It’s not just the ornate bay window or the classic West Philly porch that makes this Spruce Hill Victorian stand out. According to the seller, it’s the door.
“The moment you approach the front entrance and see the restored Dutch door, you know you’re about to enter a special property.”
The stately home also happens to have an address fit for a queen: Located at 231 Buckingham Place, it sits on a small street lined with classic Spruce Hill Victorians.
This particular property dates back to around 1875, and recently underwent a renovation that brought it into the 21st century. Though the overhaul was extensive, the home still retains much of its original late 19th-century charm, perhaps most on display on the first floor.
Here, white oak floors complement the original fireplace mantelpiece, which features intricate tilework of figurines and animal faces—a favorite detail of the seller. Restored stained glass windows in the dining room lead to the brand new, modern kitchen with Venetian quartz countertops and a Carrara backsplash.
Up the original wooden staircase, there are five bedrooms and 3.5 bathrooms. The large bedrooms feature original built-in armoires and exposed brick. Perhaps most impressive is the master suite, which includes a spa-like bathroom with a stand-alone shower, a clawfoot tub, and hexagon floor tiling.
The five-bed, 3.5-bath home comes at a cost—it’s on the market for $685,000. But there’s potential for extra income: the listing notes that the home is currently zoned to allow for another suite or apartment, perhaps in the finished basement.
- 231 Buckingham Place [Phoenix Holdings]