A recent site visit by Philadelphia YIMBY has documented that construction is nearly complete at K House, a four-story single-family townhouse at 1355-57 Kater Street (alternately 1355-1357 Kater Street) in Hawthorne, South Philadelphia. The structure replaces a pair of rowhouses on the north side of the block between South Clarion and South Broad streets. Designed by Moto Designshop, the development spans 4,700 square feet and will feature a cellar, a roof deck, and parking for two cars. Permits list Made Construction as the contractor.
Construction costs are specified at $500,000, of which $453,000 is allocated toward general construction, $16,000 apiece for electrical and mechanical work, and $15,000 for plumbing work.
The K House offers four bedrooms, five bathrooms, an elevator, several wet bars, outdoor space, and a heated sidewalk. The property is currently listed for sale at $2.3 million.
The development is notable for its understated yet striking exterior of dark gray brick arranged in vertical piers, and makes for a fine addition to the block. However, the site, situated steps away from the Lombard-South Station on the Broad Street Line, just to the south of a high-rise residential cluster along the Avenue of the Arts, clearly calls for development that offers much higher density than single-family housing. Although we are quite pleased with K House in its own right, in the future we wish to see development in the immediate vicinity with much higher densities, such as that at Broad and Lombard, the 43-story, 463-unit high-rise recently proposed a block to the northwest.