A million bucks in Philly's real-estate scene will take you far, from Federal-style Society Hill mansions to ultra-luxe modern pads in Fishtown/Kensington. Two to 5 million dollars will go further: Rittenhouse Square condos, Northern Liberties lofts with sweeping bridge views, Chestnut Hill brick-and-ivy mansions.
But what about $16 million? Or, to be more precise, $16.8 million.
This incredible Old City home, at 232 Walnut St., is surprisingly not the most expensive home listed in 2016. (It's actually the second-most, based on Curbed Philly's estimates, but only by a couple thousand dollars.) So what's inside? Well, a lot of room for cars, that's for sure.
With two bedrooms, four full-size bathrooms and a five-car garage, this grand masterpiece of a home is dramatic and detailed, with every swoon-worthy room more impressive than the last.
Enter through a set of double mahogany doors off Walnut Street into a grand foyer, where a three-story steel and wood circular staircase will provoke "oohs" and "aahs" from guests – and probably from you, too. From the foyer, enter a professional office with wet bar and a door to a temperature-controlled wine cellar. Or take the stairs to the second floor, which houses a living area, sunroom and chef's kitchen, decked out with floor-to-ceiling windows, custom Australian cabinetry, stainless steel appliances, French granite countertops and a custom backsplash.
A gorgeous dome ceiling adds drama to the master bedroom suite, which also features a wood-burning fireplace and a clawfoot tub, Onyx stall shower and walk-in closet with build-in cabinetry and storage off the master bath suite.
Guests also have a private en-suite bath with a granite vanity, stall shower and enclosed watershed.
At every turn, this home offers a respite from city life, from the sprawling backyard garden and koi pond, to the ultimate basement game room. But when you're ready to rejoin the world, you're just steps from Independence Mall, Society Hill and shopping, restaurants, the waterfront and more.