8016/18 GERMANTOWN AVE $895,000



    • 5 Beds
    • 3 Baths
    • 3,710 sq.ft.
    • Single-Family
    MLS# 1001962750
    SOLD 8/27/2018


    Days On Market: 235 2 Views
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    Property Details

    You have admired it from afar and have often wondered what lies beyond the ivy-covered brick walls of this historic residence! This early 19th Century dwelling was originally constructed for the Rex family in 1812. The Rex farm encompassed over 100 acres to the West of this house, now fully developed. At the turn of the LAST Century (1901), Pringle Borthwick, who was a developer in the area (he was also the masonry contractor of the Bryn Athyn Cathedral), hired Theophilus Chandler Jr. to expand the house. In the 1930's, the property was the Ye Olde Stone House Coffee Shoppe and served a pot of coffee for 10 cents and a club sandwich for 60 cents! The final expansion to the house came in the 1990's when Dr. Hedrick added the breakfast room & completely transformed the gardens to what one sees today (winning the Best Garden in America contest is 2001). Enter through the wrought iron antique gate into an urban oasis of fountains, Hawthornes, Magnolias, Wisteria and other specimen plantings. Walls of windows face the gardens from all 3 stories. A Williamsburg inspired garden shed is tucked into the corner next to the gated entry to the 4-car driveway. Enter a glass vestibule at the street and the entry hall welcomes your guests to the beauty beyond. The formal living room & the large dining room (both with gas fireplaces) have direct access to the Conservatory. The powder room is tucked under the front stairs, while a butler's pantry is towards the rear before entering the kitchen, family & breakfast rooms. The unique octagonal breakfast room provides the best view of the grounds. A surprisingly open-plan concept was configured in this space 20 years ago and is tucked at the rear of the home. There is a back staircase that provides direct access to the 2nd floor from the kitchen area. The master suite is also at the rear of the home, with walls of windows, a large en-suite bathroom with a glass enclosed shower as well as the washer & dryer (and even a steam dryer!). The guest suite on the front of the house encompasses two rooms and the hall bath is over the front entry. Both the guest suite & the master bedroom have access to the 2nd floor deck overlooking the gardens. There are three more bedrooms on the 3rd floor as well as a large walk-in closet. The entire roof was completely replaced in 2011. There are 3 zones for heating & 2 zones for A/C. What stands proud today is a gracious Federal home in the heart of the action of Chestnut Hill.

    • General Features
      • Condo Coop Association Y/N N
      • County PHILADELPHIA
      • HOA Y/N N
      • New Construction Y/N N
      • Pool No Pool
      • Senior Community Y/N N
      • Utilities Cable TV
      • Water Access Y/N N
      • Waterfront Y/N N
      • Year Built 1812
      • Zoning CMX1
    • Building Features
      • Appliances Cooktop, Oven - Wall, Dishwasher, Disposal, Built-In Microwave
      • Basement Type Full, Unfinished
      • Cooling Type Central A/C
      • Electric Service 200+ Amp Service
      • Entry Location Center Hall
      • Exterior Features Sidewalks, Street Lights
      • Fireplace Features Gas/Propane
      • Fireplaces Count 2
      • Flooring Type Wood, Fully Carpeted
      • Foundation Details Stone
      • Garage Spaces Count 0.00
      • Heating Fuel Natural Gas
      • Heating Type Gas, Hot Water
      • Interior Features Master Bath(s), Kitchen - Island, Butlers Pantry, Stain/Lead Glass, Wet/Dry Bar, Stall Shower, Kitchen - Eat-In
      • Roof Pitched, Shingle
      • Sewer Septic Public Sewer
      • Style Colonial
      • Total Living Area 3710
    • Room Features
      • Bathrooms Half Main Level 1
      • Bathrooms Count Main Level 1.00
      • Bathrooms 3
      • Bedrooms 5
      • Full Bathrooms 2
      • Half Bathrooms 1
    • Property Features
      • Fencing Other
      • Lot Features Level, Front Yard, SideYard(s)
      • Lot Size Acres 0.16
      • Lot Size Dimensions 115X95
      • Outdoor Living Structures Roof, Patio(s)
    • Schools


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