c. 1900 – Swarthmore, PA – $600,000

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Added to OHD on 3/9/19   -   Last OHD Update: 3/8/19   -   34 Comments
518 Walnut Ln, Swarthmore, PA 19081

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  • $600,000
  • 5 Bed
  • 2 Bath
  • 4317 Sq Ft
  • 0.78 Ac.
Now available in the fantastic borough of Swarthmore is this one of a kind Dutch Colonial! There are 5 bedrooms listed with the potential for using 9. This property has the potential to be used in several different ways. It could be turned into a multi family, the lot could potentially be subdivided, or simply fix it up to immediately increase the value! Over 4,000 square feet of space with gorgeous unique features throughout with nearly an acre of land.
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Linzee Ciprani, Keller Williams Realty
(610) 436-6500
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34 Comments on c. 1900 – Swarthmore, PA – $600,000

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  1. AvatarDenise Lynn says: 239 comments

    This is an AMAZING house with So Much Potential!!! Anyone who dares turn this into a multi-family should have to face the full fury of every Old House Dreams subscriber!

  2. AvatarDon Richards says: 106 comments

    It’s a little Grey Gardens in a very appealing way. You had me at stone and shingle.

  3. RosewaterRosewater says: 4561 comments
    OHD Supporter

    1875 Italianate cottage
    Noblesville, IN

    Probably the strangest old house I’ve ever seen. Delta Tau Chi would fit right in.

    • JimHJimH says: 4208 comments
      OHD Supporter

      Not that strange, just a bit homely which isn’t so bad for a house. And the agent notes the potential: Fix it up, chop it up, sell it off, or simply knock the damn thing down. jk

  4. AvatarDJZ says: 45 comments

    I absolutely love this house! Honestly. Love it, like I want to own it and live in it. The only thing I would do is remove the plaster ceiling in the living room as it looks like it might crumble soon, and replace it with sheet rock, and make the garage my hobby space. Other than that, I wouldn’t touch a thing!

    • AvatarHoyt Clagwell says: 262 comments

      No need to remove the plaster–it just needs to be stabilized, can very easily be epoxied back to the lath.

      • AvatarLinda says: 67 comments

        Thank You for telling her that !!

      • AvatarRob says: 2 comments

        Definitely, it can be re-attached. We’ve done it in our kitchen. Nothing is better than a true plaster ceiling. This house is magnificent. How many houses still have the original kitchen. With a beautiful sink and pantry. I am at home here.

  5. RossRoss says: 2406 comments
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    1894 QueenAnneFreeClassic
    Emporia, KS

    99.9% of people looking at the kitchen: “Horrible! We’ll have to gut it!”

    Me: “Wow. Cool kitchen. I love it.”

    • Avatardkzody says: 279 comments

      While looking at an earlier post of an older home, I wondered about the muddled up kitchen, knowing that it did not originally look like it does currently. This home, though, you know that was pretty much what it looked like in 1900, sans side-by-side refrigerator-freezer and the stove. That kitchen space has a whole lot of potential.

    • AvatarBethany otto says: 2663 comments
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      Escondido, CA

      I’ve rarely seen a kitchen I like so much on OHD. Somehow it has escaped the “update monster.”

    • Avatarrox says: 100 comments

      I love the kitchen as well!

    • Architectural ObserverArchitectural Observer says: 544 comments
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      1918 Bunkhouse
      WestOfMiddleOfNowhere, KS

      The kitchen is my favorite room (along with the butler’s pantry and connecting passage)! A few thoughtfully-chosen free-standing pieces could provide plenty of storage and additional work surface without having to remodel or alter this amazingly rare and surviving example of a c. 1900 kitchen. I’d get a smaller refrigerator, too!

    • Kelly, OHDKelly, OHD says: 10360 comments

      1901 Folk Victorian
      Chestatee, GA

      Yup, got one comment that the kitchen needed complete gutting. :/ They went on to armchair inspect the home on everything it needs so you won’t be seeing it. The kitchen is one of the reasons I posted this thing!

    • AvatarRebecca Akens says: 41 comments

      Truth! Just saw a house is my town up for sale that “didn’t have a kitchen.” My reaction, Omg, don’t touch that. Built in floor to ceiling original cabinet, wall mounted sink with separate drain boards and the original hand pump attached (faucets added to sink). For pities sake, what do they need? Buy a table, buy an extra freestanding cabinet for storage, or am island with storage, buy the stove you want, buy a refrigerator. You would think our grandparents had been cave dwellers, the way some people react to life a hundred years ago.

