In 1930, Lot number 102 in Bitner’s Division of Oak Hill was purchased for $2,500 – a whopping sum of money at that time for an unimproved lot. The buyers, the Beachley family, of Beachley Furniture Company, then built a home that was worthy of such a lot, sparing no expense on their Dutch Colonial. Welcome to 7 W Irvin Avenue, in the heart of the North End. While retaining all the charm of yesteryear, the current owners have spent years improving on what was already a grand home. To enter the home, you’ll walk onto the African mahogany front porch, where you can spend relaxing afternoons looking out over the terraced landscaping that adorns the front of the home. Entering the foyer, you’ll notice the beveled glass windows, the original doorknob, and terrazzo tile flooring. Once inside, you’ll be between the large living room on the left, and the library on the right. The 9 foot ceilings, gleaming hard wood floors, wood burning fireplace with gas logs, refinished mahogany wainscoting, and stained glass windows from the 1930s make the living room a wonderful place to gather. Walk into the formal dining room, and you’ll appreciate the size of it – able to accommodate the largest dining room set. The numerous windows throughout the home, most of which have been replaced in the past few years, allow plenty of natural light. The eat-in kitchen has plenty of room for you and your family and friends to gather. The separate pantry provides plenty of room for all your appliances and provisions. There are two sunrooms, one on each side of the home, which can be used as offices, where work or homeschooling can be done, a sitting area, or a place to let your green thumb thrive. You’ll notice the deep windowsills, which were created when every exterior wall was insulated by bumping-out the interior walls and adding 4+ inches of insulation, dramatically increasing the energy efficiency of the home. Central air conditioning was added to the first floor to ensure comfort, though you probably won’t need to use it often, since the home is so well insulated. Walking out the back door, you’ll be on the paver patio, which leads to the 2-car garage. The private yard is complete with raspberries, grapes, apple trees, plum trees, and numerous flowering plants. Walking upstairs to the second floor, you’ll notice another stained-glass window, also an original from the 1930s. On the second floor you’ll find four large, bright bedrooms. Every room has crown molding, a ceiling fan, refinished hardwood floors, and a cedar closet. One bedroom, which has its own private porch, has been used as a laundry/sewing room, but that can easily be converted back to a bedroom since the washer and dryer hook-up still exist in the basement. Each bathroom has been completely renovated; the Jack and Jill bathroom has a shower-tub, and the second full bath has a soak tub, marble vanity, and new lighting. But it doesn’t stop there! The attic has been renovated and is now an enormous room, previously used as the master bedroom, then a gym, complete with ceiling fans, a large walk-in closet, and a full bathroom. And if all that still doesn’t seem like enough space, the full walk-up basement contains 4 large rooms – 2 of which are used as work shops. Freshly painted throughout, 7 W Irvin Avenue is ready for its next chapter.
Updated on June 15, 2021 at 8:06 am