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Furness house in Rittenhouse offered for first time in 40 years, asks $1.3M

A huge backyard in the heart of the city, no less

This Frank Furness home in Rittenhouse Square comes with a big, private backyard.
Courtesy of Kathleen Federico, Coldwell Banker Preferred-Center City

A home in Rittenhouse Square designed by Frank Furness around 1885 has hit the market for the first time in more than 40 years, asking $1,295,000.

The home at 126 S. Van Pelt Street doesn’t have all of the whimsical markings of a typical Furness-designed home, but there’s character none the less. In its long history, it has only been updated two times, including an expansion.

Today, the three-bedroom, three and a half bath house clocks in at 2,600 square feet. The first floor is pretty expansive, with enough room to fit in two fireplaces and a large kitchen in the back with a wrap-around breakfast counter.

From there, there’s direct access to the home’s attached cedar gazebo out back, which looks over a beautifully landscaped garden, an oasis that’s a tough find in the heart of the city.