Fort Washington Extended Colonial Home For Sale
This handsome colonial in the Elliger Park subdivision dates back to the Depression era, but got a totally modern style injection in a 2010s expansion.
Usually, when a house for sale in Fort Washington crosses my radar screen, it comes with a very high price tag. Like this modern medieval castle designed by Rafael Viñoly that came on the market in 2011. After several listings and fluctuations in its asking price, and an unsuccessful attempt to sell it at auction in the fall of 2020, it finally changed hands at the height of the pandemic, in March 2021, for a relative song: $5.625 million.
The first good news about this extended colonial home for sale in Fort Washington is this: you won’t have to pay so much for it. In fact, you won’t even pay seven figures for it.
The Second Room: You now have a rare opportunity to move into one of Fort Washington’s most desirable neighborhoods as this home is located in Elliger Park.
Developed by the Potts brothers beginning in 1926, Elliger Park takes its name from the gentleman who made it his summer estate: Dr. George Elliger, who purchased a 1795 house and 80 acres of land surrounding it in 1855. The house still stands in Elliger Park, facing Bethlehem Pike just north of Montgomery Avenue.
Born in Germany in 1802, Dr. Elliger was a leading champion of homeopathic medicine with practices in both Philadelphia and Brooklyn, where he died in 1878. Mary Paul Halliger Hough, in his 1936 history of Ambler’s early yearsexplains how Potts Brothers came to name the community thus:
This eighty-acre tract had been known for many years as “The Elliger Estate”, and so, in choosing a name, the Potts Brothers called it “Elliger Park” realizing that because of its location , and because of its many beautiful old shade trees, a picturesque park-like residential part could be developed.
“Park-like” is also an apt term to describe the land on which this extended Fort Washington Colonial home for sale sits. One of the largest grounds in Elliger Park, it has been beautifully landscaped with a variety of trees, shrubs and flowering plants.
The original house, most of which you see in the photo above, is one of the oldest in the development. Public records give its date of construction as 1940, but given that Potts Brothers began selling lots in Elliger Park in 1926, chances are it predates 1940 by several years.
That would make it a Depression-era colonial, but there’s nothing depressing about this spacious, well-maintained home.
For starters, it has been significantly expanded and modified over the years since it was built.
The main expansion is the two-story addition to the back of the house, which has created a cathedral-ceilinged great room with huge windows and a stone fireplace. This wing was nailed to this house by its former owner between 2015 and 2020.
The great hall is located directly behind the foyer, which is not so much a central hall as a central entrance. To her left is the original living room, featuring built-in bookshelves, a traditional fireplace and a bow window overlooking her backyard. The large single panes of the bow window suggest that it was installed during the extension of the house.
To the left of the living room, a screened porch features skylights and sliding glass doors leading to the larger of this home’s two rear patios.
Like the living room, the formal dining room to the right of the foyer combines the clean lines of modern design with the elements of classic style, as evidenced by the lighting.
To its right is what had been the garage of the original house. It has been converted into a nicely equipped kitchen with lots of traditional style cabinetry, black granite countertops and updated stainless steel appliances including a five burner gas cooktop, built-in oven and microwave. integrated. Above.
The makeover added a second story to this wing of the original house. Here you will find a frankly modern master bedroom with a vaulted ceiling and a modern ceiling fan like the one in the great room.
It has two large closets and an equally large master bath lined with earthen tile wainscoting. Her fully tiled walk-in bench shower has both a rain showerhead and a handheld showerhead.
Next to the master suite is a loft den skylit overlooking the great room. The other two bedrooms on the second floor have been nicely refreshed, as has its bathroom.
The backyard contains several spectacular spaces, starting with the back patio of the great room and the veranda.
Steps lead up to a fire pit which overlooks all of this beautiful landscaping.
For more intimate al fresco dining, a second patio sits off the kitchen.
According to statistics provided by listing agent Tim Owen of Compass, buying a house in Elliger Park may be more difficult than joining the Union League. “Only four homes have come on the market in the past 12 months in Elliger Park, and there are 288 homes in the neighborhood,” he says. “There hasn’t been a home of this size to hit the market for several years.”
(You should be able to see from the top photo that this house was originally more modest than it is now. Most houses in Elliger Park are still modest.)
Of course, unlike Dr. Elliger, you’re probably looking for a home all year round, not just for the summer. But if, like Elliger, you want to be in town regularly, you will also find this house ideally located. You can walk from here to Fort Washington Station on SEPTA’s Lansdale/Doylestown Regional Rail Line for a comfortable, hassle-free trip around town. And if you need to drive, you’re also close to the Fort Washington Freeway and its interchange with the Pennsylvania Turnpike. Ambler and Chestnut Hill, both very walkable, are also within easy reach.
Put all of these attributes together and it’s no wonder Elliger Park homes don’t change hands so often. This one, however, can now fall into yours.
THE SMALL CHARACTERISTICS
THERMES: 2 full, 1 half
SQUARE FEET: 3,309
SELLING PRICE: $849,900
OTHER THINGS: Although it no longer has a garage, this home has room to park six cars in its driveway. It also has an unfinished basement with a laundry room and plenty of storage space. Its attic also has the potential to be converted into a bonus bedroom.
226 Locust Road, Fort Washington, PA 19034 [Tim Owen | Compass]