Photo: Laura Kicey
Wide, curving staircases. Curlicued woodwork painted in complementary colors. An elaborate, original sideboard. Transoms, claw-feet tubs and intricate cornices. Sounds like a bed and breakfast somewhere along Cape May, right? This one is a little closer to home.
Realtor Melanie Vallerio is selling her own home, located in historic Wyncote. Nestled in a neighborhood of Horace Trumbauer-designed homes, the Queen Anne-style Victorian has been lovingly restored by Vallerio and her husband. She told Property that her husband crafted some of the home’s woodwork himself so that it would match originals. While the electrical wiring has been redone, push-button wall switches remain in working condition. The couple is also refinishing the hardwood floors.
It’s no surprise this 19th-century beauty went under contract so quickly: It has scads of period details, both outside and in, including pine floors, fireplaces, woodwork, built-ins, wooden doors and stained glass. Much has been modernized, including the all important kitchen, which has Thermadore appliances. The property has six bedrooms, a den, four bathrooms and a basement in the main house; there is a carriage house as well.
It was listed for $890,000 and got an offer in less than 30 days.
Built in 1910, this salmon-colored brick home is a fixer-upper, but could be a real gem once it’s done. With six bedrooms, the house–which sits on an acre of private land–has more than 4,500 square feet of living space. Perennial gardens and mature trees dot the land that separates the property from other large homes in this quiet neighborhood.
A large family room is off the kitchen and a 1st floor bonus room could be a home office/den. Spacious bedrooms. The detached two-car garage has interior stairs to a large room or storage space. You could own a wonderful piece of history – unique and full of charm~~~just imagine sipping iced tea with friends on the front porch as a horse drawn carriage goes by.
Sometimes a home’s interior requires a potential buyer to use some imagination. This is especially true when the home’s seller has plastic slipcovers on the furniture, unappealing tchotckes and wall decorations, and when a beautiful banister is mysteriously topped with a fragment of pink fabric. The industrial carpet and wood paneling upstairs require some rose-colored glasses as well.