• Featured on Brownstoner "House of the Day" 4/22/10: http://ow.ly/1C2iX • Featured on the Delaware Valley Modernists blog: http://ow.ly/5hyv • Featured on HGTV's "What You Get for the Money" episode HGFTM-504, first aired 4/29/07
Are you looking for a unique Contemporary Single, featured on HGTV and Fine Living Networks, which blends old with new in one of Philly's transformed communities? You will not be disappointed with the renovation of two townhouses (2-story and 4-story) on 3 lots creating a unique Single Contemporary in Fishtown, which continues to undergo a great transformation similar to its neighbor, Northern Liberties. Enjoy the transformation of this convenient neighborhood having quick access to major highways and Philly's best restaurants and attractions. Walking distance to the Piazza, Northern Liberties, Penn Treaty Park, local shops, galleries and restaurants. Lots of parking, lots of storage space, soaring ceilings, modern kitchen, a huge green backyard, quiet surroundings and history - all within the city limits!
Partially joined on only 1 side to neighbor. Other side is detached and faces new construction (first phase complete, second underway - no windows that face property). Front of house faces a newly renovated athletic field/park. Rear faces other large yards. Multiple new construction projects and renovations completed, underway, or starting soon on Thompson street and surrounding streets. The corner of Thompson and Columbia is slated to be a pilot for part of the city's Green Streets initiative, which calls for increasing tree cover, installing sidewalk planters, using bioswales, rain gardens, corner bump-outs and more. Very popular block!
First floor: Exterior clad in well-insulated synthetic stucco and siding; New steel door with genuine Neutraface numerals, architectural planter, new in-sidewalk tree; family room with exposed-beam ceiling, hardwood floor; kitchen with oversized floor tile, vented 1/2 bath, island with filtered-water sink, Insinkerator, Bosch ultra-quiet dishwasher, breakfast nook, floor-to-ceiling windows, dual opening skylights, ceiling fan, lighted pantry, fridge on platform, huge commercial Wolf 6-burner range and oven, with Viking stainless hood that vents to an exterior chimney, tons of cabinets, lots of electrical outlets, and a built-in desk. Lit with spots with dimmers, stainless pendants and fixtures.
Second floor: 2 bedrooms with built-in closets, exposed-beam ceiling, individual radiant heaters, hardwood flooring; tiled master bath with separate vented water closet, storage, built-in tub with custom hardwood surrounds and heated benches, recessed and spot lighting, unique counter-to-ceiling mirror, custom built-in cabinetry, new fixtures; great room/dining room with soaring 25' ceilings, exposed brick, hardwood, flueless gas fireplace, attic storage, spotlights, closet, dual remote-controlled brushed metal ceiling fans, sliding screened doors to balcony overlooking backyard. Great room currently has contemporary-style auto-return professionally installed slate pool table in center (available as part of the sale).
Original spiral stairs lead from the great room to the third floor: loft bedroom/office with large screened slider window, closet, built-in bookcases, sconces and spots with dimmers; floating staircase to green hardwood observation walkway with large screened slider windows on fourth. Automatic attic fan. Breathtaking panoramic skyline views of Center City, the waterfront and the Ben Franklin Bridge.
3 or 4 car parking: two driveways with no-parking city permits, HUGE 2-car garage with separate door; main garage door is remotely operated and has exterior keypad; rear features another garage door, so you can pull out into the backyard for additional parking or washing a car; heated mudroom with laundry appliances, work surface, cabinets and storage, and a custom full shower. Utility sink, workshop area, lots of lighting and electrical outlets. Gated/lighted outdoor parking next to house, big enough for boat or RV, with pathway to yard/rear entrance.
Gigantic backyard with lawn, trees, brick and concrete patios, synthetic decking, 15 year old fruit-producing Concord grapevines, stone planter beds, ivy surrounds, vegetable garden, gardening shed with electric outlets, lamp, urinal, work surface and storage, and even an astroturf putting green! Exterior electric outlets, water spigot and wall-mount hose reel. Shed, planter beds and patio use reclaimed materials from renovation. Motion and flood lighting.