On the Market: Bauhaus-Inspired Townhouse in Northern Liberties
Just in time for your holiday house-shopping, the listing agent is offering a special rebate on this simply elegant modern townhouse. Just close the sale by year's end and it's yours.
The listing agent for this striking modern townhouse just north of Liberty Lands Park described its architecture as “Traditional” on the property data sheet.
Believe it or not, he didn’t make a mistake. This 11-year-old house for sale is as faithful to the best of the High Modernist tradition as any we’ve seen in some time. (And yes, we can speak of Modernist tradition: 2019 marks the centennial of the founding of the Bauhaus by Walter Gropius in Germany. That’s right, folks, modern architecture and design are getting long in the tooth.)
Both inside and out, this house looks as though it could have been designed by Gropius or one of his students. Clean lines, large expanses of glass, precise angles and high-end materials define its refined style.
It starts with that two-story-high expanse of Brazilian ipe wood framing its front door and goes on from there…
…to the kitchen, where you will find marble tile backsplashes, marble countertops and flush-fitting commercial-grade Viking appliances…
…to the sleek dining area and den behind the kitchen…
…to the wood deck beyond its sliding glass doors, where you’ll find two distinctive ornamental trees, a Japanese snowdrop and an elegant birch.
Upstairs you’ll find more of the same: a high-ceilinged living room with a full-height window overlooking Third Street and a slate-framed gas fireplace.
The master suite behind the living room has more large windows, an equally large walk-in closet and a bath with marble tile everywhere and dual sinks.
Two more stylish bedrooms with large windows are on the third floor. The laundry is in the basement utility room. The rest of the finished basement could make an ideal media room, rec room or additional bedroom.
Behind the basement is a shared outdoor terrace beyond the covered garage parking, accessed from Bodine Street.
Your car, however, probably won’t get much use, as this house has a “Walker’s Paradise” Walk Score of 97. In addition to Liberty Lands, neighborhood shopping, an Acme supermarket, the Piazza and a slew of shops and restaurants are all a short walk away.
Now, about that rebate? See “Other Stuff” below.
THE FINE PRINT
BATHS: 2 full, 1 half
SQUARE FEET: 2,603
SALE PRICE: $728,500
OTHER STUFF: This house is part of a condominium that includes its five similar neighbors; the $150 monthly condo fee covers common area maintenance. Its sale price was reduced by $500 on Nov. 23rd. Complete an agreement of sale by Dec. 31st and you will get a $10,000 credit to use as you wish.
1113 N. 3rd St., Philadelphia, Pa. 19123 [Kevin Wilkins and Matt Wildman | Center City Team | BHHS Fox & Roach Realtors]