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Rittenhouse Cure For Historic Charm Fatigue Asks $795K

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In the Philadelphia real estate market, historic charm is plastered everywhere. There's two hundred year old hand carved staircases here, antique chandeliers there, the word stately everywhere. This house provides a respite from the ubiquity of antiquarian grace and offers a homier, warmer alternative, even with the ivy climbing the exterior walls.

A smart designer paired the cool blue tones of the walls with the warm wood ceilings and accents. Though the cabinetry, appliances, and other permanent interior fixtures are clearly curated, the space doesn't feel overdesigned or overbearing.

Granted, the kitchen might strike some as claustrophobic, or just odd: exposed brick is one thing, but two walls covered in exposed stone does take the kitchen in a cave direction. The bright spot? A professional grade stove, and tons of counter space.

In general, it's spacious, friendly, and it has a roof deck. If you're in the market for classic Rittenhouse (or Fitler Square) and all the attendant stuffy upholstery, venerable interior flourishes, and ornate crown moldings, this isn't the place for you, but if you're interested in a warm, liveable house in Fitler Square, this might be it.

House Vitals:
Size: 3 bedrooms, 2 baths
Amenities include: Roof deck, carport, third floor loft style bedroom, professional grade kitchen appliances, ivy-covered walls.
Asking price: $795,000

· 2224 Rittenhouse Square [Trulia]