217 CATHARINE STREET, PHILADELPHIA, PA 19147
JUST WOW! Truly a rare find in Philadelphia! Gorgeous brick-fronted town home on one of the most beautiful blocks of Queen Village. With views of Mario Lanza park from the front windows, the main home features four bedrooms, two and and half baths and is situated on a property that runs from Catharine Street to Fulton. Behind the main home on Fulton Street (220 Fulton) is a fully restored guest quarters with a garage on the first level, and a one bedroom, one bath bi-level living space perfect for an in-law suite or nanny apartment! This fully functional living space with it's own private gated entrance could also be ideal for an Airbnb or the ultimate "home office!" The beautiful gecko mosaic on it's wall gives the guest home an air of distinction on the cobble stone street and the owners affectionately have named it "Gecko House."
Enter the main home through the beautiful double-doored entrance with it's arched glass transom where you will find a spacious and open living /dining room with a large brick fireplace and bright sunlit windows overlooking the park across the street. The home features original pine floors throughout. Glass French doors separate the kitchen from the living space and there is a powder-room located directly before the kitchen entrance. The kitchen is a chef's dream and features a six-burner professional gas cooktop and vent, double ovens, and is thoughtfully designed with ample storage and counter space. The kitchen has radiant heated floors and offers roomy, eat-in kitchen space! There is direct access to both the side patio and garage from the kitchen. Upstairs on the second level are three equally sized, spacious bedrooms and a full bathroom. All bedrooms have original pine floors throughout, one bedroom features exposed brick and the front facing bedroom has a beautiful Pennsylvania bluestone fireplace. On the third level is the main bedroom with a large wall of closets, and a stunning bathroom with double vanity, radiant heated floors and a massive multi-head steam shower. At the top of the staircase to this level is the entrance to a fabulous two-tiered roof deck with a gas line, electric and water. Awesome views of the city and surrounding neighborhood abound from the mahogany wood decks.
The guest home is an original trinity and houses the garage on the first level. Accessed with it's own entrance through a secure gate on Fulton Street, the second level is an open living room and newly added full kitchen complete with washing machine. Upstairs is a bedroom with fireplace and a separate, spacious full bath. All in all, the property features five bedrooms and three and half bathrooms. The home is highly energy efficient and has spray-foam Insulation in all exterior, basement and ceiling surfaces, a dual zoned high-efficiency heating and air-conditioning system and a high efficiency hot water heater.
217 Catharine is located in the highly rated Meredith School District and is close to many restaurants and an easy drive to Philadelphia's major highways and bridges. The home is directly across the street from the peaceful and serene Mario Lanza Park which contains a wonderful dog park.