On the Market: Federal Townhouse in Society Hill

This house is the genuine article: all of its 19th-century character has been preserved, yet this extra-wide townhouse has been updated where it counts.

house for sale society hill federal townhouse exterior front

309 S. 3rd St., Philadelphia, Pa. 19106 | Bright MLS images via Compass

Looking for a gracious oasis in one of Philadelphia’s most historic neighborhoods?

Your search is over.

This extra-wide (26 feet), beautifully outfitted, well-maintained Society Hill townhouse for sale is exactly the place you’ve been looking for.

house for sale society hill federal townhouse living room

Living room

Especially if you want a place with that has both classic elegance and plenty of casual spaces for entertaining, de-stressing and enjoying everyday life.

house for sale society hill federal townhouse dining room

Dining room

You’ll find all the elegant formal spaces on the first floor. Original pine floors, gas-burning fireplaces, antique crystal chandeliers and 14-foot-high ceilings give the living room, formal dining room and library dignified grandeur.

society hill federal townhouse kitchen


society hill federal townhouse kitchen and dining area

Kitchen and dining area

You’ll also find antique crystal chandeliers in the eat-in kitchen, but everything else about this Clive Christian-designed, light-filled space is up to date save the decor. But you weren’t looking for an au courant kitchen, were you?

society hill federal townhouse rear garden

Rear garden

The garden terrace behind the kitchen also wraps around the side of the house’s rear wing. It’s one of three outdoor spaces attached to this house for sale, and it also features a fountain.

society hill federal townhouse library


society hill federal townhouse master bedroom

Master bedroom

master bathroom

Master bathroom

The second floor is given over to the library and a no less elegant master suite with a spacious bedroom with fireplace, dual closets, and a sumptuous marble master bath.

society hill federal townhouse bar and media room

Bar and media room

Above the guest suite and two more bedrooms on the third floor you will find a full-floor recreation space on the top floor. This skylit space features a beamed cathedral ceiling, a full bar, a media room, a greenhouse, a half bath and a balcony from which you can take in views of the city.

Below it all lies an au pair suite and a sauna, and an elevator ties everything together.

Many of the best things the city has to offer are virtually at your feet: Old City shops, restaurants and art galleries. The Delaware waterfront. Independence Hall and the rest of the Historic Square Mile.

But with the best of everything inside your house, you may not feel like taking all that in all that often.



BATHS: 4 full, 2 half


SALE PRICE: $3,999,000

OTHER STUFF: This house also comes with a gated parking space for $1,250 per year. Its sale price has been reduced twice, most recently by $496,000 on Nov. 19th. We had previously featured this house when it was listed for sale in June 2016; it was taken off the market at the end of that year and relisted in the summer of 2017. It has remained on the market since then.

309 S. 3rd St., Philadelphia, Pa. 19106 [Lavinia Smerconish and Alon Seltzer | Compass]