7304 Elbow Ln., Philadelphia, Pa. 19119 | Photos: Gary Shemp
Not all of the homes visionary builder George Woodward built are in Chestnut Hill.
In his later years as a developer, Woodward branched out from his home base with some developments in nearby neighborhoods. One of the most beloved of these is French Village, a collection of Normandy-inspired homes on a quiet private street in West Mt. Airy.
Designed by architect Robert McGoodwin and built in 1924, these homes remain prized by their owners. Daniel and Dhaval Gindin, the owners of this home on Elbow Lane, are no exception.
“My wife Dhaval and I started our home search in 2013 with a baby on the way,” Daniel wrote in an email to Property. Daniel, who had lived in Germantown since 1997, and Dhaval, a Washington Square West resident since 2006, decided that the “old stone houses, family-friendly neighborhoods and easy access to Wissahickon Park” Northwest Philly offered made it the ideal place to settle down. Read more »
116 W. Cliveden St., Philadelphia, Pa. 19119 | TREND images via BHHS Fox & Roach
House hunting can be frustrating, especially when your checklist of non-negotiable, must-have features is looking a lot less like a checklist and a little more like a lengthy novel. The stellar amenities and ample space for entertaining or future children ensure that this property will soothe some of your first-time buyer anxiety.
With a renovated and updated interior, finished basement and quaint exterior complete with sizeable yards in both the front and back of the home, this reasonably priced listing in West Mt. Airy is a quality investment for a family looking to expand.
Pass the brick facade, open the charming red door and enter the living room. Showcasing recessed lighting, a ceiling fan and an attractive fireplace with a contemporary stone surround, the room is extremely inviting. Dark hardwood floors run throughout the home, grounding each room. Read more »
30 Pelham Rd., Philadelphia, Pa. 19119 | TREND images via Elfant Wissahickon Realtors
Perhaps one reason those who compare Philadelphia to Detroit miss the mark is because this city has many neighborhoods that, while they have seen better days, still have strong bones and buried opportunity.
It also has many homes with those same qualities. In this case, however, the opportunity’s not buried — it’s in plain sight.
Ordinarily, we do not feature short sales or foreclosures in our house posts because we don’t want to promote profiting off the misfortune of others. But this particular short sale is simply too unusual to ignore. Read more »
TREND image via BHHS Fox & Roach-Chestnut Hill
Here’s the truth about so-called “jaw-dropper” homes (trust us, we would know): like people, they come in all shapes and styles. The more ostentatious tend to be spotted first, understandably. But upon closer inspection, the reserved ones will eventually reveal themselves to be astonishingly beautiful. This one in West Mt. Airy – it’s called “Tuppence” for all you out there with a thing for homes with names – is one of the latter.
Designed in the Norman style, the stone residence has a turret that houses the entry foyer and, on the second floor, a rounded sitting room with notable den/office potential. Wide-planked floors cover the expanse between the front door and the rear patio and mahogany paneling takes up the step-down living room. On this same level is a stone-walled sun room with built-in shelving; it’s from here that a view of the property’s landscaped grounds – 1.23 acres – can be had. (FYI, there’s an in-ground pool and two-stall stable with an enclosed corral.)
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TREND image via BHHS Fox & Roach-Chestnut Hill.
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.
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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.
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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.
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TREND photos via BHHS Fox & Roach – Chestnut Hill.
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.
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TREND photo via BHHS Fox & Roach – Rittenhouse.
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.)
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7329 Mccallum St, Philadelphia, PA, 19119
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.
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