On the Market: Elegant Federal Townhouse on Washington Square
This large, luxurious townhouse, one of a trio built in 1809, retains all of its original Federal-period elegance yet offers all the modern conveniences you expect.
Washington Square plays second fiddle to both Rittenhouse Square and next-door Society Hill as an epicenter of elegant living in the heart of the city.
Yet what it may lack in cachet it more than makes up for in substance, as this handsome and refined Federal house for sale should demonstrate.
This townhouse is one of a trio that were built on spec in 1809. All three have unusually wide frontages of 25 feet. That extra front footage translates into extra square footage inside and thus extra spaciousness in every room of this house.
This house retains all of its original character yet has several rooms of more recent provenance that complement the originals.
The living and dining rooms on the main floor are two peas in a pod. Both have antique chandeliers and marble fireplaces. (You’ll also find these in the two second-floor bedrooms. The other three bedrooms have fireplaces but lack antique chandeliers.)
Behind these and accessed directly from the marble-floored entrance hall sit a newer galley kitchen and a sunny atrium. Large arches make these two spaces one.
A brick-paved courtyard behind these offers a tranquil gated space for outdoor enjoyment.
The atrium skylight covers a stairway to the basement, which has been turned into a comfortable space for reading, lounging and informal entertainment.
Here you will find a library next to the atrium patio and a casual dining room beyond the library. Both have brick fireplaces. The dining room is also equipped with a wet bar/kitchenette and wine cellar.
Four en suite bedrooms, two per floor, occupy the second and third floors. The second-floor master bathroom features a jetted tub.
On the top floor you will find a fifth bedroom that is currently being used as a studio. Its full kitchen and en-suite bathroom also make it ideal for use as a guest, in-law or au pair suite.
A roof deck off this bedroom gives you a view of the adjacent Washington Square West neighborhood. An elevator serves all floors save the basement.
One other luxurious amenity lies outside this house for sale: easy walking access to the Historic Square Mile and the shops, restaurants and boutiques of both Wash West and nearby Old City.
You can tour this house at an open house on Sunday, Jan. 27th, from noon to 3 p.m.
THE FINE PRINT
BATHS: 6 full, 1 half
SQUARE FEET: 6,000
SALE PRICE: $3,999,500
228 W. Washington Square, Philadelphia, Pa. 19106 [Mary Genovese Colvin | On the Square Real Estate | Compass Real Estate]