Sometimes you just have to let a house speak for itself. Save for a couple of rooms covered in wacky wallpaper, this Italianate house in Chestnut Hill hasn't been staged, leaving its bare, light-filled rooms up to your imagination. The Kneedler House—named after one-time owner Jesse Kneedler, a wholesale dry goods merchant—was built in 1855 and designed by Philadelphia architects Sidney & Neff as a summer home. Over the years the 7-bedroom, 4.5-bathroom house has undergone numerous renovations, including an updated gourmet kitchen, a new marble master bathroom, a new roof, and a new 2-car garage.
Still, much of its 19th-century charm remains in tact, including the home's three antique marble fireplaces, stunning staircase, and hardwood floors, which have been restored to their former glory. The backyard features two-storied terrace and a pergola-covered patio, and the property is close to the Wissahickon. The asking price of this home at 8864 Germantown Avenue is $1,250,000.
· 8864 Germantown Avenue [Redfin]