For 67 years, until it was torn down in 1976, Philly's Connie Mack Stadium (ne Shibe Park) at 21st and Lehigh was the center of the city's baseball universe (though the Eagles did play there for a few years). The Philadelphia Athletics played there. The Negro Leagues played there. The Phillies played there. In the early part of the 20th century, people who owned homes nearby would set up makeshift bleachers on their rooftops and charge fees to people who wanted to watch. The stadium was the Phillies' headquarters until the Vet was built, and it remains in the memory as an icon. It makes sense there's a church there now.
This sense of reverence must be what inspired a homeowner in New Hope to incorporate more than 1,000 bricks from Connie Mack Stadium into the flooring of his large four-bedroom house. While the property has other appealing features as well—lots of land bordering a creek; a separate carriage house; a pool—reclusive sports fans may well find the flooring a significant selling point.
On the other hand, it hasn't sealed the deal so far. The property was first listed for sale in April 2008 at $2.75 million. Not the best timing. The price dropped in dribs and drabs after that. By March 2011, it was at $2.3 million but shifted to its current price in August 2011. It's always a shame to see a lengthy price history like that. You just know the owner is so disappointed. And as if that weren't bad enough, the property taxes have soared in the last year. Here's a gallery of the home, followed by details.
Size: 4 beds, 3.5 baths, 5,192 square feet
Outdoors: Property sits on more than 12 acres
Extra sports enthusiast bonus: volleyball court
· Listing: 5981 Pidcock Creek Road, New Hope [Coldwell Banker Hearthside]