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SoPhilly Spotlight: Double Decker Edition, Again??

This week’s SoPhilly Spotlight is a building that has been under construction for probably four years.


Facing Columbus Square Park, 1202 Reed St. is one of the highest-priced houses in the area at $749,000. But it must be hard to find for appraisers to find comparable properties for a house on one of the few parks in South Philly that has a front and back deck, 4 bedrooms and 4.5 bathrooms. It’s also a massive 3,500 square feet with a finished basement with separate entrance.

From the listing, by Century 21 Forrester:

The home is full of custom finishes including exposed stone and brick walls, atrium, fireplace, marble window sills, recessed lighting, lots of closet and storage space and so much more…A full sized butler’s pantry and a powder room are also on the first floor. The second floor rear bedroom… has two walk-in closets. The third floor is a large pilot house that is bounded by front and rear decks that offer excellent views of the Center City skyline. It has a kitchenette… The basement receives ample amounts light through the private entrance off Reed Street and through two light wells. It has a kitchenette, laundry room, office/bedroom, and full bath with a Jacuzzi tub.

Below is the aforementioned kitchenette in the pilot house, which is big enough that it would be called a suite in most other listings:


We’re not huge fans of the Home Depot School of Renovating, which tends to strip all of the character and charm from old houses, but this one would definitely be worth considering if we won the lottery and needed a pied-á-terre.


The third-floor bedroom with deck entrance.



Kitchen-kitchen. Not basement-kitchen or pilot house-kitchen.


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Third floor front-facing deck. Pretty sweet!



Butler’s pantry. You know, for the butler.


-  Rachel J. Cox

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5 Responses to SoPhilly Spotlight: Double Decker Edition, Again??

  1. RMD March 8, 2013 at 12:22 pm #

    You’re right about the Home Depot style of decor. It’s a great location and has the potential to be a beautiful space, but I would hope someone who had that kind of bank to throw around to buy it would want something more original / custom. There’s also plenty of better ways to make something classic rather than cherry & granite (barf).

  2. CurlyQ March 8, 2013 at 12:52 pm #

    A basement with a separate entrance and its own Kitchen? This is zoned single family, right? That’s all I’m going to say about that. I guess neighbors will have to keep a close eye.

  3. Adam Z March 8, 2013 at 3:46 pm #

    That house used to be attached to the commercial property nextdoor. It was for sale as a shell in it’s entirety in 2009/2010.

    Here are my issues – who the hell needs all those sinks and kitchens? Why not add parking if there is a seperate entrance on the small street behind?

  4. Dino March 13, 2013 at 8:39 pm #

    Attached or not, garage or not, separate entrance, what? It would seem that all the comments… YES ALL THREE missed the point of GREAT LOCAL-PARK for your dogs, and kids, 5 minutes to SPORTS on the SOUTH, 5 minutes on the NORTH to the city, Great coffee shops, Great breakfast, and I mean fast. You have to get inside the property to comment on the ‘CHERRY and GRANITE’ walk around the spacious and adequately proportioned rooms.
    Fantastic Space

  5. Den March 17, 2013 at 12:59 pm #

    I saw this place and it is really very nice. on the park with amazing city views and great indoor and outdoor space. definitely not small but it doesn’t seem too large when you are inside – lot’s of useful space – wood floors, exposed brick walls and finishing all great – looks custom to me. Parking on street is what happens in the area – houses on just one side of the street and near a corner so I’m guessing less of an issue here. I also saw a zip car lot across the street.
    go take a look in person – these photos don’t do it justice

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