Situated steps away from Washington Square, a Society Hill townhouse repurposes centuries of Colonial splendor and character for the 21st century sophisticate.
A view of the en suite master bathroom with twin marble sinks. PHOTO COURTESY OF POWELTON DIGITAL MEDIA
Built in 1796 by George Coombe, this property, also known as the Thomas Sully House, is a National Historic Landmark. The name comes from the famous 18th century portrait painter, who previously inhabited the residence. Many of the Old World fixtures remain intact, such as an original fireplace, wainscoting and an inner courtyard replete with a spiral staircase and planting garden. The home’s four levels accommodate four bedrooms, 4 ½ bathrooms and five distinct outdoor sanctuaries. Upon entering the marble foyer, you are greeted by the main hosting areas, including a breakfast room, a dining room accentuated by a black crystal chandelier and a chef’s kitchen furnished with two Miele dishwashers, a double JennAir SS oven, a Wolf four-burner stove and a quartzite countertop.
An exterior view of the property. PHOTO COURTESY OF POWELTON DIGITAL MEDIA
On the second floor, you will find a remarkable home office and library featuring vaulted ceilings, two skylights and an outdoor planting deck. Down the hall, the grand owner’s suite boasts three sweeping windows, custom molding, a chandelier and a fireplace shrouded by a mantel. Additionally, the en suite bathroom contains heated tile flooring, Carrera marble half-wall wainscoting, a clawfoot tub and a marble stall shower enclosed in glass. After soaking in these appealing attributes, you can move on to the third floor, where you will view two bedrooms connected by a Jack-and-Jill bathroom.
On the final, fourth floor, a pair of classic French doors open onto a rooftop terrace overlooking the courtyard and garden below. This level also offers another loft bedroom with an en suite bathroom. If you find it hard to believe that all of these amenities can be found in Center City, you’re not alone, as listing agent Kristen Foote feels the same. “From the serene courtyard off the living room and landscaped patio off the kitchen for alfresco dining to the bountiful rooftop garden, I am amazed that such a space exists in the city,” she says.
An interior view of a wood paneled corridor. PHOTO COURTESY OF POWELTON DIGITAL MEDIA
However, if these combined refinements weren’t convincing enough, then surely the climate-controlled, four-car garage with two electric car chargers will seal the deal. Be sure not to forget the wine cellar and full spa complete with a sauna and yoga studio down in the basement, as well. Without a doubt, Thomas Sully would be delighted to see his former stomping grounds renovated to an immaculate degree. $3,295,000, 530 Spruce St., Kristen Foote, 267.435.8015, Compass Real Estate, compass.com
The outdoor courtyard. PHOTO COURTESY OF POWELTON DIGITAL MEDIA
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