City House of the Week: St. Peter’s Way Stunner With Treehouse-Like Backyard
Ranging from the historically significant to starchitect-designed, Society Hill is jam packed with glorious homes at the upper reaches of the city’s price range. One of the best ways to take in these beautiful dwellings is to simply walk the variety of streets in the neighborhood. Some, like Delancey or Panama Street are quiet and captivating. Larger arteries like Pine Street or 3rd Street, for example, offer a blend of old and new with bike lanes, horse-drawn carriage tours and historic homes.
Others, like St. Peter’s Way, are part of a series of meandering walking paths through the almost-hidden heart of the city. This beautiful home at 319 Pine Street is at its gateway, and while it’s sat upon a walk named after holy men with historic churches at its beginning and end – Saint Peter’s Episcopal at Pine and Old Saint Joseph’s on Willings Alley – rest assured that this is one hell of a property.
The Pine Street home dates back to the 1820’s and faces historic St. Peter’s Episcopal Church, a site that the master bedroom overlooks as well. The nearly 4,000 square-foot homes is spacious and features high ceilings and original details in almost every room, minus the 4th floor bedroom/living room, which only has gorgeous vaulted ceilings with exposed beams–shucks!
The expansive living room boasts a beautiful fireplace and also offers a quaint sitting area that overlooks historic Pine Street, the perfect spot for a morning coffee or favorite book. The large galley-style kitchen flaunts high-end stainless steel appliances from SubZero, Wolf and Asko, birch cabinets and access to the outdoor space.
Ah, the outdoor space is one of the more fascinating aspects of the home. It’s two levels, bricked out and also has its own water feature. Flip through the gallery and you’ll see that it sports an enormous mature tree, giving it a private treehouse-like feel not often seen in the city. To top it off, the yard has its own entry to St. Peter’s Way–making the trip to the popular Three Bears Park nearby even quicker!
Back inside, five fireplaces make the larger rooms feel cozy and comfortable. While we love the enormous master bedroom, it’s the gigantic white marble master bath with central clawfoot tub lit by fabulous chandelier (and natural light from the sliding doors that leads to a terrace) that really grabs your attention.
THE FINE PRINT
Square Feet: 3,965
Additional Info: Parking included at nearby St. Peter’s for $1,000 per month
319 PINE St PHILADELPHIA, PA 19106
• 319 PINE ST, PHILADELPHIA, 19106 [BHHS Fox & Roach–Center City, Rittenhouse Hotel]