Bella Vista Town House

Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

Designed to take advantage of a 90-foot-deep urban site and highlight the owner’s art collection, the Bella Vista Town House shifts the traditional row house floor plan to accentuate high ceilings and foster a greater connection to the outdoors.

The 21.5-foot-wide luxury new build features nearly 4,000 square feet of modern living space over four levels. The open ground floor plan contains dining, kitchen, and living spaces with a rear wall of windows and doors that opens to a spacious urban garden. The living room steps down from the kitchen and dining areas to permit an 11-foot ceiling. Subtly shifting the traditional floor plan – orienting the stair toward the living room rather than toward the entry – creates an opportunity for a visual and physical spatial experience of an extra-wide modern floating stair within the room’s volume.

The second and third floors were both designed with primary suite potential for ultimate flexibility. The second-floor bedroom features a custom walk-through dressing closet and headboard storage wall. It sits adjacent to a bathroom with concealed laundry and a media room. The third floor’s two rooms sit opposite another generous bath. The below-ground level includes another bedroom and full bath along with custom storage.

The owner partnered with k YODER design and architect Anthony Miksitz for meticulous attention to detail. Floor-to-ceiling windows permeate the spaces with natural light, drawing attention to large-scale works of art commissioned for the project as well as Southeast Asian sculptures and tapestries. High-end finishes include wide-plank, rift-cut solid oak flooring, Cleaf wood cabinetry, porcelain tile, and quartz surfaces. Upgraded HVAC and electrical systems are complemented by energy efficient commercial-grade windows for long-term durability and value.

Photos © Scott Frederick

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