On the Market: Delancey Street Townhouse in Rittenhouse Square
By Delancey Street standards, this elegant townhouse is modest. By the standards of anywhere else, this updated townhouse is a knockout.
Elegance from bygone days meets modern conveniences and amenities in this well-maintained and thoughtfully updated Rittenhouse Square Delancey Street townhouse for sale.
What’s been maintained here is the essential 19th-century character of this townhouse that’s more spacious than it looks from the outside. Yet some of the updates made to this house have added to it a dash of contemporary flair.
When you walk through the vestibule into the living room, however, what you see is pure Age-of-Innocence style. Leaded glass windows, a fanlight transom, a crystal chandelier that matches the window treatments and echoes the dining-room color scheme, original hardwood floors with mahogany inlays, and a hand-carved fireplace mantel are just some of the details that keep the spirit of the past alive here.
Past a modern butler’s pantry built into a hallway is the dining room. Here, too, you find a fireplace flanked by built-in display cabinets and a leaded-glass bay window.
Things take a turn towards the modern in the very well-equipped kitchen. A Miele espresso maker hides discreetly behind mahogany cabinet doors while blond wood ones cover both pantry space and a Sub-Zero fridge. And speaking of fridge, one unique feature of this kitchen are the Sub-Zero refrigerator and freezer drawers flanking the Wolf commercial-grade range.
At the top of the staircase from the main floor sits what the listing agent calls a “great room.” Yes, the room really looks great, but in style and volume, it looks to me more like a den. Regardless what it’s called, this space with a gas fireplace and bay window is perfect for informal relaxation with your family and close friends. An anteroom next to it contains a kitchenette with a wine rack, refrigerator and Miele dishwasher.
Flanking it in front and back are bedrooms. The one in front, pictured above, is actually way more elegant and spacious than the primary bedroom — and yes, it has an en-suite bathroom. So does the plainer one in back.
But the primary bedroom suite one floor up is better outfitted.
Beyond its spacious, traditionally-styled bathroom is a huge walk-in closet with a dressing table.
There are two more bedrooms in this house. One is in the front on the top floor; it has an en-suite bath and a sitting area. The other is located next to this huge playroom in the basement.
Other modern conveniences added to this house include an elevator serving all floors, three-zone climate control and an electric-vehicle charging station at one of its two gated parking spaces in back.
This timeless yet totally up-to-date residence sits just three blocks away from Rittenhouse Square itself and the same distance from South Street West, where you will find shops, restaurants and one of the two supermarkets serving this neighborhood. Even closer — about a block and a half — from the shops and restaurants that line South 20th Street.
Timeless yet totally in tune with today, this Rittenhouse Square Delancey Street townhouse for sale is perfect for those who want grandeur that’s not too grand.
THE FINE PRINT
BATHS: 5 full, 1 half
SQUARE FEET: 4,500
SALE PRICE: $3,400,000
2109 Delancey St., Philadelphia, Pa. 19103 [Maureen Brown and Michael Brown | BHHS Fox & Roach Realtors]