Most loft- or industrial-style dwellings come with their interior spaces already shaped for you when you buy them. They may have open floor plans, but walls and dividers serve as cues to where certain functions belong.
And, of course, there are the kitchen cabinets and appliances to fix that space’s function.
With this floor-through unit in the Daniel Building in the heart of Old City, the pre-shaping is almost nonexistent. That mostly-open partition at the back? The low divider in front? Yes, those are there to mark where this condo’s two bedrooms begin, and the presence of a bathroom next to each space also serves as a cue. But it would be nothing to simply remove both and use this entire floor as one huge, flexible space for living, working and playing.
Flexible, that is, once you factor out the kitchen in its middle. (That kitchen is very attractive and nicely equipped, by the way.)
The Daniel Building was built in 1927 as a garment factory; more recently, it had housed a famed record store and the co-working space IndyHall. Both are gone now, and the building has gotten a facelift and a bunch of great loft condos.
The owners of this unit call it the “Picasso Loft,” and it is something of a work of modern art. The huge windows at either end flood the space with light (and help explain the barely-there partitions). They configured it with this bedroom-at-each-end layout, but it’s entirely up to you whether or not to keep it that way.
The built-in double desk at the Third Street end, for instance, could form the nucleus around which you build a studio or home office. And while the built-in credenza next to the kitchen suggests the dining table should go there, as it does here, that’s by no means a fixed command.
There’s a touch of the Mediterranean in the bathrooms, one tiled in blue mosaic tile, the other in dark Italian marble.
And as you’re on a high floor, you get to enjoy great views of the Ben Franklin Bridge, Old City and Independence Mall. You can also take in the Old City view from the open balcony next to your unit.
Downstairs, some of the finest design and clothing boutiques anywhere lie right outside your door. Independence Hall, Society Hill, Penn’s Landing and all 12 Center City Ritz theaters are all a short walk away.
THE FINE PRINT
SQUARE FEET: 2,064
SALE PRICE: $870,000
OTHER STUFF: The sale price includes pre-paid off-street parking for the remainder of the year.
20-22 N. 3rd St. #501, Philadelphia, Pa. 19106 [Kristin McFeely | Philly Home Girls | Coldwell Banker Preferred]
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