Grand Home, Modest Price in Elkins Park for $525K

If you've ever dreamed about living like the old new money did, this may well be the best chance you'll ever get to make that dream come true.

1200 Ansley Ave., Elkins Park, Pa. 19027 | Bright MLS images via Weichert, Realtors

In today’s (Friday, Sept. 7th) “Must-See Open Houses” roundup, I let slip my fondness for Tudor Revival homes of the 1920s and 1930s.

Had I bothered to look through the list of homes real estate agents had submitted for my consideration via our pop-up form, I would definitely have included it, for you can check this place out this Sunday, Sept. 9th, from 1 to 3 p.m.

I think you will agree with me that this handsome, spacious home is a jaw-dropper. But the real jaw-dropper feature is its sale price.


On the inside, this home doesn’t speak the Tudor design language of its exterior. Instead, it uses a largely Colonial vocabulary, with a little bit of French thrown in in the stair railing of its spacious foyer.


Save for the wood-paneled study, this home’s rooms exude simplicity in their ornamentation and trim. If, as I suspect, this mansion once housed some of the children of the traction magnates and other late-19th-century grandees who built their over-the-top estates here because the Main Liners snubbed them, then those children displayed admirable restraint in outfitting this home.


So did its current owners in updating it to satisfy modern tastes. For one thing, it now includes a kitchen with plenty of counter space, the latest appliances and a wine fridge under its island.

Living room

For another, it now has a high-definition projection TV in its living room. (The projection unit lives discreetly in the box attached to the ceiling at the top of the photo.)


For a third, it has a spruced-up sunroom with a more contemporary stone fireplace. (All of the fireplaces in this home work, and all of them save the wood-burning one in the living room now run on gas.)

Master bedroom

Master bathroom

And its spacious master bedroom suite includes a large bath with Jacuzzi tub and separate full tile shower with dual electronically controlled shower heads.

Dining room

Then there’s its convenient location, just off Old York Road and a short walk from Melrose Park Regional Rail station in a neighborhood with a respectable Walk Score of 75.

You get all this and more — not to mention nearly double the square footage — for a mere $160,000 more than it would cost you to buy that cute Drexel Hill place we included in this week’s roundup.

In other words, you get to live like new money for next to no money.



BATHS: 4 full, 1 half


SALE PRICE: $525,000 (this is not a misprint)

OTHER STUFF: The owners have also poured some money into this home’s innards, giving it separate zoned air conditioning for each of its three floors and an upgraded electrical system.

1200 Ansley Ave., Elkins Park, Pa. 19027 [Michael Blum | Weichert, Realtors]