OLD HOMES FOR SALE

$5,250,000

Exceptional Country Estate

75 Mamaroneck Road Scarsdale on sale
  • 6,821 sq ft
  • 6 beds
  • 5.5 baths

75 Mamaroneck Road, an exceptional country estate, located in the heart of Murray Hill/Heathcote El. School on 1.3 acres with beautiful property, salt water pool, large patio, organic vegetable garden & 3 car garage with additional parking. This 6800 interior sqft. home was meticulously renovated in 2011 which includes a perfect layout with large rooms, high ceilings, 9ft+ & sunlight throughout the day. The dining room can seat 16, the kitchen has a 10′ center island with high end appliances, large eat-in area, family room, mudroom off backstairs, 1st floor laundry room. 2nd floor: master suite ultimate bathroom w/steam shower & soaking tub, office, 2 walk-in closets, plus 3 bedrooms with en-suite bathrooms. 3rd floor: 2 Bedrooms, hall bathroom, crafts room. Lower level: climate controlled wine cellar & recreation room. Whole house generator, Geothermal high efficiency heating, air & hot water system. Private setting, grounds like botanical gardens. Beautiful condition. Move right in.

$284,900

The Historic Burke House c. 1866

503 Delavan Street Lincoln on sale
  • 2,878 sq ft
  • 4 beds
  • 3 baths

The historic “Burke” house circa 1866 was lovingly redesigned into a Mission style home in 1912 by Lincoln architects Deal & Ginzel. Situated on an established corner lot, this 4 bedroom, 2.5 bath two story home has been under restoration for nearly 17 years by current owners — upgrades include electrical, boiler system (efficient clean heat source), foundation repairs/some structural elements, some replacement windows/others have been rebuilt, added insulation, concrete porches, architect inspired exterior landscape gardens, stucco exterior improvements, garage (wiring, garage door and garage door opener, stucco repairs, etc.), tile roof (various repairs), tankless hot water heater, whole house water filter, copper guttering improvements, refinished/rebuilt oak flooring/trim — balance of list available at listing office. You will absolutely love greeting guests at the stunning double leaded/beveled glass front doors that sparkle as they open leading directly to a beautiful open staircase. The large living room with fireplace which flows nicely in to a gracious dining room space is perfect for entertaining and/or casual visits with family and friends. Breathtaking leaded glass windows, elevator, fantastic master suite with an impressive adjacent private full bath, usable basement with an exterior access point, fenced yard — so many features both inside as well as outside! The “Mission era” features are simply elegant and hard to find — especially in such impeccable condition. 503 Delavan Street, Lincoln is a must to visit for anyone seeking the unique spaces and comforts of old house living with modern conveniences of today!

$275,000

Prominent Italianate Stunner

505 College Avenue Lincoln on sale
  • 3,374 sq ft
  • 5 beds
  • 3 baths

Truly in a league of its own — WOW! Prominent 5 bedroom, 2.5 bath all brick two story corner lot Italianate stunner! No words can truly capture the beauty and grandeur of this breathtaking residential dwelling situated in the heart of historic Lincoln, Illinois. Step inside and prepare to be in absolute awe by the character, charm, and overall feeling captured by the remarkable pristine interior. Main floor features a grand foyer complete with a gorgeous curved open staircase, a gracious bright living room with a decorative central fireplace, family room with a woodburning fireplace, roomy formal dining room with ample room for a large table and chairs in addition to superb overhead lighting, inviting den with a gas log fireplace, exterior access point, in addition to classic built-ins, a fully equipped ultra bright kitchen with granite countertops, breakfast bar, in addition to a neat adjacent 17X9 breakfast nook, quaint half bath, and a charming screened rear porch. Upstairs, you will find a 12X6 landing/office area, five nice sized bedrooms — master features a private full adjacent bath — two additional bedrooms feature vintage sinks — rear bedroom features adjacent laundry facilities, a full hall bath (also accessible by one of the bedrooms), and a rare upper level screened sleeping porch — how cool! Property also features an expansive walk-up floored attic, usable full basement, home security system, efficient hot water heat, gorgeous natural woodwork/wood flooring, breathtakingly impressive archways, thick crown molding, built-ins, transom windows, tall windows allowing abundant natural light to flow throughout, front as well as back staircases, three car detached garage — the list truly goes on and on! Not to mention, home is situated on an expansive tree shaded corner lot with ample room to roam. All appliances to remain with property upon settlement including washer and dryer. Known as the Hoblit House, this stately 1874 constructed 5 bedroom, 2.5 bath beauty can be found on the National Register of Historic Homes and Places by the United States Department of Interior — also a Lincoln, Illinois Centennial Structure — both plaques are displayed proudly next to the front door! Own a piece of history — 505 College Avenue, Lincoln is truly an extraordinary small town property — prepare to be in awe — WOW!

