Property’s Morning Obsession: Washington Square $4M Townhouse

This 4 bedroom, 7,000-square-foot home on Washington Square offers, according to its listing, “Upper East Side Lifestyle at Phila Prices!” But forget New York. This home is classic Philadelphia all the way, revealing plenty of history from the time it was built in 1825. Some improvements have been made, of course, since the James and Wharton set (Philadelphia edition) might have lived there: two-car gated parking; elevator; a security system; a closet with its own heat zone.

The traditional details start with the marble checkerboard floors in the 60-foot entryway and continue with the remarkable molding in many other rooms. But if you want to get truly traditional about it–it that’s what you’d call it–there’s a rather idiosyncratic living/dining space with a bricked archway, brick fireplace, beamed ceiling, bar and wine repository. This may be the basement. It does have something of the man cave about it, if a man cave were $4 million. Also a cause for obsession: the marble floors in the bathroom and an upper balcony that seems to have a black cat seated on its railing.

As for further outdoor space, there’s a brick walled garden, an enclosed patio and an upper deck. And the fifth floor (don’t worry, the home has an elevator) can serve as a suite of its own, with a separate kitchenette.

Of all the Washington Square Philadelphia houses for sale, this feels like a true love. Or is it obsession? That’s a fine line, isn’t it?

228 W. Washington Square

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