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31 Summit Street

Philadelphia, PA 19118

31 Summit Street is a unique residence, an architectural gem that stands as a testament to the best tradition of American craftsmanship. A grand, gracious home filled with priceless architectural detail, yet uniquely suited to family living. A home that has room for an au pair or in-law suite. A home just a few steps from the Avenue in Chestnut Hill, on a street loved for its quiet, almost bucolic atmosphere with easy access to local train stations, to the shops and restaurants of Chestnut Hill, and even to the natural splendor of the Wissahickon Creek and woods. 31 Summit, built in 1860 for William Morgan, "a gentleman", is one of the very first homes to have been built on this historic street. Then the Cowperthwaite Family, who maintained a primary residence in Center City Philadelphia, used it as a summer home each spring sending their belongings in trunks on wagons along the Wissahickon to this airy Victorian to escape the city's heat. In 1880, Summit Street became their year-round home, and Architect Mantle Fielding oversaw extensive renovations in 1896-97. Today, 31 Summit is a 3-story stone Italianate Victorian dwelling with handsome front porch on almost an acre. It boasts all the comforts of the 21st century: A new kitchen, all new baths, newer roofs, a very new HVAC system with 3 zones, a most distinctive Victorian conservatory addition with sustainably harvested ipe wood deck, a restored wine cellar. All these improvements have been completed using the finest materials while respecting the architectural essence of the original home. Listed on Philadelphia's List of Historic Places as "significant", there are 6 bedrooms/3 full baths/2 half baths. Random width southern pine floors. Crown moldings. 12 exquisite fireplaces with museum-quality tile work. Stained glass that takes your breath away. Interior and exterior shutters. Antique sconces and chandeliers. Antique brass hardware. Finished basement spaces, partially above ground, with outside entrance. Natural landscape (no pesticides/only organic mulching)with numerous trees, native plantings that provide nesting grounds for birds, butterflies and other native life has been noted as a "Certified Wildlife Habitat" by the National Wildlife Federation since 2006. This is a home that invites 21st century living while celebrating the preservation of architectural and artistic beauty. Showings begin Monday, 9/19/2016
Property Class
Type of Property
3+ Car Parking, Drvwy/Off Str, Private
Pool Type
No Pool
Full, Outside/Walkout Basement, Partial Finished
Has AC?
Chestnut Hill
Chestnut Hill
Building Facade Orientation: Southwest
Cooking Fuel: Gas Cooking
Dining/Kitchen: FullKit-NoEI
Foundation: Stone Foundation
Hot Water: Natural Gas
Land SqFt: 38,400
Laundry Type: Basement Laundry
Area: 19118
Lot Area Acreage: 0.880000
Lot Description: Level Lot, Front Yard, Rear Yard, Side Yard
Lot Dimensions: 290X192
Lower Half Baths: 1
Main Bedroom: Whrlpool-MBR, FullBath-MBR, DrssngRm-MBR, SitArea-MBR, WalkInClstMB
Main Entrance: Foyer, Center Ha
Main Floor Half Baths: 1
Net SqFt: 7106
Ownership: Fee Simple
Porch/Deck: Patio, Porch
Property Age: 156
Condition: Average+
Type: Detached
Roof: Pitched Roof
Room Count: 18
Upper Floor Baths: 3
Zoning Code: RSD1
Heat: Oil, Gas, Electric, Forced Air
Cooling: Central A/C
Water: Public
Sewer: On-Site Septic
Room List
Living Room, Dining Room, Bedroom-Master, Bedroom-Second, Bedroom-Third, Bedroom-Fourth, Kitchen, Family Rm, Other Room 1, Other Room 2, Other Room 3, Den/Stdy/Lib, Sun/Florida Room, Great Room, Other Room 4, Mudroom, Laundry Room
Lower 1, Main, Up
Master Bedroom
24 x 17, level Upper 1
Second Bedroom
20 x 13, level Upper 1
Third Bedroom
18 x 13, level Upper 1
Fourth Bedroom
15 x 13, level Upper 1
Living Room
34 x 14, level Main
Dining Room
34 x 14, level Main
Family Room
28 x 17, level Main
19 x 9, level Main
5th Br
18 x 13, level Third
16 x 17, level Main
Wine Cel
16 x 5, level Basement
Cedar Cl
13 x 15, level Third
Interior Features: Security System, Skylight(s), 9'+ Ceiling, CeilngFan(s), Stained/Leaded Glass, Exposed Beams, Bay Window, Stall Shower, Replacement Windows
Exterior Features: Sidewalks, StreetLights, Fencing, Exterior Lighting
Appliances: Kitchen w/Pantry, Oven-
Basement Type: Full, Outside/Walkout Basement, Partial Finished
Fireplace Features: LivingRoom/Great Room Fireplace, FamRoomFireP, Main Bedroom Fireplace, Dining Room Fireplace
Floor: Wood
Exterior: Stone
Tax Year
Total Taxes

Area Highlights

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Thai Kuu

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Distance: 0.14 Miles

Rating 102 reviews
Banjara Indian Bistro

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Rating 23 reviews
Top of the Hill Café

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Distance: 0.18 Miles

Rating 42 reviews
Mica Restaurant


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Rating 102 reviews
Osaka Japanese Restaurant

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Distance: 0.19 Miles

Rating 135 reviews
Cosimo's Pizza


Distance: 0.2 Miles

Rating 41 reviews
McNally's Tavern

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Distance: 0.21 Miles

Rating 145 reviews
Tavern On the Hill

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Rating 98 reviews

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Distance: 0.23 Miles

Rating 162 reviews
Iron Hill Brewery & Restaurant

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Distance: 0.32 Miles

Rating 250 reviews

School Information

Great Schools

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Our Mother of Consolation Catholic

Type: Private

Level: PK-8

Evan Thomas Institute

Type: Private

Level: 1-8

Jenks John S School

Type: Public

Level: K-8

Norwood-Fontbonne Academy

Type: Private

Level: PK-8

The Crefeld School

Type: Private

Level: 7-12

Philadelphia -Montgomery Christian Academy

Type: Private

Level: PK-12

Regina Coeli Academy

Type: Private

Level: PK-8

The Waldorf School Of Philadelphia

Type: Private

Level: PK-8

Renaissance Charter School

Type: Charter

Level: 6-8

Springside Chestnut Hill Academy

Type: Private

Level: PK-12

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