Germantown Eclectic Victorian Home For Sale

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The architect George Pearson designed this house for himself in 1893. Mixing several styles, it has many original and unique decorative elements.


You’ll find Tudor, Dutch Colonial, and Gothic elements all blended together in this one-of-a-kind Victorian home at 125 W. Walnut Lane, Philadelphia, PA 19144 | Bright MLS Images via Elfant Wissahickon Realtors

One of the things that Germantown residents appreciate about their neighborhood is its very eclectic character. Shabby to lavish, modest to grand residences can be found here, and quite often one can find examples of all four extremes within a two to three block radius of where one is.

This eclectic Germantown Victorian home for sale falls into the elegant and grand matrix box. It is located in the more affluent northwest quadrant of the neighborhood, where several other homes like this also reside.

George Pearson, an architect who spent part of his early career working for City Hall architect John McArthur, Jr., built this house for himself in 1893. And he commissioned it to all kinds of interesting architectural details that have been well maintained and preserved in our time.

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Front terrace

You enter this home through a landscaped front patio surrounded by a low fence.

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Veranda

This patio in turn leads to a veranda with a beamed ceiling, original arched windows and original painted hardwood floor.

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Foyer

The door leading from here to the bulky lobby has its original hardware and a hand-pulled doorbell.

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Foyer from above

The foyer has a vaulted ceiling with exposed beams, a reading nook surrounded by leaded glass and a large leaded glass window. It also once featured a water pipe organ, and the room’s acoustics make it a great place to put a piano.

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The living room

The living room and dining room both have fireplaces.

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The living room

And they also have stained glass windows and stained glass windows in deep wells.

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Dining room

The dining room also has an alcove ideal for housing a sideboard, lined with built-in dressers with leaded glass doors.

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The butler’s pantry

Another original item kept in this house: The milk delivery cabinet in the butler’s pantry. Remember, this house was built in the days when people used coolers to keep food cold and unpasteurized milk was delivered directly to people’s homes.

kitchen

Kitchen

However, the kitchen only looks old. Credit the custom LaCanche stove, custom cabinetry, exposed beam ceiling, and exposed brick wall for pulling off the feat.

garage/workshop

garage/workshop

Beyond the kitchen, a hand-built cedar shed could serve as a garage, workshop or storage space. A bathroom is between it and the kitchen.

master bedroom

master bedroom

Each of the two upper floors contains two bedrooms. The two on the second floor each have updated bathrooms and fireplaces. The master bedroom is pictured above.

primary bathroom

Main bathroom

The listing agent says her bathroom “could have been designed for royalty,” and she’s on the right track with that comment. It features radiant-heated recycled stone flooring, a quartz-covered double vanity, and a quartz-lined shower enclosure. The master suite’s huge walk-in closet, which features an island dressing table, could be converted into a fifth bedroom if required.

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Bedroom/home office/office

The two bedrooms on the third floor share a bathroom with a clawfoot tub. One has built-in shelves which make it ideal for use as a home office or office.

bedroom/living room

bedroom/living room

The other, currently configured as a boudoir, contains a laundry room in its wardrobe.

roof terrace

Roof terrace

A window in the third floor bathroom gives access to a roof terrace.

wine cellar

Wine cellar

And the basement contains a wine cellar and tasting room, as well as storage space.

The driveway to the shed in the back has room to park several cars if you have invited guests. But your guests don’t have to drive if they don’t want to: Tulpehocken Regional Rail Station is four blocks away, and four different SEPTA bus routes operate on Walnut Lane and two other nearby streets.

Pretty grand, right? Plus, this eclectic Germantown Victorian home for sale won’t cost you an arm and a leg.

THE SMALL CHARACTERISTICS

BEDS: 4

THERMES: 3 full, 1 half

SQUARE FEET: 3,368

SELLING PRICE: $725,000

125 W. Walnut Lane, Philadelphia, PA 19144 [Karrie Gavin | Karrie Gavin Group | Elfant Wissahickon Realtors]

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