Society Hill Home on Corner of St. Peters Way Listed for Just Under $3M

This four-bedroom, almost 4,000-square-foot house is an absolute beauty bordering an absolutely beautiful street–though St. Peters Way isn’t exactly a typical urban thoroughfare. Named for its connection to St. Peter’s Church, it’s more of a “pedestrian lane,” as Philly-based novelist Ken Kalfus referred to it in a New York Times article about Philadelphia streets.

PlanPhilly’s Ashley Hahn also called attention to it in a piece about Ed Bacon Greenways, which Bacon put in the Society Hill master plan to facilitate pedestrian travel between historic sites.

To give a sense of where this is, here’s one walk Hahn recommends:

Start at 4th and Locust and walk east down St. James Place to I.M. Pei’s mod townhouses surrounding a circular garden. Then turn right (south) to walk down St. Joseph’s Way. There’s a park nook to your left and an historic interior court of houses to the right. Cross Spruce and St. Joseph’s Way becomes St. Peter’s Way. St. Peter’s leads you through another mixed historic and modern block to Three Bears Park (aka Delancey Park), a space designed by John Collins.

There was controversy over Bacon’s initial plan, however, but its eventual resolution led to the restoration of some historical houses–perhaps this corner home, which was built in 1827.

The house faces St. Peter’s Church and its gardens. It has incredibly rich hardwood floors, five fireplaces, spacious rooms, a high-end kitchen, a garden with a fountain, some remarkable ceilings, and a modern claw-foot tub in one of its five-and-a-half bathrooms.

There’s paid parking through 2015, and a tax abatement in place for a year. The current asking price is $2.275 million.



• 319 Pine Street, Philadelphia PA [Redfin]

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  • edrO

    Solid analysis as per usual Shiel … I get so frustrated with lazy pundits overstating the obvious in their best Maddenesque “the team that scores the most will probably win.” I truly expect growing pains while Chip gets this team straight; however, it is so refreshing to see such a forward-thinking common sense approach, early struggles be damned.

  • Nunya

    Solid analysis as per usual Shiel … I get so frustrated with lazy pundits overstating the obvious in their best Maddenesque “the team that scores the most will probably win.” I truly expect growing pains while Chip gets this team straight; however, it is so refreshing to see such a forward-thinking common sense approach, early struggles be damned.

  • Dr Rick

    Quote of the article: “And given that Kelly seems obsessed with exploring every advantage he can provide to his players,,,”
    And that’s EXACTLY why I think this club is going to have a good season, and why the players are buying in. When you have a coaching staff interested in finding every advantage possible for players to succeed that is golden. We may or may not do as well as I think (9-7), but it should at least be fun. With all the emphasis on contracts and salaries, it’s good to remember that these individuals do what they do because they love to play the game. With talented players, coaches who understand how to coach, and a committed fan base, Sheil and Tim should have a lot to report on this year!

    PS Someone here in the Seattle area should take a page from Tim and Sheil and start a Seahawks daily page. You guys set the standard for good reporting.

    • G_WallyHunter

      I agree with this amazing quality of journalism, can’t be beat as far as the Eagles go.
      I hope you’re right about the Eagles, I have the same feelings. This doesn’t appear to be a flop-in-the-making… it’s on a whole other level, and I’m not just saying that as an incredibly biased Eagles fan

  • Rick Lindquist

    Quote of the article: “And given that Kelly seems obsessed with exploring every advantage he can provide to his players,,,”
    And that’s EXACTLY why I think this club is going to have a good season, and why the players are buying in. When you have a coaching staff interested in finding every advantage possible for players to succeed that is golden. We may or may not do as well as I think (9-7), but it should at least be fun. With all the emphasis on contracts and salaries, it’s good to remember that these individuals do what they do because they love to play the game. With talented players, coaches who understand how to coach, and a committed fan base, Sheil and Tim should have a lot to report on this year!

    PS Someone here in the Seattle area should take a page from Tim and Sheil and start a Seahawks daily page. You guys set the standard for good reporting.

    • G_WallyHunter

      I agree with this amazing quality of journalism, can’t be beat as far as the Eagles go.
      I hope you’re right about the Eagles, I have the same feelings. This doesn’t appear to be a flop-in-the-making… it’s on a whole other level, and I’m not just saying that as an incredibly biased Eagles fan

  • Phils Goodman

    Good stuff Sheil. I’m glad I don’t have to take Chip at his word here. He’s being coy.

  • Phils Goodman

    Good stuff Sheil. I’m glad I don’t have to take Chip at his word here. He’s being coy.

  • xlGmanlx

    Dion Jordon signs…any word on offset language?

    • http://www.philthycanuck.com/ Adam

      Miami got the language. They gave Jordan more upfront money in bonus rather than deferred. Safe to assume Johnson will follow suit, which is good as it means he’ll likely report Monday rather than Thurs/Fri.

  • Maggie

    Mentioned yesterday about watching some old Steelers film. Maybe some of their philosophies have drifted across the state? The defense and offense were constantly congratulating each other on good play, players did NOT prance around the field screeching, “Look at me Mommy. Look at me-e-e-e. I caught the ball, Mommy!” or “Look at me-e-e-e, me, me, me. I made a TACKLE!” They followed their Head Coach’s saying, “Whatever it takes”. Sounds like old Chip has been looking at the same film.

