New Digs: The Perfect Fit in Queen Village


“As long as it had stairs, we were impressed,” said Patrick, looking back on his family’s home-buying process one year ago. Kate and Patrick had called New York City home for 15 years, but after having a baby, the couple decided they needed more space than their apartment in Brooklyn allowed.

Close friends in South Philadelphia had been trying to convince the couple to move to the city for years, so the idea of Philly wasn’t new. However, as Kate and Patrick thought about their options, they realized that Philadelphia could be the perfect city to own a bigger place. A townhouse in Philadelphia would give Kate, a stylist, the ability to commute to New York for work, and Patrick, a graphic designer, the space to have a home office. As an added plus, they would be close to Kate’s family in South Jersey. 

David Bowie looks over the living room couch.

Friends of the couple recommended Solo Real Estate, and Kate and Patrick began looking at listings for townhouses with Deborah Solo. The couple had initially intended to move to the Passyunk Square area of South Philadelphia, but by the time their Brooklyn apartment sold, their top choices in South Philadelphia were off the market. Together with Deborah, Kate and Patrick expanded their search to other neighborhoods, eyes peeled for a more traditional Philadelphia townhouse. After consulting a list of properties they made from one of their first searches, they decided to give a Queen Village townhouse a shot, remembering how charming the Queen Village neighborhood was during Christmastime.  

The master bedroom.

A visit to the Queen Village listing pleasantly surprised Kate, Patrick, and Deborah. The staging of the property online had not done the quaint, brick townhouse justice. The three-story home was spacious, with three bedrooms, one bathroom, basement, and patio. The couple gravitated towards the beautiful details of an older home and were willing to put work into the space, but they also wanted the home to be more move-in ready than not for their one-year-old son, Conway. This property had just had its HVAC system redone, and the number of bedrooms was perfect – one bedroom would be converted to a home office for Patrick. To top it off, the house sat within easy access to major roads and highways. 

Kate and Patrick remodeled the kitchen after moving into their new Queen Village home.

The third bedroom, converted to a home office.

The lovely home was a slam dunk for Kate, Patrick, and Conway. With a kitchen remodel finished, the family is looking forward to future projects. Next on deck? Some fresh paint and new bathroom fixtures in their dream home.

The third bedroom home office also has a nook for relaxing and playing music.