In spite of its two-day period back on the market, the home has been attracting attention for much longer. A few years ago, Alan Jaffe included the property on a piece about the French Village in Mt. Airy in PlanPhilly’s “Look Up!” Here’s a snippet talking about the architectural history of the neighborhood:
“The French Village, whose homes are found on Elbow Lane, Gate Lane and Allens Lane, was built in easy walking distance from the Mt. Airy train station, as the area became a railroad suburb for the affluent businessmen and professionals of Philadelphia. The homes were built in the Wissahickon Style, incorporating the local mica schist, generous green landscape and flowing streams.
Developer George Woodward had the Norman countryside in mind when commissioning architects to design the homes, which despite sharing similar appointments did not appear the same. This one is no exception and retains all of the mentioned details below:
Gatehouses and archways stand at entrances to the village. The buildings have their own identities, but most share certain characteristics, including octagonal and circular stairtowers, hipped roofs with overhanging eaves, and high stone walls around the perimeter of the French Village."
THE FINE PRINT
Baths: 3 full, 1 half
Square feet: 3,100
419 Gate Ln, Philadelphia, PA, 19119
Listing: 419 Gate Ln, Philadelphia, PA, 19119 [Elfant Wissahickon]