They say the only thing you can't change about a home is its location. The rest? Gut it, restore it, paint it, knock it down, build it up, or whatever your heart desires.
Then, there's this home – or castle, more like it.
Just a stone's throw (literally) from East Passyunk Avenue, and built in a modern European style with a detailed brick facade and oversized rounded windows, we can't think of anything you'd want to change about 1000 Cross St.
"I used to live right up the block from this house and always loved it," real estate agent Wesley Kays-Henry told Metro. "No one could look at this place and think it's anywhere but South Philly."
Enter through dramatic custom iron gates and double glass doors into an open-layout living room, outfitted with distressed hardwood floors and a gas fireplace set in stone. Follow the home's flow through the dining room into a spacious, envy-worthy kitchen, complete with granite countertops, a wine rack, stainless steel appliances, a glass tile backsplash and a massive island bar counter.
Entertaining? The party doesn't stop on the first floor. Head upstairs, where oversized windows flood a multipurpose space with natural light. Here, create a game room, a home theater, a bar, an art studio or gallery – the possibilities are endless.
The master suite brags of a massive walk-in California closet and an en-suite bathroom, complete with a Jacuzzi tub, separate stall shower and custom vanity.
On the third floor, there are two more bedrooms – one with a Juliet balcony! – and a laundry room and full bath.
"At 24-feet wide and 3,000 square feet total, this Sicilian castle has huge open rooms, great engaging space and lots of unique architectural details," Kays-Henry, with Space & Company, said.
Interested buyers can contact Kays-Henry at 215-625-3650 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
Year built: 2009
An earlier version of this article incorrectly identified Wesley Kays-Henry as the listing agent.