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This handsome old house on Lansdowne’s west side got a makeover that kept its traditional soul intact while giving it all sorts of modern features.


Lansdowne is filled with domestic grandes dames — lovely Victorian, Tudor, Queen Anne, Dutch Colonial and Georgian Revival houses. This totally updated, totally modern-yet-traditional Tudor Revival foursquare at 63 W. Plumstead Rd., Lansdowne, Pa., 19050, is one of them. | Bright MLS images via Keller Williams Philly

Just about everyone around agrees that Lansdowne Borough in Delaware County is full of potential. It has an attractive downtown Main Street with a historic theater on it that’s slowly being restored as a performing arts center. It has many grand old historic houses with great curb appeal and strong bones, like this renovated Lansdowne Tudor foursquare house for sale. And it’s very convenient to Center City, thanks to both Regional Rail connections and several bus routes from 69th Street Terminal.

But it seems to be always on the verge of great things. One possible reason why has to do with the school district it shares with neighboring Yeadon and Darby, which generally gets low marks.

However, if you don’t have worries or fears about your kids’ education, there are few nicer places to live in in the Philadelphia suburbs. That’s because it offers classic grandeur at reasonable prices.

house for sale renovated Lansdowne foursquare front porch

Front porch

Take this house, for instance, a cross between Tudor Revival in exterior appearance and American Foursquare in form. It presents a welcoming face to the street, with a Tudor-style half-timbered facade and a wraparound front porch that includes an unusual built-in cabinet.

house for sale renovated Lansdowne foursquare sun porch

Sun porch

You enter the house through a year-round, glass-enclosed sun porch on the front porch’s left side…

house for sale renovated Lansdowne foursquare main floor

Main floor

…and immediately enter a totally modern yet traditional space.

house for sale renovated Lansdowne foursquare living room

Living room

Traditional because it retains its classic architectural details and features like its hardwood floors, built-in china cabinets and the brick fireplace in the living room.

Modern because it has a totally open plan, the product of a recent makeover.

kitchen

Kitchen

That makeover also gave it an up-to-date kitchen with plenty of counter space, open display shelves, traditional cabinetry, all-new stainless-steel appliances and a pantry closet that can be converted into a half bath if you want.

second-floor hallway

Second-floor hallway, hall bath and bedrooms

The three bathrooms upstairs also got makeovers that updated their traditional appearance.

primary bathroom

Primary bathroom

Both the primary bathroom and the one on the third floor have shower stalls lined with large subway tile, while the second-floor hall bath has a subway-tile-lined tub/shower combo.

primary bedroom

Primary bedroom

The primary bedroom on the second floor currently functions as a sitting room.

As this house has four other bedrooms, you may find that this works for you too. Or you could use it or any of the other bedrooms as a home office.

backyard

Backyard

Finally, it has a spacious backyard with a hot tub, a fire pit, a garage and a large rear deck.

rear deck

Rear deck

Compact Lansdowne has just about everything you might want within its borders: a Giant supermarket, a drugstore, and the full array of neighborhood services, not to mention a smattering of good places to eat.

This house sits at the northern edge of the borough’s west side, just to the north of its two adjacent National Register historic districts. While it sits in neither one of them, this renovated Lansdowne Tudor foursquare house for sale dates to the same era as the houses that lie in them and fits in with their mix of historic styles. Because of this, you will have plenty of lovers of grand old houses for neighbors, and like this one’s owner, all of them keep their grand old houses in great shape.

Not to mention that if you do buy this grand old house, you will quite likely be around when, as just about everyone agrees will happen, Lansdowne finally does realize its full potential.

THE FINE PRINT

BEDS: 5

BATHS: 3

SQUARE FEET: 3,007

SALE PRICE: $459,900

63 W. Plumstead Ave., Lansdowne, Pa. 19050 [David Snyder | Keller Williams Philly]