Some of you might note a vague familiarity about 243C Delancey, especially if you’re a fan of our weekly Jaw Dropper segment here on Property. We got a sense of déjà vu as well, but didn’t fully realize till after its status as our “Trinity Tuesday” pick of the day was sealed: Valerie Buller photographed the snug residence on the 200 block of Delancey.
Buller, you’ll recall, was the photographer responsible for the listing photos of 241 Delancey, a.k.a. her childhood home. “It was a portrait session with the house,” she said then, “[it’s] very much a member of the family.” Well, it appears her easy intimacy with personal spaces is instinctive, as the gallery of this Society Hill home will show. Among the period details she captured are the home’s exposed brick walls, wood-beamed ceilings, and pine floors. One of the living room shots is particularly striking in its understated way, with the bay window overlooking the patio. The airy, yet snug master bedroom on the top floor features a vaulted ceiling and fireplace and, the listing says, “is flooded with light.” We love it already.
We’re telling you now, don’t be fooled by its Society Hill zip code or pretty 18th-century facade. Because even though it’s near the corner of 2nd and Spruce, what we actually have here is a thoroughly updated house with a…let’s say distinctive interior.
Case in point, an entrance bridge overlooking a two-story living room. The partially stone-walled room looks as if it came about after the first floor was likely expanded by breaking through to the lower level. Deepest sunken living room ever? We’d say so. Features here include a built-in bar, arched masonry fireplace with wood stove, and a floating sculpture by Peter Rose.
A man returning home from a club was robbed after he parked his car in Society Hill early on Friday morning, police said today. Cops said one of the robbers was armed with a rifle that appeared to be an AK-47.
The man, 52, returned from a club at around 2:40 a.m. Friday. When he parked his car in the garage at his residence on the 300 block of S. 5th Street, two men approached him and demanded money. One of those men had the AK-47. The robbers escaped with his wallet and iPhone before fleeing in a white SUV. Read more »
As it was their personal pied-à-terre, the current owners felt little need to keep the washer-dryer around in this sky-high penthouse. The machines were removed, therefore, when they got around to renovating the corner unit, but are easily reinstalled should its next occupants wish to have them–though there is a building laundry room and housekeeping is included.
In addition to that remodeling, the former two-bedroom condo was converted into an expansive single-bedroom. This too is easily reverted back to its original layout thanks to the design genius of J&L Designs. Other details of note include 10-foot ceilings, floor-to-ceiling windows, and a fully open kitchen design the listing says is “only possible to achieve on the top floor of the [Society Hill] Towers.”
Photos by Mike Mackintosh; Joe Staehly, Home Jab via TREND,Re/Max
While it might not feel like it, we promise that warmer weather is right around the corner. What’s the first thing you do when the Mercury rises? You get the hell outside! That’s especially true when your home flaunts three outdoor spaces. One of those is a 360-degree roof deck and Re/Max agent Liz Lutz says that it’s one of the only ones on the block. Even better, it’s grandfathered in, so no one else on the block is getting one of these celestial spaces that offers great views of the city and holiday fireworks. Lutz envisions Ben Franklin strolling by the front windows as he takes in the scene around the romantic cobblestone street. Read more »
Photos by Bari Riley | Courtesy of Mary Genovese Colvin of BHHS Fox & Roach-CC Rittenhouse Hotel
If you liked last month’s Naudain Street home for its proximity to Headhouse Square and nearby museums and restaurants, but weren’t too keen on its contemporary style, maybe this brick townhouse at Blackwell Place will be more up your alley.
Situated in Society Hill’s historic district, 2 Blackwell Place is in the middle of a tree-lined court. According to the listing website, it’s almost a century old but has been newly renovated and has both east and west exposures for tons of natural light. There’s a private landscaped patio, modern floor plan, and–in addition to having three floors–a finished basement that’s viable as a gym or media room.
Photos by Valerie Buller of Rough Coat Photography
If there was ever a time to shamelessly plug our new Photo of the Week feature, it would probably be now.
Not to diminish the beautiful work of Valerie Buller, founder of Rough Coat Photography, but it goes without saying that her photos of this Federal townhouse certainly have an intimate atmospheric quality iPhone patrons might appreciate and use as inspiration for their #phillyscape pics on Instagram and Twitter. (And check out that blue #phillyhomeportrait-friendly front door!)
Of course, that should come as no surprise given that Buller can call 241 Delancey her childhood home. (No exaggeration, she was born at CHOP and grew up in the Society Hill home that’s now listed for over $1.47 million.)
“It was a portrait session with the house,” the photographer tells us of the shoot, which, using her Nikon D7100, Buller says she approached from an angle of love. The house “is very much a member of the family,” she adds.
“I could live in a modern home like this,” Kevin Yoder, architect and founder of k YODER design, recalls hearing a guest say during a visit to his Society Hill townhome on South 3rd Street, originally designed by I. M. Pei in the 1960s. Yoder uses his extensive renovation of his Pei home to showcase his modern designs for potential clients. It’s worked, as the owners of this nearby Pei home purchased it after a walk-through of Yoder’s and hired him to undertake a “down to the studs” transformation. Yoder, whose career spans 20 years, worked with the owners to open up the floor plan to flood the space with natural light while incorporating crisp, clean lines throughout the home. Read more »
Forget its convenient proximity to restaurants and shops (not to mention the Ritz Five that’s mere steps away), because this Society Hill home offers something we don’t often come by around these parts: an English conservatory overlooking the garden.
This solarium, which doubles as both a dining room and sunroom, is climate controlled so when you move from the living room to this distinct part the house (via French doors, of course), there’s most likely no sudden chills to be felt. Now thats a vantage point I wouldn’t mind having during the next snowfall.
Gather ’round, all ye history buffs and house hunters/gawkers. We have a special listing for your viewing pleasure–The Shippen-Wistar and Cadwalader Houses at 4th and Locust are on the market and being sold as one property. Let’s just say, it’s one immensely historical renovation project.
Allan Domb purchased both houses, which have been combined on the interior, almost exactly a year ago and they’re available as one property for $5.5 million.
The Shippen-Wistar House has a fascinating story featuring a who’s-who of the movers and shakers in American History. In 1744, William Penn gave the land to Dr. William Shippen, a renown surgeon who, along with Benjamin Franklin (among others), founded the Public Academy in 1749–the forerunner to what would eventually become the University of Pennsylvania. Under the ownership of Shippen, George Washington, John Adams, Richard Henry Lee and Francis Lightfoot Lee were all guests at the home on 4th and Locust. So, how to you top that?
Let’s just say flowers, vaccinations and Lewis and Clark are all involved.