Two Spring Garden fixer uppers get some TLC

HOMP_Loonstyn_0424 The corner of 21st and Spring Garden is getting a makeover.
Credit: Joe Loonstyn

You may have noticed a few renovations taking place in Fairmount. Among them are the adjacent multi-family buildings at 21st and Spring Garden. The crew at Loonstyn Properties, also responsible for fixing up and renting out several buildings in the Fairmount and Art Museum area, has been working to turn the charming buildings into one bedroom rentals designed for the young professionals that continue to move into the neighborhood.

Bill Loonstyn, president of the property company, will be the first to tell you that 2101 and 2103 Spring Garden St., though classic in their design, were both crying out for attention.

“They are two great buildings in a terrific location, but they were in need of restoration,” says Loonstyn. “We are leveling the floors, repairing any structural deficiencies, replacing the mechanical systems and installing all high-end finishes in order to bring the buildings back to their former glory.”

That “former glory” dates way, way back, like many of the city’s homes. We’re talking 1800s. A home that old is full of character and, in more cases than not, flaws. Loonstyn Properties has been working to keep the buildings’ historic vibe while sbringing everything up to par for renters.

“We’re cleaning and fixing the building exteriors and installing all new windows, new HVAC, plumbing, electrical and roofing systems, new hardwood floors, appliances, cabinets, and bathrooms,” Loonstyn says. It’s a laundry list of upgrades to complete, but Loonstyn seems to have things well underway. The expected completion date is August.

That date works perfectly for the area’s burgeoning enclave of grad students, yet doesn’t leave out the young professionals who can walk to work in Center City.

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