Just Listed: Modern Traditional Townhouse in Fishtown

This seven-year-young house not only stands apart from its next-door neighbors, but it also stands out in its blending of traditional and modern style.

neotraditional fishtown house for sale exterior front

Which do you prefer, modern or traditional? You don’t have to choose with this house for sale at 1312 E. Hewson St., Philadelphia, Pa. 19125 | Images via Redfin

If you’re one of those people who wants a newish-from-the-ground-up house but has Gotten Over the standard modernist Philly rowhouse, you should find this neotraditional Fishtown house for sale a welcome change of pace.

If you’re one of those people who like the clean lines and visual drama of good modernist design, you will find this neotraditional Fishtown house for sale to your liking as well.

How can this one house satisfy those two divergent tastes?

It’s kind of hard to explain, but the builder of this house has managed to pull it off.

The first clue to what to expect inside is right there on the facade. That marble accent-lit panel that ties the second and third floors together, along with the fenestration and the balconies on the two upper-floor bedrooms, signals that this house has a modern soul, while its cornice, leaded-glass front door and unadorned brick indicate how it will nod towards tradition.

neotraditional fishtown house for sale main floor

Main floor

On the main floor, tradition greets you first. This house does not have the fully open main floor common to most newer Philly houses. Instead, it’s semi-open, with the staircase and powder room bracketing a short corridor leading from the living room to the dining room/kitchen combo.

neotraditional fishtown house for sale living room

Living room

Traditional wood-and-wrought-iron banisters and crown moldings also give the living room that simple traditional elegance.

kitchen and dining area

Dining area and kitchen

Pass into the kitchen and dining room and the balance shifts in the modern direction.



The kitchen’s simple Shaker cabinetry serves to bridge tradition and modernity, while the lighting and other elements of the space are contemporary in form.

Doors and ceiling fans in the second-floor bedrooms give off traditional cues, while the hall bathroom is a purely modern space.

master bedroom

Master bedroom

The most frankly — and dramatically — modern space is the third-floor master suite. Its bedroom has a vaulted ceiling that rises to accommodate two large clerestory windows at the rear of the room.

master bathroom

Master bathroom

And its bathroom features the same modern style as the hall bathroom on the floor below, only with extra elegance and amenities thrown in.

roof deck

Roof deck

Above all this, a roof deck next to those clerestory windows offers great views of the surroundings. Below it all, a finished basement contains plenty of space to store your stuff, house a home gym, outfit a media room or whatever else you might want to do with it.


Backyard and patio

And behind everything you’ll find a large backyard with a paved patio, graveled seating area and planting berm ringing the seating area.

Buy this neotraditional Fishtown house for sale and you will be sitting pretty — you will have plenty of space inside and out to keep your social distance now, and once the worst has passed and you can enjoy going out again, all that Fishtown has to offer lies within a short walk of your home in the heart of the neighborhood: Frankford Avenue to your west, Girard Avenue to your south, and a supermarket and neighborhood shopping at Fishtown Crossing to your east.

And both your inner traditionalist and your inner modernist should be happy.



BATHS: 2 full, 1 half


SALE PRICE: $499,900

1312 E. Hewson St., Philadelphia, Pa. 19125 [Charles Davies | Redfin Corporation]