1936 Colonial Revival – Philadelphia, PA

SOLD / Archived From 2019
Added to OHD on 1/30/19   -   Last OHD Update: 3/16/19   -   24 Comments
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  • $220,000
  • 4 Bed
  • 2 full, 2 half Bath
  • 2629 Sq Ft
  • 0.17 Ac.
For the savvy investor-developer - An opportunity to restore this historic Wynnefield Colonial to its original grandeur. This is not a handyman special but deserves the hands of experienced craftsmen. One of four homes built by E.J. Frankel in the 1930's at the corner of 50th Street and Overbrook Ave. A three-story detached stone colonial offering: 4-bedrooms, 2-1/2 baths, 2-stone fireplaces, full basement, attached 2-car garage and much more. With the proper combination of vision and expertise, this property can regain its proper status among Wynnefield's finest.Start with the center hall main level, large living room, dining room, kitchen, sitting room, powder room and den/office area. The second level includes 4-large bedrooms and 2-full baths with an extra sitting/dressing room. Third attic level, approximately 18'x40' with a walk-in cedar closet offers many options. Located within 1-block walking distance of City Avenue and Bala Train Station , SJ University , PCOM , LA Fitness and Bala Shopping Center. Hard to find a location more convenient to the city and suburbs. This property is being offered for sale in AS-IS condition. The estate will make no repairs. The property will be cleaned out prior to closing. Showings by appointment.
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24 Comments on 1936 Colonial Revival – Philadelphia, PA

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  1. AvatarDeniseLynn says: 239 comments

    I am absolutely in love with the potential in this house! I hope the buyer carefully restores this tired, old beauty and that it doesn’t become a plasticized, modern flip. In my mind, I see the showpiece this house could be.

  2. AvatarStevenF says: 771 comments
    OHD Supporter

    1969 Regency
    Nashville, TN

    I expected much worse based on the description. It looks more tired than in need of a major overhaul. I’m a sucker for these PA stone houses.

    • AvatarjillieD says: 65 comments
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      1952 Ojai, CA

      Ditto StevenF’s remark. From the realtor’s copy it sounded uninhabitable. Maybe the seller is trying to ensure that someone sensitive and knowledgeable takes over this masterpiece.

    • AvatarPamela says: 24 comments

      Someone has loved this home for a very longtime. Rather sad to see it in this state…

  3. CoraCora says: 1894 comments
    OHD Supporter & Moderator

    Clinton, TN

    Imagining the groovy get-togethers that must have happened at that bar in the basement. ☮✌
    Looks like this house was so loved! It could be a showplace again. I get the feeling it could have been a one-owner.

  4. Avatarpeeweebc says: 858 comments
    OHD Supporter

    1885 Italianate.

    Elderly person’s home, makes me so sad. I bet it was once so full of life and good times. Let’s hope the right person/people come along!

  5. AvatarPatrick Walker says: 16 comments

    This is a very run down house?perhaps some person would love it again

  6. AvatarJo Ann G says: 64 comments

    I agree with the other comments. This house does not look like it is in as bad condition as the realtor thinks. There is certainly lots and lots of stuff that needs to be moved out but the house itself looks like it was pretty well cared for. With possible exception of that garage and maybe basement. Slate roof is a treasure. Hope they can find a qualified person the repair it. This would be a bargain for the right person assuming there is not something like total electric or plumbing replacement needed.

    • Lancaster JohnLancaster John says: 563 comments
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      1875 Victorian Farmhouse
      Lancaster, PA,

      We have several Amish owned firms in this area who repair and even install new slate roofs. But here’s an odd story, I once tried to insure my Grandmother’s home (still with it’s original 1925 slate roof) with a large name-brand american insurance company. They refused to insure a house with a slate roof. Lots of homes in this region have slate. I still cannot fathom why — fireproof, lasts 100+ years, etc. So I had to go with a small local company (which actually I prefer anyway).

