31 Summit Street is a unique residence, an architectural gem that stands as a testament to the best tradition of American craftsmanship. A grand, gracious home filled with priceless architectural detail, yet uniquely suited to family living.

Located just a few steps from the Avenue in Chestnut Hill, on a street loved for its quiet, almost bucolic atmosphere with easy access to local train stations, to the shops and restaurants of Chestnut Hill, and even to the natural splendor of the Wissahickon Creek and woods.




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Key Features of 31 Summit Street

  • Listed for $1,540,000
  • 6 Bedrooms
  • 3 Full and 2 Half Baths (all new)
  • Room for a private au pair or in-law suite with a separate entrance
  • Lot size .88 acres
  • A Certified Wildlife Habitat by the National Wildlife Federation since 2006
  • New HVAC system with 3 zones
  • 2016 Real Estate Taxes $11,803 / assessment $843,200
  • Interior square footage 7,106 (per Seller)

31 Summit, built in 1860 for William Morgan, "a gentleman", is one of the very first homes to have been built on this historic street. Then the Cowperthwaite Family, who maintained a primary residence in Center City Philadelphia, used it as a summer home each spring sending their belongings in trunks on wagons along the Wissahickon to this airy Victorian to escape the city's heat.


In 1880, Summit Street became their year-round home, and Architect Mantle Fielding oversaw extensive renovations in 1896-97.


Today, 31 Summit is a 3-story stone Italianate Victorian dwelling with handsome front porch on almost an acre. It boasts all the comforts of the 21st century: a new kitchen, all new baths, newer roofs, a most distinctive Victorian conservatory addition with sustainably harvested ipe wood deck, a restored wine cellar.


Listed on Philadelphia's List of Historic Places as "significant", there are 6 bedrooms, 3 new full baths, 2 new half baths.


Natural landscape (no pesticides/only organic mulching) with numerous trees, native plantings that provide nesting grounds for birds, butterflies and other native life has been noted as a "Certified Wildlife Habitat" by the National Wildlife Federation since 2006.


Random width southern pine floors. Crown moldings. 12 exquisite fireplaces with museum-quality tile work. Stained glass. Interior and exterior shutters. Antique sconces and chandeliers. Antique brass hardware. Victorian details that simply take your breath away.


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