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Buy the Philadelphia Home Unlocked By Ben Franklin’s Kite Key

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2 Loxley Court (Michael Hirsch)
(Michael Hirsch)

 

The key Benjamin Franklin used in his famous kite experiment is said to have come from this historic Philadelphia home.

The key belonged to Benjamin Loxley, a prominent carpenter and architect who was a close friend of Franklin’s and helped him with a handful of his electrical experiments. Indeed, Loxley even built Franklin’s electrostatic machines.

2 Loxley Court (Michael Hirsch)
2 Loxley Court (Michael Hirsch)

 

According to local legend, Franklin used Loxley’s house key in his kite experiment, and that house is up for sale now. Built in 1744, the home is a three-story, colonial townhouse that retains its original features. It has been fully restored and features lovely wood floors, a spacious dining room, a two-tiered private backyard, and a partially-finished basement.

The house also has high-beamed ceilings, two fireplaces—one in the living room and another in the second floor master bedroom—and the second floor hall bathroom has been outfitted with gorgeous white marble. As far as properties combining historic and aesthetic value go, this residence is top of the line.

The surrounding neighborhood is historic as well: Christ Church Burial Ground, the Betsy Ross House, and the US Mint are within walking distance.

Listed for sale by Sotheby’s, the asking price for 2 Loxley Court is $599,000. See more of it below.

 

2 Loxley Court (Michael Hirsch)
(Michael Hirsch)

 

2 Loxley Court (Michael Hirsch)
2 Loxley Court (Michael Hirsch)

 

2 Loxley Court (Michael Hirsch)
2 Loxley Court (Michael Hirsch)

 

2 Loxley Court (Michael Hirsch)
(Michael Hirsch)

 

2 Loxley Court (Michael Hirsch)
2 Loxley Court (Michael Hirsch)