Just Listed: Artful Rowhouse Renovation in Fairmount
This beautifully restored rowhouse makes the most of its many windows and offers multiple outdoor spaces. Not to mention artwork by Philly's most celebrated mosaicist on its side wall.
End-unit rowhouses are special. Why? Because they have more windows, that’s why.
All those extra windows give them much more light than their hemmed-in midblock neighbors. And they give their owners the opportunity to do something really nice with all that extra light.
Look what it did for the owners of this recently redone rowhouse for sale in Fairmount.
All that light must have opened up their brains, for what they did was turn it into a more open and airy reconfiguration of a pretty original house to begin with.
To begin with, this house for sale had six bedrooms. It has only three now, but it could easily be reconfigured to provide more if you have a larger family or want to do something like put up lots of guests.
The most notable changes?
The living and dining rooms on the main floor are now one single open space. This allows greater flexibility in arranging and furnishing the room to suit your needs. (Do note how beautifully the inlaid hardwood floor has been restored and the wood trim repainted to brighten up the space.)
The eat-in kitchen got new display cabinets, a tile floor, and blue tile backsplashes along with upgraded appliances.
The owners transformed the second floor into a huge master suite plus a second living room (which could also serve as a bedroom once again). They accomplished this by turning a middle bedroom into a spacious dressing room and closet, connecting it directly to the bedroom on one side and the bathroom on the other.
In back of that second living room (have a family? You can go ahead and call it the “family room”) is a window-filled conservatory.
And in back of the conservatory is a deck big enough to hold a grill. That deck sits on top of this house’s one-car attached garage.
The third floor has another full bathroom and four other rooms, two of which still serve as bedrooms and two of which could again if you so desire. As of now, they contain a home office and a gym.
In back of the large rear bedroom you will find another deck.
Stairs lead up from it to a full-floor roof deck installed two years ago. Trex decking means you won’t have to worry about deck maintenance for a good long while. And it offers 360-degree views that let you gaze over Girard College and scan the Center City skyline.
Below all this, an unfinished basement offers plenty of room for storage. You get to it using the stairs from the laundry room in back of the first floor, near the door to the attached garage.
One last artful touch: the Isaiah Zagar mural on the Poplar Street side wall.
All of this is very conveniently located: you’re just steps away from the Route 15 trolley, three blocks from Brewerytown’s lively retail strip along Girard Avenue, and a short walk from Fairmount Park and the Philadelphia Museum of Art. Which means that you can take in the Old Masters whenever you want to, then return to your own masterwork of art.
THE FINE PRINT
BATHS: 2 full, 1 half
SQUARE FEET: 3,033
SALE PRICE: $899,000
887 N. 24th St., Philadelphia, Pa. 19130 [Clark Fennimore | Space & Company]