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A Lofty City Dwelling Offers Views of Rittenhouse Square While a Historic Suburban Estate Promises the Ultimate Summer Getaway

By Kristin Detterline | August 19, 2020 | Home & Real Estate


A light-filled residence at The Barclay is outfitted with a Bulthaup kitchen.


A newly listed residence at The Barclay (237 S. 18th St.), one of Center City’s toniest buildings, has an undeniably contemporary aesthetic thanks to its sleek Bulthaup kitchen. Homeowners will enjoy grand views of Rittenhouse Square and South Philadelphia from their airy perch inside Unit 16B.

HOME HIGHLIGHTS The nearly 4,400-square-foot floor plan features three bedrooms and 3 ½ baths plus a den that can be transformed into an additional bedroom or home office. An inviting gallery foyer is framed by design elements that flow throughout the space, including 10-foot ceilings, warm-hued hardwood floors and custom moldings, millwork and lighting.

ALL-STAR AMENITIES Priced at $3,495,000, residents will “enjoy worldclass front desk and door staff—they take tremendous care of the residents and are one of the building’s greatest assets—as well as car service and a fitness center,” says broker Allan Domb of Allan Domb Real Estate ( The Barclay is also pet-friendly.

INSIDER INFO “This home provides a rare opportunity to live in the grandeur of The Barclay while enjoying a modern residence appointed with designer finishes and details,” says Domb. “You can move right in or update this condominium to your specific tastes—16B has great potential to make this the home of your dreams.”

The kitchen at Todmorden Hall, a historic property in Rose Valley


Todmorden Hall (6 Todmorden Lane, Rose Valley), an 18th century home in Delaware County, is steeped in Philadelphia history. The property was once used as an outlook during the Revolutionary War and later served as a haven for the Underground Railroad. The Hoyt Scott family, of Scott paper towel fame, lived here in the early 19th century and planted the gardens that endure today.

HOME HIGHLIGHTS Extensive historical renovations gave the residence, built in 1780, a new life. The five-bedroom, five-bath home totals over 7,000 square feet and features a chef’s kitchen, two half-baths and four additional rooms to be used at the homeowner’s discretion. Design elements like exposed brick, built-in shelving, and original fireplaces and molding give the home a genuine sense of character. The residence is priced at $2.25 million.

GREAT OUTDOORS Set on 2.8 acres, open-air porches can be found on the first and second floor, and the expansive patio and backyard even has a koi pond.

INSIDER INFO “Historic charm meets modern amenities tucked away on a brilliantly landscaped oasis with a tennis court in an awardwinning school district,” says Mike McCann of The Mike McCann Team ( “Out of all the homes I’ve seen in my career, this one tops them all. I could live here for 100 years!”

Photography by: Photos courtesy of: Allan Domb Real Estate; The Mike McCann Team