This once vacant Philadelphia property is now a decent, affordable home with three bedrooms, one bathroom, and approximately 1,200 square feet of living space. The new tenant is a single mother of two young children earning less than 120 percent of AMI. She moved to Philadelphia from Texas, where they were living with relatives in cramped conditions, to provide a more stable home life for her family. Now she is in a spacious home of her own, and also lives near a network of supportive family and friends.
NCST Community Buyer, Giller Realty, invested more than $40,000 in extensive renovations, including a new 15-year, low maintenance, energy efficient rubber roof. They encountered many obstacles in rehabbing this home to ensure it met city code and will provide a safe home for the new tenants. In addition to the new roof, all windows had to be replaced, existing mold had to be remediated, the entire electrical system was replaced, and they had to repair damaged subfloors.
They also removed and replaced all existing duct work, replaced the kitchen cabinets, countertops, and sink, updated the bathroom with a new toilet, vanity, and refinished bath tub, applied fresh paint and replaced flooring throughout, installed two new steel entry doors, and added exterior security lighting. Giller Realty installed a new appliance package which includes a washer and dryer.
This row home is located in an urban neighborhood, Juniata Park, in the North East section of Philadelphia. The community is known for its parks, and is convenient to shopping, public transportation, and schools.