$237,000

Spacious and Charming Classic Cape

281 Wall Street Meriden on sale
  • 2,236 sq ft
  • 4 beds
  • 2.5 baths

Spacious and charming classic cape on a nearly an acre of park-like lawn and graced by a beautiful stone wall. Numerous 1800’s features remain such as beautiful wide plank floors, original doors and built ins – yet features modern conveniences. Step inside from the screened-in patio with stone floors and high ceiling to a large eat-in kitchen with granite counter, gas cooktop, built-in desk and bay window overlooking the yard. This leads to the family room with a fireplace and is flanked by the formal dining room with wide-plank floors and pantry, a parlor/sitting room with walk-in closet that could possibly serve as a first floor bedroom, a formal living room with built-in bookshelves, and a library/office with built-in bookshelves. Upstairs you’ll find a spacious master suite complete with full bath and four closets! Another full bath and three more bedrooms complete this floor, two with built-in desks and all with beautiful wide plank floors. Other features include a detached two car garage with additional storage room, a shed, full basement with a new hatchway. Freshly painted exterior in 2017. The furnace uses oil, but natural gas is connected to the house and is used for the cooktop – possibility to convert! Become the new steward of this piece of history – Welcome Home!

$9,975,000

Khakum Wood Norman Estate by Harrie T. Lindeberg

23 Khakum Wood Road Greenwich on sale
  • 13,063 sq ft
  • 7 beds
  • 9 baths

Set in the prestigious mid-country Khakum Wood Association, known for its compelling architecture and rich landscaping, and only 6 minutes to downtown Greenwich, Khakum Wood is that rare blend of being close to everything — schools, restaurants, and major routes — yet exceedingly private.

Designed by celebrated architect, Harrie T. Lindeberg, this exquisite Norman French estate displays Lindeberg’s signature elegance and artistry while evoking a masterful, modern style. The result is a seamless harmony that is stunning, deeply welcoming, and timeless. Its wonderfully scaled rooms include a 19′ x 39′ grand living room with chestnut and pine cathedral ceiling and an unusually large knotty pine paneled library. Details such as the lead paned windows, Ludovici tile roof, and splendid period hardware exemplify the architectural merit of this pre-war masterpiece!

An original carved European fireplace graces the great room which has three french doors leading to the back lawn. The large entrance hall and reception room, bay windowed dining room and library all have fireplaces. A stone floored rathskeller with fireplace on the lower level is perfect for billiards or family gatherings.

Staff quarters are expansive. A garage apartment can be used for staff, guests, private studio, office, or as a gym. A separate wing currently housing staff is flexible in use as well. Nearly six acres of pristine woodlands and sweeping lawns offer an idyllic setting for outdoor exploration, nature walks, and endless delight. A lake for fishing and skating and a spectacular freeform pool contoured to landscape compliment the property.

$669,000

Historic Victorian East Side Home

455 E. Ridge Street Marquette on sale
  • 6,325 sq ft
  • 7 beds
  • 6 baths

Read about the history of the home here!

