Just over Philly’s city limits in Wyndmoor sits this stunning 1.53-acre estate that features a converted carriage house and a detached artist’s studio that was once home to the late local artist and antique dealer Helen L. Christy.
The massive 6,597-square-foot carriage house was originally part of a larger parcel of land called Gardens Estate, developed by Clayton T. Platt in the early 1850s. It was used as a summer escape from Center City for the family.
Christy, who ran the Helen L. Jones French Antiques store in Chestnut Hill for many years, converted this 1873 carriage house into the stunning, 3-bedroom, 4.5-bath French Provincial house it is today.
The spacious foyer offers a nearly 360-degree view of the first floor, which is a mix of tiled floors and wide-plank hardwoods.
One interesting detail about the home is that from the foyer there are two separate staircases. The main one leads to the dreamy master suite, which features cathedral ceilings, a fireplace, and more wide-plank hardwood floors. Meanwhile, the other staircase takes you to the home’s three other bedrooms.
The estate’s grounds are pretty spectacular, too. There’s a cute cottage—with heated floors, no less—that could be used as an artist’s studio or home office. And, the terraced, landscaped garden leads down to an in-ground pool.
- 8625 Montgomery Avenue, Wyndmoor [The Lamb Squad]