On the Market: Postmodern Trinity in Rittenhouse Square
Yes, there's nothing postmodern about the outside of this house for sale. The inside, however, is a different story.
This one-bedroom trinity just steps from Rittenhouse Square offers a brick-and-mortar illustration of the phrase “Don’t judge a book by its cover.”
Just looking at the exterior of this house for sale, you’d have no idea how modern it is on the inside.
Why do we say that? Take a look at the stairway that goes up over the kitchen on the first floor. Notice anything unusual about it?
When this house got its top-to-bottom makeover, the architect who designed the rehab decided that quoting a stair rail would be more interesting than actually leaving one in. The result: A very modern floating staircase with signposts to remind you of the wooden railing that it once had.
Note also that the makeover didn’t mess with the lovely traditional windows. They serve as dark-hued grace notes over a symphony in white.
Another transformation effected by this makeover is that of the bottom two floors. The first floor became an eat-in kitchen with an exposed brick wall and a butcher-block-topped island with bar seating. A small office nook lies off the kitchen, as does the rear patio.
The second-floor bedroom got turned into the living room, and there’s a powder room off of it. If you’d like to put up guests or offer this house as an Airbnb (something the listing agent says would be a good thing to do with it), trade the sofa for a sofabed and you’re set.
The top-floor bedroom is now an attractive master suite with a storage bench under the window and a skylight over the stairs that sends light into the room via a large modern cutout opening. A full bath with marble tile shower completes the suite.
This masterfully executed ensemble should satisfy lovers of city living too. It has a Walk Score of 100, as should befit a house just off the 20th Street restaurant row, a block and a half from Rittenhouse Square, and close to Walnut Street shopping and dining. It’s also a great value for a house for sale in Rittenhouse Square.
THE FINE PRINT
BATHS: 1 full, 1 half
SQUARE FEET: 795
SALE PRICE: $401,000
2038 Latimer St., Philadelphia, Pa. 19103 [Tom Englett | Agent215 Real Estate Team | BHHS Fox & Roach Realtors]