Spring Avenue contains distinctive homes built during the Gilded Age in the early 20th century. 517 Spring Avenue is one of those very special homes! It is pictured in the Old York Road Historical Society book on Cheltenham Township. Solid construction and craftsmanship are evident throughout this 3 -story home. The interior boasts exquisite architectural details throughout its footprint. The impressive wide wrap around covered porch offers outdoor dining and wonderful additional living space in a natural environment of privacy, afforded by the screen of mature evergreen trees. The main entry foyer leads to an open floor plan living area with beautiful oak floors with inlays and wainscoting. The spacious living room is complemented by a den on the other side. Both rooms have fireplaces. The den leads to a modern office space which has a fireplace, built-in twin desks, built-in bookcases and cabinets, a bay window, and large closet. A handsome formal dining room with another fireplace and French doors is great for entertaining! Near the dining room is a classic butler s pantry and a powder room. The modern kitchen has extensive granite counters and granite backsplash, sleek ash wood cabinets, and stainless-steel appliances. The kitchen flows into a large eating area which can easily seat 10 people. Sunshine from oversized Pella windows streams into this eating space offering great views of the garden and majestic trees. Conveniently located first floor laundry room, with outside exit to the rear. Brand new carpet covers the stairs and upstairs hallway. A beautiful turned spindle staircase leads to a large and truly gracious landing with built-in bench seating, fireplace and incredible stained-glass bay windows providing spectacular natural light. The perfect place to sit and read! The second floor contains 4 large bedrooms with high ceilings, elaborate moldings and hardwood maple floors. Beautiful master suite with fireplace, semi-curricular turret windows and built-in bench seating. Master bath with new chrome shower, and big built in wood cabinet. A second full bath with pristine claw foot tub and pedestal sink. An additional sunroom with windows on all 3 sides is well suited for an exercise studio or children s play room. The third floor has its own heating zone - and a door leading from the 2nd floor landing to the 3rd floor staircase - with the ability to simply close the door and save $ on utilities. This level contains additional Bedrooms or Bonus Rooms (office, sewing room), refinished hardwood maple floors, another full bathroom, and fabulous storage space. The lush backyard has beautiful plantings including a great ostrich fern garden, flowering trees and perennial beds of iris and peonies. The grove of mature trees in the back creates a secluded, serene setting. In the front yard is a sour cherry tree whose fruit makes for delicious pies in the early summer! BONUS: Fantastic carriage house over the detached garage!! Multi-purpose use as office, or artist studio, complete with electricity and heat, a small kitchen, full bathroom and a living space. Location provides ideal accessibility: a mere 2 blocks from the SEPTA rail station with a 20-minute commute to center city and 40 minutes to the airport. It s a 5-minute walk to a vibrant book store, frame shop, ice cream parlor, bakery, coffee house, restaurants, and future indoor farmers market. It is also a short walk to the Elkins Park Library with its diverse programming for all ages. 517 Spring Avenue is truly a one of a kind gem!! Schedule your appointment today to visit this very special property.
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