  • Maggie

    Mentioned yesterday about watching some old Steelers film. Maybe some of their philosophies have drifted across the state? The defense and offense were constantly congratulating each other on good play, players did NOT prance around the field screeching, “Look at me Mommy. Look at me-e-e-e. I caught the ball, Mommy!” or “Look at me-e-e-e, me, me, me. I made a TACKLE!” They followed their Head Coach’s saying, “Whatever it takes”. Sounds like old Chip has been looking at the same film.

  • Philly0312

    And for all the people who said we should sign him without offset…obviously Howie knew what he was doing. This is the exact type of deal Dion Jordan will sign, and its exactly what Tannehill signed last year. Without a deferred bonus the smart player can have his money working for him much faster.

    • Jack Waggoner

      Seems to me that deferred bonus is a bigger deal than offset language, but I don’t usually hear about people holding out over it.

      Offset language winds up affecting only those 1st rounders who don’t make it through their rookie contracts, and that is probably less than 10% of them. And the amount of offset is likely to be minimum salary, or about 600K.

      • Philly0312

        The schedule of payment and offset language are the only negotiable terms. Some have indicated an agent who allows offset for their clients contract should be fired. The Eagles risk the same amount of money regardless of how they schedule payments, so giving a non deferred bonus isn’t a big deal, just a lower cap figure in future years. While the need for offset is a rare situation, the Eagles have created a situation where theyve exchanged lower cap risk long term and lower cap figures in future years, for the risk of giving a kid 13 mil in year 1 and hoping it doesnt go to his head. Hopefully it doesnt, but ifbit does it would have eventually.

        • Jack Waggoner

          Yep. Deferred would be something you’d want to have in a contract if you drafted someone who was apt to blow all of his money at once, to protect the player from self destructing.

          • Philly0312

            Yeah my gut says that risk is low. Seems like a good kid from all reports.

  • eagle60

    Off the top of my head, I can give you 12.8 million reasons why the kid should sign the contract!

  • GEagle

    Thank You Dion…Thank you Howie, Thank you Lane…..Let’s start Mauling Dends!!
    This is HUGE news. gettin thins kid in camp on Monday is awesome news.I love drafting a big Oaf from Texas who just lives football. This kid is married, and has done anything that’s ever been asked of him by a coach so that he could play some football. I wouldn’t be worried about the Offset language if I were Lane. I kid that Big and Strong, who isn’t even done growing yet, and might be one of the few players on this earth that can match JPs athleticism, Who had played the game through the eyes of a DE and a QB, is going to figure it out and get his money. Lane won’t be getting drunk partying in old city, or cursing his baby mama out on Twitter. heck of an investment this kid is!!!….Going to bump some “all my exes live in Texas” in celebration of Lane Johnson Day

  • GEagle

    WTF is Patrick Dougherty talking about?

  • GEagle

    I love the oppinion that Vick will win the starting Job and then lose it….hahaha, unless Vick is lights out to the point that you expect to be successful with him, he isn’t going to start!!! he won’t play if he is barely scraping past Foles or Barkley…As someone who hates watching Vick attempt to act like a QB, I will be excited if he is named the starter because I trust Chip, and that means he sees something in the way Vick is playing…I kow that Vick won’t get to coast through the preseason and be awarded a job, and I trust chip to make the right decision….My only hope for this battle is that one of the QBs(whoever) performs head and shoulders above the rest….Nothing would ruin this season more for me then a year long QB controversy….with that said, I’m down to cut Vick like yesterday!! Lol

    • MV7

      Go ahead and buy your tissues in advance because Vick will win this job

      • BrickSquadMonopoly

        Its a forgone conclusion

  • PaoliBulldog

    Hmm. Turnovers are accomplished by the defense; points off turnovers are accomplished by the offense. But from the offense’s perspective, a possession is a possession is a possession. It doesn’t matter whether that possession results from a turnover instead of a punt, kickoff or on downs. Obviously a coach wants to turn every turnover into a TD, and a team that creates a lot of turnovers AND scores off them will win a lot of games. But I don’t see how this statistic would help predict future performance.

  • PaoliBulldog

    Hmm. Turnovers are accomplished by the defense; points off turnovers are accomplished by the offense. But from the offense’s perspective, a possession is a possession is a possession. It doesn’t matter whether that possession results from a turnover instead of a punt, kickoff or on downs. Obviously a coach wants to turn every turnover into a TD, and a team that creates a lot of turnovers AND scores off them will win a lot of games. But I don’t see how this statistic would help predict future performance.

  • Gary

    “[Vick]’s the favorite because of his salary and experience, but Foles has a legitimate chance. ”

    That may make Vick the favorite in the national media’s eyes, but I don’t see Chip thinking about experience and salary when evaluating the practice tape. If anything, Foles’ lower salary helps him.

