A return to Europe for a new job is the only thing turning these happy homeowners into sellers. What a sweet setup: They renovated the first two floors of this former triplex into a spacious, open and lofty space for themselves, and the continuously occupied third floor has significantly subsidized the mortgage over the years—an ideal scenario for any West Philly buyer who doesn’t necessarily need or want a sprawling Victorian. (But of course the potential to grow into one doesn’t hurt.) Located on a quiet, tree-lined block less than two blocks from Clark Park, this house has original pine floors and nice original details throughout, and a large backyard. Enter through a large vestibule/front hall into the first-floor living space, featuring a formal front room with gorgeous intact pocket doors and original fireplace; and a wide-open space with stylishly renovated kitchen, dining and separate seating area in front of the bay window with built-in bench. The central spiral staircase is in keeping with the airy, contemporary reuse of this space, and there is a convenient full bath on this floor. Upstairs there is another open space perfect for a den, media room, playroom or study area connected to a humungous front bedroom with bay window and original decorative fireplace. The rear master suite is all Sante Fe-style zen, with its oversize window and private bath with wood floors, clean white tile and minimalist aesthetic. The third floor has an open kitchen/living area, a full bath and two spacious bedrooms, and the standing-height attic is a great additional space for a studio or sleeping loft. And it’s not every day that one admires an unfinished basement, but this one is decidedly un-creepy and offers not just laundry but tons of storage and/or flex space for a home gym, studio or yoga room.
- SOLD: $389,900
- 4 beds/3 baths
- Two units with separate entrances