Old House, Young Soul in Northern Liberties for $489K

This traditional home got a completely new look and attitude as its 100th birthday present.

841 N. Lawrence St., Philadelphia, Pa. 19123 | Photos via Janet Ames, RE/MAX Executive Realty

The little homes of Northern Liberties present modest faces to the outside world, and many of them still possess equally modest hearts.

Not this one, however. For its 100th birthday in 2010, its owner gave it a stunningly modern heart and soul, one that bespeaks both style and sophistication.

Actually, to characterize this 2,000-square-foot home as “little” is a misstatement. That modest facade conceals plenty of room for socializing, entertaining, relaxing and enjoying personal time.

With its exposed brick walls, recessed lighting and glistening hardwood floors, this home amps up the urban chic factor, and added touches like the floating wall with built-in home theater speakers in the living room for flush-mounting a large-screen TV, the tray ceiling in the main dining area and the sleek kitchen with quiet-close cabinets turn that factor up even higher.

The second-floor master bedroom boasts dual closets with ribbed-glass sliding doors and a bathroom with dual vanities and a tile shower stall with frameless glass enclosure. The hall bathroom outside the second bedroom has a tub with tile enclosure.

The top-floor bedroom, accessed by a spiral staircase, has exposed beams as well as brick and a rear door that’s all ready to open onto a roof deck. Until you add one, you can enjoy outdoor living in the attractive rear patio with its stone tile paving and wooden fence.

Down below is a tile-floored, full-height family room and concealed laundry and utility rooms.

And while there’s resident permit parking on the street, you can get by easily without a car here: shopping and dining options as well as a supermarket and a Wine & Spirits store are all within walking distance, and the neighborhood has a Walk Score and a Bike Score in the 90s. (Its Transit Score is a respectable 79.)





SALE PRICE: $489,000

841 N. Lawrence St., Philadelphia, Pa. 19123 [Janet Ames | RE/MAX Executive Realty]