On the Market: Restored Split-Level Townhouse in Spring Garden
This handsome renovation gave a 19th-century rowhouse with strong bones modern comfort and fixtures while respecting its roots.
Spring Garden was one of this city’s earliest “suburbs” for the well-to-do. It has a stock of large, handsome, impressive rowhouses and twins dating to the era right after the city and county became one in 1854.
After the swells moved on to greener pastures, many of the rowhouses and twins were converted to multi-unit dwellings, but some survived intact.
This house for sale is one of the intact ones, totally renovated and refreshed for our time.
And while it has all the things you’d expect to find in a modern house, it hasn’t been modernized where it counts: in its appearance and style. Original features like crown moldings and chair rails have been restored and replaced throughout this house.
Another area where it hasn’t been modernized: Where totally open main floors have become de rigueur, this house still has a distinct, separate living room, entered off the main hallway leading from the vestibule.
Equally noteworthy is that there is no direct connection between the living and dining rooms. You use the vestibule hallway to get to the dining room.
It’s here that you find the concession to modern tastes. While the dining room has an attractive two-tone color scheme using its chair rail as the divider, it also combines with the all-new kitchen to form a single open space.
And that crown molding aside, the kitchen decor is decidedly contemporary. It’s outfitted with Bosch stainless-steel appliances.
Above the main floor, the upper-floor rooms are staggered, one off each landing. Both of the second-floor bedrooms — the one in the rear currently serves as a den — have en suite bathrooms; the master on the half-level up in front has one with dual vanities and a custom shower.
The two third-floor bedrooms share a bathroom, and the laundry is on this floor.
There’s a handsome deck off the kitchen in the rear.
You will also have it made location-wise living here: you can walk to everything Fairmount Avenue has to offer, including its wide range of restaurants, from here, and that’s not all: Logan Square, the Parkway, the Art Museum and the Broad Street Line’s Spring Garden station are all within walking distance as well. Play your cards right and you could live car-free here, but even if you can’t, there’s ample street parking (but see “The Fine Print” below for more on this subject).
THE FINE PRINT
BATHS: 3 full, 1 half
SQUARE FEET: 2,636
SALE PRICE: $624,900
OTHER STUFF: The unfinished basement of this house for sale can be finished to your desires or used for storage. The seller is also offering one year of pre-paid parking at a nearby parking lot as part of the package. This house’s sale price was reduced by $25,000 on July 11th.
605 N. 16th St., Philadelphia, Pa. 19130 [David Snyder | Center City Listings Team | Keller Williams Philly]