|Contact name||Scott Laughlin|
|Home area||6,063 sqft|
|Lot Area||1.8 acres|
Under Agreement on 5/15/18!
This manor home was designed by the famous architectural firm of Duhring, Okie & Ziegler for Mr. Charles Wentz in 1910. Designed in the Pennsylvania Farmhouse vernacular with significant Colonial Revival inspirations, this stunning 6,000+ square foot estate home offers exceptional architectural details.
The home is most famous as the first residence of Mr. John C. Martin, the Publisher of the Philadelphia Inquirer during the early 20th Century, and son-in-law (by marriage) to Cyrus H.K. Curtis of the Curtis Publishing empire!
Set amongst a lush landscape of specimen shrubs and trees on nearly 2 acres, the residence sits high on a bluff with southerly views over the sweeping park-like setting of Curtis Arboretum.
Constructed with the finest materials available in the day, this Wissahickon schist stone manor has 18” thick solid stone walls, two outdoor porches that look out upon the park across the street and is situated as the gateway to “THE BEST” street in Olde Wyncote.
The Wyncote Historic District was established as a summer get-a-way on 108 acres for the wealthy industrialists of Philadelphia during the late 1800’s. Drive down Bent Road, and you will pass other estates designed by Frank Furness, William Price, Horace Trumbauer, J. Linden Heacock, Addison Hutton, Edmund Gilchrist and Angus Wade, to name a few.
Come discover your living history, today at 353 Bent Road!
As you enter this exceptional home, you will be greeted by a stately center-hall floorplan that is gracious in scale, with beautiful crown molding, 10’ ceilings and large entertaining rooms. All of the original woodwork has been thoroughly restored, and the floors just shine!
There is exceptional light that filters through the trees into this home at any time during the day. For formal entertaining, the beautiful Dining Room welcomes your guests to sit and enjoy good company in front of 1 of the 4 working fireplaces. Just off the dining room you will find a full-sized butler’s pantry and plenty of counter space for meal preparations or catering, and a Powder Room discreetly tucked under the stairs.
On the opposite side of the entrance hall, you will find the formal Living Room which has two French doors leading out to the south facing porch (recently, completely re-built!) and a 2nd fireplace. Whether entertaining your friends or relaxing and enjoying the views, this room is cozy yet elegant.
Through the living room you will find a Family Room with a 3rd fireplace and a wall of built-in bookshelves. Gaze out the windows to the private backyard or enjoy the views out to Curtis Arboretum and watch the migration of the numerous birds that call this little corner of the world, home.
The estate has been enhanced with a full-length English Conservatory along the entire back of the home. Imported and installed by British workers, this custom-designed conservatory offers imported Italian marble flooring, its own climate control system, sweeping views of the custom-designed flagstone patio, rear yard and the detached 4-car carriage house.
An exceptional space to either watch the Winter snowfall, enjoy the cool fall breezes or to open wide and take in the sweet scent of Spring!
Connected to the conservatory you will find a state-of-the art kitchen, complete with cherry cabinets, a large pantry, professional appliances including a double freezer-refrigerator, gas cooktop, double ovens, dishwasher, new granite counters and a S/S under-mount sink.
To access the private quarters upstairs, you can either use the rear staircase in the kitchen or the formal stairs off the center hall. The Master Bedroom suite offers exceptional light, again enjoying southerly views out to Curtis Arboretum and access to the rooftop deck. There is a 4th fireplace to ward off the late-winter chills, an extremely well-designed walk-through closet a 5-piece master bathroom with a glass-enclosed shower for two that was completely renovated in 2008! To finish off the Master Suite, there is a separate changing room through the closet with access to yet another bathroom that was also completely renovated in 2014.
Your guests and family members will have plenty of options, as the home offers 5 additional guest rooms and 3 additional full baths. The laundry room is conveniently located on the 2nd floor right next to the rear staircase.
The entire roof was completely replaced in 2009.
The entire rear yard was fenced (including a vehicle gate by the house) in 2007.
It’s a beautiful & classic example of Georgian architecture, located in a great area that provides easy access to everything one needs. The 70+ acre Curtis Arboretum is directly across the street. The Township hosts numerous community events here including Summer concerts, movie nights, the Annual Easter Egg Hunt and Fall hayrides to name a few! One can easily walk down Bent Road in the other direction and get to the Jenkintown/Wyncote train station in just 15 minutes. This station provides the BEST service of the entire network, as 3 train lines all converge here and service is every 15-20 minutes during rush hour! You can easily get to Temple University & downtown Philadelphia and the Airport line is one of those 3 that you could also use to access Drexel University or the University of Pennsylvania and its various hospitals.
Just 10 minutes away in downtown Jenkintown, you will find the historic Hiway Theater, lots of great restaurants, a Farmer’s Market during the Summer months and Trader Joe’s and Whole Foods. Route 309 is just 5 minutes away to provide easy access to the PA Turnpike, while a quick trip through Mt. Airy will get you onto Kelly Drive for the “BEST” drive into the city!