2039 Locust St

$1,695,000

5 Bedrooms, 4 Full Bathrooms, 2 Half Bathrooms 
3,800 Sq Ft, 1 Year Prepaid Parking

About the Property…

Location, Elegance, History, Space, and Style. Historic Philadelphia meets Contemporary Center City at 2039 Locust. Built in 1853 and situated just a block and a half from Rittenhouse Square, this home, adorned with silhouettes of violins in the exterior shutters and iron railings, was once the workshop of 4 generations of violin makers William Moenning and Son, that were in business beginning in 1909 and occupied this property from 1938-2009. Since then it has been updated into a wonderful, contemporary, single-family home, while still containing original details dating back to its 1853 origins. This 18′ wide x 90′ deep street-to-street property has all the space you need whether your lifestyle includes entertaining, working from home, raising a family, out-of-town guests, or any combination of the above. Traditionally thought of as having 5 bedrooms, 4 full baths, and 2 half baths, consider its possibilities as a 3BR home with an office and a second living space on the 3rd floor. Enter the home through a beautiful leaded glass embellished foyer into a wide living room centered by an early 20th Century fireplace surround with a Portoro marble slip, flanked by plaster paneled walls, modern wall sconces, and north and south-facing windows. A plaster roundel is centered in the ceiling supporting a George Nelson designed pendant light. Oak floors with walnut inlay run throughout the house. A wide hallway leads past a coat closet and a powder room to a grand, quarter turn, staircase illuminated by multi-pane and fanlight windows. Just beyond the staircase is a spacious dining room with a wide bay window, Art Deco style chandelier and wall sconces, and a wall-mounted and illuminated stained glass window display. The dining room opens to a lovely and large kitchen featuring floor-to-ceiling white cabinetry, many with backlit glass fronts, including one set with a reproduction of a Matisse work on the glass. There is also a blue glazed subway tile backsplash, a peninsula for casual dining, and a frosted exterior door leading out to a very private brick-walled patio with room for grilling, plantings, and seating. The entire second floor is a dedicated owners’ level. A very large bedroom is at the front of the house and features another early 20th-century fireplace surround (this one with a brass insert), contemporary wall sconces, south-facing windows, and an ensuite bathroom with a lovely double vanity, oval mirrors, and a marble-tiled and frameless glass shower. Opposite the bedroom is a wonderful office (or nursery) space, with built-in cabinetry, wooden louvered interior shutters, north and east-facing windows, and a nice-sized closet. Between the office and the bedroom is a large walk-in closet, and a marble tiled room that serves as both a 2nd bathroom on the floor with a frameless glass shower, as well as a laundry room. The third-floor front bedroom is as expansive as the owners’ suite. It is an extraordinarily fine 2nd bedroom, and would also serve well as a 2nd living space for media viewing and other activities. It features a marble tiled ensuite bathroom. Down the hall is a beautiful interior bedroom with a lovely period chandelier and east-facing windows. The rear bedroom has generous space for a queen bed, plus additional furniture. The fourth full bath is off the hallway and features marble tiled walls and a cast iron tub and shower. A hidden door in the living room wall leads to a finished area of the basement that includes a wine cellar, a room suitable for a playroom or media room, and at the rear of the basement is a large storage/workspace, with workbenches dating back to the days of violin making in this exceptional property. If you are looking to live in the heart of the city, in a place of history with a lifestyle designed for today, 2039 Locust is a property that you do not want to miss.