Philadelphia, PA 19118

Sold 3/30/2016
  • 4
  • 1
    partial bath
Single Family Home

Welcome to 30 West Bells Mill Road. This stone, Italianate-style home sits on 2.35 acres with views of the Wissahickon Valley Park in Chestnut Hill. Steeped in history, the original house was built in 1847 and later expanded and renovated in 1917 by Philadelphia architect Marmaduke Tilden as a summer residence for Daniel Haddock Farr, a prominent New York antiques dealer, and his family. Intricate moldings, millwork and elaborately carved cornices were reclaimed from 18th century Society Hill townhouses, including the Powel House. While maintaining the incredible original details and integrity of this significant home, it has been thoughtfully restored, updated and maintained by its current owners. Enter through the side French doors into a grand central foyer with Carrera marble floor and stately curved staircase. Large living room with 10.5 foot ceiling, antique marble fireplace and French doors allow perfect natural light into this grand entertaining salon. Large dining room with antique fireplace and French doors to the terrace leads to fully updated eat-in kitchen with granite counters, stainless steel appliances, large pantry and great storage. Off the kitchen, at the rear of the house, is a family room with woodstove and abundant windows and doors overlooking the outdoor living space and wooded grounds. Above is an au-pair suite complete with separate entrance, laundry room, sitting room, bedroom, breakfast bar and full bathroom. On the second floor, at the front of the house, 3 generous sized bedrooms, one with Juliet balcony overlooking the grounds, including bluestone terraces, fountain, meandering walkways and paths, and Samuel Yellin ironwork. A Roman style pool as well as perennial flower beds and mature specimen trees complete this very private, park-like setting. Master-suite oasis features large bedroom with antique marble fireplace and separate sitting room/dressing room with walk-in closet with custom built-ins. Updated master bathroom features spa tub, walk-in shower and second laundry. Separate guest cottage features living room with beautiful millwork, bedroom with full bathroom, full eat-in kitchen and 2-car attached garage. Circular driveway provides off-street parking for 18 cars. Marvin double-pane windows throughout the house, and 4 fireplaces. Walking distance to Fairmount Park's Forbidden Drive and just a short distance from the 'top of the hill'.

Property Details
  • Philadelphia
    school district
  • Traditional
  • $15,643.00
  • 1849
  • 6569565
Microwave oven
Gas fireplace(s)
Fireplace in master bedroom
Fireplace in dining room
Fireplace in family room
Fireplace in living room
Ceiling fan(s)
Central air
Oil heat
Steam heat
Breakfast room
Cable television available
Eat-in kitchen
Garbage disposal
Marble floors
Wood floors
Tile flooring
Kitchen island
Walk-in closet(s)
Full basement
School district: Philadelphia
Two car garage
Detached parking
Off street parking
Stone exterior
Lot acreage is: 2.36
Lot dimension is: 270X258
Irregular lot
Level lot
Sloped lot
Subdivision: CHESTNUT HILL
Wooded lot
Lot zoned: RSD1
Public sewer
Public water
Property style: Traditional
Tax year: 2016
Family room is 0 x0
Family Room Level: Main
Master bedroom is 0 x0
Master Bedroom Level: Upper 1
Bedroom 2 is 0 x0
Bedroom 2 Level: Upper 1
Bedroom 3 is 0 x0
Bedroom 3 Level: Upper 1
Bedroom 4 is 0 x0
Bedroom 4 Level: Third
Dining Room is 0 x0
Dining Level: Main
Kitchen is 0 x0
Kitchen Level: Main
Living Room is 0 x0
Living Room Level: Main
Full baths on upper floor: 3
Half baths on main floor: 1
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BHHS Fox & Roach-Chestnut Hill

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Name Type GreatSchools
Jenks John S School Elementary School, Middle School / Public 3 1.08 mi.
Roxborough High School High School / Public 1 2.95 mi.
Norwood-Fontbonne Academy * Pre-School, Elementary School, Middle School / Private N/A 0.47 mi.
Our Mother of Consolation Catholic * Pre-School, Elementary School, Middle School / Private N/A 0.68 mi.
Philadelphia -Montgomery Christian Academy * Pre-School, Elementary School, Middle School, High School / Private N/A 0.76 mi.
The Crefeld School * Middle School, High School / Private N/A 0.47 mi.
Address Distance Sale date Sale price
30 W BELLS MILL RD 0 mi. 3/30/2016 $1,150,000
16 W BELLS MILL RD 0.15 mi. 12/21/2017 $1,367,000
9265 GERMANTOWN AVE 0.25 mi. 7/1/2016 $1,450,000
9489 MEADOWBROOK AVE 0.64 mi. 10/26/2017 $1,223,094
221 NORTHWESTERN AVE 0.68 mi. 9/6/2017 $1,150,000
721 THOMAS RD 0.69 mi. 3/29/2016 $1,380,721
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30 W BELLS MILL Road, Philadelphia, PA 19118 is a 4 bedroom, 3.5 bath single family home was sold for $1,150,000.
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