SoPhilly Spotlight: Rocky Edition

Located at 2104 S. 12th St., this week’s SoPhilly Spotlight is a renovated 3 bedroom, 2 bathroom home that also happens to have some connections to Philadelphia’s favorite underdog, Rocky Balboa.


In addition to the cool “Rocky” history, the home itself has gone through quite a renovation to become what it looks like today. Here’s a look at the home prior to the updates:

The discolored wallpaper and carpeting throughout is quite a frightening sight.

And after:

The ugly wallpaper and carpeting have since been removed for a more polished look throughout

Ok, now to the “Rocky” connection. In “Rocky,” it’s stated that Little Marie’s hangout is the Atomic Hoagie Shop. Well, the Atomic Hoagie Shop from the film happens to be located just across the street from this home. The location of the shop has been frequently mistaken over the years as being in Kensington in a building that resembles it, but actually, it’s located here in South Philly at the corner of 12th and Cantrell.


The block the home is located on was also shown in the scene where Rocky walks Little Marie home. 

Today, the Atomic Hoagie Shop might be gone, but other cool things are moving into the neighborhood, like the Artisan Lofts that are coming to the old paintbrush factory location at 12th and Jackson.

According to the listing from Coldwell Banker:

This is a lifestyle meant to be enjoyed. Completely renovated 15 Ft. Wide/ 1200+ Sq. Ft. South Philly Row offers new hardwood floors, new windows, totally remodeled kitchen new appliances, new electrical and plumbing. Enter through the vestibule and feel how spacious the home is with the open floor plan and high ceilings.




Combination Living and Dining room with beautiful hardwoods open to Large Modern Kitchen with plenty of storage. An exit door off kitchen to the Large Patio and Pergola area great for entertaining.

A look at the kitchen prior to the renovations
After the renovation, the space looks much more polished


Before: the outdoor space clearly needed a lot of work
After: the backyard is now a perfect space for entertaining






Large finished basement presently being used for storage. The basement offers a Full Second Bath and Laundry area with washer and dryer. The homes location offers many conveniences, close proximity to various modes of public transportation (BSL, 23 and 79), beautiful parks, walking distance to Passyunk Ave. Close to premier educational and medical facilities, and let’s not forget close to Philadelphia Sports arenas. Located on the block is a retired Paintbrush factory that has city approval to convert to High end Apartments known as the Artisan Lofts with its own parking for the owners. Opportunity knocks come see this home for yourself and all it has to offer. Move in Ready !

The realtor, Jean Zantapoulos of Havertown Sales, can be reached at 610-853-2700 or 484-645-1644.

What do you think of this home’s renovations?

–Taylor Farnsworth, @tfarnsworth3

4 thoughts on “SoPhilly Spotlight: Rocky Edition

  • November 17, 2014 at 1:09 am

    Its a shame whoever buys it is going to have to deal with the overcrowding sure to occur after they jam an overabundance of renters in the new overambitious brush factory development.

  • November 17, 2014 at 9:51 am

    Eek, another sectional sofa!

    It’s a nice house and the backyard is larger than average. The bedrooms look spacious too. The bathrooms, especially the one in the basement, seem to be in need of updating.

    • November 17, 2014 at 10:39 am

      Hey Constance,

      I was just about to say the same thing! What is the obsession with oversized sectionals. There are some really slick sectionals out there that don’t take up nearly that kinda of room.

      • November 18, 2014 at 1:38 pm

        Hiya Lee!

        The biggest problem with sectionals is the lack of flexibility. Once it’s in position there is no other place to put it so no rearranging of furniture. Plus it doesn’t offer more seating as a sofa and loveseat or a sofa and two chairs. Most adults will sit on the ends so they get the arm. And few people will want to sit on that corner piece.

        I guess they’re good for sleeping or if there are children in the house.

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