Anna & Ben


Historic homes are some of the greatest hidden gems in Philadelphia and 2805 Poplar Street, circa 1880 is no slouch when it comes to charm.

In 2015, our resident dream maker, Kristin McFeely worked with Anna and Ben to secure the home that they have now called their own for the past three years.


It’s a sunny Sunday morning on Poplar Street, a tree-lined block on the edge of Fairmount and Brewerytown. The pigeons are squawking, the cars are honking (we have to paint a realistic picture – we’re still in Philly, after all). Olive, the German Shepherd, is hot on Ben and Anna’s heels as they head down to Lemon Hill in Fairmount Park. It’s the perfect park and the perfect place to make dog-parent friends. Poplar Street sits in Fairmount, but is far enough from the chaos that ensues when Jay-Z‘s Made in America sets up shop at the Art Museum. It’s a 30-minute stroll to the heart of the city, where shopping is a must. But, if you want to stay in the area, there are an array of brunch spots, restaurants, and (cheers to Brewerytown’s namesake) breweries. Some of Anna and Ben’s favorite spots include Ryebrew, Crime and Punishment, 2637 Brew, Spot Burger, Pizza Dads, Monkey and the Elephant and the Lucky Goat.

Now back to the house. After 50 years with the same owner, the house needed some updates. But, Ben and Anna were up to the task and they knew the details were an essential part of the home’s character.

Anna says, “The high ceilings, antique mirror in the living room and graceful staircase give the house such an effortless elegance. We really love the richness of the heart of pine floors on the second and third floors. This house gets so much light and such a nice breeze-it’s a really pleasant home to hang out in and has plenty of room for entertaining. The backyard is also a favorite-it’s extra long and provides us ample space for hosting barbecues as well as lazy reading in a hammock on a summer afternoon.”

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