On the Market: Fully Loaded Craftsman in Fort Washington
If everyone in your family is working from home now, this house was built for you. If you really get into cooking and entertaining, ditto.
Do you want to truly live large?
Do you want a thoroughly modern home, but one that has traditional style?
Do you enjoy cooking and entertaining on a grand scale?
Are you fighting with the rest of your family over who gets to use the home office when?
If you answered “Yes” to one or more of these questions, then you want to check out this fully loaded Fort Washington Craftsman house for sale.
And if you answered “Yes” to that last question, make an appointment to see this house right away.
This house was built almost 20 years ago, but custom builder Jonathan Trueblood of Trueblood Design/Build must have been able to see the future when his firm designed this house.
What makes me say this? It abounds in home office space.
There’s a home office behind the kitchen on the main floor, and the main floor library, pictured above, also has a workspace. It also has a gas fireplace, one of four fireplaces found in this house; this one’s shared with the dining room.
Downstairs, in the walkout basement, you’ll find another library/office with plenty of bookshelves and a built-in meeting table.
And upstairs, two of the three second-floor bedrooms feature built-in desks. The one you see here has bookshelves to boot.
Of course, a house with this much work-from-home space should also handle your other needs well, and this one does that.
Its great room is part of a series of connected spaces for living, working and dining.
Through an anteroom behind the main staircase is a formal dining room, the first space you encounter as you enter the house. Floor-to-ceiling south-facing windows and French doors leading to the rear deck make it a bright and airy space.
The great room itself has another fireplace, a two-story-high beamed cathedral ceiling, a balcony overlook from the second-floor sitting area, and huge south-facing windows that let in plenty of light and let you look out on your backyard. (More on the backyard in a little bit.)
Open to the great room is a huge restaurant-quality kitchen outfitted with everything you might want to produce a feast for multitudes. On the island is a six-burner Thermador cooktop with a griddle and a built-in deep fryer — with a pot filler!
In addition to that, you’ll find two warming drawers under the cooktop. The two ovens and the microwave are next to the 48-inch Sub-Zero fridge, and over by the wet bar, you will find a large wine cooler. There are also two sinks with reverse-osmosis faucets, two Dish Drawer dishwashers and a second refrigerator in the commodious pantry (through the door at rear center in the photo above).
More great entertaining space lies below, in the same walkout basement that contains one of the two library/offices. There you’ll find a den that opens to the backyard on one end and connects to a full wet bar on the other. In between the two is yet another fireplace, this one wood-burning.
The window behind the wet bar looks in on the house’s 1,200-bottle, climate-controlled wine cellar.
And with that, we’ve accounted for three of the four fireplaces in this house. The fourth is in the bedroom of the main-floor primary suite.
The dressing area includes two large walk-in closets, and the bathroom has a radiant-heated limestone floor, dual marble-topped vanities, a whirlpool tub with back massager and a limestone-tiled frameless glass-enclosed shower.
Behind all this is a large deck and an even larger backyard surrounded by woods. Through the trees, you can see the fairways, greens and bunkers of the Manufacturers’ Golf & Country Club.
And all of this comes with plenty of privacy: this Fort Washington Craftsman house for sale is set well back from Dreshertown Road at the end of a long, curving driveway that passes another house on its way to this one.
So here you have a spacious house designed for an era of social distancing years before anyone even knew what that was. Yet at the same time its designed for socializing on a grand scale, which means that once we no longer have to be so socially distant, it’s ready to meet your needs, too.
THE FINE PRINT
BATHS: 5 full, 1 half
SQUARE FEET: 8,741
SALE PRICE: $2,500,000
OTHER STUFF: The downstairs office/library can be converted into a fifth bedroom if you need one. Sorry, golfers — this house was built nearly 80 years after the country club opened and has no connection to it aside from its views; you will have to contact the country club directly about joining. The seller is offering a special incentive: they will pay the first three years’ property taxes for the buyer.
439 Dreshertown Rd., Fort Washington, Pa. 19034 [Linda Baron | BHHS Fox & Roach Realtors]
Updated Jan. 13, 2021, 11:47 a.m. to correctly identify this house’s architectural style.