      • Michaeljoe62Michaeljoe62 says: 34 comments
        1941 Cape Cod

        Same here. The slate roof on our previous home was listed as “past its lifetime” on the bank’s inspection. Our guy did the needed repairs here and there and said it had 90 years left. 🙂

      • MichaelMichael says: 1309 comments

        I can’t understand the thinking of not insuring a slate roof. The slate actually looks in good shape and still has a long life ahead of it. The flashing, however has probabaly reached it’s limit and will most likely need to be replaced. What is not to love about this house. It even looks as if it has the original gutters!

  7. AvatarKrysta says: 16 comments

    It hurt my heart to look at these pictures.
    At first I thought, “Wow! This is so much better than I thought it was going to be!”
    Then, I thought, “Wow, it’s been totally 1960’d… or something… and so much pink.”
    Then, “Rip up the carpet. Worry about the tile later.”
    Then, “Oh. All the shopping bags. 🙁 Dang.”
    I sold my mom’s house with seven full closets of clothing, much of it with price tags on it. Fully furnished except for furniture family took. Cabinets packed full of dishware and even food. I didn’t even look in the attic. My mom was a shopaholic. These pictures brought back those memories.
    Her 1920s Houston ranch-style house is absolutely gorgeous now after a new owner and creative remodeling came along… I hope this beautifully-boned creature has the same future. So much potential.

  8. AvatarSJM says: 1 comments

    There’s a story here. Would love to know the details. Definitely an elderly person. That bar! Wow!

    • Lancaster JohnLancaster John says: 563 comments
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      1875 Victorian Farmhouse
      Lancaster, PA,

      This area of Philadelphia went through a rough period but is now well on the way back. I’m thinking that it is quite possible that the owner may not have been able to sell it (without taking a loss) for quite a few years and might also explain why more money was not invested to update it over the years.

  9. AvatarBethany otto says: 2663 comments
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    Escondido, CA

    I think this might be one of the best realtor lines I’ve ever seen in a listing: “This is not a handyman special but deserves the hands of experienced craftsmen. “

    • AvatarHandymam says: 66 comments

      I actually found that line to be a big turn off. It is condescending to the many homeowners that have a lot of good skills they have learned by taking the time to learn how to do a job themself. Honestly, most of what this house needs is a lot of flooring and painting/wall repairs. (Well, and a clearing out of things, like the car!) Whether or not one keeps the vintage stuff is a matter of taste. I think someone with a classic sense of style could make this house quite lovely without “modernizing” it into whatever is in at the moment.

      • Kelly, OHDKelly, OHD says: 10365 comments

        1901 Folk Victorian
        Chestatee, GA

        I’ve always told people that listings are never as good or as bad as they seem from listing photos. Although I rarely allow armchair inspections for the bad, deciding there’s not much to be done is equally not a good thing to do by looking at listing photos. You can’t say what needs to be done by looking at what we see in the photos.

  10. AvatarLooley says: 33 comments

    Perhaps the property should have been “cleaned out prior to” (or at least cleaned up prior to) taking pictures? As a potential buyer, I’d want to see what’s behind and under all that stuff.

    • Avatarzoomey says: 501 comments

      It could be a very elderly person who is reluctant to leave. I’ve witnessed this type of thing firsthand. Some people don’t want their stuff touched! I don’t think it’s dysfunction necessarily. It’s probably age and infirmity.

  11. Michaeljoe62Michaeljoe62 says: 34 comments
    1941 Cape Cod

    The kitchen and the basement bar. Are. Every. Thing. <3

  12. AvatarJessica says: 5 comments

    This house looks beautiful but, like other commenters said, tired. I know the 1960s updates aren’t for everyone, but I love them. They’re part of the house’s history too, now.

  13. BethsterBethster says: 805 comments
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    1927 Spanish
    NY (house is in VA), NY

    First, let’s get my “normal” comments out of the way: I love that blue bathroom tile! So many nice arches!

    Aside from seeing nice details and potential, I felt so sad looking at these photos, and curious about who lived there. I found this page on a City of Philadelphia site. The owner bought it in 1964. (Separately, I found that he was a doctor and died in 2016.) The report on the condition of the house makes it sound worse than it looks. Maybe the damage mentioned was in areas of the house not pictured, or maybe some has been fixed? Whichever, I think it may have been unoccupied for some time.



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