c. 1890 – East Greenville, PA

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146 Main St, East Greenville, PA 18041

  • $200,000
  • 3 Bed
  • 1 Bath
  • 2812 Sq Ft
  • 0.31 Ac.
One of a kind property! Victorian colonial Circa 1890 with fabulous 29' X 17' store featuring classic display cases and counters. The former A. W. Dimmig Shades and Wall Paper business dates back to 1930's and is well preserved... a step back in time! Historic East Greenville business had been in the same family since the home was built! Bring your ideas and establish your own modern day home and business operation! One car detached garage and side street parking. Vinyl replacement windows added throughout the home, roof is approx 5 years old and newer oil burner...inspections are welcome but power of attorney will be selling the home as is condition. Home is zoned commercial. Please call borough for allowed opportunities!
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Georgine Burg, Brode and Brooks
(215) 679-4200
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29 Comments on c. 1890 – East Greenville, PA

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  1. Ross says: 2467 comments

    What a fascinating property, ideal for somebody with a home business.

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  2. Cody H says: 133 comments

    That blue linoleum rug is the most striking, well-preserved one I’ve ever seen. I’d knock off that colonial revival porch first thing after papers were signed though.

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    • Teri R says: 283 comments

      I’d leave the porch but simplify 🙂

      So many things to love about this place! It even has a yard!

    • Ross says: 2467 comments

      Cody, I’ll be there, with tool belt, to help you!

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    • BethanyBethany says: 3504 comments
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      1983 White elephant
      Escondido, CA

      What makes it a linoleum “rug” instead of just linoleum? I thought a lino rug didn’t extend all the way to the edges of the room, like a piece of carpet is a “rug” but carpet covers the whole floor. Is it that it has a busy, carpet-like pattern?

  3. kmmoorekmmoore says: 431 comments
    Weatherford , TX

    This reminds me of my pop’s shoe repair store on Haight Street in San Francisco. The bottom level was a storefront and the top two stories were the home. Very convenient! They sold it in the early sixties before the hippie movement. I still go by every now and then. It’s a tattoo parlor now. Kind of funny really. Thanks for posting this sweet walk down memory lane. I love the kitchen.

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  4. RosewaterRosewater says: 6577 comments
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    1875 Italianate cottage
    Noblesville, IN

    Whoa now! That is the real deal there. That storefront window is amazing; and what an EXCELLENT shot of it from the inside. This listing features excellent photography generally and is very well presented. Nicely done agent!

    “Nells!!!”

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  5. Jennifer Wiebler says: 145 comments

    what fun it would be to open the store back up. I’m not sure where East Greenville is, but the house and store are very cool and a small business owner would be happy there, seems to me.

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  6. CharlestonJohn says: 1128 comments

    I agree the enclosed front porch detracts from the Italianate character of the house. I don’t think I’ve ever seen a fanlight transom window stretched quite that far. Methinks the 1890 date too late for initial construction and too early for the Colonial Revival changes.

  7. John Shiflet says: 5464 comments

    Charleston John, I think you are right. The character of the house/shop appears to be more late 1870’s to early 1880’s than 1890. Such residential-commercial arrangements in the same structure were very common in the Victorian era. The old commercial section looks more like a drug store or dispensary of some kind rather than a wallpaper and drapes store. I recall the discovery several decades ago of an abandoned drug store in Brillion, Wisconsin, where thousands of intact period wallpaper rolls were discovered. The Brillion Collection, as it became known, had select patterns reproduced by Victorian Collectibles. Wallpaper use was far more common in the late Victorian era than nowadays but then at the turn of the last century one could buy mass produced inexpensive patterns for a penny per roll. Paperhangers were also as common as house painters while today they are considered trade specialists.
    The residential areas here look relatively intact. I too like the pristine looking linoleum flooring in one of the upstairs rooms.

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  8. Johntique says: 79 comments

    Wow! …………… wouldn’t that little store make a fabulous Antiques Shop ! ……… I can picture those glass-front cases filled with beautiful art glass and porcelain.

    Reminds me of shop I frequented as a very young collector; Mary had a wonderful shop in the front, with her home in the rear separated by a door. When I’d go there, she would let me wander and touch, and enjoy for 10 or 15 minutes before she’d come out and chat. I spent many years continually “paying off” pieces I’d bought. I sure do miss those years!

  9. Lamont says: 9 comments

    Am I the only one who sees one kick-ass kitchen instead of the store—the immense cupboard space, the yards of countertop, even if one puts a sink in the center at some point. Am all for conservation, but think it might be hard to make a go of a store nowadays in that place. And, if I am speaking hearesy to some, it would certanly preserve the best of the store…..

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    • BethanyBethany says: 3504 comments
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      1983 White elephant
      Escondido, CA

      No you are not the only one–I kept going back to the kitchen pics over and over! It’s everything I love in an old house kitchen.

    • Ross says: 2467 comments

      Agreed. I think the old store could easily, and respectfully, be converted to a kitchen. And, yes, a kick-ass kitchen!

