Sold: The Perplexing Pine Street Row House in Washington Square West

919 Spruce St, Philadelphia, PA, 19107

919 Spruce St, Philadelphia, PA, 19107

It baffled us when it was first listed and it baffles us now. Not in a negative way, but more like a genuine curiosity about how one would use this multifaceted property.

As Shannon Rooney put it then:

From Pine Street, this home looks like your standard century-old Wash West rowhouse. But inside, it begins to look like something else entirely. There’s a first floor that resembles a hobbit house, upstairs floors with massive skylight access, a fourth-floor master suite with jacuzzi and portico and a basement apartment fit for in-laws or any other people you’d like to charge rent. That’s a lot going on for one property.

Indeed. And yet, it sold a few days ago for $750,000 (a full $145,000 lower than its original asking price.) How the new owners will make use of each floor, we have no idea, but perhaps they’ll take Shannon’s advice and rent out the basement apartment or build a roof deck so that the master suite skylight, which can be reached by ladder, is put to use.

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New Listing: Another Society Hill Contemporary Designed by I.M. Pei

237 S 3rd St, Philadelphia, PA, 19106

237 S 3rd St, Philadelphia, PA, 19106

Days after finding out one of I.M. Pei’s oeuvres was back on the market, this time as a rental, we now discover another one of his works is for sale. In true Pei style, this 1963 townhouse has a boxy construction with plenty of light-friendly openings, the most notable being the sky-lit circular staircase.

Hardwood floors are featured throughout, but the second-level living area includes built-in shelves, wood-burning fireplace and a Juliet balcony. (There’s also a den here, which can serve as a third bedroom.) The kitchen is on the first floor and boasts butcher block counters, double sink, trash compactor and GE double ovens, while the neighboring dining room vaunts four panel glass doors that open to a brick paved garden with access to gated parking nearby.

Gallery below.

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Main Line Monday: Custom-Designed Residential Gem in Radnor Has a Secret

317 Edgehill Rd, Wayne, PA, 19087

317 Edgehill Rd, Wayne, PA, 19087

You wouldn’t think this four-acre Main Line residence had any surprises in store for us since it starts out simple enough: two picturesque speakeasy doors leading into an impressive foyer, wrought iron staircase, random width floors, even period fireplaces in the living and dining rooms.

The kitchen, too, boasts amenities akin to homes of this caliber: stainless steel appliances, marble island, walk-in pantry and a bonus desk area. Trussed beams and a wet bar mudroom are family room features, while extra miscellaneous rooms include a library, wine cellar and au-pair suite above one of the garages.

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Sold for $4.37 Million: Villanova’s “Conamara” Estate

TREND photo via Realtor.com

TREND photo via Realtor.com

The magnificent 10-acre Villanova estate called “Conamara” was once the home of Hope Montgomery Scott, the original Tracy Lord from The Philadelphia Story. This alone should give a hint of the home’s pedigree, but suffice it to say that both its interior and outdoor amenities will leave you breathless.

Listed this July, the home was quickly pending sale in August for a whopping $5.25 million. The property was then brought down to and sold for $4,374,000. Luxe features include tennis court, home movie theater and floor-to-ceiling mahogany library.

Check out the gallery below…

Pending Sale: The Elegant Fairmount Victorian on Green Street

2114 Green St, Philadelphia, PA, 19130

2114 Green St, Philadelphia, PA, 19130

According to Redfin, the first City House of the Week we featured in Philadelphia Sunday is about to leave the market. Oh, how they grow up so fast! *tear* (No, seriously. It was only just listed in November.)

For whoever is in the process of buying the home: Excellent choice. You’ll be moving into a lovely piece of history (wood staircases, leaded stain glass, ceiling medallions, etc.) that has no trouble keeping up with more contemporary homes thanks to careful renovation work.

Gallery below.

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Back On The Market: Society Hill Stunner Designed by I.M. Pei

269 Saint Joseph's Way, Philadelphia, PA

269 Saint Joseph’s Way, Philadelphia, PA. Photo by Drew Callaghan

We wrote about this beautiful Bingham Court townhome in April when it was listed for sale and going for $1,395,000. It sold in August after a minor price cut, but a close source recently informed us that it was put on the market again. Sure enough, Zillow says the now rental was listed in November and is now asking for $7,000/month (two big notches down from the original $9,000/month).

Aside from being crafted by one of the masters of modern architecture, the home boasts a cozy wood-burning fireplace, high ceilings and a wall of windows to enjoy the sunlight. There’s also a gourmet eat-in kitchen with double sink, granite countertops and slate flooring, as well as appliances by Viking and Wolfe. The fridge is Subzero.

See Drew Callaghan‘s gallery below!

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If This House Were a Baby, We Would Kiss It to Death

3878 Terrace St, Philadelphia, PA, 19128

3878 Terrace St, Philadelphia, PA, 19128

A few months ago, we spotted the cutest little house in Fitler Square, but haven’t really dwelled in the tiny home trend since then (unless you count the trinities we feature). Today, we went in search of one of these compact properties and came up with this mini Manayunk residence.

Granted, it’s not below 600 square feet like the home that prompted our search, but it’s just as adorable! The exterior is all brick, while interior notes include wood floors, high ceilings and a bathroom with black & white porcelain tile and claw foot tub. The house also has a remodeled kitchen with a center island and stainless steel appliances.

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Trinity Tuesday: Northern Liberties Home in Need of Some TLC

7 Bristow Pl, Philadelphia, PA, 19123

7 Bristow Pl,
Philadelphia, PA, 19123

TLC, aka, the real estate acronym for ‘Tender Loving Care”, is exactly what this Northern Liberties home needs. Put on the market earlier this year, the charming old-school features include hardwood floors and a lower level kitchen with brick flooring and fireplace.

The home, which is less than a block from the El’s Spring Garden station, offers two bedrooms, (one on each of the 2nd and 3rd floors), the first of which has a fireplace and hall bathroom. An oversized yard is included in the back. Gallery below.

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