Direct: 215 790 5506
Sold for $680,000 on Jul 17, 2018
IT WAS SNOWING the first time I visited this house, and the owner and I stood by a window, looking out across the street at Clark Park - the house is on the corner, and the entire side overlooks the park - and the view was mesmerizing! In fact, this property probably has the very best view of Clark Park in all of University City! The house is a Queen Anne Victorian on a beautifully intact block designed by prominent Philadelphia architect Willis Hale, c.1892. Its side entry leads to a wide hallway; the living room is to the right, with French doors leading to a wrap-around porch. Though enclosed and fully heated, it has not been featured by the current owner, but the next owner will likely make full use of it. On the other side of the entry hall is the large dining room; original pocket doors can close off either or both the living room & dining room from the hall. Past the dining room, theres a huge kitchen/great room at the rear of the house - with loads of windows overlooking the park & the back yard, plus a skylight bringing in even more light from above. The kitchen has been around a while, but its layout is great and its butcher block countertops are timeless. The great room space also includes a laundry closet and a half bath. Out back, the owner measured the fenced, landscaped yard at 35 x 22! On the two upper floors are six large rooms and three baths. The rear bedroom on the second floor has a fireplace and a private bath; the other two rooms on this floor share a hall bath built into a turret. The third floor has a partial in-law kitchen in the middle, with two additional enormous rooms and another turret bath. Just in case that isnt enough space, theres also a full attic, and a full, unfinished basement currently used for workshop space. The interior space is 3277 s.f. including the enclosed porch, and this isnt a fussy Victorian with dark, closed-in rooms. Its spacious with a great flow for entertaining. The location is close to everything - Clark Park, of course, and also just a block from Baltimore Ave. with its restaurants and shops. (No, the house is not in the Penn Alexander Schools catchment area, but if you have K-8 students, have you considered Powel or Lea?) Green Remarks: No need to have a car! The #13 trolley is right out front, and its a 15-minute ride to Center City, stopping at UPenn, Drexel, the 30th St. Station transportation hub along the way.