On the Market: Newly Restored Victorian in Chestnut Hill
Every one of this house for sale's original details, from the porch to the floors to the ceilings, has been restored to better-than-new condition. Except for its systems, appliances and fixtures, which are all-new, not restored.
A few loose ends remained to be tied up when the photographer came through to shoot the photos of this fantastic restoration job at the top of Chestnut Hill. But don’t let the occasional bare lightbulb in these pictures scare you: this house for sale is ready for you to move in now.
“Picture perfect” is the most appropriate term to use to describe the renovation job this house underwent. All of its elegant inlaid wood floors have been refinished so that they sparkle, and the crown moldings, coffers and carvings on the ceilings stand out once again.
The fireplaces, many of which have Mercer-tile surrounds, have all likewise been restored, and all of the interior rooms got paint schemes that take advantage of the abundant light that pours through the house’s large windows.
Restoring the past, however, does not mean that this 1889 Victorian house remains stuck in it. It’s been thoughtfully updated where it counts: in the kitchen, in the bathrooms and in its systems.
The kitchen features high-end Wolf, Sub-Zero and Bosch appliances.
And the master bathroom has been transformed into a contemporary spa with its soaking tub and separate stall shower.
Yet all this is set in a pure Victorian context, as the bedroom to which that bathroom is attached should make clear. (The bedroom also has a huge walk-in closet.)
Back downstairs, the wraparound porch has a glassed-in portion that gives you a three-season room where you can relax and enjoy the sunshine.
Life at the top of the Hill doesn’t get much better than this either, for this house for sale is ideally located just one block away from an entrance to the Wissahickon Valley, Chestnut Hill Hospital and both Chestnut Hill Regional Rail stations. The heart of the Chestnut Hill shopping district is just a block or two further away. All this means that you can keep your car at home most of the time, or maybe even all of it if your workplace is close to the trains.
THE FINE PRINT
BATHS: 4 full, 1 half
SQUARE FEET: 4,438
SALE PRICE: $1,295,000
OTHER STUFF: Those updated guts include a dual-zone heating system that also supplies hot water on demand and a companion dual-zone air conditioning system.
115 W. Chestnut Hill Ave., Philadelphia, Pa. 19118 [Michael Sivel | The Sivel Group and Rob Lamb | The Lamb Squad | BHHS Fox & Roach Realtors]