Just Listed: Double-Wide Townhouse in Rittenhouse
Looking for a little more room, without having to move to the suburbs? Here’s a way you can do it without giving up city living.
The COVID-19 coronavirus pandemic has sent some city-dwellers headed to the country, or at least the suburbs, in search of more social distance to put between themselves and the rest of the world.
Not all of these people are doing so gladly, however. Some of them actually like city living and the excitement and advantages it offers. These reluctant suburbanites, given the choice, would jump at the chance to have some extra room to breathe without having to give up urban amenities.
This Rittenhouse Square townhouse for sale gives those reluctant suburbanites that choice.
It’s a rarity among Philly townhouses in that it occupies a lot of standard depth (64 feet) and twice the width (36 feet). The developer who built this house in 2005 took advantage of that bigger lot to build in more space, more amenities, and more drama in its design.
This is a contemporary-yet-traditional house with just a hint of Italian flair. Its exterior actually recalls the schoolhouses this city built in the mid-1800s with its cupola-like tower.
Beneath that cupola is one of this house’s extra-dramatic spaces: the extra-high-ceilinged sitting area of its enormous third-floor master bedroom.
But the real drama lies beneath this space in its two-story-high main living space.
This developer and their architect did some really neat things with form, void and volume in crafting this space. The peek-a-boo open main staircase becomes an integral part of the living room’s design, for starters.
Both the second-floor balcony and color contrasts delineate the living and dining spaces, and the living room’s tray ceiling ties into the coffered ceiling of the balcony den. This makes the total package an open-plan space that is at the same time very well defined.
This house is also oriented to maximize privacy. The living and dining rooms open onto its spacious rear courtyard while the well-equipped kitchen, a cozy breakfast room and the one-car garage face the street.
You can also reach that rear courtyard via the side court your guests will use to enter the house, a setup that’s ideal for outdoor entertaining. You can greet your arriving guests from the second-floor terrace overlook too.
Or you could even wave to them from the balcony of your private roof deck, next to the master and guest bedrooms. That deck offers great city views, especially at sunset, yet is invisible from the street.
And it’s convenient to Rittenhouse Square, Rittenhouse Row and the South Street West restaurant row.
With extra room both indoors and out and a design that maximizes privacy, this extra-large Rittenhouse Square townhouse for sale offers everything you might want in a suburban house, plus a city address to boot.
THE FINE PRINT
BATHS: 3 full, 1 half
SQUARE FEET: 3,600
SALE PRICE: $1,750,000
1925-27 Naudain St., Philadelphia, Pa. 19146 [Alon Seltzer | Compass]