Trinity Tuesday

Showtime in Mt. Airy for $425K

This unusual expanded trinity oozes vintage charm - and there's a theater in its carriage house.

854 Carpenter Lane, Philadelphia, Pa. 19119 | TREND images via BHHS Fox & Roach Realtors

We’d love to learn more about the history of the plot this one-of-a-kind expanded trinity sits on, for we’ll bet it has plenty of stories to tell.

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First of all, there’s probably the story of how the original trinity came to be. It dates to somewhere around 1700, back when this part of the German Township was nothing but farms. Why would someone build a house so compact and urban in the middle of the woods?

Then there’s the early-1800s addition behind it, a sign that its owner at the time wanted room for a larger family.

Then there’s the 1910 carriage house behind that, separated from the home by a lovely brick-paved courtyard. This home seems to us too modest to warrant one of those, but we guess that if small twins can have detached garages, this place can have a carriage house. (Actually, the deed to the carriage house was attached to the home’s deed in the 1970s.)

That carriage house contains a space you won’t find in any other trinity-style property in town: A large hall that is currently used as a theater. It’s even hosted Fringe Festival performances.  If you’re the artistic type, you might want to keep this space in its current use and let your inner theatrical producer or musician take the stage.

A second room in the carriage house currently houses a woodworking shop. You can also put this to all sorts of creative uses.

The main house exudes vintage charm. Its original wide-plank hardwood floors are in good condition. The rustic kitchen features country cabinetry and a newer stone tile floor.

There’s a sunny den with wall-mounted bookshelves, a roomy master bedroom and a bonus room under the third floor’s pitched roof.

The courtyard provides a cool outdoor oasis, but if you want a more active outdoor experience, the Wissahickon Valley is just a short walk away. So are the Weavers Way co-op and High Point Coffee. SEPTA’s Route 53 bus ends just down the block from you.

The agent isn’t exaggerating, either, in calling this “the cutest house in Mt. Airy.”

THE FINE PRINT

BEDS: 2

BATHS: 1

SQUARE FEET: 1,800

SALE PRICE: $425,000

OTHER STUFF: This home’s sale price was reduced by $14,000 on Nov. 20.



854 Carpenter Lane, Philadelphia, Pa. 19119 [Rob Lamb and Amy Lee | BHHS Fox & Roach Realtors]


Sandy Smith Home and Real Estate Editor @MarketStEl
ssmith@phillymag.com