Just Listed: Spacious, Handsome Tudor in Mt. Airy
Its current owner uses it as a live-work-play space. It's ready for just about anything you might do with it. And it comes with a park for an over-the-back-fence neighbor.
I have a mental file folder labeled “Very Mt. Airy.” It gets filled with those places, activities and people that could only be possible in that Northwest Philly bobo paradise. Things like a brewpub that hosts a regular tabletop science night for the kids, or the Big Blue Marble bookstore.
What you see above is a Very Mt. Airy house for sale. The reason why it fits in that folder has as much to do with its current owner as with the house itself.
The owner is one of those creative-class people — a professional photographer, to be specific. That owner has adapted this very roomy Tudor Revival house in West Mt. Airy near Blue Bell Hill to fit her work and her family.
For living, there’s the large living room on the main floor, with a brick fireplace as the focal point. Through a large archway is the spacious dining room, which has a large bay window and can seat 12 or more.
For working, there’s the den and casual dining area at the back, which serves as a reception area for clients. It too has a brick fireplace, and it also has a custom spiral staircase that leads to a second-floor suite consisting of a studio, an office and a full bathroom.
Since odds are that you’re not a professional photographer, you might find this space works better as an in-law or au pair suite.
Both the living and working spaces have access to a bright and nicely equipped eat-in kitchen with breakfast bar seating.
The second-floor master suite has a large bay window that makes a great reading nook. It also has a sunny sleeping porch where you can watch the sunrise over nearby Wissahickon Park.
There’s one more bedroom on the second floor and three more on the third, plus a bonus room that could serve as a game room, family room or bedroom.
Another thing this house has in abundance is places to store stuff. Most of the bedrooms and the bonus room have walk-in closets, something usually not found in houses of this age. And there’s 1,500 square feet of storage space in the basement as well.
Did I mention Wissahickon Park? A gate in the fence at the back of the backyard leads to an adjoining park where you can pick up paths that take you to the Wissahickon Valley.
As at least one of the photos above should make clear, the owner also has a very Mt. Airy design sensibility. You can find more examples of this in the agent’s listing.
If you could use a work-from-home kind of home, or if you have a large family, or if you enjoy entertaining guests, this is the place for you. And even if none of these apply, if you just want a really classy house that’s close to the great outdoors and located in one of the city’s coolest neighborhoods, you can’t go wrong with this one. Buying it would be a Very Mt. Airy thing to do.
THE FINE PRINT
SQUARE FEET: 5,024, per an email from the owner. The listing’s figure is in error.
SALE PRICE: $650,000
OTHER STUFF: There’s also parking for one car.
612 W. Cliveden St., Philadelphia, Pa. 19119 [Jason Delp | Coldwell Banker Preferred]
Updated Jan. 8, 6:30 a.m., to correct the square footage figure.