Gina Smith had grown up in the Olney section of Philadelphia, lived in Lansdale for 17 years, and then rented in Fishtown for about a year before finding the right city/suburban balance.

“I wanted a place that was a little bit city and a little bit suburban without being too far from either,” said Smith, a physical therapist.

The classic English Tudor in East Falls suited her perfectly. A bicyclist and paddleboarder, she liked that Kelly Drive and the Schuylkill were just a half-mile away. And the two-bedroom, one-bath house is just three blocks from the East Falls stop on SEPTA Regional Rail.

Since she bought the house in 2015, she said, “things have moved into the neighborhood. … A flower shop, a local deli, new construction.” The Falls of Schuylkill branch of the Free Library, renowned as a hub of community activity, is nearby.

The two-bedroom, one-bath house is just three blocks from the East Falls stop on SEPTA Regional Rail.
Oscar Mikols
The two-bedroom, one-bath house is just three blocks from the East Falls stop on SEPTA Regional Rail.

But a change in Smith’s circumstances — a merger with a partner and four pets — has caused her to move to nearby West Mount Airy.

The 1,120-square-foot house, built in 1943, is on a tree-lined side street in a historic area.

The living room has original hardwood floors, custom built-ins, coat closet, and cottage-style Tudor windows. The two bedrooms and a full bath are on the second floor.

The updated galley kitchen has stainless steel appliances, a custom designer sink, and a two-zone wine fridge. Access to the enclosed private rear patio is through the kitchen.

Access to the enclosed porch is through the kitchen.
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Access to the enclosed porch is through the kitchen.

The basement has ample storage space and a laundry area.

The home features natural gas radiant heat and recently added efficient zoned wall AC units on the second floor.

Other recent updates include a new front sidewalk and copper snowcaps added to the copper rain gutters.

The property is listed by Dave Marcolla at Keller Williams Real Estate-Newtown for $319,900.

The two bedrooms and a full bath are on the second floor.
Oscar Mikols
The two bedrooms and a full bath are on the second floor.