Jawdropper of the Week: A Palatial Live/Work Space in Rittenhouse

This post-Civil War Rittenhouse row home is a singular sensation that offers its owner the shortest commute to work in the world.

Reception room, 1905 Spruce St., Philadelphia, PA 19103 | TREND Images via BHHS Fox & Roach

Reception room, 19xx Spruce St., Philadelphia, PA 19103 | TREND Images via BHHS Fox & Roach

Most of the intact townhomes around Rittenhouse Square remain residences, as they were designed to be. They also retain the elegant detailing that made them such choice properties for Philadelphia’s most respectable citizens in the first place.

This handsome late-1860s Italianate mansion on Spruce Street clears that latter hurdle as well. Its owner, however, split its inside into two distinct spaces: one for work, the other for living.

The listing describes this home as “the most exquisite, creative live-work space in the city,” and after viewing the photos, we couldn’t agree more. What makes this home even more distinctive is the way it blends modern and traditional furniture and fixtures with its baroque interior trim.

Completely renovated from top to bottom in 2014, this unique home will wow both your business clients and your personal guests. On the lower floors is the work space, which includes a reception area, conference rooms, private offices and co-working space, two kitchenettes, two half baths, and plenty of storage space in the full basement. The high ceilings add to the work space’s Wow! factor.

The living space on the upper floors is just as stunning. The main living area has been redone in a modern open plan, with a seamless transition from the living and dining area to the chef-quality kitchen and a rear deck accessible from stairs in back of the kitchen. The master bedroom suite is sumptuous, the family room features an exposed brick fireplace, and there are four more bedrooms and three full baths to boot.



BATHS: 3 full in living space, 2 half in work space


SALE PRICE: $3,200,000

19xx Spruce St., Philadelphia, PA 19103 [Jeff “City” Block | BHHS Fox & Roach]

[Updated May 5, 3:22 p.m., to remove exact address information at the owner’s request.]