Surrounded by the lush Fairmount Park, this red brick oasis amazes with antique and contemporary details.
Look forward to summers in the spectacular backyard, soaking in the hot tub or lying out by the pool; photo by Linda McManus Images and Nick Wnorowski/WeFilmPhilly
The stunning living room is sure to be a hot spot for holiday cocktail parties; photo by Linda McManus Images and Nick Wnorowski/WeFilmPhilly
The grand staircase is flooded with natural light; photo by Linda McManus Images and Nick Wnorowski/WeFilmPhilly
While driving up 437 W. Chestnut Hill Ave.’s lengthy driveway, take in the grand, white-columned entrance just beyond the trees. Inside the 20th-century mansion, seven bedrooms and 8 ½ bathrooms await your exploration. Upon entering through double black doors, make your way to the spectacular, golden and cream-colored center hall enclosed by brilliant white-trimmed windows. Detailed white paneling and a grand fireplace are complemented by soft recessed lighting for a warm and bright atmosphere. Adjacent, an even cozier space can be found in the study, where dark wood built-in shelves are illuminated by a stone fireplace and an expansive triad of wood-framed windows. For a transition to contemporary decor, step into the kitchen to take in details like the sprawling white marble countertops, terra-cotta tile floor, Sub-Zero refrigerator, double ovens and a sun-lit breakfast area. Enjoy even more lavish amenities on the second level, which houses a monumental primary suite. Warm up by the fireplace while looking out onto the lush surrounding greenery before relaxing in one of the two sizable bathrooms. Further elevating the dream space are two closet spaces, one with an over-the-top dressing room—a fashionista’s fantasy. Just don’t forget to show off the stunning grounds, which include a pool and additional two-bed, two-bath house. $3,425,000, 437 W. Chestnut Hill Ave., Michael Sivel and Jennifer Rinella, 215.248.6536, thesivelgroup.com
Situated in Queen Village, discover this hidden mansion full of enchanting living spaces and multiple balconies.
The grand, two-story foyer features marble details, expansive transom windows and a custom staircase with an ornate wrought-iron railing; photos courtesy of BHHS Fox & Roach
Overlook the historic Shot Tower Playground from the dining room; photo courtesy of BHHS Fox & Roach
Live like royalty at 912 S. Front St., a modern Mediterranean home pulled directly from your favorite storybook. “It is very rare to find a mansion in Queen Village. In fact, there are only five,” says listing agent Patrick Conway. “This fabulous mansion is set back off the street and runs 160 feet deep with your own six-car parking.” Topping off this 7,500-square-foot home is a roof deck with sweeping views of Center City’s skyline. Find a more secluded view at the rear balcony attached to the primary suite: a luxurious space spanning wall to wall with exposed wood beams and vaulted ceilings. A grand spa bath, jacuzzi tub, two sinks and a Crema Marfil marble shower are some of the many wonders found within this suite—a walk-in closet, sitting area and gas fireplace just add to the room’s charm. Glide down the 12-foot custom staircase as your hand grazes the ornate wrought-iron railing, making note of the four additional bedrooms with full baths. On the second floor, discover a sunlit great room with even more balcony access, just off the kitchen and dining area. Any cook can appreciate the kitchen’s extensive three islands, 48-inch Sub-Zero refrigerator, spacious pantry with floor-to-ceiling shelving and solid wood Omega cabinets. Gaze beyond two marble pillars to discover a vast dining room area, fit to host any holiday gathering. For after-dinner drinks, invite visitors to warm up around the adjacent living room’s gas fireplace while enjoying views of the outside gazebo through tall windows. An added bonus: the separate one-bed, one-bath apartment suite with a private entrance, living room and kitchen. $2,399,000, 912 S. Front St., Patrick Conway, 215.266.1537, conwayteam.com
Photography by: 437 W. Chestnut Hill Ave. photos by Linda McManus Images and Nick Wnorowski/WeFilmPhilly; 912 S. Front St. photos courtesy of BHHS Fox & Roach