If you’re familiar with G. Love and the Special Sauce, you might know the band’s tribute to highways and basketball, “I-76” (video below), which starts: “65 25 Parkline Drive/ And like always I’m kicking it live…” Katman, one of the rappers when the song was written in 1997, had a high school friend who lived at that address, and it just worked well with the rhythm, so that’s how it got into the song.
The way the house got onto the real estate market is that its owner, Mark E. Sherman — which this magazine called the Savior of East Falls — had a bit of financial trouble. In fact, despite a bright beginning, Sherman’s most exciting project, Sherman Mills, went to sheriff’s sale last year due to his failure to pay back taxes.
But one man’s tragedy is another man’s opportunity, or something, and this house is right on the park — mere steps from hiking trails.
Indoors, there are fireplaces, an enclosed porch, large bedrooms with en suite baths, a butlers pantry, back kitchen staircase, a basement that leads to an outdoor patio, front yard and side yard, and much more, as the below gallery shows.
Now, it’s true, the taxes on the house will not be insignificant but nor are the benefits of a seven-bedroom West Mt. Airy home that has this much Wissahickon schist incorporated into its construction and interior.
THE FINE PRINT
Square feet: 7,281
6525 Park Line Drive
Listing: 6525 Park Line Drive
UPDATE: Developer/owner Mark Sherman sent us the following email, which we are printing in its entirety:
The article published this morning has incomplete reporting, with limited sources, in a complex situation.
A portion of Sherman Mills, 3510-30 Scotts Lane, was sold.
It was a structured settlement that served as a costly endeavor made in an effort to maintain the integrity and forward momentum of East Falls.
It was not simply a delinquent sheriff sale.
To date, we manage and control Mills I with the upmost professionalism, and plan to continue to do so for many years to come.
I still serve as a consultant and asset for Mills II.