City House of the Week: Pre-Civil War Estate in Chestnut Hill

This immaculate seven-bedroom beauty is on the market for $1,495,000.

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It’s in turn-key condition, which means, essentially, there’s little for you to do except to sit back and enjoy it. Recent updates to the 1855 Italianate-style stone house include a new roof, electric service and hot-water heater. There’s also the matter of a recently added two-car attached garage — it’s got a mud room connected to the house and blends in perfectly with the home, making it almost impossible to tell it was never part of the original design.

The rest of the property has been similarly maintained, its owners choosing to modernize, while preserving particular character-defining features. Among the improvements are the eat-in kitchen, which boasts a six-burner Viking stove and a convenient set-up with floor-to-ceiling cabinets. Throughout the residence, you’ll find inlaid hardwood floors, new double-pane windows, three original antique marble fireplaces and 11-foot ceilings. Did we mention the guest suite with its own bathroom and stairway? Mhmm.

A bonus room can be found on the first level, right alongside the living room overlooking the back terrace and grounds, along with a dining room currently used as a family room. The three-story staircase leads to the upper floors, the second of which contains the master suite and its newly renovated bathroom. And that terrace we mentioned earlier? There are actually two levels of terraces, one of which has an awning.

Beds: 7
Baths: 4 full, 1 half
Square feet: 5,920
Price: $1,495,000
Additional Info: 4-zoned central air

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Listing: 8864 Germantown Ave, Philadelphia, PA, 19118 [BHHS Fox & Roach-Chestnut Hill]