On the Market: A Well-Tempered Home in Spruce Hill for $775K

Like a Bach concerto, this is a beautifully composed and executed classical work.

407 S. 46th St., Philadelphia, Pa. 19143 | TREND images via BHHS Fox & Roach Realtors

Someone once asked me why I liked the music of Johann Sebastian Bach. “It has an architectural quality to it,” was my response. (In a very closely related and much better-known comment, the writer Johann Wolfgang von Goethe once said that “architecture is frozen music.”)

Well, were Bach an architect, he probably would have composed a home much like this very handsome and well-mannered Tudor rowhome on a tree-shaded Spruce Hill block.

Every piece of this composition is structured to lead effortlessly into the next one, as the progression of spaces on the main floor should indicate:

Bright and airy sunroom.

Spacious living room with plenty of light from its ample windows.

Equally sun-splashed dining room through the archway from the living room.

And on the other side of the kitchen door, a sunny yellow kitchen with a glass-enclosed breakfast room.

And there’s that common theme of lots of light pouring through ample windows in every one of these spaces.

Master bedroom

Master bathroom

Light, in fact, is the ground bass line for the overall work, for you find it in ample quantities in the upstairs bedrooms as well. Nor do its two bathrooms or the master suite’s walk-in closet/laundry room combo lack for the substance.

Family room

Since this work was composed in the 1920s, it has a two-car garage conveniently tucked under its rear elevation and a small rear yard to its side. And because it’s convenient to several SEPTA transit lines and a pleasant walk from interesting shops, restaurants, Clark Park and two college campuses, you can probably leave your car at home most of the time.

I reckon you’ll walk out of your showing humming a tune in the key of “Gee, I wish I lived here.”


BEDS: 4 (one is currently being used as a family room)



SALE PRICE: $775,000

OTHER STUFF: This home’s central air conditioning system has outlet vents in all the rooms but the first-floor living and dining rooms. Those two rooms still stay cool off the air flow.

407 S. 46th St., Philadelphia, Pa. 19143 [Jeff “City” Block | City Block Team | BHHS Fox & Roach Realtors]