c. 1875 Victorian
|Heated Sq. Ft.||4,600|
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Discover this extraordinary,rare treasure partially hidden behind trees and shrubs. "Violet" a large Victorian farmhouse built by Abraham Pennock in 1875, rises into view as you drive down the gravel lane. With over an acre of gardens and specimen trees and bordering a 6.5 acre nature preserve on the Darby Creek, the serenity of the setting belies the fact that it is just a 15-minute train ride to Center City Philadelphia and a short drive to the Airport.
In warm weather, you can sit on the expansive back porch and listen to the sounds of owls. In winter, relax in front of the large, modern wood-burning stove in the living room. There are grand views of the gardens and the Darby Creek valley from the arching third floor windows. The house is on the National Historical Home registry and is named the "Mansion Violet" on early maps of the area. Indeed, the yard erupts into beautiful native violets in the spring.
The gardens have been recovered and planted by the current owners to reflect that the first owner was the patriarch of Philadelphia's Pennock Florists at the time the "Mansion" was built. "Violet" was first renovated in 1890 by Minerva Parker, one of the first woman architects in America. It has been lovingly cared for and continually updated to accommodate 21st century living.
Recent improvements include a totally renovated kitchen and a new heating system. The house combines many original features with the comfort of modern conveniences. The Two Bedroom integral apartment with private access is a wonderful asset renting at $1,000 monthly. It is truly a one-of-a-kind home! Located within walking distance of the shops of Lansdowne, the Public Library and the Farmer's Market.
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