The CENTERfold: A Little Slice of Heaven in Hawthorn


I’m a sucker for gray in all forms. Ash, dove, charcoal… I’m about it. You can imagine the reaction I had when I was browsing Frank’s MLS listings and I came upon this absolute darling of a rowhome in up-and-coming Hawthorn. It was love at first sight. Let’s start with the fact that brick rowhomes speak to my soul, and this home is just the cutest, most quintessentially-Philadelphian brick rowhome that I’ve seen in a long time. UGH. True love, y’all. It’s newly-remodeled, and everything is modern, clean, and picture-perfect. It’s also close to Hawthorn Park, which is a feature of great appeal to parents. Let’s check this gorg home out, floor-by-floor!

First Floor

When you enter through the front door, you are greeted with wide-open living space that includes space for living, dining, and an open-concept kitchen. The kitchen sports timeless quartz countertops, gas cooking, and stainless steel appliances in addition to a pantry nook that has enough space for all your ingredients and larger small appliances. The first floor features sweeping twelve-foot ceilings, oak hardwood floors, and exposed brick. The abundance of double-hung windows makes the space airy and flooded with natural light. Of especial visual interest are the striking light fixtures in the main room and over the kitchen bar.

Second Floor

Up a winding staircase from the first floor is a roomy level with two substantial bedrooms, each boasting big closets for maximum storage. There is also a a large full bathroom in the hallway complete with dual vanities and marble lines bath/shower. It is full-on Art Deco-meets-modern, with standout light fixtures over the long double mirror set above a vanity that manages to be both ultra-sleek and a throwback to the building’s age (100 years!). A brick-lined hallway continues the contemporary and pretty style from downstairs.

Third Floor

The third floor is dedicated solely to an exquisite, spacious master suite with built-in shelving and a huge master closet. As is the case downstairs, natural light floods the room, and you will enjoy great views of the street below. The en suite bathroom is a knockout, with double vanities, a glass-enclosed shower with more than enough room for two, and a large, built-in towel rack. The marriage of brushed metal, tile, glass, and a natural wood vanity makes this space particularly inviting, like an in-home spa.

Finished Basement and Roof Deck

As if three stories’ worth of living area weren’t enough, you get bonus space to enjoy life in the fully-finished basement, as well as the roof deck. The basement runs the length of the home, making it ideal for a rumpus room, man cave, or play area for the kids! There is a full-sized, brand new GE washer and dryer, with plenty of space to set up a folding/hang-drying section if you wish. Warm recessed lighting gives the area a cozy glow, and the impressive exposed-brick-and-stone wall adds tremendous visual appeal. There are a handful of cute little closets for storage, say of sports gear or seasonal clothing.

And then, at the top level of the house, is the roof deck. Perfect for entertaining, it features 360 degree views of the city skyline and the tree-dappled sidewalks below. On warm days, this will be the perfect place to cozy up with a cool drink and something nice to read. Or, alternately, in fall, drape a blanket over your lap and snuggle up with your loved ones.

Everything Else

Now, the specifics: this home has 2,035 square feet of living area, not including the finished basement. It was originally built in 1918, which explains that charm that can only come to a building with the patina of time. At the same time, it touts all-new plumbing and windows, to ensure that you don’t suffer any of the headaches of antiquated building materials. It uses natural gas for the 2-zone HVAC and hot water. a home security system will give you peace of mind that your valuables and family are safe. The home is already wired for cable. There is a 10-year tax abatement on the property! This centrally-located, stunning home is on the market for $689,900. Do you see yourself in it? Contact a CCT Realtor today and buy your dream home!

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