Once an Inn, now a family home in Philadelphia’s Mount Airy neighborhood
“Two people in six bedrooms, two staircases, 5,000 square feet and an acre of gardens and pool is a bit too much,” says the owner, who has listed the property for sale.
Brenda Beiser and her husband, Ken, know almost everything there is to know about the history of their six-bedroom home.
“The 1890s home was built as a travelers’ inn and converted to a private home around 1910,” she said. “A single owner owned it from the 1920s to the 1980s, and the 1980s buyers remain friends of ours.”
The Beisers bought the property because they were drawn to the size of the lot and the convenience of the city location.
It is easy to see imagine the property — at 5,805 square feet — as an inn. The home also features a stone patio and inground pool.
Beiser said the eat-in kitchen is among her favorite places in the home. “The kitchen is great and is where a crowd will congregate,” she said. The room boasts stainless-steel appliances, granite counters and abundant natural light.
She said the outdoor features are also a draw.
“We’ve loved having our own organic garden and have grown asparagus, tomatoes, raspberries, snow peas and many other things,” Beiser said.
Over the course of owning the home, the couple removed all the old wallpaper and repainted almost every inch of the interior and exterior. They also installed natural gas heating, landscaped the private yard, and relocated the laundry from the basement to the first floor.
Beiser said the couple has enjoyed being a part of the dynamic Mount Airy community.
“We have joined the Mount Airy USA business district are members of Weavers Way — the greenest and most successful food co-op around,” she said.
Now that their children have left the home, Beiser said the couple has decided to list the home for sale.
“Two people in six bedrooms, two staircases, 5,000 square feet, and an acre of gardens and pool is a bit too much,” Beiser said.
The home is listed with Todd Hovanec for $1,275,000.