It Can Be Yours! 130 Queen Street, Philadelphia, PA

The neighborhood of Queen Village in Philadelphia, PA, is fast becoming the most-desirable place to live in Philadelphia. Recently, Philadelphia Magazine praised the positive growth and development of the greater Center City area and for local residents, myself included, the neighborhood just gets better every year. Learn more about Queen Village.

Most residential properties in Queen Village are brick row houses from the 19th Century. 130 Queen Street is a very typical representation of this style and dates to the earlier part of the Century. Houses like 130 Queen were typically a single room in length, note the half roof, with one room per floor. It is likely that once the plumbing was added, an expansion was built to accommodate the interior bathrooms and kitchen. Although 130 Queen is a row house, it’s a corner property and has windows on three sides, which lets in lots of natural light.

Once inside, the renovated home retains several charming historic features. Each floor has a working fireplace with original hand-carved mantle and two of these have charming built-in cabinets.

On the stairs, overlooking the living room.

A closer look at the hand-carved mantle.

One of the charming built-ins along the fireplaces.

Through the living room is a first floor kitchen that has been tastefully updated in a style sensitive to the age of the house.  The placement of the appliances, all normal-sized, offers ample work space and, thanks to the high ceilings on the first floor, there is plenty of cabinet storage as well.

A well-designed kitchen, in which two people can work comfortably.

Beyond is a patio, realtor Carolyn Perlow at Space & Company describes as “private, with plenty of room for a barbecue, furniture, and a city garden – a lovely place to entertain or just sit and enjoy a cup of coffee.”

There is a bedroom and bathroom on each upper floor, with a few wonderful surprises. Both bathrooms feature marble tile but the second floor bathroom has French doors, opening to a Juliette balcony.

The second floor bedroom is a good size and can accommodate a twin bed without preventing the occupant from accessing the closet. It’s important to note that older homes were not designed to have closets and sometimes adding them in later creates some floor space challenges. So, it’s always nice to report a historic home that has the modern conveniences we’ve come to appreciate. Speaking of modern conveniences, back in the kitchen there is a dishwasher.

I imagine that originally, 130 Queen was a three-and-a-half story row home with a dormer. It will be a nice mystery for the new owner to solve because today the third floor bedroom ceiling extends to the roof. Overlooking the bedroom is a balcony, accessible via spiral staircase, that has French doors opening to the roof.

The master bedroom balcony and ceiling fan.

The ceiling fan, normally not possible in the short ceilings of historic homes, simply sends any hot air right out – fantastic – reducing the need for the central a/c to be running all the time! A roof deck is feasible and would be a nice addition.

A summary of the details includes:

  • 1,300+ square feet
  • Located within the Meredith School encatchment (locals know why this is awesome and this is a great house for a family of three, or cozy for four)
  • Close to snazzy South Street/Head House shopping and restaurants
  • Historic brick row house around 200 years old
  • Gas heat, water heater, and range
  • Lovely, new wood floors throughout that are a period appropriate width
  • Washer/dryer in the third floor bathroom
  • Wired for a security system

For more information, please contact Carolyn Perlow at Space & Company, 215.625.3650. I first met Carolyn, who provided background information and the photos for 130 Queen, at one of the Queen Village Annual Open House tours.

300 Monroe Street, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

On the Market! 300 Monroe Street, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

300 Monroe Street, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

300 Monroe Street, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

Originally published in 2012.

Contemporary Row Home

Inside: three bedrooms, two full bathrooms, garage, proper dining room, new kitchen, fireplace, hardwood floors, center air, roof deck.

On a recent walk about town, we had the pleasure of viewing a wonderful row house that has lately been put on the market.

As you enter, you have the option of walking down the stairs into a cozy living room, with wood-burning fireplace, or walking up into a beautiful kitchen with an adjacent dining room that overlooks the living room. Because of the home’s corner location, there are many windows. The living areas are extremely light, airy, and open.

Starting at the ground level, there is a one-car garage. Having a garage in the city is very, very important. Anyone who lacks one, and has spent hours looking for parking, will tell you, a garage in this part of Philadelphia is like hitting the row house lottery. Slightly downstairs from the garage is a small bedroom with a full bathroom, perfect for guests who may desire privacy during their stay. Then it’s up the stairs into the living room, and further up to the kitchen. The kitchen, a Bulthaup Custom Kitchen, is well planned with plenty of workspace, modern appliances, and a clean design.

Continuing upwards, you have the master bathroom and master bedroom. Both are spacious and accommodating (two sinks!). Finally, on the third floor is a bedroom with wonderful views, a cathedral ceiling, custom California Closets, and French doors leading to the roof deck. The roof deck is big enough to entertain guests. The owners mention that the roof and deck are new.

