Jawdropper of the Week: The Thomas Sully House in Society Hill for $3.78M

530 Spruce St., Philadelphia, Pa. 19106 | TREND images via BHHS Fox & Roach

530 Spruce St., Philadelphia, Pa. 19106 | TREND images via BHHS Fox & Roach

Brace yourselves, everyone. This is a piece of Philadelphia history at its finest.

Built in 1796, this immaculate and impressively large townhome was once owned by painter Thomas Sully. Great things come in fives, apparently, as the residence has five bedrooms, five-and-a-half baths, and five outdoor spaces. It doesn’t stop there, either. The property also boasts a three-car garage, an in-law apartment, a library, a yoga room, an office, a private terrace, and a rooftop terrace.

As soon as you enter into the home’s marble vestibule and grand hallway, you’ll find yourself immersed in elegance. Continue on into the formal dining room, which features a black crystal chandelier. Off of the dining room is the living room, decorated with a gas fireplace and double French doors that open onto the private inner courtyard. Read more »

Salvation At Last for 3rd Street Lot

Rendering of the living room at 216 S. 3rd St. | Renderings: Canno Design via Philly Living / Keller Williams Realty

Rendering of the living room at 216 S. 3rd St. | Renderings: Canno Design via Philly Living / Keller Williams Realty

Farewell, Salvation Army day care and cafeteria.

Hello, Estates on 3rd.

This new four-unit gated luxury townhouse development on Third Street below Walnut in Society Hill finally solves a problem that had troubled realtor-developer Noah Ostroff for some time, namely, finding a new use for the old Salvation Army property.

(Your channel editor blogged for Ostroff when he was first marketing the property for sale.) Read more »

Jawdropper of the Week: Buzzworthy Society Hill Mansion for $16.795M

232-36 Walnut St., Philadelphia, Pa. 19106 | TREND image via BHHS Fox & Roach Realty

232-36 Walnut St., Philadelphia, Pa. 19106 | Photos: Drew Callaghan Photography via BHHS Fox & Roach

Just blocks from Penn’s Landing, Carpenters’ Hall, and Independence Hall, this Society Hill mansion is a true Philadelphia masterpiece – and rightfully so. The one-of-a-kind property is currently the most expensive home for sale across the city.

As soon as you step inside the foyer of this 16-year-old property, you will encounter the massive, free-floating steel staircase. It’s definitely unlike anything you’ve ever seen before.

It might seem crazy that a two-bedroom home could cost so much money. But, when you account for all it has to offer, things start making sense. Read more »

What $500K* Will Buy You in Society Hill Right Now

With this post, we introduce a new feature aimed at taking the pulse of the local housing market. Each week, we will select a neighborhood in the city or suburbs and share with you a sample of what’s available at or near a set price. This week, we’re looking at homes selling for $500,000 or close to it in Society Hill.

330 S. 3rd St., Philadelphia, Pa. 19106 | TREND image via The Eric Fox Team, BHHS Fox & Roach

330 S. 3rd St., Philadelphia, Pa. 19106 | TREND image via The Eric Fox Team, BHHS Fox & Roach

330 S. 3rd St. | 2 bedrooms, 2 full baths, 1 half bath, 918 square feet, $527,000 Read more »

Society Hill is Closed

Famed city planner Ed Bacon in Society Hill in 1962 | Photograph courtesy of Jules Schick/The Edmund N. Bacon collection/the architectural archives, University of Pennsylvania

Famed city planner Ed Bacon in Society Hill in 1962 | Photograph courtesy of Jules Schick/The Edmund N. Bacon collection/the architectural archives, University of Pennsylvania

Dozens of little distress signals call out from the front windows of historic brick houses on the quiet streets of one of Philadelphia’s oldest neighborhoods. SOS, the stickers say.

Save Our Society Hill.