Historic Victorian East side home close to Lake Superior has been immaculately maintained. When you step inside this home the first thing you will notice is the original woodwork, hardwood floors, stunning fireplaces and exquisite chandeliers adorning every room. This home is the perfect setting for your treasured antiques, formal furnishings and relaxed entertaining. Every room has a unique feature not found in today”s modern homes. The dining room has a butler”s pantry, a food warming spot in the radiator, an elegant fireplace with electric logs and a bay of windows. The living room has another elegant fireplace with room enough for two sofas and several chairs. The kitchen consists of two rooms which has recently been redone with granite counter tops. newly finished hardwood floors, refurbished cupboards, induction stove, dishwasher and refrigerator/freezer. The preparation room of the kitchen is compact enough to easily cook your recipes. The larger part of the kitchen allows for informal dining in a cozy setting with views to the gardens. The current music room could be a first floor bedroom with a connecting half bath. Once you traverse the stairs you will find a large landing with your bedrooms and baths easily accessible. A built in wardrobe between two of the bedrooms lets your imagination wonder as to how they were used during the period the home was built. The maids quarters is just down the hall and offers two more bedrooms and a full bath. The third floor is mostly finished and has a large family room with a pool table (which is staying), another bedroom, a built in chest of drawers in another room makes it an excellent activity room, a large storage area off the family room and several ample closets. When you exit the second floor you can use the back stairway which leads to the side entry between the kitchen and dining room. A built in safe will store your personal valuables and the home has a complete security system. Off the side entry is your lap pool to keep in shape, even on cold snowy days. The lower level has your laundry (with chutes from each floor), a sauna room waiting for a sauna stove, bathroom, separate shower near the sauna, a kitchenette with sitting room and a large wine cellar. This part of the house was once used as an efficiency apartment which has its own entrance. As you venture outdoors, you will find a large yard with lovely gardens, a three car garage with a second story for storage or make it into an apartment. The paved driveway was recently redone, along with the chimneys. The yard has an automatic sprinkler system and ample lighting. As you view this home you will find it steeped in history and yet modern. This is a once in a lifetime chance to own an exquisite piece of historic Marquette real estate.

$2,200,000

Hawkes Avenue Gem with Hudson River Views

132 Hawkes Avenue Ossining on sale
  • 8,410 sq ft
  • 6 beds
  • 5.5 baths

Set up at the top of a gentle hill taking full advantage of captivating Hudson River views from Maryknoll’s iconic tower, stretching up to the Tappan Zee Bridge, on to as far as the eye can see, this English-style Manor creates an incomparable setting for weekend or year-round living. Formerly the residence of the late David Swope, well-known Westchester philanthropist, environmentalist, and community leader, this 19-acre estate is mesmerizing. Completely surrounded in lush gardens reminiscent of the Cotswolds, it includes an inviting pool with multiple entertaining and sitting terraces taking-in the river views. Inside, the spaces are designed for relaxed entertaining. The flowing floor plan features a well-proportioned living room with dramatic trussed ceiling and majestic fireplace; sun-lit dining room with bay window; kitchen with large center island and sitting area with tall windows overlooking a lush hillside garden; and a second full kitchen for catering. A second-floor gabled wing with its own staircase has a paneled study with fireplace and large window framing the dramatic views; stepping into a large office area with half bath. A first floor master suite with fireplace opens to the front terrace; and with an additional four bedrooms, there’s plenty of private space for family or guests. A winged addition features a 50′ lap pool and sitting area with drink station, full bath, laundry and storage room, and an adjacent two bedroom caretaker’s apartment with its own entrance. A detached 3-bay garage and a huge 2 story barn with full lower level is set just to the side. Minutes to every convenience, including shopping and Metro North train station (with its 38 minute ride to Grand Central), Hawkes View is the perfect setting.