  • GEagle

    I got to ask a high up in the Eagles organization(the business side of the organization) some off the record questions this morning, and while I wont repeat anything he said to me…the last question I asked him was if we would be changing colors and jerseys anytime soon,,,and he wouldn’t answer the question( this was the only question he wouldnt answer)..he just gave me this look like “Oh it’s coming!!!”

  • Cj Martin

    I was thinking the same daugherty is clueless!

  • Weapon Y

    We’ll know by the end of the first week if Barkley has a real chance of being the starter. If he hasn’t gotten reps with the 1’s by that time, he’ll be too far behind. Chip likes to keep things close to the vest, so we won’t know who he truly likes better between Vick and Foles (and possibly Barkley) for awhile. The first preseason game against the Patriots will force Chip to send one of them into the huddle at the beginning of the game, and thus give us a clue on who the true leader in the competition is. If he follows his precedents at Oregon, we won’t know for sure until the preseason games end.

    Also, I can’t wait to see the reaction of all the ESPN talking heads if/when Vick loses the competition.

    • Dustan M. Howell

      Barkley is better than Foles. He might push for the number 2 job.

  • zbone95

    Analytics, math, sports science and SIMPLE LOGIC! Reid tried to outsmart everyone and ended up failing. I love Chip he is dead on the money on using simple logic. I can’t wait to see him coach a chess match.

  • zbone95

    Analytics, math, sports science and SIMPLE LOGIC! Reid tried to outsmart everyone and ended up failing. I love Chip he is dead on the money on using simple logic. I can’t wait to see him coach a chess match.

  • G_WallyHunter

    Thanks for the year of goodness, you two cannot be appreciated enough for your superb journalism and fair analysis… really can’t be beat. When this many fans are praising your work, it means something. Just promise not to take that big-wig promotion any time soon….

  • GEagle

    “Let’s get it on”….Love what Brandan Hana had to say…looking forward to a band of brothers who will make sacrifices for team success…the Patriot way lol

  • http://www.philthycanuck.com/ Adam

    Congrats for the first year, and hopefully many more in the future! Would love to see some numbers on the difference of readers between then and now.. bet you it’s quite a big leap! Best Birds source around.

    Now, when does the podcast start again?!

  • MV7

    If we have some luck with health, we have a chance to make the playoffs. Great site

    • Dutch

      That’s pretty much a given considering Vick in games started and completed in the NFC East is 9-1 over the last 3 years. In my opinion the barometer of how well Kelly is doing in this transition will relate to where the Eagles are in the division race in December. The Eagles have pretty much dominated the regular season in the East the last few seasons and to not be in a similar position late this season would not be a good showing for Kelly provide we remain healthy.

      • GEagle

        You two are soulmates!!! Lol

        • MV7

          We can’t support who we want now?

  • Johnny Domino

    Congratulations on your first of hopefully many years, nothing like this available before or since.

    When we arrive on Sunday, where will we find the 24/7 hospitality tent?

  • cliff henny

    great to have the Eagles back. now, please baby jesus, no non-contact injuries! saw where cowboys lost Crawford, and put both starting guards on IR. love to see the cowboys have a starting o-line of Free and Bell at T, 2 back-up G’s, and that rookie center. maybe the injury bad juju has moved onto Texas(knock on wood)

    Sheil and Tim, thanks for a great site. For an avid fan that’s moved out of town, easily my 1st stop to get my Eagles fix. sure for those in philly it is also, anything has to be better than cataldi and hughes. got sucked into a podcaste the other day, they are just gawd awful

  • EaglefaninAZ

    24-7 has been my first stop for info since it’s inception. Thanks again, guys!
    As far as camp goes, I’m most looking forward to the guys we haven’t really seen yet. Ertz, Poyer, and Casey. Second to that for me would be the whole quarterback thingy. :)

  • Explorer51

    Can’t imagine where an Eagles’ fan would be w/o Birds 24/7! You and Sheil make a great team, congrats on your first year!

  • Birds24/7

    Thank God, Eagles Football is Finally Here!

  • Benzino

    FLY EAGLES FLY, ON THE ROAD TO VICTORY
    E-A-G-L-E-S EAGLES !!!!

  • zbone95

    Does anyone have 2 front row tickets for the July 28 Practice??? I have 2 front row 122 tickets for August 26 that I would gladly trade for the July 28 tickets. Please email me at zbone95@gmail.com

  • Max Lightfoot

    I suspect that Kelly will be a player’s coach, but different from Andy Reid in that Chip will not hold players’ hands or take them aside to tell them privately that they’ll be starting. He’ll keep everyone guessing until the last minute. Chip will not be worried about individual egos as much as the team’s overall mindset. We’ll see how that works through out training camp and the preseason (practice) games. There may be ulcers for some, but it will be interesting, to say the least.

  • Maggie

    While this site is great and also my first stop most days, I have to wonder about all the of the sports “writers” out there. Every single one of them seems convinced that Kelly will do everything EXACTLY THE SAME as he did with his university team. Never mind that the guy is smart, never mind all the seasoned NFL coordinators and position coaches he has working with him. Nope, Chip Kelly will run the NFL Eagles just like the University of Oregon Ducks. Strange, I always thought writers were creative and original thinkers.

  • Dan

    Great first year guys! Here’s to the second!