This brick cape is on one of the most coveted neighborhoods in Lower Merion, yet barely visible from the street. James Hamilton, a partner in the historic Philadelphia Kelly Brick Company, built this for his own family in 1953. Throughout the property, you’ll find rooms using “leftover” bricks from iconic buildings around the city . For example, bricks from Eastern State Penitentiary are found in the family room and the master bath green glazed tiles are from the Rohm and Haas headquarters on Independence Mall. Grace Kelly even had a bridal shower in this house!
Beautiful, mature perennials and the large brick courtyard provide a gracious, private entrance to the home. The detached garage is connected by a covered portico to the house which leads directly to the kitchen door. There is also a formal entrance as well as an entrance to the master wing office (this is one of very few legally zoned home offices in Lower Merion). The updated kitchen includes a cozy eating nook, a washer/dryer closet and a charming spiral staircase leading to the upstairs bonus room (with the third full bath). This area has new carpet and lots of windows and boasts plenty of storage as well as access to the attic. The dining area is adjacent to the kitchen and is open to the living room. The focal point of the living room is an enormous, functional, wood-burning fireplace. A couple of steps lead down to the family room which accesses a lovely brick patio in the back yard. Off of the entry hall is an updated powder room.
Down the hall, you will find the family’s sleeping area. There is a hall bath and three bedrooms, one of which is quite large. Good closet space throughout. The master bedroom wing includes the fourth bedroom, which is quite large with tons of closet space. The master bath connects to the office which serve as another bedroom or the small master bath could be expanded and a dressing room could be incorporated into this space.
Newer roof, perimeter drain system, whole house generator, Lower Merion schools. With some cosmetic updating this easy-to-maintain, private property on a very desirable street could be the haven you are looking for.