On the Market: Efficient Full-Floor Condo with Southern Exposure in Wash West

This condominium unit offers high ceilings, extra storage space, updated everything and a location right smack in the middle of Washington Square West's most delectable block. It's an ideal location for the urban idler.

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1205 Spruce St. #3, Philadelphia, Pa. 19107 | Bright MLS images via Compass

Are you looking for a new career?

I have a suggestion for you as well as a place to get started pursuing it.

The career in question is that of the flâneur, the seemingly indolent but often insightful urban wanderer and observer. An invention of 19th-century Paris, this character, by seeming to do nothing but lounge about cafés and stroll down boulevards, actually makes sense of urban life.

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Front elevation

The 1200 block of Spruce Street in Washington Square West happens to make an ideal training ground for the profession. It boasts three popular restaurants with sidewalk seating: siblings Mercato and Valanni and newcomer Libertine. It sits at the southern end of the Gayborhood’s bar district. The 10th Street neighborhood shopping district lies two blocks east, with another of those cafés, Mercato and Valanni sibling Varga Bar, at its Spruce Street end.

And this bright, intelligently-laid-out condo for sale sits in the middle of this block.

It’s on an upper floor of this mid-18th-century townhouse, which means it gets plenty of light through its south-facing living room windows.

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Kitchen and living room

Those windows in turn illuminate a high-ceilinged living space that accommodates relaxation, cooking, dining and entertainment, though you will probably prefer to head out for the last of these except when you invite friends over.

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The living room is located at the far end of the hallway from the unit’s entrance. The hallway, which contains the unit’s laundry closet, passes the bedroom on its way.

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The bedroom has a closet that will keep your clothes and shoes organized. Between it and the living room is a tile-floored bathroom accessible from both rooms.

In addition to the storage space in the unit, there’s additional space in the basement to store your stuff.

As for amenities, well, I already listed several of the best at the beginning of this post. The nearby Avenue of the Arts is another.

With all this, you should be all set to take up flânerie as a full-time occupation. “But can I make any money at it?” you ask. Author, Bryn Mawr native, Haverford grad and onetime Public Ledger columnist Christopher Morley sure did when he lived in Philadelphia in the 1910s. And if this still seems like laziness to you, he had something to say about that too.





SALE PRICE: $352,500

OTHER STUFF: The $150 monthly condo fee covers common area maintenance, exterior maintenance, insurance and trash removal.

1205 Spruce St. #3, Philadelphia, Pa. 19107 [Jeff “City” Block | City Block Team | Compass]