Renovated in 2006, the Queen Village three-bedroom at 917 S. Sixth Street had two decks, a yard, high ceilings, crown molding work, marble-tiled bathrooms, gas fireplace and finished basement with bar all for $500K. (See? we can still find homes that are cool and not in the seven digits!) Great idea with the built-in shelving above the closets in the bedroom (smart storage idea), but we find the vent over the door molding a bit messy. We are huge proponents of open showers, but usually never see them done in the city, unless the price tag is hefty (hefty hefty), so that only peaks our interest (the shower-head contraption and “decorative” glass blocks* in the second bathroom, however, deflates that interest immediately). The narrow living rooms common for Philadelphia townhomes always leave something to be desired, but for five Franklins and so much outdoor space, this is a great listing. —Caitlin Connors
*Using these Art Deco elements in new construction needs to stop immediately; it reminds us of public buildings and schools.