On the Market: Eurostyle Contemporary Townhouse in Society Hill
Designed by a noted architect and updated by another, this precision-engineered condo for sale sits just steps from Head House Square.
Do BMWs make your heart race? Do you dream of getting your hands on “the ultimate driving machine”?
If you do, you might want to consider adding this ultimate living machine to your dream list.
This inventively updated townhouse is part of the Penn’s Landing Square condominium, designed by architect Louis Sauer and built in 1971 in a very strategically placed location in Society Hill: on South Second Street, just off Head House Square and about a block south of Society Hill Towers.
Its current owners hired another architect to give it a refresh a few years ago. That redo created the BMW of houses.
The redesign opened up the house by adding lightwells, skylights and glass railings in key places. It also opened up its staircase to bring even more light in.
It also doubled down on the house’s modernist style, which the current owner also respected with appropriate furniture and artwork.
Not to mention lighting. Over the dining room table hangs a Swarovski crystal chandelier, a deconstruction of a traditional design…
…and from the kitchen ceiling, an Ingo Mauer-designed “Alizz C. Cooper” light hangs over the casual dining table.
What was it I was saying about an ultimate living machine? That kitchen, a Bulthaup, is a masterwork of precision German engineering and design, with Miele appliances to complement it.
Check out the unique and clever design of the retractable kitchen sink faucet and surrounding storage bins too. Seen anything like this in any kitchen you’ve been in?
One of the two guest bedrooms has a Murphy bed flanked by closets behind frosted-glass sliding doors. The other has a wood-paneled wall of closets along one side.
In both that bedroom and the upstairs owner’s bedroom, the doors and drawers lie flush with the wall, making them appear almost seamless.
The master bathroom boasts a similar sleek design with its two-person shower with rolling glass door, dual-basin teak vanity and dual medicine cabinets framed by lighting.
Outside the owner’s bedroom are a skylit reading nook and a private balcony with views of Society Hill Towers. This balcony also makes a great spot for watching the fireworks at Penn’s Landing.
And the rear patio off the living room is big enough to accommodate both a grill and your friends.
This exquisite, stylish “machine for living” also sits just steps from Head House Square, which means great dining options are very close at hand. Almost as close are South Street, the Delaware riverfront and Old City, not to mention Zahav in the Society Hill Towers shopping plaza and grocery and everyday shopping on Fifth Street.
One more sign that this house for sale is something special? It has three listing agents.
THE FINE PRINT
BATHS: 2 full, 1 half
SQUARE FEET: 2,260
SALE PRICE: $1,195,000
OTHER STUFF: This condo for sale also comes with an assigned parking space with electric-vehicle charging station in the development’s parking garage. The $310 monthly condo fee covers maintenance of the common areas and garage.
337 S. 2nd St., Philadelphia, Pa. 19106 [Douglas Pearson | Kurfiss Sotheby’s International Realty]
337 S. 2nd St., Philadelphia, Pa. 19106 [Stefan Dahlmark and Thomas Hora | Kurfiss Sotheby’s International Realty]