A 120-year-old Victorian in Germantown has hit the market for $250,000, after undergoing years of restorations by the current owners.
We knew there had to be an interesting backstory to this 4-bedroom, 3-bath Victorian when it first hit the market this week. The exterior alone, with its one turret, was impressive enough. But the architectural details inside stood out, too. After all, it’s not often you see a gargoyle perched on top of a beautiful railing.
Turns out the sellers of the 2,203-square-foot home build haunted houses for a living. “The house reflects their love of Victorian, steampunk, and Halloween,” listing agent Martha Hill told Curbed Philly in an e-mail.
That explains the gargoyle, as well as additions to the home like secret drawers, cubby spaces, and other Halloween-esque touches throughout. The gorgeous restored fireplace in the living room, for example, features the original mantel that the owners found in their basement. But they took it a step further by inserting a two-way mirror with a hidden space. “For years a life-sized skeleton lived there with a motion sensor so he flashed at you as you walked by,” Hill said.
Skeletons aside, the rest of the home has beautiful features, from the vintage kitchen to pocket doors to the pink bathroom upstairs with a clawfoot tub. There’s also a walk-out from one of the upstairs bedrooms with views of Center City.
Hill said there’s already been a lot of interest in the home since its listing, but there’s an open house on Sunday, April 9 from 12 to 3 p.m.
- 112 E. Washington Lane [Elfant Wissahickon]