Jawdropper of the Week

A Sunny Retreat in Fishtown for $850K

This secluded home combines an industrial-chic look with a Mediterranean feel.

1242-44 Susquehanna Ave. #2, Philadelphia, Pa. 19125 | TREND images via Coldwell Banker Preferred

The courtyard home is quite common in the sunny climes of the Mediterranean countries, but it’s a rare find here in Philadelphia.

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We found one that will surely lift your spirits the moment you turn down the cobblestone lane that leads to it.

This Fishtown home came into existence in 2005, clearly fashioned from the bones of what was probably some sort of carriage house, workshop or light industrial structure. Whatever was here before left a fantastic framework upon which to hang a one-of-a-kind home.

That cobblestone lane leads to a covered parking space and the gate to a flagstone courtyard with a built-in smoker. On one side of the courtyard are the double doors that form the entrance to the spacious main living area. The exposed beams, columns and brick give the space a warm and welcoming feel, enhanced by the gas fireplace at the far end of the room.

Across the courtyard from the front door is a wall of sliding glass doors that flood the eat-in kitchen with natural light. Your guests will enjoy the show you put on for them as you prepare meals on the commercial-grade range against a backdrop of Moroccan tile, custom frosted-glass cabinets and exposed brick. The wine fridge will please your inner sommelier.

A mud room/laundry/pantry connects the kitchen to the parking space, and there’s a powder room between the living room and kitchen.

Two of the three bedrooms upstairs also have exposed-beam ceilings and share a Jack and Jill bath. The third is the sunny master bedroom, a few steps up from the other two. It features a tile bath with whirlpool tub and its own private deck overlooking the courtyard.

Your in-city getaway couldn’t be more conveniently situated. You’re a block away from Girard Avenue, Fishtown’s main drag. Turn right and you can stroll down the avenue, experience its shops and restaurants, and catch the Route 15 trolley; turn left and you can hop onto I-95 to get to the airport or points further away. (You can get to Center City this way too, but we recommend SEPTA to avoid the rush-hour traffic jams.)

THE FINE PRINT

BEDS: 3

BATHS: 2 full, 1 half

SQUARE FEET: 2,834

SALE PRICE: $850,000



1242-44 Susquehanna Ave. #2, Philadelphia, Pa. 19125 [Frances “Francesca” Prieto | Coldwell Banker Preferred]


Sandy Smith Home and Real Estate Editor @MarketStEl
ssmith@phillymag.com