OK, so it’s not quite James Bond’s Murphy bed but the hideaway bed in this artist-designed loft is still pretty cool. The stainless steel partition was created by a local artist specifically to stow the queen-sized Murphy bed and divide the open space into a living area and a master bedroom area.
The rest of the loft exudes the same sense of sophistication. The building was once a garment factory and this unit – which is actually the result of joining two neighbor units – retains industrial details including timbered pine beams, original maple floors and exposed brick walls. Combining two units into one has created a massive, 2,030 square foot space. The listing suggests that buyers could consider turning it into a small design firm or even creating three additional bedrooms and two additional baths.
The kitchen has been kitted out with luxury finishes from Bulthaup, Gaggenau, GE Profile, Bosch, Bertazzoni and Cavaliere. The Bultaup workbench - a collector's item fancy enough that it's included in the Museum of Modern Art - includes dual prep sinks, cutting boards and a cooktop in one piece. The bathroom features similar luxuries and is finished in Corian and stainless steel with Kroin faucets and Grohe shower fixtures. Outside, the promise of a park at the Reading Viaduct beckons.
THE FINE PRINT
Square feet: 2,028
429 N. 13th Street, Philadelphia
Listing: 429 N. 13th Street, Philadelphia, PA 19123