Opportunities like this are few and far between: a historic CMX-2 building on a 20×132-foot lot situated on a thriving block of Lancaster Ave surrounded by new development. The exterior has hallmark Powelton Village details like an original storefront entrance and display window with intricate trim, setting the tone for both interiors’ ultra-high ceilings, original plaster (some curved!) with crown molding, millwork and random-width pine floors. The storefront runs the full length of the building and has access to the basement both from the inside and through front bilco doors; the begging-to-be-restored residential unit is a spacious, sun-soaked bilevel two-three bedroom with a deck. A gorgeous original staircase with curved banisters connects the private entry to the main living space, where there’s a large living room, kitchen, hall bath with clawfoot tub and a large bedroom with decorative slate fireplace and elegant bay window. On the third floor is a large bedroom with a wall of built-ins that connects to another room that could either serve as a third bedroom or be used to create a dreamy primary suite. On this level there’s a door to the deck overlooking the large rear yard. Powelton Village lies in the heart of the University City District, which provides public maintenance and safety services, and is the best of both worlds—charming residential blocks surrounding the locally owned small businesses along Lancaster and Powelton aves, plus national retail and dining names on the bustling nearby Market and Chestnut sts.