As far as historic homes go, it’s hard to top one that actually predates the country where it’s located. But that’s exactly what makes this Philadelphia townhome, built in 1763 at 231 Spruce Street, so unique.
Originally owned by famous ship captain James Gibbon, the five-bedroom, two-bath home was last sold in 2006 for $990,000.
The beautifully maintained property was recently listed for $1.9 million.
With more than 3,400 square feet (including a private terrace), the fully modernized home still retains much of its original charm.
“There are five historic fireplaces, four of which are operational,” says listing agent Andrew Mascieri. “The King of Prussia fireplace that greets you as you enter the home is the most stunning, but you will also find original moldings and floors throughout the property.”
The home’s beauty lies in those little details, such as the newly added leaded-glass windows and the Italian Bisazza mosaic tiles lining the walk-in shower.
The latest owners also made several notable upgrades, including a new roof in 2015. This will allow for the restoration of the home’s original third-floor deck space.
With ample room for a larger family (or to host guests), the house has a private top floor that can serve as an office or extra bedroom. There is also a finished basement, complete with a wine cellar.
The property sits squarely at the center of a residential hot spot.
“Society Hill is one of the best neighborhoods in Philly,” says Mascieri. “You’re close to amazing restaurants, eateries, and the rich art scene of Old City.”
And let’s not forget about the river access, with plenty of scenic walkways and bike paths.