Nestled among a string of rowhouses in Philadelphia’s Queen Village neighborhood, the property at 113-21 Bainbridge St. is nothing like its neighbors. Although the brick houses that sandwich it measure just a few thousand square feet, the property at 113-21 Bainbridge St. far outdoes that in magnitude. And although many of the homes nearby exude simplicity and charm — with a few million-dollar houses, to boot — the 113-21 Bainbridge St. property is the only one on the block to boast white columns, wrought iron, and a tall brick wall that keeps the public out. That’s because, somehow, in one of Philadelphia’s most historic neighborhoods, a sprawling, 7,000-square-foot mansion rose in the heart of the city. Although its origins remain unclear, the intrigue surrounding the unusual home continues today. The 113-21 Bainbridge St. property recaptured the public’s attention earlier this year, when it headed to the auction block. For the five-bedroom, five-bathroom manor, the minimum asking bid was $850,000. The starting price was quite a drop from just a few years ago, when the property was listed for sale in 2014 with an asking price of $2.6 million — a figure that attracted no serious buyers. The home was pulled from the market within a few months. Ceisler Media The estate on Bainbridge Street was listed for sale for $2.6 million a few years ago, but it did not sell. In October, the family opted to auction off the property, with a starting bid of $850,000. But the October auction was guaranteed to be different: So long as an offer was made at or above the minimum bid, it was guaranteed to sell, according to materials distributed by organizers. And with the minimum bid slashed to just one-third of its original price from years ago, buyers, this time, finally stepped forward — in droves. From early September through the Oct. 10 auction, 98 parties emerged as interested in the estate, which sits on five city lots. “We had a good mix of people wanting to develop the property and keep its existing building,” said Bob Dann, chief operations officer of Max Spann Real Estate and Auction Co., which facilitated the auction. “Several builders wanted to knock it