Rarely does the opportunity arise to purchase a home on Bancroft Road, a private lane located in the Moylan section of Upper Providence Township. This historic 1915 residence was designed by Walter Ferris Price for Hugh & Nellie Heulings. Mr. Heulings was a successful salesman for the J.G. Brill Co., one of the largest manufacturers of railroad, us and trolley cars in the U.S. Walter Price had designed his own residence next door and the story passed down through the generations was that Mr. Heulings came out to meet Mr. Price and said build me the same house as yours, just a little larger. Just 200 steps away from the Moylan/Rose Valley SEPTA station, this home is positioned on its nearly 1-acre lot to preside over the community of neighboring historic properties. With no through traffic, Bancroft Road & Oak Lane provide its 15 homes with a magical setting yet is only a 20-minute walk to downtown Media and a short drive to the airport. In its 100+ year history, this property has had only two families that have called it home. Various original trees surround the property including a massive Copper Beech tree that anchors the front yard. Three magnolia specimens are the pride of the current owner. Azaleas, evergreens and native shrubs are thoughtfully planted throughout the yard. Enter the property through two pillars and ascend to the circular driveway or the original garage. There is ample parking for guests and the expansive, level front lawn is the perfect setting for outdoor events. Next to the portico entrance to the home, you'll notice an open terrace extending 38' across the front of the house that also provides access to the sun room. Enter the central hall & you'll appreciate the scale of the home from the ceiling heights to the spaciousness of the rooms. The central hall is anchored by the main 2-story staircase. The west wing of the house has the full-depth living room with a wood burning fireplace & access to the full-depth sun room. The east wing has the dining room with the 2nd fireplace. From there, one enters the exceptionally large butler's pantry with original Cypress cabinetry. Just off the butler's pantry is the rear staircase that connects all 3 floors and the basement. The kitchen is recessed into the S.E. corner of the house with windows in two sides. Another original Cypress cabinet remains while the unique corner designed stove provides for a nearly perfect cooking triangle. The dishwasher is located within the center island and there's an additional pantry closet. Off the kitchen is the powder room, laundry and access to the rear covered porch and driveway. On the 2nd floor there is a large landing with a doorway to a balcony overlooking the rear yard and a linen closet with original cabinetry. The owner's suite has the 3rd fireplace. One of the many unique features of the home is the 2nd floor sleeping porch with its own storage closet. There is a walk-in closet and a 3rd standard closet for storage. The en-suite bath overlooks the front yard. The 2nd bedroom has the 4th fireplace and windows on two walls. The 3rd bedroom has display shelves & facing east & south. There is a renovated hall bath to service these two bedrooms. Up on the 3rd floor is a fully contained bedroom & bath suite and a massive attic for storage. This space could easily be finished for additional living space as a 5th bedroom, office or as a family/billiards room as was intended on the original plans. The owners have just installed a new steam boiler & H/W heater. There are so many elements that add to the charm & character of the home. Sunlight floods the entire house throughout the day as all the rooms face the front yard with the service rooms & staircases tucked on the north side of the house. Just off the rear porch is a hidden oasis, a large patio that is tucked into the far northeast corner of the property. It's a perfect, private space for outdoor dining & entertaining. Come explore Moylan and 485 Bancroft Road!
|--||New Value: $799,000|
|10/29/2021 12:11:15 AM||New Value: ACTIVE|
|10/19/2021 12:58:00 PM||New Value: $799,000|