I'm not a modern kind of gal.
When Boyfriend and I stroll our neighborhood, he consistently points to blocky and gaudy newly constructed apartments, with second floor windows that push out beyond the facade. In South Philly, these are becoming too frequent a sight. Typically I'll groan, "That's not what the city is about!"
Give me charming colonials, Queen Village trinities, and double-wide mansions in West Philly with wraparound porches.
That is, until I found this Graduate Hospital townhome that brings together the best of both worlds for $795,000.
The exterior of 2138 Catharine St. is perfect for the modern eye. Its oversized windows and clean lines bring in plenty of sunlight and stand out among the classic South Philly homes on this charming tree-lined street.
But the interior's architectural elements – like exposed wood ceiling beams, exposed white-washed brick walls and muted hardwood floors throughout – are a rarity in much of the modern construction that's going up throughout the city.
Cozy up by the fire in the quaint living room, or head through the open floor plan into a chef's kitchen. The custom room boasts of a built-in Sub Zero fridge and dishwasher, hand-crafted cabinetry, granite countertops and a large island, offering plenty of space for entertaining family and friends.
On the second floor, there are two bedrooms, a half-bath and a laundry area, as well as a bi-level deck for morning coffee breaks and al fresco dinners in the summer.
The master suite overtakes the third floor, with a tranquil bathroom in white marble – including a separate shower, soaking tub and oversized vanity.
Not like you'd ever want to leave, but this stunning three bedroom home is just steps from Rittenhouse and GHo's nightlife and convenience. With a one-car garage, you'll never have to worry about parking, either.