30 W BELLS MILL RD, PHILADELPHIA, PA 19118$1,295,000


Welcome to 30 West Bells Mill Road. This stone, Italianate-style home sits on 2.35 acres with views of the Wissahickon Valley Park in Chestnut Hill. Steeped in history, the original house was built in 1847 and later expanded and renovated in 1917 by Philadelphia architect Marmaduke Tilden as a summer residence for Daniel Haddock Farr, a prominent New York antiques dealer, and his family. Intricate moldings, millwork and elaborately carved cornices were reclaimed from 18th century Society Hill townhouses, including the Powel House. While maintaining the incredible original details and integrity of this significant home, it has been thoughtfully restored, updated and maintained by its current owners. Enter through the side French doors into a grand central foyer with Carrera marble floor and stately curved staircase. Large living room with 10.5 foot ceiling, antique marble fireplace and French doors allow perfect natural light into this grand entertaining salon. Large dining room with antique fireplace and French doors to the terrace leads to fully updated eat-in kitchen with granite counters, stainless steel appliances, large pantry and great storage. Off the kitchen, at the rear of the house, is a family room with woodstove and abundant windows and doors overlooking the outdoor living space and wooded grounds. Above is an au-pair suite complete with separate entrance, laundry room, sitting room, bedroom, breakfast bar and full bathroom. On the second floor, at the front of the house, 3 generous sized bedrooms, one with Juliet balcony overlooking the grounds, including bluestone terraces, fountain, meandering walkways and paths, and Samuel Yellin ironwork. A Roman style pool as well as perennial flower beds and mature specimen trees complete this very private, park-like setting. Master-suite oasis features large bedroom with antique marble fireplace and separate sitting room/dressing room with walk-in closet with custom built-ins. Updated master bathroom features spa tub, walk-in shower and second laundry. Separate guest cottage features living room with beautiful millwork, bedroom with full bathroom, full eat-in kitchen and 2-car attached garage. Circular driveway provides off-street parking for 18 cars. Marvin double-pane windows throughout the house, and 4 fireplaces. Walking distance to Fairmount Park’s Forbidden Drive and just a short distance from the ‘top of the hill’.

Exterior Features

  • New Construction: N
  • Property Condition: Average+
  • Design: 2-Story
  • Exterior: Stone
  • Exterior Features: StreetLights,Fencing,ExteriorLght
  • Electric Service: 200-300AmpEl
  • Farm: N
  • Land Only: N
  • Land SQFT: 102687
  • Land Use Code: C38
  • Lot Description: Irregular Lot,LevelLot,SlopingLot,OpenLot,Trees/Wooded,RearYard,SideYard(s)
  • Lot Dimensions: 270X258
  • Lot Number: 58
  • Parking: Drvwy/Off Str
  • Swimming Pool: Yes
  • Pool Type: InGroundPool
  • Porch Deck: Deck,Patio,Porch,Balcony,Breezeway
  • Roof: FlatRoof
  • Story List: Main,Upper 1

School Details

  • School District: Philadelphia
  • High School:
  • Middle/JR High:
  • Elementary School:

  • Interior Features

    • Room List: Living Room,Dining Room,Bedroom-Master,Bedroom-Second,Bedroom-Third,Bedroom-Fourth,Kitchen,Family Rm,Den/Stdy/Lib,In-Law/auPair/Ste,Game/MediaRm,Util/MudRoom,Laundry Room
    • Interior Features: CeilngFan(s),CableTVWired,WhirlPool/HotTub
    • Attics: AccessPanel
    • Basement: Y
    • Basement Type: Full,Unfinished
    • Foundation: StoneFound
    • Garage Type: Detached
    • Garage Spaces: 2-CarGarage
    • Heating: Oil,Steam
    • Hot Water: Natural Gas
    • Cooling: Central A/C
    • Central Air: Y
    • Cooking Fuel: GasCooking,ElecCooking
    • Fireplace: Y
    • Fireplace Count: Three+FPs
    • Fireplace Features: MarbleFirePl,StoneFirePl,LR/GRFireP,FamRoomFireP,MainBedFireP,Gas/Propane,NonFunctionF,DinRoomFireP
    • Flooring: Wood,Tile/Brick,StoneFl,MarbleFl
    • Handicap: None

    Water & Sewer

    • Water: Public
    • Sewer or Septic: Public Sewer

    Room Details


    Real Estate Broker Courtesy of BHHS Fox & Roach-Chestnut Hill.

    The data relating to real estate for sale on this website appears in part through the TREND Internet Data Exchange program, a voluntary cooperative exchange of property listing data between licensed real estate brokerage firms in which Home Marketsite participates, and is provided by TREND through a licensing agreement. The information provided by this website is for the personal, non-commercial use of consumers and may not be used for any purpose other than to identify prospective properties consumers may be interested in purchasing. Some properties which appear for sale on this website may no longer be available because they are under contract, have sold or are no longer being offered for sale.©2018 TREND, all rights reserved. Information deemed reliable, but not guaranteed.

    This data is updated throughout the day. Some properties which appear for sale on this web site may subsequently have sold and may no longer be available.

    PUBLISHER’S NOTICE: All real estate advertised herein is subject to the Federal Fair Housing Act, which Acts make it illegal to make or publish any advertisement that indicates any preference, limitation, or discrimination based on race, color, religion, sex, handicap, family status, or national origin.

    Property Summary

    Discover 30 W BELLS MILL RD, PHILADELPHIA – Listed at $1,295,000 located in Philadelphia schools with 0 square feet of space in 19118.
    Property Tax ID: 092237200.
    MLS#: 6569565  Beds: 4  Baths:/ 1    Acre(s): 2.36

    Come make this home yours. Schedule your Showing today.
    Call Us toll-free @ 866-502-LIST

    MLS History

    Sorry, there are no listings available at this time

    • 4Beds
    • 3/1Baths
    • 0Sq.Ft.
    • 2.36Acre(s)

    Property has SOLD!

    Property Details

    • Property Type: Residential
    • Type: Detached
    • Style: Traditional
    • County: PHILADELPHIA
    • School District: Philadelphia
    • Subdivision: CHESTNUT HILL
    • Property Age: 168
    • Status: SOLD
    • Listed on: 2015-05-07
    • MLS #: 6569565
    • Taxes: 15643.00

    Cash Back: $4856


    Let’s go tour this property. We’ll set up a showing when you’re ready. What day/time works best?
    • This field is for validation purposes and should be left unchanged.

    Mortgage Calculator

    Loan Amount $
    Annual Interest Rate %
    Term of Loan Years
    Number of Payments
    Monthly Payment $