$324,900

Park Place Perfection

205 Park Place Lincoln on sale
  • 2,714 sq ft
  • 3 beds
  • 3 baths

A pristine 3 bedroom, 3 full bath all brick two story home that will please even the most discriminating buyer in an absolute picture perfect location neatly appointed on a beautifully lighted boulevard in the heart of historic Lincoln, Illinois — a home that most dream of owning! The décor, the style, the overall feeling exemplified within — you absolutely will not believe your eyes — WOW! Main floor of home features a grand foyer with a classic double sided staircase, gracious living room with hardwood flooring, center woodburning fireplace, elegant crown molding, captivating built-ins, and two sets of French doors, grand formal dining room — also with hardwood flooring and crown molding — the perfect spot to serve/entertain family and friends, updated efficient kitchen host to tile flooring, swinging door, solid surface countertops, and desk area, ultra cozy and inviting rear family room addition with vaulted ceilings along with additional gorgeous built-ins (could serve as a main floor bedroom if needed/desired), extravagant heated sunroom with an exterior access point, full hall bath, and laundry room area. Upstairs, you will find three bedrooms including a luxurious master suite host to a private full adjacent tiled bath in addition to an adjacent walk-in closet. All upper level bedrooms feature gleaming hardwood flooring and ample floor space as well as natural light. Upper level also features a full hall tiled bath as well as a hall walk-in closet boasting a laundry chute to main floor. Property also features a large usable basement, professionally painted interior walls, generous two car attached garage, great private rear patio, most vinyl replacement windows throughout, security system — the list goes on! Not to mention — the absolutely beautifully landscaped 120X211 lot — pictures do not do it justice — WOW! No words can truly describe the features exemplified both inside as well as outside of this showplace Lincoln, Illinois all brick 2,700+ square foot two story home — when only the finest will do, 205 Park Place is the home for you!

$4,950,000

Stunning Georgian Manor at Matthiessen Park

2 Fargo Lane Irvington on sale
  • 11,653 sq ft
  • 8 beds
  • 10+ baths

Live an incomparable lifestyle in this stunning brick and stone Georgian Manor at Matthiessen Park. Complemented by scenic walkability to the village and train, this magnificent estate comprises 12 private, rolling acres that stretch to the bank of the Hudson River. The beautifully-scaled floor plan is richly detailed with custom appointments designed by Thomas Britt. The home features a grand front to back living room with French limestone fireplace, a two-story oak paneled library and large formal dining room. A gracious loggia opens onto a grand elevated stone terrace that overlooks the Hudson River. The dramatic master bedroom is filled with natural light and includes two walk-in dressing suites, a marble spa bath, and private sitting room. The finished walk-out garden level enjoys a full-service gym, recreation room, summer kitchen, indoor pool and full bath. Unrivaled in location, setting, and quality, Longmeadow is a superb riverfront estate just 23 miles from Manhattan.

$299,000

The Corbin House

3 Sawmill Road Sherman on sale
  • 1,244 sq ft
  • 2 beds
  • 1.5 baths

Circa 1850-The Corbin House. Absolutely Adorable Historic Eyebrow Vintage Colonial. Direct Waterfront on Sawmill Brook/Candlewood Lake. Walk To Community Tennis/Jogging, Town Beach & Pavilion on Candlewood Lake. In-Town Location. This Charmer greets residents as they pass over the bridge crossing Sawmill Brook to Candlewood Lake. Story Book Setting. 2 Bedrooms plus Den/Office. Hardwood Floors. Large NEW Country Kitchen overlooks brook and new community tennis courts. Lots Of Updates. Home automation/control on line – heat & some lights. A Rare Opportunity!

$425,000

The Lemonade House

32 Wallace Circle Phippsburg on sale
  • 1,300 sq ft
  • 3 beds
  • 1 baths

Located on the scenic mid-coast of Maine, this cottage is in the working lobstering village of West Point, in the township of Phippsburg. It was built in 1902 by Herman Smith, one of the original founders who settled here with his wife and raising 13 children in this home. He subsequently built many of the houses in the area, rowing out to the islands to collect stones for his famous fireplaces.

