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Storybook Charm Without Mildew: Germantown Gothic Asks $565K

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This house in Germantown somehow manages to impart storybook charm without the mildewy creakiness that the phrase "storybook charm" usually signifies in travel guides for B&Bs. Vine-covered walls and good repair don't often go together, but this place is immaculately maintained and surprisingly modern on the inside.

The Gothic style home built in 1854 sits in the Tulpehocken Station Historic district among other similarly large and gorgeous houses. The historic details house have been painstakingly maintained: can you imagine how hard it is to repaint exterior gingerbread trim? The care taken to preserve the house's original (or original looking) features was also taken to make the place liveable. The kitchen and bathrooms are full of appliances that look like they work, and will continue to do so for years to come.

There's a certain decrepit allure missing here: the clean easiness of it all might not be the best backdrop for a period film, but it's probably very easy to live in this house, which is remarkable for a house of its age.

House Vitals:
Size: 5 bedrooms, 4 baths, 3,857 sq ft
Amenities Include: Gingerbread trim, updated interiors, backyard, huge red doors, and lush vegetation.
Asking price: $565,000
· 200 West Walnut Lane [Trulia]