Too Late to Buy a Trinity Next to the South Street Bridge

There’s a row of seven town homes at 2700 South St. which catch our eye every time we cross over the South Street Bridge, mostly because looking at them is a much more enjoyable experience than looking at the monolithic AT&T Building across the street. These homes are also very satisfying architecturally, as they present a uniform front of window heights and intact cornices, with each facade painted a different color. We never realized until today though, that these homes are quite small, with depths that necessitate trinity staircases. Here’s what we mean:

Homes at 2700 South St.
These are some shallow homes

We sat down to think about these homes because we noticed a ‘For Sale’ sign posted on the home at the corner. It seems one of these homes comes onto the market every few years, with the last one selling for $265K back in 2014. 2700 South St. is listed at a more aggressive $339K price, which might be related to the fact that it’s a corner home and the general heat of the market right now. The price clearly didn’t scare anyone off because it’s been listed for a little over two weeks and it’s already under agreement.

Incidentally, we don’t think it’s ever been a better time to live at this address. Turning back the clock a century, there were coal yards on either side of the South Street Bridge, which probably resulted in less than ideal living conditions for the immediate area. As recently as the 1960s, there was a salvage yard across the street instead of a coal yard. Over the last few years, the South Street Bridge was getting reconstructed and CHOP was building a new research building across the street. With both of those projects now finished, and some lovely new green space surrounding the CHOP building, everything is wonderful at 27th & South.

View of the South Street Bridge
New CHOP building around the corner

Whoever ends up moving here should enjoy the good times while they last. For those that don’t remember, CHOP is planning additional buildings at their Schuylkill Avenue site, with the second building planned above the yellowish building in the foreground of the image above. We don’t know when this construction will take place, but figure it’ll likely happen within the next few years. Hey, at least the construction noise should make the sounds of the honking horns from the cars sitting in traffic on the bridge a little less noticeable.

  • James Goodwin

    I see four story housing replacing the Trinities.