Construction work is complete at Mount Airy Meadows, an eight-townhouse development at 59-75 East Sharpnack Street in Mount Airy, Northwest Philadelphia. Designed by Ruggiero Plante Land Design, with ANC Builders Inc. as the contractor, each building rises three stories and spans 2,298 square feet. The the buildings share a common rear drive aisle, which is used to access in-building garages. Permits list construction costs of $200,000 per structure, which puts the total project construction cost at $1.6 million.
The exact addresses of the buildings are as follows: 59 East Sharpnack Street, 61 East Sharpnack Street, 63 East Sharpnack Street, 65 East Sharpnack Street, 67 East Sharpnack Street, 69 East Sharpnack Street, 71 East Sharpnack Street, and 73 East Sharpnack Street. Lot number 75 is used for drive aisle access.
The minimalist rowhouses are designed in a distinctly contemporary style, boasting large picture windows and small square apertures on street-facing facades. The design is very similar to the original proposal for the six-townhouse complex that is nearing completion across the street to the southeast at 80 Sharpnack Street, which involves the same architect and contractor and was eventually redesigned with a more traditional brick and stone exterior.
A listing for the development describes the houses as featuring three to four bedrooms and two to four bedrooms, an “open-concept” living area, kitchens with stainless steel appliances and quartz countertops, laundry, basements, and roof decks.
The property at 71 East Sharpnack Street was sold for $405,999.
The Mount Airy Meadows townhouse complex is situated just to the northeast of Germantown Avenue, the neighborhood’s primary commercial corridor. The project layout successfully combines Philadelphia’s traditional attached rowhouse typology with ample unit sizes, contemporary conveniences, and personal parking, without resorting to sprawling suburban-style layouts. While apartment buildings ought to lead the way in delivering much-needed housing stock to the city, traditionally-sited, street-aligned rowhouse complexes are quite an acceptable alternative for the upmarket buyer.