We usually crow about the views from decadent terraces and panoramic roof decks. And frankly, spiral staircases usually conjure more wrought iron and kitch than mid-century mod. At this Frank Weise-designed Wash West rowhouse, the best view is indoors, looking up from the living room.
While the home does offer a perfectly darling patio out back, the clear focal point for sunlight is the home’s soaring spiral staircase. It is lit by a wall of windows that climbs nearly to the cathedral ceilings and provides light throughout the home. The fireplace adjacent to the staircase climbs just as high and provides almost as much drama. The listing cites an unfinished attic space as offering the usual skyline views if you’re still not satisfied.
The master suite fills most of the second floor and two additional bedrooms are on the third floor. A finished suite in the basement means options for guests or an au pair. We're not going to sugarcoat it, though: the bathrooms have a ways to go before they catch up to the gasp-worthy staircase.
THE FINE PRINT
Square feet: 1,750
1214 Pine Street, Philadelphia
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