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With 4 Squared, more eclectic living comes to Northern Liberties

It's been a long time since contemporary real estate has been considered a new construct in the Northern Liberties neighborhood, which first began experiencing pangs of gentrification in the late 1980s. Today, however, the contemporary plots of real estate dotting the neighborhood are a sure sign that NoLibs has finally graduated from under-the-radar hot spot to fully fledged Mecca of creativity.

One of the most recent neighborhood developments, a collection of four modern and gleaming townhomes known as 4 Squared, is currently in the midst of construction on the 800 block of North 4th Street, near the popular Honey's Sit-N-Eat restaurant. Starting at an eye-popping $789,000, these 2,600-square-foot homes by Callahan Ward are most definitely "considered to be the top of the market, and the most desirable project in the neighborhood right now," according to CITYSPACE Realtor Michael Garden, who's representing 4 Squared. The 20-foot wide homes will feature two-car garage parking in the rear, tons of natural light, a gourmet kitchen with high-end appliances, and a fourth-floor loft with access to a deck offering jaw-dropping Center City views. As Garden likes to say, "It's really gracious living."

As anyone who lives in the area surely realizes, the pace of contemporary townhome construction doesn't seem to be letting up in Northern Liberties, regardless of the current state of the market. A townhome and condo project known as N.3 Homes is being built a block away from 4 Squared, for instance. And at 211 Brown Street, the second phase of a similar project called Twenty2 is now underway.

So what makes 4 Squared any different? "It's clean, it's modern, and it's stylish," says Golden, "but it's warm and inviting. And I think that's something we need more of in Philadelphia."

Source: Michael Garden, CITYSPACE
Writer: Dan Eldridge

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