On the Market: Expanded Courtyard Trinity in Queen Village

If you thought last week’s trinity-on-a-park was a gem, wait until you see the park attached to this week’s trinity.

house for sale queen village expanded courtyard trinity exteruir front

According to the sign next to the courtyard doorway, you will be living on Higgens Place if you buy this trinity whose mailing address is 116 Carpenter St., Rear 1, Philadelphia, PA 19147. But no matter what you call it, you will call the courtyard it sits on bloomin’ lovely. / Bright MLS images via Elfant Wissahickon Realtors

Some buyers appreciate trinities on courtyards because the courtyards are often hidden from public view. Nosy neighbors will have no idea that the buyer is living in an urban oasis.

The trinity I featured last Trinity Tuesday did not fall in that category. Passers-by could simply look through the fence and see the greenery.

This week’s trinity, on the other hand, does.

This Queen Village expanded courtyard trinity house for sale hides behind this entranceway on Carpenter Street:

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Courtyard entrance

If the door is closed, the only clue that something interesting may lie beyond it is the wooden sign mounted on the wall of the house next to the gateway.

Open and walk through it, though, and you see this.

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Courtyard patio and picnic table

The park this trinity faces is much nicer than the one in Northern Liberties. According to the listing, this is a garden and an arboretum rolled into one.

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view of house from courtyard

View of house from courtyard

The trees and bushes found here include crape myrtle, dogwoods, birches and pussy willows for starters. Flower beds filled with perennials ring the lot and add color to the shared patio and picnic table.

Now that you know it faces a spectacular courtyard, it’s time to go inside the house.

house for sale queen village expanded courtyard trinity living/dining room

Living-dining room

dining room and kitchen

Dining room and kitchen

It too is a looker, with clean lines and extra room thanks to its extra depth.  The front door opens onto a combination living room, dining room and kitchen.



The kitchen in the corner has a decent amount of storage space. And it has enough room for you to add a rolling island if you want more counter space, just as the owner of this house did.

rear patio

Rear patio

The door at the back leads to your own private rear patio. Thus you get both shared outdoor greenery and a bit of outdoor privacy, a combination not found in most courtyard trinities.





The second floor contains a good-sized bedroom and the house’s bathroom.


Bedroom (den)


Bedroom (den)

The second bedroom on the top floor is currently configured as a den. A pull-down door leads to storage space above it. And you will find a laundry in the unfinished basement.

The pocket park in front of this Queen Village expanded courtyard trinity house for sale offers passive recreation. The Shot Tower Playground and Recreation Center across the street offers the active kind. Other opportunities for recreation include walking or biking along the Delaware River, also close by, or taking a stroll to South Street and Head House Square for dining and entertainment or the Italian Market for food shopping. Unless, that is, you would prefer to do your shopping at the Walmart at Pier 70, also not far from here.

And when you tire of the activity that surrounds you, you can always just walk through the courtyard door, close it, and enjoy the nature that surrounds you instead.





SALE PRICE: $345,000

OTHER STUFF: This house’s sale price has been reduced twice, most recently by $10,000 on November 3rd.

116 Carpenter St., Rear 1, Philadelphia, PA 19147 [Ann Marie McFadden | Elfant Wissahickon Realtors]