When Wendy Brookstein bought her Union Court Condominium in Queen Village, she was a mother of one who had previously rented in Rittenhouse and owned in Washington Square.
"I had been looking around for a while for the perfect house," she said.
She fell in love with a three-bedroom, three-bath condo on Catharine Street.
"The minute I drove into the gated community of Union Court Condominiums, I felt like I was in bliss," Brookstein said.
She said the 18-foot ceilings, open floor plan and oversized kitchen sealed the deal.
"I walked into the kitchen and saw two refrigerators, two ovens, two dishwashers, three sinks, a bar area and the most enormous island I've ever seen," she said. "I thought of all the family holiday dinners, the dinner parties, the fun I could have."
The 3,300-square-foot property also includes a master bedroom with dual walk-in closets, a gas fireplace and an en-suite bath with Jacuzzi soaking tub and walk-in shower. The home is accessible via private elevator.
Now that Brookstein has three children, she said the elevator is a lifesaver when it comes to navigating with a double stroller.
"I thought having two in the city would be bliss," she said. "I had twins and was thrust into a world different than I thought I'd have."
Brookstein said she has loved her time in Queen Village — and in the Union Court community specifically.
"There is a special bond here and a reason that few properties have gone up for sale in this community," she said. "I know you find neighbors in every neighborhood, but this one is unique."
She expects new owners to treasure the community, as well as the two-car parking and proximity to great restaurants and schools that she has enjoyed.
"This is my favorite neighborhood by far," Brookstein said.
While she has loved living in Queen Village with her children, she said it's time to find a home with a yard and a little more space.
"I have the world's most active kids, and although we can name all the SEPTA bus routes, I need a back yard to let my toddlers run out their energy," she said.
The property is listed with Lynda Krevitz with the Mike McCann team for $1,550,000.