  10. ANSC says: 26 comments

    Besides a business, the store area would be great for almost any kind of collector, especially of older things. Or better yet a mini museum of your families genealogy complete with pictures and family heirlooms (and you could add the collectibles). On one wall a beautiful tree showing all the branches. I certainly would love to do something like that and the house is cool and as someone said, even has a yard!

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  11. ANNA says: 1 comments

    I grew up in the area, in the country part and not the town. The area has gone down hill a lot. There is no real industry left there so a job is going to be a long commute. All the old stores of the past in the down town area are gone, but there are a few big old houses left. The price is also high for an area that is declining in population and no industry.

    • Ross says: 2467 comments

      The population of East Greenville, PA, has actually substantially increased since 1960, and has been holding steady at around 3,000 for decades.

    • bernd says: 5 comments

      Actually East Greenville is becoming suburbanized. New housing developments all over what was once beautiful PA German farmland. There are a string of Pharmaceutical companies in the general area; Collegeville, Lansdale. Sure, you may have to drive a few miles to work (Philly is about 40 miles SE), but the area definitely has not gone down hill!

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    • Neness says: 50 comments

      Anna,
      Actually the price of the East Greenville house is not high at all. Being on Main Street, a busy thoroughfare may be the only deterrent for some buyers with children, but most of those houses have big back yards and garages that lead to the back alley. Of course Main Street would be great for any business venture. Our family has had a country house in Upper Perkiomen Heights with an east Greenville RD address where they spent weekends for 50 years now. Three different acquaintances from New jersey are actually searching for a house in the area now and a realtor just two weeks ago said that nowadays a house is generally on the market for 2 to 3 weeks and often sells for the asking price or more. The area has always been very prosperous precisely due to the industry both big and small. Architectural books have always said that south eastern Pennsylvania had the largest barns and the most substantial houses in the entire country, so there’s a variety of styles in that historic area. Weather-wise south eastern Pennsylvania and western New Jersey are the ideal areas to live on the east Coast, as one hour south and it gets too hot in the summer and one hour north winters are colder, and they rarely get any big storms. East Greenville was so named for the lush greenery of the area.

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  12. Neness says: 50 comments

    Kelly,

    Was wondering why you didn’t print my comment on East Greenville, Pennsylvania yesterday. I believe this is the third time that that’s happened.

    • Kelly, OHDKelly, OHD says: 11851 comments
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      1901 Folk Victorian
      Chestatee, GA

      I don’t see anything in my spam or trash folder with your email/name. After you hit “Submit” do you see a message of any sort? Does the page refresh after you’ve submitted your comment?

  13. Neness says: 50 comments

    No, don’t recall any message after submitting. Today’s question went through just fine so I presume I followed the same procedure. Well, next time I’ll try to be more alert.
    Thank you.

    • Kelly, OHDKelly, OHD says: 11851 comments
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      1901 Folk Victorian
      Chestatee, GA

      Ok, let me know. I’ve not deleted any of your comments so it might be a glitch (so look to see what happens if there’s an error message next time.)

  14. Neness says: 50 comments

    OK. Again, thank you .

  15. Gigi Regnier says: 40 comments

    A bakery! Every main street needs a bakery.

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  16. Colleen J says: 1168 comments

    Candy Store .. that’s what I would want to do, as my memory this brought back was Nick & Flo’s Candy store, they lived upstairs and their great store downstairs (oddly Nick was the very first funeral I went to as a child, I’ve never forgotten them) … wow, great property.

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  17. Gregory K. Hubbard says: 472 comments

    I agree with CharlestonJohn and John Shiflet that 1890 is too late a date for this building. In addition, the business from the 1930’s may be fondly remembered, but in my opinion, this is not a commercial interior from the 1930’s.

    If I had no immediate use for the storefront – the rest of the building looks spacious enough for a home for my use – I’d rent it out for commercial purposes. Remember that there is a tax credit for the restoration of any ‘historic’ building for commercial use. Of course ‘historic’refers to a building that is on the National Register or designatable after the work is completed. The catch is that this particular building is in such good condition that the very limited extent of the work necessary might not qualify it for the credit.

    In any case, a wonderful building.

  18. bob says: 1 comments

    I remember walking by this house for many years as a kid, always wondering what the inside looked liked. All I can say is WOW I love it. thanks for showing this piece of 19th century house, which there are many here, and wish the family all the happiness in such a charming dwelling of our past.

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  19. says: 1 comments

    This house is still on the market as of May 2018. We had an appointment to look at it, but ended up finding another home in East Greenville that was more affordable (a 1908 brick twin). I honestly wish we had kept the appointment just to have seen the inside of this house. I think one of the things that might be deterring people are the property taxes – they’re over $5K a year, when average taxes for other homes in the Pennsburg area hover around $3K. We’ve also found from looking at other homes that are either estates or being sold by a POA that they don’t want to negotiate the price. Hopefully someone will purchase this and make it even more beautiful than it already is. I would have loved to have that storefront.

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