Known for founding the beloved (and well-missed!) department store at 8th and Market, the Strawbridge family also constructed three large homes during the last few decades of the 19th century. One of the “Three Sisters” properties – a Queen Anne Victorian landmark in Mt. Airy – hit the market this week after a significant renovation process.
Owner Daniel Cohen reported that he worked with Lawrence McEwan for layout and structural architecture and Jamie Swidler for interior finishes and furnishings. Cohen himself acted as general contractor alongside Dean Coffin and Martin Madden. Renovations included installing ten zones of radiant heat over three hardwood floors as well as smart technology that will enable new owners to control HVAC functions, lighting and security remotely. There is also a sound system wired through most of the house.
On the first floor, the new kitchen includes a Wolf stove and SubZero refrigerator as well as double ovens and a large central island. A media room, mud room, dining room and living room round out the main floor. Upstairs the master suite has been expanded into an entire master wing, complete with bath, dressing room and plenty of closets. The second floor also includes a study (which the listing suggests might serve as another bedroom), as well as a full bath, an office and a laundry room. The third floor features three additional bedrooms and a knockout bathroom.
Outside the grounds are lush and lovely. Multiple seating areas abound, including an outdoor kitchen and dining space.
THE FINE PRINT
Square feet: 4,500
647 West Phil Ellena Street
TREND photos courtesy Elfant Wissahickon.
Listing: 647 West Phil Ellena Street, Philadelphia, PA 19119