They began appearing after word spread that a developer was casting a lustful eye on the supermarket on 5th Street between Pine and Spruce — that maybe the developer wanted to replace the grocery store or build some apartments on top of it. The prospect of losing a supermarket galvanized the neighborhood the same way the threat of a new highway cleaving their town in two might scandalize other communities. Read more »

That House Out There: Yes, George Washington Really Did Sleep Here

242 S. 3rd St., Philadelphia, Pa. 19106 | TREND Images via BHHS Fox & Roach

242 S. 3rd St., Philadelphia, Pa. 19106 | TREND Images via BHHS Fox & Roach

“George Washington slept here” is a hoary cliché that’s been attached to many a historic home in and around Philadelphia (and elsewhere, while we’re at it).

But every once in a while, one runs across a property with a truly legitimate claim to that phrase. This meticulously restored 1830 Society Hill mansion is one such property, at one remove.

The “one remove” is the house that was removed to make way for this one. That house was built by John Penn, Pennsylvania’s last colonial governor, around 1765. Penn sold the house to Benjamin Chew, the first chief justice of the Pennsylvania Supreme Court, in 1771, and it was while Chew owned it that Washington used it as his headquarters, from November 1781 to March 1782. (Washington sublet the home from its then-current tenant, Francisco Rendon, the second Spanish ambassador to the United States; this home served as the first Spanish embassy in America.) Read more »

Jawdropper of the Week: A Fabulous Federal in Society Hill

309 S. 3rd St., Philadelphia, Pa. 19106 | TREND Images via BHHS Fox & Roach

309 S. 3rd St., Philadelphia, Pa. 19106 | TREND Images via BHHS Fox & Roach

You may not have foreign ambassadors on your guest list for dinner, but if you did, you’d be able to receive them with the dignity they deserve in this meticulously restored 1814 Federal mansion in the heart of Society Hill.

Your domestic friends might ask, “So what’s it like to live in a piece of history?” You’d be able to answer, “Great!” For even though this home’s details are authentic to the core, it has also been updated where it counts the most for the modern homeowner, namely, in the kitchen and the bathrooms.

We’ll get to those in a bit. But first, let’s start with the impressive entrance hallway just beyond the chandelier-lit foyer. Read more »

Jawdropper of the Week: History Now in Society Hill

James and Dolley Madison House, Philadelphia, PA 19106 | TREND Images via RE/MAX Main Line

James and Dolley Madison House, Philadelphia, PA 19106 | TREND Images via RE/MAX Main Line

Our Founders, it turns out, were very forward-thinking people.

At least that’s the impression we get after taking a look at the house James and Dolley Madison once occupied in Society Hill.

Who knew they invented the open plan main floor? We sure didn’t.

Truth to tell, the Madisons have nothing to do with the way this spectacular Federal townhouse looks now. Its inside is the product of a meticulous top-to-bottom renovation that respects the home’s historic heritage while filling it with all the latest in style, comfort, features and amenities. Read more »

Society Hill Playhouse to Close

Society Hill Playhouse

Society Hill Playhouse

Society Hill Playhouse, a fixture on the Philadelphia theater scene since 1959, will close on April 1.

The theater company made the announcement on its website last Thursday; it sent out a press release on Tuesday.

In more than 50 years, the company “has produced hundreds of American and European premieres; developed many notable programs; trained countless artists and technicians and true to its mission, (and) remained unique in its dedication to contemporary theatre and the community,” the company said in a statement announcing the closure. Read more »

Jaw Dropper of the Week: Stained Glass Skylight Residence in Society Hill

TREND images via Zillow/Coldwell Banker Preferred.

TREND images via Zillow/Coldwell Banker Preferred.

Entering this c.1865 Society Hill townhouse (figuratively speaking – we used the gallery below), one is met with a foyer leading into the formal living and dining rooms, where intricate crown molding, original pine floors, and 12-foot high ceilings festoon the spaces.

Add to that marble fireplaces and built-in cabinets, the four-bedroom manse is one of those fierce golden oldies rivaling even its younger, hipper brethren.

It keeps up with the times thanks to a slew of meticulous updates, some of which are clearly seen in the kitchen. Here, a marble island and 6 burner Viking gas stove and griddle reside alongside an over-sized fridge and built-in stainless steel dishwasher and microwave. What’s more, it has garden access via sliding glass doors.

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