Discovering 649 S Highland Ave for the first time is an awe-inspiring experience. Pictures simply do not do justice to this historic estate set on over an acre of lush, private property, with its landscape brimming with trees, bushes & expansive green lawn. This turn-of-the-century home boasts 20-inch thick exterior stone walls & a huge wraparound front porch, with open arches, that is also clad in stonework. This estate has been maintained by loving owners, & is impeccably preserved to maintain the charm, integrity & authenticity of its era. Sharing the grounds is a detached carriage house 3-car garage, complemented by generous driveway parking for guests. Exquisite architectural details abound inside, enhancing the unique character with an 1890 English colonial oak wood staircase, stunning trim & woodwork throughout, deep window sills, curved walls, hardwood floors, arched doorways & pocket doors among the distinctive elements. The grand foyer features a solid wood arched front door flanked by leaded glass windows & original staircase ascending to the 2nd floor landing brightened by a triple-panel arched window. An elegant dining room with a bay window & built-in bench connects to the butler's pantry. Just as lovely for entertaining is the spacious sitting room with a brick fireplace & coffered wood ceiling, & the large living room with its picture windows. A billiard room with rounded walls, fireplace & built-in seating overlooks charming property views. The sunny eat-in kitchen has tons of cabinetry & prep space, plus a commercial range with double oven. Beyond affords access to a laundry room, rear staircase, back porch & garage. Another small room off the kitchen with a full bath can serve as an office, mudroom room, staff quarters, etc...The versatile upstairs houses 6 bright, comfortable bedrooms, including a peaceful master with brick fireplace tucked behind pocket doors. One bedroom with balcony currently serves as an office. The rear bedroom has an en-suite bath, plus there are 2 additional full shared baths. The carpeted 3rd floor presents wonderful finished space highlighted by a vaulted ceiling with wood beams perfect for a playroom, exercise room, studio or other purpose. Make this incredible home your family legacy, in a premier location just a block and a half from the train station, near Merion Botanical Park, great schools & lots of conveniences.
Listing courtesy of BHHS Fox & Roach-Haverford.
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