With comfortable space for everything, family life, dinner parties, overnight guests, moon gazing, there isn’t much more anyone could ask for from an urban row house.

The house is located in the Queen Village neighborhood of Philadelphia, which offers the best of city living – restaurants, shopping, nightlife, art, all within walking distance. Additionally, it falls within the encachment for the desirable Meredith Elementary School (K-8).

For more information about this house, please contact Jennifer Strand at jstrand26@hotmail.com or visit http://www.zillow.com/homedetails/300-Monroe-St-Philadelphia-PA-19147/10182203_zpid/ and http://www.trulia.com/property/photos/3076897181-300-Monroe-St-Philadelphia-PA-19147.

The master bath has ample room for multiple people to get ready in the morning.

The master bath has ample room for multiple people to get ready in the morning.

The views from the third floor bedroom are wonderful!

The views from the third floor bedroom are wonderful!

Room for your car and storage!

Room for your car and storage!

A designer kitchen that's easy to work in.

A designer kitchen that’s easy to work in.

A private roof deck.

A private roof deck.

The living room, with built-in cabinets, wainscoting and a tile fireplace surround.

On the Market! 224 Bainbridge Street, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

The living room, with built-in cabinets, wainscoting and a tile fireplace surround.

The living room, with built-in cabinets, wainscoting and a tile fireplace surround.

Row Home, circa. late 1700s

Inside: three bedrooms, one full bath, one half bath, brick exterior, gas heat, central a/c, two working fireplaces, two decorative fireplaces, finished basement w/ laundry, private roof deck, period-appropriate kitchen, brick patio, stainless steel appliances, many original details

This is a rare opportunity to own a piece of American history! Built in the late 1700s, this home features many original details including wainscoting, wide-plank yellow pine wood flooring, 12 over 12 paned windows, spiral staircase, two wood burning fireplaces and more.

You enter the house into the living room, which has built-in cabinets with ample storage for modern audio visual needs. There are doors that close to retain historic charm when not watching TV. The back window looks into the passage way to the patio. The large windows and high ceilings make this a very welcoming and bright room. The living room fireplace features a beautiful tiled surround. From the living room you enter the first floor bedroom, which the owner is currently using as an office. This room has access to the private, brick patio with mature garden. Truly an urban oasis!

Walk up the historic spiral staircase and you have the master bedroom to your right and a large bathroom to the left. This spa-like retreat has a large claw-foot bathtub and a separate shower area and plenty of room for two to get ready in the morning.

This large room, located off the living room, can be used as a bedroom or a home office.

This large room, located off the living room, can be used as a bedroom or a home office.

The third, dormered floor, is quite cozy with built-in storage and closet space, custom fit to the dimensions of the pitched roof. French doors open to a private roof deck with easy access to the entire roof, which has a newer roof.

Back down the stairs, continue to the lower level and enter the dining room that can fit a standard table and has a wonderful side-bar built into a brick archway. Beyond the dining room is the kitchen which has full-size appliances, including a dishwasher. The cabinetry is period appropriate and nicely finished. Tucked away is a powder room and stacked laundry. There is an access door to the street located behind the laundry, and can be used if the laundry is moved, to allow for easy appliance installation if the need arises.

This home is located in Queen Village and has easy access to Philadelphia shopping, nightlife, attractions and public transportation. The neighborhood is well established and diverse.

We had a chance to ask the homeowner, Dennis Price, some questions about his house.

RowHouse: How long have you lived in your house?

Dennis: 3.5 years

RowHouse: What is one of your favorite memories in the house?

This mature garden is a pleasant personal retreat.

This mature garden is a pleasant personal retreat.

Dennis: The second Christmas in the home. My girlfriend (who was a new girlfriend at the time) spent hours intricately placing row after row of Christmas lights on the tree. I mean thorough. I had never seen anything like it. When she was done she went to clip the tag off of one of the lights and accidentally cut the cord. The whole tree went dark! We bought new lights and she sat there and repeated the whole venture. And I remember how the tree could be seen from the street and was so jolly all season. Great memory.

RowHouse: Queen Village is a very vibrant urban neighborhood. How has your experience been living in this area?

Dennis: Just great. Such a wealth of dining spots, coffee shops, bars, and parks. True neighborhood feel just off of South St.

RowHouse: Your house is very likely older than our country. What made you buy your historic home?

Dennis: I visited the Anne Frank house when I was kid and it always stuck with me. Then I saw this house and realized I could live in a house like Annie Frank’s!

RowHouse: You clearly have a lion’s share of original features. Is your home registered as historic?

A large kitchen, finished in period appropriate cabinetry, has all the modern amenities.

A large kitchen, finished in period appropriate cabinetry, has all the modern amenities.

