This coming August will mark 40 years that the owners of 411 Haywood Road have called this wonderful house their home. While they are sad to leave, the time has come for someone else to enjoy this very special little slice of heaven. You may feel apprehensive hearing that the home has been cared for by the same family for almost 40 years, thinking that they may not have made many changes over the years, but that is far from the case. 411 Haywood has not only been lovingly and meticulously maintained, but also thoughtfully updated. You will also be thrilled to see that the outdoor living space is just as fantastic as the indoor space, it is truly a private oasis.
If you are familiar with the homes in Haywood Park, then you will immediately recognize that this home is quite different from the other cape cod homes in the neighborhood. From the stone facade outside to the layout inside, this home is quite special. As you approach the home, you will notice the lovely trees and shrubs that provide privacy from the street. Once you pass through the natural screening, prepare to be amazed by the extensive perennial garden that awaits you on the other side. There a plethora of plantings, including phlox, iris, butterfly weed, lavender, bleeding heart, lily of the valley, bee balm, foxglove and so much more (plant list available). If you’re lucky, the peonies will be popping this weekend when you stop by. The retaining walls are constructed of locally quarried stone and are absolutely lovely.
Inside, you are welcomed into an open living room and dining room with hardwood flooring, gas fireplace with striking mantle, large bay window, and views into the kitchen and beyond to the rear deck. Through the dining room, you will find a nicely sized, eat-in kitchen offering plenty of cabinets, attractive Corian countertops, brand new stainless steel appliances, built-in breakfast nook, beautiful exposed brick wall, sliding glass door to the most amazing deck and a window over the sink. The layout of this home is ideal for entertaining, as the living room, dining room, kitchen, and outdoor space all flow together seamlessly. The natural light in this home is spectacular, pouring into each and every room, making it always feel like a sunny day.
The first floor also offers two nicely sized bedrooms (one of which is currently used as a den), beautifully updated bathroom with large linen closet, hall coat closet and access to the basement. This layout is extremely functional and ideal for those who may desire one floor living. Both bedrooms on the first floor feature brand new carpeting, but there is also hardwood flooring beneath, if that is your preference.
Heading upstairs to the second floor, you will see that new carpet was also installed on the stairs and on the second floor, but again, the original hardwood floors are below, if you choose to expose them. The second floor layout is very different from the other homes in the neighborhood, as it offers two spacious bedrooms and a full bathroom. Both bedrooms are roomy and incredibly bright, featuring skylights that enable wonderful air flow and the ability to view the stars from your bed at night (pinch me!). The master bedroom features custom cherry built-ins that are perfect for both storage and display, in addition to just being simply beautiful. You will also find a sizable walk-in closet, lovely views of the back yard and a hidden storage area, that can be accessed from a panel behind the bed. The secondary bedroom also offers nice closet space and lovely built-in shelving. The hall bath is very nicely updated, featuring a spa-like shower and beautiful tile work. A hall linen closet completes this floor.
Down below, you will be wowed by the basement. Not only is it huge, but it offers high ceilings and a full, at grade walk out to the rear of the home. The basement is currently used for storage, but could easily be finished, if one desires. If you were to finish the basement, you wouldn’t lack for storage space, as the attached garage is for one car width wise, but is about two car lengths, in terms of depth.
I hate to say that I was saving the best for last, as every aspect of this house is wonderful, but what you will find in the rear of the home will likely surprise you. From the street, you would never imagine the paradise that exists beyond. On my first visit, I was utterly astounded. After visiting many homes in the neighborhood, I expected what they typically offer, a nice, straightforward backyard, but that is not the case at 411. Once you step out of the kitchen, onto the deck, you’re done for. To find this setting, in this location, is not going to be possible again. The deck is huge, allowing room for dining and relaxing, but heck, all I can see is a party (hint, hint, Wissahickon fireworks party! Yes, of course, I’ll come ;)). The deck was thoughtfully built with wrap around bench seating and privacy panels, that not only offer screening, but also a buffer from the elements. The views are spectacular, as the rear of the property is also beautifully landscaped. There are stairs from the deck to the ground level, where you will find a large, wrap around driveway with access to the garage, and beautiful yard. There are specimen trees and plantings, a sweet little bridge, and adorable potting shed, which doubles as a playhouse (or at least it did for this family).
411 Haywood is in absolute move in condition. It has been wonderfully maintained and offers gas heat and central air, an oversized garage, tons of off-street parking, updated kitchen and bathrooms, new windows, hardwood flooring and so much more. If that isn’t enough, this home is located in a lovely neighborhood in Ambler Borough! That means that you are just blocks from all of the wonderful things that Ambler has to offer, including a true downtown, with fabulous restaurants, shops and services, soon to come cooperative grocery store, farmers’ market, annual festivals, easy access to the train station and so much more. Wissahickon School District is among the most sought after in the area, yet still offers incredibly reasonable taxes. There are several parks located a hop, skip and a jump away from 411; really you can’t get better than this.
Showings begin on Friday, May 19th, be sure to put this on your list to see, as this is one home that you do not want to miss. For more information, or a private showing, please contact me, Allison Wolf. 215-704-9888 | [email protected]
4 bedrooms, 2 baths, 1,890 square feet
SOLD ~ $342,500