One would imagine that a fully stocked 500-bottle wine cooler in the basement would already make for a pretty Zen-like existence. But just in case you need a little more encouragement toward mindfulness, this Cecil Baker-designed Society Hill townhome offers both. Plus, there’s two-car garage parking to really ensure you never feel stressed trying to find a space in Society Hill.
Renovated in 2011, the corner property boasts natural light everywhere. In addition to the indoor-outdoor living space (more on that in a minute), there are windows on three sides of the home and a central light column. The first floor features a gourmet kitchen with the typical luxury finishes (a Viking stove, corian counter, cherry cabinetry). A-typical luxury finishes include two (two!) Asko dishwashers and a Kitchen Aide trash compactor. Off the kitchen and dining space is a living room with a wall of Nananwall doors that open to the Zen courtyard. That space boasts Brazilian Ipe wood and Mexican river stones along with a custom stainless steel waterfall. For entertaining, the space also features a built-in gas grill and a Bose surround system.
Upstairs, the master suite has a separate outdoor space of its own. The deck is adjacent to the floor-to-ceiling windows with electric blinds. The master bath includes a soaking tub and a separate shower with frameless door (a Zen koan all on its own) that has two body sprays. On the third floor there are two additional bedrooms plus another private deck. Obviously the fourth floor includes its own deck as well. Back down in the basement is a media room big enough to accommodate a separate gym as well as the aforementioned 500-bottle wine cooler.
THE FINE PRINT
Square feet: 4,200
Price: $1.95 million
640 Spruce Street, Philadelphia
Listing: 640 Spruce Street, Philadelphia, PA 19106