The Ultimate Sunken Living Room Is Located in Society Hill

Plus other architectural eye-openers...

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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.

Next there’s the eat-in kitchen with handmade tile walls. We’re not really sure how to describe the layout (guess that’s what the gallery is for!), but we will say that it has a two-story ceiling and a built-in seating area on the second floor. This area overlooks the second level window space. At the same time, the second floor houses an office with built-in shelves, centrally located washer/dryer, and a circular staircase down to the rear garden. Not only that, but there’s a “lounge” here too.

Making your way up to the third and fourth levels you’ll find the master suite and study, respectively. The suite includes several closets and fireplace, while the study comes with a bar and deck with built-in seating.

So, yay or nay?

Beds: 4
Baths: 2 full, 1 half
Square feet: 4,060
Price: $1.4 million
Additional Info: Basement with storage space

Listing: 310 S 2nd St, Philadelphia, PA, 19106 [Plumer & Associates]