209 Garrett Avenue


209 Garrettt Avenue, Swarthmore, PA 19081

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On a tree-lined street just blocks from award-winning Swarthmore-Rutledge Elementary School and the footpath to downtown Swarthmore, a fairytale colonial awaits your touches. This very special home was brought to life by noted local builder Carroll Thayer, and his hallmarks are everywhere from the beamed ceilings and diamond patterned windows to the numerous built-ins and nooks and crannies found throughout the house. Enter the living room for a taste of the oak floors and soft neutral colors found throughout. This peaceful space spans the home from front to back, with large windows on each side filling it with soft light. The stone fireplace provides a lovely focal point, whether restored or maintained as a decorative feature. To the right of the living room, a sunny family room overlooks the backyard through glass doors. To the left, the dining room and kitchen have been opened into a large and airy space, with finished oak floors, natural cherry cabinets, soapstone counters, and an oversized storage island with stainless steel under mount sink and instant hot water. Jeld Wen windows allow the light to pour in. High-end appliances will please the cook, including a Thermador gas range, Faber hood, LG stainless refrigerator, and a two-drawer panel-ready dishwasher. Your finishes will turn this space into a dream for hosting parties or just sipping tea and gazing out at the garden. A butler’s pantry with cherry cabinets (and soapstone counters that can be installed by buyer’s contractor) as well as a non-functional powder room ready for finishing (with a bamboo bowl sink, Toto toilet and soapstone counter that can be installed by buyer’s contractor) complete the first floor. Upstairs, the master bedroom boasts four bright windows as well as a full en suite bath. Two additional large bedrooms and a full hall bath complete the second floor. The third floor includes the spacious 4th bedroom as well as a large floored attic storage space. Create a garden or just enjoy nature in the lush, level backyard. The attached garage is adjoined to the garage next door, allowing this charming pair of Thayer-built homes to be classified as twin properties for taxing purposes, yet boast an unusual amount of privacy. Although this home is being offered as-is, the current owner has made many repairs and improvements. Your restorations will complete the picture. 209 Garrett is twenty minutes from the Philadelphia Airport, thirty minutes from downtown Philadelphia by train or car, and just blocks away from Swarthmore Borough’s shopping, dining, regional rail station and wonderful public library, as well as the beautiful Swarthmore College campus.

Are you new to the Swarthmore area? My blog (accessed from my home page here) has an A Day In the Life in Swarthmore article here archived weekly Activities in Swarthmore, Wallingford & Media like the one here which may provide more specific details about things to do in our vibrant community! The Community Links page here will give you one-stop access to relevant links to our top-notch local schools, arts community, SEPTA (our regional rail system) and more!

2. Front3. LR4. Reading nook of LR5. Kitchen6. Kitchen & Dining area 17. Dining area 18. Butler's Pantry9. Family rm10. Master bedroom11. Master bath12. Bedroom 213. Bedroom 314. Hall bath15. FR roof16. Bedroom 417. Rear patio18. backyard 119. backyard 2

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If you would like to be among the first buyers to see this very special home, please have your agent contact me to arrange a private appointment. Showings begin on Tuesday, August 6th.

If you are not working with an agent, feel free to contact me at carrie@dpwelsh.com.

Bonus pictures:

Diamond mullions are a hallmark of Carroll Thayer’s architectural style. * A kitchen detail shot shows off the stove.

Here some examples of lovely activities in the village – music in the amphitheater, outdoor dining at the Coop, and the annual Charity Fun Fair! (Bonus photos courtesy of Linda Heffernan)