Pennsylvania’s First (and Stunning) LEED Platinum Rehab Gets a Price Chop
A few blocks from Fairmount Park is a home that’s of some historical significance. The Slusher Residence is not necessarily important because of its age, but more so for what its design and shear existence represents: a truly green home that maximizes efficiency, comfort and downright sexiness. In fact, it was officially dubbed the first rehabbed home in Pennsylvania to achieve LEED Platinum certification in 2011 (and we had it as one of our favorites in 2014) .
After being listed for nearly $1.3 million in November 2014, it’s (somehow) still on the market, only now the home is now available for $1.099 million. Take one look at the photo gallery by Laura Kicey and you’ll immediately understand that this green home ain’t the Earth Ship we’re talking about here.
So here’s the deal. We understand you want to jump right to it and flip through the updated gallery, but allow us a few minutes to tell you what this place has to offer.
The home features a Smarthome automation system that controls the energy efficient lighting, HVAC, solar blinds, and more. No expense was seemingly spared during the renovation, including a fancy kitchen with high-end appliances, a glorious multi-story window wall in the breakfast room that leads to the ground level garden (and its 6,000-gallon Koi pond) and a master bath that boasts a steam room, concrete sink, limestone walls and river rock floors.
To (literally) top it off, the home offers two vegetative green roof spaces with city views, automated sound and lighting, built-in seating area and a 700-square-foot garden with a watering system and outdoor shower. Yes, the home has rooftop shower views and yes, those delicious looking grapes seen in the gallery are located on the roof. Also, there’s a hammock on the roof, just sayin’.
Still not impressed? Well, the green features might kind of blow your mind. A snippet from our coverage in November:
A grey water reclamation system conserves more than 5,000 gallons of water a year by using rainwater and water from showers and sinks (several in the home’s two full bathrooms and one powder room) to flush toilets and water the green roofs. The home is also equipped with solar panels which provide almost half of the home’s electricity.
THE FINE PRINT
Square Feet: 1,919
Additional Info: One year of garage parking is now included in the listing, which is sort of ironic (depending on your car), given the green nature of the home. Owners worked with Canno Architecture and Design, Think Green Landscape Architecture, Walnut Tree Construction and the Energy Coordinating Agency of Philadelphia.
- 818 N. 27TH STREET, PHILADELPHIA, PA [BHHS Fox & Roach-Bryn Mawr]