On the market: East Mt. Airy home for $595,000
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For Joan Hardaway, the time she spent in her East Mt. Airy home for the past 15 years with her husband and son was more than just a place to live.
Located at 502 Woodbrook Lane, it’s where she’s had some of her most treasured family memories. It was the home everyone came to for the major holidays – from Thanksgiving dinners to New Years parties – and one that she describes as full of “tranquility and happiness.”
“It’s very much a family home,” Hardaway said.
Whether it was hanging around the kitchen, which Hardaway says was the ultimate family hang out, watching football games in the basement, or just enjoying each other’s company in the dining room, every square inch of the home seems to hold some kind of memory.
“I was always amazed that no matter how many people were in our home – up to 40 at a given holiday – you never felt like it was too crowded,” Hardaway said.
Hardaway said the size of the home seemed just right – not too large, but enough space where it didn’t feel like everyone was on top of each other. That’s what Hardaway says attracted her and her husband, Vincent, to purchase the property back in 1998. The couple was already living in Mount Airy just two blocks away and loved the neighborhood, but wanted a little more space as their son was growing up.
Hardaway also says the home’s “unique character” is what she found especially interesting about the property.
“I loved the craftsmanship of the exterior stone, the black iron banisters in the center hall, and the crown molding in the living room, dining room and center hall,” she said.
Now after a decade-and-a-half of living in the colonial-style home with four bedrooms and two-and-a-half baths, the Hardaways have put the property on the market for $595,000. The couple’s 16-year-old son attends school in Devon, which is where they’re looking to relocate.
While the home was built in the 1920s, Hardaway and her husband were able to make some of the rooms their own. They renovated the kitchen, where they replaced the floor, and put in cabinets, a new stove, and granite countertops. They also completely renovated all of the bathrooms, and added a bar in the basement. In the outdoor area, they put up a stone wall and a patio.
Out of all of the rooms, Hardaway says her favorite has to be the living room, where she was able to relax while her husband was enjoying the “man cave” in the basement.
“I loved lighting the fireplace and snuggling up with a great book,” she said. “It’s a nice, peaceful room.”
Hardaway says she will miss the neighbors who are all friendly with one another and have a block party every summer, as well as the location, which was just a street over from Germantown Avenue.
“It’s very convenient to everything,” she said. “You can walk to shops and restaurants in Chestnut Hill and Mount Airy, and it’s convenient to most main roads.”