It was definitely a house that checked all the boxes.
The neighborhood was both diverse and quiet. The house was roomy and the Elkins Park regional rail station was close by. And, most important, it was in the Cheltenham School District.
But now — exactly 20 years to the month after they moved in — Ilana and Peter Margolis are headed to Philadelphia.
Their two children are up and out, two decades of mowing the lawn have worn thin, and “It’s more house than we need,” says Peter, director of online learning at an area college.
Ilana, a college language instructor, was particularly attracted to the size of the rooms, especially the living room, with the wood-burning fireplace and huge bay window.
“It’s a nice-sized piece of property; you’re not right up against the neighbors,” Peter says. “It’s just a very easy and comfortable house to live in.”
The four-bedroom, three-bath house, which is 3,400 square feet and was built in 1955, has a versatile floor plan. Peter says a part of it seems almost like a separate apartment.
The home is finished throughout with mahogany doors and trim.
Opposite the sunken living room is an open dining room with ample space for large gatherings. The eat-in kitchen has original cherry wood cabinets and access to a partially covered flagstone patio.
The ground level has a large family room with mahogany paneling and built-ins, a bedroom, full bath, and access to a finished basement.
The upstairs has three bedrooms and two full baths. There is also a two-car, side-entry garage.
The house is near several playgrounds plus the dog park in Curtis Arboretum.
It is listed by Sam Franklin of Compass Pennsylvania for $400,000.