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January 03, 2017

Would you live in a former funeral home?

House for sale in Port Richmond used to be a mortuary

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This former funeral home at 2656 E. Thompson St. in Port Richmond is up for sale.

Last week, a friend of mine told me a story about how he used to have a recurring dream as a kid that an elderly figure would be standing over his bed, staring at him. It was only in adulthood that his mother informed him an old woman had died in the room before his family had moved in. 

Creepy, right?

Well, take that goose bump-y feeling and multiply it to the nth degree if you're interested in buying this home in Port Richmond. The reason: It's a former funeral home.

The listing on Estately advertises the house at 2656 E. Thompson St. as a fixer-upper. Still listed as a funeral home on Philadelphia property records, the unit used to be the home of the Hendrickson H Louis Undertaker, according to online records.

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The living room in the former funeral home at 2656 E. Thompson St. in Port Richmond.

Here's the home's description, via the Estately listing:

Attention developers/investors! Desireable (sic) area for developing this property currently owned and operated as a funeral home. Transform this property into a gem in one of the hottest areas in the city. First floor vestibule entrance, large open floor span with office space, two half baths, and storage room. Second floor bi level apartment with large living room, dining room, half bath and laundry area, kitchen and a bonus room leading to rear deck with access to yard and garage. Third floor, three nice sized bedrooms and full bath. Property extends street to street.

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The viewing room in the former funeral home at 2656 E. Thompson St. in Port Richmond.

Built in 1921, the house is currently available for $450,000. Photos of the interior show the remnants of a funeral parlor, including an office and a viewing room.

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Inside the former funeral home at 2656 E. Thompson St. in Port Richmond.

Nothing on the listing mentions anything about lingering spirits. But we can just assume those are included, right?

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The backyard of the former funeral home at 2656 E. Thompson St. in Port Richmond.

You can view the full listing, including more photos, here.

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