c. 1880 – Montrose, PA

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8453 Route 29, Montrose, PA 18801

  • $289,900
  • 5 Bed
  • 2.5 Bath
  • 5672 Sq Ft
  • 23.84 Ac.
History, Character, and Incredible Woodwork! Ship builders home from the 1800's, with remarkable detail. Inlaid hardwood floors, 6 FP, stained glass, huge wraparound porch & portico, Widows Walk with spectacular views of Elk Mtn. 5 BR, 2.5 BA incl caretaker/in-law apt. which can be maintained separately or incorporated into the main house. And don't forget about the 2 story detached garage/shed, the stone walls, some of which are about 200 years old! Unusually clean stone cellar for storage etc. There are unfinished attic rooms. They don't make 'em like this anymore! Ask about the family history, they walked with Benjamin Franklin, Presidents Madison, Monroe, and more, two parcel's of land, one with the house is 13.45 acres and the other is 10.09 Acres, taxes in mls include both parcel
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Robert Reber, Classic Properties
(570) 687-0050
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19 Comments on c. 1880 – Montrose, PA

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  1. Lynn says: 2 comments

    The wood details !! *swoon*

  2. Randy C says: 426 comments

    Whoo boy! Beautiful wood and floors! This is a lot of house plus acreage. I like!

  3. peeweebcpeeweebc says: 1067 comments
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    1885 Italianate.

    There’s nuttin here I’d change. How can such a perfect old place remain so intact, it always amazes me.

  4. JimHJimH says: 5262 comments
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    A wonderful dream of a big country house at a reasonable price!
    This was part of Woodbourne Farm, the rural retreat of the wealthy Cope family of Quaker merchants of Philadelphia. Next to Cope Pond and a large nature preserve they created across the road. Another Cope mansion nearby is for sale by other owners:

    • JimHJimH says: 5262 comments
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      The house was built for Alexis T. Cope (1850-1883) and completed the year of his death. I can’t find an architect attribution, although his cousin Walter Cope or another major Philadelphia architect is likely. Alexis’ son F.R. Cope Jr. was the first in the family to live in town full-time, although Copes owned much of the county (25,000 acres) for a century before he established Woodbourne Orchards here about 100 years ago. Theodora Cope Gray aka Teddy was a well-known naturalist who wrote books and traveled the world, keeping a daily bird list of those she saw every day for 85 years. The family created the Woodbourne Forest preserve adjacent to the house, and continues to be involved with its management. Teddy’s daughter owns the house now and has protected the remaining family property with conservation easements.

  5. Flowerlady says: 73 comments

    Wow! So much to love about this house. Love all the original woodwork and wood ceilings. Don’t think I’d like to cook my meals where I bathe and use the toilet. LOL Must be part of the in law suite….

  6. Lissie says: 236 comments

    Amazing woodwork! Love the built-ins.

  7. Colleen J says: 1058 comments

    What a steal of a deal for a house with so much to offer. Amazing!

  8. Crimson_RooCrimson_Roo says: 110 comments
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    Wow. I’d buy this one just for the stair hall and built-ins – the floors, mantles, and windows are just the icing on the cake! I really hope whoever buys her preserves the history and all her historical details.

  9. zoomy says: 528 comments

    This is a stunning property, and incredibly cheap for the square footage and the land. I looked at google maps and can see there are two businesses I wonder about directly across Route 29 from this beautiful house: Gasearch Drilling Services Corporation and Cabot Oil & Gas Corporation. If both these companies are here, they must own oil and gas rights to nearby properties, and there must be fracking in the vicinity. This house is on a well, and I know fracking has polluted residential wells, so that possibility would concern me. On the other hand, the property appears to adjoin the Nature Conservancy Woodburne Forest and Wildlife Preserve, so that land is protected, I’d hope, although the Nature Conservancy does sell its properties sometimes. It’s quite a dichotomy! Wow, I’d love to buy this property. The woodwork in the house, the floors, the front stairs, all are mind-bogglingly gorgeous! Does anyone know what the oil and gas companies are doing in this area? I thought fracking was mostly restricted to the western part of PA. Sigh. I wouldn’t change a thing about this house, even the sort of wacky kitchen. I love it!!

  10. zoomy says: 528 comments

    This is from the website for Gassearch:
    GasSearch Drilling Services

    GasSearch Drilling Services Corporation (GDS) was founded in 2006 and is a subsidiary company of Cabot Oil & Gas Corporation. GDS is based in Montrose, Pennsylvania and offers a full line of dirt construction, water hauling, trucking, and roustabout services in support of the natural gas industry.

    If Cabot Oil & Gas is here (huge oil and gas corporation from Texas), that must mean there’s a lot of fracking in the area. Sigh again.

    Well, I learn something every day! Marcellus Shale is in NE Pennsylvania!

    And it’s Cabot’s biggest fracking operation, according to their website:

    Since the inception of Cabot’s horizontal drilling program in 2008, the Company’s Marcellus Shale position in northeast Pennsylvania has developed into the cornerstone asset of its portfolio and has been the primary driver of record production and reserve growth during this period.

    The Company plans to drill approximately 85 net wells in the Marcellus Shale during 2018, with approximately 84% of the Company’s total capital allocated to the area.

    Cabot has approximately 172,000 net acres in the dry gas window of the Marcellus Shale, primarily in Susquehanna County, Pennsylvania. Cabot’s Marcellus Shale properties accounted for 96% of the Company’s proved reserves and 94% of the Company’s total net production as of year-end 2017.

    That pretty much explains why this house and land is for sale so cheap.

  11. Clund says: 113 comments

    I was seriously loving the grounds, that stone wall is so cool. I was not expecting much from the house because the exterior didn’t wow me. It’s nice enough it just didn’t speak to me. Surprise! The interior is incredible! The floors, the mantles with the tile work. Then towards the end, the colored glass windows. Just beautiful. I can’t tell if that is painted or etched on flash glass. Either way, it’s nice.

  12. RosewaterRosewater says: 7149 comments
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    1875 Italianate cottage
    Noblesville, IN

    I’ll bet this house has some pretty great, original, Stick style exterior detail to be found underneath the current siding. Wish there were an old pic of the place; because with the original porch details and siding it must have had a ton of character which is now missing.
    Some nice, rather naive and simplistic, but still very charming, Aesthetic carved details remain. The parlor mantle is great with it’s, (probably Minton), tiles. The stylized sunflowers on the newel posts are great too; and the flower itself may even be considered a “Bi” (bee) Chinese symbol. Cool.

    • JimHJimH says: 5262 comments
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      I’m sure you’re right that some nice Stick/Eastlake detail has been lost or covered over the years. I just read that the owner’s close cousin Walter Cope studied with T.P. Chandler around the time this was built before starting his own firm. The house has similarities to the Chandler design from 1877 we saw in Ridley Park, if you remember it:

      • RosewaterRosewater says: 7149 comments
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        1875 Italianate cottage
        Noblesville, IN

        I sure do Jim. That one’s lookin great. This one’s all of a whole, and so nicely preserved. Someone could have a real showplace on their hands here with the right little bit of this and that.

  13. jseizijseizi says: 22 comments

    Mostly love this house. Not sure how to feel about pics 46 and 52 though.

  14. AmyBeeAmyBee says: 828 comments
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    1859 Mod Vern Greek Revival
    Lockport, NY

    SOLD 11/21/2018 (Realtor).

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