Welcome to Roxridge (circa 1845-46) along the Ridge Avenue Thematic Historic District made new, restored and re-envisioned for modern living. The land upon which this attractive home stands was purchased by Henry Keely from Daniel Pastorious in 1795. The present structure was erected in 1845-46, when title to the land passed by public sale to Valentine Keely, a Manayunk carpenter. The house remained with the Keely family for 87 years. Enveloped by greenery, this majestic house is tenderly protected in front by rare Blue Altas Cedar trees. Along with the beautiful grounds, it was designed to accommodate both gracious entertaining and the day-to-day bustle of family life. The Greek Revival style is employed in the basic construction, a style which was popular between 1820-1860.The present owners have maintained the correct color scheme of white with green shutters characteristic of this architectural style. Enter the center hall by way of a front portico, supported by two handsome wood columns, and through a solid mahogany door. Step into the light-filled formal living room, then through to the dining room graced by a beautiful wood mantle over a wood-burning fireplace.The family room boasts original plaster crown mouldings and a ribbon of decorative plaster framing the ceiling. All three original rooms have original random-width pine floors, tall windows with elaborate wood casements and high baseboards. The rooms on the first floor have multiple access points to adjoining rooms that create an airy, spacious feeling and wonderful flow. From the family or dining room enter the modern kitchen with antiqued wood cabinets, under-cabinet lighting, granite countertops and stunning Mexican tile floor inlaid with Italian enamel. The sunny breakfast area is lined with Pella thermopane windows with encased miniblinds. From the kitchen, view the back picturesque patio enhanced by custom wrought iron window boxes, amid shrubs and mature trees. Sit on the patio and enjoy the sounds of the bubbling fish pond or of a variety of birds who are drawn to the nearby Fairmont Park Reservoir. A mud room with enclosed laundry area and full bathroom with shower completes the first floor. The rear of the house,~ ~not visible from the front, features a two-car garage with concrete parking pad and a 1 ~ car garage at the head of a blacktop turntable, with parking for six or more cars. Ascending to the second floor, follow the mahogany railing with curly maple balusters that continues to the third story. On the second floor you will find three spacious bedrooms with original random-width pine floors, ample closets and windows. The master bedroom is bright and looks out on the backyard. A modern bathroom is bright with ceramic tile wainscoting and soaking tub. A wall-to-wall linen closet has adjustable shelves. The third floor has two additional bedrooms with cedar closets, and one walk-in closet, plus a full bath. Surrounding the house are grounds that feature majestic trees, mature shrubbery, a large patio area, and several flower gardens. This is a lovely, and immaculately maintained residence in a tranquil park-like setting that feels a world away from the city. Here you can enjoy free reign to make this original-rich interior into the forever home of your taste. FEATURES: Stunning curb appeal with mature trees, colorful shrubs, and lush lawn Short walk to the Fairmount Park Reservoir with ~ mile walking path Approximately ~ acre Two garages with large blacktop turntable, parking for 6+ cars/trucks Concrete fish pond with filtering system Random width pine floors throughout
Property Type(s): Single Family
|School District||THE SCHOOL DISTRICT OF PHILADELPHIA|
|LOT DIMENSIONS||165.30 x 188.00|
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