Close to everything! Hiking, fishing, nature as well as restaurants, shopping, and Chestnut Hill — a top (sub)urban neighborhood of Philly. This historic gem has been well loved over two centuries. A rare ‘rural’ gem in midst of urban area.
Lovingly restored and updated move-in ready 250 year old home on over an acre and surrounded by county land and state park seeks nature loving family. Offered at $829,000 which is competitive for area but suggest bid start at $599,000 since we understand you will have to account for annual flood insurance and/or have rainy day fund. We are right next to the Wissahickon Creek and have had main floor flooding twice in 12 years. We’ve made improvements to ensure the house continues to recover beautifully – as it has for hundreds of years.
While not currently listed anywhere else for sale, we are open to offers from fellow aficionados of historic country homes nestled in suburban settings. To schedule a visit, please contact us directly at [email protected] or our local realtor and neighbor, Diane Cardano, by phone at 215-576-8666.
Has all the neat old house attributes like hardwood floors, interesting woodwork, mantels, stained glass, bay window with large window seat, 4 fireplaces (1 gas), brick floor with etched whimsy of a hunting dog in one of the 1902 bricks, single and double French doors and 3 exterior Dutch doors. Two master suite areas (2nd floor and 3rd floor), airy 3rd floor bed/sitting room with skylight, large ‘gentlemen’s barn’ including stall, shed, second floor workshop and door. Newly installed wall hung Buderus high efficiency boiler and on demand water heater, Newly installed electric main and subpanels with all GF Ground-fault circuit interrupters (GFCIs outlets and breakers) on whole house (including knob and tube wired areas.) ADT security system, new water softener system, covered parking as well as plenty of additional spots, pond (former inground pool), property edged by well trimmed woods along the creek. and, best of all, walk/bike right into state park or over to the grocery or movie theater.
We do not know if George Washington lunched here during the nearby battles and encampments in the 1770s, but we can tell there has been a lot history and happy times here. A gentleman farmer bought the colonial manse in 1902 along with 15 acres and spent several years adding the fancy 3-story addition with full basement and, likely, building the barn made to look like a 1830s structure. (We have the owner deed copies back to 1775 when Montgomery County was established separately from Philadelphia.)
The 1930s saw the addition of the covered porch facing the creek and a first floor powder room. One of our plumbers was delighted to see his grandfather’s initials in the 7-gallon toilet tank he installed while also a local plumber back then!
Updates in the 80s include the gourmet kitchen addition with granite countertops, large island and three – yes, three – copper sinks (one in the butler pantry under stained glass window.) Appliances are all new in last few years including 5 burner stovetop, microwave with convection, electric oven and Fisher Paykel refrigerator.
We spent several years and a few hundred thousand dollars rebuilding the front entrance, replacing an entire bathroom and repairing/refreshing three others, restoring plaster walls, shoring up the barn, investing in period appropriate lighting, repairing chimneys and floors and ceilings and… well, we worked hard and learned a lot about contractors!
To learn more, please contact us directly at [email protected] or our local realtor and neighbor, Diane Cardano, by phone at 215-576-8666. NO SOLICITATIONS PLEASE.
Serious interest is welcome and we will show by appointment. No solicitations of any kind please.
Updated on May 2, 2021 at 1:32 pm