Whyte's Court, composed of fee-simple townhouses and condominium apartments, some new and some reconstructed from old buildings, is an enclave between South and Kater Streets just off 12th Street.
The 11 homes offer from 832 to 1,700 square feet of living space and cost between $79,900 and $139,000. The condominium fee for the apartments is about $60 per month, according to developer Jeffrey H. Sorkin.
Entering on South Street through a secured gate, a visitor will find a parking court - for the three center-court townhouses - to the right and, to the left, a three-story building, built in 1899 and expanded in 1928. Originally a fish store with apartments upstairs, the building has been gutted and reconstructed into two flats and one bilevel apartment.
In the center of the court, to the right, are two townhouses, and to the left is a single townhouse. Both buildings, built about 1895, have been gutted and reconstructed.
"These were Philadelphia trinities, but we added 10 feet to them to make them more spacious," said Sorkin. The foundations, he said, have been fortified. The work includes new underpinnings.
At the back of the court, a row of old brick townhouses was torn down to make way for five new stucco homes. The homes face the court, and the one-car garage under each home is accessible from Kater.
Whyte's Court is surrounded by walls and fencing. The front gate is key- locked, and cars enter the court parking lot through a gate on South Street using a remote control. The Kater Street garages are also operated by remote control.
Security, fire and smoke alarms are standard in each unit, as are a gas range, a microwave oven, pedestal sinks, a whirlpool tub, central air conditioning and wood-framed windows. A fireplace is standard in each townhouse.
The bilevel apartment has lower and upper entrances. On the lower level is the kitchen/dining room and a bedroom. Upstairs are the living room, master bedroom and bath.
On the second floor of the building is a two-bedroom flat, and on the third floor is a one-bedroom flat with a deck and a skylight.
The court townhouses have a kitchen/dining room and powder room in the basement; living room and study on the first floor; bedroom and bath on the second, and bedroom, second powder room and enclosed porch on the third. Narrow, wrought-iron, spiral stairs connect the floors.
The Kater Steet homes have a living/dining room, kitchen and powder room on the first floor, two bedrooms and a bath on the second, and a bedroom and large bath on the third. Turned staircases are standard. In the garage is a storage room and a rear walk-in door.
Two units have been sold.
Name: Whyte's Court.
Type of housing: Condominium apartments and fee-simple townhouses.
Builder: Eastern Pennsylvania Construction Corp.; Jeffrey H. Sorkin, president.
Number of units: 11.
Price range: $79,900 to $139,000.
Bedrooms: Two and three.
Baths: 1 to 2 1/2.
Construction: Frame on concrete block foundation; stucco over brick in old construction, stucco over plywood in new construction.
Heating: Gas, hot-air.
Air conditioning: Standard.
Fireplace: Standard in townhouses.
Garage: One-car in five townhouses; interior parking lot for remaining three townhouses; street parking for apartments (or private parking available across street).
School district: Philadelphia.
Estimated taxes: $2,400 per year.
Insulation*: Walls, R-13; ceilings, R-30.
Floors: Wall-to-wall carpet in living areas; ceramic tile in kitchen and baths; vinyl sheet in powder room.
Extra-cost options: Hardwood floors; refrigerator; washer-and-dryer package.
Shopping: South Street shopping, including food market within walking distance.
Public transportation: Bus within walking distance; subway within walking distance.
Hours: By appointment.
* Recommended insulation standards for this area are: R-30 ceiling and R-19 walls. The higher the R factor, the better the insulation.