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Stephen Starr's Kitchen (and House) Is for Sale for $2.5 Million

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Photos by Drew Callaghan

Yes, yes, it has a roof deck and Lutron lighting and 6,000 square feet with three bedroom suites and five (!) bathrooms. And there's a Zen garden and limestone floors and ... but what about the kitchen? It was designed by Philadelphia-based architect, kitchen designer and housewares maven Joanne Hudson, whose firm specializes in "opulently functional." Starr's kitchen is modern in design but has classic vintage grace notes—the toaster and refrigerator, for instance. The placement of the red refrigerator is unusual but the splash of red pairs nicely with the huge center island and the knobs on the stove. All the appliances are Wolf and Miele.
What makes the space unique is the way the kitchen, dining room and sitting room all inhabit the same open space, which means cooking, eating, watching TV and socializing are integrated. It makes sense, of course. That's how our kitchens function now: as the fulcrum of everyday life and household activity. And it especially makes sense if Stephen Starr is cooking dinner. In that case, you won't even need to turn on the TV.

· Listing: 242 S. Van Pelt St. [Prudential Fox & Roach]
· Starr talks future plans [Eater Philly]