931 E. Durard St., Philadelphia, Pa. 19150 | TREND images via RE/MAX Keystone
The sunny streets of upper East Mt. Airy are filled with beautifully maintained homes that make great first rungs on the homeownership ladder. This is one of those homes.
Built in 1950, this roomy twin is the beneficiary of a recent top-to-bottom rehab that turned its interior into a comfortable space for modern living.
Its attractive front patio lets you join in the common neighborhood practice of relaxing in the front yard while you greet your neighbors and passers-by. It also has a rear deck for those occasions when you’d prefer a little more privacy as you entertain or soak up the sun outdoors. Read more »
6920 Boyer St, Philadelphia, PA, 19119
It should come as no surprise that we’ve featured an Arts & Crafts house more than once on Property since hallmarks of the movement include exposed beams, built-in bookcases, the use of natural materials, original oak wainscoting and inlaid hardwood floors. The style makes for charming residences and it just so happens that this home is one such property. (Although, in this case, its inlaid hardwood floors come with dark ribbon trim.)
Built by builder Ashton Tourison circa 1909, the home has only been sold twice in its lifetime. Careful preservation has allowed it to continue to boast original stained glass and brass lighting fixtures, with additional historical notes like a servant’s gong, a secret safe, which, according to the owner, is “hidden in a nook behind oak paneling,” and pocket doors.
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With its wide center hall and looping, broad staircase, it’s easy to imagine this home circa 1907 when it served as a girls’ boarding and day school. There is something to the stained glass in the stairway and the window seat that makes it easy to envision an academic setting where students were enthralled by the all-female, college-educated faculty. But that’s on the inside. From the outside, the property looks more like a fancy Spanish villa than a place where students were likely actually learning French.
Herman Wendell and Walter Bassett Smith developed the entire neighborhood of Pelham by the late 1800s, luring city dwellers to Mt. Airy with modern conveniences like clean water and access to public transportation. Constructed of Pompeian brick, the home stands out in the neighborhood with its golden balustraded piazza and terrace.
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For anyone who has ever fantasized about a picturesque house among nature’s finest, this five-bedroom English Cotswold may be the answer to your dreams.
Proudly displaying a stone hearth, wood-beam ceilings, and stained glass, this 1950s house has multiple fireplaces, including one with a carved mural.
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