Welcome to the latest edition of Real Estate Deathmatch! Today we travel to lovely Society Hill for a battle between two very different homes separated by only a half a block! We pit a stately mansion formerly owned by War of 1812 Financier Stephen Girard against a large modern corner house filled with vibrant colors and plenty of extras. While they may be the odd couple in terms of style, these two homes are of similar size and both have the amazing Society Hill location. Results will released Monday morning! Commence the Battle for Spruce Street!
Address: 400 Spruce Street [Redfin]
Size: 4 bedrooms, 5 baths - 4,000 sq. ft.
Tale of the Tape: Built in 1971, this modern Society Hill home sits on the corner of 4th and Spruce Street. Boasting a designer kitchen with Viking appliances and honed granite countertops, this house is a lot of fun. Vibrant colors and fun light fixtures abound and take a look at those steps, they're polka-dotted. The crazy thing is that it works! The floorplans for each room are open and dynamic and the master bath is huge. The kicker in this property is going to be the private outdoor space just outside of the double french doors off of the living room.
Address: 330 Spruce Street [Estately]
Size: 8 bedrooms (4 in main, 4 in cottage), 4.5 baths, 4,299 sq. ft.
Tale of the Tape: Whether you're a history buff or just want to live in one of the quintessential homes of Society Hill, it doesn't matter. The coolest thing about this house at 330 Spruce Street is that if definitely has the feel like you're about to help finance the War of 1812, which it should, given the fact that this used to be the home of noted Philadelphian Stephen Girard. That, and it's plain old enormous. While it may look a little ragged by the pictures, it still boasts the original southern pine floors, King of Prussia marble fireplace and an amazing winding staircase. Not to mention the detached three-story cottage in the rear of the property that has four more bedrooms. As with the modern home above, the prize is the spacious garden, featuring mature trees and wonderful planters ̬ oh yeah, and a private entrance to the adjacent Three Bears Park.