On the Market: Totally Renovated Courtyard House in Fitler Square
A top-to-bottom makeover transformed this charming courtyard house for sale into a stylish contemporary looker that adds a pinch of Arts and Crafts style to its modern base.
There are few nicer options for city living in Philadelphia than its stock of courtyard townhouses. These tucked-away houses usually offer a quiet green retreat from the hustle and bustle of urban life.
This house for sale in Fitler Square is typical of the species. And a recent total makeover makes it stand out from its peers.
That makeover gave it new guts, including all-new electrical, plumbing and climate control systems. It also turned the parts you can see into stylish, sophisticated modern spaces that make a nod towards a uniquely American tradition.
That tradition is the Arts and Crafts movement, which was influential in the early decades of the 20th century. Where you will find the homage to Arts and Crafts (or “Craftsman”) style is in the windows and their framing.
All of the windows — triple-paned, energy-saving ones, by the way — have mullions reminscent of those found in Craftsman houses along with the substantial frames that surround them.
Here, however, they enhance the style of what is essentially a modernist house. Its modern soul comes forth in the living room’s full-height 3-D stone fireplace…
…in its kitchen, which stands out both for its use of shelves in place of cabinets and its copper-colored brick tile backsplash…
…and in its bathrooms, both of which make extensive use of mosaic tile.
The one you see above is part of the second-floor master suite, which includes a sitting room and a Juliet balcony.
This house for sale also has two outdoor spaces: a brick-paved patio with decorative wood accents off the living room…
…and a third-floor roof deck with great views of the treetops. Plus there’s the gated courtyard this house faces.
When you need your batteries recharged, this house will do the trick. And when you’re all rested, refreshed and ready to take on the city again, you’ll find all it has to offer close at hand.
THE FINE PRINT
SQUARE FEET: 1,286
SALE PRICE: $640,000
OTHER STUFF: This house’s sale price was reduced by 45,000 on Nov. 27th.
2210A Naudain St., Philadelphia, Pa. 19146 [Michael Fabrizio | RE/MAX Access]