We can’t make this stuff up, you guys. The listing clearly states this 1928 solid stone home has a lower-level recreation room with convenient features for entertaining company like a dartboard, wine racks, wine fridge, and a beer keg. (What is this Animal House? Kidding aside though, listing agent Janet Lippincot tells us it’s technically a kegerator.) This part of the home also has insulated pecan laminate flooring, a Sterno fireplace and a pool table you might be able to negotiate into the purchase.
This place has us charmed, we tell you. It’s a stone twin construction with a driveway, garage and original details on all three of its floors. Plus, it’s got a windows-surrounded enclosed front porch, which makes for a sweet alternative for when it gets too hot or cold to relax in the private back patio. Don’t you just love West Mt. Airy?
Entering the living room you’ll note original hardwood floor inlays and a Wissahickon schist stone fireplace, which yes, is still kickin’ it. The galley kitchen, which has had one of its walls opened up just a bit to give it a more open and connected feel to the living and dining rooms, has a built in breakfast bar and new appliances. Upstairs, two of the five bedrooms can be found on the third floor sharing a full 3-piece bathroom.
Forgetting the actual house for a moment—don’t worry, we’ll get to it—let’s take a look at its two yards, which total to 8,000 square feet. On top of being completely fenced, the rear of the two comes with a slate patio, wooden deck, and room for playing, gardening, and composting. To boot, it has detached garage, which the current owners have converted into a studio office with heating, air-conditioning, wood floors, full bathroom, and skylight. It’s a pretty cozy set up, which you should definitely take a look (gallery below).
In any case, onto the main house…
Built circa 1925, the stone colonial has seen extensive upgrades throughout, starting with its refinished wood flooring and newer granite kitchen counters. (The latter also comes with stainless steel appliances, a tumbled stone back splash, and slate flooring.) Recessed lighting and parquet floors can be found in the dining room, while built-ins and a stone fireplace are in the living room. Its entrance though is our favorite spot, especially now that it looks like the weather will be taking a more consistent turn for the warmer: a heated sun porch with bamboo flooring, which makes for an additional 300 square feet of living space.
Following years of neglect, “Little Garth” has finally been restored to its full potential!
See, the West Mt. Airy home once boasted artist Elizabeth Shippen Green and her husband, architect and Philadelphia Museum of Art president Huger Elliott, as its owners. The couple is said to have fashioned the property after farmhouses they had seen in France and Shippen’s studio was actually constructed from remnants of an ancient barn. The years that followed Elliott’s departure (Shippen passed away in 1954) saw the home fall into disrepair.
After being owned by the same family for the past forty years, this Colonial residence (and do we see a little Tudor in there too?) is due for a change. Not too many of course, given the property’s authentic character (original hardwood floors and wood-burning fireplaces throughout, folks), but certainly something that it’ll provide it with a fresh start.
A total of six bedrooms are offered on the property, which boasts two verdant front and back yards (wouldn’t a swing set and jungle gym be fun?). Inside, the home features original woodwork, moldings, and wainscoting, as well as high ceilings, but could benefit from a little TLC here and there. (Note: There’s also a breakfast room and office.)
As a Colonial built circa 1926, this cozy dwelling provides ready-made comforts for anyone swayed by its charm: bookcases, built-ins, wood burning fireplace and 2-car garage with plenty of extra parking.
Inside details include custom paneling, second staircase to an au pair suite, French doors leading to a covered porch and, finally, a renovated kitchen that’s stocked with Thermador stainless steel appliances, Bosch dishwasher, custom cabinetry and a double wall oven. There’s also a breakfast room and outdoor composting area.
William P.M. Braun, a businessman heralded for helping elevate Philadelphia’s commercial and industrial clout in the late 19th and early 20th century, once lived in this beautiful home situated in the historic Pelham District of West Mt. Airy.
Inside Braun’s former manse, century-old craftsmanship remains. The grand staircase and original woodwork in oak, mahogany, and cherry woods are evidence of this, as are the original stained glass windows alongside a window seat landing. Pocket doors in the formal living and dining rooms are made of oak and glass, while floors are pure hardwood.
Visiting these two homes in Manayunk and two in West Mt. Airy could determine which has the most living appeal– although, they all have their pros.
First, the Kalos Street home has been completely rehabbed and sits near a small truss of restaurants surrounding Ridge Avenue (FYI, the neighborhood is one of a handful in the city with a high density of pizzerias). Meanwhile, the Grape Street residence is just a little over a 10-minute walk from Never Give Up Training, a studio offering intensive fitness classes. It’s also been updated and includes a sizable roof deck with views of the city.