Welcoming and unique. In the heart of Philly's vibrant, enterprising, leafy, engaged Mt. Airy neighborhood. A design magazine called us "Funky charming". The SPACIOUS 2,000 sq ft home belonged to an art professor, then a designer
Spacious designer home-comfy, too!
This comfy home was two buildings, a century ago--one an apothecary. After WW2, the bldgs were combined and interior elements from a Wanamaker mansion were reclaimed for the upstairs here (now this complete home).
Downstairs became a bakery and an ice cream parlor in the 50s... Fast forward to what downstairs is now a pleasing mixed-use space, including the WPM Typewriter Shop (which we own) .
Upstairs is the bnb, a complete home -- 2,000 sq ft (!)--plus the 2nd floor furnished terrace (so large that it can accommodate a party of 30 folks)
You can walk to the local train--four short blocks--or park your car free there. That train goes directly to Center City--Convention Center, Chinatown, Historic District, Reading Terminal, main station. Also convenient to Penn, Drexel, We're convenient (esp by car) to Swarthmore, Bryn Mawr, Haverford, Arcadia, Phila. U and Chestnut Hill colleges.
FEATURES: A design magazine called this home "funky charming". Period floors from virgin forest, skylights, faux finishes, working carved marble fireplace... Great bones! Several pieces of furniture were made by the former owner, an art professor. Second fl. terrace overlooks a large private garden w/ small pond.
SPACE: Large sunken living room with piano, working fireplace. Gracious dining room seats 10 under carved alabaster chandelier. Two bedrooms + one study with day bed. Two full bathrms. Stocked kitchen, huge landscaped terrace. Great views.
The building is at the epicenter of West Mt Airy -- corner of Greene St & Carpenter Lane. Literally under 100 steps to Weavers Way (food) Co-op and the hugely popular High Point Cafe. free parking.
High ceilings - Deep windows. Up to five people (or 6, if your group includes two couples) easily accommodated. Kids are welcome. Plenty of toys, piano and working fireplace for winter ... landscaped huge terrace for spring/summer/fall.
ENJOY! We're by a popular cafe that roasts its own coffee, with on-site bakery (featured in Oprah's magazine) -- breakfast starts at 6:30 am. An organic-y grocery is steps away as is a top indie bkstore, and a shop with gently-used, quality baby/kid wares...community acupuncture center; yoga, dance, meditation studios--tai chi and capoeira too. And even though we are in Philly proper, we're just three blocks to the woods and Philly's 1st bird sanctuary. This home is above "WPM Typewriter Shop" too.
The neighborhood is getting known for 'pop up shops'. Little kids enjoy a little playground -- and several music and dance classes they can drop in on. Best kids' bookstore in the region, too.
No fee for pac n play or stroller--Ask ahead about free bicycle for adults and various vehicles for little kids......
We're a short hop to Valley Green, famous entry to Fairmount Park--people come from NJ to hike and bike here. Walkable to churches & synagogues, Commodore Barry Club (Irish Center) and to public transpo. About 1.5 miles to ice skating rink, public golf course--2.5 miles to Manayunk and Chestnut Hill gallery districts.
BEDROOMS, 4 beds altogether
#1: Trundle beds (twin-size--one tucks beneath the other, when not in use), Private interior bathrm has skylight.
#2: Queen bed, windows on 3 sides, one overlooking private garden. Spacious with seating area.
#3: The Study has windows on two sides, overlooking trees. it's not a conventional bedroom. Full bed.
#4 There are two couches here, and on rare occasion, they're used by guests for sleeping. Honestly, we think it best for teenagers or younger folk. We've slept on them ourselves but would not claim they are comfy.
BATHROOMS: There are two--one with a marble shower stall and skylight; the other with a tub/ shower and Spanish tiles.
We're in the city--yet right by one of gateways to Fairmount Park, the largest city park in the country... meadows, rivers, wilderness, covered bridges, horse stables, miles and miles of paths. The history walks are rich. But we digress.
THE NEIGHBORHOOD: Great, diverse architecture; locally owned enterprises. Award-winning gardens (we'll show you a peek). Philly's first bird sanctuary. Ask us how Mt Airy came to be so well known in city planning circles... Affection for this urban enclave runs high -- One of several reasons this is such a hot area is its strategic location. Another is the natural and architectural beauty. And that it's in the epicenter of a WALKABLE little 'village'.
CONVENIENT to train & bus. By car, 15 min. to downtown. 20 min to Historic Distric and Convention Center. Close to expressways for travel to other towns and East Coast cities. A half dozen colleges & universities are close by. By train, 21 minutes. Ample free parking on the street.
YOU CAN: Make yourself at home! Hang out on the blooming terrace in season. Play the piano and drums. Make use of the wifi, washer-dryer and downstairs yoga-dance-rehearsal studios. Kitchen is yours (dish and cookware included. R.O. water, skylight...).
Enjoy the crackling fireplace in winter. or the huge, landscaped, furnished terrace in late Spring, Summer & Fall Let us know if you'll want the Pack-n-Play, cradle or stroller, bicycles when not already reserved at our other B&B... (free).
Nearby--rent an electric bicycle, take a Friday night trapeze class at Philadelphia Circus Arts, public golf course, ice skating rink, playground...,
RESTAURANTS: Think: Locally owned, chef-driven -- Earth Bread Brewery, Cresheim Valley Grain Exchange, Goat Hollow, MaMa Toto and Heirloom, among them. And within 2 or 3 miles, well more than a dozen one-of-a-kind restaurants with proud local chefs. GQ magazine just anointed Mica as "One of the 10 Best New Restaurants in the U.S." More affordable restaurants too. Recent guests recommend Valley Green Inn, Tiffin and Iron Hill Brewery (restaurants).
CHESTNUT HILL: NY Times Travel section devoted a full page to this cobble-stoned section of Philadelphia ..
MANAYUNK: A riverside restaurant, bar and gallery hotspot with a few nice consignment shops. And we have favorite places in GERMANTOWN too -- Material Culture is one.
LOCAL CAR: About 13-15 minutes to downtown (Art Museum district), along lush Lincoln Drive and Boat House Row. 18 min. to Convention Center & historic district.
INTRA- & INTERSTATE CAR: Close to 76 expressway (and just one Left turn). It connects to 95 ...or to 309.
STREET PARKING: ample and free.
TRAIN: 20 min. + $6 to downtown (less for seniors), with stop in historic district, Convention Center, museums, Old City (galleries, shops & cafes), Temple, main train station ("30th Street"). Or brief shuttle to Drexel & Penn. Our local station is a short walk.
AIRPORT: Cab, shuttle, train. 25 min by car. Or ask about other options...we can arrange pickup.
The downstairs studios are now a typewriter shop — more than 50 manual and electric machines await your free range try outs
Mt Airy is a celebrated neighborhood in Philadelphia. This is described in the SPACE here :)
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA