 19129

3. 5242 Sansom Street

5242 Sansom St, Philadelphia, PA 19139

$174,900

This is by far the biggest starter home for sale on this list, so it may come as no surprise that it's in West Philly, where smaller price tags can often buy you a ton of space. The recently renovated home features three bedrooms and 1.5 baths, and all of the systems are brand new. So is the roof. It's also just a few blocks from the El.

5242 Sansom St
Philadelphia, PA 19139

4. 2404 E. Harold Street

2404 E Harold St, Philadelphia, PA 19125

$177,000

Here's a 2-bedroom, 1.5-bath home in the increasingly hip neighborhood of Fishtown. It clocks in at just 706 square feet, but it's been recently rehabbed and it has a backyard. It's close to a Wawa and a short walk to Greensgrow Farms.

2404 E Harold St
Philadelphia, PA 19125

5. 4702 Mansion Street

4702 Mansion St, Philadelphia, PA 19127

$180,000

This 2-bedroom, 1-bath home is in Manayunk, and it's actually two combined lots. That means plenty of outdoor space for pets, kids, entertaining, etc. First-time buyers looking for some R&R might like to know that it's also on a quiet dead-end street.

4702 Mansion St
Philadelphia, PA 19127

6. 1552 S. Capitol Street

1552 S Capitol St, Philadelphia, PA 19146

$183,900

This 2-bedroom, 1.5-bath home is located in the rapidly gentrifying Point Breeze. It was last rehabbed five years ago, and it looks pretty move-in ready. Kitchen might need some work, but that's a project that be can be saved for later.

1552 S Capitol St
Philadelphia, PA 19146

7. 2024 S. Darien Street

2024 S Darien St, Philadelphia, PA 19148

$194,900

In East Passyunk, where the median list price of homes are just under $300,000, this renovated 2-bedroom, 1-bath home is waiting for a buyer. It's undergone four small pricechops since first listing in January. But you can't beat the location: It's a block or two from the Bok building and a short walk to the Broad Street Line and the foodie-friendly East Passyunk Avenue.

2024 S Darien St
Philadelphia, PA 19148

8. 1901 Green Street #2

1901 Green St, Philadelphia, PA 19130

$210,000

It may be one of the most expensive starter homes on this list, but this 1-bedroom, 1-bath condo is located in one of the most sought-after neighborhoods in Philly. Plus, it's located in the historic J.J. Morton house, and there's an individual storage unit for each condo. The median list price of homes in the Fairmount/Art Museum area is around $325,000.

1901 Green St
Philadelphia, PA 19130

9. 438 Fulton Street

438 Fulton St, Philadelphia, PA 19147

$250,000
This adorable Trinity in Queen Village is ideal for the duo looking to try that whole Tiny Homes movement. It's a cozy 538 square feet and features one bedroom and one bath, but as any Trinity-fan will tell you, the price tag buys you an entire house. Plus, there's a private back patio.

438 Fulton St
Philadelphia, PA 19147

10. 405 S. 17th Street

405 S 17th St, Philadelphia, PA 19146

$349,000

Before balking at the price tag, remember: This Trinity is located in Rittenhouse Square, home to the many multi-million dollar penthouses in the sky. So for less than $400,000, you can buy a 2-bedroom, 1-bath rowhome that even comes with its own city mural.

405 S 17th St
Philadelphia, PA 19146