On the Market: An Empress in East Falls for $529K
This lovely and roomy old Colonial on Queen Lane has a youthful spring in its step thanks to a total renovation.
We were tempted to call this beautifully restored and updated home in East Falls “the dowager of Queen Lane.”
But we thought better of it because “dowager” usually carries with it the connotation of being past one’s prime and heading off towards the sunset.
This home, on the other hand, has gotten a new lease on life and is all refreshed and ready to take on the world. Or at least your family.
Built in 1928, it’s a Colonial with some touches of Arts and Crafts style. You’ll find those in elements like the windows gracing the living-room fireplace or the arched windows on the second floor, for instance. Other attractive touches include inlaid wood floors, leaded glass windows and a dramatic main staircase.
This home combines the best elements of past and present. There are distinct spaces for living, dining and cooking on the main floor, but they’re so large and well connected you might fool yourself into thinking you’re in an open plan home.
The living room is one with the foyer and has a working fireplace. The dining room has a chair rail and an attractive two-tone color scheme.
The brand-new eat-in kitchen has all the latest appliances, granite countertops and classic cabinetry that complements the original cabinets in the butler’s pantry next to it. (The rear stairs used by the domestic help survive for your midnight snacking pleasure.)
Up on the second floor you’ll find a second living room with a bay window banquette, working fireplace and built-in bookshelves that also make it a fine candidate for a library or study.
The second-floor bathroom has been nicely updated and the third-floor bathroom is all new.
The soft pastel colors make the interior rooms feel even brighter and sunnier than they already are. Meanwhile, on the outside, a full-width front porch lets you greet your neighbors in style, and a back porch looks out over an expansive backyard.
At the back of that backyard is a two-car garage with an accessory apartment above it.
And all this is close to a much-loved neighborhood park and two SEPTA Regional Rail stations. The heart of East Falls also lies just downhill from you on Midvale Avenue, the next street to the north.
While this home just came on the market this past Thursday, it’s sure to generate a lot of interest given its condition and size. In this market, that means “check it out now if you’re interested at all, for it may be gone by week’s end.”
THE FINE PRINT
BATHS: 2 full, 1 half
SQUARE FEET: 3,750
SALE PRICE: $529,000
3025 W. Queen Lane, Philadelphia, Pa. 19129 [Connie Gillespie | Elfant Wissahickon Realtors via Zillow]