There is a barn/garage/workshop on the property.
Old cottage charm but the mechanics and systems are updated or new.

This is an idyllic spot for summer vacationing – there is kayaking, swimming, fishing, hiking, golfing, beach combing and tide pool exploring all at your doorstep. Ocean views and breezes from just about every window. The front porch oozes history and old fashioned entertaining – yourself or others!
Very successful summer rental history.

The cottage is minutes from the famously beautiful Popham State Beach, and quintessential New England Sebasco Resort and Golf Club. Bath, Maine has a bustling and fun downtown district with great shopping, restaurants and farmers market, just 15 minutes away.

$989,000

Historic Lieutenant’s Mansion In The Town Of Fort Sheridan Steps From The Lake!

76 Logan Loop Highland Park on sale
  • 4,588 sq ft
  • 5 beds
  • 6 baths

Historic architecture meets modern luxury at a serious price. Over $50,000 in recent improvements. A seamless combination of vintage and new with remodeled kitchen that is totally on-trend with honed marble countertops, matte white herringbone backsplash, new Wolf commercial range and hood, cast iron Kohler farmhouse sink, new custom island and fresh gray paint. Dine and entertain in style in the open living room/dining room with gorgeous fireplace and original vintage built-in bar. Watch movies in the BEST family room with vaulted ceilings, stone fireplace and French doors to deck and patio. Enjoy a steam or a soak in the heavenly master suite then retreat to the covered balcony with a glass of wine and relaxing Lake Michigan views. Two family bedrooms share a full updated marble bath. Third floor teen suite is ideal for studio, office, au pair. Embrace this historic community with a rich history and authentic architecture that is reflective of an original commitment and artistry that has stood the test of time.

The site of Fort Sheridan was established as a French trading post around 1670 and is located on an old trail between Green Bay, Wisconsin and the area that was early Chicago. The trail was used by Native Americans traveling between their hunting grounds and villages in and around Chicago and the trading posts in Wisconsin. In the decades of 1870-1880 the City of Chicago suffered from labor unrest known as the Haymarket Riots of May 1886. U.S. Troops were employed to quell the uprisings. In 1886 Marshall Field, a prominent Chicago entrepreneur let a petition by area businessman to the Secretary of War to set aside area land for a military installation. The Fort Sheridan area was selected as the 632 acre site and plans were put together for its development. The architectural firm Holabird and Roche was commissioned to design Fort Sheridan with Ossian C. Simonds designing the landscaping. The result was 64 graceful masonry buildings made from an estimated six million cream colored bricks actually extracted from the reopened clay pits on the post’s bluffs. All of this is situated in a picturesque setting of native plant material and a landscape of gently curving roads reflecting the ravine cut topography so close to Lake Michigan. The Fort’s architecture is most recognizable by the 168 foot tower flanked by 1,000 feet of barracks and the Bachelor Officers Quarters and single family homes varying in size. The single family homes facing the parade ground served as quarters for officers, the size depending on officer’s military rank. The Post Commander’s residences were located on the bluffs overlooking Lake Michigan and were designed each with a corner tower, a front facing gabled dormer and a front porch with terra cotta ornamentation. The Captains and Lieutenant’s mansion have brick gabled fronts and faced directly onto the Parade Grounds. There are other historical buildings throughout the community that are now different types of residences such as the stables, a veterinary hospital, a mess hall, a post office, a drill hall and more. All were constructed in the same cream colored brick architectural style providing a sense of solidity, restraint and historic elegance throughout the community.

