Trinity Tuesday: A Regal Retreat in Queen Village for $229.9K

Classy digs, nice neighbors, a courtyard that's bloomin' lovely. What more could you want? How about the chance to brag to your friends, "I live in a gated community"?

228 Catharine St. #3, Philadelphia, Pa. 19147 | TREND images via Zillow

228 Catharine St. #3, Philadelphia, Pa. 19147 | TREND images via Zillow

This week’s featured trinity is one of those rarities: An affordable home in a gated community.

Now, don’t get ahead of yourself: your friends who come to visit you in this Queen Village charmer won’t be given the eagle eye and asked to present ID by a guy sitting in a guard house. But this home does sit on a private courtyard tucked behind two rowhomes on Catharine Street, sealed off by a gate from the outside world.

Which makes it a perfect choice for an individual or couple who want to have their urban vitality and eat their suburban tranquility too.

The brick courtyard this home shares with five other trinities is nicely landscaped and a riot of color in season. But blooms or not, it’s a great place to relax with your morning coffee or Sunday brunch al fresco.

And it won’t be difficult to fix and serve that brunch, for the kitchen is the first room you encounter once inside. With its tile floor, built-in shelving and modern cabinetry, it has everything a creative cook needs.

Upstairs from the kitchen are two more versatile rooms, either of which can serve multiple functions. The room on the second floor could serve as a home office, den or bedroom for you and your guests; it has a Murphy bed that reveals an exposed brick wall when lowered. There’s a bath with tile tub/shower enclosure on this floor as well.

The third floor room, with its beamed half-vault ceiling, also makes a lovely bedroom. Or it could be a dramatic living or sitting room. It depends on what furniture you’d rather haul up the two flights of spiral stairs.

The unfinished basement contains laundry facilities.

Expecting children? You’re in luck – this home is in the Meredith School catchment. Given how little you’re going to pay for it, you’ll probably want to stick around until they reach school age. And until then, there are plenty of parks and playgrounds nearby to keep your little ones happy as well as great dining and shopping options nearby for you and yours. Nearby SEPTA bus routes offer easy connections to the rest of the city.

We featured this home one year ago; it’s back on the market now and once again a great buy.





SALE PRICE: $229,888

OTHER STUFF: The upper rooms have their original hardwood floors, and the home got a new roof last March. Its price was reduced by $70,000 on March 29. The photos below are from prior listings unless otherwise indicated.

228 Catharine St., #3, Philadelphia, Pa. 19147 [Jeremy Kaplan | Space & Company]