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Old 07-13-2007, 03:52 AM
 
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1: Are most Philly rowhouses private homes or 2 (or 3) seperate apartments? Does it depend on the neighborhood? Do they have basements? Which do you think are better made, the old school traditional rowhouses, or the new prefabricated construction rowhouses popping up (Not the single family ranch style crap you find on NBroad/WGirard, the ones that blend in)? Not style but it terms of structural integrity.

2: How much does the train fare cost these days? How good is the coverage (what parts of the city are walking distance to stations)? I've only been a visitor to Philly, never lived there.
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Old 07-15-2007, 03:31 AM
 
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for #2 SEPTA - all the train info

can't help with question 1 too much.
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Old 07-15-2007, 06:51 PM
 
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Thanks for the SEPTA site.

I think I answered some of the first question. Looking at diagrams for the homes, it seems when you rent you get the whole rowhouse. At least when it comes to the 2 story.

Still open questions:

-Do most have basements?
-Which do you think are better made, the old school traditional rowhouses, or the new prefabricated construction rowhouses popping up (Not the single family ranch style crap you find on NBroad/WGirard, the ones that blend in)? Not style but it terms of structural integrity.

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Old 07-15-2007, 07:36 PM
 
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most do have basements.
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Old 07-19-2007, 02:36 AM
 
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I would say just about everything in philly and the area will have a basement 90% of the time. and you probably could get a whole townhouse if you are looking on living on broad or girard is a dicey spot. hell if you are gonna rent you could probably just buy the darn thing.

if I had to choose I would take an old place if it was well maintained or my own, but new is new so the fixtures and floor etc will be in better shape most of the time...
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Old 07-24-2007, 11:56 PM
 
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Rowhouses were originally built as single-family homes, where you own the entire structure from the ground to the roof, and share party walls on both sides with your neighbors.

If you're looking at rentals however, a lot of rowhouses have been cut up into smaller apartments. So basically just look into it and visit the place to see what the situation is.

Most of the old housing stock in Philly is very solid and will last a long time. The problem is the "systems:" the wiring, plumbing, heating, etc. Older homes tend to have problems with these. The typical family in 2007 has a lot more electrical needs than people did in 1937, for instance. Old wiring can be unreliable.

When yuppies invade an old neighborhood they gut the inside of the houses, replace those old systems, and basically build a new interior with modern amenities. The houses are structurally-sound; it's the interior, creature comforts that some people will have a problem with.
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Old 07-25-2007, 01:26 AM
 
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Thanks for the responses.

I'm going to have to rent now but eventually I would like to own a home. Looks like a gut renovation is the way to go unless you live in new construction.
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