$615,000

The Grierson House

825 Court Avenue Ft. Davis on sale
  • 2,900 sq ft
  • 2 beds
  • 2.5 baths

Listed on the National Register of Historic Places and nestled in the base of Sleeping Lion Mountain, this gem is located on 2.3 acres at the end of Court Avenue in Ft. Davis. Within walking distance of down town, this private residence is nestled in past boulders and beyond paved streets. The art and culture-infused Marfa is 25 miles South and just North is the Fort Davis National Historic Site. A further drive North along the Scenic Loop brings the majestic Davis Mountains Preserve, the McDonald Observatory. Parks, wildlife and Far West Texas scenery makes it a central location from which to enjoy all that the region offers.

Built in 1903 by Harry Grierson, one of four sons of Colonel Benjamin Grierson, the post commander of Fort Davis and the US 10th Cavalry, known as the Buffalo Soldiers as his town home. When Harry Grierson returned to the family ranch in Fort Davis at the turn of the century and he built several homes in the town of Fort Davis. These homes were often rented by other area ranchers as family town homes so their children could attend school. The Grierson House was one of these homes.

The Texas Historical Commission has described the house as follows:

“This masonry residence resembles other buildings in the community, including several officers’ quarters at the military post of Fort Davis. Completed in 1908 by local craftsman B.H. Grierson, Jr., the house incorporates pink volcanic rock, known as tuff, that exemplifies early twentieth-century construction. In 1912, a fire destroyed much of the structure, but local rancher and county sheriff Franklin Sproul directed the restoration of the home. It is due in large part to the Sproul family that the residence became a center for community activities. The home now serves as an architectural link to the military and agricultural history of West Texas.”

While retaining the charm of its original construction, the Grierson House has been renovated to include modern amenities. The 2900 square foot, two-bedroom, two-and-a-half bathroom home has updated plumbing and electrical, a new roof, central heat and air conditioning, laundry, back deck and screened in bar with porch and contiguous office/casita. The bedrooms each have a private bathroom – one with a cast iron claw foot tub/shower the other with a half bath and double sinks. A modern walk-in shower and sink is the guest bathroom and includes the utility room with washer/dryer hook-ups. There are two fireplaces which could be relined to be in working order. Hard wood floors, 12 foot high ceilings and Arts + Crafts details run throughout the home.

Two outbuildings complete the structures on the property and include the historic carriage house and a newly built office/cantina. The historic carriage house has been used as a storage area and has an extra refrigerator along with cement flooring ideal for a workshop, storage or studio.

Next to the carriage house is the office/cantina. There is a screened in bar with sink in the back which opens onto a wooden deck facing the Palisade Rocks. Easily converted to a private casita for visitors or simply enjoyed as is with extra closet space in the office and a mini-split for maximum comfort.

The well-tended landscaping adds another layer of comfort to this ideal haven. Old growth trees and native plantings complement the gracious home and enhance the enjoyment of relaxing on one of the porches.

$424,900

Magnificent Mid Century Designed by John C. Ehrlich

101 Verplanck Street Geneva on sale
  • 3,076 sq ft
  • 4 beds
  • 3.5 baths

Magnificent example of mid-century modern architecture. Designed by renowned architect and Geneva native John C Ehrlich. Spacious with natural light from the large windows and skylights bringing the outside in. Enjoy the professionally landscaped and completely fenced backyard from the rear Decks, and patio. The master suite has a large bath with tub and shower , walk-in closet and private balcony. Pictures do not do the properties design features justice.

$675,000

1903 Dutch Colonial – Constructed for Edward Lorimer!!!

1110 Stratford Avenue Elkins Park on sale
  • 4,782 sq ft
  • 6 beds
  • 2.5 baths

It’s time once again to take you on yet another magical history tour!!!

Since I have written so much in the past on the development of Elkins Park in previous listings, I won’t bore you yet again with how this area developed from the land of grand estates to that of wealthy real estate development.

So let me start by staying focused just on this one area, and the family that had this house constructed.

What is now the section that is known as Melrose Park was once just two large estates. Anna R. Sharpless owned a 60 acre estate called “The Oaks”. Richard C. Dobbins owned an estate on over 100 acres called Ellerslie.

Richard Dobbins was a wealthy contractor and was responsible for constructing Memorial Hall during the Centennial Exhibition of 1876. This is the only building that still stands today inside Fairmount Park from that exhibition and now houses the Please Touch Museum. Mr. Dobbins was also responsible for the construction of many of the commercial buildings in Philadelphia during the 19th Century, including The First National, the Philadelphia Savings Fund, The United States Naval Asylum & the Farmer’s Market on the site of what is now the Reading Terminal Market.

Mr. Dobbins passed away in 1893, and his Son, William E. Dobbins began to liquidate and sub-divide his estate.

In 1894, the Melrose Land & Improvement Co. began marketing property recently acquired from the Dobbins estate.

“BEAUTIFUL MELROSE” – If you are contemplating a home in the country you should first see our elegant ¼ acre Villa sites at MELROSE. Eight miles from the Reading Terminal Station; forty trains daily each way. The location and surroundings are unequaled and must be seen to be appreciated. Plans & descriptive books furnished upon application.”

This was an advertisement in the Philadelphia Inquirer on January 21, 1894.

We were in the height of the industrial revolution, and many wealthy business people took advantage of the growth in suburban development to create their country houses. Many of the above ¼ acre lots were combined to ½ acre or more lots.

And now we get to the original family that constructed 1110 Stratford Avenue, the Lorimers.

There were so many new industries that developed during the 19th Century, but the Lorimer family’s business was as old as time, the making of cotton, wool, linen and jute yarns. The Father, William Lorimer emigrated to the United States from Scotland where he settled in Connecticut as a dyer at the Hartford Carpet Co. The family then relocated to Ontario, Canada where the Father continued to work in the woolen industry before establishing his own mill. His children chose to stay in the industry, but eventually all relocated to Philadelphia, working for various mills before establishing their own company.

The William H. Lorimer Son’s Company was one of the largest manufacturers of yarns in the United States. Named after the Father, the five Brothers established the company and ended up constructing a massive factory at the corner of Ontario & Lawrence Streets in North Philadelphia. The company obtained numerous patents for the process of dying fabrics as well as for ventilation systems for factories that produce yarns.

Three of the Brothers (Edward, Joseph & Walter) purchased lots from the Melrose Land & Improvement Co. and all three constructed beautiful homes on the same street!

My listing at 1110 Stratford Avenue was constructed by James Bartleson of Ambler for Edward Lorimer in 1903. It remained in the Lorimer family from 1903 until 1982 when my client purchased the property from a grand-nephew of Mrs. Lorimer. As only the 2nd Owner in over 115 years, all of the family & house history has remained completely & fully in-tact and will convey to the next generation that calls this fantastic property, home!

In 1916, the Lorimer family purchased “The Packard” model garage from Alladin Ready Cut Homes of Bay City, Michigan! The garage was shipped to the Melrose station “and delivered via horse drawn carriage” to the property. My clients still have the original instructions on how to erect the garage from the manufacturer!

This gracious 3-story Dutch Colonial has nearly 5,000 S.F. of beautifully detailed living space!

Appearances can be deceiving, as the current Owner, a Master Craftsman, Carpenter & Cabinet Maker has seamlessly integrated completely modern systems into a tasteful Victorian aesthetic!

A complete list of all of the enhancements is provided at the end of my description.

There is a graceful symmetry to the home as you approach through a series of steps up to the full front porch that wraps around the side and connects to the rear yard. The original shutters still flank all the original windows and are as crisp as they day they were installed (more on why, later).

The central hallway is an exquisite composite of quarter-sawn Oak detailing, from the floors to the moldings to the intricate balusters & stairway. Vintage gas & electric combination lanterns (that have been restored) adorn the living spaces on the first floor.

The sitting room has always had its trim painted, as that was the fashion coming into vogue of the Colonial Revival style. The corner fireplace now has an electric fireplace insert.

The living room & the dining room are encased in Chestnut woodwork from the trim to the fireplace surrounds, pocket doors, crown moldings, picture rails, plate rails in the Dining Room and even the interior shutters! The living room fireplace was completely reconstructed. The detailed Bradbury & Bradbury wall & ceiling papers are appropriate designs reflective of the period the house was constructed, installed by the current owners.

When one steps into the butler’s pantry & kitchen, you will feel like you stepped back to 1903. However, only two of the cabinets in these two spaces are original, can you figure out which ones? This is likely the most thoughtful integration of cabinetry into an historic house that I have ever seen, re-creating every single detail of the Yellow Pine cupboards & base cabinets as if they were 115 years old, but they’re not! Then the modern conveniences were added, like the Viking stove, the stainless steel dishwasher in the island & a modern fridge.

Tucked at the rear of the kitchen is a large laundry room as well as the breakfast room. Direct access to the rear yard & the 2-car garage is via the breakfast room, which has a beautifully detailed gable roof & Cedar panels in a creative oval pattern.

Upstairs, there are 3 bedrooms and 1 full bath on each floor. The master suite incorporates a huge walk-in closet with custom designed organizers (constructed by the current Owner) in what was likely the original nursery of the home over the front entry. The other two bedrooms occupy two of the remaining corners while the completely updated bathroom has a large glass-fronted stall shower along with a tub, marble flooring & period appropriate wall tiles. There is a rear staircase down to the kitchen, two linen closets as well as a door to the roof over the laundry & breakfast room.

The third floor has three more large rooms (with fantastic ceiling height, due to the Dutch roof lines that still provide for a floored attic above this floor). The hall bathroom has also been completely updated in black & white subway tiles that includes a stall shower and the original clawfoot tub.

Half of the basement has been dedicated to the Owners woodworking studio. A significant amount of electrical power was routed to this space, providing for four 220 volt circuits to power all the shop equipment. While all of the woodworking equipment will be removed from the property, the studio space is ready to be re-imagined for other uses by the next Owner.

Out back, the property has a 2-car garage (still retaining the original sliding carriage doors) and a large, fully enclosed vegetable garden. A gothic storage shed is tucked into the far corner of the yard.

There are so many specimen plantings surrounding the house, including quite a few varieties of Crepe Myrtles, hydrangea, lilacs, camellias, viburnum, tree & herbaceous peonies, a stately American Holly and other old-fashioned perennials & shrubs. The current Owners installed three large American Elm trees (two on the neighboring property) to help in bringing back an historical tribute to what may have likely been planted in the first place.

Here are just a few of the numerous upgrades to the property.

New Grand Manor shingle roof installed in 2015. The shingles have a lifetime warranty (per manufacturer website) and there is a 1-time transferrable warranty.

The inside & outside trim was completely stripped of lead paint down to bare wood & re-painted (or stained) using Benjamin Moore paints.

The two HV-A/C systems were installed in 2016 and 2018
The gas-fired, condensing furnace (98% efficiency) was replaced in 2012

The laundry room & breakfast room were re-configured in 2012

The 2nd floor bathroom was renovated in 2018

The 3rd floor bathroom was renovated in 2016

The front porch was repaired & refinished in 2017

The electrical system was upgraded to 200 AMPs with extensive re-wiring to add capacity & function throughout.

Just as the Melrose Land & Improvement Co. advertised in 1894, the same reason why people came out to “the country” still applies today. The neighborhood is a wonderful mix of 19th & early 20th Century architecture, with sidewalks, tree lined streets and neighbors that welcome everyone to their community.

The Reading Terminal Market is still just 8 miles away and is easily accessed via the SEPTA regional rail line. One can walk to either the Melrose or Elkins Park train stations for service to downtown Philadelphia, 30th Street station and on to the Philadelphia airport.

At Elkins Park West, one finds numerous restaurants & CreekSide Coop (a member-owned, but open to the public full service food store).