Just Listed: Renovated Modern Victorian in Wyndmoor
A Wharton family descendant built this handsome house in 1880. It's just gotten a makeover that offers a 21st-century interpretation of its classic 19th-century style.
Now on the market in Wyndmoor: a spacious, handsome, elegant and stylish Victorian house for sale.
Usually, you won’t find me using the words “elegant” and “stylish” in the same sentence, especially when describing a classic center-hall Colonial like this one. But the makeover it just got justifies both terms, for it retained all of this house’s original 19th-century detail while giving it a 21st-century interpretation.
Its 19th-century pedigree is actually distinguished: this is the house Margaretta S. Lewis, a descendant of the Wharton family, built in 1880 on the lot she purchased from Wyndmoor developer Bennoni Lockwood in 1868.
It has all of the architectural elements you’d expect to find in a classic Victorian-era center-hall Colonial: crown moldings, wainscoting, classic wallpaper, decorative marble fireplaces, elegant chandeliers.
But as you will note as you peruse these photos, those elegant chandeliers are for the most part modern in style. They offer a contemporary offset to the traditional design and furnishings.
The kitchen, on the other hand, is totally traditional from the lights on down. But it’s equipped with everything a modern host would want: Viking professional-grade appliances, two islands — one marble-topped, the other wood-topped — two office desks and a bar area with wine fridge and glass-front cabinet.
Combine this kitchen with the formal dining room and family room adjacent to it, and you have a large, accommodating space for indoor entertaining.
The brand-new heated porch in back of the family room and the adjacent stone patio lets you take the party outside too, no matter what the weather.
The private quarters upstairs are just as accommodating. You’ll find a large master bedroom with all-new bathroom, three more bedrooms and two more bathrooms on the second floor. On the third, you’ll find two more bedrooms, a hall bath and a large open bonus room that makes a great home gym, playroom, rec room or some combination of all three.
And in the backyard you’ll also find a charming treehouse and plenty of room to relax and play.
What’s more, all this is just a short walk away from Chestnut Hill’s urbane upscale mix of shops, restaurants and galleries, not to mention the Chestnut Hill East Regional Rail station.
THE FINE PRINT
BATHS: 4 full, 1 half
SQUARE FEET: 5,065
SALE PRICE: $2,095,000
8614 Montgomery Ave., Wyndmoor, Pa. 19038 [Ellen Goodwin | BHHS Fox & Roach Realtors]