For Sale: Historic Jenkintown Property That Belonged to Founder’s Family
Jenkintown may have only been incorporated in the last two centuries, but the Montgomery County borough was actually settled in 1697 by Welshman William Jenkins. One of Jenkins’ descendants, Stephen Jenkins, built this three-story home (called “Vernon”) in the area over a hundred years later, and it is believed to have been a stop on the Underground Railroad.
Here’s what you should know about Vernon: It’s a colonial that sits far back from the road on 2.6 acres of land and has two separate driveways leading up to it. Hardwood floors and custom millwork are home highlights, but a vaulted-ceiling family room with exposed wood, wrought-iron beams, and stone accent walls merits a mention as well (a hidden wet bar is located here).
The Philadelphia Horticultural Society has been known to tour the home’s lot because of its “continuously blooming specimen tree shrubs and perennials” so of course the new flagstone patio in the back includes a low stone wall bordered by the perennial plants.
Bonus: it’s less than ten minutes from the lively Old York Road, home to the historic Hiway Theater and an abundance of independent shops and restaurants.
THE FINE PRINT
Baths: 3 full, 1 half
Square feet: 4,927
630 Washington Ln, Jenkintown, PA, 19046
Listing: 630 Washington Ln, Jenkintown, PA, 19046 [Fox & Roach]