This Facade is Literally Magic

It’s not every day that you have the opportunity to buy a house that includes a piece of magic—Magic Gardens that is. Isaiah Zagar, the mosaic artist behind the mindblowing Magic Gardens at 10th and South Streets, will occasionally complete a piece on a rowhouse façade. Solo is thrilled to currently be the seller’s agent for one such rowhouse!

The Magic Gardens itself was constructed over many years, beginning in 1994. The immersive piece of art includes tunnels, grottos, stairs, and paths, all completely covered in Zagar’s unique mosaic style, comprised of colored glass bottles, found objects, hand-made tiles, mirrors, and a lot of bicycle wheels. It is now a popular tourist attraction, which thousands of people visit every year.

A small snapshot of Isaiah Zagar's multi-story, multi-faceted mosaic Magic Gardens
A small snapshot of Isaiah Zagar’s multi-story, multi-faceted mosaic Magic Gardens

 

Now there is an opportunity to own an original Zagar, and did we mention it comes with a home, office, and an amazing location? Situated in Old City, 144 Vine Street leaves a great first impression with its distinctive Zagar mosaic façade. The interior doesn’t disappoint either, with handsome original features such as wide-planked pine floors, high ceilings, and original panel doors.

 

The facade of 144 Vine Street, with original mosaic by Isaiah Zagar
The facade of 144 Vine Street, with original mosaic by Isaiah Zagar

 

With a first floor office space and two apartment units on the upper floors, the property itself is a mosaic of uses and potential uses. The lucky future owner could rent out one unit and live in the other, or use it as a spacious single-family home with an in-home office or studio.

 

A lovely office space currently occupies the first floor of 144 Vine Street
A lovely office space currently occupies the first floor of 144 Vine Street

 

Philadelphia’s rowhouse stock is beloved partially for its consistency. The backdrop formed by that consistency allows for slight deviations to create a sense of delight, and that’s precisely the effect of the façade of 144 Vine Street.

144 Vine Street has additional Zagar murals on the rear of the property
144 Vine Street has additional Zagar murals on the rear of the property