  6. AvatarCarolyn says: 259 comments
    Grand Rapids, MI

    There is not one thing I’d change about this place. I even love the kitchen. I’d just clean it up a little and move right in!

  7. AvatarMISTERMICELY says: 62 comments

    I’ve already re-arranged the kitchen/pantry in my mind! Microwave on a shelf above the stove to clear off that little bit of counter and get rid of the little bits of things like a chair used for storage and so on. Fresh paint and a clear out in these rooms would help a lot. Also build in more matching storage in the available empty areas and clear out the clutter and this would be a wonderful kitchen. I love this place but it is hidden under such clutter that the charm is barely visible.

    No one took the time to get out a paint brush and ‘brighten’ all that dark woodwork with a coat of hi-gloss white. Yay!!

    • AvatarDean Drewyer says: 1 comments

      Already figured out my kitchen – fresh paint (not in love with the green) and find a carpenter to build exact replica of existing cabinet ( counter high) to the right of the stove and pantry shelves in that closet. Clean it up and add an old enamel metal top table on the open wall. I’d love to get some kind of vintage looking frig and stove too. It would be gorgeous.

  8. AvatarNancygirl says: 132 comments

    Omg, that front door is gigantic, I love it! This house could be so nice if it just had a few things done, like get rid of the dropped ceiling!

  9. Avatarrox says: 100 comments

    Wonderful feel of this house and grounds. I love it all.

  10. JimHJimH says: 4208 comments
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    The first and longtime resident was George Arthur Hoadley (1948-1936), a professor of physics and author of “Brief Course in Physics,” “Teachers’ Manual of Physics,” “Elementary Measurements in Magnetism and Electricity,” “Elements of Physics,” “Physical Laboratory Handbook,” “Teachers’ Manual to Accompany the Elements of Physics,” and “Essentials of Physics.”
    He also served as an administrator at Swarthmore and at the Franklin Institute. He had nine children by three wives, and was an amateur photographer and collector.

  11. AvatarRochelle says: 3 comments

    There are a lot of “furniture gems” in this one too! great house!!

  12. ErnieErnie says: 217 comments

    $600,000 & $17,000 + for taxes…………..yowza!

  13. AvatarKeith Sanders says: 104 comments

    One of a kind is right. I wish there was a close up or two of the lovely staircase. My old and failing eyes can’t make out as much detail as I would like. The kitchen, with its nooks and crannies is a treasure, and deserves to be maintained. There are three old TVs, and not a single flat panel in sight… interesting…

  14. Avatarchowlover3 says: 1 comments

    I love this home. It’s about 7 miles from where I live in a quaint little college town. Only thing I would change immediately is to take down the suspended ceilings.Train is in the center of town so you have access to Philadelphia. It’s a great home.

  15. AvatarHandymam says: 66 comments

    I agree with everyone about the kitchen and pantry, but the room that really blew me away was the one with the curved top windows that had the bicycle inside. I would claim it as mine to my family, clear it out and set up my easel there. I love the fact that this house is not furnished with modern furniture too.

  16. AvatarTess says: 320 comments

    Love the kitchen but the sunroom makes my heart sing. Would make living through winters bearable

  17. AvatarAlice B says: 1 comments

    Fabulous place! Love love love the kitchen.

  18. AvatarLinda says: 67 comments

    I love this house !! I agree with most of the comments BUT NO WHITE PAINT ON WOOD WORK !!! the reason we all love this house is its Original state !!I Love the Solarium !!

  19. AvatarDevon Hoerner says: 58 comments

    My best friend just bought a home down the street… hers is beautiful but this one is breathtaking… needs more work than hers.. but it will be a showstopper..

  20. Avatarzoomey says: 501 comments

    So much to love in this house!!! Needs work, but so much is preserved!! It’s amazing to see a house with this much original tile, cabinets, sinks, etc. preserved. And I love the back stairs! I thought they were the front stairs for a moment. Wonderful house!! A treasure!

  21. AvatarKarenZ says: 976 comments
    OHD Supporter

    Until I found OHD, I never knew how much of a thing I had for stairs, lol! When I saw the first interior photo, I was sold on this house! And, there is another set! Ok, I’m calmed down now–I love that little stone sunroom. There was a house that had one of them in my old neighborhood in Pittsburgh and I always wanted to go in to see it! I agree that it would be my art room!

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