531 Cornell Avenue

Under Contract

531 Cornell Avenue, Swarthmore, PA 19081


This picture-perfect mid-century cape, set in a magical garden, is larger than it looks and has been lavished with so many quality upgrades.

The walkway through the front garden welcomes you. Enter the living room for a taste of the lovely, finished maple floors and newer tilt-in Anderson windows found throughout the home. The large living room boasts a wood-burning fireplace, flanked by built-ins, and a panoramic view of the garden. Newer custom plantation shutters add to the charm. Step into the open dining room to admire more maple floors and a view of the renovated kitchen. Featuring KraftMaid cabinets to the ceiling with crown molding, Corian counter tops, tile backsplash, recessed lighting and stainless appliances including a Frigidaire gas stove and built-in convection microwave, this space is extremely functional as well as attractive. Bright windows allow the light to fill this large and useful room. The first-floor bedroom wing includes the main bedroom with four bright windows overlooking the garden, a large closet with a new organizer, and a built-in wardrobe. This spacious room can easily be converted back to two bedrooms, as it was originally configured. The full tile hall bath boasts a glass door stall shower featuring subway tile surround with glass accents, a double vanity with two sinks, generous storage cabinets and ceramic plank flooring. Also off the first-floor hall is a huge storage closet perfect for use as a linen closet or overflow pantry. Upstairs, the second bedroom has a traditional closet and three sunny windows overlooking the garden. The third bedroom has a traditional closet and another pretty view. Off the hall is a large storage closet with access to a floored attic storage space. A full hall bath in traditional yellow tile with new playful glass bead accent and ceramic flooring with diamond accents completes the second floor. The partial basement is unfinished with a high ceiling. Sensible features include: a gas heater and Central Air, and new wiring, panel, and on-demand hot water heater – all updated in the last 10+- years, and a brand-new roof. The spacious, lush, fenced yard includes a handy storage shed and is professionally landscaped with beautiful features like a magnolia in the front yard, cherry laurels on the front patio, and Leland cypress trees lining the backyard for privacy. The sheltered side patio feels like an extension of the house and is a perfect spot to curl up with a book or host a party. A one-car garage is wonderful for snowy days. The CADES playground is right around the corner. Swarthmore village with its shops, library and residential rail station to Philadelphia are just blocks away. Served by Wallingford-Swarthmore schools, this lovely house has every luxury you need to feel like home.


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!


21 Picture perfect Swarthmore

Just blocks away, the town center has a library, shops, grocery store, restaurants, cafe, and…

...the R3 train station - complete with bike racks!

…the R3 train station – complete with bike racks! 

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)