The Declaration of Independence was decades in the future when this landmark Philadelphia home was built. Located at No. 139 Elfreth’s Alley – the oldest continuously occupied residential street in America – this well-preserved treasure is the first house on the city’s most historic block.
Though most sources claim the home is circa 1703, Elfreth’s Alley Association President Neil Frauenglass disputes the age by a few years according to Philly Magazine. Association records show that the 384-square-feet lot where 139 sits was purchased in 1706, and home building on the famous historical block didn’t begin until 1724.
“My background is in interior design and restoration and that’s what got me to the U.S. many, many years ago,” Godson said. “I was brought in to consult on an estate in Highland Park.”
Godson is also a licensed Realtor in California as well, specializing in Palm Springs and Newport Beach in particular. He holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Interior Design from Chelsea School of Art, is a Grade II UK-approved remodeler in England, and the recipient of several awards, including a Restoration Award.
Thorpe-Lambert, a lifetime equestrian who rides through Grand Prix Dressage, is also well versed in what horse owners (or potential horse owners) are looking for when they desire equestrian-friendly properties. (more…)
Catch us, we’re swooning. This week’s historical shelter in Saint Augustine, Florida, is a magnificent marriage of vintage and updated, ably combining the old-world craftsmanship you’d expect of an 1887 Queen Anne Victorian in the nation’s oldest city with the design sensibilities needed to navigate 2018.
The plaza is the central park of downtown Saint Augustine and has been a central part of the town since 1573 when it was first designed by Spanish Royal Ordinance, which dictated that it be laid out in a rectangular shape according to the compass points, with the length to be 1 ½ times the width. It’s also home to a pre-1700s well that has been designated as an American Water Landmark.
The public market that the plaza is home to has existed since the 1500s, and is still in use by local vendors today.
Entertainment opportunities abound, with the shopping and dining of downtown Saint Augustine nearby, as well as the City Marina on the Intracoastal Waterway a few blocks to the east of the neighborhood, and the beaches of Anastasia State Park a short drive away.
And as much as this home stuns from the curb, inside, it’s even better. It’s been restored with an eye to maintaining its rich history, including the rich woodwork throughout the home, said listing agent Janie Coffey with Compass.(more…)