Just Listed: Renewed Historic Mansion in Rittenhouse Square

This beautifully restored and updated house hits the trifecta: 19th-century elegance, 21st-century amenities, Delancey Place address.

1812 Delancey Pl. (right center), Philadelphia, Pa. 19103 | Photos: Plush Image Corporation via On the Square Real Estate / Compass

Society Hill may have surpassed Rittenhouse Square as the wealthiest neighborhood in Philadelphia, but no other street in the city has yet to knock Delancey off its perch as the most sought-after address in town.

And for those of you who have lodged in the back of your heads this notion that nothing less than a Delancey Street address will do, I offer you a prime candidate for your consideration.

This freshly renovated mid-19th-century mansion sits on what many would say is the pinnacle of all Delancey blocks: the 18oo block of Delancey Place. One of the centerpieces of the Rittenhouse-Fitler Historic District, this block is one of a relative handful that remains almost totally unchanged from the way it appeared when the mansions that line it went up in the 1850s.

And this historically certified house for sale is one of those mansions.

The top-to-bottom makeover it received retains all of the house’s Victorian-era character and elegance. Yet as the photos should make clear, the renovation left plenty of room for the stuff modern buyers like.

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Master bedroom

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Master bathroom

Like high-definition TVs, big-screen ones wherever possible. Three of this house’s four bedrooms have them. So do the master bathroom, the eat-in kitchen and the media room/study on the top floor.

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Study/media room

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Top-floor deck

That media room is where you will want to gather with friends for a video-watching party. Not only is it equipped with a built-in wet bar discreetly hidden behind cabinet doors, it also has attached to it a lovely, sun-splashed outdoor deck.

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Main-floor rear patio

Another, smaller but equally attractive, patio sits off the back of the eat-in kitchen.

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house for sale rittenhouse delancey mansion kitchen


The rehabbers also thought of everything in outfitting it: top-of-the-line appliances, plenty of cabinets and work space, and a commodious wine rack so you don’t have to schlep to the basement in order to pick out a wine to go with your dinner.

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Besides, the basement is where they put the gym.

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Living room

There is one room, however, where the 21st century intrudes not at all: The elegant living room. Beautifully detailed with a marble fireplace, built-in display cabinets and a decorated ceiling, this room lets you relax, entertain, and kick it old school.

Living here, you’re surrounded by many of the best things Philly has to offer, including fine dining and sophisticated shopping, all within walking distance. And for those times when you need to extend your range of travel, this house for sale also comes with a two-car garage. Inside, an elevator connects four of the five total levels.


BEDS: 4*

BATHS: 6 full, 1 half


SALE PRICE: $4,125,000

*OTHER STUFF: The property data sheet for this listing says this residence has five bedrooms, but the listing copy mentions only four: two on the second floor and two on the third. Unless, that is, the basement gym or top-floor study also double as sleeping space. (The gym has plenty of closet space in addition to a full bath, so it could.)

1812 Delancey Pl., Philadelphia, Pa. 19103 [Mary Genovese Colvin and Margaux Genovese Pelegrin | On the Square Real Estate | Compass]