Welcome to Wetherill Cottage! Designed by John Graham Jr. & constructed in 1917 for William Chattin Wetherill, this caretaker's cottage of a once grande estate, just 2 miles from Chestnut Hill, is available for only the 3rd time in its 99 year history! What once housed the estate's caretaker, chauffeur & the automobiles is now an eclectic & charming property that still retains nearly 4 acres of private grounds. While the house was originally designed for the staff, it's an elegant & understated design that retains wonderful finishes and simple details in the moldings, trim, doors, windows, shutters, Pine floors, hardware, fireplaces & other subtleties. There is a coziness & charm that envelops you as soon as you enter the house. While it offers great square footage, nothing is over-powering & everything is scaled appropriately. With 4 chimneys and symmetrical windows & dormers, it just feels and looks right. So much has been updated in the past few years, including a new steam boiler (gas), new central A/C system, all new Thermador professional S/S appliance package in the artistic Kitchen, a perfectly interpreted classic bathroom renovation (penny & subway tiles, dutch lap wainscoting, a seamless glass shower, custom vanity, quartz counters & a Robern medicine cabinet) & an entirely new paved driveway. The main residence offers a versatile floor plan with 4 bedrooms, 3.5 baths, a huge Great Room (in 2 of the former garage bays), a dedicated office & laundry. Combine this with a legally conforming 2 bedroom, 1.5 bath apartment (the former quarters for the Chauffeur) that the current Owners have rented for between $15K to $17K per year (no long-term leases are currently in place). This makes a huge dent in the mortgage or taxes. Alternatively, the apartment could also provide additional living space for visiting parents, grandparents or returning college grads in their own dedicated space, while still being attached to the main house. Outside, the grounds are well manicured, with about half tended in level lawns & the remainder in a naturalized habitat of briars & woods. It's a nature lover's dream with an abundance of wildlife, yet so close to major roads, multiple SEPTA stations and just 12 miles from Center City. Nearly a century of memories have been made in this home by only 3 Owners, maybe you will create your memories too! Come discover Wetherill Cottage, and fall in love with its unique charm!
|9/19/2016 3:00:00 AM||New Value: $788,000|