Airlite homes were built in the 1940’s and 1950’s. These homes were designed and built for soldiers returning from WWII during the Baby Boom years. The vast majority of these homes are attached rowhouses, though some are twins, with three bedrooms and a garage. Some airlites have been converted into two bedrooms to expand the 2nd floor bathroom and/or the bedrooms. Airlites range from about 1050 square feet up to around 1350 square feet. On average, they’re close to 1100 square feet. Airlite homes are more common in Roxborough than in Manayunk.
What’s an Airlite Home?
Most Airlites have a brick facade, though you can find some on the 500 block of Seville Street that have a more ornate facade representative of a Tudor style home. Airlites are typically set back from the street a bit more than older rowhouses. Most have some sort of a front yard but those with a garage on the front of the house will typically just have a driveway and a small area for plantings.
Airlite homes in Roxborough and Manayunk with front garages will usually have a back yard. Oftentimes, Airlite homes with a rear garage will back up to a shared driveway so if they have a back yard it’s usually separated from the house by the shared drive. Some Airlite homes have had a deck installed on the back of the house. Oftentimes, a sliding glass door has been installed to these decks which allow extra light to come into house.
Airlite style homes will usually have central air conditioning which is not something that you’ll always find in older rowhouses. Airlite homes without air conditioning can often be easily upgraded since these homes usually have ducts in place unlike many older homes that use radiators for heat.
Pros and Cons of Airlite Homes
Many home buyers love Airlite homes because of their affordability, air conditioning, and garages. These homes typically sell in the mid-$200,000’s in Roxborough & Manayunk. These homes offer a good amount of storage space compared to older homes. Many also have finished basements which allow for additional usable space.
A common concern about Airlite homes that I hear from home buyers is that they may outgrow the space sooner than expected, especially for the homes on the smaller side. Another common concern is the size of the smaller bedrooms. The third bedroom is the smallest. Most people consider it better for office space or a nursery rather than a functional bedroom. Some buyers tell me that the main floor in Airlite homes feels like an apartment or a condo due to the relatively low ceilings and the squarish layout (but some like that about the homes).
Airlite Homes for Sale in Roxborough & Manayunk
Here are the current Airlite homes for sale in Roxborough & Manayunk.