1905 Colonial Revival – Philadelphia, PA – $589,900

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6420 Drexel Rd, Philadelphia, PA 19151

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The Grand Dame of the Overbrook Farms neighborhood is now available for sale! Welcome to 6420 Drexel Road, an elegant 1905 stone Colonial Revival designed by architect Walter F Price, on the National Historic Register. Nestled on one of the most desirable blocks in this distinguished community, this home is like no other, with original architectural details not to be missed. Crown moldings and hardwoods on every floor. Step inside to an expansive foyer with a grand staircase, and a wood burning fireplace to greet you. Enter the elegant living room through glass French doors and note built-in bookcases flanking a large and bright window seat. Two other sets of French doors lead you to a fully enclosed, year round front porch on one side, and a raised outdoor patio on the other. Perfect for effortless seasonal entertaining. Also on the first floor you'll find an expansive dining room with gorgeous curved glass windows. The eat-in kitchen, though older, boasts quality features hard to find in today~s homes including hand made wooden cabinetry and a stainless steel counter-top. Windows on all three sides bring in beautiful morning light. Expanding the kitchen is easy as it sits next to a large butler's pantry with extensive built-in cabinetry with glass doors. A half bathroom, glass French doors with patio access, and additional closets round off the first floor. On the second floor you'll find a freshly painted master and ensuite with white subway tile, pedestal sink, double closets and a laundry chute. You will also find another two bedrooms on this floor, both with generous closet space, and a full hallway bathroom. Lastly there is a large corner library with more built-ins, another wood burning fireplace, and extensive crown molding. Take the back stairwell down to the first floor or ascend to the top floor and you will find 3 more bedrooms (one is especially large with a beautiful Palladian window and a closet with built-in cabinetry). Back on the first floor, backdoor access leads you to a separate carriage house with a two car garage and additional storage space. With some finishing, a kitchen could be added back to the full apartment above the garage (4 rooms including full bathroom) and could provide additional rental income or be used as an in-law suite. At this location, you can walk to the train, and you will be close to major highways, St. Joseph's University, and all the shopping and dining the Main Line and City Ave have to offer. Classic and unique homes like this rarely come around often, nor do they last. This piece of history is calling you home.
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Erin Heilig, Long and Foster Real Estate
(302) 351-5000
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17 Comments on 1905 Colonial Revival – Philadelphia, PA – $589,900

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  1. AvatarStevenF says: 687 comments
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    1969 Regency
    Nashville, TN

    Wow, I really like this non-cookie-cutter home. The only thing I’m not crazy about is that by enclosing the porch, they now have windows in the living room that, instead of viewing an open air porch, view another room. I always find this awkward and off-putting for some reason. I’d open the porch again.

    • TGrantTGrant says: 525 comments
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      New Orleans, LA

      I completely agree with you on that porch, definitely should be returned to being a porch.

      • AvatarSandy B says: 376 comments
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        2001 craftsman farmhouse
        Bainbridge Island, WA

        Me too. I’m sure they’ve enjoyed their, “Florida room,” but I’d prefer the original open porch and return the house to it’s original presence.

    • RosewaterRosewater says: 4324 comments
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      1875 Italianate cottage
      Noblesville, IN

      I agree with you in principal Steven; but would myself find a solution which instead opens up both spaces into each other, sort of combining the spaces together by taking out the original front wall and adding a very nice couple of sets of wider french doors where the windows are now. The late 60’s plays such a (fabulous) major role in the evolution of this house; I would hate to lose a very fine quality enclosure which is (likely) contemporary with the additions of those two fine baths. I would probably feel differently if the generous porch space for the front entrance was not retained as well as it has been, all very well in proportion. I do not like enclosed front porches where a door has been added right on the new front wall with an added stoop, or flight of stairs right at the base. This one – for me – works. 🙂 I’ll peg the kitchen and other depicted bath to the late late 50’s BTW. The older bath is great: but I’d probably re-use much of what is in the kitchen, but re-configure the space better with what’s available back there to make it bigger and more efficient for today. The kitchen will likely not be the selling point for the house – heheheh – but hopefully the baths will and be allowed to soldier on into the future. 😉

      • AvatarStevenF says: 687 comments
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        1969 Regency
        Nashville, TN

        You make a good point. The enclosure itself isn’t terrible and seems to have been a high quality job. The only hard part would be hacking away at the stone that covers the “exterior” to install the French doors. But I think your solution is better than a complete rollback.

        • RosewaterRosewater says: 4324 comments
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          1875 Italianate cottage
          Noblesville, IN

          Those are some THICK walls! Heheheh. 🙂

    • AvatarGardenStater says: 14 comments

      Agreed about the porch. The house is big enough on its own, without having to enclose the porch to create another room. But I love how so much of the original details are still there. What a beauty!

  2. Avatarzoomey says: 475 comments

    OMG, you’re killing me today, Kelly! This house is drop-dead gorgeous. The original kitchen counters! The original marble sink in one of the bathrooms, the built-ins, fireplaces, subway tile, pink bathroom, the front stairs! Wow! Fantastic! I only wish I could live in all of the amazing houses I’ve seen on this site!! This is a great one!

  3. JimHJimH says: 3997 comments
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    The architect Walter Ferris Price (1857-1951) worked with his more well-known brother, William Lightfoot “Will” Price, before opening his own firm in 1902. Known for residences and a few college buildings, he was also an expert on the design and restoration of Quaker meetinghouses. He designed a number of homes in the Overbrook Farms neighborhood, an upscale development begun in 1892.

    The period photo (from the Price archive at the Athenaeum) shows the original look with unpainted stucco and dark trim. I don’t believe there’s a law that Colonial Revival trim must be white, and that looks better to me. I’d find a more attractive garage door as well. I won’t argue about the enclosed porch though it might be hard to remove it after spending time out there.

    • MichaelMichael says: 1216 comments

      In looking at the architects work, it looks as if this wasn’t his only project on this street. That’s just a guess but the house across the street and down a few house has a striking resemblence to this house.

  4. RosewaterRosewater says: 4324 comments
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    1875 Italianate cottage
    Noblesville, IN

    Flawless, quality, vintage bath on 3 is heavenly blue and bright. A vision.

    A very fine, solid, quality house will go to the lucky next owner.

  5. Avatarrox says: 19 comments

    Love it.

  6. respectthishouserespectthishouse says: 33 comments
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    sweet 50s ranch Nashville, TN

    Please oh please oh please, future buyer, love this home as-is (with the possible exception of a tasteful enclosure for trash cans 😁).

  7. AvatarClay says: 53 comments

    I’m confused: Is that a too-large entry hall, or a too-small living room? It’s a beautiful room, but I can’t figure out its purpose.

    • JimHJimH says: 3997 comments
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      Realtors must stop using cellphone cameras that badly distort room sizes! I think both rooms are “normal” size and would work well with furniture. The entry hall with fireplace and sitting area (maybe 10′ x 12′) is a lovely and usable space imo.

      • Barbara VBarbara V says: 291 comments
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        1800 cottage
        Upstate, NY

        Thank You, JimH! I find these distorted room photos entirely unappealing. So often a graciously proportioned room is made to look like a bowling alley. This is a wonderful house and deserves to have photos which reflect that…

  8. Avatarpamibach says: 117 comments

    I’ll take it! Where do I sign?

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