Trinity Tuesday: A Big Little Home on Elfreths Alley

This expanded trinity is a big chip off the old block — the oldest in the country, to be specific. It has classic Colonial charm, plenty of space and the latest amenities.

123 Elfreths Alley, Philadelphia, Pa. 19106 | TREND images via Keller Williams Realty

123 Elfreths Alley, Philadelphia, Pa. 19106 | TREND images via Keller Williams Center City Realty

Not all trinities have us wondering what it’s like to live in a spacious home.

This 2,600-square-foot expanded trinity has all the bells and whistles of a modern townhome while retaining classic Colonial rowhouse charm as it sits on the oldest residential street in the nation. There will be no squeezing to make room for your visiting friends and family here, folks.

The elegant living room, with a beautiful wood-burning fireplace as its centerpiece, sets the tone for the home. Natural light pours over the pinewood floors on this floor and illuminates the dining room that leads to the eat-in kitchen. The white cabinetry and yellow walls combine to create a cozy nook, a pleasant space to spend your mornings.

The second floor provides such comfortable private quarters that it’ll easily become your favorite part of the house. The large master bedroom features three closets and an adjacent den with built-in bookcases – perhaps the perfect place to escape to for a quiet moment from the kids or coffee break. The large master bath may just be real showstopper of the home, with marble walls and finishes, Jacuzzi tub, and laundry room. An enclosed stairway from the third floor leads to a roof deck with outstanding, one-of-a-kind views of the Ben Franklin Bridge and Delaware River. The deck is also a sweet, private spot to catch fireworks or sunsets during holidays or while entertaining guests.

The finished basement is going to be everybody’s favorite spot. The luxurious space can serve as the family or media room for those perfect movie nights at home. This level also features a full bathroom and showcased quirky details you’ll soon fall in love with, like an exposed beam ceiling and a large brick oven where the original occupants baked bread for the neighborhood.

The second largest house on the block, this trinity also features a fully repainted brick façade, a spacious brick side yard and patio, making it the best place in Old City to entertain.





PRICE: $775,000

OTHER STUFF: This well-maintained 1814 home in Old City features modern upgrades like a high-efficiency 2-zone Mitsubishi HVAC system, upgraded appliances, five fireplaces (two using gas logs) and dimmer-controlled lighting.


123 Elfreths Alley, Philadel—phia, Pa. 19106 [Antonio Atacan | Keller Williams Center City Realty]