On the Market: Hawthorne custom home with smart technology for $1,200,000
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When Erica Delaney and her husband, James, decided to upgrade from a Washington Square West condo in 2011, their quest for a new home turned out to be more than just a simple house hunt; it became an “adventure.”
While searching for other Philadelphia properties, the Delaneys had a specific vision of the ideal home: one with plenty of space and special features, such as heated floors and ceiling-mounted speakers.
Not satisfied with what they were finding, the Delaneys decided to start from scratch and take on the project of creating their own home instead. They purchased an open lot located at Bainbridge and South Marvine Streets that had been vacant for about three decades.
“The idea of having a home customized to our needs was attractive to us,” Erica Delaney said. “We didn’t really see anything on the market quality wise that was what we looking for.”
The Delaneys, who had never built a home before, were excited to start this project in Hawthorne and create a home that met all of their needs.
Erica Delaney says her husband, who is an Internet marketer in the technology industry, was intrigued by smart technology that’s used in new homes and wanted to take this opportunity to try out some of the features.
“He wanted to have the house wired to fit his tech needs and experiment with a few new technologies that he was interested in,” she said.
The Delaneys worked with an architect, builder and cabinet maker, and in nine months, their dream home was completed at 703 South Marvine Street. They moved in March 2012.
The 3,650-square-foot home is three stories – plus a finished basement – and has five bedrooms and three-and-a-half baths. The home includes many smart technology features, which Delaney says made life much more convenient.
“It’s definitely one of a kind,” she said. “Everyone who walks through it is impressed with how different it is.”
The smart technology allows the couple to control the lights, thermostat and music from their iPhone, even when they’re away on vacation.
“The entire house is wired for Ethernet and there are centrally run ceiling-mounted speakers,” Delaney said. “Each room is controlled by an Airport Express – an Apple product – and you can use the AirPlay feature on your iPhone or computer to any room in the house.”
In addition to the smart technology, the home includes some other unique features as well, such as a laundry chute, eco-friendly recycled glass countertops in the bathrooms and both kitchens, and a tank-less energy efficient water-heater.
Delaney says the laundry chute, which runs throughout the home, is one of her favorite features. There’s a closet on each floor that connects to the laundry room on the first floor.
The Delaneys also built two outdoor spaces; a patio and a roof deck. The Center City skyline is visible from the roof, which also includes a built-in Wolf grill. There’s a second kitchen located on the third floor – which leads out to the roof deck – where Delaney says she and her husband would prep food for the grill.
After spending a year-and-a-half in their custom built home, the couple has decided to put the home on the market for $1,200,000 to begin another project.
“We wanted to take on another adventure because we enjoyed the process so much,” Delaney said.
The couple plans on staying nearby although they don’t know the exact location yet. And they’re going to be adding smart technology in their next home as well.
Delaney says she and her husband grew to love the Center City neighborhood, which is only a few blocks from Whole Foods, and many parks, restaurants and shops.
“It’s a very family-friendly neighborhood with a very mixed demographic; a lot of young professionals, families, and people who have lived in the neighborhood for a long time,” she said.