On the Market: Historic Rittenhouse row home for $2,800,000
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For Steve and Leslie Levick, something about Philadelphia always appealed to them. Both native New Yorkers, the couple had been living in Philly for about a decade, but relocated to New York City with their young daughters in 2000.
So when Steve Levick, one of the owners of Major League Baseball’s Tampa Bay Rays, was given the chance to relocate again for work in 2001, he decided to move to back to Philadelphia to raise his two kids after staying in New York for just a year.
When the Levicks started to look for a home in Philly, they searched primarily in Rittenhouse Square and Society Hill. They made sure to check out one prestigious street – the 1800 block of Delancey Street – which they had grown to love.
“Anytime you walk down this block it just captivates you,” Steve Levick said.
Fortunately for the Levicks, there were two homes available on the historical block in Rittenhouse Square. They were one of the first prospective homebuyers to take a look at 1813 Delancey, and once they did, they immediately knew it was for them.
“I remember walking into the living room, and it had these beautiful built-in book cases, wood flooring, and a little wet bar,” Steve Levick said. “It was just one of those rooms that you look at and go, ‘Wow.’”
Levick says that’s the room that persuaded them to purchase the nearly 5,000-square-foot Rittenhouse row home.
When they first moved into the four-bedroom, six-bath home, which is certified by the Philadelphia Historical Commission, they say it was in pretty good condition, but wanted to complete a few renovations to add their own touch.
One of their biggest projects was the kitchen, which they completely redesigned.
“The kitchen that we have now has more living space,” Leslie Levick said. “We stripped it, we reversed it – the gas line was in the front, and we put it on the side – and we put a different island in. My kids were school-aged, so we put in desks.”
With the help of a Florida-based interior designer, Leslie Levick designed the whole home, adding in new fabrics, wallpaper and furniture.
The couple also fixed up the basement, which previously just served as a wine tasting room and a playroom. They transformed the room into a gym and made the wine room into a closet.
They also fixed up several bathrooms and pulled up carpet throughout the home to restore original floors.
Special features of the home include an elevator, which goes from the garage to the roof, as well as a rooftop deck.
The deck faces the back of Rittenhouse Square and looks up 18th Street.
“It’s very nice,” Steve Levick said. “It’s a great cityscape view.”
Now after more than a decade of living in the home, the Levicks are putting it on the market for $2.8 million. Their daughters are grown now – ages 24 and 20 – and they’re looking for a smaller home, preferably in the same area.
“It’s a very cordial block, everyone is very kind,” Leslie Levick said.