Dennis: It is, I don’t have the plaque because of the DirectTV dish on the roof! Otherwise the historic commission is ready to put up the plaque.

RowHouse: Is there a story behind the red, claw foot bathtub? It is quite the statement piece!

Dennis: It’s the reason I bought the home. After I bought the home I dreamed that when I arrived the owner had taken the tub. I went to the palm shop (where for some reason it was) and fought for it back. It’s probably been used over 600 times in 3.5 years!

RowHouse: Over the living room fireplace, I notice a rather dashing colonial gentleman. Is he a previous resident?

Dennis: I don’t know, the photo that you saw that in was the previous owner’s photo. I have a sketch of an Armenian child who I befriended when I lived there above there now. She came as an exchange student this year and lived with my parents. So no, it’s not a dead guy! but fun story nonetheless.

RowHouse: Finally, what is your favorite feature of your home?

Dennis: The bath of course. I’ve also grown very fond of the kitchen over the last three years.

For more information about this beautiful house, please contact the realtor at john.s.duffy@duffyrealestate.com.

The master bedroom is on the second floor and faces the front of the house.

The master bedroom is on the second floor and faces the front of the house.

 

The full bathroom on the second floor with the very glamorous red bathtub.

The full bathroom on the second floor with the very glamorous red bathtub.

 

The second bedroom is on the third floor. A door leads out to the roof deck. There is ample built in storage in this room.

The second bedroom is on the third floor. A door leads out to the roof deck. There is ample built in storage in this room.

 

The house features a large, private roof deck.

The house features a large, private roof deck.

 

Photos: Provided by the homeowner.

On the Market: 111 Elfreth’s Alley, Olde City, Philadelphia, PA

111 Elfreth's Alley.

111 Elfreth’s Alley.

Attached Home, circa. 1750

Inside: three bedrooms, one full bath, brick exterior w/ stone foundation, basement laundry & mechanicals

It is a rare opportunity to be able to live in a historic house. It’s even rarer that you can do this in a city and reap all the benefits of urban living. And, as if that wasn’t good enough, this house is located on an entire block of fabulous vintage colonial row homes in the Olde City historic district, in Center City Philadelphia. It just doesn’t get any better than this, if a period home is what you’re looking for.

This particular home still has original wide plank pine flooring, newly refinished, in several of the rooms. Also, there are five fireplaces, including one in the master bedroom. Nothing says colonial cozy like fireplaces. Not to mention lots of fabulous period mouldings and trims. Another bonus is the nearly intact exterior, with a beautiful Federal door surround, 12 over 12 paned and 6 over 9 paned windows, and lovely Flemish Bond brickwork.

Walking down Elfreth’s Alley is like traveling back in time along a nice cobbled stone path. Because of the special nature of this block, there is a tightknit community. Living on this block is not just like living in a museum, it is living in a museum, the Elfreth’s Alley Association. It’s all about preservation. This is not the place where one modernizes anything. Not to worry, this house has modern comforts like indoor plumbing and appliances.

Another great aspect of this house is that it comes with a backyard patio. It’s not uncommon, in Philadelphia, for the row houses to be boxed in. Here, you can enjoy some private space and a small garden, if you wish.

111 Elfreth's Alley, living room.

111 Elfreth’s Alley, living room.

We had a chance to ask the homeowner some questions about her house.

How long have you lived in your house? – 16 years

Elfreth’s Alley is a really unique place. What specifically attracted you to the row? – Having lived in NYC for years I could not believe the affordable cost for such a unique single family home in a great part of town.

111 Elfreth's Alley, dining room.

111 Elfreth’s Alley, dining room.

What is one of your favorite memories in the house? – It will always be the fireplaces, there are 5 in the house and there’s nothing like reading or talking in front of a fire.

Because of the nature of living in a museum-like setting, with constant visitors, how has it been to always be on display? – It really never bothered me much, actually people usually compliment you or mention they think you’re lucky to live on the Alley.

111 Elfreth's Alley, patio.

111 Elfreth’s Alley, patio.

What are some of the historic preservation guidelines you’ve had to observe during your residency? Has this been challenging? – The relationship between home owners and the Elfreth’s Alley Association has always been , as far as I know, “a gentlemen’s agreement” in respect to maintaining a respectability about the Alley’s heritage and home owner’s needs. The Association is great about planting and upkeep and the residents volunteer for Association clean-ups and events.

What have you enjoyed most about living on Elfreth’s Alley? – Definitely the neighbors I am close to, they are my family.

111 Elfreth's Alley, bedroom.

111 Elfreth’s Alley, bedroom.

This home is no longer on the market. However, homes on Elfreth’s Alley do go on the market occasionally  Check with local realtor listings for availability.