When Greg Wolfgang bought his Queen Village home in 1996, it was a shell. But he saw potential in the neighborhood – and the property.
"It was taken down to the exterior brick walls and completely redesigned and rebuilt," he said.
Between 1998 and 2000, he transformed that shell into a 4,880-square-foot, four-bedroom home, with features including an indoor pool and spa and an elevator to traverse all four stories. There's also a floating staircase in the center of the home under a six-foot skylight.
"A lot of townhouses have natural light on either end but can get dark in the middle," he said. "This house was designed to maximize the light through this amazing feature."
Wolfgang said the family has enjoyed many memorable meals on the roof deck, which spans the entire footprint of the home. The deck includes an outdoor kitchen and an automatic-drip watering system.
"The 360-degree views are tough to beat," he said.
Downstairs on the lower level is the home's 13-foot by 15-foot heated pool and 10-foot by nearly 7-foot hot tub. A waterfall and tiki bar are also adjacent.
The family has witnessed transformations in their neighborhood and Philadelphia on a grand scale.
"It's amazing how these neighborhoods and the city as a whole have blossomed," he said. "It seems as if every day it's getting better and something new and exciting is happening."
Wolfgang said he wasn't considering a move until a family member alerted them to an ideal home in Bryn Mawr.
"Having the opportunity to move so close to the rest of our family was difficult to pass up," he said.
The home is currently listed by Mike McCann for $1,625,000.
"Leaving 612 S. Front has been one of the hardest decisions of our life," he said. "There is something about walking out your door and having a million options right there that we know we are going to miss terribly."