“It was the block that sold us at the start,” Dubravka Ritter explains.
With the kids looming, she and her husband, Moritz, were looking for something bigger than their Society Hill skyscraper condo, but wanted to stay in the neighborhood.
The federal-style brick townhouse did well, with three bedrooms, a den, 2 ½ baths and, most importantly, a community atmosphere that allowed them to go from anonymity to socializing and coming back home. little effort.
“It’s a low-density building, with a yard on one side and five houses on the other and lots of open space,” she says.
The couple come from Europe: Dubravka, researcher at the Federal Reserve Bank, is from Bosnia-Moritz, professor of economics, Germany. And to her, the region has an almost European feel.
They relish close relationships with their neighbors – “shovel snow, search for packages” – and look forward to frequently entertaining foreign visitors in a post-COVID period.
Three Bears Park “is our backyard, the crown jewel of the neighborhood,” she says.
But now, with two school-aged children, they are looking for something bigger in Queen Village.
Their current home gets more sun than most townhouses and has plenty of outdoor space and a full basement.
Built in 1809, it features historic accents such as pine floors with inlaid patterns, moldings, and marble steps leading to the vestibule.
The first floor has a powder room and an open plan living / dining room that can accommodate up to eight people.
The kitchen has large south-facing windows, a gas stove, stainless steel appliances, granite counters and plenty of storage. The brick courtyard has storage receptacles hidden away from view.
The second floor has high ceilings and an open living room, a large bedroom currently used as a home office, and an updated full bathroom with two wardrobes.
The top floor features a master bedroom with historic wide plank wood floors, another bedroom and a full bathroom.
The basement has a large storage space, a wine cellar of over 1000 bottles, a closed mechanical room and laundry room, as well as an additional room currently used for storage. but convertible into a home office.
The house is in the McCall School catchment area.
“Our children say they will love this house more than any other house,” Dubravka says.
The house is listed by Pamela Rosser-Thistle of BHHS Fox & Roach at Harper, Rittenhouse Square for $ 895,000.