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Philly House Calls: 2017’s most memorable home tours

From jaw-dropping views to incredible renovations

Photo by Heidi’s Bridge

Curbed took us on countless House Calls this year, providing many glimpses into the beautiful homes of folks who live throughout the country, including right here in Philly.

2017 allowed us the opportunity to see how Philadelphians live, whether it’s in a Society Hill townhouse or a tiny studio in Washington Square West. Here are just some of the most memorable homes that opened their doors to us this year, from an I.M. Pei-designed townhouse or an old milk factory-turned-condo.

“It looks like a fortress from the front.”

Photo by Heidi’s Bridge

Architect Kevin Yoder’s restoration of this Society Hill townhome designed by I.M. Pei is a lesson in bringing modern architecture into the 21st century. Although the townhome development looks foreboding from the sidewalk, inside Yoder’s home is a light-filled abode complete with luxurious, hotel-style bathrooms and floor-to-ceiling windows.

“It’s definitely been an obsession of mine, finding things that fit correctly.”

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Vanessa Miller’s abode is filled with a beautiful stock of high-end furniture pieces that she has collected over the years, rummaging through antique stores and flea markets in Lancaster, Pensylvania. Her collection is all the more impressive since she managed to squeeze it all into her 280-square-foot apartment in Washington Square West.

“I remember thinking, ‘I have to have it.’”

Photo by Rebecca McAlpin

Chaucee Stillman’s photogenic home made us want to cozy up in a corner with a good book and never leave. The Lancaster native brought her rustic style to the Kensington rowhome, filling it with both flea market finds and DIY pieces and yes, many furry friends.

“What if Florence Knoll designed a Swedish farm house?”

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Not only does architect Sven Schroeter’s condo has one of the best views of the University City skyline, but also one of the best examples of a Murphy bed that we’ve ever seen. The architect and his wife were inspired by Florence Knoll and Danish design to create their warm and inviting home in Logan Square.

“I describe it to my friends as furniture art.”

Photo by Rebecca McAlpin

Dan DeSalvo’s past job of finding industrial, steampunk-style pieces for restaurants is on full display in his light-filled loft in the Milk Depot Factory. The spacious home, which he had under contract within days, features antique light fixtures, exposed brick, and plenty of plants to add some pops of color.