7/23/2014

FOUR LUXURY HOMES FOR SALE ON AMERICA'S OLDEST STREET IN PHILADELPHIA


Landmark designated Elfreth's Alley in Philadelphia has luxury homes featuring early American architecture, with renovated interiors and impeccably restored exteriors.  Architecture ranges from 18th C. colonials to federation-style row houses.  These properties were once owned by bankers, shipwrights, glassblowers and other tradesmen.

This street is the oldest continuously occupied residential street in America, the Liberty Bell is around the corner and there is a museum and gift shop.  The street dates to 1702.  As of 2012 there are 32 houses on the street, built between 1728 and 1836.  Tours often go down the cobblestone street.


FOR SALE RIGHT NOW
123 Elfreth's Alley
For sale: $795,000

Featuring an A-typical parking spot and roof-top deck, the home has a "museum-quality" feeling.  The Baker's House was once a 2-story brick kitchen, and the federation-style home has been expanded and renovated over the years. The original oven, now not functional, can be seen in the basement.


Fa├žade is historically certified.  New renovations include a roof, finished basement and highly efficient HVAC system.  The property keeps its character with a mix of the old and new.


133-135 Elfreth's Alley
For sale: $850,000
 
Once a storefront, the first floor is quite spacious, 2290 sq ft, with 3 bedrooms, 3 baths.
 
One of the largest financiers of the Revolutionary War, Haym Solomon, is said to have lived there.
 
With a new kitchen, living room and dining room, the home boats a beautiful old-brick design and an adjacent lot serves as a garden, unusual for the area to have that outdoor space.


125 Elfreth's Alley
For sale: $649,900

With 3,122 sq ft, this property is the newest and tallest house on the street, built in 1836.  It is divided into two units, one rented out.  Lower unit has 2 bedrooms,  2 1/2 baths, top unit has 2 bedrooms and 1 bath.

No interior photos available of this "vintage Philadelphia home," because a tenant still lives in the house.
 

109 Elfreth's Alley
Coming on the market soon: $650,000

In 2008 while a rear addition was being constructed, the home was abandoned. 

Vacant, problems arose including water infiltration, mold infestation and vandalism; it was foreclosed in 2010.  Renovations will soon be done and then it will be listed.


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