There’s always that one house in the neighborhood. It doesn’t quite fit. In a sea of rowhouses, with the architecture and the choice of paint rarely differentiating by much, this house stands out.
Sometimes it’s the color. Sometimes it’s a modern design. Sometimes it’s the size.
And sometimes it’s just a house decked out in bathroom tile for reasons unknown.
We asked for help finding some of these houses a couple weeks ago. Now, here they are, 12 impressive, out-of-place structures that add to Philadelphia’s trademark of being slightly weird.
Hellerman and Sackett, Mayfair
The entire Home Depot outdoor section spread across a couple of front yards.
Fitzwater and S. Randolph, Queen Village
Blue, red and yellow tiles all over. The flowers match the house, too.
Magee and Battersby, Mayfair
Vinyl siding looks a little different in a sea of brick, especially when you go for the Beetlejuice color scheme.
11th and Green, Eraserhood
The place is currently abandoned, just like the massive building overshadowing it (h/t @Eraserhood).
Montgomery and Frankford, Fishtown
The house isn’t as small as it looks. It’s just dwarfed by its very large neighbors.
17th and Catherine/Fitzwater, Graduate Hospital
This house is about as small as it looks.
Ditman and Gillingham, Frankford
The only thing better than a regular porch is a second-story porch (h/t Jim Smiley).
Thompson and Juniata, Bridesburg
Whoever says you can’t get the suburban feel in the city hasn’t been to this area of Bridesburg. There’s a whole block of suburban-esque houses. This one happens to have the massive yard and even the white picket fence.
42nd and Girard, West Philly
The sleek, modern look in the middle of an old row (h/t Jeff Deeney).
Montgomery and Memphis, Fishtown
The bathroom tile house.
10th and Waverly, Washington Square West
The brightest yellow you’ll find in Philly.
Philip and Titan, Pennsport
That’s a “Scream” mask in the lower left corner.
20th and Green, Fairmount
As a tipster noted on Facebook, this stretch of Green Street has houses that “look like they were airlifted from New Mexico.” They sure do!
Dauphin and Amber, Kensington
As ultra-modern as it gets. And apparently ultra-modern these days means almost no windows.