Property of the Week - Society Hill Artists' Domain - 348 S 4th St, Philadelphia PA 19106
For the first time in over 50 years, this 1792 double-width Society Hill Colonial Townhouse boasting one of the City's largest private gardens (32' x 54') is available. Architect designed and occupied, the property seamlessly blends the best of all worlds: a historically accurate exterior and a 4-story plus full basement modernist interior. All floors of the home enjoy views to the lushly planted bi-level garden. A true urban oasis, the property can be occupied as is or expanded westerly within current zoning while still enjoying a large garden. The main entry provides immediate access to kitchen, coats at the front door, basement and powder room and leads to the 32-foot-wide generously proportioned, 20-foot high open plan Lower and Upper Living-Dining Rooms overlooking and opening to the garden and outdoor dining. A raised-hearth circular wood burning fireplace and a beautifully restored pre-1792 exposed brick wall are key features of this easy living entertainment space perfectly suited for intimate dinners to large stand-up cocktail parties. The chef's kitchen, which opens to both entry foyer and dining, features a commercial six burner, double oven gas stove and black walnut casework. Wine is stored in the naturally cool basement. A sculptural 6-foot diameter spiral stair connects to the private floors above. The 2nd floor dedicated Master Floor features a large Master Bedroom overlooking garden, full Bathroom, Dressing with an abundance of closets, Laundry and Library/Media Room. The 3rd floor has two large bedrooms, full bathroom, and a garden-side full-width studio with wood burning fireplace. Today used as home office and gym, this studio easily adapts to other uses. The 4th floor is a finished carpeted full attic currently used as studio and storage. The full basement, accessible from the 1st floor hatch and 4th Street bulkhead, is very clean with well-maintained mechanical systems. Random-width dark stained pine floors shine throughout. East-West natural light abounds. Rooftop skylights and interior light wells bring additional light into the attic and 3rd floor. This property reflects the varied history of Society Hill. Originally occupied by 18th and 19th century working class Philadelphians, converted to Hoffman Ironworks in the 20th century, acquired by the Redevelopment Authority in 1962, restored for residential use in 1968 and meticulously maintained up to present day, this property awaits its 21st century chapter.