Just Listed: Modern Traditional Townhouse in Spring Garden

Your lifestyle says “modern.” Your taste says “traditional.” This house squares that circle for you.

spring garden townhouse for sale main floor

The layout of this house is totally modern, but its design would fit easily into a Main Line Colonial. It’s located at 1614 Green St., Philadelphia, Pa. 19130 | Bright MLS images via Keller Williams Realty

The open-plan layout has its drawbacks; I’ve even pointed them out in a print-edition column. But there are also reasons that open-plan houses remain popular.

One of the biggies: If you enjoy entertaining, an open-plan main floor makes it easier for you and your guests to socialize at will. No crowding into the kitchen, no trooping from the living room to the dining room en masse.

Now here’s the rub: Let’s say that you really love traditional architecture and design. In your mind’s eye, you see your ideal house as one of those nice center-hall Colonials with wainscoting and chandeliers and Chippendale furniture.

And let’s add on top of that a desire to remain close to everything Center City has to offer.

Your choices are now seriously constrained.

spring garden townhouse for sale living room

Living room

Make that were. This extra-wide Spring Garden townhouse for sale gives you the best of both worlds.

spring garden townhouse for sale dining room

Dining room

You get a totally open main floor, with a living room that flows into the dining room without impediment.

spring garden townhouse for sale kitchen


A low pass-through divider separates the kitchen from the dining room, but functionally, open flow is preserved thanks to the space behind the island’s casual seating area.

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Kitchen island and bar

Further tying everything together is the dry bar with wine fridge on the opposite side of this space.

master bedroom

Master bedroom

master bathroom

Master bathroom

Of course, the drawback of no place to get away to remains, but the upper floors take care of that for you. The second floor has a study in addition to two bedrooms, and the full-floor master suite on the third floor has a separate sitting room.

roof deck

Roof deck

Plus there’s a private deck up on the roof.

media room

Media/game room

And down below, a media and game room lets you both relax and entertain on a more casual and intimate scale.

rear patio

Rear patio

Another thing this Spring Garden townhouse for sale has in common with those Colonials: It comes with a carriage house on the other side of its rear patio.

Bonus room/in-law suite

Bonus room/in-law suite

bonus room balcony

Bonus room balcony

On the street floor, it has a two-car garage; upstairs, you’ll find a large in-law suite with its own full bath and balcony. (Or you could use this space as a studio, guest bedroom, home gym or what-have-you.) A mudroom corridor connects the carriage house to the main house.

Because this house is close to several transit routes — yes, Spring Garden station on the Broad Street Line will reopen someday — you can probably leave your cars at home most of the time. You may even be able to ditch one of them and use the rest of the garage space for storage. Besides, walking to shops and restaurants in nearby Fairmount and Center City gives you the chance to get fresh air while practicing social distancing in an environmentally responsible manner.


BEDS: 4 (the MLS data sheet gives this figure as 6 in error)

BATHS: 4 full, 1 half


SALE PRICE: $1,448,999

OTHER STUFF: This house’s sale price was reduced by $1 on June 16th. The listing copy says the house has a 10-year tax abatement, but it was built in 2007, so you might want to inquire with the agent whether that is really the case.

1614 Green St., Philadelphia, Pa. 19130 [Anthony Castaneda | Philly Home Search | Keller Williams Philadelphia]