Jawdropper of the Week: All Wet by the Waterfront

The Delaware riverfront can be a relaxing place, but you can't swim in the river. This gorgeous, recently built home fixes that problem.

808 S. Swanson St., Philadelphia, Pa. 19147 | TREND Images via BHHS Fox & Roach

808 S. Swanson St., Philadelphia, Pa. 19147 | TREND Images via BHHS Fox & Roach

In the suburbs, many homeowners enjoy taking a dip in the pool and inviting friends over for parties at poolside. City dwellers who live in apartments or condominium complexes often have access to pools as an amenity as well. But it’s the rare urban private residence that offers its owner the opportunity to make a splash.

This home in Queen Village is one of those rarities.

Built in 2009, the home is endowed with a back yard that’s large for the neighborhood. The owner hired a top-notch landscape architect to transform that yard into an outdoor oasis that features a pool, a built-in hot tub, a deck (that also covers the hot tub when not in use) and a poolside bar and seating area. We’re sure you and your friends will enjoy this rare amenity…

…along with the rest of this striking home that blends sleek modernity with just a touch of the rustic. The open plan main floor features wide-plank unvarnished hardwood floors, a colorful mural in the living area, a striking designer chandelier in the dining area and a 21st-century urban kitchen with a factory-chic feel: glazed brick walls and island, island lighting suspended from ropes and barn doors providing access to the half bath and stairs to the basement media and rec rooms. A large sliding glass door at the back opens onto the pool deck and lets you turn the main floor into an indoor/outdoor oasis.

Upstairs, the three bedrooms are equally sleek, and the tile bathrooms also boast designer fixtures. The master bedroom on the top floor also has a room that can be used as a home office or den. The back bedrooms have Juliet balconies with sliding glass doors overlooking the pool.

And if that pool doesn’t offer you enough water, the Delaware riverfront is just a block away. You’re close to Penn’s Landing, South Street, Headhouse Square and Fabric Row, and the big-box stores on South Columbus Boulevard and Old City are just a little further away.



BATHS: 2 full, 1 half


SALE PRICE: $800,000

OTHER STUFF: Three years remain on this home’s tax abatement, and your kids will attend the highly regarded Meredith School.

808 S. Swanson St., Philadelphia, Pa. 19147 [Mike McCann | BHHS Fox & Roach]