In fact, this beautiful old townhouse comes with two-thirds of a trinity included. Together, the two properties are loaded with potential.
I doubt the owner of this property thought that way, but the trinity included in the deal that includes this beautiful vintage townhouse in Grad Hospital makes it eligible for a Trinity Tuesday feature.
To be fair, the trinity in this case is the added bonus, not the main accommodation, in this Grad Hospital double house for sale. But renting it out will make it easier for you to afford this pair of houses in one piece.
So I’m going to start by showing you the place that your tenant (or loved one) will occupy before arriving at the one you want to live in.
The house at 719 South Hicks Street is actually two-thirds of a trinity – it’s only two stories high. But since it has the shape and arrangement of an extended trinity, I’ll count it as one for the purposes of this feature.
The listing agent calls it a “two-bedroom, one-bathroom” home, but unless he counts the downstairs living room as one bedroom, you’ll be hard pressed to find that second bedroom.
This home and the one it is packaged with have wide plank pine floors which are in good condition but could benefit from a refurbishment. Perhaps the reason the listing agent considers the living room a bedroom is because it has ample storage space.
The open-plan kitchen behind it has basic but up-to-date appliances, track lighting and a stained glass door like the one in the living room. This door leads to the back yard between the two houses.
The upstairs bedroom also has a large closet and an adjoining bathroom above the kitchen.
Between this quasi-trinity and the main house is a vast courtyard which in fact extends into the adjoining lots.
The same person who has owned these two houses since 1985 purchased the land next to trinity in 2005. You may wish to inquire with the listing agent if this land, which currently has parking for one car as well than the patio you see here, is also included with this package. I suspect so.
The main house has even more potential than the trinity. Public records indicate it was built in 1915 and was clearly given a facelift a few decades later – but the railings, chimneys, door hardware and handsome tin paneling in the vestibule all strongly suggest that it was built long before.
The ground floor contains a living room with a brick fireplace. By the way, the six fireplaces in this house are all decorative.
Behind the living room is a dining room with a marble fireplace.
You will also find marble in the kitchen, specifically a black marble tiled floor. The kitchen cabinets and appliances appear to have been installed shortly after the owner purchased this home. The exposed beam ceiling, diagonal slatted walls and track lighting give this room a decidedly contemporary charm.
All of the bedrooms on the top two floors also have fireplaces, another sign that this home is well before 1900. This middle bedroom on the second floor has a large cedar closet behind those double louvered doors.
The master bedroom on the third floor features a brick accent wall punctuated by its fireplace.
The bathroom, located next to the stairs just below the rest of the second floor, appears to have had a more recent makeover than the kitchen. This renovation has brought it up to date. Note the swirling glass windows in its door and the divider between the vanity and the tub/toilet area.
Now can’t you see how, with just a little work, you can turn this Grad Hospital double house for sale into two fabulous residences? Or, with a little less work, you can turn it into a fabulous residence (and nice enough to please any tenant).
No matter how much work you decide to put into it, you’ll have plenty with two houses conveniently located on it. They are just one block from Arts Avenue, just over a block from the South Street West restaurant district, and within walking distance of many of the amenities that make this popular. Rittenhouse Square, Washington Square West, Hawthorne and Bella Vista. living spaces. And anything you can’t walk (or don’t feel like walking), SEPTA can get you there on the Broad Street Line or one of the many nearby bus routes.
The listing agent recommends that you bring your architect or designer during your visit so that he can measure his potential. I second the agent’s recommendation.
THE SMALL CHARACTERISTICS
(all figures for main house only)
SQUARE FEET: 2,584
SELLING PRICE: $888,000
OTHER THINGS: As this land is zoned RM-1, renting the trinity will not be a problem.
718 S. 15th St., Philadelphia, PA 19146 [Marc Hammarberg | Marc Hammarberg Group | BHHS Fox & Roach Realtors]