There's nothing inherently wrong with the boxy, masculine architectural style taking Philly's fast developing neighborhoods by storm: often, it's paired with eco-friendly touches and warm wood and green roofs to balance out the boring boxiness of the houses and liberal use of dark, cold colors. This house, though, doesn't employ such friendly touches, instead opting for an unadulterated frat-boy batcave vibe.
Even if the place is covered entirely in gray paints, or paints with gray undertones (yes, even the purple wall looks a little gray,) the roof deck does make up for some of the bleak interior with an unobstructed view of the skyline. The side yard, which is tiny and concrete doesn't do much to break up the gloom but it is nice to have some street level space outside.
The boring gray tones of this place do run through the entire color scheme, except in the basement workout room, which is both red and black, presumably to add a super-hero intensity to the proceedings. The house has tons of amenities, lots of space, a great kitchen, and built-ins for miles, but in a city full of gracious Victorians and charming old rows, the surge of ugly infill development is puzzling.
Size: 3 bedrooms, 3.5 baths, 4 floors, 2400 sq ft
Amenities include: Roof deck, side yard, built-in entertainment system, finished basement, central air, tax abatement.
Asking Price: $549,000
· 1026 South 18th Street [Trulia]