Malvern Bank House of the Week: American Queen Anne-Style Home Was One of the First 100 in Swarthmore

David Bjorkgren

This property at 215 College Ave. is available for sale in Swarthmore.

This home, built for a retired farmer in 1881, has stood the test of time. Elaborate brickwork and wide wrap around porch with sustainably harvested IPE wood decking highlight the American Queen Anne elements.

The first floor, with tall ceilings and flooded with light, flows seamlessly from room to room.

From the entry you can access the dining room and living room which includes pocket windows that slide open from the floor up into the ceiling; and a wall of custom bookcases surrounding the wood burning brick fireplace.

The dining room has a front to back layout for large gatherings. The eat-in kitchen has a well-designed layout and moveable granite top island.

Kitchen features include a 5-burner BOSCH gas stove, tankless H2O heater, whole-house water filter, 2X wide sink, granite counters, and custom all-wood cabinetry. A door leads to the back yard.

The office/playroom has multiple uses, as a sheltered bar area or for party flow, or as a study/play area.

There’s a new full bath off the living room featuring Spanish tile surround, walk-in shower, custom vanity and hand-laid flooring.

The hallway to the bath has a wall of built-in closets for easy storage and organization.

The second floor includes: a master bedroom filled with natural light, his and hers closets, window seating and ceiling fan.

A full bath includes a walk-in shower, Italian Ship lighting from an actual ship, tumbled Italian tile, a 2-person cedar sauna, a deep linen and laundry closet.

The second bedroom is also light-filled and spacious. The third bedroom is a smaller room nestled in the eaves.  Both have access to the back stair.

There is a third full bath updated with tub shower, tile flooring and single bowl vanity.

The third floor has a fourth and fifth bedroom and an updated fourth full bath with a large soaking tub, walk-in shower, terra cotta floor tiling and custom single bowl vanity.

The house has been stabilized and completely renovated. The walls, windows, floors and roof are all new but replicate the original, quirky style that makes Victorians so interesting.

All appliances are energy efficient, as are the true-divided wooden Pella windows, allowing for sound mitigation and cost savings while retaining the original look of the house.

The special garden always has something in bloom.

As a featured house on Swarthmore’s 2012 house tour, this house has been on several garden tours, including Scott Arboretum and Shipley.

The garden is a designated Wildlife Habitat- planted to attract a birds and butterflies.

There are hand-laid brick pathways winding through, with one leading to a charming cedar shed on the side.

The 2-car parking pad includes an electric car charging station.

This is a great party house, from children’s birthdays, to weddings, to porch cocktail parties, to catered dinners for 40.

The location is ideal: a quick walk to the town and train; across from the Wallingford-Swarthmore Blue Ribbon schools; and a short drive to Routes 476, I-95, Philadelphia, Wilmington, and King of Prussia.

It is listed for $945,000 on

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