Reduced: Society Hill Townhouse With Bedroom Overlooking Washington Square
Built in the 1970s, this red-shuttered city home has been relishing one of the nation’s most charming green heirlooms the for the better part of four decades.
Here’s a mini history lesson for those who didn’t realize how significant the historic space is:
- It was one of the five original squares in Philadelphia laid out by Thomas Holme, William Penn’s surveyor, in 1682.
- Between 1704 and 1794, it served as a potter’s field, but with the start of the American Revolutionary War, it was converted into a troop cemetery. (It depressed the hell out of John Adams who saw it and promptly wrote his wife, “I never in my whole life was affected with so much melancholy.”)
- In 1816, the Square was the site of a tree-planting program that was meant to help revitalize the neighborhood. Fast-forward to 1975, and the lovely green space gets a super special tree planted in its dirt…the sycamore tree seeds that astronaut Stuart Roosa took to the moon on Apollo XIV. The moon tree still grows there to this day. (Bonus: It was planted “less than a hundred yards” from where the first balloon flight by a human in America occurred. More info here.
Now, back to the home (which was previously priced at $850,000)…
Interior features in the home include wood cabinetry and shelving, crown molding, parquet floors, and a master bedroom with vaulted ceiling, bathroom, sliding doors out to a Juliet balcony overlooking the square. The kitchen is home to Corian counters, tile backsplash, and recessed lighting. Outside, the property has 2-car parking and a private patio with trellis, brick planters, and view of the park.
THE FINE PRINT
Square feet: 2,001
245 S 7th St, Philadelphia, PA, 19106
All TREND photos via BHHS Fox & Roach – Center City.
Listing: 245 S 7th St, Philadelphia, PA, 19106 [BHHS Fox & Roach – Center City]