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Location: Philadelphia, Pa.
The Skinny: Situated not far from Philadelphia's famous Rittenhouse Square, this elegant 1897 townhouse was built by the city's powerful, and frequently troubled, Lippincott publishing family, the initial printers of Oscar Wilde's A Picture of Dorian Gray and later publishers of the Harper Lee classic To Kill a Mockingbird. Today operated as a well-reviewed bed and breakfast, the Lippincott Mansion is being offered as a single-family home. Though it would require some reconfiguring—such as eliminating the redundant kitchens—the historic entertaining spaces are remarkably well-preserved, with a huge, hand-carved mahogany fireplace, a lounge lined in antique Brazilian rosewood, and turn-of-the-century murals in the dining room. The 32-foot-wide house spans some 9,600 square feet, with eight bedrooms, seven bathrooms, a roof deck, and an elevator to access all five levels. In its current state, and not counting any deal the buyers may wish to make for the 19th-century grand piano, the Lippincott Mansion is listed for just under $2.6M.
· 2023-25 Locust St [Zillow]
· Lippincott House [official site]