Manayunk life: Big-city doings, small-city ambience

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This two-bedroom, 21/2-bath house at 235 Gates St. has bamboo floors in the dining and living rooms, along with new windows and an updated kitchen. There's a large backyard, too.

Its shops, restaurants and art spaces make this riverside locale a frequent nightlife destination. But its cozy streets also yield an intimate neighborhood experience.


$499,900

Philadelphia
235 Gates St.
Taxes: $1,507 (10-year tax abatement)

Rebuilt from the ground up, this two-bedroom, 21/2-bath house has bamboo floors in the living and dining rooms, new windows throughout, and an updated kitchen. The master bedroom has plenty of natural light thanks to skylights that provide a scenic view of a nearby church steeple.

Pros: The large backyard has lots of garden space, and the dead-end street allows for plenty of on-street parking.

Cons: The basement is unfinished.

Listing agent: Michael Steele, Re/Max Executive Realty; 610-527-4372.

$359,900

Philadelphia
4046 Main St.
Taxes: $1,124

This two-bedroom, 21/2-bath townhouse features custom exposed brick throughout and new wood floors on the first floor. The large master suite includes a sitting area and a full bath with a whirlpool tub. Laundry facilities are on the second floor.

Pros: A deck and a second-floor balcony overlook the Schuylkill.

Cons: The second-floor bedroom is a bit small.

Listing agent; Gwen Castellucci Murphy, Keller Williams Real Estate - Blue Bell; 215-327-7776.

$469,000

Philadelphia
111 Dawson St.
Taxes: $1,745

An artist's dream, this property includes a detached garage that is used as a studio and has its own kitchenette and full bath. The main house is a three-story Victorian with hardwood floors and an eat-in kitchen outfitted with granite and tile.

Pros: The garage can be used for essentially any purpose: art or dance studio, office, or storage for cars and more.

Cons: There's only one bathroom to go with the four bedrooms.

Listing agent: Deb Stanitz, Elfant Wissahickon; 215-487-3300, Ext. 455.

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