Jawdropper of the Week: 19th-Century Coating, Modern Filling

This home in Washington Square West hides a stunning two-story modern living room behind its traditional exterior.

The first floor interior at 1214 Pine St., Philadelphia, Pa. 19107

The first floor interior at 1214 Pine St., Philadelphia, Pa. 19107

Many of our Jawdroppers of the Week are houses that are out somewhere on the Main Line or in Bucks County—places where you’ve got space to build a stunning property. This week’s Jawdropper isn’t one of those. It’s located at 1214 Pine Street, right in Washington Square West. At 1,750 square feet, it’s not an exceptionally large property, either. What makes this home jaw-dropping is its design.

The exterior is a standard 19th century façade of red brick and black windows and shutters. As we’ve remarked before, the juxtaposition between the bright red and the deep black makes for a sharp front to your home.

Inside, the first-floor living space features double height ceilings, exposed brick, full-height windows and an open staircase that snakes its way up the space so you always have a view out over the first two floors. The second floor has the main bedroom and master bathroom, and the third has two more bedrooms and views over Pine Street and the home’s garden.

That’s right, this home in the middle of Philadelphia has a garden out back. Check it out in the photos below; it’s definitely a distinctive aspect of the house. The house also comes with an attic for storage and a finished basement that comes with its own full bath, an au-pair suite and a den.



BATHS: 3.5


PRICE: $669,000